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We love a STEM toy in this house. I’m a big advocate of sensory learning – especially with young children – so any toy that will help them learn through touch and engagement is automatically a winner with me.

I love the fact that STEM toys – those that are science, technology, engineering and math based – are fundamentally designed to enable learning and spark children’s curiousity. These are all foundation principles which will help them as they grow. However, I an honestly say that STEM topics are not my forte (I’m definitely in team arts and crafts with my skillset), thankfully though there are a lot of great things out there that can help me.

The Essential One recently got in contact and invited me to choose something from their massive range to Discovery STEM toys which I thought would engage the kids.


Head back to the Jurassic period and become the king of the dinosaurs with this fabulous remote control T-Rex. As soon as I saw this, I knew Henry would fall in love with it, and it wasn’t wrong.

Life like enough to delight hard core dino fans, the remote control is easy to use and puts kids in control. With only 2 buttons, Henry was able to do it completely on his own which he loved. Add in a seriously great ROAR and I had one happy little boy! He loved how realistic his T-Rex looks as he loves anything that is lifelike with sharp teeth when it comes to his prehistoric beasts!

There is a 6+ age guide to this one, so we made sure we were with him all the time while playing with it. However, he didn’t really need the supervision. Perhaps it’s because it comes in two pieces (you just need to attach the tail when assembling) but this can be fixed with a drop of superglue to make sure it doesn’t come back off if you’re worried. However, with a good few hours of (pretty rough!) play, it didn’t budge for us.

With the simplicity of the remote control and the great textures to the dino skin, I actually thought it was a great toy for children younger than the aged 6+ guide.

Batteries are required. The dinosaur takes AA batteries which are included but the AAA’s (x2) needed for the controller aren’t so you will need to make sure you have a few in the house ready to pop in.


The Discovery Toy Bubble Helicopter is really simply at first glance. Launch the helicopter into the air using the winder and watch as it blows bubbles for you to enjoy. In theory you get to sit back and enjoy bubbles without needing to blow them. In practice though it wasn’t quite that easy as it was a little tricky to use.

It took a few tries to figure out the right amount of pull to apply to get it to fly at actually blow bubble. Much to the Bears frustration; I won’t lie there were tears and a tantrum while trying to figure it out.

I can’t decide if this is a good thing or not though. On the one hand, obviously tears are not a good thing and it leaves me rolling my eyes hard enough to see my brain when her temper pops. On the other hand, she did keep coming back to it and her face when she got the right pressure to use was brilliant. It also sparked

So yes, it came with drama but to be fair that drama was short lived and sparked some really good conversations about “why”.


The Essential One team are giving away BOTH a remote control T-Rex AND a Bubble Helicopter to one lucky Tippytupps reader. Just enter via Rafflecopter using the link below and follow the usual social media accounts.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway is open to UK residents only and is powered by Rafflecopter. It will close on Sunday 7th June 2020 at midnight. The winner will be chosen at random using the tool. Please note this competition is hosted by the Tippytupps blog but the prize is being provided by The Essential One team, who will be responsible for posting your prize out to you. For full terms and conditions for the giveaway, please visit the Tippytupps terms and conditions page.

Good luck!

DISCLOSURE: we were sent these items for the purposes of this review. As always though, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  1. Anthony Harrington says:

    My fav is the Pterodactyl because he could fly!

  2. Eileen Hindley says:

    T-Rex is my favourite 🙂

  3. Kelly Wheelhouse says:

    I love brontosaurus!

  4. Sadiyya Maryam says:

    Definitely Tyrannosaurus rex

  5. Sally Collingwood says:

    T rex is awesome!

  6. Mel Pennie says:

    My favourite . . . the Argentinosaurus which apparently was a big, plant-eating creature that liked to roam alone. Sounds very much like me!!

  7. T rex is my favourite!

  8. My favourite dinosaur is the Diplodocus

  9. Tom York says:

    It must be myself, as my grandson asked if dinosaurs were about when I was young.

  10. It has to be T Rex king of all dinosaurs

  11. Tracy Nixon says:

    A diplodocus!

  12. claire woods says:



  14. Peter Watson says:

    T-Rex is my favourite dinosaur.

  15. John Taggart says:

    A Pterodactyl because it has a silent ‘pee’

  16. Khan says:

    The T-Rex is my favourite.

  17. Stegosaurus!

  18. T-Rex is my favourite

  19. Susan B says:

    I am especially fond of the really really ugly ones such as the Balaur.


    My favourite is the Stegosaurus

  21. ADEINNE TONNER says:

    For me it has to be the amazing Sauroposeidon

  22. Martina Pichova says:

    Mine is T Rex, the king of dinosaurs.

  23. Rich Tyler says:


  24. fiona waterworth says:

    I rather like the Brachiosaurus which seems to be a large cow

  25. kim neville says:

    We like T-Rex

  26. Emma England says:

    T- Rex is my favourite because of the tiny arms and ask because it’s the only one I know how to spell.

  27. My son loves T rex

  28. Solange says:


  29. Emma Harvey says:

    I’ve always been partial to a Diplodocus!

  30. Triceratops

  31. I love the triceratops 🙂 no reason than they look like chunky rhinos

  32. My kids love dinosaurs at the moment the fave seems to be the Triceratops but it changes weekly

  33. cheryl emery says:

    T-rex king of the Dinosaurs.

  34. melanie stirling says:

    The Diplodocus is my favourite.

  35. My grandsons are dinosaur crazy. Thank you for the opportunity

  36. Sidrah says:

    I like the Velociraptor

  37. michelle o'neill says:

    Pterodactyl was awesome!

  38. Ray Dodds says:

    T Rex

  39. Bubbles + flying + dinosaurs! What’s not to love!! Not a UK resident here, so not eligible for the comp, but just wanted to drop by and say what a cool bunch of STEM toys!

  40. laura milton says:

    We love a stegosaurus 🙂

  41. Joanne Hall says:


  42. pterodactyl , I just can’t imagine them! They must have been awesome!

  43. angela Treadway says:

    t rex, mighty and fearless…and has shockingly funny small arms! x

  44. Marc H says:


  45. Mark R says:

    I always had a soft spot for triceratops.

  46. Katie B says:

    We love dippy!

  47. Chrissy58 says:

    The Diplodocus … I just love that name!

  48. Charlotte isobelle says:

    A T. rex! It’s my little ones fave

  49. Ruth Harwood says:

    We absolutely love Veloceraptors!

  50. Not really, my son is obsessed with them all !!

  51. Sky Bright says:

    Got to be the Velociraptor

  52. Lisa Wilkinson says:

    I love a tricerotops

  53. Sian Buckingham says:

    Diplodocus have always been my favourite!

  54. Rachel Craig says:

    T- Rex.

  55. Andrea Rose says:

    T-Rex – my son is obsessed by them!

  56. I loved The Land Before Time as a child and the triceratops Cera was my favourite – I thought she had the same name as me.

  57. Margaret Gallagher says:

    T- rex – love them all

  58. Em Gal says:

    A bubble copter?! What a fab idea!!

  59. Tyrannosaurus rex

  60. My favourite is the Triceratops. I has been since I watched The Land Before Time as a child.

  61. Karen Barrett says:

    T-Rex because when I was a teenager I loved Marc Bolan!

  62. Petra Baver says:

    I like a good munching Stegasaurus

  63. jemma dwyer says:

    i love Velociraptor 😀

  64. Susan Smith says:

    T-Rex for us

  65. T rexis my favourite dinosaur!

  66. Yvonne Stevens says:

    T Rex is my favourite

  67. Patricia Avery says:

    Diplodocus! Both the word and the dinosaur have always fascinated me!

  68. Em Gal says:


  69. Yes, don’t we all have a favourite. Mine is the mighty T Rex

  70. Sanam says:

    I like the Brachiosaurus

  71. betsy ferguson says:

    Douthinkeesaurus dinosaur – because of the joke – do you think he saw us

  72. Llinos B says:

    Veloceraptors is our our number 1 dinosaur

  73. Neil Bradley says:

    I Like the Velecoraptors

  74. Patricia Barrett says:

    The Velociraptors after seeing the Jurassic Park films.

  75. The stegosaurus just looks so cool

  76. Tammy Tudor says:

    I love lots of different dinosaurs but my favourite has to be the famous T-rex

  77. charlotte gill says:

    my sons favourite is the velociraptor!! he is very dino mad.

  78. Alison MacDonald says:

    Mine is Ankylosauraus it was just and armoured tank but herbivore so plodded on with it’s life only fighting when defending itself.

  79. T rex is my favourite

  80. Amanda Botterill says:

    My favourite dinosaur is a Brachiosaurus

  81. Adrian Bold says:

    Has to be the king himself, the T-Rex

  82. My daughter loves the diplodocus

  83. Laura Pritchard says:

    Yes, I love the Spinosaurus!

  84. Anthea Holloway says:

    T Rex is my favourite and I love them all really!

  85. Amanda Gregory says:


  86. I’m a bit of a stegasaurus fan and so is my nephew (I’d like to win for him).

  87. My favourite is the Velociraptor! Their name derives from the phrase ‘quick thief’ which I love!

  88. Triceratops

  89. Zoey says:

    T-rex in our home

  90. joanne coulson says:

    Yes, the TRex!

  91. The flying Pteradactyl

  92. Jeanette Leighton says:

    We all love the t rex

  93. Jade Vaccaro says:

    The Diplodocus is my favourite dinosaur

  94. My dinosaur crazy daughter loves t-rex’s and takes two huge plastic ones to bed everynight. She would love this.

  95. Sandra Jo Siddall says:

    We love the T-Rex

  96. Eve H Ogden says:

    We love the TRex

  97. Tracy Barber says:

    Velociraptor but T Rex’s are pretty cool too

  98. Darren Bourne says:

    I would say the Diplodocus.

  99. Kate Davies says:

    My favourite is a liopleurodon.

  100. Carly Belsey says:

    It’s got to be a T Rex because I have no idea how to spell the rest of the names haha.

  101. Hayley F says:

    T rex is my fav.

  102. Jazz Tattersall says:

    Triceratops are my favourite

  103. Kay Broomfield says:

    I love the Micropachycephalosaurus

  104. Everyone’s favourite – the T Rex

  105. my grandsons favourite one is the stegosaurus

  106. Mary Carter says:

    My favourite dinosaur is a Velocaraptor

  107. fiona d says:

    I love the Diplodocus

  108. karen t says:

    I quite like the teradactyl

  109. Teresa Sheldon says:

    Williams favourite dinosaur is Diplodocus he loves dinosaurs mine is the T Rex

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