Janod Wooden Toys Review (with My Miracle Baby)

Product Review

If you are a wooden toys fan, you might have come across this French brand – Janod. It is founded by a French who focused on wooden games and toys.

If you are tired of electronic toys for your children, back-to-basic wooden toys with new creative designs might be good options. In the past, wooden toys are thought to be bland and boring compared to their brightly-colored and music-blaring counterparts. These days, well advised parents came to realised quality wood-feel toys are less jarring and stimulate creativity with a more wholesome approach. Perhaps this is influenced by the growth of Montessori teaching methods too .

My Miracle Baby – an online distribution website – carries Janod products as they pride themselves in selecting high quality goods for their customers. They kindly sent over some Janod toys for my 2 boys for reviews. These are some honest opinions on the 3 toys we received:

1) Janod – Redmaster Magnetic DIY Trolley (S$149)

This is a walking trolley which rolls on wheels and comes equipped with 21 accessories including 3 magnetic tools and a set of gears. Designed in France, it is recommended for 1-4 years old.

This is my sons’ favourite.

It comes in loose pieces and an adult’s help is needed to assemble them
All hands on the deck; especially Daddy’s hands. Eizac needs his yellow construction safety hat to work. Xi En is our foreman Open-mouthed smile
The finished product
Gears, screws and nuts on top of the push trolley
Magnetic tools in front and my happy engineers are ready to go! Smile

Verdict: Both my boys enjoyed this toy especially Eizac as he is 3+ years old and at the age where he loves dress-up and pretend-play. Personally, I find the whole trolley a little heavy and takes up space in our limited play area. My 2 reckless boys ramped it through my legs a few times when they got overly excited! Also, watch out for them trying to hammer or screw your walls/TV/windows! Otherwise, the quality is very well made and sturdy to last a few generations. Open-mouthed smile

2) Janod – Magnetic World Puzzle English Version (S$129)

This is a huge magnetic board with many magnetic puzzle pieces that made up the world map. There are continents, countries and animals to identify. It is great for older children to learn some geography and the younger ones to practise their fine motor skills.

Janod Magnetic World Map from Greenland to Antarctic
Xi En enjoyed identifying the various countries and continents.

Verdict: This is my favourite as I am attracted by the educational value and the intricate little details of the puzzle pieces. Eizac lost patience after a few minutes of putting the puzzle together. Xi En was more conscientious in learning while playing. This will be a good present for older children who are 4 to 7 years old. Note that the board is really heavy. It is probably more ideal to nail or stick it to the wall but I found some pieces dropping off easily; possibly the magnetic strength weakening over time. The map didn’t stick well to the board either but we solved that easily with superglue. Open-mouthed smile

3) Janod – Body Magnet (S$59.90)

This is a magnetic board with body cards and 76 magnetic body parts for young ones to explore the muscular, skeletal, organs system and the basic body parts. There are cards with 9 different languages and a pointer stick for you to play teacher.

Janod Body Magnet
4 English cards (Muscles, Organs, Skeletal and Basic Body Parts) are provided together with 8 other different languages if you understand French, Italian and other European languages.
Eizac following the pictorial guide to piece the body parts together.
Xi En preferred mix-and-match.
This is one intense work.

Verdict: I liked the educational value of this toy. Eizac enjoyed the jigsaw puzzling part of this toy. He could piece together all the 76 pieces without much help. However, I find the other language cards quite useless since we don’t know any other European languages. Clearly, this is a product designed for sale in Europe as there aren’t any Mandarin nor other Asian languages in the other cards. Nonetheless, quality is well made.

Overall review: As a mummy of 2, I came to realise wooden toys are really lasting and can withstand hard knocks from rough handling. Wooden toys are more rustic and give the young ones a more grounded approach to toys. It is a bonus that toy markers made them with educational values these days. But because they are made to last, wooden toys are so heavy too! I find it difficult to store them properly. But if you have space for a few pieces of good quality wooden toys, you might like to try out Janod selections. Prices are not cheap given that the designs originate from France, but I like their vast variety of old-school-new-creativity products. The jigsaw puzzles and train sets look good too!

Good news: If you are keen to buy a Janod wooden toy for your child or as a present, here’s a special 15% discount promo code to share for all Janod products for the month of May. Simply enter “15%-EM” at the check out; this is effective till 31st May 2016. Janod’s selections on My Miracle Child can be found here: http://www.mymiraclebaby.com.sg/janod/

My Miracle Baby distributes and sells products which have been specially curated to cater to new parents and their babies. You will find brands here which are not commonly found in the mainstream shops. Have a look through the brands they carry and support local enterprise if you can. Smile They cater more for pregnant mummies, new borns to toddlers.

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Giveaway Time

My Miracle Baby is kindly sponsoring 5 pieces of Janod – I Wood Stackable Turtles for 5 winners. These adorable turtles have 3 interlocking pieces each to learn about shapes and colors. They are made of wood and painted using water-based paints. Dimensions: 20.5 cm X 20.5 cm X 5 cm. Suitable for kids from 18 months onwards.


Here’s how you can win one of the above:

1) Show us some support by “Liking” this blog’s Facebook Page – Claude Dambreville – if you have not already done so. Thank you.

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3) Leave a comment on Claude Dambreville Facebook page or Instagram account (about this post) sharing with us who are you planning to give this toy to and share with us one tip on how you keep toys tidied at home. (I need some tips so this is a selfish question! please help me. Open-mouthed smile)

All the best!

Terms and Conditions:

1) Winners will be picked randomly. If a winner didn’t response to my private message by 48 hours, another winner will be picked.

2) Colors of turtles will be given randomly.

3) This giveaway is only open to residents with a Singapore address.

4) Giveaway ends on 24th May 2016, 2359hrs. Results will be updated on this blog post.

Updated on 26th May 2016

Winners for this giveaway have been picked randomly from FB and IG comments and they are:

  1. growingwiththetans
  2. takenotakenoko
  3. weeqiweeqi
  4. cayleechan
  5. Jaslyn Chong

Congratulations! You have won for your little one a Janod wooden turtle! I will be sending you a private message or an email. Please kindly response within 48 hours.

Thank you for supporting the giveaway and for reading! 🙂

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Splash @ Kidz Amaze (Punggol SAFRA)

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I am so in love with this place! And my kids too!

Spanning 24,000 square feet, Splash @ Kidz Amaze is the new way to have water play theme parks in Singapore! In hot and humid Singapore, the best way to have water play is under shelter – not that I don’t like the sun; it’s just easier not to have the glaring and scorching sun in your eyes and face. We tried water playgrounds in the evening to night hours, but it normally gets a little chilly with gusts of wind.

That’s that main reason why I like Splash @ Kidz Amaze located at Punggol SAFRA:

1) Sheltered Indoor Water Playground.

The very first indoor water playground in Singapore. You can play here in rain and shine condition without harsh natural elements. Having said that, it is not devoid of natural sunlight. Parts of the architecture allows sunlight to peek through. This place is themed the “Enchanted Deep Sea”, so you will see many “sea creatures” dotting the playground.

Night view verse Day view:



And here are 4 other reasons why you should check this place out at least once:

2) Shallow waters

At just 0.3M deep waters, it is designed for toddlers from 18 months to tweens of 13 years old. For those who are afraid of deep waters, this builds water confidence as most children can waddle through the waters without worries of the water levels reaching uncomfortable zones.

Both my sons cannot swim yet. In particular Xi En has some water phobia since young and he never quite enjoyed water playgrounds. I was surprised that he took to this place very well and the key reason is because he can comfortably waddle through the shallow waters.

There are safety crews in bright yellow T-shirts around the whole water playground.

The middle zone of the single volume toddlers play area is also equipped with heating elements which can keep the water warm as night falls.

The single volume play zone with different water play structures to thrill the younger crowd

Night view – less crowd!
Xi En enjoyed all these water play jets.

3) Different play zones

Older children tend to be more boisterous when they play. I am glad there are “quiet” areas at the sides and the toddlers-suited zone for the really young ones. For some reasons, Eizac isn’t liking water playgrounds lately. He is good just to sit out at the side-lines and watch the rest play.


There is a single volume area for the 18 to 36 months toddlers and a triple volume area for 6 years and above (including adults!) – which is great as it caters to different age groups.

Xi En tried out the middle green slide. As he can’t swim, he still preferred that one of us is with him. This is a broad slide which most children will go and up umpteen times; the busiest slide. Open-mouthed smile


There are 2 other taller slides (with enclosed spiralling tunnels) which the older ones will be excited over. I have yet to try them but accordingly to the Daddy and Xi En who gamely took to the 2nd highest slide, they are dark and “a little scary” but very FUN! hahaa.. that’s the thrill I supposed.

A blurred shot of Xi En emerging from one of the enclosed high slides. This boy enjoys thrilling rides.

There is also an interactive projector which sends ripples across the projected images with motions. This will be fun for the younger ones.


4) Hot Water in the Bathroom!

There are just 2 toilets/bathrooms – male and female. But they are spacious and clean. The lockers are located within the toilets so it’s convenient to pick items up when you need them during showers.

I like the small cubicles for the children and the dual top/bottom closure swing doors if you need to supervise them. Most importantly there is warm water for showering and liquid soap is provided too. How convenient. Open-mouthed smile





5) Party Rooms

There are 3 different themed party rooms located within Splash @ Kidz Amaze – Pirate’s Cave, Penguin’s Paradise and Under The Sea. They are at the perimeter of the toddlers splash zone. There are plenty of seats around and bright coloured wall papers. This is a different type of party venue which allows guest to zip in and out at Splash and rest/eat at the party rooms. If you are looking for a party venue, prices start from $430 for 3 hours usage of party room with entry to Splash, without food catering. More details here.

However, note that the aircon can get really chilly when your kids just stepped out of the pool. Get ready with towels or swim robes to avoid a chill. All the rooms have individual controlled AC remote controls but it takes a while for the room to warm up.


Tips and notes to enjoy this place

1) Go during off peak hours (if possible). First you save on cheaper entrance fee. Second, it is less crowded. Note that there is a maximum capacity of 400 per play hours. Play hours are in blocks of 4 hours. 10am to 2pm; 2pm to 6pm; 5pm to 9pm. However, these are subject to changes from time to time. To avoid disappointment, it is best to arrive early to book a time slot.

I will recommend going at 5pm to 9pm as that is the time from sunset to dark. The lightings here will change at night and there might even be some nice music to add to the mystical hour. Or early in the morning to avoid the crowd.

2) No food are allowed beyond the party rooms. In other words, eat before coming and play your fullest before looking for food outside. No re-entry is allowed.

3) There are limited benches around the play area. So try to bring less items and use water-proof bags and have someone watch your over if you don’t intend to place your stuff in the lockers.

4) Wear goggles. If you having children who don’t like water in their eyes, try giving them goggles. For Xi En, it worked well so he didn’t need to keep brushing away water from his eyes – which he dislikes.

5) Children are required to wear swim gears. For adults, Dri-Fit clothing are acceptable. I find it more comfortable wearing a tank top/Dri-Fit over my swim wear.

Details on entry fee as below.

Splash entry fee

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Check out our previous review on some outlets at Punggol SAFRA too.

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The newest kid on the Punggol block is Punggol SAFRA – this new orange/brown building next to Waterway @ Punggol.

The inspiration of the cascading architectural design comes from the natural slope seen on part of the land where the club is built. The club is also integrated seamlessly with the adjacent Punggol Waterway Park to retain the naturalistic ambience for recreation. In other ways, no side/front/back gates. I thought that is great for bringing nature closer to built-environment. And also those hues blend in nicely with the nature surroundings.


Last weekend, we were part of a group of Singapore Parent Bloggers who were invited to have a “Little Punggol Safra Explorer” Day. Here’s sharing our first hand experience exploring some of the establishments at Punggol SAFRA. This place is open to the public (non SAFRA members) though members might get some special rates at selected outlets.


It is a little “ulu” if you are not a Punggolians. But not exactly since the government is trying to maximise all land space in Singapore; nowhere is that ulu anymore.

Address is 9 Sentul Crescent Singapore 828654

By Car you can reach here using TPE or KPE. But do note that car parking isn’t cheap for non members. If you intend to stay for a longer period, it will be more ideal to take public transport.

By MRT/LRT, it is just 1 min walk from Sam Kee LRT Station

By Bus, 382G/382W from Punggol Bus Interchange will reach nearby.

More details on getting there and car park rates here.

Where’s the Fun

There is something for the whole family here.

We didn’t manage to try the Bikes @ Waterway but this is a highlight of Punggol SAFRA. This SAFRA club is the first to include cycling activites. Bikes @ Waterway is part of the Park Connector Network (PCN) Pitstop network that offers returns of bicycle conveniently at any of the “pitstops” located along the Eastern PCN.

You will see familiar names at the club which means you have another place to dine or another enrichment centre outlet to send your children to. Check out the full directory listing here.

Type Facilities and Tenants
Fitness & Lesiure • Bikes @ Waterway
• EnergyOne
• Manekineko
• Member’s Lounge
• Games Room
• Yoga Inc.
• i Darts LAVA (opens early May)
• Orchid Bowl (opens 5 Jun)
• The Spa by The Ultimate (opening date to be confirmed)
Play & Enrichment • Artary
• BazGym Gymnastics School
• LCentral English
• NurtureStars Preschool
• Splash @ Kidz Amaze
• StepUp Learning & Dance
• Tien Hsia Language School
• Yamaha Music
• Stamford Education (opens 1 Jun)
• Taekwondonomics (opens 1 Jun)
Food & Beverages Issho family restaurant
• Pin Si Superior
• Pizza Hut
• Siam Thai Tuckshop
• Nom La La by Bakerzin
• Jack’s Place (opens 30 Apr)
• Culinary Experience Studio Powered by Bosch (opens May)
• Heavenly Wang (opens early May)
• McDonald’s (opens 15 May)

Where Fun Flows


For the day’s event, we had fun at Artary – a children focused art centre. I loved the clean, arty look of the whole place. It almost felt like one of those hipster cafe with graffiti all over. Smile



We worked on creating simple Van Gogh flowers as it was a parent-and-child session. Everything is prepared adequately and teachers are nearby to guide when needed. Instead of just painting the flowers, the children drew, cut and painted their unique blooms on separate papers. So the artwork became 3-D which is more appealing for younger crowd.





Pizza Hut

A well known pizza hunt – Pizza Hut – conducted hands-on Pizza-Making workshop for the children. First, we took photos for the souvenir-certificate which will be given to each child after the workshop. Thereafter, you ain’t “chef” till you worn the chef hat and apron which the children gamely put on. Lastly, they put on gloves and it’s hands-on-the-deck/dough with spreading of tomato sauce and sprinkling of ingredients!




All the pizzas are marked and child’s name tagged on before they are collected to be baked. This way, there will be no mix-ups and your child will be eating exactly his self-assembled pizza. A goodie bag will be given together with light refreshment (a packet of juice, garlic bread and chicken wings – kids’ portion). Understood that the cost of such workshop is $25 per child.  More details can be found on Pizza Hut website.


Splash @ Kidz Amaze

This is the highlight of the day and deserve a separate post on it’s own. Click this link for a more detailed write up with photos!


If you are in the area or even if you are not, this un-ulu place deserve at least one visit (or more). We will be back! Smile

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