I don’t know about your kids, but my three-year-old is really into make believe at the moment. At the weekend, she kept telling us to say hello to her invisible friend, Georgina, and her invisible baby, Gracie. She regularly makes us all swap names/roles, so that she is Mummy and I am Baby (I suspect she likes bossing me about…) and she often jumps from the bottom step shouting “Spider-Man!”
This superhero backpack is right up her street. Sent to us by online boutique Gigi Brooks, to try out, we took it for a road-test the other day. “Let’s go for a walk!” I suggested to the three-year-old. “Can I take my buggy and baby?” she asked. “Well, you could,” I replied. “But we need to go on a special spy mission, so baby might get scared.” She thought for a minute. “OK Mummy, I’ll just put baby down to sleep in the living room, and then I’ll be ready.” A few minutes later, she was back, put on her special backpack and we headed out.
“What’s the special spy mission?” she asked, as we walked along. We had not long been to The Discover Centre in Stratford where they have an interactive spy session. She’d been a little scared by that (I think she thought there really was an evil Russian doctor hiding in the next room) but this was a spy mission she could get on board with. “Well,” I said. “We have to walk to the end of our road, like this, pretending everything it completely normal…. and then when we get to the end of our street, we have to hide behind a wall, and transform into a superhero ready for our mission.”
Excited, she legged it along our street. At the end, I showed her how her a pouch at the top of the backpack unzipped to reveal A SUPERHERO CAPE! And in another pouch was A SUPERHERO MASK! Within seconds, the transformation was complete, and we set about our mission: to look for things that rhymed.
“Can you see something that rhymes with ball?” I asked.
“WALL!” she’d shout.
“Brilliant! Can you see a car and its colour rhymes with head?”
“No, try again… rhymes with head…”
And so we whiled away 40 minutes before running home, mission: complete. (OK we might have stopped off at a local shop to buy an ice lolly too… well being a super hero on a spy mission is hot work!)
We were impressed with the superhero backpack – it’s not cheap at £43 but it’s made of neoprene, so feels very durable, and the cape is a lovely silky feeling polyester. The straps adjust, meaning it fitted my three-year-old well and it has a strap that clips across their chest too, so it’s nice and secure. The straps are padded, so it’s comfortable to wear. I have a feeling this bag might become our pre-school bag, replacing the Disney princess rucksack that has been so loved until now.
Big thanks to Gigi Brooks for sending us the super hero backpack, £43, to review!
Psst… it also comes in this red, yellow and blue colour, which I actually prefer as it’s not as PINK as the one we have!