Christmas Gift Guide: What To Get Your Little Pranksters

December 13, 2016
The beano shop

I like to think my kids enjoy programmes like Dennis the Menace on Netflix so much because they behave impeccably 90% of the time.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

But this cartoon  is one of the stalwarts in our house and I love it; Dennis the Menace reminds me of my own angelic (ahem) childhood and I love the innocent joy the children get from seeing cartoon characters on Netflix getting up to mischief and creating mayhem.

Aside from things with their name on – I’ve just discovered the personalisation at and we’re all HOOKED – causing trouble is the number one thing on my little monkeys’ agenda.

The beano shop

We don’t have a TV you see – something happened to my aerial a couple months ago and I haven’t got around to working out what – so we watch all our kid’s television (and grown-ups television) via Netflix. This worked perfectly until Hux discovered how to operate the YouTube app on Apple TV and suddenly Topsy and Tim made a re-appearance. I nipped that one in the bud mega swiftly, obvs. Nothing makes me want to stick pins in my eyes quite as much as Topsy and Tim.

Dennis the Menace is A-OK by me though, and I’m partial to sitting down with the kids to enjoy an episode or two of trouble when I can.

The beano shop

You may not realise it but the Beano – the home of Dennis the Menace –  is currently experiencing something of a resurgence, and with it they’ve launched a brand new shop! Here you’ll find all manner of gifts and games for your little pranksters, some that I remember from my own childhood.

For example, remember thinking you could give an electric shock with a handshake? Or handing dirty soap to someone when they needed to wash their hands? (this one did the rounds a hundred times at my school). Or even planting a fake poo around the house?… those were the days (sorry mum).

The beano shop

As an early Christmas present, The Beano Shop kindly sent Elfie and Hux an present of Monopoly – The Beano Edition along with Dennis the Menace tshirts of their very own. So this weekend we got our naughtiest faces (see below!) and our naughtiest tshirts on and had a good old-fashioned board game afternoon!

The beano shop The beano shop

I love to play Monopoly with my little troublemakers. We used to play Minion Monopoly a lot when they were little but they’ve grown out of that now; they’re obviously too young for the classic game so Beano Monopoly is a wonderful middle-ground. Elfie in particular hoards her cash and property with glee, a true property developer in the making, that one.

The game is a wonderful way to introduce your children to a fun bit of gaming and a healthy portion of competitiveness – and what better to do on a rainy weekend afternoon?! And I’ve got to admit, the longer I can keep the dirty soap out of these little fingers the better… otherwise there’ll be cling film on my loo seats before I know it.

Thanks to The Beano Shop for working with MTT this Christmas!

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  • Reply Amy December 15, 2016 at 11:29 am

    This looks like such a great game of monopoly! Love playing with my husband but the kids haven’t played yet, this would be perfect to get them in to it.

  • Reply What Lia Eats December 15, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Ah, wow a BEANO MONOPOLY!? Amazing, my kids would love that! India loves Dennis the Menace too – i just hope she’s not picking up tips like Dex & Flo did from Horrid Henry, haha!

  • Reply Rachel December 15, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    That sounds a lot of fun. I really want to start playing board games with Pip – I’ll have to check it out. (and the programme on netflix. We watch a lot of Shezow and My Little Pony…)

  • Reply lori December 16, 2016 at 11:35 am

    I used to love the beano as a kid, so much fun that they’ve made it into monopoly! x

  • Reply Lottie | Oyster & Pearl December 16, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Hooray! My boyfriend works for the Beano so that plus five kids means it rates pretty highly in our house as you can imagine :)

  • Reply Kathryn December 19, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Monopoly is such a great board game and it’s getting our kids used to counting money and working out change so quite a sneaky way to get them doing maths under the guise of fun. This Beano version is the bomb! xx

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