Written by Tracey Turner and published by Bloomsbury books, this is a lovely book full of random, yet interesting, and informative facts for each day of the year. Each page brings a different colour and different images of animals, nature, jobs and the world.
It sounds far too easy to be scary doesn’t it? Well it is to an extent, especially considering the game needs no batteries! Well if a player pulls the wrong piece and old sharky realises what’s going on then he will quickly snap his jaws tightly shut, chomping away on anything remaining in his mouth, yes that includes fingers, hands, even noses if your too close. It’s best to hold the rod at arms length at all times and you just never know when the sharks mouth will go.
Emoji fever seems to be taking over the UK with the recent release of the Emoji movie. Kids everywhere want all new emoji themed accessories, and these poseable light up figure and just one of them.
There are three to collect and for some strange reason, my kids seem obsessed with the poop shaped one – which also happens to be called “Poop” the other two are Jailbreak and Gene and we have two of these.
Now I’m not sure what exactly these are meant to be or their use; as they don’t really do all that much. Their arms and legs can be moved and they can be also be removed from the stands so maybe a little like dolls?
They also both light up, but the light isn’t anything special and not really bright enough for reading, Plus it doesn’t stay on long enough. The lights are only activated when one of the characters arms are lifted and then instantly go off again as the arms don’t stay up.
I actually struggled to get pictures of the lights on as one of my hands had tohold up the arm, with the other taking the picture.
Jordanna wasn’t too impressed with the short amount of light. Izebella seemed happy to have just something from the Emoji movie.
If anything they do make nice enough bedroom decorations and accessories, they aren’t soft so no good for bedtime hugs either. I’m thinking maybe in a few years time they may just be sought after by movie apparel fans and who knows perhaps worth a bit more than the £14.99 price tag.
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Shoes from Chatham are certainly a little bit different than the norm, being that the majority of their shoes are designed in a naval/boat/deck style. Shoes that are flat, comfortable which still have that bit of sophisticated. They even have their own children’s section of footwear.
On first glance at the children’s shoes, you may be mistaken to think they all look boyish, but if you click on a few pairs, you will find alternative colours such as pink which looks much less boyish.
These are the children’s Henry Deck shoes, at £45.00 per pair. There are 3 colour choices here including the pink shade.
Well the new deck shoes certainly measured up to their comfyness as Izebella wore them last weekend to walk around York all day , and even climbed a large tower in them, beating md to the top.
We have a new Aquabeads set just in time for the Summer holidays. This is a full mini set rather than just an additional add on or refill set. It contains a mini work station along with hundreds of coloured beads, water spray bottle, templates and an easy bead remover.
This set is themed around the popular Disney Princess’s. Unlike other sets which come with many varying design templates, this one comes with just 4 templates on 2 cards. With these templates we can make rapunzel, aurora, aerial or Belle.
I thought I would give this a go myself first as Izebella was very eager to have her own princess design and although I’m fine with her having a go herself, I know that she would become easily frustrated when the small beads don’t go her way, so I made one for her.
For some strange reason I actually found this large face design much easier and quicker to complete than some of the smaller designs from previous boxes. I completed this is just 15 minutes or so and allowed 20 minutes to dry.
The new pink easy lift tool is essentially just a piece of tough plastic with grips. It doesn’t look much but it seems to help to remove the bead designs in one piece and they don’t have to be completely dry to use this. As long as the beads are firmly stuck the tool can usually be used after 20 minutes of waiting.
Once dry and stuck together, aquabead designs seem to stay that way and can be used as mini displays on windows and bedrooms.
I found making this princess with the beads quite therapeutic this time round and not at all boring. Now my girls are busy making theirs too tho not quite as fast as mine.
Both my girls love anything to do with fairies. Even my 9 year old who considers herself past playing with dolls still loves fairy things. They also both love jewellery and making things and this small craft set from Interplay UK enables my girls to make bracelets or necklaces with beads and fairy charms.
Inside the box we get many colourful beads in bright princess style colours with coloured elastic string, fasteners and 12 metal charms. The charms are all fairy inspired with wands, crowns, rainbows, stars and more.
No instructions came with our box but I do believe that these are meant to be included so I have no idea what happened to them. However it is really just a case of threading beads onto the string and adding charms.
The bead holes are big enough for the elastic string to be easily threaded through, I even found this easy and my fingers are slightly larger than a childs. All sorts of designs can be made and as the string is very stretchy, even the smallest made bracelets will fit.
This is just one little bracelet that my girls made for me.
If getting this craft kit then it’s a good idea to have a small tin or tub to keep the beads and charms in because once the box is opened there is nothing to keep them in place and they just fall out of the box.
It costs approximately £9.99 and will make 10 pieces of jewellery, possibly more.
With so many chocolate eggs sent from everyone it’s always good to look for alternative gifts other than chocolate. I was sent a little package of girly type things and I hid them around the house for Izebella to find, just like a traditional Easter egg hunt.
Included in the Easter hunt was a colouring sheet, jokes, a postcard, sweets, a diva bow and the L.O.L doll.
Izebella has lots of fun going round the house trying to find things and follow a mini trail. She did get a bit of chocolate too as the sweets were chocolate buttons which went rather quickly. She loves drawing and colouring and seemed happy with her doll colouring sheet.
The dolls get hidden inside the L.O.L globes. Layers of wrapping get peeled off to reveal accessories and in the middle is the doll.
We have three new board books from Button books. Each book is by author Madeline Rogers and the books are designed for very young children 0-3 years but also perfect for both pre and early readers as first books.
All the books are based around animals from three different continents, being Africa, Asia and the polar regions. Each book shows five different animals from each region.
The books are all made with thicker board rather than paper which prevents tears. There are many bold animal images throughout. The text is very minimal, 2 lines per two pages it is also bold and just the right size for younger children.
Each animal book in the mibo series has an rrp of £4.99 and these can be found on Amazon and many book shops.
All three of my children seem to have some sort of interest in science and experiments. My older two have a fair few science kits and Izebella seems fascinated by what they make with them.
Discover with Dr Cool also loves science and sells a very good range of science kits and experiments in many categories of science to suit most ages. The company is American based but many of their products can be purchased on Amazon UK. Just type in “discover with dr cool” to bring up the products.
All three of my children have a new kit and they all love them. Ryan has a rock tumbler, however rock tumbling takes time so he can’t give his full opinion for another 2/3 weeks yet. So today is about the girls kits which are both very different.
Jordanna (age 9) received this gem stone dig kit.
The kit contained a hard stone plaque which appeared to have a large purple crystal inside it, however this is quite deceptive as it’s just a painted image. To get the real gems, Jordanna had to dig.
And dig she did! A small scraper tool comes included but we found a plastic knife also comes in useful. The digging is quite tough at first but got easier as we went on (yes I had to help her). We found a little water helped too and once the stone started to be chipped away it was more like sand or clay.
Inside the plaque were 15 gems/precious stones that Jordanna discovered by digging. There is a booklet with the set to tell us what each one is. We did find one or two of the stones were not listed tho.
The stones needed a good wash and a little brush comes included to brush away dust. The magnifying glass gives us a better look at each stone. The stones are unpolished but as a certain someone now has a rock tumbler, this can easily be changed.
This kit falls under the geology and excavation (digging) categories of science. I myself love collecting rocks and gems such as the ones Jordanna found.
And now for Izebella (age 4). Being so young, I would not of thought that there would be many science type kits about for Izebella. Obviously she cannot use chemicals of any sort, nor use anything mechanical or sharp. Gems and stones are also a little risky as she sometimes puts things in her mouth.
Well it seems Dr Cool got it bang on with their Ultimate Dino sand kit.
The kit contains a bag of sand, dinosaur figures/mouldy and a play tray. Now the idea of sand and a young child playing with it in the home will probably fill most parents with dread , the thought of bits of sand all over the carpet!However fear not because this is the special sort of kids sand that does not dry out. It sort of clumps together and we can even lift chunks of it together. Mess is minimal and it’s not sticky either, it feels a little like play dough.
She can learn a little about dinosaurs by me reading bits to her. We also play a game of hide the dinosaurs, where I hide the dinosaurs in the sand and she digs with her hands to find them. She loves it!
Luckily it’s totally fossilised, feels just like a regular stone and does not stink. It is a very interesting and extremely old piece of Earths history. This can also be buried in the sand or kept in its packet, maybe it will be around in another 50 million years!
So what does little Izebella think of the sand dinosaurs and poop?
Yes it smiles all around and very minimal mess for me! Once finished playing the sand can be kept and stored in a sealed container along with the dinosaur parts, ready to play with another time. This one is also on Amazon for £13.99.
Well my girls loved their kits and Ryan also loves his new gadget, his review will be here in the next few weeks.
Jordanna enjoys craft and creative sets. She previously tried Aquabeads over a year ago but found it slightly difficult. She has recently had the chance to have another go at Aquabeads with the new beginners studio and lots of new Aquabeads sets have also recently launched.
If your new to Aquabeads; then what it involves is matching coloured beads to design templates on a plastic board and then wetting and leaving to dry, with the end result being a pretty animal, flower or object made with the beads.
Putting the beads onto the template board can be fiddly because the beads are tiny. A bead pen is included which helps grab the beads but it only helps a little. Fingers can be used but problems arise with large designs if your fingers sweat and the beads get wet and sticky. It does take time and practice and a little frustration to do.
The templates with the beginners set are a good size for a beginner or younger child. The girl image in the photograph above is probably the biggest design that comes with this set. There are a fair few template cards included and each one with 3-5 images on. Other Aquabead sets may come with more complex and time consuming images but I think this is just fine for Jordanna and even Izebella had a go.
The designs in this studio do not take that long to make, but Jordanna does get annoyed waiting for them to dry which can take a while. If they are lifted too soon and still wet then they will fall apart. The beads contain some sort of strange glue type stuff which activates when wet and sticks them together.
The best thing about this set (according to Jordanna) is that it all fits into an including case. The beads all have their own spaces on top and the other accessories and templates fit underneath so no need to hunt around for tins to keep it all in, nor keep the box.
800 coloured beads come included along with a bead pen, water sprayer and templates. The age guide is 4 and over (which Izebella nearly is). I would not recommend buying this if you have younger children or babies about as the balls are tiny but otherwise it is a perfect starter set for Aquabeads.
This product costs between £14-£20 depending on where you purchase it.