Monday, 29 October 2018

Little Monsters Movie Maker Event at Nicholsons Shopping Centre

Who you going to call?

Our local shopping centre, Nicholsons in Maidenhead, ran a fantastic free Little Monster Movie Makers event last week where the kids got to star in their very own version of Ghostbusters. A big thank you to the organisers, it really was a fantastic effort from all involved.



I ain't afraid of no ghosts!

Ben and the twins loved their movie debut. It was a brilliant introduction into how movies are made from the Storyboard Stage to what is involved in shooting the various scenes with takes and retakes until it was just right.


Their faces were priceless while watching the finished movie this morning.


Check it out for yourself here and make sure you watch it right to the end - credits included.

 

Monday, 8 October 2018

Zoomer Hungry Bunnies Review

Meet  Shreddy, one of the Zoomer Hungry Bunnies who has made quite a big impact in our house. This little pink bunny, with her soft fluffy blue ears, is cuteness overload. Zoomer Bunnies are interactive and just like real bunnies, loves to eat and play. I have to admit I am very impressed with the interactive features which make this toy both extremely engaging and entertaining.

Zoomer Hungry Bunny

Hungry Bunny Fun

Zoomer Hungry Bunnies come with over 80 treats to choose from including carrots, radishes, ice creams, popsicles and more.

Zoomer Hungry Bunny

The thing that amazed and delighted my kids was how Shreddy really ate her treats which resulted in a rather colourful confetti surprise being produced - cue lots of laughter. Zachary, our little eco-warrior, made me laugh when he quickly pointed out that these bunny droppings are good as they can be recycled.

Zoomer Hungry Bunny Confetti Surprise

The good news is there is also a treat tracer template included so your little ones can make as many colourful, wild and wonderful snacks as they like. This was an ideal activity for my arty Zoey who quickly filled up the treat basket which is also included. Our Shreddy is definitely a very well fed bunny.

Zoomer Hungry Bunny Treat Tracer

Our Verdict

Zoey fell in love with Shreddy the second she saw her, Being pink earned instant bonus points but when Zoey discovered all the treats and the basket she couldn't wait to get playing. She immediately made up the little basket and got the treats ready while I popped the batteries in.

Zoomer Hungry Bunny

Zoomer Bunnies interactive features including sounds and actions ensure she has a  super high play factor. The bunny's tummy makes a grumbling sound when she is hungry and wants to eat. Then to indicate she has eaten enough she plays a magical sound. Sometimes she burps and needs a gentle pat on the back and tickling her tummy leads to lots of laughter. You pat her head to play magical music games and listen to her beautiful singing voice. In Zoey's words "she's the bestest bunny ever".

Where to Buy

Zoomer Hungry Bunnies comes in two colours,  pink (Shreddy) and white (Chewy) and are available to buy from the usual toy retailers and online including Amazon and Smyths Toys with an RRP of £29.99. If you are looking for a bargain Zoomer Bunnies are currently on sale in Smyths, priced at £19.99. 

Zoomer Hungry Bunny

*Disclaimer: I received a Zoomer Hungry Bunnies toy for review. All views and opinions are my own and unbiased. 

Friday, 28 September 2018

The GraviTrax Fun Continues

It is now over three months since the boys started playing with GraviTrax, the awesome STEM track building system from Ravensburger and they are even more hooked on it than ever. It definitely gets on my list for the best tried and tested toys available so one to consider for Christmas lists (sorry, I know it's still September). 

Here's a quick video of the boys (and Tuco) at play after school yesterday.



Creating an Educational Bedroom for Your Children

You might think that a baby doesn’t really need a creative and inspirational bedroom. You’d be wrong though! Smaller babies up to 6 months old are better off sleeping in the same room as their parents, but perhaps after that, you’d like to move your little dumpling into their own place and reclaim your space back. Investing in a luxury nursery furniture set will take care of all of the initial decor, then the colours and theme can come into to play as they grow.

The early years, sounds we hear, colours we learn to recognise and the experiences we have form much of what we know about the world. Ensuring that your baby’s nursery is safe and educational is a must. So, how can we create a creative space for our children?

Children's Bedroom

Colour

While young babies see in black and white, and not all that well, it isn’t long before they can see the rainbow just like everyone else. Think about a theme that you (and they) might like. Invest in a few bright wall murals. Perhaps some patchwork blankets, and depending on the age of your child a nice duvet set.

Books

It is never too early to introduce books. You can purchase them second hand or new, whichever you like. Soft material books with recognisable animals like dogs, cats and ducks with textured patches and noisy bits are great for their gross and fine motor skills. You can even get books that can be used in the bath too. Introducing your little ones to words, shapes and even numbers this early lays a great foundation when the time for nursery rolls around. You might want to invest in some fabulous educational toys too.

Cosy

When we feel safe, we relax. Who doesn’t love the sound of a relaxed baby cooing in their cot? When your child is cosy and chilling out in their bed, they can look around the room and soak in their surroundings. Placing some of their favourite characters on shelves around the space, encourage them to use those core muscles and the neck muscles.

Celebrate

We all like to have our achievements on display. When your little ones big enough to start creating pieces of ‘art’ rather than just tuck it away in a draw, start framing them and put them on display around the room. As your child grows, and joins teams and earns medals and certificates, you can swap artwork from their younger years and add in the bigger stuff.

Positive Reinforcement

Rather than making the bedroom into a place where they go when punished, turn it into a sanctuary. Have a list of your positive sayings on the door of the room. Read them together at night, and eventually when your child is big enough they will be able to read them alone. A great list to start with is:
  • I believe in myself 
  • My family believe in me too 
  • I take care of my things 
  • I am bright, funny and brilliant 
  • I am loved 
  • My room is my safe space
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Sunday, 23 September 2018

What to Remember When You're Expecting Twins

When you’re expecting twins, you probably have a lot on your mind. It’s overwhelming enough to be expecting just one baby - but two at the same time is a whole other story. Luckily, there are a lot of resources out there for parents who are waiting for their twins to arrive, and it’s a lot you can do beforehand to make everything just a little bit easier.



Here is a quick guide for parents who are expecting twins so that you can feel a bit more relaxed about the future.

First: Remember the Baby Shower

While some parents are happy when they hear that they are having twins, others feel worried. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed about it all and especially when everything needs to be doubled. Make it easy for yourself a let others take care of some of it for you.

Baby showers are the best way to do exactly this. As long as your guests know that you are expecting twins, they’ll be sure to buy you some stuff that will make it easier to handle. A ZOE stroller for twins, for example, will definitely come in handy.

Let those who love and care about you lend you a hand in stocking up on the important stuff so that you can put your feet up and look forward to the big day.

Next: Stock up on Diapers

You might as well make this a part of your wishlist for the baby shower as you’re going to need a lot of it. If you already have children, you probably know that you’re going to go through diapers faster than anything else, but having twins is really quite different.

Whether you choose cloth or disposable diapers for your babies, now is the time to make sure you have a lot of them. Remember to buy a few in different sizes as well so that when your newborns seemingly grow to a new size overnight, you have a diaper ready that will fit.

Last: Prepare the Older Siblings

If you already have kids, you should help them to prepare for the big change in their lives. Make sure that their needs are met as well while you’re preparing for the twins’ arrival, and go through what kind of changes they can expect.

 There will probably be some new rules around the house, for example, and your kid needs to be aware of this before it happens so that it’s not one big surprise.

 Having twins is definitely a big deal but reading up on what you can expect and preparing yourself as well as the rest of the family can make it a lot easier. Keep in mind that you can ask your friends are family for some support as well, though, and they’ll be happy to help.

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