Tuesday, 28 March 2017

In Review: Schleich Dinosaurs

We were very fortunate to once again be sent some Schleich products to review.
On this occasion, we received the Feathered Raptors set, along with 2 smaller loose dinosaur figures.

The Feathered raptor set comprises : Velociraptor, which most of us should be familiar with thanks to Jurassic park!, along with the lesser-known Utahraptor & microraptor. Sticking with the realism that Schleich is famous for, the dinosaur figures have fine detailing of feathers on there arms & bodies. In recent times paleontologist boffins have held the belief that dinosaurs had a more bird-like appearance than reptile.


If you notice from the top left picture, the vibrant box features a nice dinosaur world background, I also like how the figures are not "over-packaged", additional to the cardboard case, is one small piece of plastic to support the larger dinosaur, & a few of those ties that wraparound the toy. The Schleich loose figures are unboxed with barcode & 3+ age range on an attached sticker.

I've said before, but Schleich toys combine being good fun , along with educational value. They are high end toys & come at a price that while being more expensive than other non-branded figures, are still affordable. (The feathered raptor set R.R.P is £13.99, with the smaller figures at around the £3 mark).

Our kids loved these, even our 7 year old who is usually more for princesses & unicorns enjoyed playing with these figures, & i would happily recommend them to any parent.









Some Summertime Suggestions


                  



Summer is well and truly on its way and the hotter weather is starting to arrive for the majority of us. This means that, as parents, we need to start thinking about one thing: how to entertain the kids. When the warmer weather comes, it’s like they’re completely different people to the ones that you’ve been nurturing all winter. You’ll see them housing more energy, more buzz to do things and with a kick of fun that is quite infectious when you get involved. For those who are stuck on ideas of what to do in the coming months, stay tuned…

Buy Garden Games

You don’t need a large garden to be able to buy garden games for the kids to play with. There are traditional board games that have been oversized and are waterproof for you to be able to play with them outdoors. Connect 4, Jenga and Kerplunk are just a few examples of what’s on offer for you to buy - you can usually find them online for a lot cheaper than you would expect to pay in a garden centre. There are also the good old classic garden games like soccer and croquet to invest in if you fancy keeping it a bit more active.

Keep Them Calm

There will always be children who don’t want to engage in physical activities, or ones who need calming down after running around for a while outside. Keep them calm by having an alternative to the fun outside. Download ShowBox now for a quick and easy platform for them to watch movies on their tablets, or stock up on a good selection of DVDs to keep by the television.

Start Crafting

Moving everything outside means that you have more chance to craft with less chance of messing up your house. It can be a great excuse for getting out the paints! Especially with warmer weather coming, crafts like tie-dye are excellent to take advantage of, as you will be able to stay outside to do the messy bit and then dry the clothes without having to wait absolutely ages for it.

Bring Out Water Fun

Warmer weather calls for water - it just goes hand in hand, doesn’t it? You don’t even need a hose to be able to have fun with water, as buckets, sponges and water bombs work just as well. Make sure that you stock up on them before the season starts, else you’ll be disappointed when you go to the store and they’ve all been bought out.

Make a Den

Making a den in the garden doesn’t just serve as an exciting way to pass the time, but it also offers shelter from the sun to your children when it’s getting just that little bit too warm outside. Kids are more likely to go and sit under something that they have made themselves, and it’s a great way to explore their imaginative and creativity skills. Use props from around the house and incorporate plants and trees in the garden into their design.
Summer is well and truly on its way and the hotter weather is starting to arrive for the majority of us. This means that, as parents, we need to start thinking about one thing: how to entertain the kids. When the warmer weather comes, it’s like they’re completely different people to the ones that you’ve been nurturing all winter. You’ll see them housing more energy, more buzz to do things and with a kick of fun that is quite infectious when you get involved. For those who are stuck on ideas of what to do in the coming months, stay tuned…

Buy Garden Games

You don’t need a large garden to be able to buy garden games for the kids to play with. There are traditional board games that have been oversized and are waterproof for you to be able to play with them outdoors. Connect 4, Jenga and Kerplunk are just a few examples of what’s on offer for you to buy - you can usually find them online for a lot cheaper than you would expect to pay in a garden centre. There are also the good old classic garden games like soccer and croquet to invest in if you fancy keeping it a bit more active.

Keep Them Calm

There will always be children who don’t want to engage in physical activities, or ones who need calming down after running around for a while outside. Keep them calm by having an alternative to the fun outside. Download ShowBox now for a quick and easy platform for them to watch movies on their tablets, or stock up on a good selection of DVDs to keep by the television.

Start Crafting

Moving everything outside means that you have more chance to craft with less chance of messing up your house. It can be a great excuse for getting out the paints! Especially with warmer weather coming, crafts like tie-dye are excellent to take advantage of, as you will be able to stay outside to do the messy bit and then dry the clothes without having to wait absolutely ages for it.

Bring Out Water Fun

Warmer weather calls for water - it just goes hand in hand, doesn’t it? You don’t even need a hose to be able to have fun with water, as buckets, sponges and water bombs work just as well. Make sure that you stock up on them before the season starts, else you’ll be disappointed when you go to the store and they’ve all been bought out.

Make a Den

Making a den in the garden doesn’t just serve as an exciting way to pass the time, but it also offers shelter from the sun to your children when it’s getting just that little bit too warm outside. Kids are more likely to go and sit under something that they have made themselves, and it’s a great way to explore their imaginative and creativity skills. Use props from around the house and incorporate plants and trees in the garden into their design.


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Friday, 24 March 2017

Cool Kids Activities



One of the most important things that you can do for your children is to set aside some quality time to be with them while doing something they will enjoy. But when you are a busy parent, coming up with the ideas for this time can be difficult. Luckily, there are a few below to get you started. Who knows, if you try these, then maybe it will spark you or your little one's imagination, and you’ll think of even more cool things to do.

Art

First of all, what kid doesn't absolutely love getting creative and artistic? In fact, this is one of the categories of cool things to do that can be almost never ending. As folks are always coming up with new ideas of things to paint, or draw, or new techniques to have a go at.

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Super popular activities include colouring pages, self-portraits and even some hand and toe painting. That is if you don't mind a bit of a mess to clear up! You can bet the kids will certainly love the slightly anarchic nature of this activity too!

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Then there is working with clay or plasticine, which is a wonderful way of helping them to develop their fine motors skills and perception. Try making models each other, or the family pets to start with, and see where your creativity takes you.

Music

Another thing little ones love to do is to make some noise, as you probably already know! So why not take that energy, and focus it into something a bit more constructive?

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Get some basic instruments, or just use clapping and singing to make up simple songs. Remember to let the kids have a go at this, because even little ones, first starting to use language can often come up with some hilarious ditties.

Of course, if you feel selfish for keeping all of this musical accomplishment to yourself, you can always use your phone to record an MP3 of your little one's masterpiece. Then send it to a company like Nationwide Disc replication to get copies made. So you can post them to grandma and the rest of the family, and they call all enjoy it too!

Make-Believe Play

Now while the last two suggestions have been more on the theoretical side of things, the next is a bit more fantastical.

It’s imagination, or make-believe play, and it's pretty much what kids do all the time when they are playing with their cars and dolls.
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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

How to make a Rainbow Layered Unicorn Cake


 Last week our littlest Princess turned 7, we planned a magical Unicorn birthday party for her, complete with Unicorn crafts, pin the horn on the Unicorn and some traditional party games. My mum made a maypole for the party which looked amazing. The hall was decorated in beautiful rainbow colours, it really was magical!




To go with the theme of the party we decided on a Unicorn birthday cake, I couldn't find a cake maker in time so I decided to be really brave and have a go at making it myself!
I thought it would be nice to have rainbow colours inside the cake, so I started by colouring the mixture with food dye (Never use Blue because it doesn't work very well!)


It took 4 tins to create 4 different layers, 2 tins fit inside the oven at once so it didn't take too long at all, I spent one evening baking and the next evening icing and decorating the cake. If you are going to make your own cake this is definitely the easiest way of doing it!



After the cakes where stacked together they were then left overnight, the next evening it was time to ice the cake, this is the trickiest part for me! I used ready made fondant icing and rolled it out on the table, I used cornflour on the table to stop the icing sticking from the table, getting the icing to fit around the cake takes a lot of patience but i did manage it with only a few lumps and cracks. Not a bad effort i thought!!

After the icing was on the cake and trimmed round the edges i then cut out little pink flowers to go all around the cake, this looks very pretty and hides any imperfections around the edge of the cake.


Then i made the eyes using a black icing Pen. For the Hair i used a thick piping tool and Buttercream which i dyed Pink. The horn was made from an ice cream cone which i cut down to size using a sharp kitchen knife, i then spray painted it with a special food spray paint to give it a beautiful shade of Pink. For the finishing touches i added some little pre made stars to the Unicorns hair and some silver edible glitter.

The cake had a few imperfections but I was really happy with how it turned out! I'm looking forward to my next cake creation and i can only hope that it turns out as good as my Unicorn cake!




The only down side is that I have to wait til August to make my next Cake!!








Friday, 17 March 2017

Our Rusty Rivets Twitter Party


 If you missed yesterdays Rusty Rivets Twitter social event, then you won't have seen any of the fun activities the children and I took part in.  Don't worry! There will be plenty more twitter social events to get involved with and win goodies. Here are some of the activities we were sent for our Twitter Event.



Rusty Rivets - A brand new TV Series on Nick Jr



First of all, we sat the children down to watch the brand new TV series on Nick Jr, Rusty Rivets. Rusty Rivets is a brand new TV show which has just started on Nick. Jr about young inventor called Rusty, and his team of Robots!
This new interactive show will definitely be a big hit with your little ones!


After watching the TV show we then gave out some Rusty Rivets colouring and activity sheets. The children did a great job at colouring in.



Next was our amazing Robot creations. The children paired up to make Robots, This actually took up most of our party time, they really got into it and wanted to take their time.






This activity was fun and not too messy at all!
If you would like to have a go at making a Robot with your little ones, all you will need is:

A small box (Body)
Paper/Polystyrene bowl (Head)
Paper Cups (Arms)
Pipe Cleaners 
Coloured sticks
Some decorations to stick on, or they could use pens or paint to decorate, depending on how messy you ant to get!


Next we played a game of Memory using the Rusty Rivets cards that were sent to us. This was great fun, and Lottie was really happy to win the game as it was her actual Birthday!






After some refreshments it was nearly time for our Twitter event to come to an end, but we had just about enough time to squeeze in a Treasure Hunt and a game of construction using sticks and play-doh. This was a lot more difficult than it looks!




Make sure you are following UKMums.tv on Twitter to keep up to date with what Twitter party events are coming up. There are always plenty of prizes to be won and fun activities to get involved with at home!




Tuesday, 14 March 2017

When the going gets tough, Parents get going!

Teaching your kids to do the right thing in life can be a challenge - especially if they’ve got an independent mind. The best thing that you can do in regards to learning them the best things to do and how to handle situations that life inevitably throws at them is to think back to the teachings that you have learned from. If you know right from wrong, you’re already one step ahead. But sometimes it can be harder as we go through life to pick out the good stuff from the bad and our perception can become skewed.


Learn the Law

There are some things that you can learn within the law that will help you to impart certain boundaries. Knowing the basics of crimes, so what you can easily be arrested for, are vital things that your child needs to know. It will help them to establish a sense of morality and knowledge of what is expected of them. Although we shouldn’t be teaching our children to fear the police, there is a certain amount of respect to be exchanged between them and people in this position. If your child is older and is already getting into trouble with the authorities, consider using a company like Ronald Fletcher & Co., the probate specialists, to help out with any ill-advised decisions they may have made. Even so, learning what the law is about past this can help in the future, although the scare of it all may have done the job for you.

Give Good Grounding

If you can lead by example, that’s all the grounding that your children will need. By not partaking in anything untoward yourself or associating yourself with people who do, it’s almost like they won’t know how to act differently. There is a great rate of children who follow in their parents footsteps when it comes to wrongdoing, almost like it has to go full circle.


Keep Them Active

Those who are putting their energy into something more constructive such as a hobby or a sport have little time to spare to get up to no good. Children tend to cause havoc when they are bored and have nothing better to do with their time. They can easily get swept up in the thrill of it, and it’s this thrill that they are seeking from being naughty rather than knowing what to do instead of this.

Monitor Their Friends

Association with those who prefer to cause trouble rather than a nice time can have a lasting impact on your child. There will never be any way to fully monitor who they are associating with, especially as they get older, but look out for the signs. It may be that they’re becoming more rebellious in their behaviour or using words that they would never usually say. It may be worth either having a word with said friends or trying to limit their time with them and focusing their attention onto other things - or gaining friends from other sources, such as a youth group or sports club.


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