Showing posts with label #fun. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #fun. Show all posts

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Rainy Day Fun With John Adams Games .....


The boys love spending time with both Jon and myself playing fun games, so when John Adams asked if we wanted to review some games for them I was more than happy to say yes!

Last week was a bit of a wash out, which meant it was the perfect time to stay inside and keep ourselves busy with some fab new games!



We were sent;
Mr Bucket,
Giggle Wiggle and Don't be a Donkey.
All 3 games are for 2 - 4 players.
Recommended age range of 4+.


Up first was Giggle Wiggle.

Aim of the game...

Be the first to place all your coloured balls onto Giggle Wiggle’s moving hands to become the champion of the game

The boys loved this game.
They thought it was hilarious trying to get their balls onto Giggle Wiggles hands as he danced around to Salsa music.

I've also been using it to help Ru sort his colours.
The game comes with four sets of different coloured balls and he really enjoys placing them in their different compartments.

The game requires 3 AA batteries that aren't included.
RRP £24.99



Up next was Don't Be a Donkey.

Aim of the game...

Players get to choose a card from their hand to pass onto the next player, then keep on swapping cards until someone gets a full house of matching donkey cards and shouts out ‘DONKEY’. 
Then it’s a race to grab one of the carrots on the table, but watch out as there are not enough carrots to go around, if you are too slow you must lift-up one of your donkey ears. 
Miss out three times and you get to wear the donkey nose completing your transformation into a donkey and losing the game.

This game took a little explaining for the twins to understand, but once they had watched Noah and myself have a few rounds they soon cottoned on.
This is a great game and something for all the family to enjoy.
The twins enjoyed being the donkey far more than they should have and I'm sure they lost on purpose.
It has been a great game for Jon, myself and Noah to play on our Friday games nights.

The game comes with everything you need.
4 Headbands,
4 sets of ears, 
3 carrots,
a set of Donkey playing cards and one Donkey snout.
RRP £24.99



Last but not least Mr Bucket.....

Aim of the game....

As Mr. Bucket moves and waves his arms, he likes to pop balls out his mouth. 
Grab a shovel and chase Mr. Bucket, scooping up and returning all three of your coloured balls. 
Be quick as he pops out balls almost as fast as you can drop them in! 
When all the balls have been dropped in, lift Mr. Bucket by the handle to win the game!

Rupert has never really been a big fan of games, as he can't quite sit still enough so this game is perfect for him.
He could run around putting the balls into Mr Bucket all day quite happily.
The twins got a bit fed up with it, as they couldn't quite manage to get all their balls in before he spat them back out again.
So, so far Mr Bucket is the remaining champion on Mr Bucket.
Again this is another game that Ru likes to sort out the colours with.

Mr Bucket comes unassembled in the box but literally takes 5 minutes for you to click him all together.
The first time you get him out you have to stick on his eyes.
He requires 3 AA batteries which aren't included.

It's the perfect game for preschoolers like Ru.
RRP £24.99.





**  We were sent the PR Samples in return for a blog post, all thoughts are my own!


Monday, 26 June 2017

Hiding From The Sun With Fuzzy-Felt.

Last week was sooo hot that we often found ourselves hiding away indoors.
During one of our hide out sessions we decided to open up the Paw Patrol Fuzzy-Felt pack that we were sent from John Adams


Inside the box you get,
Over 70 assorted felt shapes,
Ideas Leaflet
Felt play board.


Ru loves Paw Patrol and he needed no instructions on what to do with the felt pieces, he instantly started making pictures with the different pieces.



He really enjoyed making different pictures and showing me the end results.

The felt shapes stick nicely to the play board and they're is a nice selection of different pieces to choose from.



Ru spent a good half an hour making up different scenes and chatting away to himself whilst he did so.
Making up little scenes and playing with the Paw Patrol team.


It was the perfect activity to keep Ru entertained whilst we kept him in from the sun for a bit.
The twins have also had a play with it and both enjoyed it as much as Ru did.

We've never had a Fuzzy-Felt toy before, but I certainly will be buying more when looking for Christmas or birthday presents.


Paw Patrol Fuzzy-Felt is suitable for children aged 3-6yrs.
Fuzzy-Felt is one of Britains best loved toys!
You can buy this Paw Patrol Fuzzy-Felt from amazon for £12.99.





Monday, 5 June 2017

You've Got A Friend In Me // Disney Store 30th Anniversary


A little while ago Disney asked us if we fancied joining in with the Disney Store's 30th Anniversary celebrations!

30 fabulous years of the Disney Store!!!


I was more than happy to say yes, I have been a Disney store lover ever since the first time I stepped inside the Croydon Store many many many years ago and have since passed the love on to all the boys.

We were asked to re-create a famous Disney scene from one of our very favourite films ... Toy Story!


The films have all been firm favourites in the Mini Beasts house, and have also been each of the boys first ever Disney film that they've watched.

Noah used to watch all 3 films constantly and then when the twins were old enough, they then went through the stage of watching them over and over again. Ru, well he still does.

One of Ru's first ever words was Buzz.
Thats how true a fan he really is.

I think I could probably recite all the films in my sleep.


The Scene we re-created was of Buzz and Woody side by side.
The twins loved trying to capture the scene and had great fun dressing up.
Lots of giggles were had.


I remember going to the cinema to see Toy Story with my brother and was so excited.
The excitement is brought back every time I sit down and watch it with the boys.

Toy Story is one of the only films I know that the boys will actually all sit down together and watch nicely. 
So when I need a bit of peace and quite I will stick that on and if by magic they all hush up and chill out.

I think I would be a little bit lost with out my secret magic power!
So I thank you Toy Story for all the joy you have bought to me and my family.


Unfortunately we don't have a Disney Store close to us and I nearly cried when the one in Croydon shut down when I was young, but I always enjoy dropping into the one in Oxford Street every time I'm in London.

The stores are like magic and the boys faces always light up when we step inside.


Do you have favourite memory from a Disney Film? 

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Lego Minifigures Series 17!

On the 1st May Lego launched its brand new Minifigures series.
Series 17 and I was very lucky to be a part of that launch.

I was sent two boxes on two separate days, each containing 8 different Lego Minifigures.
The first box also came with highwayman outfit and instructions on what to do with the Minifigures....


The aim of the game was to hide the Lego Minifigure's accessories and write some clues, so the kids could hunt them out.
I had to keep my identity hidden and not let on who had hidden them.


I loved running round the house in my cape hiding all the accessories and the boys were beside themselves with excitement when they found the clues.
When I said it wasn't me who had been hiding them, that made them even more keen to find them.


Our first lot of Minifigures included;
Butterfly Girl,
Rocket Boy,
Corn Cob Guy,
Elf Maiden,
Hot Dog Vendor,
Battle Dwarf,
Roman Gladiator,
Retro Space Hero.


I made the clues easy as I wanted them all to be able to have a guess at where the hiding places were.


They were really good at taking it in turns to be the one who found the item.
They each got to find two things and then add them to the figures.


After the hunt all the Minifigures were happy to be reunited with their accessories.


Little did the boys know that, that wasn't the end of the game.

The next day the second box arrived with 8 more Lego Minifigures.
So once again I donned my cap and cape and got writing some riddles for them to solve.


This time round they wouldn't just be hunting out the missing accessories but they would also have to find out who had been hiding them in the first place.


Our second lot of Lego Minifigures included;
Gourmet Chef,
Pro Surfer,
Veterinarian, 
Circus Strongman,
Fitness Instructor,
Connoisseur,
The Yuppie
and the mystery figure....


The mystery figure was none other than the highwayman who had been hiding all the accessories.
Along with the final 8 of the collection I was sent another highwayman hat and some gold coins.
Once the boys had found me they were meant to get the gold, but unfortunately I was stupid and left them out and the dog got too them.
Thankfully he wasn't sick and we did get him checked over by the vet to be on the safe side.


Again the boys all worked really well during the hunt and made sure everyone got a turn in finding the missing item. 
During the hunt I slipped away upstairs to change back into my outfit and hide in my hiding place....

I'm outside....but not on the ground.....!?


I was up on the balcony reading a Lego magazine.

After the hunt the boys were very happy with themselves.
They'd managed to crack the clues and reunite all the Minifigures with their accessories and for the first time ever they had a whole collection of Lego Minifigures,
including the mystery figure!!!


They also loved that they could dress up in my highwayman outfit.
Which they are still playing with a day after the hunt.


Thank You Lego for letting us be a part of the Series 17 launch!

Lego Minifigures are available at retailers nationwide RRP £2.99
To find out more about the characters go to www.lego.com/minifigures

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Great Things To Do With The Kids This Spring For Free

Whenever spring rolls around, parents will start to look for different things to do that will get their kids outdoors. You could take advantage of the nicer weather by planning out a day trip as a family, or you could have the kids out in the garden simply burning off some extra energy.
However, there can be times when it may get a big pricey to occupy the kids.



With the average cost of raising a child from age 13 through age 19 being thousands of pounds, it is easy to understand that the top ares for spending will circulate around the holidays and different recreational travel activities. There is even more spent on this area than there is on personal tech items.

What are some of the best things that you can do with your children each spring without having to spend any money?

Look For Free Kids Day Out Events In Your Area

Wherever you live, you will find that there are plenty of great, free things that you can do with your kids if you are able to search carefully. The internet will always be your friend and a quick search like looking for 'free activities in' and your area will bring up a wealth of great resources that you can use. For example, a quick search on some of the free things that there are to do in Yorkshire brought up a great guide on the different free kids days out all around Yorkshire. This is a very handy tool that you can use to find stuff to do for free where you life.

Museums That Are Free And Family Friendly

A museum is always a nice way of educating both yourself and your children, while also being entertained. You will find some incredible free museums all around the UK that are well worth investigating. As a matter of fact, some of these are the best free attractions for families anywhere around. If you are lucky enough, you may find one or more free museums that are near you where you can take a full day to make plenty of memories with your children that will last for a lifetime. If you have not taken the time to visit these, you simply must plan a day out. The different museums that we recommend include:

·       Natural History Museum, London
·       The Science Museum, London
·       Tate Modern, London
·       National Portrait Gallery, London
·       The Royal Armouries, Leeds
·       The National Media Museum, Bradford
·       Victoria & Albert Museum, London
·       The National Railway Museum, York
·       The Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

There are a number of smaller museums all throughout the UK that may be free, especially those that are taken care of by a local authority. Many museums like these will have activities that are child-friendly during the school holidays. It will be worth it to keep an eye on the websites for the museums to see what events are scheduled. The free museums and the different free things that you can do with the kids will make for a wonderful option on any rainy spring day.

Another smart tip for getting a good deal of value from the family budget is to enjoy a picnic whenever you can. Many of the free family attractions will make money by selling food and drinks to customers. However, if you are allowed to take your own food items, you should. The food and drinks available in family attractions can be very expensive, so even just bringing your own drinks and a couple of snacks can save you money.

Freebie Sites For Crafts

There are many free stuff sites on the internet like http://www.wowfreestuff.co.uk/ that offer kids freebies including arts & crafts like the Toucon box which will entertain your kids for hours.

Hit The Garden

Spring can be a wonderful time to show your children all about gardening. Even younger children will be able to help with watering, repotting different plants, and weeding. Older kids can prune plants or dig over some of the vegetable and flower beds.

Gardening is a great way to show your kids the link between land and what will go on the dinner plate, making for a wonderful activity that may not be completely free, but could pay for itself in what you end up producing. You will also see that the child who may not eat greens now, could find a bit of an appetite for the items that they were able to help grow in the garden.

To save money, you could be able to get some free seeds and plants in a number of places. Signing up for newsletters from different gardening companies will give you news on deals that you can really take advantage of. You could look for groups for seed swaps that take place in your local area, with Facebook being a nice place to start.

Visit The Park

Nicer weather will mean getting out and getting reacquainted with your local parks.
The more awareness that there is around the different benefits that come from outdoor exercise brings about more investments to develop and grow the parks. Improved playing areas, better playgrounds and new equipment for outdoor recreation are all available that you can enjoy with your children for free.

You can easily find a lot of wonderful things to do with children in your local parks. Think about padding in a pool, feeding the dugs, kicking a ball around or cycling for a while on the paths. There are even downloads that you can use to check off the different free nature trails, or look for nature scavenger hunts to tackle with the kids.

Are you looking to do something that is high energy?
 If so, think about checking out Parkrun. This is a timed, free 5k run that takes place on Saturday mornings all around the UK in public parks. Many of the races will welcome juniors for either the main run or with a junior version.
Remember, these are completely free!

When you have budding team players sprouting up in your family, think about going with Tennis For Free, which is a community based organization running free tennis sessions for families all throughout the UK in different parks.

Be Active At Home

You never have to go very far to find great things to do with your kids in spring. Free fun to enjoy at home may include:

·       Stargazing with a blanket at night
·       Camping with a tent in the yard
·       Tackling different science experiments, with ideas available on The Royal Institution
·       Having a teddy bear picnic in your garden
·       Having your kids create their own pizzas for lunch
·       Picking up recyclables and making a space rocket

You will see that there are a number of free things that you can do in the spring, you simply have to look. Some of these free events may not be promoted all too heavily, so it will be worth signing up for different newsletters and email alerts 


*This is a guest post.