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

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Paddington Bear Is Back!


Paddington is heading back to the big screen on November 10th, and to celebrate the release of Paddington 2, University Games has created a range of exciting new fun filled Paddington themed games and activities for you to enjoy.


Get creative with Paddington Colour On, for hours of colouring and activity fun with everyone’s favourite bear! 
With three metres of Paddington colouring scenes and activities, children of all ages can join Paddington on his adventures.

Simply turn the easy-twist dial to reveal a new activity or colouring scene, and then twist it back when it’s time to pack away. 
RRP: £7.99, available from John Lewis



The boys all love drawing and colouring in so the Colour On was a big hit with them.
I love that I could just roll it out, give each of them a section and leave the colouring pencils at the end of the table and let them crack on.


There was no fighting over whose paper was whose and they happily sat their colouring in the different pictures and trying to solve the puzzles together.
It has to be one of the nicest colouring in sessions I've seen from them lately.
Normally they end up in pencil fights!

Once they were finished I didn't have to go round picking up lots of different pieces of paper, I just rolled it back up and put it back on the art shelf!
#mumwin!

With 3 meters of paper they have plenty to be getting on with!

Follow the adventures of Paddington in PaddingtonTM Spot The Difference, a fantastic new take on spot the difference, where players can follow the adventures of Paddington in two seemingly identical images!
With over 80 different spot the difference PaddingtonTM scenes, find the differences to beat your opponent to find the infamous pot of marmalade!

With dry erase markers and easy-wipe Paddington scenes, the fun is never ending with this exciting Paddington twist on a children’s classic! 
 RRP: £7.99, available from John Lewis


Purpose of the Game
Be the first player to spot all 5 differences on your score card and find the 'hidden pot of marmalade'.

Recommended age 8+
Players 1+


Noah loves spot the differences and is rather good, his eyes work much faster than mine.
Before we started the game we both took a card and just hunted for the differences, once we had done that we cracked on with the game.


As I thought, Noah was the first to complete his score card and find the hidden pot of marmalade, I was only one behind him so I don't think I did too badly.

It was a great game and one we'll be playing again and one that Noah will be able to play with his cousin Sam when he comes round to visit.

Again another win for getting him away from screen time!



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Saturday, 29 July 2017

Fun Summer Holiday Activities The Whole Family Will Enjoy

The summer holidays are here, and it can be difficult to find things to do for the entire six weeks that all the family will enjoy.
Even if you break it up with a holiday somewhere, you’ll still be faced with endless cries of ‘I’m bored!’ and the need to get out of the house. 
Rather than focusing on just child-friendly activities, why not try activities that are suitable for the whole family so that parents can have some fun too. Here are some great suggestions for fun summer activities for families.

The new ways to watch films

Inevitably, you’ll be faced with some rainy days, and when the TV becomes too much, or you feel like you just need to escape for a few hours, there’s always the cinema.
Cinema has come a long way in recent years with films being a much more immersive experience. 
You can choose from 3D, IMAX, superscreen and even incredible 4DX as a more exciting way to watch a film and make it a more shared experience. 
On dry days, you can take a look at outdoor cinema screenings near you that are a great excuse to take a picnic and some blankets and enjoy classic movies outside.

Go-karting

Some of the most fun family activities are the ones that pit you against each other - and go-karting is one of them! 
While the kids are still too young to drive, go-karting is a great experience to get them behind the wheel, and it can be fun to race together as a family and enjoy the adrenaline rush. 
GoKart tracks often have special deals on during the summer to make it a more affordable activity for the whole family to enjoy. If you’re stuck for kids birthday party ideas too, this is one that goes down well with kids of all ages.

Theme parks

This is another great suggestion for something that the whole family can enjoy, especially as the kids get older and can go on all of the rides. 
There are always great vouchers around now for 241 entry so that the cost can be quite minimal, and if you’re armed with the right theme park survival tips, you can make sure you have a great day out together.
If you’re not going on holiday this year, this is a fun way to enjoy your staycation and add some excitement to the summer holidays.

Invest in a paddling pool

Paddling pools are great for both kids and adults, and they have caused a bit of a stir after supermarkets begun slashing their paddling pool prices.
A paddling pool is a great thing to invest in for the summer and can be brought out whenever the temperatures begin to go up for a fun activity that’s close to home and won’t break the bank.

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Plotting out an entire summer holiday full of activities can be difficult, and costly, but there are plenty of other great suggestions for keeping the kids occupied during the summer, that you might want to look at. 
Here’s hoping for a great summer filled with good weather and fun!

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Struggling To Keep Your Kids Busy This Summer?

We’ve all been there, but when you are looking for something both original and exciting to do with your children over the summer it can be extremely frustrating. 
No matter what you might have tried before, you probably want to try and introduce your children to something brand new - and that is where it can get difficult. 

Something that always works well is to make it vaguely educational, even if only a little. This means that you are happy as the parent, and they are happy at having found something new to do with the summer holidays. 
Let’s have a look at a few examples of the kind of activity you can carry out which suits these particular parameters.

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Crafts

If you think your children have something of a creative streak, you might want to try and bring it out and make the most of ity possible. 
This is a great thing to do at any time of year, summer included, and it will also mean that you are encouraging in your vkids something which can see them through the rest of their life. If you haven't done this before, think about what kind of art or craft your children are likely to enjoy. Whatever you think that is, you are bound to find something that works, and it is well worth doing. To make it more effective, consider getting involved yourself - this is something you could even just do at home if you wanted to, it’s that easy to get into.




Sports

Summer is the ideal time for getting your kids into sport, but one of the hardest decisions here is which sport to get them into. If you are bored of the old favorites, why not think about trying something new with the kids? 
You could take them on some kids golf lessons, for example, or you could try and get them into a game like cricket or tennis. It really doesn’t matter what the sport is, as long as you think it is something they will be able to enjoy and which you can easily get them into in your local area. Make sure you are happy with it, too - some sports might be too dangerous for kids of a certain age or disposition.
If you successfully get your children into a sport, you will probably more likely consider it a summer well spent, so this is definitely worth thinking about.




Classes

It might be that you want to make the most of the holiday by continuing the education - albeit in an extra-curricular sense.
This is not the ideal option for all children, but for some it just might be. 
If you think your child has a particular gift for something or other, then there is nothing wrong with encouraging them to learn more about that subject over the summer holidays. 
Just make sure that they genuinely want to do it and that they do not feel as though they are pushed into it in any sense.


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