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

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Mummy and Ru Time


Since Ru started nursery at school, our 1 on 1 time has diminished and after thinking about how much I missed it, I gave myself a kick up the bum and made myself do something about it.

Now Jon is on the mend and the wedding planning has died down Im making the effort to make sure on the two days that Ru only has half days to actually go out and do something rather than just sit at home and let him play on the iPad.

Last week after I collected him on the Thursday I took him out for lunch and then off to feed the local ducks and have a play at the park.


As always the ducks were very entertaining and they can never get enough of our tasty frozen peas.
They get so close that you could just pick one up if you wanted.






Ru loves throwing peas to the ducks and could quite happily watch them all day.

As we only had the afternoon to play once our peas had ran out we crossed the road and went into the park.

No one else was there so Ru had full run of the park and even the skatepark.





Ru loved going on the swings this time, usually he stays well away.
Every time we go to the park the skate park is heaving so we never get a look in, but this time it was empty so Ru took full advantage.

It's just had a local graffiti artist give it a bit of a facelift and it looks brilliant.





Ru had a great time running up and down the ramps. He did slip at one point but after a hug he was laughing again.

He's just received a scooter in the post to review, so ill be taking him back here to take the photos.

Once the boys all go back to school, ill be making sure to do something with Ru on his afternoons off.







Friday, 20 October 2017

Thomas & Friends™ Super Station


 The ultimate Thomas & Friends track set yet, the Thomas & Friends™ Super Station.
Compatible with all your favourite Thomas & Friends engines, TrackMaster, Adventures, MINIS and wood, and with room for storing over 100 engines, little one’s imaginations will soar to the Island of Sodor! 


For those of you who follow the blog you'll know how much Ru enjoys all sorts of vehicle toys, his love for his cars is strong but a close second is playing with his Thomas & Friends railway tracks.

He adores watching the trains go round and round - something that I put down to his sensory traits.
Often when he's had a hard day / week the one thing I know that will instantly help is building up a track and letting him slip away into a little Thomas trance.

Watching the trains go round instantly takes his focus and makes him smile!

All the parts 
MINIS, Adventures, Track Master and Wooden Railways track toys.

So when I was asked if we wanted to review the brand new Super Station I jumped at the chance and responded with a yes straight away.

Ru had seen the advert for it on the television and pointed it out to me, something that he rarely does.
So I knew he would love it.

I really wasn't expecting it to be as big as it is, as sometimes toy size can be a little misleading but the Super Station is true to form and it is pretty massive.

It was so big that I had to move it from the lounge half built to the kitchen as I knew it was going to take up far too much room in the lounge.

Something that you can see for yourself in the pictures.


 Key Features;

Compatible with TrackMaster, Adventures, MINIS and Wood engines
  • Room for over 100 engines
  • 10 metres of track 
  • Features iconic locations including Tidmouth Sheds, Brendam Docks, Knapford Station, the Sodor Steamworks, the Dieselworks and Blue Mountain Quarry
  • Use the adapter pieces to connect to other playsets to create an even bigger playset for hours of fun
  • Suitable from 3 years+
  • RRP: £129.99


Ru was keen to get playing as soon as I started building and he wouldn't leave me alone until I had placed some batteries inside the TrackMaster Thomas engine.
So whilst I built the track he let Thomas ride around the parts I had built whilst eagerly telling me to hurry up.


After deciding which track we were going to build first it took me around 20 minutes to build it.
As well as building the track correctly, I took my time making sure the stickers which were supplied along with the instructions were stuck nicely and in all the right places.

Once it was done, even I was impressed by it's size. 
Ru was so impressed that he took his time walking around and looking at it taking it all in and whispering 'wow' to himself.


Ru loves that the track is the perfect height for him.
He can either sit down to play with the track on the floor or stand up to play with the train shed track and Cranky.

He gets so involved in play that I can actually get stuff done around the house with out him noticing.

I even managed to go to the shops on my own whilst I left him with Jon (something that I can rarely get away with) as he was just so immersed in watching Thomas go round & round and up & down that he hadn't notice me pop my shoes on and head for the door.


I love how you can store all the different trains on the track, as I'm always finding Ru's MINIs dotted around the house, so its nice that we now have a cool place to store them.
At least now we have all his trains in the one place and I don't have to spend ages searching all the toy boxes for them.


Unfortunately for me the Super Station won't actually fit in Ru's room so it will have to live in the kitchen until Ru allows me to take it down.

Though saying that, I have found myself enjoying making up all the different tracks whilst Ru is asleep to surprise him with in the morning.
It's becoming rather addictive in a way and I have been doing it every night this week!


Rupert really adores the Super Station, the twins enjoy a sneaky play and even Noah likes to get involved when Ru isn't looking and as I just said I can't help but enjoy building new set ups!

 A definite win for all the Mini Beast crew.


This is definitely one of the top toys for this Christmas and if I hadn't been extremely lucky enough to  be offered the opportunity to review it, it would have been on the top of our Christmas list.

xx


Friday, 4 August 2017

In The Night Garden Large Motion Sensory Ball // Review

Golden Bear Toys sent Ru some brand new In The Night Garden toys to test out.

Night Garden Large Motion Sensor Ball RRP £9.99
Tombliboos RRP £6.99 each


Throw, bounce or catch the In the Night Garden Large Motion Sensor Ball to activate iconic sounds and phrases from the show! 
Made from super soft fabric, the ball measures 14cm in height.


Ru like most children adore balls of all sizes and will happily carry one around with him all day.
The sensory ball was just perfect for him, he loved throwing it up and hearing the different sounds it made when he caught it.


He played with it in the garden, in the house, before bed any time he had the chance.
Every time a different sound came out of the ball his face would light up.


The Sensory ball improves dexterity and stimulates sense.
Just perfect for my little Ru bear!


Not only did he love the Sensory ball he fell madly in love with his Tombliboos.
He took them everywhere with him.
Hugged them, kissed them and even tucked them up in his bed.
Something he rarely does.


Wherever Ru went the Tombliboos were sure to follow.


The three Tombliboos are members of the In The Night Garden family who love to sort their special blocks, bang their drums and make tunes on their piano. 
Available in 3 styles, the super-soft and colourful Mini Tombliboos are perfect for fans of the show.


Super cute and super cuddly.
It was beautiful to see his softer side come out, as at the moment it is a rarity.

You can find the Sensory ball over on Amazon and you also can get all three Tombliboos from Amazon for £19.50


Thank you Golden Bear Toys!

Monday, 31 July 2017

Num Noms Series 4 // Review.

To celebrate the new release of Num Noms series 4 we were sent...

The brand new Num Noms magazine,
Sweet Sampler Lunch box,
and the
Frozen yogurt starter pack.



 Ru adores Num Noms so was over the moon to see all the new ones. 
He was also pretty taken with the magazine and couldn't wait to get the toy camera out of the packaging.

The magazine was packed full of goodies and had lots of activities to do inside.
I'm sure this will be a magazine that Ru will want to buy again and again. 
 After Ru had finished looking at the mag and playing with the camera he moved on to the Frozen Yogurt Starter Pack RRP £11.95.

In the pack was -
Mango Sherbet,
Sprinkles Froyo,
Razzy Froyo 
and 
Orange Drop Gloss-up.
Along with a tray and spoon.







Ru's favourite was Razzy Froyo.



He then moved on to opening up the Sweet Sampler Lunch Box   RRP £17.99.

Inside he got -
Orange Crunch,
Violet Contessa,
Madelyn Macaron,
Tia Tea-Time,
Sugar Créme,
Nilla Shake,
Berries N Créme,
Hottie Chocolate,
Confetti Cookie,
and 
Mint Swirl Gloss-up,
Lemon Drop Gloss-up







Inside the Lunch box you also receive a mystery box ... inside Ru's it was 
Lemons Pink-Fill.
 




Ru was pretty impressed with his brand new collection of Num Noms.




After he had finished unboxing them all, he sat in the lounge for a while playing with them, lining them up and then putting them in his play kitchen then feeding them to me and Jon.
He also enjoyed putting on the lipgloss.

You can find Num Noms series 4 in all good toy shops!

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Rupert's First Assessment With The Community Paediatricians

This was something I was desperate for a couple of months ago, but I really thought it wasn't going to happen.

I even had some stuck up Health Visitor tell me that she was going to cancel the doctors referral as she really didn't think there was anything wrong with him.

After talking to a mum at school and finding out the troubles she's had trying to get a diagnosis for her son who is the same age as Noah I really thought 'right well if their having trouble there's no hope for us'.
So imagine my surprise when out of the blue we have a letter telling us we have an appointment the first week of the summer holidays.



I spoke to the mum at school and told her who we were seeing and she told me she was one of the nicer ones and the one who actually agreed with her about her son.

So I had a tiny little glimmer of hope, but as the day came closer I really started to dread it.

Was I going to be told the same old oh he's fine, he's giving me eye contact and that its all in my head?

Ru's appointment was on Monday at 2.40 and the day couldn't have gone any slower!
When we arrived we sat in the waiting room and Ru played nicely with the cars and the kitchen.
We waited a while to be seen and the butterflies in my stomach were going crazy.

When we were eventually called in we sat on the chairs by her and Rupert sat on me hiding behind me but then every now and then popping his head out and smiling at her.

He then got bored of doing that and got down and started playing with the toys that were set out. Making me sit on the tiny little chairs beside him.

She did say because he was giving her eye contact and looking like he was listening to what we were talking about she really didn't think he was autistic, but she listened to us and watched him.
 She then agreed she could see some of the traits and understood where we coming from.

She also agreed he has some sensory issues.
It was nice to finally be listened to and not fobbed off.
I know from speaking to other mums of autistic children that eye contact is not the be all and end all, so I was happy that she didn't let that be it.

She is going to send us an autism questionnaire for us and his nursery to fill in along with a sleep diary. 
She will also arrange for him to see a speech therapist along with some other professionals.
I'm looking forward to reading the letter that she sends us and seeing what is going to happen next.