Saturday, 24 March 2018

... Thomas & Friends TrackMaster Twisting Tornado Set ...


If you are followers of the blog you will know Ru is a massive fan of the Thomas Tracks and is always over the moon when we are asked to review a new one.

When we were asked to review the new Twisting Tornado Set I was more than keen to say yes.
Ru has been doing really well at nursery and it was nice for him to receive a surprise in the post.


Key Features

·       Motorised track set
·       Includes unique Thomas TrackMaster engine
·       Connects to other TrackMaster playsets
·       RRP £24.99
Suitable for age 3 years+


The track was really simple to build, it all clicked together nicely and the track layout was really easy to follow.
Ru sat patiently and watched as I built, once it was ready to go he popped Thomas down and giggled away as he sped off.



It took a few goes before he realised he had to move the tornado back before Thomas reached it, but once he got the hang of it there was no stopping him.
The race was on to get it back into place before Thomas had zoomed around the track.


Thomas takes shelter inside the old shed but only to find the Tornado takes him into a whirlwind and spins him across the field knocking down all the powerline poles on its way to the other side of the track.

Fast-paced and full of fun, this is definitely one of his favourite Thomas Track Master sets!



After playing you can unclick the track and place it back in the box.
This track can also connect to other TrackMaster™ playsets for non-stop adventures!
I'd highly recommend this set to any parent with a Thomas fan, it's reasonably priced and will last well and bring endless hours of fun.
  
You can catch Thomas & Friends over on their YouTube Channel.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

... Booms, Bangs! Fizzes ....

Last week was British Science Week and to celebrate the last day of it, we brought Science into the home with the help of John Adams Booms, Bangs! Fizzes explosive messy science set!

 'Booms Bangs and Fizzes, a totally cool science set that allows you to create a whole heap of noisy, messy, bubbling, fizzing, explosive experiments in your home.  
Have loads of fun whilst learning about the science of why things explode, froth and make loud noises.'


The set has 12 fun experiments to try, there's an experiment to suit everyone.
  1. Film Canister Rocket,
  2. Jet Engine Balloon Screamer,
  3. Bike Pump Rocket Ship,
  4. Erupting Underwater Volcano,
  5. Confetti Shower Explosion,
  6. Exploding Lunch Bag,
  7. Paper Banger,
  8. Water Bomb,
  9. Indoor Lightning,
  10. Rock Salt Depth Charge,
  11. Mad Fizzing Potion 1,
  12. Mad Fizzing Potion 2.

The set includes all the important bits you need for those experiments with just a handful needing a few extras that you'll be able to find around the house.

I had planned to get the boys in the garden and let them loose on some of the messy experiments but unfortunately, it snowed again and was ridiculously chilly, so we stayed inside and picked a few of the non-messy ones.

Our first one was Indoor Lightning.




For this, we just needed a pen lid and some sticky tape.
The lid is to make a handle for the aluminium tray.

You have to rub the Lightning Styrene Sheet on your hair really fast then drop it on to the carpet, then from about 30cm, you drop the tray onto it.
Then you place your finger on the tray, without touching the Styrene sheet and you should hear a crackle and feel a slight shock.

We did this a few times and found that it only really worked on Oscar's hair. So he turned into our rubber!

Once we had all felt the mini shock we tried the next step trying to see the lightning...


To do this you are meant to repeat the rubbing of the Styrene sheet and dropping it on the carpet then picking up the tray by the pen lid handly then very slowly bringing your other finger towards the sheet.
You should then see a lightning spark and hear a crack.

Unfortunately, we didnt see any lightning but we did hear the crack.
The boys were all really impressed with this, and still very desperate to make their own lightning.
So this will be an experiment we'll be trying again!



Our next experiment was Jet Engine Balloon Screamer.

Everything needed for this experiment was included in the pack, we just had to make up the rocket!
The boys all helped with the making of the rocket and setting up the chairs.
I was only going to do a short distance between the two chairs, but they decided it would be better if we did it the whole length of the kitchen.

We enlisted Daddy to lend a hand so I could get the picture of the rocket in action.
Our first attempt didn't actually manage to do anything but make a noise.
So after a little pep talk from the boys, Daddy blew the rocket balloon even bigger and then picked up one chair, so that it was at a slight angle to the other.
And whooooooooosh the Rocket was zooming across the kitchen.

The boys all giggled with delight.







Our last experiment was the Paper Banger.

Again this was included in the set and all you have to do is some fancy folding and then BANG!
I discovered I have pretty weak arm strength, so I couldn't actually get the thing to bang, so Daddy was called back into the kitchen and he showed the boys what it really could do. Their faces were priceless.
It made a pretty awesome Bang!
Jon did it a few times but in the end got a bit carried away and did it too hard, it actually ripped the paper.


We all really enjoyed our mini science morning in the kitchen and can't wait for the weather to warm up so we can get in the garden to do some messy experiments.

Boom, Bangs! Fizzes is recommended for ages 7 upwards.
RRP £19.95 
You can buy it on Amazon


Tuesday, 6 March 2018

... Rubiks 2x2 Giveaway ...

We love Rubik's cubes in this house and we are always trying to solve one cube or another.
We were recently sent this 2x2 and I stupidly thought oh this will be easy, I'll be able to crack this one.....


Well, I was wrong and I'm yet to solve it.
Noah, on the other hand, is a bit of a dab hand when it comes to Rubik's cubes and has very nearly solved it!


Did you know...

The world’s largest Rubik’s Cube is three metres tall 
The smallest is just 10mm wide
Both turn just like a regular cube.

There are more than 43 quintillion ways to scramble The Rubik’s Cube - that’s loads! 
In fact, there are 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 possibilities!

If you turn The Rubik's Cube once every second, it will take you 1.4 trillion years to go through all the permutations. 
(The universe is just 14 billion years old!)



The 2x2 Rubik’s Cube (also known as the pocket or mini cube) consists of 8 corner cubies and operates in much the same way as its bigger brother – the Rubik’s Cube. 
As it is smaller than the traditional Rubik’s cube it can be more easily slipped into a pocket or bag, making it the perfect item to take on a bus, 

If you do need a little help solving your Rubik's Cube you can find some much needed help over on the Rubik's website here.


Fancy winning a couple of 2x2 for yourself?
Why not enter my giveaway below.


Good Luck

T&Cs
One winner picked at random.
The prize will be sent on from the PR, iIwill happily chase up missing prizes
Winner will have 48hrs to respond before another winner is picked.
Winner will win two 2x2 Rubik's Cubes.
UK only.
Ends - 16.03.18