Golfing at The Lost City

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Last week we got to try adventure golf at The Lost City in Nottingham’s Corner House. You can play either 18 or 36 holes indoors in the fabulous exotic Incas themed course. This is a great concept with appeal to a wide range of groups – families, stag and hen dos, corporate groups, couples, teens and those wanting something a bit more active to do in the city centre. They also have lots of Easter treats in store.

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My #weektoview Tigers Tigers burning bright

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Mr G was a cat in his reception year show. 90 kids in animal costume and onesies singing – very cute. He made me laugh (wrongly) by taking off his wired tail and poking it in the air during the bits where I couldn’t see him and popping up in other children’s masks. In this photo he has managed to detach most of his costume, crafty cat.

I am really proud of how well he has adjusted to school. For a wild cat it hasn’t been easy, I can’t believe how they have tamed him and channelled his raging imagination so brilliantly.

Miss L got herself covered in stickers in the last week of term, they both have been working incredibly hard, definitely time for a holiday! Continue reading

Leappad Ultra reviewed

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Seven year old Miss L was lucky enough to get a Leappad Ultra to try out this Christmas. I will admit I was dubious about them. Many people had said to me, just buy a tablet. But saying that I think there are problems with giving kids tablets too.  I have friends who rave about the Leappad, particularly those who are  less tech-savvy themselves. So if you are thinking about investing here are the pros and cons as I see them: Continue reading

Eat your heart out Tony Hawk, Mister G cracks the Yvolution YFliker

When it arrived at Christmas he gave it a whirl, he was suspicious, nervous. He wasn’t sure. Then he left his older scooter lying around and it was stolen and he was forced to take the YFliker by the handles.

He hasn’t looked back.

He thinks the YFliker is

‘Pretty awesome…you can twirl it around, and then you head for a puddle and you don’t get your shoes wet, because it is big. It makes me feel good. My friends think it is good. When you go superfast in circles and then hit the brake, then you go up.

 

It’s like a car but it’s littler. And when you are going to school on it, you get to zoom, then when you need to turn back and wait for you Mum you can turn round.

 

And then if you see a crook you can punch him on the head and keep going.’

The YFliker from Yvolution was sent for us to review late last year. I wasn’t asked to do a second post, but I was so pleased it was such a hit I wanted to.

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Awesome Scooter Y•VOLUTION, the Y•Fliker Air

scooter y volutionIn 1984, when I was 7, me and my friends played together in the park at the end of the cul de sac, all on our own. There was a boy we used to play with who was a bit older than us. One day he pinched my scooter, jumped over the fence and carried it off towards the big river. Me and my best friend had to run all the way home and breathlessly shout ‘Help!’ at my Dad.

Watching my Dad leading the boy out the undergrowth, Dad with my scooter held aloft, I’ve never seen my prized possession so clearly, bright turquoise and yellow stripes. I thought it was the best thing ever, after my Dad of course. In reality it was just a souped up version of the one above on the left.

Times have changed. Fast forward to 2013.

When our  Y•Fliker Air turned up I couldn’t quite envisage what Mr G might be able to do on it, but this video shows why these scooters are so very, very cool and I’m really excited by what they are capable of. This is a slightly more grown up model, the Carver, but it gives a real sense of where the Air could lead you to: Continue reading

Beautifully simple, classic Christmas printable crafts

DSC_0718-001The fabulous people at cartridgesave.co.uk shared with me some gorgeous printable craft templates. Whether you want to keep the kids quiet for an hour over the holidays, or you fancy a serious craft challenge these six ideas are easily adaptable to create lovely results for all levels of ability. Miss L and I sat down for a quiet Saturday afternoon to try out two of the Christmas printable crafts: Crackers and Angels. Continue reading

Make Christmas Candles with Baker Ross

make candlesIn a wonderful moment of blogging serendipity, Baker Ross sent me the exact items my daughter had eagerly circled in the craft catalogue she brought back from school. So we spent a happy Sunday afternoon together learning how to make Christmas candles which will make lovely presents for someone!

It really is easy, soften the wax squares in a bowl of warm water, and off you go. Continue reading

Making Recycled Christmas Cards, without the glittery, gluey mess

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Bostik sent us some Glu dots and Glitter Pens, so we set about doing what we do best after a hard day at school and work: tea, biscuits and craft chaos. There was a subtle difference last night though, the Bostik products meant that when Mr A appeared at 5pm to find the table like this and us totally engrossed in what we were doing, with no thoughts of tea, it only took minutes to clear up and get tea on.  Continue reading

Christmas Activities for Kids

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I don’t know about you, but it took me a while to find my stride with creating my own family Christmas: the best bits of my family, Mr A’s family and some ideas borrowed along the way. Today’s guest post in association with Parkdean Holidays has some lovely suggestions for memorable activities to add to your Christmas rituals.

During the kids’ holidays this Christmas you might want to stay on top of things and keep the excitement under wraps before the big day. Distraction is the best way to do that, so keeping the kids busy is one method to ensure a fun and peaceful Christmas. Here are some great ideas on what to do with the little ones this time of year. Continue reading

Having fun and learning with magnets

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Most people find magnets absolutely fascinating and the learning potential around them is huge, and needn’t be costly.

We have been really mesmerised by a foam magnetic tangram puzzle (£1.99) from first4magnets.com. Tangrams are ancient Chinese puzzles. The beauty of the tangram is that from just seven pieces you can make hundreds of different shapes and figures, the potential for discovering new ones makes tangrams highly addictive.

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Having the pieces magnetised makes it easier to keep track of them and they are a simple distraction, perfect for the fridge. They are great for encouraging maths and logic as well as imagination!

We have also been loving these flexible magnetic chalkboard sheets (£3.49). They are great for practising writing on, encouraging all the family to leave notes, or for shopping lists.

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They are also a great way of turning a filing cabinet, fridge or washing machine into a black board. They also make a good mobile base for the tangrams. They wipe clean easily with a damp cloth ready to use again and again.

While we were browsing the first4magnets.com website we found some useful resources about magnetism, older children can check out the ultimate guide to magnets for children 8-16 which has activities to download.  There is also an infographic about the history of magnets and this very attractive and fun video guide:

Do your children like to play with magnets?

Post in collaboration with first4magnets.com.