Recently we were sent some of these Gummie Multivitamins to try out, they come in Disney packaging and we had some bottles with Cars or Mickey Mouse which is great for my children to make it more exciting. It also comes in Disney Princesses as seen above, which some children might prefer.Each bottle contains 60 multivitamins with vitamin A, B, C and D with added omega-3 DHA. The vitamins are chewy and in fun shapes matching to the character on the bottle. They look just like a sweet and the taste is nice, so I don’t think most children would complain about them! My 5 year old was really excited about these vitamins, he said they will make him really strong and mighty and he likes the Disney Packaging. My 3 year old is the one I would have preferred to take the vitamins, as he has such a limited diet. We do keep trying different types of vitamin for him – but so far he won’t take anything. I do think these have a better chance though, if I keep showing him eventually he might give in to the lure of the Disney characters as he is a big fan of both Lightening McQueen and Mickey!
Although my 5 year old has a better diet and will eat more variety of fruits, I still like to see him having a vitamin just for extra back up to make sure he is not lacking anything.
Luckily the bottle is fully safety proof with a safety cap, which is important as the vitamins are so sweets-like, but I have explained to him that we can only have one per day and he has remembered that rule.
You can read more about the vitamins here on vitaminsforkids.co.uk and they are available exclusively in Boots for 8.99 a bottle, currently on a 3 for 2 offer which makes them pretty good value!
With the Eid celebration coming up in a couple of weeks, it’s time to start thinking about outfits for everyone. My husband works long hours and might not get a lot of time to go to the shops, so I have been having a browse online through the menswear departments on John Lewis to get some ideas for him as I know this is a shop he does like.
He normally likes to strike a balance between looking smart and feeling comfortable, so I thought about something like this smart Fred Perry jumper:
Or a nice casual shirt like this one from Timberland
These Timberland Earthkeepers Ellsworth Straight Fit Jeans will go with the shirt or jumper. Although it is jeans, he would still look well presented as they are a darker colour and not cheap jeans
I think he would look great in these clothes, and I know he will like this type of outfit that I have picked out, so I will definitely show him these ideas, and then the next thing is for me to turn my attention to myself and the kids to get all of our outfits sorted too!
I will probably go for a new dress myself and for the kids, I alternate between some years putting them in smart casual clothes like the kind of things which I have chosen above to suggest to their Dad, or sometimes dressing them up for Eid in Asian style with kurta pyjama suits or even a sherwani.
We might go outdoors this Eid and celebrate with a big family picnic somewhere beautiful and with space for all the kids to play, so in that case smart casual may work better! The outfit I’m thinking of for my husband is quite a versatile one which can work indoors, outdoors or wherever we decide!
Dobble is an award winning card game from Esdevium games, or I should say it is five games as it is 5 in 1! I first saw Dobble at the Evolution Christmas in July event at the start of the month, and I loved how small and compact it is compared to most games. To fit 5 games into a hand-sized tin is brilliant and I can see this coming in really handy when travelling and needing something to entertain the kids while away.
I was really keen to try this out with Mr Z. Although it is labelled 6+, I felt quite confident that he would be okay with it at 5 years old, and he was. He managed to grasp the idea quite quickly. All 5 versions of the game involve spotting the matching pictures on the cards as fast as you can and naming the matching picture out loud – then either taking the card of getting rid of the card depending on the version you are playing. For the moment we stuck to the towering inferno game play which is one of the more simple versions, where you want to collect the most cards.
Mr Z and I both really enjoyed playing this. It really sharpens up your powers of quick observation and it can be quite addictive – he keeps asking to play it again and again! It is one of those simple yet brilliant concepts which just works really well.
There is quite a good variety in the pictures and symbols on the cards, which is great with younger players as it helps to expand their vocabulary. The size of each pictures varies from card to card so it is not as easy as it may sound!
Have a look if you can spot the matching pictures among these cards!
I really like that this is a game which can be enjoyed by both adults and children. You can have up to 8 players, so as the other kids get older then it is something that we would all join in and play together as a family.
You can also now play Dobble on your phone as there is an app version available from the Apple App Store, which I will definitely be having a look out for!
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As part of the Ravensburger Puzzle Club, the boys and I get the chance to test out and review some of their latest puzzles. I always find Ravensburger Puzzles great quality and have been buying them long before I ever started my blog so this is something I’m really happy to have the chance to get involved in 😀
If you have read the previous Disney Planes Bedding competition post, you will know that we are really looking forward to the new Disney Planes movie which is coming out August 16th. So it was great to see that the puzzles which had been chosen for us are from the new Disney Planes range, featuring some of the main characters who I am sure are set to become known in every household with small children very soon!
We were sent the 3 in a box set with 49 pieces per puzzle, which is marked as age 5+. I would say this is exactly right as it was just at the right level for Mr Z who has just turned 5. He was able to do the puzzles with not much help from me, and he really enjoyed them as they are just that bit more challenging than the 4 in a box sets he was doing at age 3 and 4. With these puzzles I was able to explain to him the technique of starting around the edges and then filling it in, as this will help him more as he moves on to more advanced puzzles.
The three puzzles in the set feature Dusty, Skipper, and Chupacabra, and each one has a different pattern on the back of all the pieces, so that you are able to quickly sort them and do one at a time.
In the words of Mr Z “We love it, cos it is so fun!” He said his favourite is the orange helicopter Dusty and he is really looking forward to seeing the movie.
Last Sunday we spent the morning in Hamley’s for some top secret toy testing. A new Tickety Toc toy range is coming out and we were among the first to see it and play with it!
You can see my boys here enjoying having a go with the Musical Pufferty Train and Clockhouse Playset. They love trains so these were the first two toys they were immediately attracted to.
The Musical Pufferty train plays the Tickety Toc theme tune when you press the funnel, and includes small figures of Tommy and Tallulah as well as Tooteroo the owl. My youngest (nearly 2) really enjoyed opening and closing all the doors and moving along the train, as well as hearing the theme tune which they all recognise from watching on TV.
The Clockhouse playset is immediately recognisable for anyone who has seen Tickety Toc, with the distinctive look of Tickety Town. It includes a pushalong pufferty the train with tracks integrated to the house, and Tommy and Tallulah figures.
There are also talking soft toys of Tommy and Tallulah, and smaller soft toys of Tommy and Tallulah.
Among the goodies in the goody bag (also including Tickety Toc sticker books and magazines which I’m sure will be available to buy soon along with the toys), my boys got to go home with one of these soft toys each. They chose to have Tommy and they have been enjoying playing with him, singing the Tickety Toc theme tune to themselves. These are a very handy size, not too big and not too small – Ideal if they want a small toy to take out in the car with them or anything like that.
As well as testing out the toys, there was more fun to be had. The boys took part in a craft session to make some Tickety Toc headgear for themselves (you can see my 5 year old modelling his top right in the collage below) and decorating some plates too with glue, feathers and all those crafty kind of bits and pieces. My 5 and 3 year old both love crafts. There was also dancing with the Milk Shake presenters Olivia and Kemi, delicious milkshakes from the Hamley’s milkshake bar, giant Tommy and Tallulah characters walking around and the chance to explore all the toys of Hamley’s before opening time – which is always great! There were some celebrity families there to join in with the fun too!
The new Tickety Tock range is coming out this Saturday 27th and will be available from Argos, The Entertainer, Smyths, Amazon and all good toy shops/online. Tune-in to Tickety Toc at 9am every weekday on Channel Five’s Milkshake! and daily at 8am, 4pm and 4.15pm on Nick Jr!
To the casual observer, this may just look like a picture of a slightly mismatched child – but to me, it shows 3 great achievements from the week!
Mr T has been making so much progress with dressing, in the last couple of weeks. It is only recently that he had no idea at all about this and wouldn’t even attempt, but he has put these shorts on all by himself!!! Okay, so they are swimming shorts not actual clothes – but I’m not complaining. He just went and took them from the cupboard and wore them, which is brilliant! I am quite surprised, and very proud!
Next is the shoes. In the past, we have not been able to take him to have his feet measured at all, he would get so upset by the whole process and just go into an uncontrollable meltdown. He wasn’t able to cope with the change of trying new shoes, or with having anyone in his personal space to measure the feet. The whole thing was a total nightmare to deal with. BUT there he is, with a new pair of shoes! These were not very easy to sort out, as his feet are so flat that they are off the scale in wideness, (I width) so Clarks had nothing at all for him! I managed to get him sorted in a local shop with more specialist experience and he has gone a size up in Hush Puppies which seems to do the job. He was so good through the whole shoe measuring and fitting process, and so happy with his new red shoes!
The last one is the socks. I put these socks on him and said “Rainbow” and Mr T has started to sing/hum the tune of the rainbow song from Peppa Pig “Rainbow, Rainbow – red and orange and yellow and green and purple and blue! Rainbow Rainbow, It’s a rainy sunny day!” – So sweet 🙂 As I recognised the tune, I sang it for him and he’s so happy I understood what he wanted to say. I know it can be frustrating for him that without words we may not always understand what he wants to communicate! Amazing too how sharp his brain works, from one word he so quickly links it to the song, my clever little teddy! 😀
These may be small insignificant things to others, but for Mr T this shows me so much progress and 3 real achievements! I am always really proud of him.
Well done Mr T! Masha Allah 🙂
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My younger boys have been really lucky this week, as they have been sent some of the new Fisher Price Bubble Guppies toys to try out. They enjoy watching Bubble Guppies on Nick Jr quite often, so I was not surprised that they took to the toys straight away.
For those who may not know, Bubble Guppies is an underwater educational and musical show for preschoolers. Molly and Gil are the main Bubble Guppies and it’s set in their underwater classroom.
The new Fisher Price range has loads of different Bubble Guppies toys, all suitable for around 18 months+.
The first thing the boys were immediate attracted to were the racers. We were sent: Bubble Guppies Nonny & Green Streak, Bubble Guppies Gil & Red Racer and Bubble Guppies Molly & Violet Racer
They love cars and anything transport related, so they were really excited by these. As soon as my 3 year old saw them he was so excited and started to sign “fish – car” (he’s non verbal due to SN) and I knew he recognised the characters, and was very very happy to see them! 😀
Each car includes one removable Bubble Guppy rolling figure, and these also work on the Rock and Roll stage which is really handy as you can mix and match. The Bubble Guppies are easy to put in and out of the cars, so my youngest (23 months) hasn’t got frustrated with it at all. The cars are an ideal size for this age group too and are very well made and look like they will last well. (I generally find this to be the case with Fisher Price!)
The boys have kept coming back to the Bubble Guppies racers and I think it will keep their attention over time, not something that they would get bored of quickly.
The next item we tried out is the Bubble Guppies Rock & Roll Stage. This was also pretty exciting for the boys.
Firstly, I have to mention you do need to assemble it once you take it out of the box BUT it is really easy and does not involve any tools. It’s just a matter of following the instructions and clicking everything into place, it took me a maximum of 5 minutes and I am not very good with instructions or assembly so it really is easy! You also have to add the stickers for decoration, which again is really easy as its very clear where each one goes. Then you will also need 3x AA batteries, as the toy has sound and lights.
The rolling figures really work well with the Rock and Roll stage. Each one has a little metal ball in the bottom which helps them to glide down the ramp, and this activates lights and sounds at the end. The set comes with a Molly figure, but as I mentioned any of the other figures from the racer cars are also compatible and you can buy more rolling figures sets separately.
It is easy enough to use for young children. The figures may fall off the odd time but 95% of the time they were gliding down the track smoothly. For any young children who like ball tracks or simple marble runs, they would probably enjoy this as its quite a similar action.
You get a few extra play pieces included – a drumset, a microphone and a rock lobster. These would be good for encouraging a bit more imaginative play.
I’ve made a short video just to see it in action! As you can see, my little boys really enjoyed sending the Bubble Guppies sliding down the ramp and hearing the sounds and songs
The last Bubble Guppies toy we were sent is one of the bath squirter packs: Bubble Guppies Gil, Mr. Grouper & Lobster Bath Squirters
There are 3 different sets available each featuring a Bubble Guppy and two of their underwater friends. For me, it’s ideal having 3 in the pack for my 3 boys – one each so no arguments! My 5 year old is getting a little old for the other toys and was happy to leave them more to his younger brothers, but he is not too old for a water squirter! These are simple fun but provide a lot of laughs and are great for bath time or just water play time. My boys find it hilarious to squirt each other with water!
Have a look on the Fisher Price page to see the other Bubble Guppies toys available. I am pretty impressed with the ones we have tried, and I am sure any young Bubble Guppies fan would love them. Which ones do you think your little one would love the most?
Herotopia is an educational virtual world for children to create their own superheroes and explore the different environments, while playing and learning. I was interested to try this out with my 5 year old as he enjoys computer time, and I am happy for him to try out new games as long as there is some educational value.
With Herotopia, it is a much wider concept than other games he had played online as you design your Hero and then move them around from place to place in the virtual world, choosing games to play as you go along and earning virtual money to buy accessories and decorate your secret hang out.
We chose a boy superhero and designed the costume in red
You can move around the different zones by clicking the world map.
Here is part of the New York section. Each area has various games in it and you can see the other players moving around too.
This is Banana Splat, one of the games from New York. You have to aim to splat the passing people or monkeys with the bananas. This may not seem massively educational, but it will help develop mouse control and quick reflexes which I am happy for my boy to do as long as I control how long he is on these kind of games. These skills like mouse control will be important for the children growing up in a modern generation where computers are always used in education and work!
Here’s another game from the New York area – Superfly. It involves flying through the sky and using your mouse to avoid obstacles. Again this will help with mouse control, and spacial awareness, and my boy enjoys these type of games.
When you play each game, you earn virtual money which you can spend in stores found in various sections of the world map. You can also earn by doing some actions around the world like picking up garbage.
When you buy some items you could use them to decorate your secret hang out
Here is ours, not yet decorated!
From the Secret Hang Out, we found the Puzzle Powers section which has some more educational puzzles and seems really good. There is a daily puzzle, then the option to choose to do more.
There are all sorts of puzzles, from word based, number based, shape and space based, to mazes. These are games I am really happy for my boy to play (of course in moderation) as they are all educational and encourage quick thinking and problem solving. Some of these were a bit challenging for him at the moment, and some were good for his level. The child will need reading skills to be able to read the puzzle questions, in order to play.
The aspect of the virtual world which I would not encourage my 5 year old to use at his age is the chat and interacting with other users. This option is there on Herotopia, and you can also add users as friends, but I feel that he is too young for all of this. At the moment, he would be more interested with playing the games anyway! Maybe later on if his school friends also registered on the site, it would be fun for them to add each other as friends rather than adding strangers. With these option being around on the site, I would supervise him while he plays for the moment.
There is loads more to explore too, like getting a Smighty (a type of pet for your character), and fulfilling missions. I feel that there will be a lot more depth to the site as we spend more time on it, and almost never ending possibilities of things to do and discover on the website. It really is very vast!
I would say 5 is the lower limit for this website, any younger and they would be better on the more simple games websites but as they get older, this Virtual World environment can be fun to add more depth to playing games. As a younger mum myself, I’m from the generation where we grew up playing Neopets, and other virtual worlds so I remember the fun that can be gained from these, as long as it’s played in moderation of course.
You can get a free membership or premium membership. For doing this review we will be given an All Access membership but even with the free membership there is so much to do!
Crawling can be so tiring. And it’s not my fault if my knees are filthy – Daddy calls me his mucky pup – after a long day’s crawling around the house, in the garden, at play group and at grandma’s house. I’ve got to get around somehow. There is just so much to see and do, so many things to discover and so many new things to try out. I can’t help it if my hands get dirty and how else am I supposed to get down the stairs if I don’t shuffle down on my bottom? The grownups keep crouching near me and asking me to come towards them. They think I can get up on my legs just like that, but I don’t think I’m strong enough yet. What I need is a fab new wooden baby walker from WoodenToyShop.co.uk to help me strengthen my little legs and start walking on my own.
My older sister Emily had one of those walkers that looked like the pram that Mummy and Daddy used to push me around in, except that the one she had was for dollies and was pink.
I’ve heard Mummy talking about a walker that has lots of different colours and wheels that make patterns when they roll along. I like the sound of that! She said it also has these brilliant wooden blocks that are painted with something called letters which will help me learn something else called reading, but I think I would use them to build towers and then knock them down. There are some wooden beads at the front that you can move from side to side. They will help me learn numbers, whatever they are. Daddy said he would rather buy me something called a dumper truck. I saw a picture of it and I must admit I like the way it looks like some of my toy cars and lorries. I could put all my favourite toys in it and carry them around with me while I learn to walk. Then whenever I get tired, I can tip them out and play wherever I am. I’m sure no one will mind.
If I was allowed to make my own choice for once, I think I’d like to learn to walk with something that had lots of different things to do so that whenever I decided to sit down I would have a new game to play. My friend Ethan at playgroup has something called an Activity Walker. I don’t know what an ‘activity’ is, but I think it has something to do with playing games because there are so many different ones to play with Ethan’s walker. You can turn some coloured wheels, move some buttons up and down a bendy track, make some noise with a rattle (I like making noise) and play some other games that I haven’t quite worked out yet.
I remember Mummy saying at playgroup that these kinds of activities (there’s that word again) help with hand/eye coordination and fine motor skills, whatever they are. Ethan’s mummy also said that walkers are very good for developing gross motor skills. What are they talking about? These grown-ups really do talk funny sometimes. I just want to learn to walk and have some fun at the same time.
There is a new Linky out over at the lovely PODcast blog. It’s another photo linky, but with a difference in that it asks you to explain all about the photo and tell the story. Love the idea of this so I am really happy to be joining in and showing my support. I have to admit, I have been told off from Silent Sunday before for not being Silent enough – what can I say, I talk too much and always seem to have the urge to explain the backstory behind the pictures, so this may end up being more my kind of Photo Linky.
Where better to start, than with my header image as this is the first picture you see when you come on the blog. It’s also my personal Facebook header, and it is on my phone cover too. I would say it’s my favourite picture of my three boys, or because I am a bit indecisive, it is at least definitely in my top 5 😀
This picture was taken around September, almost a year ago now! So they would be (L-R), just over 1 year, 4 years, and 2 and a half.
I can never ever seem to manage to get them all to stay still and pose for a decent picture together, so when I manage to snap one unexpectedly with them all in it and it comes out nicely, then it’s great! This was taken in our back garden, and I was really happy that we had just bought that outside table to enable me to do crafts and painting with them outside to save my house from the mess! I gave them loads of cardboard to paint that day, they painted everything blue and purple and they loved it.
I love the look of concentration on their faces and bit of paint on the little ones nose!
I am generally not that great a photographer, and this was just taken with my iPhone but when I see this picture, it makes me happy. It shows my boys all together and having fun, and reminds me a lovely simple day together that probably would have otherwise been forgotten, so this photo means a lot to me 🙂
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