Rainy Day Activities with Children

So often in the U.K it rains! and I can find the thought of getting all three children out, only to come straight back in moaning and soaking wet. Also the School holidays can feel long and can’t always be doing activities that cost a lot!

So here’s a few things I like to do with my Children most are quite obvious that I’m sure other Parents do too and don’t cost the Earth! Once they’ve exhausted playing with their toys and the “Mum/Dad – I’m bored” statements begin!

  1. Baking – Before the holidays break up and I only have one child to look after I’ll make a list of what I need to buy. Then use up what’s in the cupboards making cakes and biscuits.
  2. Cooking – Decorating their own pizza’s, give them a wrap, bowl of tomato passata and different toppings to make for themself.
  3. Indoor Picnic – Make sandwiches in fun shapes using cutters, get some fruit and crisps then sit on a blanket or rug to bring the outdoors in.
  4. Crafts – I’ll go to Poundland or The Works and buy some craft activities, like painting wooden shapes for example, they absolutely love this, I’ll try to keep it relevant to the season i.e Easter.
  5. Scrap Book – You can buy one for a £1 for the pound shop and the children can cut and stick leaflets, receipts or any other bits they collect into it and if old enough write along side it.
  6. In advance I’ll book an activity for them to look forward to and attend, For Easter I have booked my Sister into a Ballet dance session Or could just be going to soft play.
  7. Making den’s – They love this, getting blankets out etc and having fun playing in them
  8. Home Cinema – Letting them choose a film and eat popcorn
  9. Bedroom Makeover – If you’ve seen my stories I prefer to do this when they are at School, So that I can get the black sack out, However when they are off it can be made fun but taking a before and after photo and explaining how much space they will have made.
  10. If all else fails and boredom from being indoors strikes then get the wellington on and get out for a walk in the rain! At least it will tire them out for bedtime…

Christmas Gift Ideas 2018

Christmas 2018 is less than 2 months away

How fast did that come round again? At this time of year I like to start lining up gift ideas for my children . Here are some items that I like the look of and have been reviewing this month.

For 2+ year old

This count with Peppa toy is lots of fun, Peppa helps children count to ten. Whilst also learning to recognize colours and numbers.  My little girl loves playing with this toy at 3 years old she is just learning to count to ten, this toy will  help her practice. My Daughter enjoyed slotting the coins into Peppa’s purse counting them as she went. Peppa also helps children with listening to instructions that are asked and following sequential steps, what’s not to love learning whilst playing. My Daughter is very protective of this toys and likes to show us that she understands what Peppa is asking.

For 4+ year old

This Fuzzikins Campervan is so much fun! The set includes x2 Cat Fuzzikins ( a medium and a large)  that can be coloured in with the x5 felt tip pens included. The inside of the Campervan is amazing the cats can sit at the table on the rubber chairs or the table turns into a bed with the blanket to go over the cats of a night time. There is also 3x Colour your own sticker sheets which my daughter really enjoyed.

All clips away inside the Campervan which is great as less mess and chance of the Fuzzikins or contents going missing. My 6 year old Daughter absolutely loved playing with this toy, being able to colour the cats in was an added bonus, she especially loves letting them pretend to eat together at the table, then putting them down to bed for the night.  She said it’s great because it clips together and my sister can’t open it!

For 10+ year old

This Science Mad – Crystal Growing Kit

Includes 14 experiments that are all safety tested. With everything you need to grow and cultivate your own beautiful crystals.  This comes in a large box , So there’s a lot to get creating with. It’s the kind of gift, I myself as a child I would have been so excited to receive.  We have loved creating crystals, As my eldest Daughter is 6 she needed my help and was really happy with the end result.  Some real one on time with my Daughter. It really brought me back to my childhood. Make sure you wear the goggles and follow the safety instructions, I would recommend the help of a grown up.  So far we’ve only created one set of crystals but still so many more to try, definitely value for money. Science is so much fun!

Some of the crystal’s we made:

 

Baby 6months +

Sophie La Giraffe Beaker, It’s just so cute! I will be getting this for my baby as absolutely love the hidden Sophie in the middle of the beaker.

Match Stick Monkey – These looks like exactly the kind of toy my baby would love at the moment as he can only hold little things. Plus it has a toothbrush at the end to apply teething relief or practice brushing !  Both seen in JoJo Maman Bebe.

*Three of the above items were gifted for review by Wire Pr, The Peppa Pig – Count with me             ( Trends UK ) , The Science Mad Crystal Growing Kit. ( Trends Uk ) and Fuzzikins Campervan.

All opinions are my/ children’s own.

Bassetts Multivitamins ( Ad)

Recently we were given the opportunity to trial Bassetts Multivitamins tailored for ages 3 -6 with Talk to Mums.

Giving my children a vitamin daily is something I aim to do, however in the past hadn’t always remembered consistently.

The Bassetts Multivitamins are soft and chewy in various flavour’s so appealed straight away to my girls who are 3 and 6 years old.

At breakfast each morning I like them to have either cereals or toast ( my eldest won’t eat toast  but will have a cheese and ham toastie  – very continental! Plus at least one piece of fruit normally apples ( has to be a red one ) , grapes or strawberries and a yoghurt. I feel especially as we head into winter a daily multivitamin rounds off their breakfast nicely.

My girls do have a bit of a sweet tooth, so I was pleased to see that they contain no added sugar, as they consume enough already. As a Mum I try to do my best for my children so giving them a daily multivitamin gives them a bit of an extra top up that they may be missing especially with one of my daughters being quite fussy at the moment, although I am hoping this to shall pass! as they say, whoever they are!

The girls say the vitamins make them happy because they have a smile on them. This has also been their opinion on the Bassetts Omega 3 and Multivitamins that come in a orange flavour with no reports of a fishy aftertaste = Happy me!

The Bassetts Multivitamins contain vitamin A, B6, C and D to help support healthy eyes, skin, teeth,bones, muscle and immunity.

Currently on offer in Tesco at 3 for the price of 2 each pack contains 30 vitamins.

Jumpin Inflatable Fun

The South’s only Inflatable Park – Review

We arrived at Jumpin in Burgess Hill, West Sussex ( moments from the A23 )   on a Sunday Morning,  At the opening time of 10am, We were happy to find there was  plenty of parking available right outside the building and if that’s full on neighbouring roads are worth a try  as it’s situated in an Industrial Estate.

On entry, we were welcomed by friendly faces who instructed us to watch a safety video before bouncing ( for this reason it is very important to arrive 30 minutes early )  and to pre-book your slot via the website jumpinfun.co.uk  and complete a safety waiver at the same time.

On check in we were provided a coloured wrist band to show which time slot ( all slots are one hour ) Once the hour is up you can go to the free zone.( ball pit, spinning platform to duck under or jump over )

At Jumpin there is over 25,000sqft of inflatable fun for adults and children alike. A great way to relive your younger years.  The perfect rainy day activity!

Jumpin

The park was clean and tidy, we also spotted a great area which can be hired for parties. Something we will definitely looking into for future birthday celebrations.

There was a Cafe available upstairs, that served hot pizza, snacks and cold refreshments.

In November they are opening a soft play area for the under 7’s, which will be perfect for younger children and will fit well as something that small children can fully participate in.

We felt this was a really good workout for us all especially to keep up with the children, my 6 year old daughter especially loved the spinning platform.

We feel really lucky to have this Inflatable park locally and we look forward to our next visit.

This blog post is based on all of my own views but was given in exchange for free entry to post a review.

 

 

 

 

What’s in my suitcase? – Disney trip!

Disney image suntan lotion

Packing is one of the most exciting parts of planning a holiday for me, I especially enjoy writing lists before. Making sure I don’t forget to pack anything essential or that may be difficult to source in a different country or substantially more expensive.

So, before the holiday I’ll write a list of items needed for the Children and us, then a separate list of what I need to remember to pack.

This is the list of items I’ll pack / ensure I buy in advance broken down:

Snacks – My girls like a snack so I’ll pack some for when out and some for the room. As we are travelling by Car I will pack several packs of water (I managed to find some cool Disney ones!) For food it would be snacks such as popcorn, rice cakes or the little fruit stars generally foods that are quite light so that where possible they eat well still at meal times.

Clothes – Always allow extra and a change of clothing when travelling with children either by car or plane as there is nearly always a spillage or leakage of some form. I also went to H&M and Primark and brought lots of the cheaper T-shirt style dresses for them to wear each day as well as packing 3 of their Princess Dresses each for the meet and greets.  Then as it should be hot when we go away I’ll only take us all x1 Hoodie style top each plus a pair of leggings for my girls in case the weather turns cold. Also a buy them a packet of new trainer socks to save time searching for enough pairs that they already have. I found some trendy ones in Primark with bobbles on the back and a rather funky pattern!

Goodie Bags – I like to take little presents for them to unwrap if on a plane ( don’t make the mistake I did and wrap up play dough! as this got me lots of questions at security last year!)

This year I’ve been and brought lots of Disney merchandise from the high street mainly Primark  and H& M where it is substantially cheaper again, For example Mickey Mouse ears in Primark are £2 and in Disney they are £20 plus ( yes I’m sure the quality may better however how often they would wear them it wouldn’t be worth it ) Also included would be presents that are activity based like colouring books etc. This time we will place these on the children’s bed in the hotel for them to open when they arrive.

We have the car so can take more with us. If travelling by Plane I would add to the suitcase or hand luggage.

Essential’s in my opinion if travelling with young children / Adults:

  • Suntan lotion
  • Hats
  • Sufficient Nappies
  • Same for Wipes
  • Swim Nappies
  • Calpol
  • Paracetamol
  • Ibuprofen
  • Diarrhoea Medication
  • Insect Repellent
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo / Conditioner
  • Shower gel (Can double up with kids depending on ages and skin type)
  • Face wipes
  • Face moisturiser that’s also a Sunscreen
  • Sanitary protection if needed
  • Little wind up / battery powered hand-held fan
  • x4 Way Multi Socket travel adaptor
  • Make up!

If going to Disney – Face glitter and a pot of Vaseline (I was given this tip by the Manager in our local Claire’s Accessories to apply the Vaseline first, then the glitter stays put)

Then lay it all out on the bed and assess whether I’ve enough outfits per day plus a few more spares.  My two girls have a Trunki each which I’ll pack as must of their clothes in as possible then aim to share a large suitcase with my husband and our baby will most likely need another bag for extra nappies etc.

Do you have any tips for travelling? What do you think is essential to pack?

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