Capture the Flag – Clip & Activities

The film weaves a fantastical tale of a boy, his father and grandfather who come together to protect the legacy of the original moon landing while restoring the relationship between 12 year old Mike’s father and grandfather.

“Space travel runs in Mike Goldwing’s family: both his father and grandfather were astronauts and they all live on a NASA base. But the plucky 12-year-old’s estranged grandfather, Frank, has lived a life isolated from his family after missing out on the chance to make history as a member of the Apollo 11 crew.

However, when Mike discovers that an eccentric billionaire plans to fly to the moon, claim its vast, valuable mineral resources, and destroy the American flag planted by the Apollo 11 astronauts, the countdown to a spectacular adventure begins! Mike, teamed with his grandfather, best friends Amy and Marty, and a clever chameleon, blasts off on an incredible moon-bound mission, determined to thwart the billionaire’s evil plan, capture the flag, and reunite his divided family.”

You can see the opening scenes from the film here:

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The Original Mr Frosty – Crunchy Ice Maker

There are things in every person’s childhood that, when reintroduced sometime in your future, they get really excited about. Well, Mr Frosty isn’t actually one of mine, having not grown up in the UK, but when I told a friend that I had received a Mr Frosty in the mail, she squealed down the phone so loudly I had a fright! Apparently Mr Frosty of her childhood filled many a summer and she was really excited to hear that they were being relaunched in the UK. And yes – her childhood was in the 90’s. Mine, not quite!

Mr Frosty is an at-home slushy maker that comes with a snowman with handle and removable drawer, with an internal grater for crushing the ice. 9bc1faf9-cb5e-497d-9c84-c7a06667c92e

It comes with two bowls and two spoons – the bowls are tiny, but perfectly child sized. They don’t honestly need more, and seconds aren’t a problem. There is also an ice mold with summery ice shapes – fire hydrant and summer fruits – and a lolly maker for three icy popsicles and snowman handles. Finally there’s a squeezy penguin with a removable hat so that you can fill it with cordial and a hole in the hat so you can squeeze it out over the plain ice. I’m told that the Mr Frosty of the 90’s came with sugary syrups, but in this 2016 version, those aren’t included.  You can, however, buy concentrates from your local supermarket, or choose to use something else or nothing else! The kids won’t know the difference, really!Read more: The Original Mr Frosty – Crunchy Ice Maker

Summer Time, Beaches and Gazillion Incredibubble Wand

Tonight I’m sitting here shivering because my skin is burning up from sun exposure. Warmer weather took it’s time in coming, but it’s here, as the back of my neck can attest! One of the best things about summer for my kids is bubbles on the beach. I quite literally have up to 6 bubble wands in the boot of my car all summer long because I know that wherever we are, the kids are going to want bubbles! They bring kids together in a play ground, they make even the dull at the beach look up, point and smile, and they turn ‘mummy I’m bored’ into a great session of running and squealing in the garden.

This week we got a new toy – the Giant Gazillion Incredibubble Wand set, and it was an instant hit. You just have to look at these pictures to see why!

Gazillion Incredibubble Wand

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Two Questions To Ask Your Kids Every Day

“How was your day today?”

“Fine”

“What did you do today?”

“Nothing”

“Learn/see/do anything exciting?”

“No”

Sound familiar?Two Questions To Ask Your Kids Every Day

This is pretty much what every conversation with my daughters was like, till about a year ago.  Whether they’d spent 3 hours at nursery, or spent the whole day with a friend, they pretty much couldn’t remember what they’d done an hour ago, or they couldn’t really tell me much about their day at all.

I found this really frustrating, and after a while, I stopped asking. Not because I didn’t care, but because I found ‘nothing’ or ‘I don’t remember’ to be too infuriating.

But this didn’t sit right with me.

want to know about their days. I want to know what they’ve been up to. And even if we spend the whole day in the same house, their days often involve different experiences to mine.

About a year ago, I decided to give up on questions that weren’t getting answers, and to instead, change the questions.

While I will still ask loose questions about the time we spent apart, I don’t have feelings one way or the other if they don’t answer fully. What we do now is this:Read more: Two Questions To Ask Your Kids Every Day

Bear Claws And Alpa Bites Review

Last week we were sent a box of Bear Claws and Alpa Bites for the kids to try out. They did, and what happened suggests that they loved it.

We were recording their review for YouTube – you can see it at the bottom of this post – and finished reviewing the Bear Claws, which consisted of two packs of 5 snacking portions. My camera battery went flat, so I nipped to the room to find the spare battery, which had already been packed away for our house move, and when I returned to the lounge, not ten minutes later, they had finished off all ten packets! I was really quite cross, but I guess it’s a good testament to what they thought of the Bear Claws!

Bear Claws

The packs we were sent were Mango & Carrot flavour and Apple, Pear and Pumpkin flavour.

On opening the Mango and Carrot packets, you get a definite aroma of carrot, but there’s very little carrot flavour that comes through. It’s a strong mango flavour instead, which makes it a hit with us.

The Apple, Pear and Pumpkin sounds like an odd mix and the flavour we found very hard to put your finger on, with Aviya saying it tastes like ‘everything’ – a mix of all three and none in particular. That said, it’s a delicious flavour. There weren’t any left!

These fruit packs count as one of your five a day, and they are 100% fruit and veg with “no nonsense added”. And they are shaped like animal paws and eyes, so kind of quirky and fun for the kids.

I am sure these would make great lunch box snacks as they are tart and sweet to make you not want or need any chocolate or other sugary snacks, but we never got to try that theory!

Alpha Bites

We’ve had Alpha Bites before, and I don’t remember the kids being overly excited by them last time, but this time they really like them. They’ve almost finished the whole bag of breakfast cereal in less than a week, so that’s something surprising considering they’re not made of chocolate!

In fact they are more honey-like in flavour, which Ameli says goes well with milk.

What draws the kids to them is also the fact that they are alphabet shaped, so even if you don’t have them in milk and instead have them as snacks in a lunch box, they sit trying to make words with the letters – educational food. What’s not to love!

To find out more about Bear Claws and Alpha Bites, watch the video here – and don’t forget to subscribe!


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10 Sun Cream Facts To Keep You Sun Safe – Infographic

I was sent this infographic a few days ago by a brand of sunscreen I’ve always used on my children. Organic Children from Green People was the only sun lotion that I could put on Ameli when she was an extremely eczema prone baby and toddler that wouldn’t cause her to flair up, essentially ruining her swim or time outdoors.

Whichever sun cream you choose to use, here are ten interesting facts to keep in mind when you choose how to protect your and your children’s skin.

10 Facts about suncream

Infographic supplied by Green People. I was not paid to share this information. Links are affiliate links, if you purchase through them you will not be charged any extra but I may receive a percentage. 

Create Little Explorers With Little Passports Subscription Boxes

Ameli never stood a chance, really. She was born to a mother with itchy feet, and by her second birthday she had been to 20 countries. That’s more than many people see in a life time! Unfortunately our circumstances changed and our travelling slowed down somewhat, but I like to think the impact of all those travels have landed and she will always be a little world traveller.

When we were offered a 3-month subscription to Little Passports I was really excited, because I knew she’d love it.

Our first parcel arrived, and we set off on our Little Passports adventure. Little Passports Subscription Boxes

Being six, Ameli receives the World Edition for 6 – 10 year olds. The first parcel contains the blue and green cardboard suitcase, a ‘passport’ and a wall-sized world map. It also includes a welcome letter from Sam & Sofia (which I’ve managed to convince Ameli are real people!) and stickers to decorate the case, (later boxes include stickers for ‘passport stamps’ for the passport) a photo of the two friends and an activity sheet. There’s also a boarding pass with an access code for online games in the Boarding Zone.Read more: Create Little Explorers With Little Passports Subscription Boxes

Schleich Farm Animals

For some reason, young children are always encouraged to have an interest in farm animals. From Old McDonald Had A Farm to petting zoo parties to story books, there’s a definite theme there! And it’s a good thing, I suppose. It’s important they have an understanding of the world, especially if farm animals aren’t a regular sighting.

Schleich have a range of farm animal toys out that can pretty much stock an entire play farm. Schleich is a well known brand, and has been around forever, and the great thing about their figurines is that they slot easily into other play – my girls have discovered that they are a great addition to their Playmobil stables, for example, although Schleich also have a beautiful stable and farm themselves.

We received two sets to review – My First Farm Animals Set (41424) (RRP £12.99) and Stable Cleaning Kit with Calf & Lamb (41422) (RRP £6)

My First Farm Animals Set contains an adult cow, an adult pig, a hen and a lamb that my children have decided is female on account of her light colour – not scientific, I know! There’s also a bale of hay, some apples and carrots, cause they need to eat and all.Schleich Farm Animals

The Stable Cleaning Kit comes with  a Shropshire lamb and a Fleckvieh calf, newly born, and it also comes with carrots and bucket and a broom, perfect for cleaning out the stables.Schleich Farm Yard

These are just two of the sets containing hand painted farm animals, but they are obviously highly interchangeable – my girls have decided that the calf belongs to the cow, for example, with no thought to the fact they come from different boxes.

Cows Schleich Farm Animals

Here’s a short video for you on what the girls think of the Schleich Farm Animal sets:


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From a parent point of view, Schleich guarantee all their toys in terms of both materials used to make them, and in fact the fair working environment for the people making them too. Their toys meet not only the safety standards of the EU, but also the additional of the US and many other countries too. The plastics and softeners used are the same as those used in food packaging, so while you shouldn’t try to eat your Schleich Farm Animals, you’re not likely to experience ill effects should one end up as a temporary chew toy!

Schleich Farm Animals are available from most major toy retailers and from Amazon

Spring Plant Markers And Critter Crafts #BostikBloggers

We moved house last week, so we are a little late with our BostikBloggers post this month, but moving house and crafts don’t mix.

No matter though – the boxes are almost all unpacked, the seeds are planted, and despite the biting cold, the sun is shining, so we turned our attention to crafts. The box this month had loads of spring themed embellishments, a frame, a paper bag, lollipop sticks and Blu Tack and Bostik Glu Dots among other things, so I let the kids decide what they wanted to do.

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New! Clangers Magazine {Review}

We’re regular magazine junkies here these days, with each of the kids having their own subscriptions to magazines we’ve reviewed over the last few months. The latest we’re reviewing is Clangers Magazine from Immediate Media. Clangers Magazine is based on the Clangers show on Cbeebies.

Clangers Magazine is aimed at helping children discover, wonder, play and explore. It’s full of things to read, make, do, and colour. It has activities like mazes and puzzles to find who belongs to what object. There are dozens of stickers with pages to stick them in. There are two picture stories in each magazine, and regular features like ‘I spy in space’. Clangers Magazine

The new magazine launches today with six issues per year which you can subscribe to or pick up at your local newsagents.Read more: New! Clangers Magazine {Review}