A 3 year old visits Legoland

Jack broke up from nursery a week earlier than the other local schools so Daddy and I decided to brave Legoland for the first time with him.

A trip to Legoland can be a bit pricey so we used some of our Tesco clubcard points to buy one of our tickets and cut out a voucher off a cereal packet for a buy one get one free ticket. We also took our own lunch to keep costs down and we had the pushchair to carry it all.

We got there first thing and went to the back of the park to go on the Atlantis Submarine ride first and all three of us thought it was great. You do feel like you are at the bottom of the sea. Jack then tried out the smaller L-Driver ride for to 3-5 year olds – he drove an electric car around a course and got a high five from one of the helpers and a driving licence when he finished.

 

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Jack loved the Miniland which has scenes from Europe and the USA using 40 million bricks!!

 

We did take Jack’s swimmers for Drench Towers in the Duplo Valley part but the weather just didn’t get warm enough but it looked amazing – I think the whole family would love this 🙂

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There are some rides for the older kids/parents like the Vikings River Splash and the Space Tower plus rides for the family like the Sky Rider and the boat ride.

Legoland is a great place for all the family but especially the little ones as they can go on most of the rides unlike some of the other theme parks aimed at older children.

Recommendations

I would recommend getting there for when it opens to avoid queues parking and getting into the park. Book early online or find a deal like we did with a voucher off a cereal pack. Using your Tesco Clubcard points is a good idea too – we saved alot. Talking of parking, if you book in advance the premium parking right by the entrance is only a couple of pounds more and probably worth it. And if you can, take a picnic or at least some drinks and snacks.

 

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My First YouTube Review !!

Finally I have my own YouTube channel, yay!!!! It only took about a year to get my ample bottom in gear.

Jack’s grandparents have just returned from their holiday in Florida with a case full of his favourite toys, anything from Disney Pixar Cars. The film is due out in July so there is a whole new range to purchase and my Mum, Dad and Sister were happy to buy Jack’s shopping list.

This is my first review on YouTube and I hope to be uploading lots more, along with days out, events, etc.

Please do take a look and like/subscribe/share and I’ll promise to improve my presenting voice 🙂

 

It’s not just cricket!!

My husband John is a huge cricket fan and since we got engaged 7 years ago, he has been trying to teach me the finer rules of the game. When Mumsnet  were looking for bloggers that have an interest in cricket I jumped at the chance.

Mumsnet were asked by The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to invite bloggers along that have an interest in sport or cricket for kids to their launch of All Stars Cricket. Jack loves his sports (running and gymnastics especially) and John is keen for him to become a spin bowler for Middlesex (no pressure Jack!) so we were keen to hear all about this great new programme.

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We arrived early at the launch and got to watch a group of children having a lesson, which showed all the structured activities which would form a typical session. We were also lucky enough to interview Michael Vaughan (top Yorkshire and England batsman …. and Strictly contestant!!).

All Starts Cricket is aimed at girls and boys aged 5-8 as a fun, first-time experience of cricket. Starting in May, children will be able to attend at over 1,500 centres across the country. They can learn catching, throwing, hitting a moving ball and (top of my list) teamwork while making friends. We watched the kids that had been brought along to have a go and they were definitely having lots of fun while learning new skills.

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All Stars Cricket is an 8 week course, each lasting an hour. The sessions are run by trained and accredited coaches and Mum and Dad are encouraged to take part which I really like. Jack is only 3 1/2 but my husband and I think he would be ready to attend next May. I asked Michael Vaughan if they would be flexible on age and he said they could be but they would have to be able to listen to instruction and focus.

Listen to John chatting to Michael about the initiative here:

Most courses are £40 but this can increase slightly depending on your local facility holding the course. My blog is mainly about saving parents money and informing readers of great deals. I think this is a great price for a children’s activity. I’ve been looking for something for Jack and some of them have been £9-10 per hour session. Once the children are signed up they also receive a personalised pack which includes a backpack, cricket bat, water bottle, cap and shirt with their name on so very good value for money.

I was really impressed with what the ECB have put together. It’s not just about learning movement skills, but also promoting teamwork, fun time with parents and making new friends. John and I will definitely be signing up Jack next year to attend!!!

Have a look and see where your nearest All Stars Cricket centre is!

I am a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Panel, a group of parent bloggers who have volunteered to review products, services, events and brands for Mumsnet. I have not paid for the product or to attend an event. I have editorial control and retain full editorial integrity. (I have received a voucher in return for writing this post).

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Review: PUKACA paper toys

I was asked to pick a couple of my favourite PUKACA paper toys to review, sold at Loubilou.

I chose the Jungle Animals Finger Puppets (£4) and the Alphabet Paper Blocks (£5) as I thought these were more age appropriate for Jack (now 2 1/2 yrs old).

We were sent ours in the post as they were samples to review.  When you order and payment is confirmed you will be sent a link to print yours at home. It gives you a guide on what paper to use, etc. You will definitely need a thicker paper or card that will go through your printer to make these stable enough to play with.

The first think I noticed were the bright, engaging colours – they definitely caught Jack’s eye.

Cutting out the finger puppets was a bit tricky. I cut out the monkey first and made the error of cutting the bit off that wraps around your finger !!! I got a little carried away but I just cut a strip of card and stuck the monkey to that. Sticking was easy and I used pegs to hold together while it was drying.

Cutting the blocks out was easier but sticking together a little more tricky – I left that to Jack’s Daddy 🙂

Cutting and sticking would be OK for an older child to do but I recommend a parent gives a hand as some cutting/sticking can get tricky.

Jack loved the finger puppets and went into his house in the garden to play with. Jack loves stacking blocks and these were no exception – he was a very impatient little boy as Mummy wasn’t making them quick enough!

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I think these are a great little idea. Great for story telling with bright colours. They are a good price, especially as you have to factor in printing on your own colour printer.

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If you are interested in ordering these or any other product on Loubilou, receive 10% discount with the code ‘mummymarket‘ at the checkout.

Review: Carddies Farm Craft Kit

I was asked by Loubilou to review a craft set they sell online. Carddies are fun sets of Card People who live in a box. You colour them in, give them names and make up stories.

There is a collection of 12 sets: Carddies London, Sports, School, Fairies, Cavemen, Football, Ballet, Knights, Family One and Two, Farm and Nativity.

Carddies are great for both girls and boys aged 3 to 10.  Each set includes 12 colouring pencils, 12 figures with stands and a backdrop, all included in a sliding box. The toy is self-contained, highly portable, made from premium card and perfect for keeping children amused on any journey or outing.

Life had been hectic with me returning to work so we decided to take away with us when John, Jack and I went away for the bank holiday weekend.

Jack is below the age that they recommend (2 1/2yrs old) but I felt, with supervision, that Jack would still enjoy. I also picked the farm as Jack knows all his animals and loves tractors!!

The box was packaged well and arrived safely in the post.

Jack was very excited when we opened the box and immediately picked up the animals and stands, putting them together once John showed him what to do.

Jack had a go at colouring but John and I gave him a helping hand, especially with the backdrop. Once everything was coloured in he then played with the animals and did all the noises. I think when he is a bit older he will definitely play farms 🙂

The card is lovely and white, thick and good quality and the small pencils were very good too. The animals and family were double sided so lots colouring opportunities. I think it would be played with often, even when all the colouring has been completed. It packs away easily and the box is sturdy and not too large, making it a great little activity to take out with you.

I love that The Carddies are 100% British designed. The British sourced colouring pencils are made in Indonesia using FSC certified wood. Eco-friendly, The Carddies also have very strong environmental credentials and FSC certified materials have been used throughout.

I think the suggested age bracket is appropriate.  Jack has started to role play with his cuddly toys and tea set already, when he reaches 3 onwards, I’ll be purchasing these to keep in the bag or even as a spare in the car or Granny’s house.