There was an old woman who swallowed a fly… museum crafty fun!

We go to a wonderful under 5’s group at our local museum every week.  There is a different theme each week where we look at a display or some objects around the museum and then make a crafty item that links in with the theme.  It is a really interesting group that allows the children to experience something new along with some fun in making something (usually with glue/tissue paper/sequins/glitter etc) and then stories and songs at the end to calm them down and bring the session to an end.

Miss M loves attending and we have made some wonderful things over the last couple of years.

Last weeks theme was “There was an old lady who swallowed a fly…”

We were given basic printouts of the lady and all the animals she swallowed which we had to cut out and decorate.  We then added an extra layer to the front of the skirt to make a pocket to keep all the animals in.

So here we have our finished lady!!

DSCF3516Poor Mister B spent most of the hour stuck in his push chair or when I did let him out, he was caged in my arms!!  If I dared to let him go he sped across the floor on his knees grabbing a multitude of coloured tissue paper that he had his beady eye on and chewed it up.  Hopefully in a couple of months he will understand what he can and can’t eat and it will make things much easier.

And here’s the song for those that want to join in with us:

There was an old lady who swallowed a fly
I don’t know why she swallowed a fly – perhaps she’ll die!
There was an old lady who swallowed a spider,
That wriggled and wiggled and tiggled inside her;
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly;
I don’t know why she swallowed a fly – Perhaps she’ll die!
There was an old lady who swallowed a bird;
How absurd to swallow a bird.
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider,
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly;
I don’t know why she swallowed a fly – Perhaps she’ll die!
There was an old lady who swallowed a cat;
Fancy that  to swallow a cat!
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird,
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider,
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly;
I don’t know why  she swallowed a fly – Perhaps she’ll die!
There was an old lady that swallowed a dog;
What a hog, to swallow a dog;
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat,
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird,
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider,
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly;
I don’t know why she swallowed a fly – Perhaps she’ll die!
There was an old lady who swallowed a cow,
I don’t know how she swallowed a cow;
She swallowed the cow to catch the dog,
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat,
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird,
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider,
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly;
I don’t know why she swallowed a fly – Perhaps she’ll die!
There was an old lady who swallowed a horse…
She’s dead, of course!

I wonder what we make next week – let’s wait and see. xx

Gull Pink Spotty Dolls Pram by Brio review

We were asked to review the Gull Pink spotty Dolls Pram by Brio for izziwizzikids.

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When the big box arrived I immediately hid it out of view from Miss M so that I could build it when she was out.  I spotted my opportunity and opened the box to reveal all the parts of the fabulous Brio dolls pram.  It took very little effort to build as was already partially assembled.  In under 5 minutes I had this amazing pink spotty dolls pram standing in front of me that any young girl would be very proud of to push along.

When Miss M arrived home I asked her to close her eyes and come into the room – well if only I’d captured the look on her face when she saw it.  Her eyes were like saucers and a cute little grin spread across her face – she couldn’t quite believe that it was for her to play with and try out.

The Brio pram was an immediate hit and Miss M couldn’t wait to push it along.  First we filled it with an assortment of dolls and teddies, not forgetting Peppa Pig of course!!  Then off we went to the park – capturing lots of smiles from passers by on the way.  Miss M found the pram very easy to push along and manoeuvre and loved the extra details like the removable cover and brake which she insisted was put on every time we stopped.

Back at home Miss M delighted in the fact that she could remove the carrycot from  the frame of the pram and use it as a bed to put her dolls/teddies/Peppa Pig to sleep in – this has now become a bedtime ritual and goes on the  floor next to her bed each night.  And if mummy goes into a room to say something I get a big “ssshhhh!!” because the dollies are sleeping.

We absolutely loved this pink spotty Brio dolls pram along with all its beautiful features and give it a big 10/10.  We would highly recommend it and think it would make a fabulous Christmas present for any little girl to treasure for many years to come.  This is a very durable toy that can be used both indoors & outdoors and can be folded down for storage or portability.

Here is our video review for izziwizzikids:

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.

Fruit Frenzy by Orchard Toys review

We were asked to review Fruit Frenzy by Orchard Toys for izziwizzikids.

Fruit FrenzyA fruity card game that’s fun and simple to play.  Collect five matching fruits to win, but watch out, when the spinner shows “fruity frenzy” it’s everyone for themselves! This game has great educational value:

  • Improves observational skills
  • Develops social communication
  • Promotes healthy eating
  • Links with Early Learning Goals
  • Links with National Curriculum Science and PSHE Key Stage 1
This was a fun, easy to play card game with thick, durable cards and a spinner which added interest and gave the game another feature which helped with the amusement and fun factor.
Miss M thoroughly enjoyed playing this game and it has become a firm favourite for her – although she does prefer to win!!  But the educational benefits have been great for her especially with social communication.  As she is quite young we have only just started introducing games into her everyday play and this has encouraged learning to take turns, following rules and playing together.
We all loved this game and had lots of fun playing it.  We also used all the cards to play alternative games such as pairs which we found a lot of fun.  The pieces are all exceptionally durable and it comes in a compact box ideal for taking on holiday etc. therefore we would definitely recommend this game from Orchard Toys.Here is our video review for izziwizzikids:
This game – Fruit Frenzy – can be purchased directly from Orchard Toys £7.25.
All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.

Mister B’s 1st Birthday!!

So a year has passed since that amazing day that my little boy was born.  My gorgeous Mister B was 1 on Sunday.  I am so proud of him and of how much he has achieved in his first year – he is such a happy little boy and is so interested and excited in all the new things he sees and learns about each day.

To celebrate his 1st birthday we had just a small family affair which was just as well. Poor Mister B is teething badly at the moment – a rather large top front tooth has just poked through the gum – causing pain and a rather bad case of nappy rash.  But we managed to enjoy the day, with his one of his favourite new toys being a helium balloon which he loved waving around whilst lying on his back.

DSCF3398All too soon, the day came to an end but we have lots of lovely memories of the day and Miss M is enjoying checking out all his new toys.

Shoezone Girls Shoes review

We were asked to review a pair of young girls shoes from Shoezone.

Brogues, shoes, kids shoes, childrens shoes, black brogues, laces

The shoes I received were a pair of Shoe Zone girls lace up Brogues. They are black, slightly pointed toe brogues with thin laces and my first reaction was would my daughter like these as they are quite different from the normal style of shoes she would wear. I showed them to her and she was very excited – new shoes (what girl wouldn’t be?!!).

She tried them on immediately and they were a good fit and seemed really comfortable. Being a budget style shoe they are synthetic rather than leather but the upper seemed quite soft and supple. The laces were thin and round, so were easy to put a double bow in to stop coming undone during the day. Miss M hasn’t yet mastered the art of tying a shoe lace but hopefully she’ll get a lot of practice with these!

Overall we were happy with the shoes, they are a very fashionable style, with brogues being seen in all the shops at the moment and look great with skinny jeans/leggings for the perfect little daytime outfit.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.

Crayola Washable 3D Outdoor Chalks Review

During the summer we were asked to review Crayola Washable 3D Outdoor Chalks for izziwizzikids.

The 3D Outdoor Chalk allows you to create eye-popping 3D effects with the dual coloured 3D outdoor chalk and 3D glasses. They are simple to use, give you amazing results and the special chalk combines the right colours to make the magic happen! To get your creative juices flowing, there’s a “How To” leaflet included which shows you how to start with simple shapes, eventually building up to using the 3D effects.

When I first showed these to Miss M and told her she could draw in the garden her eyes lit up and she couldn’t wait to get started. At first we followed the simple instructions to create a basic drawing which allowed us to sample the 3D effects successfully.  We then had to wear the 3D glasses to view the effect which proved a great hit with Miss M.  I was impressed with the 3D results as the drawing really did seem to lift from the ground with the different colours appearing at different levels.

Miss M loved this activity and the chalks were continued to be used day after day to turn the entire patio area of the garden into a myriad of colour.  This was a thoroughly fun activity that could be done again and again. We loved it and would definitely recommend it for children as a fun summer outdoor activity that encourages creativity, has a fun novelty factor with the 3D effect and keeps them occupied for a good length of time.

Here is the video review we produced for izziwizzikids:

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.

Fab Fairies by Galt Toys review

A few months ago I was lucky to be asked to review Fab Fairies by Galt Toys for izziwizzikids.

Fab fairies

It is essentially a very girlie Arts & Crafts kit to create two cute fairies! Simply glue together the heads, cord, fabric pieces and then stick on some gems. The skirts, hands and feet are made by simply fraying the thick cord.

Due to my daughter being under the recommended 5+ age she did require supervision, so I happily identified the pieces and handed them to my daughter to glue, copying the picture on the front of the box.  As glueing and sticking is one of my daughters favourite activities she throughly enjoyed it especially when it came to finishing the fairies by added gems and sequins.

The 2 fairies now take pride of place hanging from the picture rail in my daughters bedroom (I stuck a loop of ribbon to the back of their heads).

We would definitely recommend this as fun crafty activity and for a slightly older girl it would be something she could sit and do independently. It is a fantastic kit to help encourage creative play.

Here is the video review we produced for izziwizzikids:

This would make a fab birthday present or great for Christmas for any young girl.

It currently retails for £4.99 and can be purchased directly from Galt Toys.

 

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.

End of maternity leave – back to work!!

So that time has come – 52 weeks of being on maternity leave reaches an end!! It was great but I won’t me going back for any more. My dear Mister B starts nursery on Monday alongside Miss M – who is very excited at the prospect of her baby brother joining her. Although mummy doesn’t share quite the same excitement of sitting at an office desk for 8 hours daydreaming about the endless chores waiting for her at home and her poor baby boy enduring a long day on his first adventures at nursery.

But I am grateful for the bit of winter sun we had last week  – October sun – who’d have thought it? It gave me a chance to have some fun in the local park with Mister B and Miss M while daddy was working. Mister B loves the baby swings and we always get him giggling on them.

While Miss M on the other hand likes a bit of adventure and has to go on everything especially loving to climb or go down the slides!!

So I guess it’s preparation and organisation this weekend ensuring everything’s ready on Sunday night, clothes out, bags packed, packed lunch made……..and now I wait for panic mode to set in on Monday morning – arghh!!

2 hours of child free mummy me time!! Woohoo – or so I thought!!

So finally came the day when my dear little boy had his 2 hours settling in session at nursery. Miss M had already gone to nursery at 8am and now I was taking Mister B, having prepared myself for 2 hours of childfree time – still chores to do unfortunately – but time without Miss M constantly demanding food and Mister B from grabbing everything that isn’t actually a toy and eating it!!

So walking home from the nursery up to my front door I dig into my pocket for the house keys – and out comes the car keys – arghhh!!!!

I have no phone or money on me having only popped round the corner. Next stop – the neighbour next door but one.  I try endlessly calling the husbands mobile to no avail – help!!  I eventually call his place of work who manage to locate him, only to find he was on a course and his mobile had been set on silent.

Being in possesion of the car key I drive up to get the key and promptly arrive home with 10 minutes to spare before it’s time to pick Mister B up.

Bang goes those peaceful 2 hours where I planned to be super efficient and make a big dent in my “to do list”.

Finally here!!

Well, I eventually made the big first step into blog world.  Still not quite sure what I’m doing but I’m willing to give it a go. The little ones are tucked up in bed and it’s getting late so I think I’ll leave the introductions till the morning.

Night all

xx