Our weekend in Le Touquet

We love going to France and used to go quite often for the weekend but haven’t been able to for the last couple of years. We managed to arrange a weekend just before the school holidays and had an amazing time.

If you are ever looking for a weekend in France Le Touquet is perfect because it doesn’t take too long to get there from the Eurotunnel terminal and it is a really nice place to stay.

 

My Mum found a good deal on an apartment within a hotel in the forest area that was great for us as there were separate rooms, Lottie and Sam shared and I had my own, we liked it there and would stay there again.

We don’t do much when we go to France but always manage to end up filling the time! We go the Supermarket in Boulogne and stock up on our favourite treats- grenadine, monster crisps, carambars, chocolate tablet biscuits and Mum’s suchard chocolates and wine!

After we had done our shop we headed back into Le Touquet where we had a walk round the town and we got a crepe- it’s interesting seeing how quickly they can make them and the choice of fillings is amazing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We then went to the beach which is really nice and clean. We had lots of fun there playing together and digging an enormous hole!

We made dinner in the apartment that night because Sam was really tired and when we got up the next morning it was another really  hot day.

Normally we would go to Nausicaa in Boulogne which is an amazing sea life centre but it was such a nice day we decided to go for a long walk and a wander round Etaples to the port, we also found a little park that Lottie and Sam enjoyed.

We would definitely recommend Nausicca if you are ever in the area though- we have been there lots of times and it is always very interesting with some fantastic fish, jellyfish, penguins and sealions to see and lots of information about the Oceans and the Planet. We will be back there again soon!

Just before it was time to go back to the tunnel we had enough time to stop at our favourite restaurant, Chez Jules in Boulogne. It’s always busy so luckily we had booked a table. The food is fantastic but we go there because they make the best chocolate mousse in the whole of France- and we have tried lots!

Soon it was time to get the tunnel back home and get back to normal life. I hope we can have another trip across soon.

 

Doodle Doo Game Review

By Lottie age 7

We have a family game night most weeks. Sam is now old enough to join in sometimes but Luke and I find most games for 4 year olds a bit boring so we were excited to be sent Doodle Doo, which although it’s from age 6 up, Sam was able to join in with properly without too much help.

In Doodle Doo you have to make it out of the animal maze with a blindfold on and drawing your way out of the animals digestive system, you keep going until one of the other players squeezes the fart cushion to warn you that you have gone out of the lines. The winner is the first person to reach the end of their maze.

It sounds really simple but it’s surprisingly difficult and very, very funny. We were all laughing and making each other jump with the cushion!

Sam promises he isn’t peeking underneath!

 

Doodle Doo is recommended for children age 6 and upwards and 2 to 4 people can play at the same time.

You get:

4 x Double sided maze boards

4 x Pens

1 x Cleaning sponge

1 x Blindfold

1 x Whoopie cushion

We really like that this game is funny enough to all play together but also easy enough that Sam and I can just play it together on our own without any help. It’s a really good family game.

My turn to play against Luke- he kept making me jump!

 

Disclaimer: We were sent Doodle Doo to review but all thoughts and opinions are our own.

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Geosafari Kidnoculars review

By Lottie age 7

I was sent a pair of Learning Resources Geosafari Kidnoculars to review. Very quickly Sam decided he absolutely loved these and I haven’t had very much chance to use them since!

The Geosafari Kidnoculars are really good. As well as being a pair of binoculars they also have ear pieces that amplify sounds so you really feel like you are close to nature.

Kidnoculars give you 3 x magnification so you can spot things really well. We like that they are bright coloured and that you can wear them around your neck when you are out on an adventure. My Mum says they are very well made (Sam has dropped them a couple of times and they have been fine) and that the strap for around your neck is a safety strap so we can’t hurt ourselves.

You can change the volume of the sounds if you want to hear them a little bit better or if you don’t want it to be too loud.

Sam has absolutely loved these Geosafari Kidnoculars, he has taken them everywhere; in the garden, on nature walks and even to France when we went away for the weekend- he liked using them to look at the birds at the seaside and the boats at the port. He has also taken them to show and tell at nursery and all his friends loved having a turn with them.

Sam said- “Lottie, can you tell everyone I LOVE my Kidnoculars”

The Geosafari Kidnoculars are aimed for children age 5 to 9 and I think that is perfect. We both really loved these and even Luke wanted a turn. I think these will be a brilliant toy for the Summer holidays, we will be taking them with us on lots of days out and adventures.

Thanks to Learning Resources we have a pair of Geosafari Kidnoculars to give away to one lucky winner.

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Disclaimer: We were lucky enough to be gifted a pair of Geosafari Kidnoculars to review but all thoughts and opinions are our own.

 

 

Luke’s breakfast muffins

My Mum made some fruity breakfast muffins for me for SATs week and I really liked them so I have been experimenting with adding different fruit and sometimes chocolate.

They are really quick to make and can even be frozen, they are delicious for breakfast.

130g plain flour

85g caster sugar

35g porridge oats and an extra sprinkle for the top

1 tsp of baking powder

2 eggs

125g unsalted butter, melted

2 bananas mashed

1 apple grated

A handful of raisins or chocolate chips.

 

Sift all the dry ingredients except the porridge oats.

Stir porridge oats in.

Beat the eggs, sugar and melted butter

Fold the egg mix into the dry ingredients

Add the fruit you have picked and then mix in any additional items such as chocolate chips.

Spoon into muffin cases

Sprinkle a few extra oats on the top

Bake for 18-20 minutes at 160C

 

 

The Tiger Who Came to Tea Live at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

By Lottie age 7 with a little help from Mum

Sam and I were very excited to go and see The Tiger Who Came to Tea at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre yesterday. Artspod had invited us to review it and we couldn’t wait!

Sam has that book for a bedtime story at least once a week and he loves it, it’s definitely a favourite in our house. I was very surprised it could be a show because I thought it might be a bit too short but they had made it just right with a few extra surprises to the main story.

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Aylesbury Waterside is a really nice theatre, it’s big but not huge or scary and very new and clean looking.

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We arrived and got some drinks and treats and went and found our seats. We had a really good view of the stage. The set was like a proper kitchen, it looked really good!

Sam had never been to the theatre before and he was a bit scared and worried it would be too noisy but was excited too.

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When the show started the actors- Sophie, Sophie’s Mum and Sophie’s Dad all came running through the audience waving and saying hello and did a hello song which was good as Sam soon stopped being scared.

They told the story of The Tiger Who Came to Tea together and it was very good and really funny.

Sophie’s Daddy was very silly and he tried to put his shoes in the toaster which was very funny! I liked it when his toast popped up as he was going to work and he caught it in his bag.

It was really clever because when the tiger ate the all food and drank all the drink because it all really disappeared! It looked like a very simple set but it was really surpising because there were lots of secret bits. I also liked how they used things to make other things- like using the table and chairs as their car! I really don’t know how Sophie’s Mummy’s shopping basket got filled with food- that was amazing!

There were lots of chances for the children to join in with singing and dancing and they were all jumping up and down and being excited. I didn’t see any that were scared at all, not even the very tiny children- the Tiger seemed like a very friendly Tiger!

My favourite bits were the funny bits (but I can’t tell you them all or it wouldn’t be a surprise when you go) and when the stars came out at night, that was so pretty.

We really enjoyed watching The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Sam said it was all magic and said he would like to go the theatre again- he asked Mummy ‘what else do they do there?’ so I think he wants to go back soon!

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We managed to get a program at the end which had a brilliant huge poster, some colouring and some activities in. Sam is taking it for show and tell at nursery tomorrow. Mum also treated us to our own proper The Tiger Who Came to Tea tigers, they are so cute and very cuddly!

We loved the show and think it is perfect for children age 2 or 3 upwards, my Mum thought it was ‘lovely and really well done’ so I think even adults will enjoy taking their children to this one.

I can’t wait to go back to Aylesbury Waterside Theatre again soon.

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Disclaimer: We were lucky enough to be gifted tickets by Artspod and Aylesbury Waterside Theatre but all thoughts and opinions are our own.

 

 

 

World Tetris Day 2019

Did you know it was World Tetris Day last week? We love Tetris in our house- my Dad used to play it when he was a kid and I got Tetris Dual one year for Christmas which Lottie and I play loads. It’s the 35th birthday of Tetris!

We were really excited to hear that a new game called Tetris Speed has been launched. This is a card game and involves putting one card face down in the middle of the table and dividing the rest of the cards up between the players. The first card is turned over and you’re away. Each card has a picture on it of a Tetrimino piece and then a smaller picture depicting the next piece to be laid, the race is on for the players to search through their hand and find the next piece the quickest, the player who puts all their cards down first is the winner.

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Tetris Speed  is huge fun and had us in fits of laughter trying to beat each other, it’s much harder than you think for what looks like such a simple game- you can’t take your eye off the pile for a second or the other player will be ahead of you. There’s no turn taking either, it’s each player for him or herself! Lottie was running along really well and getting  rid of card after card when suddenly she couldn’t go and I could so I got the momentum- literally anyone can win if they are fast enough. Even though I won twice in a row and dinner was ready Lottie was still asking to play again! I am going to have to beat her again this evening!

We think this is a fab game for all the family, it doesn’t take too long to play but is loads of fun and because it’s in a box we can take it out and about with us too. It’s kind of like Tetris meets snap but for big kids- you really do have to use your memory! You can also make it bigger if more people want to play by adding a second set of cards in which is a brilliant idea.

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We do still love Tetris Dual though and play it quite a lot, we reviewed this with some friends last year and you can find the full review here but were lucky enough to be sent another copy which we were excited to pass on to Lottie’s best friend Emily and her little sister, Isla, for them to try.

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Emily and Isla loved it as much as us, they had a great time playing after school the other day. Isla is nearly 6 and Emily is nearly 8 and they found it perfect to play together.

They told us it was like a jigsaw that you had to really think about but also at the same time had to stop the other person getting their jigsaw finished!

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We love the fact that Tetris are always coming up with new ways that you can play for a game that has been around such a long time and we can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

The people at Ideal and Norton PR have kindly given us a copy of both Tetris Dual and Tetris Speed to give away to one lucky family, so don’t miss our competition below!

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Disclaimer: We were gifted Tetris Dual and Tetris Speed but all thoughts and opinions are our own

UK Games Expo 2019

We had a great day out at the UK Games Expo at the NEC today. This was our first time visiting a games convention and it was awesome.

I couldn’t believe how many games there were and so many great ideas for games that you would have never think of.

We knew there would be chances to play games but literally we could have spent a week there and not managed to try everything we wanted.

The people working on the stands were brilliant, they all knew the games well and were able to show you what to do so you didn’t have to spend ages working out rules and they joined in playing with us which was good fun.

I wanted to have a look at strategy games, I really liked the look of them and would like to get into playing them. I think they might be a bit complicated just yet but I hope as I get older to give them a try. I love the idea of how they expand and evolve as you play them and there were some amazing accessories you could get at the show.

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We were surprised at how many games there were that were suitable for us all to play as a family even with Sam being only just 4. We had a lot of fun playing some silly games and also some slightly more complicated games and he loved being involved.

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We all had our own favourites that we managed to try or chat to people about today- Sam loved playing Deep Sea Adventure on the Zatu games stand, we all had fun with that and think that would be a great one for us to play as a family. He also desperately wanted to play the Silly Sausage game on Ideal Games’ stand but we had run out of time.

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I really enjoyed Lost Galaxy by Rudy Games which was played using an app which guides you through and teaches you what to do. I would like to get that one soon.

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Lottie absolutely loved the look of the new Ravensburger Disney Villainous game- it makes a change from the normal princess games! Unfortunately they had sold out and all the tables were busy with people testing it so we didn’t get to play but she is definitely putting it on her birthday wish-list! They also had a couple of Harry Potter themed games she liked the look of so these will be worth looking out for.

Mum and Dad regretted not going back and buying a copy of Reveal which was a game with no questions and only answers. We had fun trying out some of the questions and they think it will be a good game to play at Christmas so I think we might be ordering a copy. We all really liked seeing the original version of the game that the creator had made for his family to play. It’s amazing to see how a game starts off.

There was also a few other things to see like places selling clothes and jewellery. There was a stall called Geekycool selling handmade jewellery that Lottie loved- lots of Star Wars and Harry Potter things turned into jewellery, Sam didn’t want to leave because he really wanted the figures! They were good, we hadn’t seen anything like it before and the man said he is able to make the items with any character if they are able to be got hold of so my Mum thinks this would make a good presents for Lottie’s friends.

There was loads of other games that we had a great time trying quickly and lots that we only got to have a quick look at but I think we all have a huge list of new ones we would like to play!

We will definitely be going back to the UK Games Expo next year and will probably try and go for the whole weekend to make sure we can see it all, it was well worth a visit for a family day out.

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Disclaimer- We were gifted Press Passes for the event but our review of the day and our comments about individual games are all our own thoughts

 

Ooze Labs- Slime Experiments Review

By Lottie age 7

I love slime, I really like making it but my Mum doesn’t let me very often because it is MESSY!

We were sent a selection of Ooze Lab slime experiments by Thames and Kosmos to try out and we think this is the perfect way to make slime.

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You get everything you need in a test tube except the water and scissors to open the packet with and it is really straightforward to do. The instructions are very easy to follow. You just stand the test tube in it own lid support it with a piece of cardboard that you get especially for this.

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You then follow the instructions to make your slime, there is a bit of mixing and a lot of shaking and then some special instructions like putting the test tube under a light to make the glow in the dark version.

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The instructions have some interesting facts and information in them that I liked reading.

It was really easy to make the slime. They are £4 each for one of the experiments and they do lots of different types- glitter slime, heat reactive slime, glow in the dark and sunshine slime. My Mum thinks these would be really good to give out instead of party bags.

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They are great fun, the slime is really stretchy and it makes brilliant rude noises when I squidge it!  I think the full Ooze Labs Chemistry Station looks awesome too.
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Disclaimer: We were sent the Ooze Labs Slime kits for review purposes but all thoughts and opinions are our own.

How to make a compass

By Lottie age 7

We are learning about magnets and forces at school and one of our homework choices was to make a compass which I really liked doing.

To make a compass you need:

A needle or paper clip

A cork or something that floats

A magnet

Some water

  1. You need to make the needle magnetic. To do this you need to rub the needle at least 50 times along the magnet in the same direction
  2. Get a grown up to cut off a small circle of the cork
  3. Carefully push the needle through the cork
  4. Float the compass in a small bowl of water. Make sure it isn’t in any wind and the needle should move to point to North and South. You can then use the sun and shadows to work out which is which and mark east or west (or you can do what I did and cheat by using a ready made compass to check!)

If you were out in the wild you can also use fur or hair to make the needle magnetic.

Also if you didn’t have a cork you could use a leaf to float it.

May the Fourth Be With You…

Happy Star Wars Day!

We have been watching lots of Star Wars parody songs on YouTube and playing with Star Wars LEGO tonight. I wanted to  watch the films again but my little brother is too young so my Mum won’t let him- I don’t think he will be scared he already knows all about them from books and games, he knows all the characters and what happens to them all so I think he will probably be alright!

Here are some of my favourite Star Wars jokes;

How did Darth Vader know what Luke was getting for his birthday?  He felt his presents!

Why did Anakin Skywalker cross the road? To get to the other side!

What do Gungans keep things in? Jar Jars!

Why is Yoda so good at gardening? He has green fingers!

What’s a Jedi’s favourite toy? – A Yo-yo-da

I would love to hear any Star Wars jokes you know!

 

Sam’s birthday cake from the other day

 

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