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Buttoonies- Build Your Own Toy Review

We were recently sent some of the new Buttoonies Under The Sea sets from Craft Yourself Silly to try out and see what we thought of them.

Buttoonies arrive in small packets priced at £3.99 each and contain everything you need to make your toy. They don’t need any glue, scissors or needles and you can get straight on with making it. There was a good choice of toys within the Under The Sea range including a Clown Fish, Crab, Frog, Octopus, Pirate and Turtle. The packets are all marked with a difficulty rating out of ten.

Once we had decided what we were making to start with we unpacked the parts and had a look at what we had to do. Each pack contained thread, buttons and foam shapes. It was really easy to understand the instructions- they were pictures of the parts in the same size as they actually were and then these were numbered with a diagram showing exactly where each number had to be threaded on.

I thought the Buttoonies would be really quick to make but actually it took a little while- they weren’t difficult but they did feel like a proper craft activity rather than something easy that was over and done within a few minutes. We did have to slightly enlarge the holes in the foam parts but otherwise threading the buttons on in the right order was simple if you concentrated.

 

Once we had finished threading the parts on the models looked really good and my sister took them to school to use as puppets. She absolutely loved making these and really liked having a craft she could get on with on her own with hardly any help. I enjoyed them too- I liked the pirate as that was more complicated to make (it was rated as a difficulty of 4/10) and Lottie loved them all.

Buttoonies also make bigger versions which are made from MDF which can be decorated- these look good fun, they are £9.99 each.

We really enjoyed the Buttoonies Under The Sea range, they do several other ranges too including witches and bats. These crafts are great for children age 5 and upwards and I think they would be perfect as rainy day activities. My Mum suggested they would be nice to give instead of a party bag so we might do this at one of our birthday parties- she likes the fact there is no mess and that we didn’t even have to get the glue out to make something!

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Things I have learnt from blogging- two years and counting…

It’s hard to believe it has been over two years since I started blogging. I was only 7, didn’t really like writing much and needed quite a lot of help to finish my posts. Even then I loved reading though and my Mum found asking me to write book reviews was a good way to get me to practise writing and not complain about doing it.

Before long I was doing book reviews through Love Reading For Kids and saw some of the children on their site had blogs which I quite liked the idea of doing so we decided to give it a go and set one up. I soon realised writing wasn’t too bad when you could write about almost anything you want to! Two years later I now quite enjoy writing most of the time but am still not that keen on practising spellings!

I have learnt and experienced some brilliant things since I started blogging and we have done things together as a family that we would never have had chance to do without blogging but it has also been hard work at times. These are some of the things I have learnt over the last two years.

Writing is fun

Sometimes I just set a timer, sit down and write for ten minutes about anything, it doesn’t matter if it isn’t for the blog but it is something good to do when I am bored or grumpy and often I will feel better afterwards.

Blogging is hard work

I love blogging and am really amazed and grateful that people will send me fun things to do and review but sometimes it gets hard to get everything done quick enough for the company with school and clubs. I know I am incredibly lucky but sometimes it is hard to squeeze everything in, especially when you need to get photos taken and the weather doesn’t let you!- I think that lots of people are jealous of grown up bloggers who get to try amazing things without actually realising how hard they work.

Sometimes it is difficult to think of something to write.

Sometimes I have pages of ideas as to what I might want to write about and others I really can’t think of anything. My Mum says that is called writers block and that even grown ups get it from time to time but when I catch it I am very glad I just do this for fun rather than a job.

Earning your own money is amazing.

I have been lucky enough to do a few posts that I have been paid for now, it is so exciting to have the chance to earn some money myself. I have put this away for the Summer holidays and am going to use it to get some fun things for me and my sister to do.

You have to be honest…and sometimes that isn’t very nice to do!

The most difficult thing about reviews is when you don’t like a product. Normally I can find something good to say- even if it isn’t suitable for my age group my little sister or brother might be better suited and we can test what they think of it instead of me but sometimes you get something that just isn’t right for any of us. I have had to give up on a couple of books that I just didn’t enjoy and tell the publishers that I didn’t enjoy them and I have had to turn down things from companies that I would have liked to work with because the product they are wanting reviewed is just not suitable for any of us- it doesn’t look very truthful that a 9 year old would be reviewing a 12 month old toy- and even my little brother is two and a half!

I really want to be honest on my blog- if someone buys something because I have recommended it then I want to be sure I actually like it and genuinely think they should buy it!

Not everything you write needs to be published.

When I first started blogging I would sit down to write a ‘post’ now I just write whatever I think of and sometimes decide it’s either just for fun (mostly about Star Wars or LEGO) or that it’s more personal than I want to share at the moment. My Dad has been very poorly over the last few months and has had to have lots of scary tests. Before Christmas I was very worried, I found it helpful to write it down but decided not to publish it. I might publish it later as it might be helpful to other children who are worried about their parents health but for now we are still in the middle of things and although everything looks a lot better I am not quite ready to share it yet. Other times I might just plan out a post in my head to help me get my thoughts straight about something that is worrying me.

It’s OK to decide you don’t want to do something you aren’t comfortable with.

Lots of kids my age have YouTube channels and do vlogs, I really liked the idea of it but sometimes find it uncomfortable being filmed as I never know what to say, so at the moment I am not doing that even though I would like to try again at some point soon. My sister loves the idea and just chats away but my Mum says she is a bit young at the minute!

People are mostly very nice!

I have to be very careful not to share too much personal information online which makes me a bit wary sometimes but everyone I have meet from blogging either in real life or through the internet has been really nice and encouraging- I am obviously not going to stop being careful (or supervised by my parents!) but it’s nice to know there are lots of normal people behind keyboards!

I have loved the last two years of blogging- even if I have had a few breaks along the way.

Thank you to everyone who has read and commented on my posts- hopefully there will be lots more to come!

 

 

 

 

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Are we nearly there yet? Games for a long car journey

As we get towards Summer people are starting to get excited about their holidays. I thought I would give you some ideas of games you can play on a long journey so you arrive on your holiday without too much shouting and grumpiness!

Yellow Car

This is our on-going car game for any journey. My Mum’s friend told us about it and we have played it ever since. There is no winner and no loser (except my sister and I still manage to argue about it!) and the game never ends. Basically it doesn’t matter where you are in the World or what you are doing, if you see a yellow car you have to shout ‘YELLOW CAR’. My little brother does not yet know his colours but he does recognise yellow! The only time this game gets old is when driving past a post sorting office in France!

I went to the Shops…

This is a memory game that runs through the alphabet- the first person starts with ‘I went to the shops and brought an apple (anything beginning with A), the next person says ‘I went to the shops and brought an apple and a banana (anything beginning with B) and so on through the whole alphabet… by the time you get halfway through it gets very tricky to remember whatever everyone else has said.

I Spy…

Everyone knows how to play ‘I Spy…’ it’s the perfect game when you are on a long drive, especially on country roads where there is lots to see.

Car Bingo

My friend and I created an alphabet of all the cars we could think of and managed to cover every letter and now we both use them to either play bingo with or I spy with when we are out in the car- you get the most amount of points for a yellow lamborghini!

Twenty questions

You have to think of a thing or a person and the other people can ask up to twenty questions before they have to guess what you are thinking about.

Name that Tune

You need a spare adult in the front who isn’t the driver for this one, they just have to play a few seconds of a song and then everyone guesses what they think it is. You can do it just for fun or you can give points to how quickly the correct answer is given.

Hopefully these ideas might make long journeys go a bit quicker-we would love to know if you have any others you play in your car- especially before we go on our ten hour drive to France in a couple of months!

 

Lots of points for spotting a yellow Lamborghini!

 

 

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If I won the lottery!!

Like many grown ups plenty of children dream of having enough money to buy anything they wanted and after once again counting up my savings and finding myself still a bit short for the LEGO I am saving up for I decided to write a list of all the things I would love to do if I won the lottery.

I know I am not old enough to actually do the lottery and also realise that I am an awful lot luckier than a lot of children but this is just for fun and a makes a nice day dream!

To start things off I would buy a house for my family- it wouldn’t need to be a mansion, just big enough that we all had our own room (my brother and sister share at the moment) and that we had a nice garden to play in. It would be amazing to have a playroom too!

Then I would take my family to some places I would love to see – Italy for the history, Africa for the Safaris, Dubai for the dessert safaris and Norway for The Northern Lights, We could have a fantastic holiday to look forward to each school holiday!

I would buy a Ford GT as I think they are awesome and would buy my Mum a people carrier so she could fit our friends in as well as us to come and play!

It would be lovely to get some fantastic play equipment for the garden – like one of those huge climbing frames or playhouses as that would keep us all busy.

I would like to do lots of fun days out, there are some theme parks that I would love to visit across the.

Obviously I would buy Krennic’s Shuttle which I have been saving up for but would probably buy lots of other LEGO too.

Finally I would love to choose some charities to support- I would like to find children’s ones such as ones that help refugees because I have seen lots of sad news about children who have to leave their homes for war and they go through awful things to get to safe countries where they still might not get looked after. I would give some to GOSH as they help lots of poorly children and then some adult ones who help people too, especially ones who help people who are ill- there are so many to choose from I would have to do lots of research

What would you do if you were lucky enough to win the lottery?

 

                     Top of my LEGO wish list!

 

 

 

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Only Joking! My top 15 jokes for kids

I have been asking people to tell me their favourite children’s jokes and thought I would share some of my favourites here on my blog.

What’s sheep’s favourite sweet?  A chocolate baaaa

What do you call a man with a spade in his head? Doug!

Why was 6 scared of 7?  Because 7, 8, 9!

What time do you need to go to the dentist? Tooth- hurty!

Knock Knock. Who’s There? Europe. Europe Who? No need to be so rude!

Did you hear about the magic tractor? It went down the road and turned into a field!

Why can’t the bicycle stand up by itself? Because it’s two-tyred!

What do you call a three legged donkey? A Wonkey!

What’s orange and sounds like a parrot? A Carrot!

There are two mice in the airing cupboard, which one’s in the army? The one on the tank!

Why did Cinderalla get kicked out of the football team? She kept running away from the ball!

What do you can a dinosaur with one eye? Do-you-think-he-saurus

There are two fish in a tank, one looks at the other and says ‘Do you know how to drive this thing?’!

Shakespeare walks into a pub and the landlord says ‘hey, you’re Bard’

A man walks into a pet shop, he says ‘I’d like to buy a wasp’ The man behind the counter says ‘I’m sorry sir, we don’t sell wasps’. The man says ‘well you’ve got one in the window’.

Thanks to my family and friends for sharing their jokes and also @2016NewDad and @Mikes005 on twitter, you gave us a good laugh!

Have you got any great jokes to share?

 

 

 

 

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Epic Imaginary Play with Gigi Big Building Blocks!- Bigjigs Play Patrol

Epic Imaginary Play with Gigi Big Building Blocks!

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We were very excited to arrive home from our holiday to find a new delivery from the lovely people at Bigjigs. We opened the packaging box to discover we had been sent a box… full of boxes! Although not just any old boxes, they were the new Gigi Big Building Blocks to be precise. These are basically flat strong cardboard sheets ready for you to make up in to bricks and then you can just get on and play with them however you like.



The blocks were quite tricky to make up to start with and I needed my Dad to help with this but once they were done Lottie and I couldn’t wait to get started.

In the set we were sent they came as a mixture of double and single bricks but can be purchased in several different combinations depending on what you want to use them for – this set of bricks has been perfect for everything we have wanted to use them for so far but we might like to add to them in the future.

Gigi Blocks- ready to be turned into amazing creations


The bricks stack up really well and can be used to make almost anything you can imagine- we have made a boat, a fort, a person and a television which we had great fun doing shows behind as well as lots of walls and mazes. The bricks are great fun in themselves just for building and using your imagination but also awesome because you can actually play inside your creation.


Look who’s on Kids TV!

The other nice thing is that because of the cardboard they are made of you could even paint or draw pictures or patterns on them- we haven’t done this yet but we definitely want to – maybe once we have build the perfect house we will decorate it! 


Lottie’s new friend!

I really liked these blocks and Lottie loved them too- we did have some little arguments about what we wanted to build but we soon started working as a team and really enjoyed sharing ideas together. My Mum liked the blocks to as she said she liked watching us really use our imaginations and loved how much time we spent playing with just this one set – this really was the perfect toy to spend the last few days of the school holiday enjoying and I can see us using them a lot more in the future too.


Our monster!

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Major Fun from Magformers!

At the start of the school holidays we were lucky enough to be sent a Magformers WOW set to have a play with and have been having loads of fun making lots of different models.

agfomers sets are super powerful magnetic toys which allow you to create just about anything from within your imagination. Whichever way you place the magnets they connect together so there is always something to build. There is also a fantastic set of design instruction cards ranging from very simple to more complicated to get you started. You build the 2D shape shown on the card and then are able to join it together to make a 3D model.



Magformers say this set is aimed at 3-4 year olds and my sister who is nearly four and just about to start school loves the set- she is able to follow the instructions and make the models by herself and also has fun building her own ideas. I have found this Magformers set to also be fun for kids my age, they are straightfoward to use but you can also make just about anything you want and I am really hoping to add one of the other sets to my Christmas list- they do an LED set and a R/C set which I have my eye on but there are lots of other different types for whatever you want to do- neon, construction, carnival, emergency and racer are just a small selection and they all look really good.

                                               













I would say this would be fun for children age from around 3-10 as they would all play with it in different ways- perhaps the smaller sets would be best for younger children and some of the larger ones better for older kids.

                                         
A quick note from Mum-

We really liked the look of the Magformers sets but initially I felt they were rather pricey for the number of pieces within the set- however, seeing the quality of the pieces and how much enjoyment the children got from playing with them I have soon revised my thoughts and will certainly be considering Luke’s request on his Christmas wish list! 

If you would like to find out more about Magformers or to place an order they can be found as follows-


Disclaimer- We were sent a Magformers WOW set to review but all views and opinions are our own.