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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.

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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.

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Lottie Loves…Scruff-a-Luv Blossom Bunny adoption

I was sent a Scruff-a-Luv Blossom Bunny to adopt and I was really excited. I have seen the adverts for Scruff-a-Luv’s and really wanted one so I was very lucky to get a special limited edition one.

It comes in a really nice box that looks like a pet carrier. When you open the box it is a bit surprising, your Scruff-a-Luv is like a ball of material and it looks really funny, I wasn’t really expecting it to be like that!

You then have to wash it, you can use children’s bubble bath to make it nice and bubbly and then you have to wash your Scruff-a-Luv really well, you get a special brush to use to wash it too so you can make it really fluffy.

As you start to wash your scruffy ball it unwraps and fluffs up into your really cute Scruff-a-Luv Blossom Bunny.

Once you have washed it you can dry it off and then use a hairdryer on a low temperature and then it starts to get really fluffy and cuddly.

My Scruff-a-Luv Blossom Bunny is called Posie and I love it.

It took a bit longer to dry then I expected but I had given it a really good wash! I liked brushing it’s fur and putting it’s tiara on. Now its all clean and brushed I can take my bunny to bed with me.

I liked revealing my Scruff-a-Luv , I love toys that are surprises and I love teddies so this is a good toy for me. I think it’s great for children age 3 to 9 but older ones might like it to and younger ones will love it too but will need help getting it washed without making a big mess!

My Scruff-a-luv Blossom Bunny has been on lots of adventures with me and all my friends really like it.

This is a brilliant toy for Spring and would make a really good late Easter present! I would love to get another one so my bunny can have a friend and am going to save up my pocket money to buy it!

We are excited to be giving one lucky reader the chance to win their own Scruff-a-Luv Blossom Bunny to adopt!

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Disclaimer: I was sent a Scruff a Luv to review but all thoughts are my own

 

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The God of all Small Boys by Joseph Lamb- Book Review

It’s my turn on The God of all Small Boys blog tour today and I loved this book. From start to finish it was really well written and captured my attention. The only thing I didn’t like about it was the fact my Mum insisted reading it with me and made us stop three chapters before the end because it was late!

The book is set in Lochee in Dundee and the descriptions really set the scene, you can imagine what it would have been like to live in the shadow of Camperdown Works and smell the jute from the factory.

The God of all Small Boys is written from the perspective of James an 11 year old boy whose Dad has gone to fight in the War and whose life has been shook up when he has been sent to stay with his Aunt and her family who he doesn’t even know. You can really imagine James’ fear and sadness. He goes from his large comfortable home in the countryside to his Aunt’s home in a tenement block where there is no space and no privacy and he has to share a bed with three of his cousins…one of which hates him.

You feel really sorry for James to start with, he is very sensitive and seems quiet. I can’t imagine how he must feel waving his Dad off to war not knowing when he will come back. His cousin, Billy, resents him being there and starts all his friends off to be mean James, they play some horrible tricks on James. However, it soon becomes clear James is braver than he appears when he stands up to the school bully to help protect Ben, one of Billy’s gang. Billy and his friends Derek, Kevin and Ben start to warm to James and he is soon accepted in as one of their blood brothers.

They go on adventures and create an amazing den, the friendships grow and grow but the thought of the war is never far away. By this time in 1917 the war had been going on a long time and the children had come to realise it wasn’t just about being heroes- the fear of the ‘Man in black’ -the telegram man coming by is never far away, the woman discuss rationing while the younger girls apply to be Land Girls and the boys play at being soldiers while worrying about their Fathers.

Kevin, one of the other boys from their gang, often refers to The God of All Small Boys who he explains is the God who ‘keeps us from breaking our necks on scaffolding…let’s us find pennies in the gutter. He’s the one who grows trees with branches in just the right places, so we can climb to the top….He looks after us…he’s the one who keeps us safe.’ The other boys sort of laugh at Kevin’s God of all Small Boys but they also believe in Him in their own way to. However, when something awful happens they find it hard to make sense of things. I don’t want to give away too much of the story but you should definitely read this book.

I really like the cover too- on the face of it it’s showing boys having fun in the sunset but then you look closer and it reminds you once again of the war and of young men going off to fight as it looks like the artwork of silhouettes of soldiers on a battlefield at the same time.

The God of all Small Boys features so many different issues- war, bullying, friendship, love, poverty and many more- you don’t even realise some of them until you have finished reading and think back. It’s one of those books that gets you thinking for a long time afterwards. Although it’s a children’s book it is brilliantly written and any book that can make my Mum cry should be read by grown ups too.

Don’t forget to head over to www.lisareadsbooks.blogspot.com tomorrow for the next stop on the blog tour.

 

Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of The God of all Small Boys for review purposes but all thoughts are my own.

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Crayola Scoot Review

Lottie Loves… Crayola Scoot

We don’t very often find Xbox games that we all like and much less that all three of us can play together so we were really pleased when we were asked to test Crayola Scoot.

Up to four people can play Crayola Scoot at the same time and there are loads of different activities and games you can do.

Before you start you design your character, choose your scooter and pick your colour. You then choose which event you want to do and start scooting.

There are modes for competitive play and modes for fun play. They can be played on your own against the game or with other friends.

The idea is to splat your colour everywhere which you do by doing tricks and stunts, the player with the most colour at the end of the event wins but you can also get trophies and points for other reasons like spectacular stunts.

My favourite game is Splat Tag where you choose if you are the tagger or are scooting away, if you are the tagger you need to do tricks near your opponents and try and splat them with your paint colour. If they get splatted then they become the tagger.

Luke likes Team Colour Frenzy were you do stunts and tricks to put as much of your colour over the park as possible , the team who have splatted the most colour is the winner.

Each game and event is quite short so you can play a few and then have a break. My Mum thinks this is good for younger children because the games aren’t too long.

I really like Crayola Scoot, it’s very colourful and lots of fun. Some games you have to be good at stunts and be able to do lots of things but lots of them you can play just for fun.

Sam and I have loved playing Crayola Scoot and Luke has enjoyed the competitive games so it’s good for all ages, we would recommend this as a fun family game to play together on the Xbox. You can also get it on PS4 and Nintendo Switch

 

Disclaimer: We were gifted Crayola Scoot in exchange for our review but all thoughts are my own.

Reviewed by Lottie age 7 with help from Mum

 

 

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Tactic Games- iKnow Family game review

One of the things I like most about winter is that we get back into having our family game night at the weekends. Quite often we have to choose games that everyone can play which means that when you have a little brother and sister means you don’t always get your first choice!

I was excited to be able to try the iKnow Family Quiz game from Tactic Games which is aimed at children age 12 plus because I was keen to play a game that was a bit more challenging and I was excited to get some time to play a game with my parents without my little brother and sister.

The iknow Family Quiz game is a really good concept because not only do you have to know facts and things yourself but you have to be prepared to bet on what the people you are playing with will know- this is a lot harder than it sounds and sometimes they really surprise you.

Everyone gets their tokens to bet against the other players with and their and pieces to start with and there are loads and loads of questions over four different topics. The board and set up is quite simple to get started but then you have to use strategy as well as your knowledge to win the game.  You can win points by knowing the answer to your question or by betting correctly whether the other people will know the answers to theirs. You have to have a bit of a strategy as to what type of question you are going to pick  and how you are going to bet on the other players

I played this firstly with my Mum and her friend and it was really funny to see questions they found difficult and to see who thought who would know what. Some of the questions are really really difficult but others are much easier and the fact that you are also guessing what the other players know means you don’t have to know the most to win the game and it was actually really close in the end.

The only thing we found that we were a bit unsure about was that if you were reading the questions you were easily tempted to turn the card and check the answer before you had placed your bet on the other players- maybe we are just cheats though!

I have played it with my Dad too and I think it takes a little while to get your head around but once you do it is really easy to play. I think the age rating of 12 is about right as I found some of the questions tricky (although so did the grown ups) but I think anyone from 10 can play if they think about their strategy! iKnow Family Quiz is a great game for general knowledge but you don’t have to have loads to be able to play and you can still have a good chance of winning.

I would recommend this as a really good family game and think it will be perfect for most families. I think I will be asking to play this a lot over the winter!

 

 

Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of the iKnow Family Quiz for review but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Lottie Loves…Zuru Rainbocorns

By Lottie age 7, written with help from Mummy!

I was sent a Zuru Rainbocorn Sequin Surprise and I couldn’t wait to hatch it.

My Daddy filmed me opening it and you can watch it on YouTube to see what it is like!

I was so excited, I love my Rainbocorn. Mine is one of the Monkeycorns, it’s really cuddly and I have taken it to bed every night this week. I love sequins and have lots of sequin changing tops because they are my favourite so I was very happy to have a toy that I could change the sequin picture on. You can take the sequin heart off and play with it separately, it has a hidden banana picture for my Rainbocorn! It can either go onto the Rainbocorn or put back onto the egg.

Inside the egg hidden at the bottom was another small egg which has two tiny baby Rainbocorn collectables called Boo-Boocorns which I like because they are small enough for me to take to school for my playtime pocket toys.

The main big egg is able to be put back together so you can either use it for your Rainbocorn to sleep in or to keep special things in.

I really love my Rainbocorn and would like to get another one when I save up my pocket money. There are 12 different ones which are based on six types of creatures- puppycorns, monkeycorns, kittycorns, hamstercorns, bunnycorns and unicorns so my monkeycorn might need a friend! I think these are perfect for children my age and would be good for children from 3 upwards who love cuddly toys, sequins or collectibles.

You can even watch a webisode of Rainbocorns adventures which is fun too.

You can buy Zuru Rainbocorns for £24.99 from Argos, Smyths, The Entertainer, Asda and B&M but you can only get the Monkeycorns from Argos.

You can find out more about Zuru and their amazing toys by following them on Instagram

 

 

Disclaimer: I was lucky enough to be sent a Zuru Rainbocorn to review but all thoughts are my own.

 

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Halilit Sounds of the Forest book set review

Review by Charlotte age 7 with some help from Mummy

Sam and I were sent a Halilit Sounds of the Forest book and instrument set. It’s really cute and Sam loves it.

 

The story is a board book so good for toddlers and the instrument looks like an owl and makes a really good owl noise. I have been reading the story to Sam and he has been making the noises at the right place.

The story is about a baby owl waiting for his Mummy to come home and how he hears lots of different sounds and wants to know if it is her.

The pictures are really nice and the story is good for Sam’s age. It isn’t too long and we can read it in one go but there is lots of chance to make his owl noises which he loves. It took him a few times to get used to how to blow through and get the owl sound but he quickly worked it out.

Sam now keeps playing the instrument and it sounds really like there is a real owl here!

I think this book is perfect for children age 3 to 4 but is easy to read for bigger children and the instrument is fun for everybody.

Sam and I really enjoyed sharing this book together.

Disclaimer: We were sent the Sounds of the Forest Set to review, all thoughts and opinions are our own.

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Zuru Smashers series 2 review

We have always liked collectibles and between us we have managed to have a go at a lot of the different ones available.

We were sent a Zuru Smashers Bus and an 8 pack of the Smashers. I thought it might be too young for me but I actually really liked them!

Sam loved the bus and barely let anyone else get a look in- it opens up to game with a toilet and catapult which he thinks is really awesome. You can use the catapult to shoot your characters into the toilet- which is harder than it sounds and quite addictive! It comes with a poo for the game that Sam keeps trying to give to my Mum- it’s really funny because she doesn’t like it at all and refuses to touch it… I think we will be creeping her out with this for a long time!
The actual Smashers themselves come in Smashball eyeballs so are pretty spooky. You throw them to make them smash to find out what figure you have got, they are all a bit grim and creepy looking and you can check them off on the list to see if you have collected them all. There are even ultra rare ones which are see-thru. We all had a few Smashballs to do each and Lottie was really jealous because one of mine was in actual slime which was brilliant. She is completely obsessed with slime, so a character hidden in it is just about perfect.

I like that you can put the eyeballs back together and smash them time and time again. We thought these were really good and have been all playing together to shoot the characters into the toilet- not many collectibles work for all of us at the same time. My Mum liked the fact that because there was the bus and that the eyeballs could be put together these have a lot more play options than most collectibles so she thinks they will be a better way to spend our money than a lot of the others. We all really like that she finds them a bit disgusting!

Zuru Smashers are aimed at children age 5 plus and I would say they are perfect for kids around about 5-8 but will still be enjoyed by older children too, they start from £1.99 and go up to £19.99 and can be found at Argos, Smyths, Tesco and The Entertainer. They would be perfect for Halloween- if you were having a party you could give out Smashballs as prizes for games!

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Disclaimer: We were sent the Zuru Smasher Bus and a set of the Series 2 Smashers for review purposes but all thoughts and opinions are our own

 

 

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Summer Fun with Zuru Bunch O Balloons

I wasn’t looking forward to going back to school after the holidays, there had been so many good things about the Summer and I didn’t want to get back to lots of homework and having to go to bed on time but in the end it was good to get back to school as it meant I could start seeing a lot more of my friends again.

I have some of them coming round this week and we are hoping to make the most of the last bit of nice weather by having a water fight. Not just any water fight though… this is going to be The Ultimate Water Fight! I have a secret weapon, I have been sent a Zuru Bunch O Balloons! Apparently I have to share with the other team too though!

I haven’t had a water fight using water balloons for ages because when we tried it was a nightmare to get the balloons ready but these are awesome and are so easy to set up. In the box we got two launchers, four bunches of balloons, a quick connect and two Bunch O Balloons bags. I had to give it a little test to make sure I am set for the big fight so I have used one bunch of the Bunch O Balloons already (sorry Dad!) but you can get replacement packs easily from lots of places and Mum just picked some more up in the supermarket the other day.

Bunch O Balloons are amazingly easy to use as you can fill a hundred balloons really, really quickly by putting the ‘quick connect attachment’ on to your hose which then lets you fill all the whole bunch o balloons straight away which can then be put straight in the bags ready for the battle. Brilliantly the balloons are self sealing so we didn’t have to mess around trying to tie them up. The balloons are all biodegradable which is very important.

The launcher helps you throw the balloons a really long way and aim them better too, which I think will be great for making it fairer when we are having a water fight against my Mum and Dad!

It’s really awesome when you throw a balloon up vertically- it comes down with a huge splash- so much better than a normal water fight!

I did find a few of the balloons leaked but it wasn’t very many out of the whole bunch and it was much less than you would have problems with if you were trying to fill balloons normally so I think this is definitely worth buying.

This set is brilliant fun, I loved it so much and I can’t wait to have an epic water fight with my friends. I think every family needs ones of these sets- it’s the perfect way to end the Summer!

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Disclaimer: We were sent the Zuru Bunch O Balloons launcher set in exchange for our honest review, all thoughts and opinions are our own.