If I were Head Teacher for the day I would give each child £50 to buy something fun for the playground or to use in the classroom during wet play. Lunchtimes this week have been really boring at school in the snow storm because all my class can do during wet play is draw on scrap paper so I think we need some games and stuff.
I would let children wear whatever they liked for uniform as long as it was easy to run around in.
School wouldn’t start until 10am so we didn’t have to rush around in the morning and before the lessons started we would have a basketball match- children v’s teachers.
For lessons the children could vote on whatever they wanted to learn about, we would have interesting books like Tim Peake’s ones and be able to watch YouTube videos about different topics.
I would have the lunch menu as burger and chips or sausage, chips and beans and for pudding there would be a choice of donuts, éclairs, pasties, cake, pancakes, ice cream, chocolate mousse and apple crumble.
In the afternoon the children would start their project. It would be making a film and George Lucas would come to help us.
After school it would be a cinema evening watching Star Wars.
I think my friends would like it if I was Head Teacher for the day!
We got to the hotel (Mercure Leicester The Grand Hotel) and it was very nice, we went upstairs and were given our passes, a catalogue and a competition sheet and we got to go in and see the new range.
The new Sylvanian Families Town Series is brilliant, it is where the Sylvanian’s go for a fun day out. The Town has some fantastic buildings, like the Grand Department Store, the Delicious Restaurant, the Creamy Geleto Shop and the Designer Studio which can all join together or you can use on their own. My favourite was the Grand Department Store which has a revolving door and an actual working lift.
I really liked the new furniture and clothes that go with the Town Series but my favourite was the light up street lamps which can actually light up and even flicker. I would really like to get some of those.
My absolute favourite, favourite thing though was the tram- it is red and gold and really beautiful and you can play with it properly because the wheels move and the doors open and close. I would love this but I know my little brother would like it too so if I get it I might have to hide it from him!
I liked the new characters too, my favourites were Stella who is a fashion designer in the Town and Mr Maple who drives the Tram.
Once we had had a good look at the new range it was time for to watch some shows and meet the characters. We saw Freya, Ralph, Stella and Theodore Maple who did a dance and then we could get our photo taken with them. There was chance to go and hunt for Freya in the Town and to be a fashion designer with lots of different fabrics and sparkles and then we got to watch two new film premieres, The Town Movie and the Village Movie which were both really good. My favourite was the Town Movie where Freya and her friends got to visit the Town and see her sister Stella’s fashion show- Freya saved the day!
Soon it was nearly time to go but there was another mascot show before we went home. We were given lovely goody bags with a new Sylvanian outfit and some stickers and things in which was exciting.
I loved the new Sylvanian Town sets, I can’t wait to start saving up for them and I am really pleased I got to see the launch and watch the films, it was a big treat to finish the school holidays!
Lottie and her friends have been learning about Space at school and so when one of her friends invited her to a Space Party at The National Space Centre in Leicester she was beyond excited, she went last week and had an amazing time. She decided to write about it herself.
Lottie, age 6, reviews her visit to The Space Centre in Leicester
I went to my friend’s party at the National Space Centre and it was brilliant. There was about 10 children for his party altogether and we got to look round in a big group.
We saw lots of astronaut things and a space toilet. We had fun making weather. We followed where the buses and planes were in Leicester using satellites. We tried making sound waves which was funny.
My little brother came with us and he really liked driving the Rover that is used to collect samples. We both thought the replica space station was brilliant, but that the astronauts shower was very tiny!
We had lots of fun looking round with our friends and then we went to the party room where there was space table cloths and lots of balloons to play with and a sign up to wish my friend Happy Birthday. We had really yummy chocolate milkshakes and hot dogs with chips. My friend’s Mum had got him a rocket cake which was brilliant.
We then went to the planetarium and watched a film about how the world started. This was one of my favourite bits. I really liked it, it felt just like you were flying through space.
My really very favourite part though was when we went up the tower and saw a real rocket.
I want to go back to the Space Centre soon, I know Luke would really like it too.
A Note from my Mum.
I hadn’t realised you could have parties at the Space Centre and this was one children’s party I was actually keen to go to!
The party itself was brilliant, so interesting and so much to see and do but the centre was incredibly busy and this made it quite stressful for the parents at times. I struggled with a toddler who wanted to be running off and looking at everything and keeping track of older children so I would recommend the Space Centre as being best suited to children over 5 if you are outnumbered!
We were lucky that we could eat our lunch in the party room as people were queuing for a long time to get access to the restaurant so this would be a consideration if you were visiting as a family.
Parking was fine, with an overflow car park that we got into easily at a cost of £3 for the whole day and the gift shop had a good selection of reasonably priced souvenirs as well as some more expensive educational toy options.
Other than being so very busy the Space Centre is really interesting for both adults and kids and well worth a visit and this certainly was one of the best children’s parties I have been too!
I was asked if I would like to review a canvas or wallpaper from Photowall and was really excited about choosing something nice for my bedroom. They had loads of different ideas you could choose from and you could even have your own one made from your own photograph.
I really liked the Fast Car ones and Football ones but I decided to continue with the Star Wars theme in my bedroom as just about everything else is! This was a really good choice as they had pages of ideas I could choose from. It took me days and days to decide which one I wanted as they were all brilliant and I finally narrowed it down to my four favourites so we could see which would fit best into the space.
My bedroom is quite small (that’s ok though because I don’t have to share with my brother or sister!) but we still managed to fit a really big canvas in- Photowall can do them absolutely huge and you could cover a whole wall with one if you wanted!
When we ordered the canvas we entered the sizes into the site and adjusted them up and down to make sure the picture worked properly without cutting anything off, then the site gave us a preview to check, showing us exactly what it would look like with the DIY frame and we were then able to place our order
It arrived really quickly, just a few days later, in a long thin box and one evening when I was in bed my Dad clipped it together, it was a good surprise in the morning as it looked amazing!
I absolutely love my Star Wars canvas, it is a really good picture and it looks fantastic in my bedroom. Everyone who has seen it has said how much they like it and my brother and sister are now looking at one for their bedroom- my little brother wants the BB8 one but my sister would like to go for another theme like the Space and liked the Full Moon one- although she does like the Princess one too. They do so many different ideas, both for adults and children, it’s really tempting to get more than one!
A Note from My Mum:
Luke loves his new canvas and we were impressed with how much choice there was- Photowall had something suitable for every room of our house and the prices are very reasonable.
We were a little bit wary of the idea of the DIY frame as I was concerned about damaging the canvas but after initially being a little apprehensive it was actually very straightforward and quick to do. We found the instructions in the package helpful but actually it was the video demonstration on Photowall’s YouTube channel that showed us how easy it was and gave us the confidence to just get on an do it! It was actually very quick to put together and hangs beautifully on the wall- it looks really good.
I am planning on getting a couple more for other rooms and would very much recommend Photowall to anyone looking for something special for their house- I am quite keen to try uploading my image for printing as well.
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Disclaimer- We were given a Star Wars canvas of our choice for review purposes but all thoughts and opinions remain our own
This game is aimed at age 8 plus but we all had lots of fun playing it together and whilst Lottie needed a few more seconds she didn’t find it too difficult most of the time.
In the Think Words box is 80 cards and a spinner with all the instructions you need. You get a choice of 7 different versions to play so this can keep you busy for ages! Each card has a large letter on one side and four different coloured categories on the other. We started off with the straightforward game of putting 8 letter cards around the spinner and taking turns to spin it, the first person got the colour and everyone had to try and think of a word for that letter from the colour category that it matched- if you were the first one to shout it out then you got to win that letter, at the end of the game the person who had the most letters was the winner.
We liked the fact there were so many different ways to play and that you could also make your own rules as well. Lottie did find a few of the categories a bit hard but I think the age rating of 8 is about right.
Think Words is a good game to take away with you too as it packs up small, we took it to our friends at Christmas which was fun- we liked that you could play it just as well with 2 players as you could 8- although it turns out it is perhaps best not to make up your own rules with 8 people as it can lead to arguments! Even with a bit of bickering this the game was really funny especially when you were trying desperately to think of an answer really quickly.
The only little slightly bad thing we found with this game is that it doesn’t store very well in the box (it’s got a cut out bit to display the cards) and we had to find a different little box to store it in nothing too bad but worth being aware of so you don’t loose your cards!
I am looking forward to playing with some other friends after school next week- although I will steer clear of making up my own rules so we are all still friends at the end of it!
One of the things I have really liked about blogging is seeing how much I have changed over the last few years and what I used to like when I was younger compared to what I like now. So here are some of my favourite things at the moment, just after my 10th birthday, I wonder which of them will still be the same next year!
My favourite film-
Star Wars The Last Jedi
My Favourite Food–
My favourite food is spaghetti bolognaise or homemade chocolate mousse
My Favourite Television Programme–
The Grand Tour
My Favourite Board Game–
Abi Elphinstone and JK Rowling
My Favourite book-
The Night Spinner by Abi Elphinstone or anything by Roald Dahl
Now that Christmas is over we have started up our family games night again on a Saturday evening, We make sure we have plenty of snacks and drinks ready and get set up for a fun night. The other week we played Telestrations by John Adams for the first time. I had seen the adverts for it and thought it looked fun so was excited to give it a go. Initially the instructions seemed a little bit complicated but we soon got to grips with it and were drawing our pictures and passing our books on over and over again and it was actually really easy.
Telestrations is for age 8 plus so we added a bit of extra time for Lottie to do her drawings because she is younger and we let her pick the colour topic for the drawings as some were a bit complicated for her to understand but otherwise just got on with it.
You pick a colour on the card and everyone writes that word on the first page of their book (they have already put their name in it) and then you set the timer and begin drawing the word. When the timer rings you pass your book to the next player whether you have finished drawing or not. They then get a certain time to try and guess what they think you have drawn. They write their best guess on the next page before passing it on to the next player. The book then gets passed to the next player who reads the guess and draws what they see that guess as before their time runs out. Finally you pass it back to the original player who gets to see what the last drawing is and what people have guessed their original artwork to be. This is where it gets really funny- some of the guesses are no where near the original drawing- it’s a bit like playing a drawing version of the game where you whisper and see what the person at the end of the circle hears and it is even funnier.
You then rub out the drawings and start all over again with a new card. I like the way it is all reusable and you can play over and over again without wasting loads of paper.
I don’t think you have to be good at drawing to play this game. In fact it’s funnier if you are not. I think this will be a brilliant game to play after a family dinner and is good to play with lots of people. It’s a great game because people of all ages can play it together and everyone is able to join in equally so it’s a real family game.
We are excited to be able to give away a game of Telestrations to one lucky family- we are sure you will enjoy it as much as us so to get you started we are asking you to us the link below to tweet us using the hashtag #telestrationsontwitter your guess as to what my drawing below is!
When we arrived at Wyevale we felt very festive because they had a brilliant wintery display of polar bears in the entrance and lots of decorations around and about. We weren’t sure where we needed to go but within a couple of seconds of looking at the signs an elf came over and asked if he could help us and took us straight through to the right place. There were lots of other families having afternoon tea at the same time but it was a big room and it didn’t feel too full. The decorations made it seem very Christmassy and each child’s place had a ginger man with some treats to decorate it with and everyone had a Christmas cracker to pull.
Once we had pulled our Christmas crackers and explained to my little brother that he didn’t need to put the cracker on his head and actually the hat was inside it our food soon arrived.
We had requested our choices beforehand so these were all ready with hardly any waiting but they were still nice and hot and freshly cooked. Lottie and our brother had both chosen sausages, chips and peas and I had chicken nuggets, chips and peas. Mine was really nice but I wished I had chosen the sausages because I had a piece of Lottie’s and it was LOVELY!
My Mum and Dad had the Afternoon Tea and that looked really nice. They had little sandwiches, lemon mousse, scones with jam and cream, macaroons and some yummy cakes- we helped them eat some of it as there was plenty to go round!
Once we had eaten our meals there was some time to decorate our ginger men and the ‘Elves’ came round and chatted to us- they were really good as Lottie and Sam found them very funny when they were playing around and joking with us.
All the children then got up and sang some songs and did actions which my little brother absolutely loved, especially because there were bells to ring as well.
It was soon time for Santa to arrive and each family got to go up to the grotto in turn and chat to him. We were the last ones but it wasn’t too long a wait, my brother is two and he had only just started to get impatient when it was our turn so that can’t have been too bad- we think it helped there was colouring and plenty to look at in the room.
We had our chat with Santa and he was very jolly- Lottie is convinced he was the ‘real’ Santa because he looked so good and had proper glasses! We thought that my brother might be scared but he was very happy and asked ‘Father Christmas Nee Naw please’ which was very sweet.
After we had seen Father Christmas we were allowed to go and choose one of the toys to take home. The Elves told us they were testing some toys they were making at the North Pole and we could try one- Lottie loved that idea and she was very happy to choose a pony toy. Sam picked a racing car and he wanted me to have one of those too so we have one in blue and one in red! There was a great selection of toys to choose from.
We had a really nice time at the Wyevale Garden CentreTea with Santa, it was a good afternoon for all the family and we all enjoyed ourselves. We think this is one of the nicest ways to visit Santa and make a fun outing out of it- perfect if you have children of different ages as there was lots the younger ones enjoyed and nice treats for the older children too.