Getting arty with Chalkola chalk pens – review and giveaway

Review of Chalkola pens, liquid chalk markers for non-porous surfaces, great for upcycling or crafts - Bubbablue and me

There’s something special about stationery, and in particular I love pens.  N has inherited this love because any new pens that I bring into the house, and he’s nosying trying to use them.  With the Chalkola chalk pens I was sent to review, I knew I’d struggle to keep him away. Chalkola are fairly chunky chalk markers which have ink that looks like chalk. They can be used on any non-porous material, including glass, metal, porcelain and more.  The variety of… Continue Reading “Getting arty with Chalkola chalk pens – review and giveaway”

Making maths fun with Fundels games

Playing number games with Cartamundi Fundels plus a review - Bubbablue and me

I’ve mentioned before how N is just getting into games and I’m a big fan of anything educational.  When Cartamundi asked me to review a couple of their newly launched Fundels games, I thought it was a great opportunity to broaden N’s game options.  And help enforce his maths at the same time. Cartamundi are specialists in playing cards and card games, and Fundels have been launched to bring a fun and effective way of learning into the world of card… Continue Reading “Making maths fun with Fundels games”

Great board games for 5-7 year olds

3 great board games for 5-7 year olds - Bubbablue and me

Board games are a great way to have fun as a family, and I’ve been dying for N to be old enough to be interested in playing them. We’re getting there, although he gets easily distracted and needs a lot of reminding of rules…otherwise he’ll make them up for himself, usually not telling anyone else playing. Board games take me back to my youth. We used to play them a lot – mostly money games – Hotel, Monopoly, Game of… Continue Reading “Great board games for 5-7 year olds”

Searching for stars with Discovery Kids telescope

putting the telescope up

N has always been interested in the moon and stars ever since he was a toddler. So I was hoping that being sent the Discovery Kids telescope to review was going to be a hit with him. My degree was in geography so I’m always interested in trying to encourage any interest N shows in the world around us. When the 40mm astronomical telescope arrived in its box it was massive. There’s certainly enough padding to keep the telescope safe… Continue Reading “Searching for stars with Discovery Kids telescope”

Swimming with Baby Swimming Shop accessories

kids shortie wetsuit

N’s been swimming for 5 ½ years – you’d think by now he’d be able to swim unaided for a decent distance, but no not yet. N does everything in his own time. However after our experience trying out some Zoggs seal dive sticks and a swim fin from Baby Swimming Shop, I’m thinking we might have progressed further using these in the past. Baby Swimming Shop, despite the name, isn’t just for babies. They also sell children’s swimwear and… Continue Reading “Swimming with Baby Swimming Shop accessories”

Picking up letters with My First Bananagrams

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I’m astounded by how many people I talk to who have no idea what Bananagrams is. And yet, as soon as we bring out the game (or Appletters which is the game we have), everyone gets really excited about it, kids and adults. I was excited to receive My First Bananagrams for review. While the other games are great, N really needs to work on his lower case letters, and get those off pat, and the My First Bananagrams gives… Continue Reading “Picking up letters with My First Bananagrams”

How to introduce kids to musical instruments with pBuzz

introducing kids to music with pbuzz - Bubbablue and me

N loves music. He’s getting to the stage though, where he wants to make more of it and do it his own way. Whether that be blasting rock out through the tv or CD player, or tinkering on the piano. More often than not, N’s making up a song with whatever random words are going through his head at the time. I love his singing. Totally spontaneous, and it rarely makes much sense at all. But I love to hear… Continue Reading “How to introduce kids to musical instruments with pBuzz”

Kids get active with Leapfrog Leapband

Kids get active with Leapfrog Leapband - Bubbablue and me

I love my fitbit and I’ve always wanted to give it to N to see how much activity he does during the day compared to me. But instead of risking him losing my Fitbit, Leapfrog sent us a Leapband to try out. N was excited as soon as I opened the parcel up. He loves wearing a watch so the Leapband went down well immediately even before he knew it spoke to him. Yes, he’s a typical child and loves… Continue Reading “Kids get active with Leapfrog Leapband”

A ball and a half – the Wicked Mega Bounce XL

Megabounce xl ball review

You know when you see something and think, what fun, I fancy one of those.  Well, the Wicked Mega Bounce XL was one of those items. I’m a sucker for a good outdoor toy, and if it’s a super bouncy ball or something a bit different I want to have a go with it.  We were able to review the Wicked Mega Bounce XL ball, and we’ve had quite a bit of fun with it. The downside of giant balls… Continue Reading “A ball and a half – the Wicked Mega Bounce XL”

Micro Scooters rule – one boy and his scooter

testing out the microscooter

Scooters have always gone down well in our house.  N had a My First Scooter when he was 2, and hasn’t looked back, more frequently using my adult one if we’re out because he’d grown out of his own.  But I’ve been looking longingly at the Micro Scooters for a while now, and decided that his 5th birthday he could have one for his main present. Because we can’t walk or scoot to school, I was initially loathed to spend… Continue Reading “Micro Scooters rule – one boy and his scooter”