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”

Toys to keep once kids have grown out of them

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When you have children, toys take over the house…and the garden. Every few months I think, it’s time to declutter, especially when N only ever plays with the same toys. But it doesn’t happen often enough as more and more toys, paper and pens get strewn across the house. A couple of summers ago, I did do quite a major clear out of N’s toys though. Apart from books and craft/art supplies, I didn’t see the point in keeping lots… Continue Reading “Toys to keep once kids have grown out of them”

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”

11 awesome easy kids activities for Rio Olympic Games

With the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2016, it’s a great opportunity to encourage children into the different sporting activities, especially those more unusual ones. I love the atmosphere of the Olympics (I managed to get to see the Volleyball at London 2012), so I’d like N to get to experience a bit of it on now he’s old enough to understand it. Ok, so we can watch the sports on tv (and if I have my way… Continue Reading “11 awesome easy kids activities for Rio Olympic Games”

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”

Living Arrows 2016 week 17 – play tent and forts

making a tent fort on a climbing frame

The weather’s been a mixed bag this week but N did come back from school in just his t shirt so it was plenty warm enough for playing outside.  He found the parachute I bought a few years ago for a party, and decided to take it outside to make it into a play tent. I’m not sure how he originally intended to make his den, but I suggested he hook up the parachute to the climbing frame to make… Continue Reading “Living Arrows 2016 week 17 – play tent and forts”

Fun ways to teach kids about the night sky

Fun ways to teach kids the night sky Bubbablue and me

N’s always been interested in learning about the night sky, the moon and stars, and many a time we’ve stopped to look out of the window.  We talk about the different stages of the moon especially, he’s a bit obsessed when it’s a crescent moon. We’re lucky in that living in the middle of nowhere, we have a pitch black sky and the stars look amazing, but it’s really hard to see one constellation to point it out to N.  … Continue Reading “Fun ways to teach kids about the night sky”

Gadgets for children – real or kids versions?

electronic gadgets for kids - real or kiddy - Bubbablue and me

Post Christmas, and for us a birthday, means that lots of children were given electronic gadgets.  With children under five now being bought tablets and shops offering children’s versions of every electronic gadget possible, it’s often hard to know which to buy. Two Christmases ago I debated buying N a Vtech kids tablet.  In fact, not only debated but bought one (on a good pre-Christmas sale deal).  As Christmas approached, I just wasn’t sure.  Did I really want N having his own tablet? … Continue Reading “Gadgets for children – real or kids versions?”