Lego Cafe and a relaxed day out in Stratford-upon-Avon

Lego cafe fun in Stratford upon Avon - Bubbablue and me

Stratford-upon-Avon is usually my go to summer day out. It’s perfect for spending time down by the river, or with N in the playground. But during half term, N had requested a visit to Lego Café which he’d heard his school friends mention. So Lego Cafe it was, plus a mooch around in the morning. Travel tip –> if you’re driving to Stratford, you really want to get a parking space early rather than sitting in traffic all day There’s… Continue Reading “Lego Cafe and a relaxed day out in Stratford-upon-Avon”

Brick Wonders at Banbury Museum

Brick wonders at Banbury Museum - Bubbablue and me

Lego. Most of us are swimming in the stuff at home.  And there’s very few children who don’t like it.  For me, it’s part of childhood, remembering building with our parents and siblings, displaying out amazing wonky builds.  Our local museum had a Lego exhibition on recently and I finally managed to take N to see Brick Wonders. Banbury museum isn’t somewhere we visit regularly. It’s small but does hold the occasional special exhibition, putting on children’s activities during the… Continue Reading “Brick Wonders at Banbury Museum”

6 easy ways to keep kids entertained while on holiday

6 ways to keep kids entertained on hols - Bubbablue andme

When you go on a family holiday you always end up taking so much paraphernalia with you, you don’t want to take tonnes of toys.  The hope is that you’ll have good weather and the children will just spend all day playing outside. But there’s the journey, early mornings, evenings and of course the rain, that means taking some toys with you is a sensible idea. 6 eays to keep kids entertained on holiday *includes affiliate links 1, Arts  and… Continue Reading “6 easy ways to keep kids entertained while on holiday”

School swimming lessons – how to prep your children

school swimming lessons preparations - Bubbablue and me

Swimming and water safety is now part of the National Curriculum. Yes, yet another thing that schools are now responsible for which seems a little unfair. But it does mean that all kids should be able to swim by the time they leave primary school, including those whose parents don’t get them lessons outside of school, or never take them swimming.  I think the level they need to reach is quite high – in my view you don’t need to… Continue Reading “School swimming lessons – how to prep your children”

A London South Bank walk – BML17 insta-walk

London southbank insta-walk - Bubbablue and me

After 2 years of having 2 weekends of blog conferences back to back, I know it’s too hard.  In future if the timings are like that again, I’ll be making a decision for one only, and based on  BML17 this year, it won’t be that one unfortunately.  I want to focus this on one of the good things about BML this time, and that was the insta-walk – a London South Bank walk. Much as I love to wander with… Continue Reading “A London South Bank walk – BML17 insta-walk”

Oxford walks – Holywell and Botanic Gardens

Oxford walks - Bubbablue and me

It’s not often I get the chance (and excuse) to go out with my camera and just roam without having an agenda.  But when my car is in for service, it’s a perfect excuse as N never wants to come with me. Unfortunately I hadn’t realised that my day in Oxford coincided with the global instawalk, otherwise I’d have tagged along with the Oxford instawalk gang. Being lazy I decided against taking my mirrorless camera.  A slight mistake as it… Continue Reading “Oxford walks – Holywell and Botanic Gardens”

Holiday photos with Samsung Galaxy S8 from Three

Taking holiday photos with Samsung Galaxy S8 phone = Bubbablue and me

I love having a new phone (don’t we all), but I’m on a sim only contract so buy my phones outright and make them last 3 years.  So I’m some way off being able to change to the Samsung Galaxy S8 that I was loaned by Three.  I’m an Android girl through and through (can’t cope with no back button) and I’ve had 3 Samsung phones, so I know what I like…and the S8 I definitely like. The S8 camera… Continue Reading “Holiday photos with Samsung Galaxy S8 from Three”

Welsh beaches – Three Cliffs Bay and Caswell Bay

Beach days in Gower Wales - Bubbablue and me

When you go on summer holiday with children, the main aim is usually to spend time on the beach.  For 3 years running we’ve always gone camping with friends in the same week, and so far have had pretty good weather throughout. This year though, only going for 4 nights instead of the usual 6, and we weren’t as lucky.  We had 2 beautiful days of sunshine – arrival day and the second day, and did manage to make the… Continue Reading “Welsh beaches – Three Cliffs Bay and Caswell Bay”

MOKURU fidget toy review – addictive desk toy

Mokuru samples

I’m not really a fidgeter but I do get easily distracted.  And I get bored a lot at work if I’m doing the same thing over and over again.  So being sent the MOKURU fidget toy, a desk based fidget product, was going to help give me some time out at work (and home). Expected to be the next big thing to take over from fidget spinners, and brought over from Japan, the MOKURU is a really simple desk toy. … Continue Reading “MOKURU fidget toy review – addictive desk toy”

Reading levels and book bands in Key Stage 1

how to understand reading levels and book bands in primary school - Bubbablue and me

When children start school the one thing that is the most confusing (other than where do all those lost jumpers and water bottles go?) is reading. Not the learning to read because phonics system makes sense.  But reading schemes, book bands and reading levels. Back in the 70s and 80s when I was learning to read it was easy to understand. Everyone seemed to do Roger Red Hat, Billy Blue Hat etc, and then whizzed on to whatever books were… Continue Reading “Reading levels and book bands in Key Stage 1”