Rainy Days – ColourMeInRK

Rainy Days – ColourMeInRK

Yes I know, we are not having rainy days at the moment (I think  that is all set to change by the weekend!), but the clever people at Kellogg’s have replaced their usual Rice Krispies box for one that can be coloured in by your bored children on the inevitable rainy days that will come and that we have had!

I was one of the lucky Britmums who got sent a big box of Rice Krispies and an excellent bumper colouring case with 58 different pens, pencils, glitter glues and markers. I was very excited when the box arrived, I’m not sure who was more excited about the colours, the kids or me, as it had those colour changing pens that I have not seen since I was a child, I still think they are great and if you get the chance to buy some, your kids will agree.

As there are 3 children in this house, I knew that there would be an argument about who coloured in the box, so before they were given anything I went to the Rice Krispies Website  and downloaded some more pictures and printed them to card for the older 2 and to paper for the youngest. I told them they could colour in these however they wanted and then the 2 older ones would have to do the box together, although as the end of term came and cards for teachers had to be made and then the weather has turned the box is yet to be finalised!

They were as excited as I was about the colour changing pens, and got down to colouring straight away, I have to say it was lovely seeing them so engrossed in a project and excited about colouring in Snap, Cackle and Pop!

AJ finished her creation first, and I think she made a very good job of it, what do you think?

FJ wasn’t too far behind, a full range of different colours, what else would you expect from a 5yr old?

And finally TJ, she got bored quite quickly with the colouring in, especially as I wasn’t allowing her to use the new pens, she is far safer with the crayola washable pens, that are truly washable (they even wipe off with baby wipes!) especially when she decides to colour in her face. (she is after all only 2).

I think these activities are great even if the sun is out as when the heat gets too much the children still need something to occupy them, I think next time we might even try sticking sequins or felt or some other material on them and see what we come out with.

This post is for the BritMums #ColourMeInRK competition, sponsored by Kellogg’s, why not pop over to Britmums and see how you could join in too?

Review – Stretch Scooby

Review – Stretch Scooby

We were all very excited to get the box of a Scooby-Doo item to review. We more excited to find it was a Stretch Scooby! We read through the instructions of do’s & dont’s and then the kids were off trying to stretch him.

It says that Scooby should only be stretched to a maximum of 90 cm, but as my too are not that strong  I didn’t think there was much chance of that happening! However there is a big measure to show you how long he can go, so no chance of guessing wrong.

Scooby’s teeth and eyes glow in the dark, which is slightly odd-looking, but my son thought was very funny.

He is made of a strange thick, heavy material, but becomes pliable very easily, and if you leave him sat in the sun (not recommended!) he goes all floppy and is then really easy to stretch.

AJ (8) got bored quite easily, I think she thought it was more of a ‘boys’ toy, FJ thought he was ace and was carrying him around for ages. Scooby does however only have a limited play time (but then, don’t most toys?) as once you have stretched and pulled him for a while there is nothing more to do.

Would I buy him? I think if you have an avid Scooby Doo fan, then yes. He’s fun and different to most toys, definitely great for boys who like to be rough!

You can get Stretch Scooby from lots of retailers at a cost of about £20.00.

If you are a big fan of Scooby-Doo then take a look at his new Official Facebook page. You will be able to keep up to date with all the latest Scooby news, including television shows, latest products, video games, toys and books.

You can find his page here: http://www.facebook.com/ScoobyDooUK

Review – Postman Pat Special Delivey Service App

Review – Postman Pat Special Delivey Service App

I was asked to review the new Postman Pat app, for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Having 2 children who love Postman Pat and using my iPhone even more, I thought it would be a good chance to have a go at reviewing. My son FJ is 4 (almost 5) and my daughter AJ is 8

The game has been released to coincide with Postman Pats 30th Birthday celebrations and this game is said to help Pat deliver more than ever before. The games are aimed at the young audience of Postman Pat and are designed to make learning fun.

This is what I knew about the game from the press release:  

The Postman Pat App offers young fans games that deliver interactive early learning fun with their everyday hero, Pat. There are eight action-packed games to choose from plus a special bonus game where players can make pictures and fix puzzles from stamps collected during game-play. Perfect for young players, each game has been designed so that it is easy to learn and fun to play without the need of parental assistance.

Games include:

  •  Helicopter Game: Help Postman Pat deliver the airmail. Which house does each of the parcels belong to?
  • Thompson Farm: Help Alf round up the animals into the right pens. Touch each animal and move them to the pen with the matching picture as quickly as possible.

  •  Post Office Sorting Game: Help Pat sort the letters and parcels into the correct sorting bins. 
  • Train Game: Help Ajay direct the trains. Look for the colored lights on the signal posts then touch the junctions to change the direction of the arrow points. 

  •  Whose Who?: Can you guess who each parcel belongs to? Touch each parcel and drag it to the correct person. 
  • Garage Game: Pat’s van needs some repairs. Can you find the right tool for the job? 

  •  Gift Giving Game: It’s party time at Postman Pat’s house and there’s a sack full of presents to give out! Make sure each child gets the present they want before time runs out.
  • Post Box Run: It’s time to collect the mail. Use your finger to guide Postman Pat’s Van to each Post Box in the correct order so all the mail can be collected before time runs out.
  • Bonus Game: Postman Pat’s House: Fix the puzzles with all the stamps that you have collected throughout all of the other games!

My son was very excited to have a new game, he constantly badgers me to get new games on my iPhone so he couldn’t wait to try it out.

He quickly tried out all the different games, but his favourite was Pencaster Trains where you get to help Ajay direct the trains through the right junction. His sister’s favourite was Ben’s Sorting Office game, I think she liked the idea of sorting out everyone’s post!

The games are both fun and educational, especially for getting children to match things up. Once your child knows what to do they can go away and play the games by themselves. I really like that you can have several profiles, which means both my son and daughter (and me!) can play the games and see how far they can get.

I asked both AJ and FJ what they thought of the Postman Pat Game and FJ said BRILLIANT and AJ said it is great FUN. I played it too and think it could get quite addictive, although you will find that the song ‘Special Delivery Service’ will be going round you head all the time once it has been played!

I would say that if your child likes Postman Pat then they will LOVE this game, if you want more information look at the App store, it is £1.99 to purchase, which is cheaper than a magazine, and will keep your child entertained for much longer.