You may have read our review of the Giant Piano Mat from RainbowColours.com and heard about how we loved it, well this is the second set we have tried from RainbowColours.com – the Harmonica Set!
Within the set you receive a Metal 4 hole harmonica in the key of C, Harmonica Case, the Rainbow Colours book and 4 colour coded stickers.
This set is designed to give the easiest possible approach to learning the Harmonica and as we found with the Piano, colours play a great part in it. You have four stickers to place above the Harmonica ‘holes’ – each coloured is a certain musical note.
Then using the coloured stickers and the coloured musical notes, you can start to learn the Harmonica (something both of the children have been asking to do for a few weeks – so perfect timing for us!).
The book is aimed at children aged 3-15 years and it suits both Monkey (8) and Mouse (6), both can follow it and they are enjoying the learning!
The book has well-known songs in it that increase in difficulty as you go through the pages; one thing I really like is that at the end there are some blank music sheets in the back for the children to have a go at writing there own songs!
We really love this set and are tempting the idea of buying another so they have one each, also perfect for a gift for birthdays and Christmas
Keep your eyes peeled as when they allow me to record their harmonica playing I will share that too!
The Monkey and the Mouse love all things creative, they really like to make new things! They also seem to have a hobby of collecting pens and pencils! With this is mind it seems that the Craftbox Pencil Pets Puppies from Interplay may be perfect for them!The idea is that you can personalise your pencil and create your own Pencil Pets. The kit comes with everything you need to make them including two pencils, the topper head and various accessories to add to them. There are glasses and hats and all sorts of stickers to pretty them up and make it just yours! Both Monkey and Mouse were very happy to join in and they chose their pencils, they shared the kit really well taking it in turns to pick the accessories to add to them. Neither wanted any ideas and were able to decorate them without too much guidance. The heads were a little fiddly to put together and we did help a little to line up the holes but other than that it is a kit that Kids could do themselves.
All the contents are child-safe and the pencils are recycled which is always a bonus and the parts on the topper are interchangeable, you can swap the glasses for a moustache or the chef’s hat for a princess crown. My two used the extra stickers for decorating other things too!
Christmas is coming and I am sure even those who are not wanting to think about it can’t help but spy things and think ‘that’s a good stocking filler’ and this is definitely one of those things. A great price for something that the kids can create themselves and then keep and use. I already have a couple of friends children in mind that would love these!
There are other kits in the Pencil Pets Puppies range and if you are more of a cat person – they have them too!
I currently have a Minecraft obsessed 8-year-old in the house – Monkey has literally gone mad for it in recent weeks. So, on that note I jumped at the chance to have a look at ‘Diary of a Zombie Steve’ (An unofficial minecraft book) to tell you about what we think! The Book is the diary of Zombie Steve as he goes about his days after being offered a new job. Unfortunately as he heads towards his new opportunity in his boat he gets caught in a terrible storm and he wakes up on a desert island. I love the diary format as Steve writes about each day and what he gets up to, you follow the things he sees and the wonders he discovers. The real question is will he survive and find his way home to his new job?
On a practical note, the writing is a great size for Monkey – it is not daunting for him as some books can be. It is well written – easy to understand and follow the story. I can see Monkey reading this over and over and I know that we will be looking at getting other titles too!
I am very happy with the book, I can’t complain about anything that encourages Monkey to read. It is ideal for Christmas or Birthday gifts and I will definitely be buying from the range in the future!
If you like the look of it you can buy from here
The last time Monkey went on a trip with school I found putting together his lunchbox quite challenging; finding what to include that obeyed the school rules of being healthy but that would be healthy and keep him full of energy as they walked around the nature reserve was difficult.
There are other challenges with packed lunches – it has to be portable, light enough for the children to carry. It has to be non (or limited) messy so it doesn’t go all over as they move about and it needs to be something that won’t go spoil quickly by not being in the fridge – I am just lucky that Monkey and Mouse are not fussy eaters as well!
A Flora-commissioned University of Leeds study recently revealed that only 1.6% of children in England receive a packed lunch that meets the nutritional standards set for school meals, with just 17% of lunches containing any kind of vegetables or salad. Flora wants to change that; so they have created a meal planner to help you put together tasty and nutritious lunchbox combinations.
I am surprised this is so low, Monkey and Mouse love fruit, vegetables and salad so they are often featured in their lunch boxes; cherry tomatoes, cucumber sticks, Apples, Plums – all sorts!
We were sent a lovely lunchbox and asked to try out some of the ideas for filling a lunch box. We were given a great little guide and it was easy to follow; foods are broken down into categories and you are told how many of each to select. I was surprised by some of the items on it – some tasty items; banana bread and mini pretzels.
There are foods that the children would happily pick themselves and lots of colours that I always think helps! Do checkout the Flora website, they have loads of awesome recipes to help lunch boxes be more fun, it gets your imagination running too – makes you think of new things to include. Pasta salad. Chicken pittas, Vegetable kebabs and more are on our list for the future.
This post is an entry for the #FloraLunchbox Linky Challenge, sponsored by Flora. Check out their lunch planner and recipe ideas here
Today is the third day of the Monkey and the Mouse being back at school and the first day this week of me being off work and at home alone. If I am honest I am having a bit of a sad day, life stuff and missing the kids is having an impact so I thought I would look back at the highlights of the summer holidays and share them with you.
We have had a great Summer, doing some things we love, some things we have never done before and generally just spending time together!
With the school term fast approaching here here are three Lunch Box Ideas to encourage the children to eat their lunch at school
The Novelty Factor
My two like anything with the novelty factor (I guess like most of us), give them different packaging or a known brand they are undoubtably going to wolf it down! Yoghurts in pouches instead of boring old yoghurt pots and Jelly in it’s own pot is going to win!
The Treat Factor
I know most mum’s like myself want to give our children healthy lunches. On the other hand the children are going to want things that are a treat. The answer is to make a healthy lunch with a twist of ‘treat’ and Hartley’s Jelly can be that treat. Jelly considered a treat in this house and is a reminder of parties and all things fun. However to keep us mum’s happy there is a no added sugar range that we can use!
The Colour Factor
When we want to make something more attractive we add colour to it. Make lunches colourful and then children will be drawn to them. You can use colour in more than one way, you can theme the whole lunch around one or two colours, or as is often talked about you can ‘eat a rainbow’ and add in loads of colours.
My daughter has had the nickname ‘Mouse’ since she was born and has had a love of Minnie Mouse for nearly as long. She is always on the lookout for Minnie Mouse to add to her collection and so was more than excited when the brand new Minnie Mouse Fashion Doll (from IMC toys) arrived for us to play with.
There are three different sets of the Minnie Fashion Dolls, all of which include a Minnie Doll, three different outfits (dress, shoes and headband), a mirror and a couple more accessories. and we received the Fashion Fun set. In our set we had some hat boxes, a mirror, handbags and headbands to go with our outfits!
Many hours have already been spent playing with Minnie and her outfits, she has been played with alone and alongside other toys. My Mouse is really loving the set and has already said she would love to have the other sets too.
I am impressed with the quality of the doll, she is approximately 5 inches tall and is made of sturdy plastic. The dresses and accessories are made from a flexible plastic and are easy to get on and off, Mouse can happily do it without adult support.
Minnie comes in a box which is designed like a dressing room so adds to the play of the set. The dressing room can fit everything back in too so can be used for storage, always a bonus in my book!
Mouse’s favourite game to play with Minnie is currently fashion show, swapping the outfits and generally having fun – Minnie mouse even has an audience!
Mouse has played with this more in the last few days than any of her other dolls, she treats Minnie like a real celebrity and says that any fashion model should have their photo taken over and over again and of course Mouse is always happy to be the paparazzi – so here are her photos from Minnie’s latest photo shoot!
We really love the Minnie Mouse fashion doll and I am very happy for Mouse to put the other sets on her Christmas list (sorry to mention the C word). It is a lovely set, that i can see having a long life in our house. It is well made and I am sure has durability that means that it will last a lot of play!