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Autumn and Halloween Bio Glitter Slime 🎃 👻🍁

Autumn and Halloween Bio Glitter Slime 🎃 👻🍁


We were very kindly sent some Craft Bio glitter from Brian Clegg to review.

We have used it in lots of different ways, so here are a few of the ways we have used it. You can also see lots more on instagram.

We have been making a conscious effort to try to be more eco-friendly and glitter can be so damaging to our planet so we were so excited to hear that you can now get craft bio glitter.

Bioglitter has been developed to tackle the problem of glitter related micro plastic pollution caused by glitter. Completely unique, biodegradable glitter uses plant derived material as its basis rather than polyester and is the only glitter available on the market which will biodegrade into harmless substances in the natural environment.

The glitter comes in a recyclable plastic dispenser too and I think it’s all the small steps that will make a real difference to our environment. Traditional glitter takes hundreds of years to degrade so this is an amazing step in the right direction.

You can find out more about craft bioglitter from www.brianclegg.co.uk and www.discoverbioglitter.com

Slime with Bioglitter

Recipe 

120 mls glue (we use Brian Clegg glue)

1-2 tbs paint

Lots of Bioglitter

Enough activator for the mixture to come together and leave the sides of the bowl. If it’s still too sticky then add a tiny bit more but be careful to add the activator bit by bit as too much will result in slime that breaks and becomes like rubber.

We find contact lense solution(it must contain borax) and bicarbonate of soda a great activator but we also use borax or laundry detergent (follow the instructions on the pack for these).

 

We hope you enjoyed reading about Bioglitter and if you’d like to know how to make Bioglitter play dough please check out our Pumpkin Bioglitter Recipe blog post.

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SculptaPalooza Game Review – Learning Resources

SculptaPalooza Game Review – Learning Resources

 

SculptaPalooza is such a fun board game from Learning Resources and what an amazing way to spend quality time together.

The objective is to guess the clues sculpted by the other players to score points and the first team to 20 wins!

You can play in teams of two or there is a two-three player game.

Inside the box,

Playfoam that never dries out, a sculpting mat, Clue cards, Tag Team Lightning Round cards in holders, Tokens to represent your team, a Scoreboard, a Die, a Timer and you also get 20 custom Clue cards which are great for involving younger children, as you can make them easier things to make.

How to play

1. Choose the order that your team will sculpt in (this order will stay the same throughout the game).

2. The first sculptor will roll the die to determine the category. If 1-5 is rolled the sculpture will draw a clue card. If the lightening symbol is rolled, the category is Tag Team Lightning Round and used it’s own card deck.

There are 5 categories and the Tag Team Lightening Round.

Straight up Sculpt

The Playfoam has to be kept on the mat whilst you sculpt your master piece.

Put it on your Face

The girls favourite! As it says you can put the foam on your face to help your teammates guess who or what you are. Sophie was a clown and used it to make a clown face whilst jumping around and acting silly. This was so funny!

Just Close Your Eyes

Scult your creation whilst keeping your eyes closed. Some seriously funny creations are made this way. Lots of laughing.

Playfoam Props

Get up and move, using your Playfoam as a prop to act out your clue.

Sculptors Choice

You can choose any category to play.

Tag Team Lightning Round

This is an all play round and there is 60 seconds to act out as many clues as possible. You can sculpt props, move around, or use the Playfoam on your body.

 

What we thought

The game was really easy to set up and we would say it is perfect for family games nights or for parties.

The instructions were simple and everybody picked it up quickly making it perfect for people who have never played before.

We played it as a family and the girls also played it at a sleepover.

They all described it as a “Great, fun game” and there was a lot of laughing involved. They loved being able to put it on their faces!

The girls said it was a bit like Pictionary or Charades but more fun.

This game encourages everyone to let their hair down and be really silly whilst making funny creations.

What I love

I love the colourful box it comes in and the fact that it’s a mess free game. The girls just love playfoam anyway so loved being able to sit playing with it during the game. Playfoam is an amazing sensory resource.

This is such a fantastic way to get your children interacting and away from TV screens, computers, tablets or phones. What more could you ask for.

I would recommend this game to anyone for a fun family night and I can see it being an amazing game to add to our Christmas Eve games night.

SculptaPalooza is available to buy from Learning Resources and Amazon, RRP £19.00

We hope you enjoyed his review, of you have any comments or questions please leave them in the comments section.

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Learning Resources – Geo Safari Jr – My First Microscope

Learning Resources – Geo Safari Jr – My First Microscope

Isabella started to show an interest in the world around her and by finding bugs , stones and flowers in the garden so when we were asked to review Geo Safari Jr – My First Microscope, it was just perfect.

The microscope is a working microscope that can magnify any small object – flat or dimensional by 8x it’s size. Helping young children view small details and get up close with nature.

It has two extra large easy focus eye pieces, a hand grip and a soft, rubberised casing, making it the prefect first microscope.

It has an LED light with an on/off switch which Isabella loved!

A specimen tray to place your objects on which is great for young children as it means they have two hands free and can keep the item still.

Isabella really enjoyed learning to turn the focusing knob up and down to adjust the focus and picked it up really quickly.

The microscope is light weight and easy to carry so Isabella decided to take it out to her mud kitchen to look closer at her Sunflowers and stones she was playing with.

We have used it inside and outside. The light function is amazing when it’s a bit dull and dark out and one evening we took a close up look at dinosaurs when it got a bit darker and you could really see all the details just like with a real microscope.

One thing I love about the microscope is that it’s so robust and everything is child sized. It’s the perfect way to introduce young children to science at an early age.

I can see Isabella continue to use and benefit from this. Her older sisters who are 12 & 13 years also really enjoyed using it.

‘It’s recommended for children aged 3+ years

The only thing is requires is 3 AAA batteries and some everyday objects. It comes fully assembled in the box and it’s both the box and the microscope are lovely bright colours, making it the perfect gift for Christmas or Birthdays.

Here are a few ideas of things you could look at with the microscope – seeds, shells, pine cones, flowers and feathers. You could also laminate some items like pollen, to make your very own slides. Slides are not required to use the microscope.

You can get your very own Geo Safari – My First Microscope from www.learningresources.co.uk, Argos, Hamleys, Wicked Uncle, and Amazon.

‘It’s RRP is £20

There are lots of other fantastic items available in the Geo Safari range to explore and introduce STEM learning too. You can check these out on the Learning Resources website.

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Learning Resources Playfoam Pals

Learning Resources Playfoam Pals

We were so excited to be sent this new collectable toy from Learning Resources called Playfoam Pals.

The girls are big Playfoam fans from when I was working and I used to buy lots of it and Isabella loves anything that involves a surprise.

What is Playfoam?

Playfoam is a non-toxic formula for safe sensory play.

Its mess free so it wont stick to your carpets, clothing or furniture although sparkle Playfoam may transfer colour stain to fabric and plastic but stains can be removed from tabletops with vegetable oil.

One of the best things about Playfoam is that it never dries out, even if you forget to put it away!

What do you get in you box?

Each box includes two mystery pods filled full of a different coloured Playfoam and hidden inside is a mystery Playfoam Pal.

You also get a collection sheet to identify and tick off which Pals you get.

Series 1 features 12 wild animals plus rare endangered golden critters. So you can have fun collecting them all.

What can you do with it?

Playfoam has endless creative learning opportunities.

They had so much fun opening up their pods to discover which pals they got and we were even lucky enough to get a rare golden penguin!

Isabella used her fine motor skills to mold the foam making different shapes. She just loved feeling it and all the girls found it very relaxing to just sit and play with it in their hands.

They all used their imaginations to create different models from cats to snakes.

Megan had a great idea to make a car from her Playfoam and Sophie used the pod to create an iglo for the penguin. They also made beds for their pals too.

The girls thought it was hilarious that you could take the heads off and swap the bodies to create different creatures and they also had a wedding!

Playfoam Pals are a great ideas for stocking fillers for christmas and they provide hours of fun.

In my opinion they are a bargain for they amount of entertainment they provide not to mention all the learning and sensory benifits. They are £6.99 for two pods and you can get them from all major toy stores, Amazon or the Learning Resources website.

‘They are recommended for ages 5 years and above although Isabella is 2 years and with supervision absolutely loves them. They do contain small parts so constant supervision would be required for under 5 years!

They are also the perfect size to be taken anywhere and I will definitley be packing them for outings, car journeys and plane trips.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read and we hope you have fun.

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Healthy snacks for babies and toddlers

Healthy snacks for babies and toddlers



I don’t know about anybody else but my children have always been and still are snack monsters.

I’m surprised it was not one of their first words.

Having my first two children with twelve months and one day apart had its challenges and things like trips to the supermarket, waiting in the doctors surgery or a plane trip home to see my family was tough work , so I always had to plan activities and snacks in advance.

Id love to say I only made them homemade snacks in advance but I never had the time and sometimes fresh fruit just didn’t cut it!

This is where Organix came to the rescue.

Anybody that knows me knows that I always had a full stock of snacks in its very own bag, wherever I went.

Fast forward almost thirteen years and I now have a 13 year old, twelve year old and a two year old. Megan and Sophie grew up on Organix carrot crisps, gingerbread men and raisins and they are now almost both teenagers and perfectly healthy.

Organix helped make me not feel guilty for giving them snacks from a packet as I always knew they were full of goodness and had a ‘no junk promise’ – a stamp of reassurance on all their foods. (always organic, nothing unnecessary, setting standards to remove “the junk” from all children’s food.)

So here I am with a toddler again all these years later and I’m buying them again which I think really says a lot about their snacks.

Organix kindly sent us some of their new seed bites range which we were really excited to try and we have not been disappointed.

They have three delicious flavours to choose from

-Banana and cocoa fruit seed bites

-Coconut and cocoa fruit seed bites

-Coco fruit seed bites

They are made from dried fruits (dates and prunes) sunflower seeds and are flavoured from cocoa powder, banana and coconut. They all have a soft chewy texture and come in individual bite size pieces .

I just love that they contain natural sugars and nutrious ingredients so they get a big thumbs up from us and what a great way to get your children to eat seeds!

They are an ideal snack, in individual little bags to pack for out and about or even to enjoy at home

Dr Frankie Phillips, Nutrition Advisor to Organix, says: Toddlers need the extra nutrients healthy snacking can provide. For good healthy snacking, variety, a mix of sweet and savoury flavours and a balance of different foods are all important.  So offer your little one lots of shapes, tastes and textures to help expand the repertoire of foods they eat, and this will also help ensure they’re getting a range of nutrients.”

They cost 75p for a 20g pack, specially portion packed for toddlers.  They be widely available in supermarkets now.

#FoodYouCanTrust www.organix.com

Organix have a wide range of snacks and some of our favourites are the rice cakes, fruit pots, corn puffs, animal biscuits and the oat bars

Also on their website are lots of recipes to make your own healthy meals and snacks.

We recently made their fruity bread fingers and they were so tasty.

 

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