Developing Imagination and Creativity with #Starwarsreads and Giveaway

To celebrate Starwarsreads Egmont have invited along 10 bloggers to participate and help promote the Star Wars books during the month of April ready for Star Wars Day on May the 4th. Egmont have asked us to join them.

With a house full of boys this campaign seemed like an ideal one for the boys to get their teeth stuck into, especially when I found out that one of the books that we would be receiving was a ‘Make & Do’ book. I am always encouraging the children to not only read a good range of books but also to become more creative in their artwork.

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The Star Wars Make & Do book is ideal for budding artists, young and old. I love a good craft and this book has some amazing crafts to try out. My son and I couldn’t wait to make up a finger puppet from the book.20170405_182319

Joseph is a Yoda fan, he is, so obviously this was the first activity we tried. The instructions are easy to follow, numbered and illustrated. It tells you the list of materials you will need.

Firstly we drew around my sons finger on a piece of paper to get the size of the finger puppet. We cut it out and used it as a template to get Yoda’s body and cloak. I drew the shape of Yoda’s head using the picture on the book as a template. Using the template we cut out two heads on green felt. The only thing we did differently to the instructions was to use a glue gun to attach the body together and a material felt pen for the face instead of using a needle and thread.

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Once gluing all the pieces together we added on Yoda’s hand, eyes and lightsaber

 

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What do you think of our mini Yoda Finger Puppet? We love it and so does Big Yoda

I couldn’t wait to attempt in a drawing so decided upon trying to draw Obi Wan. Following the step by step instructions, I summoned my skills to sketch the wise warrior.

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The Art Pad is on the right hand side of the book and the activity book on the left hand side.

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I am pretty chuffed with myself. It was a quick sketch and only took me about 10 minutes. I absolutely love activity books like this

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It truly is an awesome book that will help you create cool crafts, design your own masterpieces and bring your own ideas and drawings to life.

Relive the story of Star Wars with The Force Awakens Illustrated Story Book. In The Force Awakens, Luke Skywalker has vanished. In his absence, the sinister first order has risen from the ashes of the Empire and will not rest until Skywalker, the last Jedi, has been destroyed. With the support of the Republic, General Leia Organa leads a brave resistance. She is desperate to find her brother, Luke, and gain his help in restoring peace and justice to the galaxy.

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This book has beautiful illustrations, at first I thought they were photographs from the film but when you look closely you can see that they are drawings

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Every page has an illustration on it, making it an ideal book for children to follow. It is intended for children from 6 through to 8. My children are 5 and 9 and they both enjoyed flicking through the pages and looking at the cool pictures. This book consists of 125 pages, which doesn’t have many words to read but that’s just what a story book is.

The Star Wars Rogue One Book is aimed more for the older children, a junior Novel that doesn’t contain any images leaving your children to use their imagination when reading it. Relive the excitement of the film with this action packed story. The rebel alliance has learned of the existence of a terrifying imperial weapon, capable of destroying entire planets: the Death Star. A thrilling tale of ordinary people who choose to do an extraordinary things.

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These book will make a perfect addition to any child’s bookshelf.

As i said at the beginning of the post that this was a starwarsreads campaign with 10 bloggers involved, take a look at http://icklepickleslife.co.uk to read what they think of the books that they were sent, also try your luck with in their giveaway too

Egmont are giving a lucky reader the chance to win the Make & Do book as well as Adventures in Wild Space books for young readers

For a chance to win these awesome books then enter via the rafflecopter

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms and Conditions:

  • Competition ends 4th May 2017 at midday
  • Open to UK residents only
  • The prize will be sent directly from Egmont
  • The winner will be drawn by rafflecopter
  • The winner will receive an email and will need to respond within 24 hours in order to receive the prize

Good Luck 🙂

We was sent a copy of the books for the purpose of this review and giveaway. This is a collaboration post.

Octonauts GUP-I Transforming Polar Vehicle Review

Sound the Octo-Alert!

The Octonauts have wrapped up warm for their latest arctic adventures with a new playset addition to the Fisher-Price® toy range, as well as the introduction of new vehicles for more exciting deep sea missions.  

GUP I Playset 

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“The brand new Gup-I playset is the perfect vehicle for polar adventures. The Gup-I is inspired by the durability and adaptability of the water bear. Part polar exploration station and part rugged vehicle, the Gup-I is equipped with everything the Octonauts need for creature rescues, despite the worst of weather conditions.

This Gup transforms for three different ways to play. In Water Bear Mode, the Gup’s legs can extend into “snow stilts” to give more stability for polar rescues so it can race and roll to the rescue. In Scout Mode, the Gup-I stands upright, giving the team the perfect view to scan and spot any creatures in trouble. In Command Center Mode, the Gup-I opens to reveal everything the Octonauts need for their rescues, including a snowball launcher and a small Snowprowler vehicle that is perfect for short scouting missions. This smart Gup recognises when it is in Water Bear Mode or Scout mode and will respond with different fun sounds and phrases. The Gup-I includes Kwazii in his snowsuit, a snowball launcher with 2 snowballs, a satellite dish play piece, a small Snowprowler vehicle and a Weddell seal with an icy “coat” that can be rescued”

When the box arrived, the boys thought Christmas had come early! They couldn’t wait to have a look inside and try it out. I was a little apprehensive as to how big the toy was, as the box is quite large and I was quickly thinking about where it would live in our small house, but I was soon smiling away as soon as I noticed that it was fairly small and compact. The boys were quickly exploring the GUP-I and it was soon introduced to the rest of their toys in an arctic rescue mission to save the Weddell Seal from a Killer Whale (love their imagination)

There are three ways to play with the GUP-I, as it easily transforms into 3 modes:

  • Command center mode

DSC_2809_optMake sure that all 6 legs are in the lowered position, this is done by just gently pushing the GUP-I down and the legs will click into place. Raise the roof and lower the ramp to release the snowprowler vehicle. There is an interchangeable station for the satellite dish or the snowball launcher. The dish or the launcher can be placed at certain points around the GUP-I or on the snowprowler, just push them in and they are secure.

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The snowball launcher works by pressing in the red button, watch out as they fly out fast! The launcher comes with 3 snowballs, they are quite small and can get lost rather quickly.  Use the snowball launcher to defeat the enemy and rescue the Weddell seal (who is very cute and comes with a changeable ice coat)

  • Scout Mode

With the legs pushed in, the GUP-I Stands upright on its hind legs giving Kwazii a clearer view of what lies ahead and spot creatures who are in trouble

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Kwazii has little holes on the soles of his feet, which help him to stand up on the GUP-I, at the command center and at the control seat in water bear mode and scout mode.

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  • Water Bear Mode

The legs can extend into stilts, by sliding the little orange lever on the side of the body and can roll to the rescue.

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With flashing lights and phases and sounds the GUP-I comes to life in your hands. Children can not only control what mode the GUP-I is but also by pulling on the antennae to hear phases like ‘Octonauts to your stations’ ‘Octonauts do you read me?’ and ‘Well done Octonauts, everyone is safe’

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 When transformed from one mode to another the GUP-I recognises the activation with sound and flashing lights

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The GUP-I playset is easy to assemble and store away for future play. The extra items can be stored within the playset. It is durable and sturdy.

The playset encourages creative and imaginative play, it brings play to real life with sounds of music and characters from the cartoon. My boys enjoyed playing with the GUP-I (you know when the toy is good when there are arguments over who wants to play with it) they particularly enjoyed transforming it from one mode to the other and listening to all the familiar phases from the TV show.

Suitable from 3yrs + RRP £39.99 

We was sent the GUP-I playset for the purpose of this review, thoughts, opinions and pictures are of my own.

Thats My Hero!

Moneysupermarket.com new TV advert is all about Alan who jets off into space and becomes his sons hero, Tots 100 and moneysupermarket.com have teamed up together to find out who our child’s or grandchild’s hero’s are. Who do they aspire to, it could be a superhero with extraordinary powers or a celebrity that they look up to whoever it is all they have to do is to draw a picture of their hero and explain why they love them so much.

Jak my eldest who is 10 years old loves to draw and couldn’t wait to put pencil to paper to enter this fabulous competition, I was quite surprised with who he chose as I really thought that he would say that I was his hero lol but no my son has chosen another women, this women is a remarkable lady who has brought imagination and creativity to just about every child.

20130128-153053.jpg 20130128-153108.jpgJak says ” My Hero is someone who has entertained me through thick and thin. My hero has served millions of eager readers. My hero has an imagination as magical as a unicorns universe. My Hero is the amazing author J.K Rowling!”

“Most of my writing is fiction and I try to think of her writing to inspire me at school, when reading her Harry Potter books I am always filled with wonder and delight and can never put the book down. I like her imagination and her creative skills and one day I hope to be like her”

Who is your Hero?

This post is an entry into the Tots100 Moneysupermarket That’s My Hero Competition

By entering this post into That’s my Hero Jak could get the chance to win up to £500 in Toys R Us vouchers, by coming first, second or one of the three runner ups.

Let children dream through science with Haier

Haier world’s leading home appliances brand commits to supporting science and technology in the UK and Inspires the next generation of innovators by announcing its support to the Science Museum in London. The partnership started on 1st July 2012 and will run for 2 years. Haier is very interested in the way that science and technology impact our everyday lives, their commitment to the science museum will enable school children experience practical science in a fun environment encouraging them to pursue these topics at a young age.

The Science museum is one of London’s most visited attractions drawing 3 million visitors a year and up to 20,000 on very busy days. Of that 3 million there are roughly 360,000 young people in which are booked educational groups.

“We were very impressed by the work of the Science Museum and felt that sponsoring their new-technology and family-friendly galleries was an excellent opportunity to engage with the British public” Stated Wei Duan, Market Director haier Uk and Ireland.

A part of the partnership Haier will sponsor a dedicated area in the Launchpad which is a gallery that is dedicated to encouraging children and young people to explore science first hand with 50 hands-on exhibits and shows. launchpad is all about asking questions and making sense of the science that makes our world. Being interactive, educational and fun The Launchpad is the most popular part of the Science Museum, the space that Haier are sponsoring within the Launchpad area aims to encourage children and young people to engage with science and to use their creativity to become the innovative designers of tomorrow.

Drawings displayed in Launchpad

A week ago the boys were invited along to an event at the Science Museum with Haier for them to experience hands on the Launchpad area. Haier took over the top floor of the Museum where they allowed the children to have fun creating their own liquid nitrogen ice cream, make delicious smoothies by playing a computer game on a bicycle and take part in experiments that were put together by the science museum outreach team.

We arrived late on the day so we missed out on experiencing the launchpad area but we are not unfamiliar with it at all as a family we have visited it many times before in fact its the boys favourite place to go. They love being involved with the experiments and touching and trying out everything. My eldest boy Jak absolutely loves science and has tons of books on the subject, he says he wants to be an inventor when he is older and is always drawing away inventing new things. He mostly likes to invent new cars or new toys, he draws them and then labels them up. Although we missed the launchpad the boys were still invited to draw their very own invention on a card, Jak drew a new car that he has invented and Joseph drew an alien and a rocket. They couldn’t wait to hand them on so they would be placed on to the board for everyone to see.

Joseph’s invention

Once we arrived we was shown to our very own private floor away from all the other visitors of the day, we even got through the back entrance and walked through the museum before everyone else was allowed in, we felt so special lol. There was plenty for the children to try out, the first thing the zoned in on was the ice-cream made from liquid nitrogen, this was delicious! Jak filled himself up on this with flavours like chocolate with popping candy who couldn’t resist! Joseph waited for a turn on the bicycles which were attached to a computer and had a smoothie machine attached at the front, there was two bicycles and you cycled against your opponent in a race but it wasn’t a race of speed but of intelligence instead, you had to cycle quickly up a hill but slowly down it. Joseph was a little on the small side to reach the pedals so his big brother took his turn instead and made a yummy healthy strawberry smoothie.

Joseph loves to get messy so he really enjoyed the cornflour slime and milk experiments, he played with the cornflour experimenting with the texture and he made new colours with the milk and food colouring. A favourite of both theirs was the stupid egg trick where there are three glasses half filled with water and a tray placed on top of them with three tubes and eggs/balls balancing on top of the tubes, you hit the tray quite hard and hopefully the eggs/balls will fall into the glasses. Joseph managed two out of three so he done really well.

The boys were shown a selection of kitchen science which are activities that can be done at home with everyday ingredients. They wanted to show us that science isn’t just done in laboratories but instead is involved in all aspects of our lives.

Joseph was particularly interested in a Haier washing machine that was illuminated inside the machine so we could see inside and how it worked, although that wasn’t why he was attracted to it, Joseph thought it was a hand drier and was stood there with his hands in front of it trying to dry them, he did make everyone laugh.

 The boys and I had a brilliant day full of learning, experimenting and having fun and I particular enjoyed looking at the kitchen appliances, What! A lady can dream can’t she?;-)

If you want to find out more about the launchpad here http://sciencemuseum.org.uk/launchpad

Haier specialise in technology-led research, manufacturing and trading a large range of durable products- within Europe these include: televisions, refridgerators, dishwashers, washing machines, consumer electronics and energy saving solutions. Take a look at some of Haier appliances here www.haier.co.uk

Thank you to Sarah Gilbert for inviting us along to the event.