This past week my boys have spent more time on their smartphones than anything else. The weather hasn’t been great and they have spent much more time than I would have preferred them to in the house.
They have become addicted to watching Youtube – football videos and playing Pokemon.
I saw a video about a girl who made a cinema from a box and thought what a great idea it would be for my boy to give it a go.
We get our weekly food shop delivered in a box (Gousto) so as soon as it arrived I knew instantly what we was going to do with it. I looked over at my son, who at the time was sitting on the kitchen side playing on his phone and asked him if he wanted to go to the movies. He obviously replied with a big nod of the head.
I showed him the box and explained to him that he would be making the cinema from the box. He wasn’t quite that keen on the idea at first but as I described to him in more detail on how the cinema would work, he soon became more interested in the idea.
We gathered together the equipment that we would need, which isn’t much and got started on the home cinema project.
You will need:
A decent size cardboard box
Scissors or a craft knife (Ask an adult for help)
An old t-shirt or some paint
A Mobile phone
First cut away the flaps from the top of the box
Turn the box over and place the mobile device in the middle. Draw around it
Cut it out so you now have a hole in the top of the box
Turn the box over and on the inside where you just cut the hole out, you need to place some more cardboard on the sides. Secure them in place with glue or tape. This will ensure that the phone will have somewhere to sit.
Now cut out a semi circle at the bottom so that your head can fit through.
All that’s left to do now is to decorate the box.
Spend some time painting it or use an old t-shirt and stretch it over the box. Depending on the size of your box a medium sized top will do.
Make sure that the neck is over the hole and secure inside with some tape.
Find a comfy spot on the floor and lay back and watch a movie. No more pain in the neck or having to hold the phone in front of you.
Check out our video on how to make the cinema.
We had so much fun making the cinema and it only took just under 10 minutes (longer if he had painted it). He is having much more fun watching movies and less time playing games.
Blue Sky Studios and director Carlos Sadanha (Rio, Ice Age) brings you FERDINAND.
A charming tale of a giant – lover not a fighter – bull with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies together a misfit team for the ultimate adventure and proves you can’t judge a bull by its cover.
Inspired by the beloved book “The Story of Ferdinand,” FERDINAND (Voice of John Cena) is a heartwarming family comedy adventure with an all-star cast that includes John Cena, Kate McKinnon, David Tennant, Sally Philips, Gina Rodriguez, Anthony Anderson and many more.
We was sent the DVD to coincide with the Digital Download, Blu-ray and DVD release on 16th April.
The boys were really excited to watch this new animation. I must say it was the quietest my boys had been all Easter holidays. From the moment the film started to the end, I didn’t hear a peep from them-apart from giggles.
“My brother and I watched ‘Ferdinand’ and we thought it was hilarious, but also upsetting at times. Ferdinand is a great film and I would recommend it to all ages, young and old. Our favourite bits were the ‘Last Battle’ and ‘The bull in a China Shop’ because they were both funny and dramatic. My favourite character was ‘Paco’ who makes a great comedy duo with Ferdinand, his ‘brother’.”
Ferdinand really is a love-a-bull rogue who inspires the world by just being himself. He is unlike his stable mates whose ultimate goal is to face a matador in an arena, Ferdinand just wants to smell flowers. He has an unlikely bond with a young girl (Nina)
The movie is delightful with cute animation. A story of love and friendship that makes a great family movie.
SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:
Ferdinand’s Guide to Healthy Living with John Cena
A Goat’s Guide to Life
Ferdinand’s Team Supreme
Spain Through Ferdinand’s Eyes
Confessions of a Bull-loving Horse
Creating the Land of Ferdinand
Anatomy of a Scene: The Bull Run
Learn to Dance with Ferdinand
Ferdinand’s Do-It-Yourself Flower Garden
Creating a Remarka-Bull Song
“Home” Music Video
Art of Ferdinand Gallery
Get set for a belly full of laughs!
FERDINAND charges onto Digital Download on 10th April and on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD on 16th April
We was sent a copy of the DVD for the purpose of this review
Strap on your safety goggles boys and girls, due to popular demand Science’s greatest and most volatile live show is returning with a vengeance.
Based on the multi-award winning TV show, Brainiac Live! is back in London. More mischievous than ever before Brainiac Live! will take you on a breathless ride through the wild world of the weird and wonderful science. Expect exploding dustbins, combusting microwaves and loads of live daredevil stunts!
Watch from the safety of your seat as the Brainiacs delve fearlessly into the mysteries of science and do all of those things on stage that you’re too scared to do at home! There will be sparks flying and lots of loud bangs.
Ever fancied cutting some moves in an iconic nightclub with your children?
Back in February I did something that I didn’t think I would be doing any time soon. I went raving with my boys at Ministry of Sound. Ok not quite raving but there was a DJ and there were lots of flashing neon lights along with extremely loud music.
Rave-A-Roo is a clubbing mash-up of festival fun for the whole family. It’s the ultimate party with a festival-style program of big names, top DJs, the disco ball games, LIVE stage performances, confetti mayhem, neon craft, Glow Chill Room, PlayGlow toys, UV tattoo station and the chance for mini-clubbers and their adults to take on the dance floor with Rave-A-Roo resident artists Go! Go! Go! (Dance Set) as seen on Nick Jr.
I couldn’t believe I was inside such an iconic place of my younger years with my young children, dancing away to the tunes whilst my boys were kicking a football about and playing with play dough. It was quite unreal.
As we arrived to the Ministry of Sound we was greeted by a queue that went around the corner, nothing new there. As we joined the back of the line, we was entertained the whole time by Rave A Roo entertainers, telling jokes, blowing bubbles at us and getting the children really excited prior to entering. After queueing for about 15 minutes we were eventually inside.
We had a quick look around, checking out each area. The main room had live entertainment on stage with a DJ playing tunes to boogie along to in between sets. The bar area had a UV Tattoo station, a UV playdough table and an inflatable ball machine. There was a soft play area for the little ones to go mad in and music playing throughout the rooms.
The toilet areas were well equipped for the little ones too, steps were placed in the cubicles and around the sink areas and changing mats was placed on a low down table along with a few items to use.
The atmosphere was very chilled and quite surreal. Children were running around, laughing and dancing, enjoying themselves whilst parents looked on and watched them have fun. I felt safe to allow my 8-year-old to roam between rooms, whilst I kept an eye on the 4-year-old.
We spent some time in the main room, cutting some moves but the music was a little too loud for my middle boy, who is quite sensitive to noise. The room was quickly becoming packed out with little ravers enjoying the music. Big balls were being thrown throughout the crowd and everyone was having a ball 😉
My boys enjoyed the bar area where they played with playdough and the ball machine.
Along with all the entertainment to keep the little ones busy, there was a licensed bar.
I am happy to announce that I did relax a little and enjoy a glass of bubbles, well it was a launch after all.
The eldest and the youngest one found a blow up ball to kick about, I can’t take them anywhere without them finding a ball to play football with. Even a couple of adults joined in with their little game of footy, they had tucked themselves into the corner of the room so that they wouldn’t bother anyone. The middle boy spent most of his time playing with the neon playdough, creating little animals.
We had a wonderful time at Rave-A-Roo and would definitely recommend it to any family. There is something to keep all ages entertained. As you can see from the video, even the teenager managed to put a smile on his face.
Nationwide dates will be released soon for 2016. Take a look here for more information
We was invited along for the purpose of this post, no payment has been received.
Winter is definitely here, lights are being turned on all around, Decorations are going up, it must mean only one thing! Christmas is coming!
What better way to get your children into the festive mood than doing a spot of Christmas Crafts with them, Yellow Moon offers a great selection of all types of crafts and sets to do.
We was sent some festive crafts to do at home so we could share with you all how wonderful they are to do and fabulous they turn out.
Santa Beard Whistles (pack of 6) £1.95
Star Glitter Mosaic Wands (Pack of 4) £1.99
Santa Felt Stickers (Pack of 90) £2.99
Christmas Printed Paper Pack (Pack of 50) £3.99
Reindeer Gift Bags (Pack of 4) £3.75 Originally £3.75
Penguin Sewing Decorations Kits (Pack of 3) £3.95
Tumbling Snowmen (Pack of 4) £1.49 Originally £2.45
Christmas Foam Glasses Kits (Pack of 4) £3.99
The Santa Beard whistles are ideal for all those Christmas parties that you will be attending over the festive period, they can be enjoyed by the young and old. They are fun to play with but also very funny to look at. All you have to do is push through the whistle the hole on the cut out beard and then its ready to run around the house looking like santa blowing the whistle. Comes in 2 assorted beard colours, the beards are 13cm in height and are suitable for 3+.
Star Glitter Wands kits comes in an assortment of 4 colours, Orange, Red, Blue and Purple. Like all of the kits from Yellow Moon, it comes with easy to follow picture instructions. In each kit you will find a wooden stick, mosaic self adhesive tiles, ribbon and a star template. This wasn’t a favourite of my boys but they reluctantly made them and soon found themselves enjoying the activity. The little glitter mosaic tiles are fiddly at first, as they are quite small and not so easy to peel off and place onto the star but once you get the hand of it, it gets easier. This activity took the longest to do and really helped with the boys concentration. Even though it was tricky they was determined to finish the wand. We have placed our wand on to the tree.
The Santa Felt Stickers are little white self adhesive stickers of santas grinning face. They are perfect for adding to Christmas cards, gift tags and even to decorate Christmas presents with. They come in 6 assorted designs of santas face and there are 90 in a pack. Along with the santa stickers there is a sheet of mustaches to add-on to santas face.
The Christmas Printed Paper come in a pack of 50 measuring at 20.3cm x 20.3cm. There are 10 assorted designs which are ideal to add to decorate cards or to do a little of origami with. There are 10 assorted designs and 50 festive sheets per pack. Each Sheet size is 20.3cm x 20.3cm. They are perfect for craft projects. The sheets of paper come in a book so they can be pulled out when needed, the paper is quite firm (a bit like card) so it can be easily formed into something.
We made a star of David from the star printed paper
The Reindeer Gift Bags are the most adorable way to give a present to someone. The bag size is 11cm x 12cm so only little gifts can be added into them or they can be used as a party bag for the children. Each pack comes with 2 assorted colours and in each kit you will find everything to make the gift bag with, paper bag, pre cut self adhesive foam pieces and googly eyes. They are easy and fun to make. As with most kits from Baker Ross, they come with self adhesive stickers but some you need to use your own glue. With the gift bags you need to glue down the antlers and the ears, we used a glue stick and it did the job. The boy really enjoyed this craft, they love that they have their own gift bag to store their little pieces of art work in.
A favourite of my boys was the Penguin Sewing Decoration Kits. Penguins are my sons favourite mammal, he adores them, so he couldn’t wait to sew together the kit and create his own little cute penguin. Comes in 3 assorted colours – Red, Blue & Green. Each kit includes pre-cut felt shapes, self-adhesive felt pieces, yarn, stuffing, ribbon & plastic needle. This activity isn’t just cute and adorable to loom at but it also teaches children sewing skills, which is really good for there fine motor skills. The penguins look so cute hanging on the tree and would even make an adorable present for the young ones to give to their teachers.
How cute does the final product look?
The Tumbling Snowmen are cool little guys that have sticky hands, feet and bellies. Stick them on glass, a wall or a cupboard and watch them tumble-down to the floor. These little cool dudes are so much fun, but don’t take your eyes off of them as they can go really fast! Place on shiny surfaces and have races, see whose snowman is the fastest! Perfect as a stocking filler or even to add to the children’s advent .
The Christmas foam glasses kit comes with four designs – penguin, snowman, reindeer and santa. Each kit includes foam glasses, self-adhesive foam pieces and wiggle-eyes. They are easy to make and the instructions are easy to follow. The foam pieces are easy to peel and as they are pre cut into the shapes they are easy to place on the glasses. These kits take minutes to do, but the children love doing them. They are fun and the children adore showing off what they have created after.
Why not take a look at what else Yellow Moon has to offer?
We was sent a box of crafts to share with my readers as part of being a Yellow Moon blogger.