Wednesday, 2 September 2020

why playgrounds are ace.

Hey readers,

If you are a parent you would have experienced taking your child to the playground. I think they are a brilliant resource for everyone to use and here is why.




They get you out of the house and get you away from the four walls or watching too much tv.

Playgrounds are a great way of getting a change of scenery and be surrounded by green. 

Sometimes, just getting away from the same places is a blessing in disguise.

If there is one thing I love more than anything in the world as a parent it is finding fun things to do with my child that are free because let's face it children come with a bloody big price tag, especially when they hit a school.

 So, if I can save some money somewhere then going to the playground is one. Plus it helps with keeping children entertained and stop complaining for a while that they are bored.


Playgrounds are great for exercise, playing chase, walking or even pushing a child on the swing all contributes to keeping you active.

Going to the playground allows you to blow some cobwebs off and get some much needed fresh air. It also provides a mental boost and helps clear your head. 

It really is amazing such a small and simple activity can have a huge impact on making you feel less crap and giving you the change to think more clearly.

Visiting a playground outdoors gives the child the opportunity to get vitamin D from being out in the fresh air and help build strength in their bones.


Playgrounds encourage free play, where the child decides what they want to do, they can even make up their own games or use their imagination on the playground apparatus. 

This next point coincides with the above one in the fact that a  child can test out their communicational skills with socialising with other children at the playground. 

Therefore the possibility of working together to establish what they want to do. There is also the positive effect of finding a person to share the enjoyment of play with someone who has similar interests in what they like to do in the playground.

Therefore I conclude that playgrounds are ACE!

What do you think about playgrounds? Love to hear your thoughts in the comment section down below. 

Cheers for reading X
loopyloulaura

Monday, 31 August 2020

Top 10 things to do when you are bored at home

Hey readers,

Sometimes you are at home and get a bit bored. So, if you need some inspiration check out my list of boredom busters to do around the home that will help entertain you.



1. Book. 

Reading a book is a brilliant way to get lost in a story and get kill that boredom.

2. Bath.

 Have a bath can take that half an hour off and you feel suitable refreshed.

3. Colouring in. 

 Do some colouring, in a colour in the book. It can really help you to concentrate on the task and use your creative skills.

4. Youtube. 

Binge watch some YouTube video - as we all know there is a whole host of choice on a wide selection of topics to enjoy on the old YouTube. 

Though be warned can be a bit of a vortex and you may end up watching too many videos of kittens are robotic hoovers.

5. Bake.

 Bake something and get rewarded after. It can be something really simple such as making cornflake cakes but you will feel you have achieved something with your time. Or alternatively, try a new recipe and enhance your skills at cooking.

6. De-clutter.

 Sort out some clutter out in your home that needs taking care off and the good thing is you feel really productive after. 

We all have some bits to sort out and organise in our home and what better way to use your time than in a constructive way. There is no lovelier feeling than to get something in order.

7. Blogging.

 Of course, I could not miss out on the old blog and writing up a blog post is a great way to use your time. You can write as much or little as you want. You could alternatively read other blogs to get inspiration from them.

8. Paint your nails.

There is something very therapeutic about painting your nails and taking your time to do a good job can make you feel so much better when making simple changes to your appearance.

9. Jigsaw puzzle.

 I will be honest, I am a bit old school and when I have time I love nothing better than completing a jigsaw puzzle. A positive thing about doing jigsaw puzzles is that it enhances your problem-solving skills by trying to solve where the pieces go.

10. Exercise.

 If all else fails and you stuck for ideas then do some exercise. You don't even have to pay for silly DVDs that cost an arm or a leg, you can find free material from  YouTube or Pinterest for instance!


Hope this inspired you to kill some of that boredom. Is there anything that isn't suggested in this post that you think is a good idea to kill boredom when you are at home? Love to hear your thoughts in the comment section down below.

Cheers for reading X

Sunday, 30 August 2020

My Sunday photo 30/08/2020

Friday, 28 August 2020

A- Z of school life

Hey readers,


A new academic year is starting for all (fingers crossed that doesn't change) so in celebration of the new school year here is a post all about school life, enjoy :)



 A- assembly is great fun getting cold bottoms on the floor.


B - the building is essential to keep education in one place.

C - communication is the backbone of any learning. 

D - the school is a place where dreams can happen.

E - Enrollment is the key to getting into a good school. 

F - friends will be made and maybe who knows could years later. 

G - governers we need leaders to move things forward.

H - homework - sucks but needs to be done.

I - injury because there is definitely bound to happen at some point. Whether it be a graze a headbang you bet it an injury will occur one day at school if not many more.

J - you will always find one joker in the class.

K - there will be definitely one time when the parent has to run back to school to return forgotten pe kit.

L - lunchtime where your free to run around and play.

M - meals help you fuel to keep on going till the end of the day. 

N - a school is a place where you can be nourished and grow.

O - school opens up new avenues of opportunity.

P - parents evening is where we get to find the real answer of you are doing at school.

Q -  Sometimes there is a queue and you need to learn to wait.

R - Rooms everywhere so keep your eyes open.



S - star of the week makes an appearance every week but who gets it is anyone's guess.


T - teachers are vital to keeping a school successful.

U - uniform helps to keep things in order.

V - volume on high with 30 kids in a classroom that is one big obstacle to manage.

W - work everywhere does it ever stop?

X - if in dealt play the xylophone in the music class.

Y - when Friday hits yawns are dominant.

Z - a school is comparable to a zoo

Cheers for reading X

Wednesday, 26 August 2020

15 Things you can do with kids in the woods.

Hey readers,

An alternative place to take children to other than the park is to a local woods. It is a great natural place to walk around and explore. I have compiled 18 things you can do to make it fun with your children.




1. Walk.

Naturally, of course, the first thing on anyone's list when going to the woods is to go for a walk.

2. Build a den. 

get your kids to look for sticks and a strong tree to lean the sticks on and make it into a tend shape. it is great fun and helps build skills working together as a team.

3. Hide and seek. 

Can't go wrong with platin hide and seek especially where there are so many fantastic big trees to hide behind.

4. Leave angels. 


Make leave angels when it is autumn by simply lying down on a pile of leaves and move your legs and arms out like an angel shape.

5. Creepy crawlies.

Go exploring for creepie crawlies such as woodlice, snails, worms and ladybirds across trees, leaves and sticks. Kids love spotting things especially if they move, so much fun.

6. Climbing. 

Get active and find a tree to climb up. It is lovely to watch kids be free and confident in exploring the environment that they are in. 

7. Foraging.

There is plenty of items to forage ranging from flowers to mushrooms and berries. Though it is important to do your research on how to do forage safely. 
Do check out clear guidelines from Woodland Trust that give detailed information on when things are in season and what things you can pick safely.

8. Take photography.

Woods is a great place to take photography and capture nature beautifully. 

9. Make art.

Collect items that you see when out walking in the woods. The type of items that are great to use for art is leaves, sticks, acorns, flowers and go home and make some art on paper. 

10. Scavenger hunt.

You can either make your own and come up with certain items that are based on the woods such as trees, worms, bridge etc and place a picture or the word with a clear box to tick when the item is spotted. However, if you want an easy life there is plenty of scavenger hunts for visiting the woods online for free that you can print off. 

Kids love looking for things and running it is a simple but effective activity to do with a child. You can make it is as complex or as simple as you want. 

11. Pooh sticks.

Like in the books of Winnie the Pooh you can play pooh sticks in the woods. All you need is a stick a bridge and stream. Through the sticks on the side and watch from the other side of the bridge on which stick comes through the first and that then is the winner. 

12. Muddy Puddles. 

Make sure you wear suitable footwear but a great activity for kids to do is jump in muddy puddles, they absolutely love playing in the mud and getting splashed.

13. The stream. 

Roll up your trousers and go into the stream - more ideal in the warmer times of the year and get to refresh your feet. 

14. Picnic. 

Eat alfresco with a picnic and don't forget to bring your picnic blanket. 

15. I-spy. 

Play a game of I-spy. If you don't know what I-spy is it is a looking game where the first person starts of with saying I-spy with my little eye something beginning with A for example and all the other people involved have to guess what they can see with their eyes with something that beginnings with A such as acorn. 

Do you like going to the woods? What activities do you do when you go out into the woods? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section down below.

Cheers for reading X



Sunday, 23 August 2020

Playmobil EverDreamerz Series 2 Unboxing (Ad)


Hey readers, 

Playmobil have just release series 2 of its new collectable EverDreamerz. In the new series contains 5 big character boxes and 12 charcter surprise boxes. Below I will explain more about what the boxes contain. 



It is based on best friends Viola, Rosalee, Clare,  Starleen and Edwina stories of fun together but also showcasing each character with their their own unique characters. 


There are 12 additional characters to collect in surprise boxes, from Colorista to Erazorman, and Kimby to Karmela. Fans should also keep a lookout for the ultra-rare Unicorn Lady and her goldern cham. 

The suggested age for these toys is 7+.



These are what the big boxes and surprise boxes look like. 

Character wall. 
5 big surprise boxes.




* Rosalee (70472). 







*  Clare (70477).





* Viona (70473)





 


 

 

 


 


 

 




* Starleen (70474).












* Edwina (70476).













2 Surprise boxes. 



This doesn't come with an individual number only a name). In total there are 12 to collect included a limited one called Colorrista however it is a rare one to find!



* Mrs Unicorn.











* Graffiti-Skater.


 

Each big-box contains personalised toys related to the character and they are listed below.



* Magic pet.



* collectable card.



* Charm.



* Bracelet.



* Bead.



* Accessories.


* water pen.




* Stickers.



With the water pen, there are instructions on the leaflet that comes with the big surprise box. It is easy to use just simply open the pen and put some water in. 


Then you can simply colour in the stickers which bring to life the colour in them. I think this feature is one of my boys favourite because they love magic and playing with water.




One downfall of the instructions that come with every big surprise box is that it uses the same Edwina photo.

I think it would be better using the instructions with the figurine within the same box just to make it easier to follow the instructions.



I find the instructions not very clear which is a struggle as I have autism and get confused easily. However, there are some online but no information as to what sticker goes where so you have to guess. Luckily my husband is good at this kind of thing and helped me out.



With the instructions on the other side of the leaflet, there is a picture chart so you can tick which figures you have and this also includes the separate items of 12 surprise chart charts in surprise boxes.



The boxes of the picture of each character turn calls are lined up against each other to create a portrait of all the characters together. 






On the first cardboard cover of the big box at the side is writing saying open here where you pull the label which will, in turn, open up the box (which is the picture of the character box to keep and use as above).



Next, you have the box with the drawing which your child can colour in as an additional feature.



The first door has a package and then on the side is a sellotape take that off and it opens up into more chambers of goodies that contain other stuff to help with play and personalise your character.



There are also stickers with each box to collect that are of each character.


There is a charm bracelet with a personalised charm related to the character personality and what they like.  


Their little items that can be played with the character for example painter has paint and a bucket so, therefore, feeds the personality of the character.




There is of course stickers as all kids love stickers

These are smaller boxes with five surprises inside.


* surprise figure.


* collectable card.



* stickers.


* charm.



* accessories.



My kids love to mix and match which is a good idea as then they can experiment and play how the like. Both my 6 and 8 years old enjoyed playing with the figures and incorporated them in play.



A big hit was opening the boxes and seeing what surprise they get in them.



I like the idea of the colouring in the box giving it another element of fun.



Overall, I think they are a fun toy and you can get lots of added extras so you don't get just stuck with one thing so keeps kids more entertained.


Cheers for reading X



I have gifted the Playmobil sets in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.