Sorry for the old pics , my children are now home schooled and my sitting room had had a little makeover since this .
We got Scooby Stretch back last year but have since been waiting for the new arrival of the Mini Mr Stretch to share with you both products together.
If you may remember , these toys are not as knew as they look. In fact , back when I was my sons age , I too also had a Stretch , A Mr Stretch . The Original Mr Stretch or as we knew it by , Stretch Armstrong was an action figure in the shape of a short, well-muscled blonde man wearing black speedo pants. The doll's most notable feature was that it could be stretched from its original size (about 15 inches) to four or five feet and Stretch Armstrong is made of latex rubber filled with gelled corn syrup, which allows it to retain shape for a short time before shrinking to its original shape.
All kids loved him and not just kids but adults too . In fact you may be lucky in finding an original locked in some collectors room as they were very saught after and more so because they were such fun and if you were lucky enough not to stretch him to far and tear him, he would last for years and years to come.
The mini version is very much the same other than it is a fraction of the size at just 7 inch, the mini is the more handy option for taking everywhere with you , feeling a little stressed , just give him a stretch , its great for relieving tension .
The stretch range are amazing and great fun for the kids and adults .
Grab their arms, legs or torso or all and just pull as much as you can . When you let go of the figure , it returns back to normal and to its original shape . Pull, stretch and even tie him in knots , what ever you do , he goes back to his normal state .
The children of all ages from 1 year to 15 years have all enjoyed this expanding toy.
They take turns in seeing who can pull it the furthest and as you can see they really do stretch .
The age range for this toy is 5+ but with close supervision , my 1 year old loves his mini stretch .
My other little boy uses his as a stress relief whenever he feels upset and it is a great tool for calming them down .
I love the stretch range . You can purchase the full size for £21.99 or the mini for £10.99.
Their heads are the only thing that are not stretchable, you must ensure you do not pull at this although my little ones have done so and he seems to have survived .
There are other options available too. Not only do you have the original Mr Stretch and Original Scooby Doo , but you can now also get Scooby Zombie and Scooby Skeleton , Octopus in three different colours and Fetch the dog in three different shades also so there are plenty to choose from .
You do not even need to choose , you can collect them all if you like them that much .
What would you choose?
Last year you may remember we took part in the National Board Games Week hosted by Pork Farms.
National Board Games Championships are been held in so many micropubs across Britain. Also again, families can get involved by downloading a free family bundle to help them plan a board games activity night at home, and potentially win prizes in the process.
Anyone who loves board games can get involved by attending heats at their nearest participating micropub, with winners moving through to semi-finals and the grand finale during National Board Games Week (May 8th-14th).
Travel and accommodation will be provided by Pork Farms for finalists/semi-finalists. You can find out more at www.pork-farms.co.uk .
Families can also join in the fun from home through hosting their own board games night, using whatever board games they fancy . To do this just sign up at www.pork-farms.co.uk and Pork Farms will email you a free games night pack nearer the time, which contains things like printable winners certificates.
Families can share photos of their board games night with Pork Farms through social media and their website for the chance to win a stack of board games and a year’s supply of pork pies. It is a fantastic opportunity not just to be able to have fun but also get family together and spend some much needed family time together laughing and enjoying the games that all ages can join in on .
We have a large variety of games aimed for the children and ourselves to enjoy as a family mainly and so games night is always something we get excited about .
Over Halloween for instance we took out Cluedo and made a murder mystery themed evening at home with all the decorations, dress ups and of course the scary food , we had a great evening and it definitely would not have been as great without the game which we used as our main event of the party.
This year our new game chosen to add to our collection is Taboo.
Taboo is a great family game but it does say that it is aimed for ages 13+ .
This is an hilarious game that is a great thinking game.
The whole idea is that you have a word on a card and you have to try to get your team to say that word without giving them too many clues , for instance if you pick up the word ''Superglue'' , you may have a list of ''Taboo'' words underneath that word such as ''adhesive, strong ,bonding , epoxy'' . These words are the ''Taboo'' words you are not allowed to use while your describing the word ''superglue'' . So your not allowed to say the word superglue or the listed words underneath . It is harder than you think and I think this is why it is rated at such a high age to play although my children thoroughly enjoyed the game .
Taboo is a great thinking game and great fun.
The national games night does not mean it has to last just one night , in fact it can last the whole week or you could even make it a weekly thing if you prefer it is totally up to you , there is no end to gaming and our family love having board games nights all the time.
I absolutely love having a games week. It encourages the children to throw down their gadgets and electric toys and get back to good old board games that we as parents all remember spending hours playing as kids ourselves.
You do not just have to play together either, why not bring along more friends or family, neighbours or ho about making your own event at your local community centre or school and get competitive.
There are so many different choices you could play, Monopoly, Life, Jenga, Pie Face? No matter the age , there is something for everyone .
Don't forget to upload your pictures to Facebook or Twitter using #Porkfarmsgames too, you never know , there could be a large bundle of games winging its way to you if it catches the judges eye curtesy of HASBRO as well as a years supply of pork pies curtesy of Pork Farms themselves.
So what are you all waiting for?
Time to get that game face on and get your games out and join in on the fun .
I had been looking forward to this day for the whole week. My husband was working on the Saturday so a picnic was planned for Sunday along with a lovely walk around Hardwick Hall .
All plans went straight out of the window however as soon as we woke up to find the weather was not playing nice at all.
We got up early ,made a mountain of food to ad to the picnic and headed straight for the park to get an early start . Not only 10 minutes down the road and the rain was lashing against the minibus windows .
I felt totally deflated and hoped that it would stop or clear up soon but as we drew closer to the park we found that there was no way the rain was stopping , not only that but it was very cold and in no way doable with little Joshua in tow.
While we were at the Easter disco we were told that there was a local Trick show on the previous day at the racecourse and so I quickly decided that this is what we should now aim to take a look at .
We googled the details and found that it was free entry and still on , luckily not even 5 minutes away from the park we all stayed in the bus and detoured from the car park to the racecourse to check it out.
The rain seemed to clear up but still not enough to go back to the park so we took a look at all the huge and fascinating vehicles that were on display in the field.
I think the rain sent some stalls and sale reps inside and away from the event which was a shame but the children were not bothered by it being a little dead to say the least. They were amazed by the sizes of the trucks and amazed by the fantastic art work displayed on them.
As we walked around taking in the fresh cold air we decided to give them a little closer look and after politely asking the truck drivers if they could have a sit in some , they soon made themselves warm and were encouraged to press and honk the horns.
The children thought it was absolutely brilliant , the drivers wanted them to keep honking and the others surrounding the trucks joined in with honking theirs as if they were all cheering each other on , it was a lovely feeling and needless to say it took us a whole 40 minutes to get little one out of the front seat , he loved it .
There were some amazing trucks , even one monster truck which was huge and my children even took refuge in one of the wheels just to stay dry for a short time , giggling away to herself , I could see they were loving it and that was our aim . I quickly forgot about our picnic plans going to pot .
There was a massive blue truck parked up right in the corner of the area but as the sign invited us all inside we took a tour . I have to say the children were over the moon , especially when they received bags full of sticky notes, pens, notebooks , car fresheners and lollies and paper hats, Lots of freebies to cheer them up and for them to take home . Joshua even bought himself his very own high viz with his pocket money and still now he refuses to take it off .
The weather started to turn on us again and we got a little too cold to keep walking so we jumped back in the bus and again started to feel a little deflated that it was only dinnertime and our plans were demolished again.
Giving it a quick thought , we took a quick 25 minutes ride away and decided that an indoor museum was exactly what we needed so the Locomotion Railway Museum sounded a perfect place to eat our already made picnic.
As we arrived , we did notice straight away that their were crafting activities freely available . There were also educational worksheets and pencils at hand in case anyone wanted to learn something new and take it home with them.
The good thing about this museum is it is completely free, free to enter and free to park .
There were educational tools all around the museum encouraging them to join in and interact with the history and learning of trains and they enjoyed it .
It was very interesting to see how the trains of then have changed and how they are now a lot different to how we used to ride them. The seats are now more harder and you have less space . it used to be very comfortable to travel by train and there were so many different types and sizes.
I got a little shock when I turned to find some old travelers staring at me through the windows.
They all joined in on making their own badges and flags and done word-searches and colouring in .
They were doing a story time just before we left which the children joined in on and were offered fresh fruit .
Although they had a shop as well as a cafe which served hot and cold food there, We found that they were also happy for people to take their own food and had seating areas inside for us to be able to enjoy our picnic .
Just behind us was also a lovely little soft play area where the smaller children were able to play in.
We really enjoyed our time at the Locomotion . Not one for trains usually but it was a wonderful experience and saved a ruined planned out day and made it into a wonderful day.
As we made our way home we dropped into the church for the Easter Sunday Service to say thanks for the brilliant day and after a few hymns and readings , we went home and enjoyed a hot cup of tea before making a lovely roast for our late tea.
What did you do for Easter ?
So I totally forgot that there was an Easter Disco let alone an Egg decorating competition so you can imagine the horror when the little ones told me at 1pm that they needed to do their eggs ready for the disco at 6pm.
They're dad was at work till 6pm too so I did not even have the extra hands to help out, I thought I would be doomed .
Luckily , fear of the children being upset set in and so I instantly go to work.
4 children and 4 themes to do and not many crafts left over after they decided to use them the week previous for other things . I needed a craft top up but being a little skint, we had a few paints and recycling bits left over so had to deal with those.
As they all chose they're themes, one of the older children ran some pictures through the printer to help with setting the scenes in their boxes while I helped with painting and using the glue gun.
Here is what resulted in total chaos after 2 and half hours , tears and sticky fingers, rushing to neighbours for scraps of wool and literally blood and sweat from their very tired mummy.
Leon recently chose Star Wars for his bedroom carpet and so his love at the moment is this theme . He is especially find of Chewbacca , he made good use of the natural outdoors and brought in pebbles and sand from the garden along with wool for Chewwy's fur which was donated by the lovely neighbor.
Libby is still very much into her fairytale endings and she was the easiest for her choice of theme. Using her box and her prints , she made a scurrying rabbit hole for her Alice in Wonderland display. We were over the moon when she in fact won the competition , she had worked very hard on this.
Kaiden is and seems to have always loved the Marvel , Avengers theme and so his choice was of course two of his favorite heroes fighting against each other . With help from his oldest brother , they made a wonderful arena for their battle .
Drew chose the cutest of all the projects. With factual information she made a wonderful panda display sharing educational interests with her cute pink girly touch added.
The children had a great time at the disco , we did not turn up until 6.30pm but we enjoyed a good two hours there until the very end . They danced and played games and all received an egg each, an extra one for Libby who won the egg competition and Drew also won in musical statues so received some fabulous colouring pencils .
It was lovely to be able to get out and let our hairs down a little, the children ran around dancing all night , me and m husband got some time to sit and chill and relax having a chat about our day over a few drinks and everyone was happy.
Joshua loved that he was even given a Paw Patrol egg . He seems to be a little obsessed with it at the moment.
Luckily the children had asked me to make them chilli burrito's for tea and so we prepared them ready for getting in .
The walk home was a good 20 minutes but it was very chilly and we were freezing when we got home .
The Burrito's warming in the oven were the perfect touch to ewnding our evening , filled our bellies and we sent th little ones to bed as they were exhausted.
Me and my husband were not far of either.
We had a lovely day out planned for tomorrow , I wanted a picnic in the park so wanted everyone to be up early to make the most of dad being home .
Having 8 children means that Easter always fills our home with chocolate eggs and I have to say they were very happy with their gifts from family and friends .
What were you doing this weekend,Did you do anything special?
Keep an eye out for our Easter day post where I will be sharing with you what we get up to .
So last weekend my husband decided on the weekend he had off to go fishing with my dad, the sun was beaming hot and typically this meant that me and the kids would be stuck at home once again but thankfully the sun came out again on Sunday so we decided to take a look at our nature park just 15 minutes drive away from where we live.
Before we went we decided to take a walk around the car boot where we grabbed some fishing nets for the kids then arrived just as the weather got even nicer.
Getting out of the door in a hurry, I had no time to make up a picnic , so we ended up buying a few little bits like crisps and ice creams from the shop onsite (costly so I would not advise this at all) .
They did sell little books and pencil sets for just £1.50 that were The Gruffalo Trail and they also had a Quack Trail pack which I did not see until after we had left or I would have bought some .
I was pleased we picked up the nets as there was a fantastic pond away from the larger lakes where we spent most of the day looking at frog spawn , trying to catch fish and literally messing about and having fun on the pond side .
I even made a joke that my husband would do a better job at this pond as there were no trees nearby. My dad says when they go fishing he catches more trees than fish .
The biggest lake in the Park has its own sets of swans and ducks , we don't like spending much time here as it is very deep so we tend to just have a quick walk around it , I fear the kids will take a plunge if we get too close but it is lovely for the view and the cold breeze that comes at the side of it , perfect for the picnics and romancers.
You get to see the stunning Hardwick hall Hotel as well as a few little castle ruins on site too where the children seemed to enjoy running around or in this case , playing peek a boo.
Hardwick hall is completely free so it is no wonder we will be enjoying our time here a lot hopefully this summer if the weather is nice , the only thing you pay for is parking which I think was £3 for the day , not bad at all.
There are toilets , an information center, cafe , shop and even an education room as well as park .
We did not go to the park, it seemed a little too crowded for Joshua so we took him along the Gruffalo trail where he spent a good 40 minutes being forced out of a tunnel which e thoroughly enjoyed . As he went through it , the older ones went over it and chased him back and fourth it was lovely to see him having fun .
There are some wonderful spots around the park to just stop and reflect or even relax and take a view at the surroundings. A good little game for the bridge was Pooh sticks, you get the children to drop some twigs on one side and see who's wins and reaches the other side of the bridge first .
It was lovely to get out for the day as a family, it is rare we get chance with hubby working all of the time. The sun shining made it even more great .
We were planning on going back this weekend but with a picnic of our own to sit and enjoy , unfortunately as we left home the rain started so we had to take a detour to our next adventure instead.
We do hope to return soon though .