We all know how much I love Brio .
Wooden toys have become my must have toy for any parent looking for long lasting . hard wearing play and Brio always brings the best quality and most fantastic toys that any child would love.
We were sent The Brio Bumblebee along with a few other things to try out and I knew that this would be something special .
As I took the very well made wooden Bumblebee toy from the packaging , I realised it was quite some weight .
The adorable looking insect was not so small and has very cute features such as the subtle smiling face and coil spring antennas which wobble and make my little boy giggle every time he flicks them with his little hands.
You have the Brio branding on the very sturdy wheels and a long yellow cord to start pulling your Bumblebee along the floor with.
The faster you go , the more the bumble bee flaps his wings which are make of what look like two round extended wings on either side of the product .
They spin while making a clacking noise which gives of a sound interestingly that mimics a bee itself as if he was really of to get his honey .
Brio Bumblebee is available for £17.99 which to me is a bargain considering I've payed over double that for toys that break and only last a few months .
This toy is a suitable for children of 12 months plus and is perfect for those toddling little legs or even a child who wants to pull along the floor through crawling and is a perfect addition to help stimulate a child's development and encourages walking or crawling .
The bright colours are attractive and the interesting sounds stimulates senses.
My 2 year old son loves this toy, he has spent hours of fun running back and fourth through the house with the Bumblebee and if he's resting he still seems to be sat ( not noticeably to him) spinning the wings in his fingers , almost putting himself into a trance with the relaxing clicking sounds .
It really is an adorable and stimulating little insect to have in your home . Your little one will love it chasing them around the house behind them .
I was so impressed with the quality and cuteness, I already bought another and packed it away for my little niece .
I love Brio Brand .
They have to be my most loved brand for many reasons but most importantly for the fact they are so well made and in my families opinions, Forever toys.
We have been buying and using Brio toys now for as long as I can remember and in fact I know my parents also bought them for me .
They are such a wonderful household known toy that are made with such amazing quality that they can last a lifetime and in most families especially ours, they can be kept and then handed down generations from older to younger and from one family to another .
We have shared with you a few different types of Brio Toys over on this blog but this one is our new favorite meaning I just had to share with you my reasons why.
My youngest son is now 2 years old (I know the time is flying so quickly ).
I have come to realize that other children in my area with the same age children as my son are now been asked to be registered into school and being a home educator I am personally pleased that he gets the extra time with me and we get the chance to learn together.
For us, as a home educating family, the fun of learning through play and creativity is something we try to do to encourage a more relaxed environment for the children, especially when some have additional needs that need a hand on approach to learning and memory especially.
My son however has no additional needs other than the needs for breaking things and building them back up , then breaking them again and building it back up again.
This has become his new thing and we are finding some wonderful toys to keep this new trend going with him.
The Colourful clown gives my son a new look at how things work and not just in 1 way of piling them up and taking them down but a few educational ways which were not highlighted in their description .
On the front of the box , it displays a picture of the toy , a simply wooden toy with what looks like a colourful clown in the form of colourful stacking blocks and this is pretty much exactly what your getting but imagine this from a child's view.
My son is not just building a clown with some bricks , he is learning structure of building with shapes and colour , he is using his imagination to swap blocks around and giving the clown a whole new look. Should the clowns face always be on top of his head and why ?
We sit with him while he stacks his blocks and we explain to him which part goes where and why and although he is only two , he knows a head is at the top of the body , he is learning about parts of his body as he builds this Clown .
He learns that shapes can mould together to give other shapes and just like a jigsaw puzzle, he soon sees that certain things go in a certain place but it is not always about having to do things how your meant to and this clown has no rules.
Just because the picture on the box shows the blocks stacked in a precise way, does not mean this is how it has to be .
We let him experiment and find out if he likes his clown to look a different way , we all like differences and no clown is the same after all (All of Brio colourful stacking Clowns come exactly the same , I meant a clown from a circus or a show you may go to see in real life). You get 9 wonderfully colourful pieces , imagine the different sequences they could make ?
I am in love with their classic wooden stacking toy from 1955 with its retro look and original design and being that it is so durable , it will be another toy we can pass down through the generations.
This toy is suitable for 12 months and plus and is available from Brio for just £14.99 (remember this is a lifetime toy, so this is worth every penny ).
The product is a lovely size and weight and measures just 242 mm in height which makes it perfect for those little hands to get hold of .
I would highly recommend this toy to anyone who is looking for a fun yet educational resource for their younger child , someone who likes forever toys and for those who love to see their little ones concentrate, ensuring you that they're learning though play. Our youngest son loves to play alone and with his siblings .
We all absolutely adore puzzles in our family. All of us have our own favorites but the Jig Saw Puzzles always make fun for all no matter what age .
Usually our puzzles are concentrated for the older girls or my self and my husband as we tend to do them mostly and we have given a few different types such as 2D and 3D a try but we have not however yet tried a floor puzzle for our youngest son who is now 2 and learning .
As always we are happy to receive puzzles from Ravensburger and so when they asked us to give their Peppa Pig Floor Puzzle a try we could not resist, made a huge change from the recent one we had from their brand .
Peppa Pig Floor Puzzle is aimed at children 2+ and is based on the fun loving British Animated series and character of Peppa Pig .
If you have children yourself, younger family members or work in a small childrens environment , you will know this character well. I am sure all who you ask will know who this is .
All my children were fans , even my eldest who is now 13 years old , this is how old the programme is, and it has no signs in leaving us due to its fun and entertaining nature.
With 16 chunky pieces included in this puzzle , it not to hard , but also not to easy and for a 2 year old it holds challenges due to the amount of pieces offered but because of its fun theme , it keeps the children entertained and wanting to learn.
The theme for this puzzle is Mr Fox's toy shop , and as we all know , children love toy shops .
All the characters of Peppa pig herself , her mam, brother and friends have taken a trip to the store and there is so much choice .
The stimulating picture captures excitement as the smaller children find all the different toys within the puzzle and there is also a few promps on the outside picture of the board which can be encouraged as a game of ''can you find?'' puzzle.
The puzzle itself is made with the best quality so you have no worry of your small child tearing this cardboard puzzle easily , they would really need to have some muscle behind them and slavver for hours to damage their high quality pieces.
Over time my son has learned to place the pieces in the correct place and is now getting better at his hand /eye co ordination skills.
He is learning about shapes and structure and to us this is a lovely thing to see in his development.
The Floor Puzzle measures 49 x 36cm when complete so it is not over sized and is ideal to keep in eye view of a small child , I feel if it ws to big , they would miss half of the puzzle and be less stimulated by its theme , unless of course it had some sort of game that could be played withing the puzzle of its size . Maybe that could be a new idea for the Puzzle makers.
Make your own Board game from puzzle pieces and after you put them together you could be the playing piece on a board game such as snakes and ladders or even frustration ?
Puzzles are endless and we never grow old of enjoying them .
Ravensburger Peppa Pig Floor Puzzle is available from Amazon for £11.36.
If you could be a puzzle , what theme would you choose to show your personality?
Our house is full of minion fans .
We absolutely love the Fun little characters from Despicable Me.
When the new movie was released this year we were so excited to get to see it and the mischievous minions once again.
This time the story takes a quite emotional role where Gru is fired and instead of returning to a life of crime he decides to retire and travels to Freedonia to meet his long lost twin brother for the very first time where they find they are very much opposites but have an uneasy alliance to battle with in the form of an 80's child star who wants to take revenge on the world .
We love the movie so much that we have bought the movie for our nephews Christmas present being that it is so funny and irresponsibly silly.
As you may already know , we are also a family that loves Ready Brek and when we found out that They were bringing out my sons favourite cereal themed all around Despicable Me 3 , we just had to get a few boxes.
We were really surprised to see a lot going on in design of the boxes.
I initially thought they would just add a picture of the characters to the cover but on closer inspection , we found there were puzzles and also the opportunity to win some amazing prizes every hour with Weetabix.
By adding a code which can be found in each box of Weetabix , there are prizes to be won every single hour ranging from Night mission goggles, remote controlled drones and even and virtual reality viewers.
Unfortunately we put both codes into the site generator and were not lucky winners to my sons disappointment but we did enjoy the puzzle on the box .and the cereal is always amazing .
We all love Ready Brek and we are finding more and more ways to enjoy the natural goodness that gives the children long lasting energy throughout the day .
Chocolate chip Ready Brek muffins with a chocolate cream cheese frosting
Our latest love are our homemade Ready brek snow angel Muffins.
These were so simple to make , we literally just added all the following ingredients to a bowl and mixed together to form a smooth like mixture.
Once all mixed, we place the mixture equally between 12 cases and put into the preheated over at 170c for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden and ready.
We left to cool while preparing our chocolate cream cheese frosting , here are our instructions (optional of course ) -
We cut out the tops of all of the cupcakes , leaving a hole in each one where we could place a nice portion of our special cream frosting.
We then cut the tops removed into half , added them on top of the frosting (so they look like angel wings as my children call them), before dusting them with icing sugar to finish.
It was our first attempt at making muffins but wow they were amazing and the children loved joining in and doing it by themselves (with a little adult help for the dangerous bits of course).
There are so many things you can do with Ready brek , it really is not just used for breakfast. We also gave the Ready brek flapjack a try , not as pretty to look at but just as tasty and definitely went down a real treat in our house.
If you want to give the cereal a try , it is available from most stores for just £2 a box . It goes a long way too , it lasts us a while and we have 10 in our home . My children have been eating this since they were weaning as babies.
Not only are Despicable Me 3 causing mayhem in our kitchen but my daughter has also found there is a collectors tin to play with now too.
Despicable Me 3 Mineez Figures are out and ready to be collected. In the collectors tin you get two supplied to get you started , one Exclusive Clive the Robot and another mystery one .
You get a collectors guide leaflet to show you all the ones you can collect in the edition and of course the fantastic tin which will hold over 40 Mineez figures.
There are so many awesome toys they've brought out , I just know there is going to be a few requests for under the tree this year.
What makes you Ready with Ready Brek ?
Each Year We even put some aside for the reindeer coming , every year we add some glitter to the mix of smooth oats and place them in individual bags with a little note to Santa and the reindeer on each and we sprinkle it on our doorstep so the children believe it gives them magic powers to help them fly home safely through the sky on Christmas eve.
We do the same thing every year , usually pop to the local display which tends to be really drab and spend that long standing about freezing that by time the fireworks have gone of , everyone's too cold and moody to enjoy the evening. The amount of time I have gone to the displays and waited forever to get in, spent a while looking for the perfect stop to stand , spent a fortune for the tickets to get in and park up and it has lasted all but 3 whole minutes for it to be all over and done with .
Last year we bought our own. My husband is such a child when it comes to big fireworks and the louder the better for him .It is not the first time, we have a farm close by that sells them all year round and so we know from experience that they are excellent and always entertain the kids, it is a great idea for those who are not so keen on the loud , big blasting ones.
We made a party of it last year. We made a huge buffet , invited friends and family around and lit the fire bin in the garden where we all stood around it getting warm while watching the fireworks been set of .
It was all fun and games until the tidying side of it had to be done , just exhausting to even think about doing again anytime soon , especially as we've had quite a few party events lately.
This year , I warned m husband not to buy any fireworks. I neither wanted him to see any of nor did I fancy going to an event that we would have normally for a measly 3 minute show .
Instead I searched for something new and exciting .
I wanted something to keep us busy for the full day. something that would be enjoyed by all the family and something that was not just a few fireworks been set of before bed.
The Scunthorpe Banger /unlimiteds championship firework display
We have never even heard of this before , and I certainly had never visited one . My husband and the boys especially love anything car related especially when it includes a big smash up too .
Breaking things and rebuilding things has always interested our household for sure, just not on this level.
The show started at 4pm but we had a full 2 hour drive to make first before we got there travelling all the way from Durham so we made sure we had everything needed, wrapped up warm, took spare clothes, blankets, a big pack up full of treats and foods to eat while there.
We really did not know what to expect , I certainly had never been to a race track before and with it being last minute organised , we had no time to check and see what was there so ensured we had it all before we left just in case.
Usually it would cost us nearly or close to £100+ for any admittance into any event , because there is 10 of us but surprisingly this was only £12 for adults and £5 for teens, younger children were free so we only payed £32 for the day .
We payed at the gate and parking was free .
The atmosphere when we arrived was instantly amazing.
Everyone was laughing and smiling, all excited to see the races and the smell of fuel from the raging engines made it all the more intensified.
I just got goosebumps at the sound of the revving motors and the sounds of skidding tyres , it really was an amazing feeling to arrive to .
We had been driving and travelling for a few hours and so by the time we got there we were all starving and needing toilet breaks so made it our first protocol to get ready for the show .
We made sandwiches, lots of tuna pasta and spicy fajita chicken pasta salad, our little man was mostly impressed with his banana Angel delight we made also , but with plenty snacks and drinks we were set .
We were actually really excited , there were in fact lots of things there for keeping everyone happy and entertained.
We stayed clear of the flashy toys on sale and I had to drag my husband away form the Motorsport stall that sold full all in one racing suits for the kids, but there was a bar for beers and most importantly for us somewhere to grab a hot cup of tea and some water . They also sold food and the prices were brilliant for an even the size it was, we could have easily got everyone food there but trying to save as much as we can at the moment we were being good and we actually really did enjoy our pack up.
As we found our final spot to stay in for the evening , we watched the cars prepare for their starting races and although I knew seeing vehicles and machines for the boys would be fun and enjoying , I never in this world imagined to see my 11 and 13 year old daughters squealing at the show in full blown excitement. They enjoyed it so much that the eldest begged to do it as a full time job afterwards with my prompt answer to hr to say as a hobby maybe only .
It did get rather nippy , but as you can see we're still all smiling form ear to ear , little Joshua is fist pumping the air in elation and anticipation. Plenty of gloves and hats and snuggling up close when the races started made it all the warmer.
We had the best day ever, it really was an immensely fun experience and especially something we would do again , we've actually looked into it and found there is one closer to us so we are going to check that one out too. We loved watching the cars race and at the end of all the races they done one final race which was the main event that we had been waiting for .
All different sets of cars and vehicles took to teams and basically smashed into each other , it was basically last man standing won and we loved it .
It was every man for himself out there and we were routing for the vehicle that we videoed above , the Toyota Lucida , just like the one we had a few years back . It reminded us of the great days we took out in it but we obviously never drove it the way they did , it made us proud and won the trophy just as we had hoped .
After the amazing finale smash up , we awaited for the machines to pick all the remains up and take them back to their owners, like crumpled pieces of metal awaiting to be fixed and drove again for another show later on before the huge firework display started.
I recorded the whole thing , the whole 11 minutes of amazing sparks and colours lighting the sky up to end our journey to Scunthorpe.
It really did surprise us, and was far from the 3 minute sparks we expected .
We woke up on Friday the actual day of Bonfire night and were still very tired but making the most of it be decided to make some delicious foods to celebrate the event . Earlier on Kaiden had decided to make his very own Catherine wheel pizza. It was lovely and an idea we took fromTwinkl while we were working on our new reading book'Sparks in the Sky'.
Dad also took to the Kitchen , I know it was a huge shock for me to, but I had been telling him how I really needed something sweet to snuggle up to with a movie for our late night movie and so he decided to make me this massive homemade Victoria sponge with homemade doughnuts filled with strawberries and fresh whipped cream, drizzled in chocolate and dusted in icing.
I have to admit i was in heaven.
Having a new book sent fromTwinkl , we took to reading it and printed the optional worksheets which were shared in the book.
I absolutely love the idea that you can read a book and there been work all about that book there ready for you to complete, it makes my lesson planning all that more easier and it had a few different ability levels to work with .
With work ranging from sorting senses and word searches. reading comprehensions , there were also great activities such as game boards and Plasticine fun . All of which included everything that was from the Sparks in the Sky book from Twinkl Original .
We had a fantastic experience and look forward to our next one .
Have you ever took to the races, was it one like this ?
Let me know in the comments below.