Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Picasso inspired Self Portraits

Last week at the library one of the boys chose the book Picassos Trousers by Nicholas Allan to bring home and they have both really enjoyed reading about the great artist who didn't let anyone tell him what he could do. I decided to pick up on their interest in the book and this week we created some Picasso inspired self portraits.

I saw a great idea on pinterest where people had used shades of blue to paint portraits to represent Picassos blue period, I thought we would create both a blue and a rose self potrait to represent both of Picassos colour periods.

Picasso inspired self portraits,  home education, homeschool

Of course you can't paint a self portrait without taking a look at yourself. Anyone else's children love their own reflection? Before starting we also looked at how in Picassos paintings the facial features aren't necessarily where you would expect because he liked to paint the front and side view in the same image.

Self portrait reflections

We mixed up the two sets of colours,  adding white paint to create lighter shades and painted the self portraits. While painting we talked a little about how different colours can reflect how we feel, that Picasso was sad during his blue period and happy and in love during his rose period. 
I am really pleased with how these portraits turned out, they did anot awesome job job I think! I backed them with some gorgeous rainbow paper and i am going to print and add the famous Picasso  quote that 'Every child is an artist'.

Picasso inspired self portraits,  blue and rose

Theae would be great for a start of the school year project, as part of talking about feelings in an all about me project.
For us these and our recent Van Gogh sunflower paintings are definitely inspiring me to take a look at more artists with the boys. I have noticed that Twinkl have a famous artist catagory so I will definitely be checking that out. 

Monday, 29 August 2016

Win a pair of tickets to The Baby and Toddler show, Manchester

This year I shall be attending The Baby and Toddler Show in Manchester and I am so excited! I am also giving one lucky person the chance to win a pair of tickets to The Baby and Toddler Show, Manchester. So if you are currently pregnant or have a baby, this one is perfect for you!

The UK's biggest Baby and Toddler Show is returning to Event City in Manchester on 7-9 October 2016. Supported by Emma's Diary the show has a great mixture of big name brands, unique innovative products, local companies and services and experts all lined up and ready to give you a helping hand. I am really looking forward to hearing the expert speakers and brushing up on my first aid with British Red Cross.

With all the big name brands under one roof including Bugaboo, Britax, Quinny, Silver Cross and many others you can give the products a good test, compare, talk to the experts and buy with the guaranteed best prices on car seats, prams please,  buggies and furniture.

Tickets for the show are available now priced at £13 per adult(children under 16 do not need a ticket), however there is currently a fab discount code giving you 1/3 off the price making then just £8, add the code BTN31.
Pop over to The Baby and Toddler Show to buy tickets and for more information including a full list of brands who will be there.

If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets to The Baby and Toddler show at Event City in Manchester on 7-9 October, simply fill in the Rafflecopter below. Good Luck!

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Our weekly meal plan 29/8

Happy Bank Holiday Monday Meal Planners! I hope everyone has had a good one. Ours has been quiet as Phil was working so we spent a day at my parents and some time chilling at home. Working the weekend means that a tonight's shift Phil is off for most of this week so I am hoping for dry weather so we can have some fun days.

We had a good week meal wise last week, we ate everything planned. We popped to Tesco midweek for a fruit top up and I picked up a really well sized gammon joint from their special range for less than half price, I am also taking part in an Orchard campaign for Tesco at the moment and had a voucher for a chicken so I picked that up too. Talking about bargains, Phil popped to Asda one evening and came home with a nice loaf of bread and some hot dog buns for 3p each! I have taught him well!

Monday Freezer dinner!
Tuesday Salmon fishcakes with new potatoes and green beans
Wednesday Slow cooked gammon with cheesy potato dauphinoise and veg
Thursday Creamy gammon pasta bake (recipe)
Friday Homemade burgers with halloumi, sweet potato fries and salad
Saturday Homemade ham and cheese pasties with beans
Sunday Roast Chicken Dinner

If you love meal planning, join in with our Meal Planning Blog Hop. Why not check out our weekly meal plans for more inspiration?

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Books and toys for fire engine obsessed boys (and girls)

My middle boy Alex has been obsessed with all things fire engine related for the last couple of years and his enthusiasm shows no sign of waning, his dream is to be a fire engine driver. I have become accustomed to browsing for books and toys for fire engine obsessed boys (and girls) so thought I would do a round up of my favourites.

Wooden toys 

Last year I was on the hunt for a large wooden fire engine for Alex birthday,  I love wooden toys and find they stand up really well to boisterous play. I found the Tidlo Fire Engine and ordered it alongside some Firefighters and they are such great quality and a really good size too.
The fire engine was such a hit that I ended up buying the matching Tidlo Fire Station too, the engine can drive and park inside it and there is a room upstairs for the firefighters. Of course over the last few months it has also been used as a shop, garage and so on, I do love imagination.
I absolutely adore the Janod story sets, they are really sweet and a reat size for small hands. This firefighters set may be winging it's way to our house soon as birthdays and Christmas are coming up.


There are ALOT of books out there featuring fire engines and firefighters and we seem to have quite a few of them!
First is Alexs favourite book Emergency by Margaret Mayo this book features a whole range of emergency vehicles. It is beautifully bright and has rhyming get text making is nice to read as well.
Big Red Fire Engine by Ken Wilson-Max is a great interactive book with flaps, ladders to raise and a fire engine to drive along. Alex received this for his birthday last year and loves it.
I recommend the Playtown range of books to anyone with small children,  they are fantastic interactive books full of detailed pictures and little nuggets of information that my boys love and this Emergency one is definitely on our wishlist.
Earlier in the yesr we reviewed the awesome Miles Kelly convertible submarine and the range also has a convertible fire engine book. These are fun playing,  quirky and make a great gift.

The rest

A firefighter dress up outfit is a must have, I love the look of this fireman dress up from George, it comes complete with a plastic hat which is great as some seem to come without a hat and the one we have has a fabric hat which is pretty rubbish if I am honest. To go with the outfit this case of fire fighter accessories by ELC is highly recommended by me, Alex was given one for his last birthday and it is used all the time!
Once kitted up of course your firefighter needs their own engine and this Fire engine play tent from Smyths looks perfect. It can be put up in seconds and folded back down quickly after use, great if you have limited space.
Finally everyone loves a Trunki and Frank the Fire Engine is so cool! Perfect for travelling or keeping all your firefighting kit inside.

If you are near to Sheffield, why not visit the Emergency Services Museum, we visited last year and it was a fantastic trip out and of course Alex was in heaven!

Friday, 26 August 2016

Classic Lemon Drizzle Cake

It is no secret that I absolutely love to bake and naturally I am a massive fan of Great British Bake Off which returned to our screens this week. As usual it inspired me to bake and after this week's cakes episode, I had to make a classic lemon drizzle cake.

Lemon Drizzle is one of my favourite cakes and I love to make the simple loaf cake for the family. Although I love baking my decorating skills are somewhat lacking so I err on the side of simplicity where I can and this all in one cake is as easy as they come.
Classic lemon drizzle cake, great British bake off

Classic lemon drizzle cake, recipe,  great British bake off

For the sponge

3 medium eggs
200g self raising flour
200g caster sugar
200g butter
1tsp  baking powder
Rind of 1 lemon, finely grated

For the glaze

Juice of 1 lemon
225g  icing sugar

Grease and line a loaf tin. Preheat the oven to to 180°. Combine all of the sponge ingredients in a large mixing bowl, beat together until you have a smooth batter. Pour the mixture into the tin and bake for around 40 minutes.
While the cake is cooling slightly make the glaze by combining the lemon juice and icing sugar, pour over the cake while it is still warm.

I am hoping to bake along with this year's Great Blogger Bake Off over at Mummy Mishaps, why not pop over and check out what everyone has been making?

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A Home Education Notebook by Ross Mountney

I recently blogged about two books for home educated children and how the fantastic publisher Birds Nest Books are committed to publishing books for those who are under represented in society.

As well as books aimed at children, Birds Nest books have also published A Home Education Notebook by Ross Mountney. This book is a collection of popular articles and blog posts written by Ross over the years which have been updated and organised into 52 chapters (handily one for every week of the year).

A home education notebook,  by Ross Mountney

I have read a few different books about home education since we decided it was the path we were going to take but i feel that this one has been the most easily accessible for me.
The book is easy to read, you can easily dip in and out of it and it is funny in places. It addresses those worries and wobble moments that so many home educators have such as curriculums, too much screen time, exams and social isolation among many other subjects. I really enjoyed reading about what Ross' home educated children and their peers are doing now, it is so inspiring to me. I think I will be using this book regularly over the next few years!

A home education notebook, screen time

The book aims to inspire and encourage and I do feel that it does that. I would really recommend A Home Education Notebook to anyone seriously considering home education, anyone currently home education or if you simply want to learn a little more about it. I get asked about home ed alot and think this is the perfect book to refer people too.

A Home Education Notebook by Ross Moutney is available to buy now with an RRP of £11.99

** I was sent a copy of this book for the purpose of this post, all opinions are my own**

Monday, 22 August 2016

LapBaby #handsfree

As a mum of three, I am often heard commenting that I could do with an extra pair of hands (along with eyes in the back of my head) so that I can please everyone. Barney is four months now and of course he loves to be held and to be able to see what is going on which can make certain tasks a bit awkward!

LapBaby is a unique new product designed to secure a baby in your lap while leaving you hands free. It was designed by a mum on maternity leave who has since spent her time researching, making prototypes and and safety testing the product. 
I was given the chance to try a LapBaby and I thought it sounded like the perfect product for us to road test(and I was excited that I might get to eat with both hands!).

The LapBaby is made of lightweight fabrics and comes with a handy travel bag which will fit under a pushchair or in a changing bag. It is fully adjustable and the adult part will fit a waist of upto 44 inches. To use you simply pop it around your waist and secure with a buckle, sit down and sit baby on your lap and fasten the front part around them, it is so quick and easy and it really does feel secure when you wear it. 

I have been using this for several weeks now and I have to say it has come in very handy for so many everyday situations. Of course when we are eating(so much easier to eat with two hands!), when I am doing home ed work with the boys, when I am blogging and when I am reading bedtime stories to all three boys, all of these are things i do each day and have been made just that bit easier. It means Barney can see and be involved with family life  which he just loves plus the LapBaby has a strap where I can secure a toy or teether to entertain him if he does get a little fed up.
It is really easy to use and also to adjust, as you can see my willing model Phil has also been using it and we find it quick and simple to adjust the waist size each time we swap. The belt is comfortable for both the wearer and mosy importantly baby, Barney certainly looks pretty happy!

As we get to the weaning stage I can imagine that we will use the LapBaby when out if we don't have access to a highchair, the belt has a fold away lap cover which will be ideal for this stage!  I also think it would be great for long train journeys or flights. Phil thinks it would be perfect when playing X-Box!
Another great use for this product is for grandparents who may have issues meaning they find it hard to hold a wriggly baby. My own mum has issues with one of her wrists and on a bad day it is uncomfortable for her to hold Barney for too long so the LapBaby would be great for those days. 

Overall I am really impressed with the LapBaby,  it does exactly what it sets out to do and is really handy to have once tour baby can support their own head (around 3 months). With an RRP of £24.99 it is available to buy now on the LapBaby website. For more information check out the short video below.

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**I was sent a LapBaby for the purpose of this review, all opinions are my own**

Our weekly meal plan 22/8

Happy Monday Meal Planners! After some lovely weather last weekend the weekend has been such a washout! Such a shame.

We ate 5 out of the 7 meals last week, we had an impromptu seaside trip on Tuesday so fish and chips on the beach it had to be and i forgot to defrost the chicken another day so we are having it this week instead. The food shopping has come this morning and I am all set for the week.

Our weekly meal plan

Monday eat out/takeaway

Tuesday Creamy chicken, bacon and brocolli pasta

Wednesday Slow Cooked Chinese chicken curry with noodles

Thursday Philidelphia mac n cheese

Friday Pizza, garlic bread and salad

Saturday Turkey meatballs slow cooked in a tomato sauce served with pasta

Sunday Chicken goujons, peas and sweet potato mash

Why not join in with the meal planning blog hop? 

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Tommee Tippee Baby Milestone Cards giveaway #ParentOn

I love the trend of baby milestone cards, they are such a sweet idea for photographs and would be lovely to keep in your memory box too.  
Tommee Tippee baby milestone cards were originally made as a pilot for the baby show earlier this year, but they were so popular that Tommee Tippee have produced more of them for competitions and retail events. The set of 20 double sided cards feature important milestones along with sweet and some slightly tongue in cheek captions which are sure to make you chuckle! You will definitelybe seeing these featured on my Instagram and here on my blog!

As part of the Asda Baby Event which begins on Monday 22nd August, Tommee Tippee are giving away a free pack of these milestone cards when you buy a manual breast pump or newborn starter pack. 

Tommee Tippee baby milestone cards giveaway

Tommee Tippee baby milestone cards giveaway

Tommee Tippee baby milestone cards giveaway

I am also giving 5 of you lucky people the chance to win a set of Tommee Tippee baby milestone cards. Simply fill in the rafflecopter below. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

1. Open to UK residents only.

2. Entrants must be over 18.

3. All entries will be checked.

4. Please make sure i have a way to contact you if you win.

5. Prize will be sent by myself. 

6. There will be 5 winner, each person will win a set of Tommee Tippee baby milestone cards. No cash alternative

7. If I am unable to make contact with the winner within a reasonable time a new winner will be drawn.

**I was provided with a set of cards for the purpose of this post**

Friday, 19 August 2016

Sunflower painting and investigation

Aren't sunflowers the most cheerful flowers out there? They are just so appealing. I had a vase of them in the living room as they were coming to an end so I decided to see if the boys wanted to become like Van Gogh and paint them. They love to paint so of course the answer was yes.

We haven't really done any still life type art before but I thought it would be fun to see what the boys came up with. They picked out the right paint colours and some brushes and I grabbed some cotton buds to use for the centres. I asked them to really look at the flowers before they started painting.

Sunflower painting and investigation

I was pretty impressed with their paintings. Sebastian is getting more and more confident and painted yellow circles before adding the petals and then filling in the centres. Alex took his lead from his big brother and did his the same way although with less patience, he thought they looked like sunshines  and I think he is right! I think these are so lovely and bright, perfect for display.

Sunflower craft, still lifeel painting

Sunflower craft, still life painting

Sunflower crafts, still life painting

Sunflower toddler craft, still life painting

Once we were done painting the boys got hands on with the sunflowers, we talked about the stems and how they are thick and sturdy and that they act like straws to drink the water.
Then both boys used their scissors to trim the petals, they both enjoy cutting at the moment and i love to provide different materials for them to practice on. Sebastian in particular spent a really long time doing this, working his way around the whole flower and cutting the petals off.
There were no seeds for us to harvest but we have looked at the sunflower lifecycle before and grown our own plus The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle is a book we know well and we talked a little about that.

Sunflower investigation

This would have been lovely to do alongside planting seeds and sunflower lifecycle learning or as part of learning about great artists. 

Monday, 15 August 2016

Our weekly meal plan 15/8

Happy Monday Meal planners. I hope everyone is well. It looks like we are going to have some proper summer weather this week, woo hoo!

Last week we stuck to our plan, yay! I was really good, we popped to the shop on Friday for some fresh fruit but i restrained from buying loads of things we didnt need. This week's plan is pretty simple, if the weather is going to warm up I don't want to spend ages cooking.

Our weekly meal plan

Monday Posh hot dogs with sweet potato fries and salad

Tuesday Creamy chicken, bacon and brocolli pasta

Wednesday Chicken and veg skewers with rice

Thursday Garlic and herb chicken with rosemary potatoes, carrots and green beans

Friday Pizza pasta bake

Saturday Fish fingers and beans

Sunday Tomato soup with crusty bread

Why not check out my prevuous weekly meal plans for family food ideas, i have also started a pinterest board with my weekly meal plans on and recipes.

If you like to meal plan, why not add your link the the meal planning linky?

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Books for Home Educated Children

At this time of year bookshops are full of storybooks to prepare children for starting school. Books for home educated children are few and far between even though home ed is rapidly gaining in popularity.

Who's not in school, books for home educated children

Ross Mountney noticed this and as a former home educator and a well known writer on the topic of home education, she decided to create her own story books. These stories have been published by Birds Nest Books, a fab little publisher who aim to publish books from under represented groups in society like home educators and who sent us copies of the books to have a look at.

Books for home educated children,  Ross Mountney

Who's Not In School? is the first of these books and starts by introducing us to three children and explains why they aren't in school today. The third child is Harry and he is not at school because he is home educated along with his brother and sister. The book takes us through his week, the various things he gets up to including home ed group, trips to the shop and a museum visit. The book is amusing and is a good representation of home ed life for us.

The Wrong Adventure is a brand new book which was released on the 8th August, it also features Harry and his family. Harry has been learning about escape tunnels and decides to dig his own but he ends up on the wrong adventure. I loved that the book shows home ed in action, for example, he finds a worm so they decided to study it and ended up making it a wormery.

We have read the books together and Seb has picked them to read several times independently. They are easily accessible and he is able to read them with no problems and he also enjoys the illustrations(they are illustrated by James Robinson who was home educated) which remind me of the illustrations from the books of my own childhood.
I asked Seb if he liked the books and why. His reply was "I like them because they are funny and Harry is home educated like me." I think he has summed it up nicely! Seb has definitely identified with the books and I am really pleased about that.

Both Who's Not In School and The Wrong Adventure are available from Birds Nest Books online shop priced at £8.99

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**We received these books for the purpose of this post but all opinions are my own**

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Lunchbox challenge #HartleyYourLunch

My boys absolutely love a lunchbox so I was excited to get involved with a lunchbox challenge! Hartley's are encouraging parents to create delicious lunches and wanted us to share our ideas and tips. I love Hartley's jelly(have you seen their glitter jellies?amazing!) so was definitely up for this challenge.

We received a fab Hartley's Lunchbox complete with stickers to personalise it and some samples of Hartley's No Added Sugar jelly pots which are the perfect lunchbox size and I set to work filling the box with a tasty balanced lunch.
I filled the box with things my own children love, a chicken mini wrap, some mini cheeses, cucumber and tomatoes, fresh fruit and of course a Hartley's no added sugar jelly pot all washed down with a bottle of water.  I find that my boys eat really well when I give them little bits of everything and it makes the meal much more balanced too. 

My top five lunchbox tips are;
  1. Make it bright, nobody wants to open up their lunchbox to find a sea of beige food. Add colour with bright fruit and veg and a pot of Hartley's jelly!
  2. Be realistic with portions. Too much food can be overwhelming to a small child and too little will leave them hungry later on. 
  3. Offer a variety. Who wants the same lunch every single day?Rotate sandwiches with pittas, wraps or bagels, why not try pasta salad or breads sticks with dips for something different. Vary veg sticks and fruit, try to aim for a rainbow of colours over the week.
  4. Keep food cool and fresh, sweaty sandwiches? Yuk! Use a small ice pack to keep the food (and drink) cool. Little tupperware pots are your friend to keep items fresh, make sure they are easy to open. 
  5. Add a little note or joke. Brighten up their lunchtime by adding a short note or silly joke to their lunchbox to make them smile(I still do this for my husband on occasion!).
If you want to get your hands on an exclusive Hartley's lunchbox complete with sticker sheets you can! Simply collect 12 special edition green lids from the No Added Sugar jelly pots (115g), then head to the Hartley's website to claim your lunchbox.  

This post is an entry for BritMums#HartleysYourLunchbox Linky Challenge, sponsored by Hartley’s Jelly.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Ladival Sun Protection

As a family we spend lots of time outside and so protecting our skin from the sun is something I am concerned with. As the weather brightens up my mind naturally turns to sun protection but when buying sun care products I also have to be mindful of ingredients due to Alex who suffers with dermatitis.

Ladival Sun Protection offer a wide range of products available to suit everyone including lotions and sprays at SPF 15, 30, 50 and 50+ as well as a range for children and I was offered the chance to road test a couple of products from the range. 
Most sun creams help to protect skin from UV-A and UV-B rays which make up 7% of the sun's rays. However Ladival also protects against Infared-A which makes up a further 30% of the sun's rays so offering even more protection. I had never heard of infared-A before so was really interested to learn that they are the most deeply pentrating rays and can cause both short and long term skin damage.
Ladival is also suitable for those with sensitive skin including eczema. The products do not contain any preservatives,  fat, perfumes, colourants, parabens or PEG emulsifiers. They are also not tested on animals, a big must for me!

Ladival sun protection review

We received Ladival Lotion SPF30 which I used on myself. The lotion is a typical suncream consistency, it goes on easily and quickly sinks into the skin without leaving stains on my clothes(although Ladival do note that as with most suncreams staining can happen). I find my hands do feel sticky after applying bit that seems the norm with sun lotions and it was nothing that couldn't be sorted quickly.  

We also received Ladival Spray SPF50+ and this is the product i have been using on the boys. Spray formulations always seem to appeal to my children for some reason so there has been no resistance to me applying it, in fact they are keen to help! I find this spray really easy to use, it is a light formula, is quick and easy to apply and it sinks into the skin quickly and easily without leaving any sticky residue behind. It has also been suitable for Alexs sensitive skin which is fantastic as I do worry about him reacting to products.

For me the most important thing is that both the lotion and the spray are providing adequate protection to myself and the boys and I feel that it does. I apply before going out into the sun and I always make sure I apply a generous amount of product and that no patches are missed, it is so easy to skimp when applying but you really do need to apply liberally and evenly to ensure you are well protected.

The Ladival range (RRP £19.99) is available in Boots and leading supermarkets. Visit www.ladival.co.uk to find out more about the Ladival range.

Family Fever
**These products were sent to me to for the purpose of this post,  all opinions expressed are my own**

Monday, 8 August 2016

Our weekly meal plan 8/8

Happy Monday Meal Planners. I hope you all had a good week end,  we have been out and about enjoying the warm weather and I have been excitedly working my way through the never ending pile of washing.

We did well last week, the only meal we didn't end up having  was lasagne because I didn't get the butchers for mince so we are having it this week instead. Phils birthday was all about food, we ended up having lunch out at Frankie and Benny's and then in the evening we had takeaway from a local Indian restaurant and of the course there was my speedily made cake with decorations chosen by the boys!

This week we are getting back to normal midweek as Phil is going back to work after some time off. I am looking forward to getting back to our normal routine to be honest.

Our weekly meal plan

Monday Lasagne
Tuesday Salmon with potatoes, carrots and green beans
Wednesday Slow Cooked Sausage and Bean casserole
Thursday Pasta with pesto and peas
Friday Homemade pizza with salad
Saturday Freezer dinner (probably fish fingers)
Sunday Creamy beef pasta

Who not join in with our weekly Meal Planning Blog Hop? Simply add your link below 

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Little Passports Review and Giveaway

As many readers will know that we are a home educating family and I am always keen to make learning fun and hands on for my boys. Little Passports certainly ticks those boxes, founded by two mums back in 2009 Little Passports is a monthly subscription box designed to help children learn about the world. I was really excited to be given the chance for the boys to review a 3 month subscription.

Little Passports review, world map

Little Passports offer two different box options depending the age of your child. Both options follow two friends on their journey around the world and you are introduced to them in the first box.

Early Explorers Aimed at children aged 3-5 years. Each month there is a world theme (17 in total) including landmarks, oceans and celebrations, each package comes with stickers, an activity booklet and souvenirs.

World Explorers Aimed at children aged 6-10 years. Each month there is a new country to discover including Japan, Russia and Brazil and each package comes with souvenirs and activities plus access to online games.

Little Passports reciew

We received the Early Explorers parcel. I was really quite excited to receive the first box, our first box came around 4 weeks after signing up( you are to allow up to 6 weeks), I hadn't told the boys it was coming and they were really eager to see what was inside their parcel.

Little Passports review, early Explorers contents

Little Passports review, suitcase

The first box is named The Traveller Kit and is an introduction to the whole subscription.  We received;  a small sturdy suitcase, a large wall map of the world, an activity book, stickers and a luggage tag along with a letter introducting us to Mia, Max and their dog Toby who will be sharing get their journey with us.
Alex and Seb are 3 and 5 and like most younger children they love stickers so the first thing they did was decorate the suitcase with them. They then turned their attentions to the world map, we have a globe at home so they are familiar with countries and continents but they loved seeing it in such a large format and Seb is particular was interested in the different continents. The map also got us talking about how the world is mainly covered by water. I can see us taking this out to look at regularly.

Little Passports review, world map

Little Passports review,  early Explorers

Little Passports review, activity book

Little Passports review, early explorer suitcase

The boys worked through the activity book together and there were parts that suited both of their ability levels. It got us discussing various parts of the world such as the barrier reef which they have seen photos of as their grandparents visited last year.

The boys enjoyed The Traveller Kit, it is a great way toget younger children thinking more about the wider world arojnd us. We are very excited for next month's box to arrive and that will be our first themed box which is all about Landmarks. I can't wait to see what is inside! Why not check back next month as I will be reviewing once it arrives.

Little Passports subscriptions vary in price depending on which age option you choose and how long you subscribe for, all the information is available to view on the subscription package page. You are charged monthly and you are able to cancel at anytime.  After your first box which can take up to 6 weeks to arrive, the subsequent parcels ship mid month.

Little passport subscription review

The lovely team behind Little Passports are offering one of my readers the chance to win a 3 month subscription of their own. You can choose between the Early Explorers or the World Explorers option. Simply fill in the rafflecopter below. Good Luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

1. Open to UK residents only.

2. Entrants must be over 18.

3. All entries will be checked.

4. Please make sure i have a way to contact you if you win.

5. Prize will be sent direct from Little Passports. 

6. No cash alternative

7. If I am unable to contact the winner or they do not respond within 28 days a new winner may be drawn.

**We were given a 3 month subscription to Little Passports for the purpose of this post, all opinions are my own**

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