Saturday, 29 April 2017

Room on the Broom Adventure Trail (revisited)

In 2015 I wrote about the Room on the Broom Adventure trail that had opened close to us in Wakefield. We have visited a few times as it is a nice walk and when we went last week I decided to take the camera for some updated photos. The boys look so small back in 2015 and now we have Barney!

The Room on the Broom Adventure trail is located at Anglers Country Park in Wakefield. The pushchair friendly trail is 2 miles long and circles around the large lake. Activity packs to go alongside the trail are available at the visitors centre. As well as finding sculptures, children are encouraged to look for animal footprints, trace rubbings and do various activities along the way. Perfect to keep the little ones amused.

The trail took us around an hour with lots of stops and starts and looking at daisies and horse poo along the way. We enjoy this walk as it is suitable for all ages. It is lovely that Barney is able to get more involved on days out now. He definitely enjoyed having a good feel of the sculptures.

At the end of the trail you can treat yourself to a cuppa from the small cafe in the visitor centre while the children enjoy the playground. Remember some change for ice creams too!

This is a great free family activity for all. If you are looking for more family activities to do in Wakefield check out my posts below.
Nostell Priory
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
The Hepworth

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Wonderlab at The National Science and Media Museum

Last week we had a fun afternoon visiting Wonderlab at The National Science and Media Museum in Bradford.  We have visited the museum many times and when I saw this exhibition was coming to Bradford I knew we would have to visit.

Wonderlab is a hands on exhibition all about the science of light and sound. Originally based in London at The National Science Museum it is now a permanent exhibition at The National Science and Media Museum. Entry is free to the museum and exhibition. It is recommended to book your time slot for Wonderlab online which we did. This meant no queues!

On entering the Wonderlab the first thing you see is a large sphere showing close up images of the sun. I could have spent ages watching the explosions and colours captured by space stations. There are talks at the sphere thoughout the day and you see the sun change to the earth. We caught part of a talk and the earth was showing night and day.

Wonderlab at The National Science and Media Museum

Wonderlab at The National Science and Media Museum

Wonderlab at The National Science and Media Museum

Wonderlab at The National Science and Media Museum

Wonderlab at The National Science and Media Museum

Wonderlab at The National Science and Media Museum

Wonderlab at The National Science and Media Museum

Wonderlab at The National Science and Media Museum

Wonderlab at The National Science and Media Museum

Wonderlab at The National Science and Media Museum

Wonderlab at The National Science and Media Museum

All the exhibits inside Wonderlab are hands on and fun for children and adults. We certainly had fun testing them out.  I personally loved the UV lights(it reminded me of my clubbing days). The mirror maze is small but great fun. The boys enjoyed testing their hearing and trying to photograph a drip. Even Barney enjoyed the lights. Unfortunately the echo tube was out of action when we visited as I am sure the boys would have great fun with it.

Games lounge at The National Science and Media Museum

We spent around an hour in the Wonderlab before a quick play on Pong, Pacman and Mario Kart in the games lounge.
The boys really enjoyed visiting Wonderlab, the hands on nature defiantly appealed to them. They have asked to go back soon so we will be heading back now the school holidays are finished.

Wonderlab at The National Science and Media Museum

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Vileda 1-2 Spray Mop Review and Giveaway

Spring is here and that means spring cleaning! Of course you need the right equipment and I have recently replaced my regular mop and bucket with a Vileda 1-2 Spray Mop. 

Having three small children means my kitchen floor is regularly having food (weaning is a messy business), paint and drinks dropped onto it. It sometimes feels like a never ending cycle. I was really excited to be sent the Vileda 1-2 Spray mop to put to the test.

Vileda 1-2 spray mop review

The flat mop is an all in one system, there is no need for a bucket. This is because the mops handle is also a container which you fill with cleaning solution. When you need to mop you use the trigger at the top of the mop handle which sends out a fine mist of spray onto the floor. Then you can mop! The flat mop head is made of a washable microfibre pad with power zones for extra cleaning power.  The mop is suitable for many floor types including wooden floors and laminate.

Vileda spray mop review

The Vileda 1-2 Spray Mop has made keeping the floor clean a doddle for me. A quick squirt of the spray handle and then mop. So easy and perfect for quick clean ups during the day even the boys can use it.  I love that the mop head pivots really well, meaning that I can easily get into corners and under furniture. And I can just pop the mop head into the washing machine when needed. The spray mop is also really lightweight and easy to store when not in use both big plus points for me. I never thought I could rave about a mop so much!
The cleaning solution by Vileda is also pleasant to use. I find the scent of some cleaners overpowering but this one is very subtle.

Vileda 1-2 spray mop review

For more information on the Vileda 1-2 Spray Mop and other Vileda products including where to purchase, pop over the the Vileda website.

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Monday, 24 April 2017

Weekly Meal Plan #17

Happy Monday Meal Planners! Last week we did really well again and ate all of our planned meals until last night when I had been out with the boys all day and Phil had been at work since 5.45am so we had a sneaky Chinese when the boys were in bed.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Eggs-cellent Easter Sensory Play Tray

If your children are anything like mine they absolutely love the fluffy chick decorations that come along with Easter. I put together a quick Easter Sensory Play Tray over the weekend and it has gone down a storm. So if you have some leftover Easter decorations why not set up some Easter sensory play yourself.

Easter sensory play, how to make rainbow rice

The base is made up of rainbow rice (instructions at the end of this post). To the rice I added Easter chicks, sheep, rabbits and carrot decorations and large and small eggs. I have tonnes of these openable eggs, i buy more each year, they have so many uses. All of this went in to two deep sided roasting tins,  one for each of my older boys. It would work in any container or in a tuff spot, but having one tray each meant no bickering and I like a relaxed Easter. I love to colours in this set up, so bright and cheerful and the rice is lovely to run your hands through.

The boys have had a ball playing with this. The little Easter decorations really appeal to their imaginative minds. At six, Sebastian still enjoys playing this way and I encourage him to do so. There is so much learning to be done!

They used rice to fill the eggs and make shakers,  playing around with different amounts of rice to make different sounds. They scooped and poured playing around with volume. Animals were buried and found again. They added some craft pom poms into the mix. The figures were placed into eggs and hatched, it led to chats about which animals laid eggs and which carry their babies like humans. Alex pointed out that even human babies start as eggs, we just don't lay them.  I am always amazed where simple play set ups can take us. I will leave Easter sensory play tray out this week for the boys to revisit as they they wish.

Easter sensory play, rainbow rice

Easter sensory play, rainbow rice

Easter sensory play, rainbow rice

Easter sensory play, rainbow rice

Easter sensory play, rainbow rice

Easter sensory play, how to make rainbow rice, dying rice

How to make rainbow rice

The rainbow rice in these trays is left over from a St Patrick's Day play. It is so vibrant! I have been making rainbow rice for years and years now. Im fact I have a post on this very blog way back when Seb was a tiny one year old making it with food colouring.
This rice is a large bag of uncooked long grain rice mixed with small amounts of childrens poster paints in plastic sandwich bags. Massage the rice in the bag until it is well coated, add more paint if needed.Then tip out and leave to dry. Between uses I store in ziploc bags.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Weekly Meal Plan #16

Happy Easter Monday! I hope everyone has had a lovely weekend and is enjoying the extra day off (if you are getting one that is!). We had a good week and ate all of our planned meals. Of course with it being Easter we had to make crispy cakes as well as eat hot cross buns and chocolate eggs.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

The Irish Fairy Door Company Review

Do you believe in fairies? We do! All you have to do is believe!
The Irish Fairy Door Company help fairies relocate into homes and gardens all over the world. They aim to create memorable moments and magic. We were recently sent our own fairy door so that we could welcome a fairy into our home.

The arrival of our fairy door was pretty exciting. It came beautifully packaged and the boys couldn't wait to get the contents out of the box. The box contains the beautiful wooden door, some stepping stones for your fairy, a magic key in a bottle, the fairy and family lease agreemen, a notepad for your fairy and the fairy welcome guide. There is also a secret code inside so that you can register your fairy on The Fairy Workplace Log on the Irish Fairy Door Company website. This means you can receive weekly emails direct from Fairy Valley. This is such a lovely touch, there are lots of ideas of ideas and activities for you and your fairy.

The boys decided to name our fairy Sparkle. We registered her and found that there were over a thousand other fairies with the name Sparkle. The boys promptly set up the door and stepping stones in their room. The door can be used outside too which would be really lovely.

The fairy door has really captured the boys imagination. They draw pictures and leave them out for Sparkle and they talk about what might be behind the door. In return Sparkle has left them some chocolate coins. I am keen to buy some of the gorgeous accessories available for the fairy door, perhaps a slide or washing line. I know we will have so much fun with the fairy door over the next few years. The door is such lovely quality I have no doubt that it will last well.

The fairy doors from The Irish Fairy Door Company make a beautiful gift for children.  They can be used in so many ways, the only limit is your childs imagination.

**We received this product for the purpose of this post, all opinions are my own**

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