Monday, 2 March 2015

Mothers Day Gifts From Truprint

I am a very lucky mummy, Mothers day closely follows my birthday which is on the 5th so I get two days of breakfast in bed and lots of excuses for cuddles with the kiddies, now they are getting older I always need a reason to squeeze a cuddle out of them. For me Mothers Day is all about remembering how lucky I am to be a mummy and to have such a wonderful family unit. 




Usually for mothers day I will send our mums flowers but this year I thought it would be nicer to send them some thing to remember the whole family by. My mum doesn't live close by so she does miss a lot of special memories with us so a photo book or a framed photo would make a fantastic gift. 

Truprint have a huge selection of canvas', personalised coasters, photo magnets, photo books and much more which would be perfect for Mothers Day. 

Is your Mum a Mum in a Million?

Truprint want to make sure every mum feels special this mothers day. With 1 million personalised Mother’s Day cards to giveaway. All you need to do is enter the code MUMINAMILLION at the checkout to claim your card. Please see full T&C’s at the end of the post.
If you love their cards as much as we do pop offer for the chance to claim your personalised card now. While your there check out their beautiful book marks and phone cover ideas too! 
Mean while I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for a lovely Truprint canvas for our wall this mothers day. 
Mum In A Million Card Offer Terms and Conditions
  • Awards one free 7×5 folded card
  • Standard P&P charges apply (99p)
  • Ship to recipient not available
  • Complete with envelope
  • Code is One time use only
  • Strictly one code use per household
Disclaimer: I was given a credit to spend on Truprint products and asked to share details of the MumInAMillion campaign for this Mothers day. All words and opinions are my own.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Product Review: Hope Education Fire Station

Small world play gives children an opportunity to really immersed in their imagination through  playing out experiences, narratives and sharing with others.  

My Little explorers are all entering the world of being a toddler and with this have started to enjoy role play, keen to explore a range of  different worlds and experiences. 


We were recently offered to review the beautiful wooden Toypin fire station from Hope Education. A great opportunity for the boys and I knew as soon as I saw this set it would be an instant hit.  

The fire station set comes with:
Fire Station Size: 640 x 310 x 560mm,
Fire Engine
Fire Fighting Accessories- Pack of 15 accessories including road signs and cones
• 4 Fire Fighters and 7 accessories

This set is £127.02 inc VAT with a saving of £31.95. All parts of the set are also available to purchase separately from Hope Education. 

When the fire station arrived it took very little time to put it together and with some help from the Little Explorers we had it up and ready to play with in no time. The fire engine and accessories on the other hand are already built and ready to go. 



We've been playing with the fire station set for two weeks now and it has been played with almost daily. As soon as some one asks for it, all the boys are crowded around it wanting to join in. It's certainly been an opportunity to teach them to share.


The set is excellent quality and the little accessories are great for older children, adding more opportunities for them to act out the role of fire fighters. With all the accessories easily packed away nicely in the fire engine and the fire engine then  placed in the ground floor of the station it fits beautifully together and is easy to store. 


This wonderful toy has opened so many opportunities for the boys to learn. We have discussed sharing toys and taking turns, fire safety, reasons why the fire fighters may be called and many more. They have worked wonders for encouraging communication and stretching the children's imagination. Here are some example of how they link into the EYFS.

Links to the Development Matters:

Playing and Exploring
• Showing curiosity about objects, events and people
• Engaging in open-ended activity
• Pretending objects are things from their experience
• Representing their experiences in play
• Seeking challenge
• Showing a ‘can do’ attitude

Active Learning
• Maintaining focus on their activity for a period of time
• Persisting with activity when challenges occur

Creating and Thinking Critically
• Thinking of ideas
• Testing their ideas

Disclaimer: We were sent the fire station to review by Hope Education. How ever all opinion's on the product are our own. If you are interested in finding out more you can find them here .

Saturday, 13 December 2014

How To Make A Rain Maker Stick

Whether it's raining out side or the children need an activity to keep their focus and engaged making rain makers is a lovely activity where they can be completely hands on.


To make these rain makers you need:
Kitchen roll tubes,
Colours paper,
Collage materials,
Glue,
Tin foil,
Masking tape, 
Card


Step 1. Spread glue around the kitchen tube and then stick coloured paper around the tube and tuck it in if it's too long. 

Step 2. Place a large piece of card over the bottom hole and tape it on using masking table ensuring there are no holes for the rice to escape. 

Step 3. Loosely fold up a piece of tin foil and then gently twist it before sticking it in the tube.


Step 4. Followed by 1 cup of rice. I got the children to help be holding the funnel or scooping in the rice.


Step 5. Repeat step 2 by sealing up the tube using card and masking tape.


Step 6. Decorate the tube using  range of collage materials, glitter, paints or felt tips.




Our finished rain makers were beautiful when finished and made for a great musical instrument to try at song time. 

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