Thursday, 18 June 2020

Family fun at home with Funko Pop Vinyl and Funkoverse game








All of my children love the funky range of Pop Vinyl collectible figures and accompanying toys and collectibles. 

When we received the amazing Funko products I didn't even know there was a Funkoverse; Jurassic Park game so we dove straight into that to find out more and how to play. 

Being at home a lot recently has brought us together as a family and games are one of the things we are trying to do more of so this was perfect timing for us. 


Funko family at home began with the Funkoverse; Jurassic Park game. 

Bring the magic of Jurassic Park to life with this exciting Funkoverse Strategy Game.

Containing two Funko Pop! characters, with this cool strategy game players go head-to-head in exciting scenarios, using each character's unique abilities to gain points and achieve victory!

Each pack contains two exclusive Funko Pop! figures (not available anywhere else), a double-sided board, tokens, cards, dice, plus a special item.

For between 2 - 4 players, Playing Time: 20-60 minutes and suitable for children aged 10 years and over. 

We loved this and it's great to have a new game to all get around the table and play especially while we are all at home and able to spend time together learning and playing. 


                                                   



The Funko pop vinyl figures were a great addition to an already growing collection with the children too. There are so many to collect and we received Vincent Van Gogh, Hello Kitty, Harley Quinn and Batman as well as a Harry Potter plush, Harry Potter mini collectible and a pen. 

                                                  



The Things all chose a pop vinyl each to add to their collections. Pop vinyl figures are great as collectible and at a good price point it means they can ask for them as gifts on birthdays or at Christmas and even use their pocket money towards them too. 



   



The Funko soda can collection features some great characters from Batman to The Flintstones and Batfink to Masters of the Universe. The Batman figure is 1 0f 10,000 with a gold figure that can be found too with a 1 of 1600 figures to be found and collected. 




There are also these fab mini collectible blind box figures which are at a great price point and fun to find and collect. This was from the Harry Potter collection and there are 14 to collect in total. 

As a family we didn't realise how much choice there was from the Funko range. Being on week 13-14 of staying at home we really were on the look out for new things to do and new games to play and the Jurassic Park strategy game was something different from what we would usually buy but we all really enjoyed it. The children have also been busy sorting their Pop Vinyl collections and making space for more! 

Disclaimer; We were sent these products for the purpose of this write up and review. all thoughts and comments are our own. 
 



Thursday, 7 May 2020

Review {AD} Hey Duggee interactive flip and learn toy phone

Review {AD} Hey duggee flip n learn phone 


Toddlers love a phone to play with. Toy phone or real one if there’s one nearby they just what to push all the buttons and make lots of noise.

That’s why this Hey Duggee flip and learn phone from Trends UK is a perfect toy for toddlers. With a flip phone style and lots of wonderful buttons to press with lots of different sounds and Hey Duggee’s voice.





Includes skills to learn such as colour and number recognition, basic communication and fine motor skills.

Interact with Hey Duggee and the squirrels and have fun learning about colours, numbers and fun facts.

Hey Duggee is a very popular character at the moment and this colourful, fun interactive toy is a delight for toddlers age 18 months plus.

A small sized toy for inquisitive hands and an ideal size to carry anywhere for play time and fun.




It has a backlit screen and asks the child to find colours & numbers, listen to greetings and pretend to take pictures.

Grandbaby1 absolutely loves this. She’s a big Hey Duggee fan so the character choice is great and it means she plays with it a lot. The learning element is great too. It's not a flimsy phone so great for small hands but feels like it can withstand the demands of a toddler in play! 

With a price point of £10.99 and available at John Lewis it’s a great price for an interactive learning toy.

Disclaimer; We were gifted this toy for review purposes. All thoughts and comments are our own.

Friday, 3 April 2020

Our walking water 'stay at home' rainbow experiment. Fun & easy home school idea for the children.





A few days ago I decided to show the children the 'walking water' experiment. A very simple yet effective lesson and fun for everyone. With a very quick and easy set up time too, it's great as a quick experiment with fun results. 

First it's great to get the children to predict what may happen once the experiment starts. Get them to write down their predictions. 


You will need; 

7 plastic cups/glasses
3 food colourings; Red, blue & yellow
Water
Kitchen towel






Set the 7 glasses out in a row and fill every other cup with water. You should have 4 with water and 3 without water. Next add the same amount of food colouring to each cup. As you can see we had red in each of the end glasses and blue and yellow in the other two. 

Next you need to fold the kitchen towel (and trim if needed) and put kitchen towel between each full glass and the empty glasses. Six pieces in total. 






Now watch as the coloured water starts 'walking' towards the top of the glass and over into the empty glass. What is going to happen? Two colours are going into one empty glass so what colours do you predict will be in the empty glasses?

It didn't take the colours long to start moving and we checked back on the experiment every couple of hours to see what was happening. By the next morning we could do our final check to see what new colours had appeared in the empty glasses and which two colours had mixed to make the new colour. 




Why not give it a try as a stay at home school activity and record your results as part of your school work. 

The children loved this experiment,  it was so quick and easy to set up and has great results. 




Tuesday, 25 February 2020

A Celebration of Slytherin At Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. 3rd April to 6th September 2020






 Fans are invited to discover the Slytherin common room for the first time ever. Known throughout the eight films for its ambition and links to dark magic, Slytherin house is home to some of the greatest wizards of all time. From April, visitors to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London will discover the secrets behind some of the iconic costumes and props belonging to their favourite, cunning Slytherin characters.




Visitors won’t have to be under the guise of Polyjuice potion to discover the secrets of the Slytherin common room up close, as for the first time ever, fans are invited to gather around the imposing fireplace and sofas where Ron’s magical transformation began to wear off, revealing his ginger hair. During this special feature, a 25-foot high section of this iconic set will be on display, furnished and dressed with authentic props. 




When envisioning the Slytherin common room, Production Designer Stuart Craig wanted a very different atmosphere to the warm colours of Gryffindor so designed the set to look like a dungeon carved out of solid rock. The hand-designed wall tapestries visitors will see had red tones completely taken out of the colour palette to add to the austere atmosphere and further highlight the iconic Slytherin colours, green and silver.




Entering through the Great Hall doors, visitors will be greeted by a sea of green as the Slytherin house banners from the film series are suspended from the enchanted ceiling, denoting a Slytherin victory of the House Cup. Over the teacher’s table, Gryffindor banners will be displayed in reference to the final scenes of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in which Dumbledore awards last-minute house points resulting in a Gryffindor triumph.

Paying homage to some of Slytherin’s most esteemed witches and wizards, a number of original costumes belonging to the Malfoy family will be on display allowing visitors to see how the designs changed to depict their rise and fall in power and status alongside Lord Voldemort. Also showcased will be the evolution of Voldemort’s costumes showing his growth from orphan, Tom Riddle, to young Hogwarts student and finally to prolific villain.




Warner Bros. Studio Tour London’s Celebration of Slytherin feature will run from Friday 3rd April – Sunday 6th September 2020 and all additions are included in the ticket price.


Thursday, 20 February 2020

Why all of the 'hate' recently? Spread the love.



Why do we find it so easy to hate on each other? Not so much face to face but online and on social media, hidden behind a screen we let the hate flow freely through the keyboard. 

So many people think that it’s ok. It’s not said to someone’s face so maybe it won’t hurt as much? 






Some things I’ve seen and read online recently are just awful. Would you really go up to someone in the street and say that to their face? Maybe some people are cruel enough to? 

Is it ok to comment because you think someone spends too much. ‘Oh I would never spend that much money on my child’ or ‘That’s a ridiculous amount of money to spend on an item of clothing’.  Well maybe you wouldn’t spend that but that doesn’t give you the right to dictate what others spend their money on. 

Or what about ‘What do they think they are wearing?’ or 'What do they think they look like?' Just because it’s not your taste in clothing or style doesn’t mean it doesn’t look nice or feel right for that person. The world would be a pretty boring place if we all had the same taste or style. 

On Instagram last year one of my child’s so called ‘friends’ put a poll to vote for the ugliest girl in their year and there was a vote for my child before the post was removed. Why would that child even put up something like that and then why would another child vote? Why the hatred? Why the dislike for others? What was the point? 

Just because you don’t agree with what others are doing doesn’t mean you can comment on it in a negative way. If someone followed you around and scrutinised every part of your day, each and every day, can you imagine how much that would drag you down to the point of being completely depressing. Even when you in yourself think you are doing the right thing someone else is there to make you think you aren’t. 

So why do it to others and even more so over social media or even in the media. Hidden behind a screen doesn’t mean you have the right to say what you like when you like. Hatred is spread far too easily recently and at the expense of others and their wellbeing and mental health. 

If we put as much effort into building each other up rather than tearing each other down the world would be a better place. Yet people can’t seem to do it. They can’t pass one nice comment on to someone no matter how small. That one comment could pick someone up for the rest of the day or even week. It could be that one comment that makes that person feel better about themselves just when they weren’t feeling at their best. 

So why can't we turn the hate into love. One small comment to someone who we wouldn't normally pass comment to. Leave a small note in a loved one's lunch letting them know how much they mean to you or you hope their day is going well. Leave a note on a colleagues desk thanking them for their help or input into work life. Drop a message to someone wishing them a good day or even offer 5 minutes of your time for a chat if needed. Spark up conversation to connect people together. 

All of this could make the world of difference to someone who may really need it and yet we don't always know it at the time. Be Kind.