You’re seven. You lose a tooth and then – uh oh – you lose that tooth. What do you do? Naturally, you write the tooth fairy an explanatory note…
I’ve been meaning to blog this for while. Russell thinks ‘soft play’ is “one of those things that’s better than it used to be” and I see what he means but I’m not so sure. I’m a pretty involved dad and I spend a fair amount of my time in a local soft play area… Continue reading Hard play
Julia Donaldson has written some of our favourite kids’ books – The Gruffalo, The Snail and the Whale, Room on the Broom and loads more – all beautifully-written. The Giants and The Joneses is aimed at a slightly older age group than these but the brilliant (unabridged) CD audiobook, read by Helen Lederer, is one… Continue reading Xmas toys: good and bad. Number 5 – The Giants and The Joneses audiobook by Julia Donaldson
Spending a really golden morning with my 5 year-old daughter Billie (she’s off school recovering from something called Winter Vomiting Virus – nice), reading stories, playing snakes & ladders, making a Balamory collage and listening to the really quite amazing Last FM.
Now this is rubbish. You had toys
This one looked unpromising. I don’t need to tell you that 90% of movie tie-in toys are depressing play-once-and-discard rubbish and I found it difficult to believe that a plastic RC car could buck the trend (much as I loved The Incredibles) but, dear reader, I was wrong. It’s chunky (doors close nicely, roof snaps… Continue reading Xmas toys: good and bad. number 3 – The Incredimobile RC car
Engineered like a Mercedes, the Playmobil Airliner is really a parent’s toy. Everything snaps together with the kind of satisfying click that only the Germans can manage. The thing comes with a tiny plastic and steel tool that looks like it belongs in the boot of an SL. The interior has cup holders with stacking… Continue reading Xmas toys: good and bad. Number 2 – The Playmobil Airliner
How’s this for topical? A Xmas entry in mid-January! Every year we buy a small mountain of toys for our children and about half of them turn out to be total rubbish. Of the rest, though, several always turn out to be real gems and I feel it’s my solemn duty to let you know… Continue reading Xmas toys: good and bad. Number 1 – Geomag Panels
I give you a snapshot of the pre-Xmas domestic disarray round here. I’m feeding the kids Friday evening and notice that the pretty little red plate that I’ve given to Rosie for her fish fingers is actually a frisbee (an Incredibles frisbee in fact).
Fat Cat is a cartoon character with an uncertain grasp of the English language. I think he comes from China, although this notebook and pencil (which come with a pencil case, ruler, pencil sharpener, eraser and a sort of clip thing) was bought in Spain and carries some words in Dutch too. If you click… Continue reading What are they on about?