Showing posts with label fun & games. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fun & games. Show all posts

6 March 2018

Family Games Night Playing Quirky & Baffled with Our Tweens (REVIEW)

***REVIEW***
Friday night is often family games night in our house. I’m a big fan of board games so I’m really pleased that my tweens seem to have my enthusiasm for them too. They like card games, board games as well as computer games, and I love how they all provide the opportunity to spend some quality family time together, creating important bonds and memories. Have to admit, we (I) do get a little bit too competitive at times though!

Review of Baffled and Quirky board games
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8 February 2018

Building Big Ben - a 3D Ravensburger Puzzle (REVIEW)

***REVIEW***
Jigsaw puzzles have come a long way since I was a child. The new 3D puzzles are amazing. These new jigsaws are not flat but actually create 3D shapes when complete. Read on to find out more about the 3D Big Ben from Ravensburger.

Building Big Ben - a 3D Ravensburger Puzzle

This post also contains Amazon affiliate links. It costs you nothing however if you do buy something after clicking the link then Amazon will pay me a small amount in commission - so thank you in advance if you do!

29 November 2017

How to make eco-friendly xmas baubles for just pennies

We love Christmas. The decorations go up at the beginning of December in our home so it's nearly time to put them up and I can't wait. 

Over the 30 days of November, lots of Xmas decorations are being made by children to decorate their homes this festive season. And this year thanks to this Kid Made Christmas Decorations initiative by Mum in the Mad House, we have some new additions to add to our traditional decorations - Eco-friendly and frugal Xmas Pine Cone Baubles. 


27 November 2017

12 Books for Tweens this Christmas (AFFILIATE)

I always think I’m really lucky that my boys love reading. They’ve always loved their bedtime stories, still do even though they are now tweens, they love audiobooks, listening to stories as well as reading them too.

12 Books for Tweens this Christmas

Please note that this post contains affiliate links to Amazon. It costs you nothing but if you do click a link and make any purchase then Amazon will pay me a small commission, so thank you if you do.

23 November 2017

Getting Crafty with Ezee Beads

Last Christmas my youngest, then seven, really wanted a toy he’d seen advertised on TV which had beads that you stuck together just with water. After a bit of searching, we discovered it was Ezee Beads. It was added to his list. He also told Santa in person that he’d like it, and Santa duly delivered it on Christmas Day.

Please note that this post contains affiliate links to Amazon. It costs you nothing but if you do click a link and make any purchase then Amazon will pay me a small commission, so thank you if you do.

23 October 2017

Despicable Me 3 Pencil Holder & Storage Box Jigsaws (REVIEW)

***REVIEW + AFFILIATE LINKS***

My youngest has always loved jigsaws. From a large Gruffalo one, when he really young, to a world map and a solar system, they really capture his interest and he always wants to finish them.

We were asked to review some new Despicable 3 Jigsaws from Ravensburger recently. Now my youngest not only loves jigsaws but totally adores Minions too. He still adores his Tumbling Stuart which still makes us all laugh. So I knew he’d be perfect for this task – he is 8 years old.




22 October 2017

The Famous Five Adventure Game App Review (AD)

***COLLABORATIVE POST***

Who remembers reading The Famous Five books by Enid Blyton when they were young? 

I had every book in the series. All were well-worn, with a creased spine, over-thumbed pages and folded corners. I loved reading them over and over again. We’d also play The Famous Five, me and my friends that was, pretending we were having adventures. The difference was we were all girls and we didn’t have a dog, lashings of ginger beer or adventures for that matter. But it didn’t matter we loved the books.

So when I was approached recently to see if I’d like to review the 21st century version reboot of the books - a mystery game app called The Famous Five Adventure Game - I didn’t hesitate. 

The Famous Five adventure game app review


8 September 2017

Keeping Young Drivers Safe – Driving Lessons for Under 17s (REVIEW)

*** REVIEW ***

How many times have you read a news headline about another young person in a driving accident? Sadly the majority of times it turns out to be a boy, and now that my boys are starting to grow up I am thinking about the future and of ways to keep them safe. Driving lessons for under 17s is one way to start the process.

Driving is such a useful skill to have and I’d like my boys to be able to drive one day – in the hope that they can chauffeur me around (I can dream). Driving is not only useful but fun, exhilarating, opens up new adventures but it doesn’t come without its risks but I’d also like them to understand the importance of driving safely too.


Keeping Young Drivers Safe – Driving Lessons for Under 17s with Young Driver

18 August 2017

Hallmark Itty Bitty Review

***GIVEAWAY + AFFILIATE LINKS***

Little did I know, that when I attended a blogging conference earlier this year, that one of the most popular things I take home for the boys would be Itty Bittys. Itty Bittys, if you don't know, are adorable plush toys that stand roughly 5 inches tall - honestly so cute.

So now we have teamed up with Hallmark to offer My Boys Club readers the opportunity to win some Itty Bittys for yourselves.

Hallmark Itty Bitty Review + Giveaway

10 August 2017

Win the New Fidget Toy in our MOKURU (REVIEW)

Earlier this year you may have read about MOKURU - The Latest Fidget Toy Craze from Japan. My Boys Club has now teamed up with MOKURU to offer three lucky readers the opportunity to win their very own Japanese balance toy in our giveaway. And just to let you know this post also includes an affiliate link.

Win the New Fidget Toy in our MOKURU Giveaway

7 July 2017

MOKURU - The Latest Fidget Toy Craze from Japan - Everything You Need to Know (REVIEW)

***NEW FIDGET TOY REVIEW***

One of my favourite toys, when I was a child, was a Weeble – it wobbled but it wouldn’t fall down. So imagine my delight when I found out that the new ‘fidget’ toy that has taken Japan by storm and goes on sale in the UK from today, also stands upright every time you push it over … however you can actually lie this toy down flat too.

So what is this new toy? 

MOKURU is a Japanese balance toy that tests the concentration and hand-eye coordination skills for individuals of all ages.

MOKURU - The Latest Fidget Toy Craze from Japan - Everything You Need to Know

13 June 2017

3 April 2017

Learning the Fun Way with Education Quizzes (AD)


I am lucky that both my boys really enjoy learning. It's not always without struggles and challenges, though. But they do attend a brilliant primary school, with teachers that still try to place as much emphasis on extra-curricular activities as they do the national curriculum, and both boys are thriving there. 

Their school, as well as mum and dad, of course, have encouraged and nurtured this joy of learning that they have. They can't get enough of TV shows like Horrible Histories, they love books full of facts and also have really enjoyed any online 'educational' game they have played - as well as a tonne of games that are just about fun! When we visited London last year my eldest didn't take the headphones off whilst on the sightseeing buses - he now knows so much about London - more than us. 

With this in mind, I was keen to show them a new educational quiz game we had been asked to review. It's right up their street.

Learning the Fun Way with Education Quizzes - online support for KS1, KS2, 11-Plus, KS3 & GCSE.


27 February 2017

Toy Review: Spy Gear Transforming Ninja Sword & Wrist Blaster (REVIEW)

*** Review ***

With two boys who love both karate and soft-dart style guns, I had no doubt that they would both jump at the chance to review two new Spy Gear toys by Spinmaster, a company that aims to design and market innovative products that "wow".

Toy Review: Spy Gear Transforming Ninja Sword & Wrist Blaster

12 February 2017

The Child & Parent Experience at a Minecraft Convention (Nethermined 3) (REVIEW)

Nethermined returned to Newcastle this weekend for its 3rd outing in the city and we were offered complimentary tickets to attend as a family. The boys were more than happy, to say the least!

At the Minecraft convention known as Nethermined, Minecraft YouTubers entertain the crowds with panels on 2 stages, some live gaming, a small number of hugely popular workshops, some retro games and merchandise stalls.

Nethermined 3 took place on February 11 at Northumbria University Student Union and promised to involve Live Minecraft gaming sessions, on stage competitions involving audience participation, Q&A Panels, Educational Panels, as well as meet and greets regarding the Minecraft / YouTuber experience. 


The parent and child's experience at a Minecraft Convention - Nethermined 3 Newcastle



27 January 2017

My Boys Tech Club - Minecraft (Pocket Edition)

My boys love playing the Pocket Edition of Minecraft on the iPad. This month in 'My Boys Tech Club' my 9-year-old wants to tell you his top 5 facts about Minecraft and why he loves playing it. And why he is really looking forward to Nethermined 3 - coming soon to Newcastle ...



13 January 2017

My Boys Tech Club - Angry Birds Go

This month in My Boys Tech Club my seven-year-old wants to tell you why he loves playing the ANGRY BIRDS GO game, on his Amazon Fire Tablet, with his top 5 facts.


My Boys Tech Club - Angry Birds Go


30 November 2016

My Boys Tech Club - November 2016

My Boys Tech Club - November 2016


This month in My Boys Tech Club my nine-year-old wants to tell you why he loves playing the TEMPLE RUN 2 game, on his Amazon Fire Tablet, with his top 5 facts.

Temple Run 2 a review by my boys club


1. Temple Run 2 is an endless running game that takes place in a temple floating in the clouds instead of a thick swamp in the jungle. The aim of the game is to collect coins to buy or upgrade power-ups and select new characters. You start in a temple with two free characters – Scarlet Fox and Guy Dangerous. To play, you run through different levels by swiping down, up, sideways and tilting the tablet to move the characters in different directions.

Temple Run 2 a review by my boys club


2. You start in a level called Blazing Sands, a desert where you have to follow the track without getting caught in traps, such as rivers, broken bridges, rocks, landslides and giant mousetraps. On the way, you need to collect chests, power-ups, gems and coins. Blazing Sands only lasts for a limited time or until you have collected 500 gems – you can buy these through In-App purchase (we don’t) or collect them on runs. It’s easy to collect coins and power-ups but a lot harder to collect gems and chests

Temple Run 2 a review by my boys club



3. Once Blazing Sands in no longer accessible you have to play in Sky Summit. Here you run through the sky on paths held up by floating rocks. While collecting more coins, power-ups, gems and chests you need to avoid falling rocks, fallen trees, holes in the path, low bridges and walls blocking your route. You can then buy entry into other lands such as Cold Land with 500 gems. Cold Land has a wintery feel, covered in snow and ice with frozen rocks. Or play challenges to gain entry.

Temple Run 2 a review by my boys club


4. You can be caught by a demon monkey. If you touch some the orange/red tiles sticking up from the floor it will release a monster that is following you into the bottom of the screen for two minutes. If you touch another tile or trap in this time, then you lose a life. You can then use a gem to restart in the same place by spinning a wheel to gain a power-up, gem, or coins. 

Temple Run 2 a review by my boys club


5. This is a fast paced game that needs quick reactions. I really like that throughout the year different themes appear such as Halloween and Winter. Halloween turns Sky Summit into Spooky Summit – special costumes for the characters make them become Halloween monsters such as Scarlet Bat and Franken Guy and the area gets a Halloween theme. Winter turns Cold Land into Frozen Shadows – the monster is a yeti and these can jump down on to you.

Temple Run 2 a review by my boys club


Cost: Game free to download
Time: Endless hours of fun
Boys Club Rating: 4.5 out of 5

What games would you like My Boys to review?

Deb x



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15 November 2016

Getting Crafty With The Kids - Glow Putty

My Boys really do enjoy creating new things. When they were younger they loved things like Play-Doh. Now they are slightly older but they still like squishing things, making noises and getting their hands dirty. I don’t always like the mess, however. 



Earlier this year my youngest was bought a Glow in the Dark putty set as a present. We recently found it on a house tidy up day and it turned out to be the perfect children’s activity for a cold, rainy day in November.



Kids Craft activity glow in the dark mixed by me thinking putty


When we opened the box of Crazy Aaron's Mixed By Me Thinking Putty Kit, it contained five small tins of putty (clear), three colour concentrates and three special effects, colouring pencils, sticky labels and an instruction booklet which doubled as a mixing sheet.

Kids Craft activity glow in the dark mixed by me thinking putty


Kids Craft activity glow in the dark mixed by me thinking putty


Kids Craft activity glow in the dark mixed by me thinking putty

Kids Craft activity glow in the dark mixed by me thinking putty



The putty comes in 5 separate small tins – we actually only used one on this first go, so I think it will provide a few more afternoons worth of activity. Then there are three colour concentrates in the primary colours of red, blue and yellow – so you can then make any colour you want, and three different special effects – shimmer, sparkle and glow (and yes it really does glow in the dark).




Kids Craft activity glow in the dark mixed by me thinking putty

Kids Craft activity glow in the dark mixed by me thinking putty


Kids Craft activity glow in the dark mixed by me thinking putty



The idea is to mix the putty, to create the suggested mixtures or you can develop your own new concoctions. You have a fair chance of making something unique. You can then give it a name if you wish and write it on a new label (supplied) with the pencils (supplied). 



Kids Craft activity glow in the dark mixed by me thinking putty



My boys couldn't wait to mix their own colours. The boys got stuck in straight away checking out the putty, taking the colours and effects out of their packets and rolling them into balls. 





Kids Craft activity glow in the dark mixed by me thinking putty



Then came the fun part mixing. They said it was like elastic, you pull it a little to shape it, but if you pull it hard it snaps in two.


Kids Craft activity glow in the dark mixed by me thinking putty


They started by following the instructions but it wasn’t long before they let their imaginations go and started to create their own combinations. They worked together as a team deciding what to make but didn’t want my help. 



Kids Craft activity glow in the dark mixed by me thinking putty


All in all, they entertained themselves for a couple of hours mixing and stretching the putty before deciding one final creation – a giant swirl. This was the only time they asked for some assistance.


Kids Craft activity glow in the dark mixed by me thinking putty


Kids Craft activity glow in the dark mixed by me thinking putty


They then placed it on the bookshelf in their bedroom so they could check overnight whether it really glowed in the dark. It did :)


Kids Craft activity glow in the dark mixed by me thinking putty





I had been prepared for this to be messy, cleared the kitchen table, put down wipeable mats but to my surprise, there was no mess. 


I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a stress reliever as it can be quite therapeutic. They spent all afternoon mixing the various colours and effects to create a spiral effect. Their only disappointment was that as it never actually goes hard it's no good for modelling with. If anyone knows of any mix your own putty that can then be modelled please let me know.

When it was bought the complete kit cost just under £15, including delivery, from an online retailer. It has been a great pressie.

Cost: £14.95 at the time of purchase.
Time: Lots of rainy afternoons
Equipment: Just the kit.
My Boys Club Rating: It’s a great kit nurturing their creativity in a fun and practical (and not too messy) way.

It was lots of fun!

Thanks for reading,

Deb x

27 October 2016

My Boys Tech Club - October 2016

This month in My Boys Tech Club my seven-year-old wants to tell you why he loves CROSSY ROAD with his top 5 facts.




1. The aim of the game is to cross roads, rail tracks and rivers by moving forward one step at a time, By tapping the screen you can also move in any direction by swiping, except diagonally. You have to try and go as far as possible without dying.

My mummy says it reminds her of playing Frogger when she was younger.






2. On the roads are cars, lorries, bikes and buses going at different speeds but if you get hit or squished by one you die and the game is over.

You also die if you get hit by a train but you get a warning of a red light that a train is coming; or if you fall in the river or land on a crocodile's head.


3. There are different themes including the Arctic, a rainy city, a big city, and the dessert, there is even an old-fashioned one in sepia and another that looks like Pac-Man.

  



4. There are coins on the roads, tracks and on the logs on the river. You get more characters every time you earn 100 coins. You do get to choose your characters it is a lottery. There are 174 characters that you can earn in total.


5. It is fun to play, my favourite character is the basketball player because when he gets squished the ball bounced away. The instructions are very easy to understand and I can play for an hour before I get bored.









Cost: Game free to download. 
Time: Endless hours of fun.
Boys Club Rating: 4.5 out of 5



What games would you like My Boys to review?


Deb x



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