Dough Nab The Game [AD – Review]

A few weeks ago, as part of International Coffee Day, we were invited to try our Dough Nab – a fun new game (which, sadly, does not include real doughnuts) for the family. We really enjoy playing games together as a family, so we’re always interested in finding new ones to fill our evenings!

If you haven’t heard of it before, it’s rules are similar to that of a snatching or matching game where the aim of the game is to match as many cards to the three doughnuts in front of you before the other player, however there are plenty of “special” cards to shake things up along the way.

The game is aimed at 8 year olds and up, however T is 4 and got on with it just fine (once he understood the rules) Here’s how we got on:

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After School Playtime with IKEA [AD]

I can’t believe it’s been almost two weeks since T started school. I also can’t believe how many school runs we’ve already done – my calves are going to be solid by the end of term! 

Although he’s a confident little nugget, I thought that naturally he’d be shy and anxious, however he’s actually taken to the routine and the new surroundings like a duck to water. I know it’s still early days, but so far he’s really enjoying it and often looks forward to school every day – although I still haven’t got a clue what he get’s up to! 

With this in mind, we always try and make sure that after school – to compliment his busy day of learning – we have something ready at home for him to wind down with. Something that’s not going to charge him up or make him think too much.

This is where IKEA – once again – comes into play. Literally. 

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Days Out: A Family Day at Plumpton Racecourse [AD – Press Visit]

Last Sunday, we were invited to Plumpton Racecourse in Lewes to visit their annual ‘Family Day’ event, which is part of Great British Racing’s Under 18’s summer campaign. We’d never been to a horse racing course before, so we were interested to see how family friendly it really was.

Our only previous experience of horse racing was The Grand National on television (and Peaky Blinders!), therefore we were excited to visit a more local racecourse.

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OKIDO Which Way? Game [AD – Review]

When I was in school, the first introduction to coding was via a computer programme where a you would create a string of commands – such as Right 100, Forward 2, Left 210, and so on – where a little turtle (I think it might have even been called Turtle!) would then follow those commands to make a shape. It was very basic and, quite frankly, dull and if you missed one step – which would have no doubt taken you hours to write – your diagram would be completely ruined!

Nowadays, it’s no longer like that. Instead, there are a range of STEM activities to teach children the basics of coding without them realising that they’re learning how to code!

Last week, we were introduced to our first ever coding activity – the OKIDO Which Way? Game – an exciting game where you’re invited to create different “tracks” for your car, simulating the art of coding.  Continue reading

Night Out: An Evening with Cirque Berserk [AD – Press Trip]

Whenever the circus is in town, we always try and pay them a visit. With Circus feeling like an experience from the past, you never really know whether it’ll return, so when it arrives we make sure it’s in our diary to go!

Cirque Berserk is the sister show of Zippo’s Circus and describes itself as a “Berserkus” as opposed to a circus, and after our show on Thursday night I can wholeheartedly agree with their statement!

Located near the King Alfred Leisure Centre on Hove Lawns, the setting is perfect for a family night out or a well-deserved date night. You’ll be thrilled and wowed – often looking through your fingers – and will go home truly amazed. The circus is a wonderful mix of traditional circus and modern day acrobatics.

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Preparing for School with IKEA [AD]

With T starting school in less than three months we decided he needed his own space where he can continue what he’s learning at school or take some time to relax. A space that doesn’t already have a purpose; such as the dining room table, or one that might form as a distraction; such as the coffee table, which often has an array of magazines on it (not to mention TV remotes!). Something to call his own.

With this in mind, just like the rest of the house, we went straight to IKEA to look for ideas and it wasn’t long before we found what we were looking for.

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