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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Rainbow Revolutions: Power, Pride and Protest [Gift]

Last month, we were sent Rainbow Revolutions: Power, Pride and Protest, a new book by Jamie Lawson and illustrated by Eve Lloyd Knight. A book about LGBTQ history, dating back as far as 1790. Although we’re the living result of LGBTQ History, we still don’t know it all, and we never want to stop learning either. This book helps me and my community do just that.

Unlike most moments in history that carved our children’s future – I use heroes like Emily Pankhurst and Martin Luther King Jr as example – and despite having a rich history, LGBTQ-specific history is so rarely spoken about and referenced. This is partly to do with ignorance and a lack of respect for our community, but it’s also because a lot of the time people are unaware of the contributions LGBTQ people had on history.

Did you know that Alan Turing – father of modern computing and all-time war hero – was Gay and later chemically castrated for being so? Also, in the 1940’s, when Nazi Germany was beaten and survivors of the Holocaust were rescued, people with LGBTQ identities were transferred from the concentration camps, where they were tortured and almost died, to a prison to continue a life-long sentence for being LGBTQ because it was illegal to be LGBTQ in Germany.

These are just a handful of stories featured in the Rainbow Revolutions, but there’s more. Here’s my review and why you NEED this book on your book shelf.

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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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The Micro Wagon by Micro Scooters [AD – Review]

Getting around a festival with small children can be quite difficult when the festival itself is quite spacious, especially if you find that you’re having to travel from one end to the other to catch a show or talk in a small amount of time. Not only that, if you’re planning on staying out past your little ones bedtime you might want to think about turning your wagon into a makeshift bed so you can still enjoy the night time activities.

With the help of some ear defenders, a cozy base, and a thick blanket, T often took himself off to “bed” and was usually out for the count by 9pm during the past few Camp Bestivals. Having a wagon takes a lot of stress out of the festival and it means their little legs can be reserved for more important things like tree climbing or dancing!

This year, we were lucky enough to be sent a wagon by Micro Scooters (you know, the guys who also do scooters!) as our wagon recently went to Wagon heaven after being given a hard time last year. We were really excited to give it a try as we cannot fault their scooters, so we were curious as to what their wagons would be like.

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Strictly Bricks: Lego Compatible Bricks and Baseplates [AD – Review]

This month, we were recently sent some items from Strictly Bricks – a new STEM toy founded in 2014 that encourages children to learn and create using the power of construction.

T’s reached a wonderful age where he really enjoys building and creating “masterpieces”, and has a bounty of Lego in his room, but these sets can come at a cost, so when we were invited to try out an alternative we were keen to see how they compared.

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