5th April 2017 by - No comments

I was reading an article just the other day with the headline,’Robots are siblings for China’s lonely children.’

The article was about these new toddler robots that can be formulated to suit your own childs likes and needs. So a machine in the shape of a child robot to play with your little one.

I was lucky enough to spend a few days with my darling brother. He lives in Singapore now and Im in London, so we dont get to see each as often as I’d like but we are always in touch.

I have always thought siblings were important. You dont have to get along completely all the time but just to know they are there is enough.
My boys don’t always get along but most of the time they play together so nicely its wonderful to watch.

If your child doesn’t have a sibling Ive always believed cousins can be as close as a sibling.
Family is forever Xxxx

9th February 2017 by - No comments

Any budding doctors out there? Then your kids will love this museum !

What is The Hunterian Museum in London?

The Hunterian Museum houses one of the oldest collections of anatomical, pathological and zoological specimens in the UK and is based on the items assembled by John Hunter, surgeon and anatomist (1728-1793).

The collection comprises more than 3,500 anatomical and pathological preparations, fossils, paintings and drawings and also includes specimens donated by Edward Jenner and Sir Joseph Banks.

Exhibits at the Hunterian Museum include the skeleton of the 7ft 7in tall ‘Irish giant’ Charles Byrne, a collection of surgical instruments dating from the seventeenth century, carbolic sprays used by Lister, the pioneer of antiseptic surgery, the tooth of a megatherium (an extinct giant sloth) donated by Charles Darwin – and Winston Churchill’s dentures.

Looking for something fun to do this half term?

The Hunterian Museum in London is looking for families to take part in valuable audience research this February half-term.
If you are a family who hasn’t visited the Hunterian museum before – but would like to – and you have at least one child in the 7-11 age range, would you be happy to work with the museum and use your family visit to help them find out more about your visitor experience as a family – so that the museum can put this information towards the new museum that will open in 2020?

The museum asks that you allow up to 2 hours for the visit, though you won’t need to stay the full time – unless you want to! Your visit will be observed by one of the museum staff researchers and then they will give you some refreshments and ask you about your time in the museum.

All families get a ‘goody bag’ and museum guidebooks worth £5 each to say thank you.

Observations will take place from Tuesday 14th-Saturday 18th February 2017, 10am-5pm

If you would like to take part, please contact Beth Astridge on bastridge@rcseng.ac.uk to timetable in your visit.

14th December 2016 by - No comments

My boys love magazines. I think they take after their mummy who is also an avid reader of magazines – the fashion kind!

My older son is now 8 and a super Chelsea fan so he loves football magazines, but my younger 6 year old gets hugely excited when gifted with any kids again offering arts & crafts and especially a gift on the front.

As parents we do have to be careful when choosing the right magazine for our children as the range on offer is so huge! And as a lot of the cartoon characters on offer can be quite violent I tend to stay away from kids magazines which gift guns or any other violent toys.

So it is a breathe of fresh air when a kids magazine promotes old fashioned crafts we used to enjoy ourselves when we were little.

The Magazine –

CBeebies has brought out a fantastic new magazine aimed at kids simply entitled ‘Art – Draw, Make & Play’.

That is exactly what my boy loves doing in his free time, and it is the perfect way to take their attention off the iPads and the television. Good old fashioned arts & crafts. Colouring, gluing, sticking, creating.

The special Winter issue has some fantastic activities to keep the kiddies busy for hours –

Create a 3D Arctic fox & a snowy owl
Fingerprint a Snowman picture
Stencil lots of lovely animals, winter pictures and patterns on woolly hats and jumpers

Verdict –

My 6 year old spent a good while making the three cute Christmas decorations gifted with the magazine. Using his little fingers to fix on the robins eyes, little nose & beak was so much fun.

At the end by completing all three animals he felt so proud, and happily hung them on our Christmas tree for everyone to see.

There are so many other fun things for us to do in this wonderful magazine! We will definitely be buying this on a regular basis.

Fantastic fun!

Available to purchase now in all large supermarkets & bookshops.