Go-Karting for Kids

Go-Karting for Kids

If you are thinking of something different to do with the children that will satisfy their thirst to be thrilled and challenge them to use a whole range of physical and spatial awareness skills then go-karting for kids is something seriously worth considering. During a recent trip to Suffolk we spotted a sign for Beacon Rally Cars in Martlesham and after checking out their website decided to take the kids for a drive around. Beacon Rally Karts cater for kids from 5 years upwards as well as for adults and have three tracks and three speeds of kart aimed at different age groups. The slowest  karts travel at a max of  9 mph which is a reasonable speed for young children, whilst the adult cars can reach speeds approaching 40 mph. The centre was well organised. Everyone got to wear the full fire protection suits, gloves and helmets and we were all given clear instructions on how to drive the cars and to make sure we all understood what the flag signals meant. There were lots of helpful, friendly marshalls about and the maximum number of karts allowed on the circuit at any one time was two or three whilst we were there,  so there was little chance of any collision.  When entering the kart we were supervised by the marshalls to make sure that all necessary safety precautions were in place. Once that was done the karting began. The first lap is a bit tentative as you feel your way around the circuit and get to know where the bends and straights are, by the second lap the foot’s down...
Brilliant Theatre for Children by Red Rose Chain

Brilliant Theatre for Children by Red Rose Chain

If you are looking for the perfect way to introduce your children to Shakespeare then taking them to see a production by Red Rose Chain is an absolute must. It’s also equally as entertaining for adults. We took our two girls to see their first Shakespeare play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Theatre in the Forest at Jimmy’s Farm near Ipswich in August – and what a fantastic production it was.

The Ava and Sophie Show Pizza Challenge

The Ava and Sophie Show Pizza Challenge

Ava and Sophie are two young girls who just love getting in front of the camera and trying things out. Over the last year they have created numerous videos where they have reviewed sweets and toys for their friends at school and their growing online audience. Now they have begun to branch out by taking on challenges and making videos about fun things they are getting up to. In the first of such videos they were asked by their friends to undertake the famous ‘Pizza Challenge’. The aim here was to pile on a a range of toppings which, when combined together, would make the world’s most horrible pizza – which they had to eat. To make it truly horrible, the ingredients were secretly prepared by mum and dad and the girls had to pick a number out of a bag in order to choose which topping was going on next – a real blind bag experience. With ingredients ranging from jam and peas to cereal and Liquorice Alsorts. it looks like mum and dad had a field day. ‘There was more to this than just doing the challenge,’ insisted mum, ‘ it was actually a fun way to get the girls to experiment with and try new food combinations and learn about cooking.’ But what would Ava and Sophie make of the pizza challenge? How bad were the pizzas and could they actually face eating them in the end? If you want to find out you can watch the video below. If you like it, why not like, share, comment or susbscribe to their video show....
Fairyland, Romance, Donkey Ears and Hilarity

Fairyland, Romance, Donkey Ears and Hilarity

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Red Rose Chain at Jimmy’s Farm’s Theatre in the Forest Last summer, I was lucky enough to see a fantastic open air production of The Taming of The Shrew by the Red Rose Chain Theatre Company at Jimmy’s Farm, near Ipswich. This year, this incredibly talented theatre company is back with an exciting reinvention of everyone’s favourite Shakespeare comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. If last year’s production is anything to go by, then this year’s will be absolutely hilarious. Red Rose Chain productions are a brilliant example of what results when you mix highly creative directing with inspired acting and exceptional comic timing with imaginative performance: an eye wateringly funny play. To add to the delight, Jimmy’s Farm’s theatre is actually in a forest. This is the absolute ideal place to watch A Midsummer Night’s Dream. A genuine wood, enchanting lighting, moonlight, stars and magic. I can’t wait. What’s more, it’s one of those theatre events where you’re encouraged to enjoy more than the play – so, bring your out door chairs, your picnic baskets and a blanket, some pop for the kids and bottle of vino for yourselves, enjoy the feast and raise a merry glass to the happy couples. Red Rose Chain will be performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream from 22nd July to 30th August 2015. Performance Times: Tues – Sat 7.30pm Sat matinees at 2pm. Sun 30th August at 7.30pm. Full Price: £23-£25  Over 60s: £17.50-£19.50  Concessions: £10-£12 To book tickets, click here To find out more, click here...
Amazing Children’s Playhouses

Amazing Children’s Playhouses

With spring here it’s time to open the doors and let the kids out into the garden. For many children, there’s no better fun than having their own little outdoor playhouse. A playhouse is a fabulous place for children to have a little bit of independence in the safety of their own backyard, where they can play, explore and create their own adventures. There are some fantastic children’s playhouses on the market nowadays. I’ve put together a collection of my favourites here for you to take a look at. The article is divided into two. The first set of houses are available in the USA and the latter ones are available in the UK. Playhouses available in the USA The Sara Victorian MansionPlayhouse Made for our little princesses, the Victorian style Little Cottage Sara Victorian 8 x16 Wood Mansion Playhouse is a real mansion when it comes to playhouses. For kids, it’s huge, inside and out, and features 17 working windows, two doorways, a turret for all those Disney role-plays they’ll want to be doing and it even has it’s own loft with ladder to climb up. You can easily fit in chairs and a table as well as lots of toys for them to play with. Lauren’s Cottage  Lauren’s Cottage immediately makes you think of Hansel and Gretel. It’s the ideal place for children to dream up those fairytale fantasies – perfect to help them explore their imagination to the max. This cottage is built using safe and durable Western Red Cedar (not gingerbread, unfortunately) and features: a classic Dutch door, a fabulous dormer roof, and a traditional gable window with shutters that comes...
Technology For Teaching Children Today

Technology For Teaching Children Today

Today, technology has a great impact on education. This is because technological devices are commonly used each and every day to fulfill several needs: communication, entertainment, business activities and education. Children, at their early stages, have their brains suited to the use of the technology. In classrooms, children are using cameras, computers and tape recorders among other technological appliances to perform their projects. Technology has ensured a better way of content delivery and improves performance in schools. Kids have to learn a range of exiting technology topics including: robotics, movie making, web design, soldering, digital photo editing and building Lego cars. To fully understand technology for teaching children, it is important to expand more on the above topics. Robotics Robotics is a very wide field with several concepts to be learnt.  This field enables children to understand artificial intelligence, robot mechanics and the application of robotics, including: manufacturing (example car manufacturing) and other applications. The basics of programming intelligence boards is taught as well as the establishment of simple algorithms that are able to perform certain activities, though the scope will depend on the teacher’s ability and the curriculum. Making Websites Web developing is a very useful skill to have. In classrooms children are provided with the necessary hints and tips on how use several web developing platforms. The basics of using Dreamweaver and how to create your own web pages for a website is taught. This is an exciting technological field. It is fun to teach and learn and will give the child the ability to express his or her ideas on the web by making use of...
What You Should Keep In Mind When You Buy Oxford Shoes for a Child

What You Should Keep In Mind When You Buy Oxford Shoes for a Child

Oxford shoes are the perfect footwear for a more formal occasion. There are few things that look as sleek and professional as a quality pair of Oxfords. If you want a nice pair of dress shoes, this is what you should buy. But things get a little trickier if the person you’re buying shoes for is a child. Are Oxford shoes for children a good idea? Are there ways to get these shoes for a child without having to spend an arm and a leg? The answer to both of those questions is yes. With that said, however, there are a few additional things that you’ll want to keep in mind. This is different from your standard shoe purchase, and so you won’t want to buy these shoes in the same way that you usually do. Anyone who’s raised a child knows how fast their feet can grow. This can be a problem with Oxfords, as they tend to have a tighter fit because of the materials that they’re made from. Thankfully, there are a few easy ways that you can get around this problem. The first thing you should do is make sure you buy your shoes close to the date they’re going to be worn. That way, it’s very unlikely that the child will go through a growth spurt between the time you buy the shoes and the time they’re supposed to wear the shoes. It’s also smart to make sure you try on the Oxfords with thick socks. Make sure that they fit well over those socks. You can switch to thinner socks if the Oxfords...
Goodnight Lad: A Fab New Way To Bring Children’s Books To Life

Goodnight Lad: A Fab New Way To Bring Children’s Books To Life

I’m always interested in a project that has good intentions and one that I’ve recently come across is an interactive ‘augmented reality’ children’s book called Goodnight Lad, by Bradley Grimm. What Bradley has done is not only write a fantastic story about the night time adventures of a little boy who never sleeps, but he has also developed a free Android and IOS app that turns Miki Thrap’s fabulous 2D illustrations into 3D animations. Quite simply, point your phone at the page and it comes to life. This is an idea that has the potential to change the way we interact with children’s books. The inspiration for this new idea came when Bradley, an app designer with over 6 million downloads, was looking for ways to engage his son, Logan, in reading. The idea is very clever: we all want our children to love books and by combining a good old fashioned book with the latest app technology, Bradley has come up with a unique way to engage young children in the world of fiction. It’s this combination of the new and old that I find particularly appealing. You’ve still got the physical book there, you’ve still got the grown up reading and bringing the story to life with their voice, but in addition, the child can hold the phone and explore the world of the book in an entirely new way. It’s a way to make books far more attractive for the young ones and get them hooked into reading at a very early age. Unfortunately, Goodnight Lad is not yet available to buy. Whilst the story and illustrations are complete and the...
Personalised Christmas Gifts for Babies and Young Children

Personalised Christmas Gifts for Babies and Young Children

If you are looking for beautiful, high quality, personalised Christmas gifts for babies and young children then we may have just found the perfect place for you. Whether you are looking for clothing and shoes, presents, Christmas decorations, Christmas stockings and sacks or even toys and books, you can get them all from the wonderful My 1st Years shop.   Christmas Sacks and Stockings My 1st Years have have a good selection of personalised Christmas stocking and sacks, all very reasonable priced. The sack shown measures 50cm by 80cm and is made from strong hessian embroidered with the words,’ Do not open until 25 December.’ It has a reindeer and star polka dot motif on top of which is printed your child’s name. The printing of the text can be done in a variety of colours, allowing you the option to choose your child’s favourite or one which matches a Christmas decoration theme you may have in mind. See our review of personalised Christmas sacks and stockings from another supplier click here   Personalised Toys We just love the idea of personalised toys and this this fabulous wooden trike is just awesome. It’s painted in bright primary colours and with natural finish wheels and handlebars and has a rubber wheel covering to imitate a real tyre. The trike measures 31.5cm width x 44cm length x 36cm height. Your child’s name is beautifully engraved into the trike which arrives flat packed for you to assemble before the big day. Besides the trike, other wooden toys include a rocking horse, a painted guitar a drum, a xylophone and an abacus, all painted in similar...
90:10 Men’s Clothing – For Dads Who Just Haven’t Fully Grown Up Yet

90:10 Men’s Clothing – For Dads Who Just Haven’t Fully Grown Up Yet

If you think one of the best things about having kids is that it allows you to continue being one yourself, then there’s a new brand of men’s clothing designed with you in mind. 90:10 menswear, for men who are 90% grown up, 10% not! The 90:10 Brand The brand’s message is a simple one: accept your responsibilities, but never forget the kid inside of you that wants to have fun. 90:10’s founder, Dan Glatman, found his inspiration for the business during a session down the pub, putting the world to rights with his mate Paul. After Dan exclaimed he was only 90% grown up, Paul told him to put it on a T-Shirt and wear it as a reminder. So he did, on a whole range of menswear, and as a result 90:10 Menswear was born. Dan Glatman does take his ‘90% grown up’ seriously, though. The clothing is made from 100% organic cotton and the website proudly shows the Global Organic Textile Standard logo. Hand in hand with this kind of ethical approach is the fact that the products he uses are verified by the Fair Wear Foundation, which guarantees that the people involved in the production are not only paid a fair wage but also have safe working conditions. If you are wearing 90:10 then you won’t be wearing clothes that someone has been slaving over in some dingy, backstreet sweatshop. There is a genuine desire by 90:10 to support sustainability, the environment and the person who makes your clothes. This gets a big thumbs up, because it means that whilst the hoodie you’re wearing is really comfortable, you can...