Friday, 19 September 2014

PlanToys Outdoor Games *review*

PlanToys specialise in environmentally friendly toys and I love the look and feel of their traditional style wooden toys. We were sent one of their range of pre-schooler outdoor games for Harry to review. The Meadow Ring Toss is made from recycled chemical-free rubber wood and painted with non-toxic water based dyes.

Autumn may be fast approaching but we've been very lucky with the weather recently and the children have still been able to play outside after school and couldn't wait to get home from school to play.

There are three posts and bases, each one colour coded to match the wooden beads on the six rope rings, and they vary in height.

The children have played a variation of games; youngest aims for closest post, 2 rings each and you have to land your hoop on the matching post, and random aim.

Ring toss games are great for improving a child's hand eye coordination, attention and accuracy. The colour matching element could assist with younger children being able to identify and name colours. It also encourages taking turns.

PlanToys toys are beautifully made and incredibly sturdy. They're a range of toys that will last for years.

*We were not paid for this interview. We received the game for the purposes of the review. All opinion is honest and based upon our own experience.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

TalkTalk TV

We recently became TalkTalk ambassadors and as part of the package we received a YouView+ box which provides us with 70+ Freeview channels, On Demand TV, selected Sky channels and an extensive library of movies to rent as well as the ability to add TV Boosts by subscription, which include Sky Movies, Sky Sports and premium entertainment channels . Never again will I hear cries of "There's nothing on tv!" from the children (or hubby!)

When we moved house last year we stopped our Sky subscription so I was pleased to get Sky 1 & 2 back, along with Sky Living & Livingit, Sky Atlantic and Sky Arts 1 & 2.

The On Demand players include BBCiPlayer, ITV Player, 4OD, Demand 5, Milkshake, UKTV (Dave, Really, Yesterday)

The search facilities on the YouView+ box are great. You can search by name or genre and for films you can even search by name of actor or director. It's very easy to find the programme/film you want.

Rented films are clearly priced and there's an option to rent in HD (dependent on broadband speed). There's no chance of anyone in the house running up a massive bill as a pin code is needed for each purchase. Films are available for 48 hours from the time of purchase and some new releases are available the same day as they're released on DVD. I liked the fact that it's not just new films available, a lot of the older films and classics are there too.

Recording is easy and I love the series record function. The YouView+ box has a massive capacity of up to 300GB, which equates to 185 standard hours of standard definition tv so you can record a lot of series before needing to delete anything.

Of course there's also live TV pause and rewind which is a fabulous feature as any parent who regularly gets interrupted by their child will know! Another handy feature is within On Demand; it remembers where you are within a programme so you can resume straight away without having to recall which bit you'd got to before you turned it off. In the past we've had On Demand players and it's not the end of the world but it is irritating having to search through a programme.

 There's so much on there that I'm sure there are parts we haven't even discovered yet!

Monday, 15 September 2014

Octonauts Live ~Competition~

Top-selling children’s stage show producers Fiery Light have this week announced a brand new full-length theatre adventure for children, Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure. Based on the popular CBeebies’ TV show, Octonauts, this exciting new production opens at The Orchard Theatre, Dartford, on Thursday 16 October and tours into 2015.

In Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure the entire crew of the Octonauts, led by intrepid explorer Captain Barnacles, Lieutenant Kwazii and Medic Peso, embark on an exciting new underwater quest and visit amazing underwater worlds full of adventure, with surprises around every corner. This action-packed interactive show features new music (from BAFTA-award winning composer Mani Svavarsson) and all the Octonauts live on stage for the very first time.

Richard Lewis adapts and directs this new production for the stage. He also adapted and directed the hugely popular three Peppa Pig stage shows and last year’s Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom tour. Matt Lewis is lyricist, Simon Scullion is designer, Matt Haskins is lighting designer and Ian Horrocks Taylor is sound designer.

Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure is produced by live children’s show supremos Fiery Light (joint venture by Fiery Angel and Limelight Productions), the team also behind the recent tours of the three successful Peppa Pig stage shows. Their most recent – Peppa Pig’s Big Splash - is currently on tour. It has broken box office records for a pre-school show and will return to the West End for fifth consecutive Christmas season at the Criterion Theatre this year. Other Fiery Light productions include the recent tour of Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom, LazyTown Live! and Roald Dahl’s The BFG.

Director/adapter Richard Lewis said: ‘Octonauts is all about adventure and exploration which offers up a whole host of possibilities in a live environment. From the colourful characters and fantastic underwater setting to the amazing octopod where the Octonauts live, there’s great scope for a really unique, interactive theatre experience. We can’t wait to take fans on an adventure like never before.’

For tour information please go to:

I have been given a family ticket to give away to one lucky Him, Me & Three reader. 
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Competition ends on Friday 3rd October 2014 at midnight.

A family ticket is for four people, minimum one adult. The tickets are non-transferable. There are no cash alternatives, accommodation or travel included in this prize.

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Design & Make Festival Jewellery ~review~

It may be feeling rather Autumnal but you can re-create the look of the summer festivals with this jewellery kit from Interplay, one of a range of My Style craft sets. 

Everything you need to make the jewellery is included in the box. You can make feather earrings, plaited bracelets, braided bracelets and feather necklaces.

There are clear step by step instructions for each project and Molly found them easy to follow. Once you've picked up the techniques you can go on to create so much more. The foam bracelet wheel is a very handy tool to have and makes plaiting much easier to do.

Molly had great making these projects and was able to do most by herself. The only thing she really struggled with was threading the beads onto the cords as it was fiddly. The bead holes could do with being a touch bigger.

The kit is suitable for age 8+ and we think this would be a great activity for any girl that loves making jewellery.

 *We were not paid for this review. We received a Festival Jewellery kit for the purposes of the review. All opinion is our honest and based upon our own experiences.

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