This month we have been to try out lots of different things. There have been quite a few food and drink products this month and some books too, as well as an app and a great new labelling idea.
Mabel’s Labels are a new idea in labelling. Their Write Away labels are really easy to use and you can have your label say whatever you want it to. This is perfect if you need to change what you write, for example if you need to write in the name of your child’s class or their school or their scout troop. The other good thing is that you can use them to label things for other family members if needs me without having to get custom labels made.
Basically you write on the name; peel off the white label to revealing a sticky transparent flap that you stick over your writing; then you just peel off the sticker and place where you want it. We’ve used them this week to label H’s wellies up for a school trip and a water bottle too and they seem to cope well with sticking to different materials. There’s also an iron on version for clothes and that works in a similar way: you write your name; put the sticker in place; iron over it (using the reusable silicon sheet over the label).
Toca Life: City
Toca Boca are one of our favourite app makers. They make lovely fun apps for children. They tend to be quite creative and H often giggles away at the creations he makes. We’ve been playing Toca Boca: Town over the last week or two and H has been loving it. Toca Life: City is Toca Boca’s follow up to Toca Boca: Town and it’s their most customizable and detailed app to date, with features including:
- 4 locations to explore: loft apartment, shopping mall, hair salon and food park
- 28 characters that are customizable in 3.1 million different ways!
- 51 hairstyles to test, 37 colours to choose from and 59 different clothes to try on
- 7 different food stands at the food park
So as you can see there is an enormous range of different combinations to play around with, which means that your child can enjoy this app for a long time. H keeps coming back to his Toca Boca apps and I can see that this will be happening with this one too. From a parental point of view I love that there is no third-party advertising and there are no in-app purchases. There’s no need for the app to cause any stress either as there are no time limits and no high scores, which take out a lot of the problem areas. You can find out more on the trailer:
The Beach Book
Looking for activities to do around the water, The Beach Book has a great range of suggestions for things to do on the beach, but also by the shores of a lake or the banks of the river. Worth having a read of before you plan your summer holiday activities. This is a really lovely book.
This book from Parragon is packed full of projects, indoors or out, to do together. Obviously, they don’t have to be with dad, they could be with grandad or uncle or mum, but I’m loving the ideas in this one. You can make a shadow puppet theatre or a kite, you might want to build an outdoor shelter or a catapult game. Project Dad has lots of fun ideas.
Bangkok Street Noodles
Bangkok Street Noodles are one of those tastes of the orient: they are tasty, quick and available when you need food. I love the idea of being able to do the same at home with minimal effort. I got these from the chilled aisle at Morrisons. They are really simple to prepare: just microwave. Very tasty and fresh too – we were impressed. We have healthy appetites and found one pack was great for one person for a light meal like lunch, but I’d need to pair it up with a side dish for a main meal.
Heinz Baked Beans With 50% Less Sugar
There’s been a move towards lower salt foods and now Heinz are leading the way towards lower sugar foods too. Their new beans have less salt and sugar (no artificial sweeteners either), but there isn’t really a noticeable difference in taste. It’s got to be a good thing to eat a little less salt and sugar in our diet, but sometimes food companies don’t help us achieve this, so it’s good to see big firms like Heinz taking it seriously.
This is a new drink for children. Each 200ml pouch is packed with optimum daily amounts of vitamins for children aged two to five years. Including Wellmune WGP 100% natural beta glucan is a clever ingredient designed to strengthen key immune cells. Vitamins B6, B9, B12, C, D, and zinc contribute to the normal function of the immune system, Calcium and Vitamin D provide power for the normal growth and development of strong bones, and Vitamin B5 supports brain development. They come in a handy pouch which is light and easy to carry around. We found it made life easy in terms of getting everything in the fridge too in hot weather. I have to admit we did struggle a little with the cap. It’s a sports style one which you have to press down to get the drink out, which makes it near impossible to spill, but we did find it a bit tricky to get the liquid out at times.