We have been experimenting with these Songmics Storage Cubes which we got sent to review and you can buy on Amazon. Now I think they might the thing to store my boots and keep them neat and tidy at the bottom of my wardrobe. Hopefully I won’t have any problems with losing one of the boots this way and I actually think there’s probably room for 2 pairs of boots in each storage cube so they will go further.
Another idea I had was to store our hats and gloves and things that we need when we go out of the house into the cold. It’s easy to see things in the cubes because they are open and it’s a good way of keeping everything in one place.
H on the other hand had other ideas about storing his (toy) weapon collection. I have a competition running on my Facebook page currently and you can enter here. What Songmics want to know from you is:
I’d like to announce that we have now finished our half term construction project: Dippy the Diplodocus. Over half term we were issued a challenge by Apples to Pears. The idea was to build a diplodocus from one of their kits in a tin. The kits in a tin were produced in collaboration with the National History Museum. As you may well know, Dippy the Diplodocus is the National History Museum’s famous dinosaur skeleton who is currently on a national tour. We liked the idea of having our very own Dippy at home with us, but we have visited the real Dippy in London before now.
Our Dippy is made of 60 pieces of FSC wood and he’s 46cm long. His pieces all comes neatly packed up in a metal tin and he makes a nice gift (easy to wrap too, or is just me who thinks about that?). You just press out the pre-cut wood pieces and start work. The pieces pop out of the wood quite easily and you have your parts ready to go. I’d suggest that you pop out a sheet at a time, rather than popping out the sheets all at once, and then having to work a bit harder to identify which piece was which in the instructions. The instructions do refer to particular numbers of pieces of wood and it would be easier to follow if you knew which sheet of wood each piece had come out of.
The instructions are clear and easy to follow (we liked that they were illustrated with photos rather than line drawings), but H decided that we would make it more difficult for ourselves (I’m not sure why) by not using the glue provided. Using the glue would make the dinosaur more robust I’m sure and we did have a few tricky moments because we had decided to do without.
Anyway we managed without the glue and Dippy is still standing now a few days later. We have him on display on the mantleshelf.
Today I took H and his cousin along to Birmingham Hippodrome to see Bouncing Cats and Boom Boom Pups. The show was in their Patrick Centre (accessed through the main theatre lobby) and as it was our first visit we were surprised to find their were no seats. We sat on the floor initially, but most of the hour or so of the show we were on our feet joining in. When we were asked to review it we weren’t sure what to expect, but the show promised beatbox, rap and graffiti in an immersive performance for children.
The performance is hosted and facilitated by 2 performers that seemed to be able to improvise and act their way through any situation. To begin we they rapped about objects that we were holding up from out of our pockets. My nephew was thrilled when they took the empty plastic wrapper he was holding and turned it into a rap. The main performance though concerns a story about a group of cats and a group of dogs that meet up for first time. This is all done with minimal equipment and props, but there was this fabulous scenery painted by one of the presenters. The boys learnt a bit about rapping and beatbox as the story unfolded.
It’s all about joining in, but no one has to do anything – it’s all very relaxed. The boys enjoyed dancing at the end during the ‘after party’. It’s billed as suitable for 5-10 year olds and I think that’s about right. H enjoyed it despite being at the top of the age range and he might still for a year or two. My nephew is 6 and I did worry slightly that it would all be too new to him, but he did enjoy himself and really got into the story and the music. There were younger kids there that seemed to be getting something out of it too.