Ravensburger have a range of painting sets which make it easy for anyone to have a go at watercolour painting. This set is suitable for ages 8-13 but I guess even older if you are a complete beginner. I love anything to do with art and craft so would have happily given this a go had my daughter not wanted to but there is no chance of that, she loves being creative.
Whats in the box?
3 watercolour paper canvasses with unique paint resistant outlines
5 Liquid watercolour paints in easy squeeze bottles so you can mix a wide variety of colours
1 double sided paintbrush with 2 brush sizes
1 water pipette
1 colour mixing palette
Big M really enjoyed this and she like the water resistant outlines as it made it easier, although looking at it now, the colours have bled a bit, but she may have used too much water as I think she might have been in a hurry to get it finished before dinner. All good learning though as it will mean the next one will be even better.
Big M did ask to use a bigger brush so maybe the size of the double ended brush could be a bit more varied, as I have lots of brushes it wasn't a problem. I think the colour palette is great as it has lots of sections so you can get plenty of different shades if you have a lot of the same colour to paint.
Overall I think this is a great little painting set, you can find it on Amazon for £9.60
The Aquarelle collection has three sizes to choose from; Mini, Midi and Maxi.
Mini Aquarelle is the perfect starter pack which includes one canvas and three base colours to mix a whole rainbow of colours to paint with. Two new designs are available, including Butterfly and Parrot, and the pretty Kitten is also still available. The Midi range includes three canvasses complete with five base colours and a double-sided paintbrush. Two new designs have been added to the existing Dolphins, including Horses and Fairies. Completing the range is the new Maxi Beach Paradise, which includes three different tropical scenes to paint. The Maxi range design is perfect for those who enjoy a challenge and detail, and it also includes World Cities, which depicts scenes from New York, London and Paris.
We were sent this product free of charge, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
I have seen around that people are making washable kitchen roll and as we seem to use mountains of the stuff I thought I would have a go at making some myself. All in the name of trying to recycle, mend and make do I think they call it. Well I have plenty of old baby towels which I can't seem to get rid of so I got unpicking the binding and the folded corners of and cut the towel up into equal sized pieces. I then chose a fabric which I had enough of and which I thought would look good and cut out equal sized pieces, roughly the same size as a piece of kitchen roll funnily enough :P Then I got stitching on my cheap as chips sewing machine and bobs your uncle. Only thing is now I have made them I am looking at them and thinking I don't want to get them messy, ha ha. I think they could have other uses too like face wipes for the kids or place mats ok they are smaller than the average place mat but they are big enough for the base of a plate. I managed to make 8 from one little baby towel. If I had a snap machine then I could have put snaps on to make them attach together and actually go on the kitchen roll holder but as I haven't got one and I haven't decided what their use will be I won't :-) Anyway here is the final product....
G has been sent a code free of charge to test out this new Peppa Pig Holiday App. You can find it in the App Store for £2.99 and is compatible with iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone and iPod Touch.
At the Airport – Peppa and her family are checking in at the airport, can you help load the correct number of bags on the conveyor belt? Make sure you place the right item in each bag as it passes through the X-Ray machine!
Let’s Go to the Beach – Peppa and George are getting ready for the beach, can you help them pick swimming costumes and beach toys? Don’t forget to apply the sun cream!
Ice Cream – Let’s make Peppa and her family some ice cream! Get creative and make your own yummy ice cream too!
Swimming Race – Peppa and her family are ready to race in the swimming pool! Who will win the race? Enjoy this game in both single and multiplayer mode.
Let’s Make Pizza – The family visit the Village Cafe. Let’s help them make a pizza from scratch! Don’t forget to roll the dough and prepare the toppings before you place it in the oven!
Video content – Click play on the menu screen to watch the Sky High song in full screen mode.
Postcards Sticker Book - Collect virtual stickers throughout game-play and arrange them on a selection of four colourful postcard backgrounds.
G seems to love the ice cream making and the pizza making, can you tell he loves his food? As well as fun, this game has its educational qualities and helps to teach number and colour recognition, creativity, memory matching and concentration. He sat for ages playing this when I showed him and considering he is only 2, I think he did really well. He needed a little help with slicing the food to go on the pizza but managed the rest himself.
This is a great game for any Peppa fans out there and is well worth the money.