Oscar loves his scooter which he got a few years ago now and soon will need a bigger one. Perhaps it will be something we get him for his sixth birthday in February. I have also been looking into getting Archie his first 3 in 1 scooter that will last from 1-6 years old. As Archies birthday is only four days after Christmas we want to get him something that will last! Over the last few years there seems to have been a scooter boom and every child at the park seems to have one. There are so many on the market, so Halfords have put together a handy Scooter Tips and Tricks guide to make picking the perfect scooter easier for you and your child. The guide also shows you a visual guide of great tricks and instructions on how to master them.
The guide is great fun and shows you how to teach your little ones some of the best scooter tricks from beginners through to little adventurer experts. There is everything you need to know, from step by step guides to tricks, information on the essential equipment, and the best places to go scooting around.
As well as fun tips and tricks there is lots of information on top safety tips and how to stay as safe as possible when riding your scooter. There are great places to play on your scooter that are safe too like the park or at home in the garden not near roads.
Choosing the right scooter is important, as you want it to last and for your child to have loads of fun on it. Oscar’s scooter has lasted for almost three years and has been used time and time again and I have been so impressed with the quality as you can imagine how many times a little boy drops his scooter on the ground or falls off it and it has never broken once. As Oscar is getting older there are four different types of scooters to choose from; a 3 wheeled scooter, stunt scooters, electric scooters and folding scooters. I remember my brother and I having silver folding scooters when we were younger and we used to scoot to school on it and had hours of fun on it learning all of the tricks.
Halfords have a huge range of scooters to choose from starting at only £8.00 as many of their scooters are in the sale so you will able to find the perfect scooter in time for Christmas.
Take a look at the Halfords Scooter Tips & Tricks Guide and it will help you to choose the perfect type of scooter for your child and you can even print it off to help your child to learn the top tricks.
Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with Halfords.
In April 2016 Peter Rabbit will be arriving at Willows Farm. We love Peter Rabbit in our house, Oscar has all of the toys and I have passed down my Beatrix Potter book collection to Oscar and Archie and in my kitchen I have the most beautiful Peter Rabbit tea pot and Miss Tiggywinkle cookie jar. So I was so excited to hear that Peter Rabbit and his friends were coming to Willows Farm as we visit there a lot and know it will be great fun!
The area, to be named the ‘Peter Rabbit™ Adventure Playground’ will be 1,400 square metres in size and aims to encourage active, imaginative and wholesome play for children. It will have ten activities themed around the world-famous and much-loved Peter Rabbit characters, including the Mrs Tiggy-Winkle Kitchen, a Jeremy Fisher Musical Pond and Benjamin Bunny Treetop Adventure. The new play attraction will open to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter, author of the original books.
The play area’s centrepiece will be The Peter Rabbit Secret Treehouse, built around a 100 year old ash tree at Willows Activity Farm. This is a huge investment for Willows Farm and I love how they keep developing bigger and better things to give children the best day out!
For more information visit www.willowsactivityfarm.com or follow @Willows_Farm on Twitter for all the latest updates.
When we were chosen to take part in the Snapfish hand-made gift ideas project I was over the moon as it was perfect timing as Oscar is on his school holidays and making the hand-made bits and pieces was a fun activity that we could do together. Oscar loves arts and crafts so he was excited to help me. I have used Snapfish loads of times and every Christmas the Grandparents get their annual photo calender which they absolutely love and it gives a real personal touch to their presents.
So I sat down and had a think and thought it was a quirky idea to make photo holders out of coloured glass bottles. I picked them up in a craft shop and am really pleased with how they have turned out. Oscar also made one for his Great-Nanny and when she gets back from Devon Oscar is going to give it to her. She will love it! I ordered some photo prints and Oscar chose which ones he wanted to use. If you sign up to Snapfish you can also get 50 free photo prints a month! We trimmed the photos to fit inside the bottles and then rolled them up and slid them inside the bottles and then positioned them. I think they look great. You could also use jam jars if you didn’t want to buy coloured glass bottles.
We also chose photos to put on our photo wall, some new, some old. It looks great and is a cheap way of jazzing up a room. Everyone who has seen it has commented on what a great idea it is and how great it looks. If you don’t want to use frames Snapfish have lovely acrylic prints which I absolutely love. They come in various different sizes and you can get them to use as wall art or a acrylic photo block to have on a shelf or desk. They would make a great birthday or Christmas present. I am going to get one made of Oscar and Archie for Greg’s birthday next month for his desk at work.
Taking part in this project has given me lot’s of inspiration to make hand-made gifts and I will be making them with Oscar for his Grandparents for Christmas. I saw on Pinterest a great idea using thick cardboard, cutting it into a Christmas tree shape, covering it in felt and using ribbon to attach cards and photos which we will be making at Christmas and I will post it on my blog when it’s done. It is so easy these days to walk into a shop and buy a gift that is chosen randomly and means nothing special. Making a hand-made gift means so much more to the person receiving it and is fun to make too. There are so many products on the Snapfish website that can help you come up with the perfect hand-made gift.
I also put together a photo book for Oscar’s first year and will make one for Archie for his first birthday. I have so many photos stored on my camera and on my phone and taking part in this project has made me realise I need to print them off and organise them or make them into photo books. This is my job to do in September when Oscar goes back to school before I get so behind that I don’t know which photo is Oscar and which is Archie as they look identical as baby’s. I would love to see what hand-made gifts you have made before. Tweet me a picture I would love to see your ideas! Snapfish have kindly given me a code saving 30% off across their website to my readers using the code MUMMYSZONE. Enjoy! Valid until the 6th September 2015.
Disclaimer: I was given a voucher to buy the products for this project.