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Our Visit To The Cutty Sark & Their New Toddler Time Sessions

Lats week we drove into London to Greenwich to visit The Cutty Sark. The Cutty Sark is somewhere I remembered visiting as a child and when I mentioned to different people about us visiting almost of all of them said they remembered school trips there as a child too.

We parked very easy about a three minute walk away and strolled along the Thames past the Old Royal Navy College and the Naval College Gardens which was lovely. As we approached the ship itself Oscar couldn’t believe how big it was. We got our tickets and the boys were given an explorer trail booklet to read and stamp around the ship. I also brought them a Royal Museums Greenwich Kid’s Handbook which is full of games, facts, quizzes and stickers.

The Cutty Sark is one of the top tourist attractions in London as it is the World’s last surviving ‘tea clipper’ ship which was built to carry tea from China to Britain between 1870 and 1878. It belonged to a man called Jock Willis who took over his Father’s shipping company in 1862. The Cutty Sark was one of the fastest ship’s on the seas at the time reaching speeds of 17.5 knots thanks to her sleek, narrow design. The ship also transported Wool and in December 1883 she left New South Wales and made it back to England in just 82 days! She carried other goods too such as beer, coal, candles, cork, clay, pickles, perfumes, pianos, paper, sugar, shoes, shark bones, screws and wine.

We started on the Lower Hold. When you walk in their is still a smell of tea in the air and this space would have been full of chests of tea from China. On the floor there were words written in Mandarin, as Oscar has just started to learn Mandarin at school he managed to read a few words himself, much to a group of tourists amusement, they couldn’t believe it! On each floor of the ship, facts are written all around and there is so much to learn about it. Not forgetting to get our booklets stamped on each floor too.

We then went up to the Tween Deck which has really low ceilings and this is where they would have stored most of the cargo. There are lots of interactive things to do on this deck. Oscar and Archie both tried to sail the ship to see how long it would take them to get back from Australia. Archie liked playing with the model ship and there was also a story telling time going on which the children loved.

On the Main Deck there was so much to see and learn about. This is where the crew lived, work, ate and slept. We went in the cabins which were very snug, obviously the Captain and officers cabins were much more comfortable. Animals would also be kept on this deck, mainly chickens in a cage. We went up to the Stern and Oscar got to ‘steer’the ship. He couldn’t believe how big the Ship’s wheel is. He then went on to ask a member of staff ton’s of questions which was nice to see as he is at the age now where he takes everything in and wants to learn about all that he sees.

Downstairs in the dock there is a lovely cafe that serves all sorts of food and afternoon tea. In the Dock there is a nice children’s corner with cushions and books where Archie sat for awhile whilst Oscar listened to all of the fact phones about this level. There was also a workshop on where you could draw and cut out your own characters/animals and make them into an animation, Oscar really enjoyed this.

We also looked at the different figureheads and learnt that Cutty Sark means short shirt in Scots and Nannie the Cutty Sark’s figurehead is wearing one. I was blown away that in 1869 when the Cutty Sark was first built it cost £16,150!

Also in The Dock they have a lovely toddler session called ‘Toddler Time On Board Cutty Sark’ which runs Wednesday during term time from 10-11.30am and 1.20-2.50pm. You can bring your little sailors along to enjoy stories, playtime and sing along to songs with the groups theme changing each week. Such a lovely group in the most amazing setting! The session is for Under 4’s and can be purchased on the day at the admissions desk. It costs £5 for an adult, with under 4’s being free or if you sign up to an annual membership for only £44 you will get these sessions free.

An annual membership gives you fast track and free entry to four world class attractions; The Cutty Sark, The National Maritime Museum, The Queens House and The Royal Observatory plus lots of members perks.

We really enjoyed our visit to The Cutty Sark last week and it’s somewhere we will definitely visit again along with the rest of the Royal Museums Greenwich attractions. A fun and educational day out is always a win from me!

This is a paid collaboration with the Royal Museums Greenwich.

The Weekend Box Club Review and Promo Code




 Weekend box



Last week we received a Weekend box to review and have had great fun with it! The Weekend Box Club where a box of activities is sent to you fortnightly for something to do over the weekend. Each box contains 4 categories: Something to EAT (a healthy recipe with accompanying secret ingredient), Something to MAKE (a craft kit with all the materials required), Something GREEN (some seasonal seeds to plant or something to make with recycling/rubbish material) and Something to EXPLORE (sensory exploration games, for example). 


                                



The weekend club was set up when the founder Ben was getting frustrated when he was buying gifts for his niece and nephew, he wanted to buy something educational yet fun, something that stimulated creativity and not something plasticky made in a factory in China; he couldn’t find anything so he quit his job and started developing!

Our weekend box craft activity was a rocking bird. I was really surprised to see that everything you needed to make it was included in the box. Usually with these types of things you usually have to find half of the required buts and pieces yourself! Oscar had great fun painting and decorating his bird! Our something to eat activity was making Green pancakes. The ingredients (paprika and cumin) made the weekend box smell delicious! Oscar loves helping me cook so he loved making these, he loved eating them even more and it was all lunch sorted too. For his something to explore activity we had to find a beaker then attach the pipe cleaners as a rainbow then play the game to see who could get the most gold coins into the cup. We ended up playing this for ages and I still haven’t got my beaker back as Oscar wants to keep it like that so he can play his game over and over again. Finally our Green activity was to make a sound explorer instrument out of a balloon and 3 straws. This task also had a fun sounds sheet to make different sounds with different animals and objects. Each activity is designed to build sensory exploration skills within little ones aged 3-8 as well as help teach them about different life skills in a fun and engaging way.


                        




All activities came with great illustrated instruction card that were so easy to follow. Once you have completed all the activities you can cut out the certificate and colour it in. You can then stick your finished stickers on to the poster. It is a great idea and gives you and your little ones fun, yet educational things to do over the weekend. At only £7.50 a box we will defiantly be signing up to the Weekend Box Club. You can get your first box free (including delivery) to try out without any obligation to join the club using the unique promo code LAURA12 and can be redeemed at www.weekendboxclub.com 


                    




 Disclaimer: This product was sent to us for the purposes of reviewing, however all opinions were independently formed by Laura at Mummy’s Zone.

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Review: Oscar's very own Solar System from University Games

Night time in Oscar’s room has become great fun thanks to University Games sending us glow in the dark planets and stars that you can hang from your ceiling. We first saw these at the Toy Fair in January and thought they looked fab! I put them up in Oscar’s room a couple of weeks ago with the sticky tac provided and when it came to bedtime he had a huge surprise.

The tubes of 3D stars and planets come with everything you need to hang them up, string and tac to make your own solar system. This is such a fun way to teach your little ones about planets and stars. The 3D planets are only £4.99 and the 3D stars only £10.21 on amazon.co.uk
University games sell a full range of great explorations from the full solar system to solar system adhesives. They all also come with a full life time glow guarantee!

Oscar’s view from his bed.


These are absolutely great and really has made Oscar started asking questions about planets and stars and we have had to get children’s space books for him to look at so these sets from University Games are really educational.

Disclaimer: This product was sent to us for the purposes of reviewing, however all opinions were independently formed by Laura at Mummy’s Zone.

Orchard Toys Pigs In Pants and Rockets and Comets Games Review

A couple of weeks ago we received two games from Orchard Toys. The first game we played is Pigs In Pants. This is a game aimed at children aged 4-12. It is a fun and lively matching game! Be the player with the most pants on your pig, but beware of other players pinching them! Oscar loved this game and found the whole pigs in pants concept hilarious. He is very competitive and managed to ‘win’ each time we played. He has also been making funny pictures on his own out of the pig boards and pants. 



Oscar’s birthday was only a couple of weeks ago and we have always loved Orchard Toy’s games but it proved to me that it was a popular brand with the other parents as Oscar received five other Orchard Toy’s games as gifts.



Oscars Games he got for his birthday





Playing the Pigs In Pants game can also help with:



  • Encourages observational and strategic thinking.
  • Develops social communication and turn taking.
  • Develops matching and colour recognition.

The second game we received with has proved to be one of Oscar’s favourite games is the Rockets and Comets game. He had great fun over the weekend playing this with his Nanny’s and Grandad’s. It really teaches children to wait there turn and the easy to follow instructions meant Oscar picked up the game really quickly! The game is aimed at children aged 4-10. You Zoom up rockets, slide down comets and get sucked into black holes as you travel to the moon in this fun, space themed Snakes and Ladders game. It is also great for teaching children to add up numbers and to teach them the higher numbers. The educational benefits are:

  • Develops number and counting skills
  • Encourages social interaction – playing the game with others and taking turns
  • Teaches how to follow instructions


I am defiantly a fan of Orchard Toy Games for Oscar as they are really educational and great fun at the same time. They have a huge range of great games on their website and they are all at fantastic prices.

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