Saturday, 22 November 2014

A Year in Photos - Weeks 46 & 47

9th - 15th November
Hide and seek
Dancing around the living room
Everyone working hard
A game of Chicken Charades
Best birthday present ever!
A change from cheese sandwiches
Proof that girls get just as muddy as boys!
 16th - 22nd November
A little too much fun in the muddy puddles
Testing a new app
Leaf printing
A day of cuddles on the sofa
New Lego
Exhausted after a day of sports clubs
Another Lego day 

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Friday, 21 November 2014

Moors Valley, muddy puddles and a Gruffalo!

Last weekend we visited the deep dark wood (aka Moors Valley Country Park, near Ringwood) to see the Gruffalo's Child Trail.  It was raining.  A lot.  As it seems to do each time we leave our house, but it doesn't bother The Princess and The Pickle.  In fact, I think they prefer rainy days to sunny days, which is just as well!


We searched for the signs high up in the trees, made drawings in the mud and even met the Gruffalo himself.  He actually seemed quite shy and wasn't half as scary as the book says he is!


We found lots of interesting fungi along the way - including these 'Gruffalo bogies!"

The Princess and The Pickle had lots of fun on the play trail, the tree top trail and just running through the forest!


After a few hours of fun it was starting to get dark and time to head home... but not before some serious splashing!




You can read my full review of the Gruffalo's Child Trail at Mums In The Know.

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Sunday, 16 November 2014

Chicken Charades from University Games - Review

Chicken Charades is a new, fast-paced, fun family game from University Games.  

The aim of the game is simple – be the first team to earn 10 points. Once the teams have decided which colour charade cards they will play with (green or red), team members roll the dice in turn. The number that is rolled has a corresponding word on the coloured card and that player has 10 seconds to act out the word – with a twist – they must use the squeaky chicken to help act it out!

For example, the word here was 'marching' and the chicken was indeed marching, but did we get it right?  Not quite - we guessed walking, stamping, dancing - everything but marching!  But even when we didn't get the answers right, we all had fun guessing.  It's one of those games where everyone is involved, there is no sitting around waiting for a turn.

I'm not sure who had the most fun with this - The Princess and The Pickle or Mum and Dad!  It's certainly a game for playing over Christmas with family or friends - especially with a drink or two!  

The game is recommended for ages 8+, but The Pickle (aged 4) had lots of fun joining in and absolutely loved the squeaky chicken.  He recognised the numbers on the dice and the cards, so just needed a little help reading the words.  He tried his best to act them out and did very well with 'boat', although we guessed every creature under the sea before we got there!  He also enjoyed acting out his own ideas but they were quite easy to guess as most of the time it was 'lightsaber'!

Chicken Charades is a really fun and interesting twist on the classic game of charades and it's certainly something we'll be playing lots over the Christmas holidays!

What is the word The Princess is acting out here?  Any guesses?!

The RRP of Chicken Charades is £19.99.  Available at Argos, amazon, Toys R Us, Toymaster and other major retailers. 

We received a sample of the game for the purpose of the review, all opinions are our own. 

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Colour in Super Hero Pudsey to win a Disney backpack!

In 2012, The Princess and The Pickle raised over £600 for BBC Children In Need with the Pudsey's Adventures competition.  This year, The Princess has drawn another fab picture for everyone to colour in and there will be prizes for 3 of the entrants!

Just download and print the picture, colour in, then scan or post a photo of your creation on our Facebook page or Tweet it to us before 30th November 2014 and state whether it's by a boy or a girl and their age.  Entries must be sent by a parent/guardian age 18+ on behalf of their child, open to residents of the UK only.

Remember, this competition is to help raise money for BBC Children In Need so please, please don't forget to donate!  You can donate on our Just Giving page or by texting PUDS82 followed by the amount, e.g. "PUDS82 £1" to 70070.

Prizes for two of the best/most creative entries:
Girl - Disney Doc McStuffins backpack and lunchbox
Boy - Disney Planes backpack and lunchbox
Plus a small prize for one entry drawn at random!