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Top 5 things to do in the garden

The weather hasn’t been great in the summer holidays, but there have been a few sunny days. When it’s sunny I like playing in the garden and here’s my top five things I like to do in the garden and that you might like.

In fifth place… Riding things! My garden isn’t that big but I can still get around it on my bike without any road traffic getting in my way.  I also like taking my sister for a ride on the back of my quad bike. We play taxis and I give her a lift around the garden.

In fourth place… It is my sister’s trampoline! It’s a little one-person trampoline that we bought second-hand for only £5. I like jumping on it but sadly once I almost jumped over the front. The dog loves jumping about on it too.

In third place… Gardening with my dad! I was sent some cool Gruffalo gardening gloves and I am going to use them to help my dad dig, plant and get messy. I planted vegetables in my garden like carrots, spring onions, chillis and green peas. The gloves are going to come in very HANDY 😀

In second place… Painting and clay! When it was a sunny day, mummy covered the garden table with a cloth and me and my sister painted clay things that we had made last year. It was really fun – you should try it with air-drying clay.

In first place… Pro Swingball! This new toy was sent to me this summer and I have been playing it with my sister and my mum. It is really tricky to hit the ball but I’m getting the hang of it. The rules of Pro Swingball is the ball goes round and round a pole and you have to take it in turns to serve and hit it. My dog Mowgli also loves Pro Swingball and keeps trying to eat the tennis ball on the end of the string!

What things do you like doing in your garden? I’d love to hear from you!

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Gruffalo Garden Gloves – “This is Briers’ first fully licensed range. These exclusive Gruffalo® children’s products have been especially designed with an emphasis on kids having fun outside.” The gloves are available from Briers priced £3.99. 

Pro Swingball – “The Pro Swingball is the perfect game for the whole family to enjoy in the summer.  It isn’t just for back gardens, it’s fully portable and therefore a perfect game for outdoor events, holiday fun and picnics. With its unique lid and base construction, the game can be stored and carried anywhere!  It’s fun, interactive and great for all age-groups … and tends to bring out that competitive streak in even the most unlikely players!  Pro Swingball is available from Toys ‘R’ Us and swingball.co.uk – RRP £39.99.”

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Summer holiday trip to Legoland Windsor

I was invited to go to Legoland Windsor to review it for my blog so we went this week because it is school holidays. The weather was beautiful and when we got there I was excited and there was a man in one of the ticket booths – his name was Tom too and his name tag was made of real Lego! We drove there and on the road which leads in to Legoland there were lots of Lego people building letters, and at the end we saw a word that said ‘welcome’.

Legoland is all built of Lego. In Legoland there is a hotel, lots of roller coasters, games and underwater adventures. The first thing I tried was the Star Wars Miniland Experience (it is new and uses over 1.5million Lego bricks!) – there were lots of exciting things in there like Lego ships that can move, Lego cannons, Lego troops from the Star Wars films, lots of droids and Anakin Skywalker. I crawled through a tunnel and popped up with my head in a little helmet so i could imagine that I was a spaceman!

There’s a Miniland and it’s got loads of different cities made of Lego, using more than 40 million Lego bricks! I saw marching soldiers that were made of Lego. Lego London was very fun – I spotted Big Ben, the Houses of the Government, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, the Gherkin and a giant BT Tower. I think they should have built a Lego Olympic Village that could be themed to the Olympic games. They could have Lego Olympic torches! I will try to make a Lego Olympic Torch actually.

When we got inside Legoland, we bought a very amazing machine that is called Q Bot*. It let us jump the queues so we didn’t have to stand in long ride queues all day. I went to the Lego Driving School and got in a Lego car. We had to follow the rules of driving… Rule 1: always stop at zebra crossings. Rule 2: always give way at a roundabout. Rule 3: watch out for all road signs and do what they say. Rule 4: always put your seatbelt on before driving. Rule 5: never ever put your foot on the accelerator very very very hard otherwise you will crash! Rule 6: (last rule) always keep on the left hand side of the road while driving. We all passed! I was very happy because I got my driving licence 🙂

I went in a Lego submarine on a new ride called Atlantis. I saw a Lego King Neptune (made of 100,000 Lego bricks) and loads of animals (there are over 2500 sea creatures in there!) like sharks, stingrays, fish and Lego fish as well that weren’t real. I really really liked it a lot! We were on a mission with two professors who were made of Lego. We had to press all the buttons very quickly to turn the submarine around.

I also went on the Jolly Rocker which was a pirate ship that swung backwards and forwards very high (up to 18 metres). I went on a Viking boat too that went up, turned back down and around. My sister really liked that! And we also went on log spinners – there was a big Lego spider on a big spider web made of rope. It was very very fun! We all went on Dragon’s Apprentice too – it was a roller coaster that went all around the dragon’s castle.

All around Legoland there are lots of things made of Lego like a man with binoculars and birds all on him and around him. There is a very nice gentle ride that went all around a river to show you scenes from fairy tales made of Lego, like Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Billy Goats Gruff.

In the afternoon we went in the splashing zone and I got drenched! A splashing zone is where there’s loads of water dropping down from a tower and lots of holesin the floor that shoot water up in the air and back down. There were puddles on the ground. It really cooled me down because it was such a hot sunny day. In the splash area there were water cannons where you could practice with targets.

At dinner time, we went to a pasta and pizza place** and a man who worked there gave me a badge. While we were eating in the sunshine, we watched the funny pirate show and afterwards I told the pirates they were excellent and cool and brave and I had my picture taken with two of the pirates.

At the end I went in the big Lego shop which has lots and lots of Lego stuff in it. These are the things I got in there: a triton and a box of new Monsters Lego which has got a werewolf and a scientist in it.

I had a great day and I would love to go back to Legoland and stay in the new hotel because it looks really cool and I would like to have a pirate bedroom with my sister Grace!

Thanks for reading,

Tom 🙂

* Q-Bot is a virtual queuing system which lets guests reserve a place on selected rides using a handheld Q-Bot unit. We paid £15 per person for a Q-Bot Regular which meant we didn’t have to physically queue up for most rides.

** All you can eat pizza, pasta and salad buffet £9.95 per person including refillable soft drinks, kids eat free after 4pm.

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For more information about Legoland please visit www.LEGOLAND.co.uk or call 0871 222 2001

Ticket Pricing: Full Price Child (3-15yrs)/Senior one day ticket £34.20,  Full Price Adult one day ticket £43.20, LEGOLAND Annual Pass from £67.20, Merlin Annual Pass from £105.30, Discounts available on tickets purchased online – see www.LEGOLAND.co.uk/tickets for more details.

We were provided with free entry to Legoland Windsor for the purposes of this review.

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Help me choose a LEGO Friends set for my sister’s birthday

My sister went to the Lego Friends press day

Hello again. Last week my sister and my mum went to a meeting with LEGO Friends because they wanted to see the new LEGO Friends toys which are coming out next month. I couldn’t go because I was at lower school. I am planning to get my sister some LEGO Friends for her birthday but I don’t know which ones to choose because they are all beautiful! She likes LEGO Friends and I play it with her too – we like the cafe which has cupcakes in it.

I looked at the pictures my mum took and the new collection of LEGO Friends has a drumkit (part of “Mia’s Bedroom”), a rabbit hutch (“Andrea’s Bunny Hutch”), a sandcastle and boat (“Olivia’s Speedboat”), a plane (“Heartlake Flying Club”), a camping set (“Adventure Camper”), two horse sets (“Emma’s Horse Trailer” and “Heartlake Stables”) and a really big stables set (“Summer Riding Camp”).  There is a LEGO Friends advent calendar too. I had a Lego Star Wars one and it was great last year!

My sister testing out the brand new Lego Friends range

I asked my sister what she thought of the new LEGO Friends sets and she said they were great. I think her favourite was the one called “Heartlake Stables” because she liked playing with it so much and she is really into horses and ponies just now.

The slideshow below has some pictures of the new LEGO Friends sets, which will be in shops next month. My sister’s birthday is September – can you help me choose which one to get her as a present? Please leave me a comment on this page with your idea to help me decide.

Thank you for reading this post!

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The new LEGO Friends toys will be in stores from August 2012 (advent calendar from September 2012). Prices range from £9.99 to £89.99. For more information, visit www.legofriends.co.uk

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Rainy sports day

Today was meant to be my sports day but halfway through it started to rain quite a bit. When it started raining it was such a big shame because I was enjoying my sports day. I was competing against local schools for the Olympic Games and I was really looking forward to mummy and daddy racing in the mummy and daddy race, and my sister in the brother and sister race.

The rain was very very very very very bad so we had to go back inside and, because we were all wet, we got sent home early. It wasn’t very bad news because somebody at Kids Bee Happy had sent me something to play with and tell you about on my blog! They had sent me some Magic Sand Painting Packs to share with my sister!

I did a sand picture of a robot, my mum thought it was excellent. This is how you do the sand pictures:

  • First you peel off the part that you want to colour in with the sand and it is sticky underneath
  • Secondly, you get the sand and pour it on the sticky part
  • After that, if you have any spare sand on your work, you pour it into a container and save it
  • You keep going until you have coloured in the whole thing with coloured sand

My little sister had a go too and she did a bunny because there are boy packs and girl packs.

I think this is good for rainy days because all you have to do is sit inside and put sand on your picture and at the very end you get a very beautiful picture which you can put on your wall. I think lots of different children in the world would enjoy doing sand pictures.

Magic Sand Art packs were provided free of charge by Kids Bee Happy for Tom to review on his blog. They can be purchased for £8.99 from this link – each pack contains two A4 pictures to complete, along with 20 sand pens in 13 different colours, a plastic sleeve and hook to display the finished work and a tool for lifting the sections off to reveal the sticky areas beneath.

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My rainy Saturday

These pictures say it all: wellies, muddy puddles, snails, splashing, jumping… and a Gelli Baff with my sister before bed.

Hope you’re all having a great weekend.

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My favourite Skylanders

I got Skylanders last Christmas and I was very excited because it was the first present I opened. I was very excited when I first tried it out, even though I only had three Skylanders but I’ve gradually been collecting them in packs of three and packs of one so now I have 21. This game is about a dragon called Spyro. He is one of the Skylanders. Before you start the game, you have to switch on the Portal of Power and put your Skylander on it. The Portal of Power makes your Skylanders come to life on TV. Then you complete chapters of adventures – the more you complete chapters, the more levels you unlock.

Each Skylander has its own special power on each button on the controller. That is important because if they had the same powers, it wouldn’t really be that fun. You need different Skylanders to complete different challenges. Every time you get a new Skylander, it unlocks a new challenge to try out and win. This is good because you can keep playing without getting bored and there are lots of different Skylanders to collect. There are 30 Skylanders to collect and there are special ones called Legendary Skylanders – they are a different colour to the normal ones.

I have got two very favourite Skylanders. One of them is called Dinorang and the other is called Ignitor. Dinorang throws boomerangs to kill the baddies. He can throw some forwards and some around him. I like Dinorang because he is a dinosaur and throws boomerangs and I think that is amazing for a dinosaur! I like Ignitor because he’s got a fire sword and he swipes baddies. He takes three shots with his sword to kill a baddie and he can throw meteors out of his head and crush the baddies too.

One of my friends has collected all of the Skylanders, including the Legendaries. I hope I get more for my birthday! My other friend doesn’t have Skylanders so I let him come round after school to play it with me.

Thank you for reading my blog, from Tom.

DinorangIgnitor

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