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Half term DVD review – Transformers Prime: Season One

Transformers PrimeIt is half term and I am doing lots of exciting things this week. I had a whole day at the soft play centre with my friends on Monday and yesterday I went to London and tonight I am going to dress up as a zombie and go trick-or-treating! But I also got sent a new DVD to watch and write about on my blog!

It is called Transformers Prime: Season One and has got five different episodes of Transformers on it and I really enjoyed watching it because it had my favourite characters like Optimus Prime and Bumblebee in it. I like them both because they are very strong and they can change from being different vehicles into robots. On this DVD they go on lots of adventures to protect some normal children who have found out about them and also they fight the evil transformers who are called Decepticons.

I wanted to write about this DVD because I thought that you might want to watch it in half term if you are staying at home one day or if you have a long journey in the car. There is a trailer here on my blog which you might enjoy:

 

Transformers Prime: Season One (Universal Pictures) is available on DVD now, priced £10.99 and rated PG. Tom was lent a copy for the purposes of this review.

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Movie review: The Jungle Bunch

The Jungle Bunch DVDI was asked to watch The Jungle Bunch, which is a film that’s out to buy this week. The film is about a penguin who thinks he’s a tiger because when he was in a pile of eggs and the walruses took over the South Pole, one of the walruses knocked his egg into the sea and he travelled for miles and miles then hatched in the jungle.

The great warrior tiger trained him to be a master of martial arts. He could fight but he wasn’t really that good because he was a penguin and not a tiger like he thought he was!

The Jungle Bunch – which is Maurice the penguin (who thinks he’s a tiger) and his friends like poisonous frogs called Al and Bob, Miguel the gorilla, a warthog and a tiger fish called Junior – go on an adventure from the jungle to the South Pole. They walk through the jungle and the gorilla finds a big log. They also find a stick and use it to row the log so they can get to the South Pole. They want to get there so they can save it from the walruses!

I really enjoyed the film because it was quite funny and I liked all the different voices and the characters who were all really colourful and exciting. I would give this film five stars out of five. My favourite characters are the poisonous frogs because they are really funny.

 

The Jungle Bunch (Universal Pictures) is available on DVD now, RRP £6.99. It is also available for digital download and via video-on-demand. The DVD features six mini movies from ‘Behind the Scenes’ of the jungle. Tom was provided with this film free of charge for the purposes of this review.

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Testing out a windmill kit

A company called RS Components sent me a big brown envelope of things to make a cardboard windmill out of. It looked a bit strange as it was just cardboard and wires and an engine and a battery but we got some instructions from them and last night me and mum tried to build it. Mum explained to me that it isn’t a proper toy yet, but it is called a ‘prototype’ because they are just testing it out to see what is good and bad about it.

Mum had to help me quite a bit because it had some fiddly jobs like putting the engine in and pushing the wooden stick through the cardboard. I think it would be difficult to do all by myself! But it was exciting and I did a good job of sticking all the cardboard tabs down to make the actual windmill’s body myself.

You have to attach a big elastic band to the wooden stick to make it turn by switching the engine on but when we switched it on, it didn’t really work so we never got the windmill fans to go round. I think the elastic band needed to hold on more tightly to the stick or something like that to make it move.

I think it will be great when they make it a bit better – it is a bit tricky at the moment so I think I will stick to making things out of Lego. But it would be good if this worked as it is exciting to use engines and batteries and wires – mum let me clip the wires on myself to the engine too! It was very fun to be able to try out this pack even if it isn’t ready really yet.

Here is a video of us making the windmill:

The batteriesDC motors, and wire cables used in this project were supplied by RS Components UK, the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products.

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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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Fruit Shoot pencils from Smencils

I really like Fruit Shoots and I really like writing and drawing, so it was a very big surprise to receive some Fruit Shoot pencils from Smencils today. These are not any old pencils; these are special because they SMELL of different types of Fruit Shoots! There are five flavours which they smell of: orange, summer fruits, blackcurrant and apple, tropical and apple. My favourite Smencils are tropical and orange.

They are also special because they are made of recycled newspapers so they are kind to the atmosphere. And the tube they come in is made out of a special plastic which is also kind to the planet.

They are the perfect things for back to school and you can win some at this competition on Facebook – they are giving away 10 sets of Robinsons Fruit Shoot Smencils.

For further information about Smencils, the world’s only scented pencils made fro 100% recycled newspaper, visit http://www.smencils.co.uk. Tom was provided with a pack of Smencils for the purposes of this review.

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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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Book review: World Atlas (Barefoot Books)

My mum brought me this book home from work, it was in her goody bag from the BritMums Live! event. This is why I enjoy it:

I have got family in lots of different countries so it helps me to learn all about their country – like Spain, New Zealand, France and Ireland. It shows me really colourful pictures of animals, habitats, countries and I have learnt about lots of famous things around different countries like important buildings and special mountains.

I used the Atlas for my school project about India. I learnt the shape of India and I learnt that lots of different animals live there like snow leopards, Indian peacocks, Bengal tigers, water buffalos and Indian elephants. I found out that they use a tuk-tuk instead of a car! There are lots of different famous buildings there like the Taj Mahal and the Golden Temple. Instead of them going to church in India, they go to a mosque.

Another thing I learnt about is South America. These are the animals you might see if you go there: a posionous dart frog, a jaguar, an anaconda, a piranha, a cicada and a red-and-green macaw.

All the pages of the book have these little “Did you know?” flaps which tell you lots of different interesting pieces of information about the countries. Everything is very colourful!

I think everyone would like this book – it is a very big hardback book beacuse of all the different countries in it. It will be very useful for my homework because it will tell me lots of information that I can write down. It is written by Nick Crane and is illustrated by David Dean. I think the pictures are actually quite beautiful just because they are drawn and not printed off a computer. I am really looking forward to using this atlas for more projects next year in school.

Thank you very much for reading this book review. From Tom 😀

You can buy the Barefoot Books World Atlas here.

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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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