Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Best Toy kits of 2016

Build your own toy kits are all the rage in keeping your children preoccupied. Not only does it keep their minds engaged, it also allows children to have a creative output. In all likelihood, it’s something your child will really remember taking joy out of the building process before playing

with the toy itself. Bear making kits and accessories, home computers and build your own games are hitting the shelves this summer. Here’s our top picks from The Luxury Lifestyle Blog.

Build your own bear
It can be difficult finding build a toy kits for young children. But there is no sewing ‘bear making kits’ out there that are perfectly suitable for children to build without an adult having to intervene on the fun. These bears make great party gifts and activities for groups of children. You can accessorise your favourite bear as you please and build the perfect wardrobe for your bear.

Grow it yourself
For children that are a little older, crystal growing kits have been a firm favourite for the last decade. It helps children to learn the science behind crystal growing. Other kits include grow your own plants, which are great for children who want to learn more about the outdoors!

DIY pinball machine  
These table top, cardboard pinball machines have proved a hit over the past year. Apart from being a fun game that never gets boring – it comes as a completely blank canvas. You can design your own game and add your own obstacles to create your own customised experience.  It comes with everything you need. Just colour in, assemble and play!

Raspberry PI
This Linux computer; an open source operating system around the size of a credit card shows you just how great technology is. Connect it to your tv monitor and to a keyboard and you have fully equipped, very affordable home computer.

Build your own bot
This is a great option for children of all ages as the choice out there is so diverse. ‘BrushBots’ are fantastic for showing kits the very basics of robotics. The ‘BrushBot’ uses the head of a toothbrush as its body and the bristles act as its legs. When you stick on the micro paper motors and cell batteries, the bristles vibrate and bounce along which is great entertainment. You can also go for an obstacle avoiding bot which you construct from scratch. Its little arms are connected to switches that, when come into contact with an obstacle will turn the bot around and speed away from them!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Best Children's Party Ideas of 2016

Garden Party

With big themed bashes marking the key trend of the last decade for children’s parties, it seems choosing the right entertainment for the right price can be a challenging task. Gone are the days when jelly and ice-cream would do, blasting some fun songs from the cassette player. Today, themed parties from cakes to cups, decorations and entertainment must scream something to remember. Of course, if you haven’t done any of this before, choosing the right theme and party food can be quite the task without going overboard. Whether it's teddy bear making kits, crafts or baking, here are some great but cost effective ideas for your party.

Teddy Bear Party
For younger children, this kind of party is an easy one to do as it means you don’t have to be so picky when it comes to the food and decorations. Bear-making kits are an affordable and very memorable way for children to entertain themselves come rain or shine. Instead of doing party bags, the bear would offer something much better to remember and will last so much longer. Today, bear making kits are very child friendly, letting them build without supervision. You can even ask the children to bring their favourite bear along to give them something to share. For food, bear crisps, bear head sandwiches and gummy bears for treats.

Craft Party
A craft party is a particularly affordable way to theme a party. Instead of the norm of colour pens and paper, now would be great time to think outside the box. Jewellery boxes, pottery and ‘make your own’ jewellery are easy to source. For this, you’ll need to plan ahead and shop around as it means buying lots of little bits. However, it’s all worth it when you seeing the kids having so much fun letting their little characters and personalities run wild.

Scavenger or Treasure Hunt
A favourite for boys and girls is the treasure hunt party. Hide their leaving gifts (instead of party bags) around the garden and the ground floor of the house and watch the kids entertain them themselves. It adds a lucky dip feel to gifts when they have no idea what they’re looking for. If you want to make it competitive, you can split the party into two teams, with two prizes. They’ll race against each other to find their prize first (but they’ll both get a prize at the end of it).

A Baking Party
Prepare all the ingredients in advance and arrange into neat and easy amounts for cupcakes. Get the children involved in mixing up all the ingredients and putting them into trays before playing party games when they’re baking and cooling. Afterwards the real fun begins; you cans ask each child to decorate a cake to take home. Get in plenty of colourful icing, sweet toppings like strawberry laces and chocolate buttons etc. and the kids do their own thing!