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Ways to help a reluctant reader to enjoy books

Does your little one struggle with reading? Or are they a real bookworm? Why do some children adore reading whilst others avoid it like the plague! Confident readers tend to be good readers and they are also ones who find reading easy, which in turn seems to lead to great enjoyment in books. So how do we help kids that find reading difficult to enjoy books? Continue reading Ways to help a reluctant reader to enjoy books

Happy Salmon Game

As always we are on the hunting for new toys and games to share with you, so we were thrilled when we stumbled across the game, Happy Salmon. This is a fun fast paced game that the whole family can play.

How to play Happy Salmon

Each player is dealt cards face down and then everyone turns over their top cards and calls out the action shown. When two players have a match they must perform the action on the card together and then discard that card. Players keep doing this until the first player to lose all their cards wins! Actions include the classic “high 5”, the unifying “pound it”, the frantic “Switcheroo”, and the delightful “happy salmon.”

Why we like Happy Salmon?

First and foremost it’s probably the happiest game ever and will leave players doubled over in laughter. It’s simple to learn and easy to play and it’s a game that can be enjoyed by the whole family. The “FIN-tastically” unique and cute fish pouch makes Happy Salmon perfect for travelling and holidays.

Where to buy Happy Salmon?

This Happy Salmon Game is available to buy from the independent online toy retailer, what2buy4kids, but due to it’s huge popularity, it can be found on the shelves of most good toy shops.

To sum up, Happy Salmon is a highly addictive game for the whole family and one that we would most definitely recommend.

Teddy-Dog On His Best Walk Review

Reading books is something children either love or hate! One child will spend hours and hours reading books in a quiet and tranquil area, whilst another child will refuse to pick up a book and reading is a constant battle. So, knowing that encouraging kids to read can be a rather difficult task I’m always on the lookout for fun ways to encourage the reluctant reader to read. It can be as simple as finding an interesting and eye catching book, like the one we have just been asked to review! Continue reading Teddy-Dog On His Best Walk Review

Why We Love Southport & Its Beach

Trying to find ways to occupy the children at the weekend or during the holidays can be tricky. Either they lose interest within 10 minutes or the activity costs an absolute bomb. There are lots and lots of places to visit from the park to the zoo to a theme park and the farm but one of my favourite, and free, places to visit is the beach! Across the UK there are so many beautiful beaches to choose from but my favourite has to be Southport Beach, up here, in the North West, and here’s why?

  1. Southport beach is my home town. So straight away I love this place. I grew up here and lived in a little village called Ainsdale for 22 years! My family and my husband’s family are both from Southport so not only do we love visiting the beach but it’s also great because we can visit family and friends.
  2. Southport is your typical beach/sea side resort and to me that’s very special. I love wandering the streets buying a few cheap buckets and spades and letting the kids choose some sweets (they love the rock of course). I love how over the years the area has remained the same and that the seaside stores are still in business and that some of the big commercial stores haven’t caused the prices of items to rise dramatically.
  3. Down on the beach front, the view is just incredible! A beautiful long stretch of golden sand and the sound of the waves – I could stand there for hours. If I look out to sea and turn to my right, I adore being able to see the Blackpool Tower! You can’t beat a good beach view and at sunset it is just magnificent.
  4. When playing on the beach the kids love to make sand castles or sand angels! The sand is great for this! As a family we also love playing a game of football, cricket or rounders. There’s lots of space, which is one of the reasons I prefer it to a bay or a cove! This means that we are never in someone else’s space and don’t need to worry about anyone else. The beauty really is, the massive long stretch of beach, on this part of the coast line.
  5. And my final reason for loving Southport beach is the donkey rides. For just £2 the kids can pick from a group of donkeys and enjoy riding them along the beach! This little activity brings great excitement and the kids absolutely love it!

So there you have it, the reasons why I love Southport and its beach! If you’re planning a trip to the beach and you live in the North West then I’d thoroughly recommend Southport!

As much as I love Southport, I’m also very eager to explore other coastal areas so if you have any recommendations please let me know.