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Painting with PlayColor

Bigjigs introduced Playcolor products to their range back in March of this year. It is the no mess
painting alternative and they sent me a free sample in red and gold for the boys to try out.

Play Colour

It has taken us a while to get round to trying it out, but last weekend son2 put Playcolor to the test.

Playcolor Metallic Solid Poster Paint

Son2 tested them out on his bear picture and we were both very impressed. It was easy for him to hold and use. It functions like a glue stick with a rotating mechanism and has a lid to replace after use. It dries very quickly on the paper and washes off his hands easily.

Playcolor Metallic Solid Poster Paint

So Playcolor has all of the benefits of poster paint but without any of the mess! No need for water or paintbrushes and doesn’t wrinkle the paper either. Quick drying and solvent free. The range includes paints for use on paper, cardboard, textiles, and even face paints.

A pack of 6 assorted 10g colours currently retails for £5.99. Good value in my opinion and ideal for school or home use. Suitable for age 3+.

And I have an offer to pass on to my readers – 10% off your next purchase of Playcolor at Bigjigs with discount code: “GBPC10PC”. This offer can also be redeemed on Amazon, so long as you select Bigjigs Toys as the seller.

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Draw With Me – Favourite Books

My boys are very pleased to see that Draw With Me is back on “This Mummy Loves” blog after over a year’s gap. Draw With Me is a monthly linky for children and this month the theme is favourite books.

Both the boys love drawing. They tend to mostly draw characters from their favourite games, books, movies and tv programmes and then cut them out and role play with them. So favourite books is right up their street. And surprise, surprise, they both chose Minecraft books this time.

So Son1 has drawn Steve, complete with a diamond sword, which he tells me is the best. His favourite Minecraft books are the handbooks. He has Beginners, Combat and Redstone.

Steve from minecraft

Meanwhile son2 has drawn a Minecraft Bear. His favourite book is Stampy’s Lovely Book.

minecraft bear

All ready for him to cut out and join the rest of his Minecraft gang for some fun.

minecraft characters

I’d love to hear what your children love drawing or their favourite books.

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Skinny Sketchers review & giveaway

Last month I told you the exciting news about the Inventors Workshop which is being held on September 22nd. And today I want to talk about the Skinny Sketcher which has been invented by Gillian Logan, one of the speakers at the workshop. I received two free Skinny Sketcher drawing kits to review, which have now been road-tested by the boys.

Skinny Sketcher drawing kits

Son1 opted for London Flavour whilst son2 chose The Fast and The Curious.

Each kit contains 6 drawing designs and sheets of tracing paper, plus a propelling pencil in a visually attractive container which looks like a takeaway coffee cup. I can imagine these standing out on the shop shelf.

Son1 chose to draw the London Eye from his kit.

Skinny Sketchers drawing

Skinny Sketchers drawing

Meanwhile son2 did all the drawings in his kit in about the same time as son1 spent on one drawing, although not nearly as carefully. However they both enjoyed doing their drawings and I was pleased to see them absorbed in what they were doing rather than their usual request for more screen time.

Skinny Sketchers Drawing

Skinny Sketchers Drawing

Skinny Sketchers Drawing

The designs are built up step-by-step, a great way to help you learn to draw freehand. There are six kits in the range. The other four are Architecture, Butterflies & Blossoms, Capture The Castle and Dinosaurs.

These kits currently retail on Amazon for £6.99 each compared to an RRP of £7.99, excellent value in my opinion. They would make great stocking fillers or use them for party bags. I always try to avoid the standard party bag fare and usually opt for books, so these would be nice instead.

Gillian Logan with Skinny Sketcher

Mumpreneur, Gillian Logan, inventor of Skinny Sketcher

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway the full range of Skinny Sketcher drawing kits to two lucky winners. That is 6 kits each, so loads of fun.

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And you may see my other giveaways here.

I’d love to hear what you would like to draw.

And don’t forget that my blog special offer of £99 for the Inventors Workshop is still valid. Just call Georgia on 01992 535646 and quote the code Charlie99 to book your discounted ticket.

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Draw With Me – Favourite Pastimes

My boys are very pleased to see that Draw With Me is back on “This Mummy Loves” blog after a summer break. Draw With Me is a monthly competition for children and this month the theme is favourite pastimes.

When the boys looked at Boo’s drawing of Minecraft, they initially both wanted to draw Minecraft too, as that is also a favourite hobby of theirs, but I suggested they do something different for variety.

So they opted for drawings related to some of their favourite reads. They both love reading and you can see their latest vlog here, plus a book giveaway which is closing later this week.

Son1 loves reading his Beast Quest books and has done a drawing of some of the beasts.

beast quest

And both boys love reading the Beano comic. We have a huge box of old Beano comics from about 30 years ago. So son2 has done a drawing of some of his favourite characters. There is Dennis the Menace and Gnasher, Lord Snooty, Ivy the Terrible and Minnie the Minx.

beano

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Draw With Me – Space

Last year I found a nice kids drawing competition on “This Mummy Loves” blog which my boys enjoy taking part in. It is a monthly competition and this month the theme is Space. Last month only son2 took part and this month we have reversed and only have an entry from son1.

Son1 has done a very detailed drawing which he tells me is the “Fly Me to the Moon” special assignment from his Lego City Wii U game.

lego city special assignment fly me to the moon

lego city special assignment fly me to the moon

He started giving me a very detailed explanation of his drawing, so I suggested we do a video instead.

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Draw With Me – Design a Plate

Last year I found a nice kids drawing competition on “This Mummy Loves” blog which my boys enjoy taking part in regularly. It is a monthly competition and this month the theme is a little different from usual. The children have been asked to design a plate. Son1 was planning to do a lego Chima design, but never got round to it in time.

Son2 decided to do some of his favourite characters from Thomas the Tank Engine on his plate. And although I carefully explained to him that he shouldn’t draw too close to the edge of the circle, my words fell on deaf ears, and he even went beyond the edge.

He has told me that he has drawn Thomas, Toby, James, Edward, Percy, Henry and Gordon on the railway, including their engine numbers. Cranky the crane at the side. Jeremy the plane and Harold the helicopter at the top. But he says he can’t remember the name of the boat that he has drawn at the bottom. I don’t either, but I see he has numbered it 17. So can anyone help us out with a reminder of the name of boat 17 from Thomas the Tank Engine please?

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Draw With Me – Under The Sea

Last year I found a nice kids drawing competition on “This Mummy Loves” blog which my boys enjoy taking part in. It is a monthly competition and this month the theme is Under The Sea.

Son2 painted a very detailed drawing including an octopus, seaweed and fish. I am very impressed with his effort. Meanwhile son1 cut out a fish shape and decorated it with a mottled effect.

Under the Sea

Under the Sea by son2

Fish

Fish by son1

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Draw With Me – Family

Last year I found a nice kids drawing competition on “This Mummy Loves” blog which my boys enjoy taking part in.  It is a monthly competition and this month the theme is Family.

Son2 put quite a bit of effort into his drawing of our family doing it twice, as he declared that he was too big on his first drawing. And son1 initially said he was going to a family tree of our extended family including grandparents and cousins, but changed his mind and spent only a couple of minutes drawing us a stick family.

Our family by son2

Our family by son2

Our family by son1

Our family by son1

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Draw With Me – Spring

Last year I found a nice kids drawing competition on “This Mummy Loves” blog.  It is a monthly competition and this month the theme is Spring.  This month we decided to be a little more adventurous than just using pens and paper, so son2 has painted a chick on a paper plate. And son1 started with a paper plate centre and has added petals and seeds for his flower.

Son2 and his chick

Son2 and his chick

Son1 and his flower

Son1 and his flower

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Draw With Me – My Favourite Teddy

Last year I found a nice kids drawing competition on “This Mummy Loves” blog.  It is a monthly competition and this month the theme is ‘my favourite teddy’.  The boys were both very happy to draw their favourite teddies, or perhaps I should say cuddly friends. Son1 has drawn one of his faithful lions and son2 has drawn his new favourite penguin – Eric from the movie Happy Feet which was his number 1 request from Father Christmas.

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