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More fun with Snappertime plus giveaway

Regular readers of my blog may remember the fun the boys had back in June doing the Time Lord Challenge and the Soap Ships Challenge from Snappertime.

So they were very pleased when Snappertime sent us a new bundle of goodies.

Snappertime is a website full of lots of fun screen-free activities for children, spread across five categories, namely Super Science, Great Outdoors, Tasty Tasks, Arty Farty and Super Hero.

Snappertime goody bundle

The bundle comprised the following goodies:-
A selection of Snappertime Challenge cards
Mr Men on the Farm book
The Stick Book
Danger Mouse Mission Improbable DVD
Swallows and Amazons DVD
Wooden Sailboat Kits
Swallows and Amazons badges and stickers

Plenty of fun to be had with all of these, although I was surprised that it included DVDs, since Snappertime does focus on screen-free activity. But I’m very happy with the choices since I loved the Swallows and Amazons book as a child and remember how this series inspired some of my playtime. I had a vintage copy carefully wrapped in brown paper which belonged to my Dad.

After watching some of the Danger Mouse episodes, the boys decided it was time to tackle some more challenges.

Watching Danger Mouse

Son2 updated our doodlebot and then chose to do the Fizzy Foam Challenge from the Super Science category, which is based on the Roald Dahl book “George’s Marvellous Medicine”. This is a story that we enjoyed reading together a while ago. He loved mixing his potion together and he used a couple of different food colourings, so that his went from pink to purple. He compared it to a volcano as it bubbled and frothed up the beaker. He had to bear in mind that it contained washing up liquid, as it almost looked good enough to drink.

Fizzy Foam Challenge

And son1 opted for a Tasty Tasks challenge, namely to cook some Choc Dollops. A nice simple recipe for children to cook which only needs chocolate and cream plus some decoration. Son1 decided to use white chocolate and decorated half with chocolate curls and the other half with honeycomb pieces. These were delicious and son2 has decided he wants to make some too. See here for the recipe.

Cooking Chocolate Dollops

Afterwards we uploaded photos of their projects for them to earn another DoodleCoin each. And once you have 8 coins, you can claim a free reward. There is a great selection of rewards to choose from, some of which are worth upto £25, most are for free, although a few request £5 postage.

Snappertime doodlecoins

I would definitely recommend you sign your children up for this fab website with its great freebies. So much fun.

I’m really looking forward to introducing the boys to Swallows and Amazons via the dvd next.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a fabulous kids goody bundle to one lucky winner, courtesy of Snappertime, just like the bundle I received.
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I’d love to hear what screen-free activities your children enjoy.

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Disclosure.  This post mentions some goodies I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.



3d Decoupage project including a docrafts giveaway

Making 3d decoupage pictures and cards used to be one of my favourite hobbies before the boys were born. I still have a drawer full of prints waiting for me to find time to do more crafting. So I was delighted to have the opportunity to receive a free Roald Dahl design decoupage card kit from docrafts to review.

The docrafts website has loads of creative inspiration for crafting projects, plus a wide range of products for sale. It also has a busy crafting forum. Do take a look

Roald Dahl decoupage

The design I received was The Big Friendly Giant. Instructions were on the reverse of the kit and when I opened it, I found it was a good size A5 card. The kit contained a preprinted card, an insert paper, 3 sheets of images and an envelope.

Roald Dahl decoupage

Following the instructions, I glued the insert into the card. Then I pressed out the images of the BFG plus some of the greetings. No scissors needed, so a lot simpler than any decoupage I have done previously. The images are numbered so it is easy to build up the layers. I used double sticky pads that I already had in my crafting stash, but I would have expected the kit to have contained these.

Roald Dahl decoupage

Also there was no indication to use sticky pads or decoupage glue in the layering instructions. A beginner might not know what to use. For instance you would end with a very different look if you used a glue stick.

Roald Dahl decoupage

Very quickly I had finished my card. I approved of the idea to include a wide range of greetings and quotes, choosing to make my card for a birthday. And I was pleased to see that the envelope was expanding, so the card slid in easily.

Roald Dahl decoupage

Afterwards I realised that I had glued my insert paper in back to front. Oops. But my mistake isn’t noticeable unless you look closely at the page numbers. And I partly blame it on the way the insert paper was folded. To have done it correctly, I would have needed to refold the insert paper the opposite way to that supplied.

In summary, a lovely craft kit, but more detailed instructions would be helpful for beginners.

This kit is available to purchase from docrafts for £4. A good price for a nice little craft project.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a Roald Dahl Duper Ultimate Die-Cut and Paper Pack courtesy of docrafts to one lucky winner. This features 4 Roald Dahl stories: Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, The BFG, Fantastic Mr Fox & The Enormous Crocodile. This Roald Dahl A4 Duper Ultimate Die-cut & Paper Pack is bursting with papers, decoupage, toppers, tags, alphabets, memory pockets & more! Contains a bumper 48 sheets presented in a beautifully finished box which is bursting with inspirational Make Your Own project ideas. A lovely prize.

Duper Ultimate Die-Cut and Paper Pack

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of products I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.