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When Your Cartoons Comes To Life

When Your Cartoons Comes To Life

Dylan being only 1.5 years old, his character is really starting to show now. He has recently been starting to express his interest of imaginative play. He has a brilliant, fun and energetic character to him.

With toddlers developing imagination and creativity through play, we have been encouraging and supporting Dylan with these skills through as many play activities as we can.

Activities Dylan has been enjoying are:

  • Reading
  • Dress-ups
  • Messy play
  • Drawing
  • Go exploring
  • Baking
  • Soft play
  • Enjoying music/dancing/singing
  • Doing sounds to animals/transport

We have been encouraging the above activities and so much more. His favorite at the moment is sound books. He loves his books and copying the sounds. We are currently teaching him his animals and sounds they make. He also loves his wheels on the bus musical book and acting out the actions to it.

By way of supporting his interests and imagination, we try and make everything fun, as we are great believers in learning through play. We recently took Dylan to the London Transport Museum Depot as his love of buses have been helping with his colours, shapes, co-ordination and learning about objects and the world around him.

Educational Day’s Out

Dylan absolutely LOVED his visit to see the trains and buses and spent his time looking closely at the wheels, lights, steering wheels etc all whilst singing the wheels on the bus song and seeing everything up close. >>Read more about Dylan’s visit on our blog here<<

We have been helping Dylan express his imagination with the help of Noah’s Ark. Learning animals and the sounds they make. You can read our review on this on our blog here<<

To help bring the animals to life and learn a more hands on experience, we took Dylan to one of our local farms. He absolutely LOVED his visit and hands on experience.

Educational Cartoons

Dylan loves to watch cartoons. He watches TV in the morning whilst having breakfast, he enjoys watching Cocomelon and singing along to the songs. He loves watching animal cartoons too and doing the animal sounds, his favorites being a cow, pig and a duck at the moment. We recently saw that a local business does visits to homes, parties etc dressed as characters. So we booked for Dylan to have a surprise visitor and help bring his cartoon to life and watch his imagination come out even more.

His imagination came straight out, he got Paw Patrol a ball as he pictures dogs as playing with a ball. He had great fun playing ball and dancing with Marshall in our garden. Cartoons really are real!

We have loads more educational fun planned with Dylan. Keep an eye on Dylan’s “All Things Dylan” tab to see what he has been up to lately whilst living his best life!

Learning, Photography

Sharp shots photo club

Sharp shots photo club

Sharp shots photo club

Myself and Bradley was very kindly invited along to take part in a photography class, called ‘Sharp Shots Photo Club’. It is a class that provides children and teens with a creative and fun retreat to explore photography and gain fantastic new skills. The courses run throughout the year, In Surrey and the South East.

Love of photography

Myself and Bradley both have a love of photography. It is an interest that we both enjoy and both enjoy learning together. Bradley is much quicker at learning than me, he tends to have to show me over and over again…….Good job he has the patience!

We have been blogging a few years now and photos goes without saying are a big part of our blog. Taking good quality photos are a must, so improving our knowledge is at the top of our to-do list. Bradley likes to take charge of our camera on family days out and becomes our family photographer. He does keep asking for a camera of his own but he isn’t sure yet on what one he would like.

Sharp shots photo club

Our camera

A while back Ian bought me a Canon EOS 700D for a Christmas gift, but to be honest I hadn’t a clue what setting was what. Until now I just played about with the settings until I got the photo I wanted/liked. When we was invited along to better our skills at Sharp Shots Photo Club, you see why we jumped at the chance.

Learning how to use our camera

Bradley has a love of gadgets and technology – what better gadget to play about with and learn than a camera, capturing moments to turn into a lovely memory to look back on one day. All whilst learning a new skill. Bradley enjoys playing with the settings and creating different effects.

On the day of the class we travelled to Archbishops park, not far from Waterloo station in London. The course was led by the lovely Lillian Spibey – founder of Sharp Shots Photo Club.

Sharp shots photo club

Sharp Shots Photo Club has amazing courses on offer for children aged 7-15 years old. Myself and Bradley had a lovely chat with Lillian about our current camera and about the help we are needing. Lillian took the time to listen to us and show us in more detailed step-by-step easy to follow instructions.

Lillian is passionate about her work, very calm and patient. We both found her approachable, she was always open to questions and was happy to answer – no question at all felt silly or judged. As a learner that didn’t really know much about cameras this was a worry I had, but the class was so welcoming and friendly I soon felt relaxed and we both felt very welcomed.

Lillian chatted with everyone within the class, asking and remembering ALL names (wow) and points that people had said they was hoping to gain from the class – Lillian regularly was making points relevant to that person which was awesome. The person-centered approach was lovely!

What we learnt in class

The class was focused on understanding cameras and how they work to learning how to creatively take a photo using different settings. The class started off with some theory, talking about camera mechanics. We was all chatting and learning our way through;

  • Shutter speeds
  • Aperture,
  • Menu settings
  • Focus.
  • Filters
  • Themes

Bradley took it all in no problems and I wasn’t to far behind with making sure I was on the right setting for the task given. We did take my camera with us as I was keen to learn using my own camera – there was cameras there to use for those that didn’t have a camera. We done classroom theory and some classroom tasks before heading off outside with our cameras.

This was Brad jumping and myself trying to capture a clear shot without any blurriness. I put the theory to the test and captured this amazing shot.

Sharp shots photo club

We then went off with our cameras in and just outside of the lovely setting of Archbishops Park with the task set by Lillian and putting our theory lesson into practice. Myself and Bradley found this great fun and we both got excited and felt really pleased with the photos we was now producing. It was lovely to just stand back and watch Bradley getting creative with a camera. He was at one stage laying on the ground in order to get a shot he desperately wanted. Bradley does have a creative side to him and he does love his gadgets so this is a perfect way to mix both together.

One of Bradley’s photos – Bradley’s photo of a busy London.

Sharp shots photo club

Chatting with Bradley after the course he said he found it to be a great course and he had learnt a lot from it. His favorite setting at the moment being the TV setting. Before the class photos that he was taking was coming out blurry – since chatting with Lillian and this being chatted about in class in more detail he now has a better understanding and is now capturing the shots he is more than pleased with.

I have been working more closely with the IOS setting since class as I was finding my photos previously to be very dark when not in the correct lighting. Learning this has helped me massively with this problem.

Sharp Shots Photo Club has helped us massively to have a much better understanding of our camera. All thanks goes to the lovely Lillian Spibey for taking the time to teach us.

For more details about locations and prices, pop over to Sharp Shots Photo Club website for more details.

***Disclaimer*** We was invited along to Sharp Shots Photography class in exchange for this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.
Learning, Lifestyle

Back to your roots: Important skills people are losing In the modern era

Back To Your Roots: Important Skills People Are Losing In The Modern Era

Back to your roots: Important skills people are losing In the modern era

There’s no denying that the age of modern technology that we live in right now is absolutely amazing. Technological advances have improved the lives of thousands of people and have help humanity make huge strides in everything from medicine to communication to education. That being said, there’s a trade-off that seems to have come with this advances that isn’t necessarily quite so positive. Thanks to all of the ways in which technology has made life easier and simpler, a lot of people are losing skills that were once incredibly common. The sad thing is that many of these skills are just as valuable as they ever were, it’s just that people assume that we no longer need them since machines and technology can do everything for you. Of course, that’s all well and good until you find yourself without the technology that you’ve come to rely on so much. With that in mind, here are some of the skills that people have lost in the age of modern technology.

Working with your hands

Back to your roots: Important skills people are losing In the modern era

It used to be that if you wanted something, then you either had to make it yourself or buy it from someone else who made it. Now, thanks to the widespread industrialization of manufacturing, most people are completely removed from how everything that they own is made. Sure, most people are never going to be able to make their own computer or smart phone, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t embrace making things with your own two hands. Whether you’re going to spend your time whittling away a piece of timber, or your garage is going to be filled with welding helmets and other equipment, being able to make something and see the fruits of your labor is one of the most satisfying things in the world. Sure, you could simply buy something instead of making it, but you’re never going to feel that same level of satisfaction that you would if it was something that you made from scratch.

Finding your way around

Back to your roots: Important skills people are losing In the modern era

In the age of smartphones and GPS systems, the idea of having to look at a map or, heaven forbid, ask for directions seems utterly insane to a lot of people. However, you can’t always rely on having your GPS in your pocket no matter what. Being able to navigate is one of those skills that absolutely everyone should have, but very few people actually do. Even something as simple as being able to make your way from one place to another using a compass, some directions, and the landmarks around you is something that everyone should be able to do. Sure, it’s not that likely that you’ll ever be caught in the wilderness without any support, but there are still ways in which a skill like this is valuable. We’ve all had those moments where your phone has died at the least convenient moment and trying to figure out where you are in the event that your car breaks down can be truly terrifying if you have no idea how to get around with it.

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Learning, New skill's

Nurturing your children’s Interests from a young age

Nurturing your children's Interests from a young age

Nurturing your children’s Interests from a young age

Your little ones will have all sorts of passing and fleeting interests and fancies. We should nurture each one. After all, one may turn out to be the interest they follow throughout their lives, developing into a great hobby or even a career. Encourage curiosity. Anything that your child shows interest in is endowing them with knowledge and making them a more rounded, talented and interesting individual. Here are a few ways to encourage your child when they show an affinity to certain subjects.

Nurturing your children's Interests from a young age


The sciences attract the attention of all sorts of children. It’s not all too surprising: biology, physics, and chemistry hold the answers to the endless questions that children pose. Why is the sky blue? Why do things drop to the ground? Is the moon really made of cheese? Nurture any interest in the sciences. Who knows, maybe your child will be the person who grows up to cure a certain disease or find an answer to help with world hunger. Encourage your child’s school to host computer science school trips. Take your child to your local natural history museum. Conduct basic scientific experiments with them at home. Anything that encourages their curiosity answers their questions and makes them hungry to know more will be hugely beneficial to them.

Nurturing your children's Interests from a young age


The majority of children love animals. They’ll want to pet passing dogs in the street. Will watch birds landing in the garden from their bedroom windows. Will beg you to get them a kitten, hamster or goldfish of their own. Increasing your child’s knowledge of the natural world can start with something as simple as succumbing to their wishes for a pet. Owning a pet will allow your child to understand what it takes to care for another living thing. They will learn that animals need love, and attention as well as basic things like food, water, and exercise. Before investing in any pet, make sure that you have the time to look after it properly. They will take up a lot of your time and cash. Alternatively, you can take your child to visit a local animal sanctuary to see other species up close and personal in a friendly and kind environment.

Nurturing your children's Interests from a young age

Visual Art

If your child has a penchant for doodling, invest in art materials for your home. Finger paints, clay, plaster of Paris and other supplies will be relatively cheap and will allow your child to express themselves artistically in their home environment. You can always give a helping hand and ensure that things don’t get out of hand (make it clear that drawing on the walls or floors is a no-go area). Also consider taking them to a local art museum to look at the works of great artists, or show them beautiful pieces online. If it’s rainy out, propose a day of coloring in. Printable works of the greats, like Picasso or Van Gogh are available online and allow your little ones fill the lines with their favorite colors. Alternatively, challenge them to draw something of their own. Propose pictures of them, their friends, you and siblings, your home. Anything that will get their imaginations running wild.

Nurturing your children's Interests from a young age


Some kinds are content with reading books and watching films. They will accept the stories given to them, and that will be that. But some kids will be fascinated with imaginary worlds and realms that they have come up with themselves. They will want to put these into forms that you can understand. Propose that your child makes their stories and narratives into a play for you and your family to watch. If they have siblings, this will keep them occupied for hours. Once they’ve come up with their story, ask what kind of props they will need. You can then supply these or help them to make them. Any creative child will revel in this opportunity. So help them dress up and call the family together in the evening to watch the final production. Congratulate your child and let them know how brilliant their performance was. Don’t be surprised when they land the lead role in the school performance. They’ll be an acting professional before you know it.

Nurturing your children's Interests from a young age


Some children are a little more reserved. If your little one is shy, they might prefer writing stories over performing their internal narratives. So sit them down with a notepad and pen or pencil and let their imagination run free on the page. When they’re finished, sit down and read their work out loud with them. They will be excited that you’re showing an interest in their ideas. Make sure to do different voices for each character and encourage follow-on stories.

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