Summer Learning with The Night Zookeeper

I am guessing if you are here reading this review your kiddos are a little like mine, easily bored and love an app to keep the boredom at bay. And then I am gonna take a guess that you are a little like me and that although you don't mind screen time and tablets you would rather that the majority of apps and games they play had some sort of educational value. If this sounds like you and your kids then the Night Zoo Keeper is for you...

Disclaimer: We have received full access for free in return for an honest review on my blog. 
All words, photos and opinions are our own.This blog post contains some Affiliate Links 

Night Zookeeper is a children’s education company with a BAFTA-nominated website, as well as a series of adventure books, and an animated show on Sky TV. The website provides thousands of literacy games and lessons designed to motivate and excite children to learn, whilst developing their writing ability and creative thinking skills.

The more new words they learn and stories they write, the more points they win in a global league table with children from around the world. On signing up your child is provided with login details to get going and then they are set their first task, design their zoo keeper avatar using the paint tool box. (Evie found this quite hard on the laptop and I wonder if maybe on a tablet it would be easier?) They then move on to create their unique animal. Evie was tasked with designing a penguin come rabbit and I helped her create the image she had in her head. A black and white penguin body with rabbit ears, whiskers, a pink beak and big rabbit feet, joined like a penguin so it can waddle along!!

Your child's writing skills are then put to use, by adding short sentences about the animal they have created. With tips to perfect their writing skills as they go along. Hints like 'Remeber names have capital letter at the begining.' and 'sentences end with a full stop'. These really helped Evie and she remembered everything she was learning as she went.  Once done they have the chance to edit their writing and earn more orbs by following some extra goals given like add some adjectives, or add some verbs.

The Night Zookeeper's main portal contains a varitey of games based on English and grammar, such as Word Climb, Volcano Word Hop and Sentence Dash as well as lessons to complete. I would highly recommend this website for anyone who want to encourage creativity, imagination, learning and assist with reading and writing throughout the summer holidays and beyond.

There is really so much to keep every child busy for the whole of the summer.  If you would like to get your child involved with Night Zoo Keeper use the code ‘lovewriting’ for a 30% discount.

Budget Family Meal Plan | Feeding My Family Of 6 For Less Than £30

I am going to apologise now for how late the next 5 weeks meal plans are (probably) gonna be! We are 2 weeks in to the summer holidays and I cant seem to get into a work routine just yet...I am sure it will come, probably in week 5! But anyways I am here now, and at least I am continuing with our meal planning. This weeks food shop actually came in at just £28! I will leave our grocery haul video below so you can have a little watch if that is your thing. I've also shown how I meal plan in the video too, so you get to see the whole process. Anyway...lets get on with this weeks meal plan...

Budget Family Meal Plan #38

Another week...another plan...

So, another week and another meal plan. And last week I made the rookie error of planning meals that required a fair bit of prep, something I know isn't going to happen when it's 'that' week of the month (the ladies reading will know exactly what I am talking about!) luckily though as lots of our meat etc is in the freezer I am just moving lots of last weeks meals over to this week. I'm not even going to waste my time typing out how we got on last week because it was just a disaster!

Thames and Kosmos Master Detective Toolkit

A couple of months ago Jenson came home telling me all about a crime that had been committed at school and how the community police had been in, and that all the classes had to help solve the crime. It took ages for me to actually realise it was set up and a great way to encourage a whole host of learning opportunities that lasted for weeks! So when Thames and Kosmos got in touch and asked if Jenson would like to review the Master Detective Toolkit, I knew it would fill his mind with imagination and opportunity over the summer holidays and beyond!

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The kit was sent for us to free of charge in return for an honest review.
 All words, opinions and photos are my own. 

Budget Meal Plan #37

Can you pas'ta salt across please!?

I really enjoyed putting together this weeks meal plan, its a mix of traditional, kid friendly meals and some new flavours, for us all as a family to try out!

The 3 Stages Of The “Summer Holidays” Countdown.

We are in the final few weeks (or days for some select unlucky lot) and I asked on my Facebook and Twitter pages how parents were feeling about the oncoming dread of the summer holidays. And well it dawned on me that for us parents there are 3 stages to the countdown to the big 6 weeks of summer school holidays....shall we take a look at them!

Family Meal Plan On A Very Low Budget | "Use What Ya Got'' Week #36

Whats Cookin' Good Lookin'?

This week is one of those super budget weeks! We just had rent week and a couple of other bills go out and we need to save up for Jenson and Evie sign up fees for football next season, so I decided this week just had to be a use what you got in the freezer and cupboard kinda week.