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We are huge fans of the Gruffalo in this house, in fact MissB is a little obsessed with anything Gruffalo related. You can only imagine how excited she was when we received this fabulous Gruffalo umbrella to review from Briers.
Now we think this umbrella is fab! It’s the perfect size for a child, has a great Gruffalo design on it which MissB adores and it’s great at keeping the rain off and bringing smiles to a rainy day
The umbrella has a sturdy plastic handle and a nice and safe rounded end so it won’t become a lethal weapon in the hands of a toddler MissB at age 3 can easily put the umbrella up and down by herself which she is extremely proud of.
I think this umbrella is an absolute bargain at £9.99 and for the amount of smiles it has given I’d definitely recommend one for any Gruffalo fan. In fact go and check out the rest of Briers Gruffalo range, they have some great products for any Gruffalo lover!
MissB has an extremely annoying habit which I’m sure she does purely to wind me up You see she knows I hate dummies, we don’t have dummies in our house and I really can’t stand them. Of course at nursery, MissB sees other kids with dodis (as they call them) and she has started to put things in her mouth and call them dodis because she know it annoys me!
The other night however I was running their bath, MissB walks in and we have the following conversation:
MissB: Can I have the lid please Mummy? (It’s a toy saucepan lid)
Me: What do you want it for darling?
MissB: To put in my mouth
MissB: But it’s my Dodi!
Me: We don’t have dodis!
MissB: Me want it!
Me: You know the Gruffalo? (She’s a little obsessed with the Gruffalo at the moment)
MissB: Yes Mummy
Me: He has terrible tusks, and terrible claws…
MissB: And terrible teeth in his terrible jaws…
Me: Do you know why he has terrible teeth?
Me: Because he used to chew things and have a dodi all the time
Me: Yes!, Do you want terrible teeth in your terrible jaws like the Gruffalo?
MissB: Nooo, Me not look like a Gruffalo?
Me: Not yet, but if you carry on playing with Dodis and don’t brush your teeth properly you will!
You know what? She hasn’t put any “dodis” in her mouth since and she has spent much longer cleaning her teeth She’s also started telling MasterB off everytime he puts something in his mouth and telling him he looks like a Gruffalo
We recently spent a really enjoyable day out at Seven Stories in Newcastle. This isn’t a paid review, we were fully expecting to pay an entrance fee on the day we visited but it just so happened that there was a local festival on that day and so entry was free anyway
Seven Stories is the national home of children’s books in Britain. There are seven fun packed floors full of creativity, books, dressing up, story telling and displays which bring children’s books to life. As a book loving family we thought it was well worth a day out, especially as they had a large gruffalo display and MissB loves him
Our first stop on arriving had to be the Gruffalo MasterB was all smiles when he saw him but MissB burst into tears and refused to go near him. It took quite a bit of explaining that he was really just a very big teddy but I guess when you are only two, an 8ft Gruffalo can be a little intimidating
There are dressing up boxes positioned near most of the displays so you can dress up as the characters in the books and loads of fun, interactive things for the kids to do. We sat for ages entertaining them both with glove puppets
For lunch we popped down to their cafe (we went early at 12 whilst it wasn’t too busy) and had some lovely sandwiches and cake, before heading up to the top floor to listen to some story telling. MissB sat with daddy listening to stories read by entertaining staff whilst I kept MasterB out of trouble. There were more dressing up clothes up on that floor and MissB enjoyed dressing up as a butterfly
After stories, we headed down to the bottom floor where crafting sessions are held. The day we went had an elephant theme so MissB and I sat and made some rather lovely elephant ears together whilst daddy kept MasterB entertained playing on the train set they had down there.
We had the single pushchair with us and the museum is pushchair friendly, you can opt to leave it in the buggy park if you wish or keep it with you. There is a lift but we did find this was sometimes busy.
We had a lovely day at Seven Stories, both kids really enjoyed themselves and there is loads to do. We will definitely be going back soon even if we have to pay It’s currently £6.50 per adult and under 4s are free. You can also buy an annual pass for £26.