The Rocket Singing Machine – Fabulous Fun!

If you have a budding Adele or Ed Sheeran, then you may want to take a look at the Rocket Singing Machine. Promising to turn any music fan into a ‘singing superstar’, the easy to use microphone not only allows your voice to be amplified, it also allows you to add echo and sound effects. You can also link it to the internet via Bluetooth, thus allowing you to also play music through the singing machine that you can then sing along too. This is hours of fun for your children, and also a perfect addition to house parties for karaoke fans (although you might want to invest in some earplugs for the neighbours…)

The Rocket singing machine is very easy to use. It takes 3 AAA batteries and is then operated by a switch in the centre of the device. Two further switches on the front of the machine allow you to control sound and echo, and you can simply use the machine in this way, to sing along to MTV or the radio, or just to sing your own songs. In fact, you don’t have to sing songs. My boy has used his machine to commentate on televised football, or just to shout slogans and catchphrases. (unbelievable tekkers being his fave).

The Rocket can then also be used to play music through connection to a bluetooth device, you can then sing along to all your favourite songs, adjusting your vocals  with the control switches. It is completely wireless, meaning you can totally polish up any performance and add dance steps until you totally rival Ariana Grande.

Competition Time

The Rocket Wireless Singing Machine is looking for a star to be the face of Rocket Mic. Could it be your child? If you have a budding star simply send their best singing video to the Rocket Star competition that you can find by clicking here.

Wild Science Perfume Factory – Making Science Fun.

Science is one of those subjects that notoriously finds it hard to attract admirers. I don’t mind admitting I hated it at school, and my little boy Joe now states it is his worst subjects, and that he hates Thursday because this is Science day. Clearly it is having a bad rap, so anything that makes it more interesting and fun has to be a good thing. Which is why the Wild Science Kits from Flair are such a fabulous idea.

The Perfume Factory is perfect for anyone with an interest in creating their own scents and pot pourri. It comes with all the equipment and ingredients to create your own signature scent and even has a lovely little glass bottle in case you want to present on of your creations as a gift. The set has 5 small bottles for experimenting with different scent combinations, which you can create by extracting and blending your own formulas. The set comes with an array of real base notes and top notes just like real perfumes are made.

You can also create perfumed Ruby Gel Pot Pourri with this kit as a red colouring and crystals are also included. All the equipment fits very neatly into the pink storage unit which means you do not have to keep putting everything back into the box after each use. This is a fabulous way to promote real science by making it fun and creative, and also putting it into a real life concept with a very desirable end product – who doesn’t love perfume?

The instructions are easy to use and follow, and also include details and information on how to do a patch test with each new fragrance. Even though the kit is recommended for children aged 8+, adult supervision is still recommended with this toy.

 

This kit is just lovely, a great gift idea at £14.99, and currently available at Smyths Toys.

Global Science Challenge

If you think you could create a science kit like the perfume factory, then the Global Science Challenge is made for you.

The Wild! Science Global Science Challenge is giving families (2 adults and 2 children) everywhere the chance to win:

 

  • A trip to Orlando Florida,
  • Entry to Disney World,
  • Accomodation t a 5-star resort for 7 days
  • Care hire for 7 days
  • A full set of Wild Science products
  • Entry to the Kennedy Space Centre to meet a real astronaut!

How to enter:

  1. Buy a Wild! Science Kit and send a receipt copy with your online application
  2. Design and create an awesome new Wild! Science Kit
  3. Write and illustrate a basic instruction book to show other kids how to use your awesome Wild! Science Kit.

Click on the badge below for more details on how to enter.

How to choose a balance bike for your kids

Encouraging kids to become athletic and enjoy the outdoors is great for their development and well-being. Riding bikes, for example, is an enjoyable activity that promotes healthy living and exercise. If you’re planning to teach your kids how to ride a bike, then it’s time to consider choosing a balance bike for your kids.

Before allowing kids to actually use a regular bike, it’s best to let them find their balance first with the help of a balance bike. If you haven’t heard of them before, balance bikes have replaced training wheels and tricycles. From the name itself, this type of bike helps kids to learn how to balance. It looks like a typical bike except that it doesn’t have any pedals. But you will be amazed to see that after a brief amount of time, your kid is ready to move up to a regular bike and ride it without any assistance.

Not all balance bikes fit every child. This is why you need to consider these things before making your purchase. The size is on top of the list because it is the most important thing you have to consider. The size includes the size of the tires and the height of the seat. Most balance bikes have 12-inch tires. But if your kid is taller than most kids his/her age, you can go for the 14-inch or 16-inch tires. The height of the seat will greatly affect how comfortable your child is when riding a balance bike. You will know that the bike fits the child if his/her feet are flat on the ground while he/she is seated, the knee is bent slightly, and he/she is able to push off the ground while in a sitting position.

Because bike frames are made from different materials, it is best to choose one that does not weigh more than 30% of your child. Your child should be able to easily maneuver the bike. Don’t go for a bike that has too many features since this will add to the bike’s weight. There should also be enough room between the seat and the handlebars as well as have a small gap between the rear tire and the seat. This is so the child could extend their legs properly and for easy balance and control.

There are different types of tires but what you should look for is one that has good traction on different types of surfaces. You will find air, foam, rubber, plastic, and big apple tires for balance bikes, with air tires being the best.

Having hand brakes will help your child to safely stop and prepare them for riding a regular bike. While most kids simply hold out their feet after pushing off, there are balance bikes that have footrests. This allows your child to place their feet on the footrest instead of holding them out while gliding. If you choose to have one, make sure that it is properly designed in such a way that it isn’t located in the middle. Instead, the footrest should be somewhere near the back where the child can rest his/her heels while riding. Most balance bikes, however, do not have footrests.

A bike’s frame can either be made from metal alloys such as steel or aluminum, wood, and composite frames. Metal, in particular, steel, is the most commonly used frame. However, this results to a heavier bike and tends to rust. If you want one that is lightweight, strong, and rust-proof, aluminum alloy is the best choice. A wooden balance bike is also a popular choice for being environment-friendly, lightweight, easy to use, and has a simple design.

For additional protection, choose a balance bike that has a rubber handgrip with a knobby end or protective bumpers. This will protect your kids’ hands when they run into various types of objects as well as protect their hands from hitting the ground if they fall.

With this information on hand, you will surely be able to pick out a balance bike that is suited for your child. And with how fast they’ll learn how to balance, you can definitely say that purchasing a balance bike was worth it.