June 5

Lots of arty party fun with Mister Maker

Took the children to see Cbeebies favourite Mister Maker and the Shapes live on Sunday and we were all thoroughly entertained. The television show is a firm favourite in our house and it’s hard not to be swept along on a tide of creative energy that is Mister Maker.

He’s very clearly crazy about craft and the fast-paced television show transfers well to the stage. Mister Maker is joined by four enthusiastic and energetic dancers and, of course, the enigmatic Shapes. There are also songs, some nice audience participation and the show has enough quick-witted repartee to keep us adults entertained.

The script is slick and anything that encourages children to be creative with art is good in my book – but then I am a stationery addict myself! My two older children loved it and our six-week-old baby didn’t seem to mind either. Highly recommended. ūüôā

 

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May 16

365 fabulously inventive things you can make with Lego

The lovely people are Dorling Kindersley have just sent me a cracking book for Lego fans –¬†365 Things to Do with LEGO Bricks.

It’s a great book for, perhaps, slightly older children who like to build useful stuff¬†with their Lego. It’s absolutely chockablock full of really inventive things you can build with Lego, slightly away from the usual things like castles, garages and houses.

There are hundreds (365, obviously!) of great ideas from building a Lego version of snakes and ladders to a Lego graph to a theatre stage and a rather cool mobile. Among my favourites are a lock and key, a hinged pencil box, a Lego movie set and a box for storing remote controllers.

Dorling Kindersley are masters at publishing beautifully illustrated books and this one is no exception. A fabulous book for inspiring new ideas from your young builders. Highly recommended.

You can order it here: http://amzn.to/2pC7uPf

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March 31

Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst confirm that Only Fools and Horses will never return

This isn’t really news – as we’ve known there won’t be any more episodes of Only Fools and Horses for a long time. Now, while attending the National Film Awards earlier this week, both Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst both again confirmed this.

Both David and Nick acknowledged that without genius writer John Sullivan, who sadly passed away in 2011, the show could not return.

David talks about it here and Nicholas here.

David had said this before in this article¬†and I’ve previously written about it here and here.

 

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