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My name is Lily-Sue, but my mummy calls me Munchkin! I am 4 years old, and this is where my mummy will help me write all about all the fun things we do together. I hope you enjoy reading about the adventures of my mummy and me, Munchkin!

Friday, 1 August 2014

Tell me, mummy ... Why do I get dizzy when I twirl?


Week 3 of our new linky already! I'm getting closer and closer to the point at which I will have to stop calling it 'new'! I am really pleased I started this series of posts. Not only is it celebrating the fact that our kids are curious about the world, but it has made me more conscious of, and probably more responsive to, the questions that Munchkin asks me every day!

Munch spends a lot of her time trying to entertain Beastie Boo and Plum. She's at her happiest when she is making them laugh, and every smile, every giggle, every excited squeal from them encourages her to do more! The other day, she was dancing around in front of Baby Plum as he rolled around on the lounge floor, watching her every move. Then Beastie joined in. I swiftly removed Plum from the floor (anyone that knows Beastie will understand my reasoning for this!!) and within seconds, I had 2 little girls spinning round and round the room, laughing uncontrollably as they bumped into each other and landed on their bums in a disorientated state!

"Mummy, can you feel that ...? The floor is wobbly!"

Then, whilst laying flat on her back on the floor, slightly breathless and staring at the ceiling, Munch says:

"Why do I get dizzy when I twirl, mummy?"

A feeling of relief washed over me. A question that I can answer ... I think! I vaguely remember that Science lesson at school with Mrs Thomas! So I cast my mind back to find the best answer to present to this curious 4 year old who was waiting for a response ...

"Your brain has lots of liquid in it, and that liquid tells your brain whether you are standing upright, laying down, spinning around or if you're upside down. The liquid moves with your head. When you spin around and then stop spinning, it takes a few seconds for the liquid in your head to stop swirling round, so your brain thinks you are still twirling around, and this makes you feel dizzy."

At this point, she sits up and starts tipping her head from side to side, announcing that she can hear the liquid moving around in her head. Then she starts to worry that if she ever bangs her head, she might make a hole and all the liquid would spill out! It all started to get a little weird! Whilst Munch was laying there, contemplating the worst that could happen to this fluid in her head, Beastie was still twirling around the room with squeals of "weeeeeeeeeeeee!!", oblivious to Munch's new found knowledge!

I asked her what she thought caused dizziness, and she said:

"I thought, when I spin really fast, I make the floor go wobbly!"

So she thought, when she felt dizzy, so did everyone else. It was completely new to her, this knowledge that when she spins around, she is the only one that feels dizzy.

This is what the experts say ... 


"When we spin, our brain receives mixed messages. The endolymph slowly begins to move in the same direction we are spinning. As time goes by, the endolymph catches up to the rate of speed we are spinning and no longer stimulates the hair-like nerve cells. This causes our brain to quickly adapt to the nerve signals. However, when we stop spinning, the endolymph continues to move and stimulates hair cells in the opposite direction.



These hair cells send wrong messages to the brain making it think that the head is still spinning although it actually has stopped. As a result of this inaccurate signal, we experience dizziness. Eventually, the endolymph stops moving and no more signals are sent to the brain. The brain interprets that the spinning motion has ceased and the dizziness disappears."

This week's information was taken from Cool Quiz.


"I don't think I will make myself dizzy any more, mummy. If I do it too much, the liquid might keep on spinning, and I'll walk around all wobbly forever!!"

I assured her this wouldn't happen! Not sure she believes me right now! Beastie doesn't seem to care though. She didn't stop spinning around like a mini Tasmanian devil the whole time! 


Week 3 of our new linky, "Tell me, Mummy", done. We would love for you to join in and share the big, difficult, embarrassing questions that your little ones have asked you. Did you offer an answer? We're you left speechless? Did your quest for a response lead you to some amazing resources that you'd like to share with others? Whatever it is, if it relates to one of the millions of questions our children ask us, it has a place here! Just enter yourself on the linky and grab the badge code below to add to the bottom of your post! For a more detailed explanation of what Tell me, mummy is all about, take a look here.



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See you next week!

Monday, 28 July 2014

LolliBopping with the Vita Coco Kids Beach Club!


Vita Coco Kids is inviting festival loving families at LolliBop 2014 to take part in some games at their pop up beach club! Kids and parents alike are invited to join in the fun at the hourly sandcastle building contests, or try their hand at the coconut shy for a chance to win some nutty prizes!

If chilling out on the beach is more your style there’s also a colouring and activity area to let your creativity flow and plenty of deck chairs for parents and kiddies to put their feet up beneath the palm trees and enjoy a moment of calm. The Vita Coco Kids bike will also be on hand giving festival goers a helping hand with healthy hydration, for big and little monkeys alike.

Vita Coco Kids is made from young coconut water blended with natural fruit flavourings and spring water with no added colourings or preservatives, making it a natural source of hydration for children. 

Munchkin and Beastie Boo love their fruity drinks, and I do try to make sure they have a good balance of fruit drinks and water every day. However, in this warm weather, it is often difficult to be so strict on everything they drink, as the most important thing is they drink something. I was therefore really pleased to discover Vita Coco Kids drinks, as with these, we manage to tick both the 'Tasty' and 'Healthy' boxes!


Well, during the week, a surprise package arrived for Munch and Beastie. Always excited to receive a parcel, they couldn't wait to crack that crate open!!



They have now had the chance to try both of these appealing flavours, and both have gone down a treat! Even Munch, who will swear blind that she DOES NOT like any drink containing blackcurrant, asked for another carton when she had finished her apple & blackcurrant drink!

With around 20 percent less sugar and less calories than other leading UK chilled kids’ drinks, it is the healthier beverage option for your children when you’re at a festival. Available in two mouth-watering flavours, classic Apple & Blackcurrant and tropical Mango & Pineapple, these little cartons of goodness are also bursting with naturally occurring potassium that helps keep your little ones energised and hydrated on hot summer days. 


Munch and Beastie are both very active little girls, constantly on the move whether we are in or outdoors. Therefore, I like to know that the fluids they are drinking is actually keeping them properly hydrated!


Vita Coco Kids is available in a 4x180ml pack from a number of stores, including Waitrose, Ocado, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Asda, Amazon, Holland & Barrett, Tesco, Yo! Sushi, Wholefoods Market, Planet Organic and leading independent retailers, and retails (RRP) from £2.99 for a pack (4 cartons)




For activities that are shore to please, make sure you stop by the Vita Coco Kids Beach Club...just no monkey business!

Disclaimer:
I am promoting this information as an official ambassador for The LolliBop Festival. I received a complimentary pack of Vita Coco Kids drinks, but have not received any other form of payment for the promotion of the product. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

River Island teams with LolliBop!

Go Customise Crazy with River Island's Design Den!


Munch loves fashion. She really, really does. She loves to wear nice clothes, and every day she will request that she wears something pretty. Ok, so 'pretty' will often involve wearing tutus, princess dresses and tiaras, but for reasons of practicality, a nice dress or skirt and top ensemble will usually be sufficient! As long as it is pink or purple!

However, her love of clothes doesn't stop at wanting to strut around in perfect pairings of girly dresses and shoes, or at dressing her dolls in sparkles and pearls. She also likes to combine her passion for lovely clothes with her love of colour and drawing and is often found doodling pictures of herself, and me, in gorgeous fantasy outfits! And some of them are pretty unique, let me tell you! She has even gone as far as saying that after big school, she will go to big big school to be better at drawing, and then she will go to big big big school and learn how to draw real dresses. Do I have a budding Fashion Designer here ...? Maybe. But she also wants to be a Ballerina, a Chef, a Footballer and to work in Toys R Us when she is older, so she may be a little short on spare time!


When I told her that she will have the chance to design and make some real clothing at LolliBop this year, she was very excited! I went on to explain ...

River Island is pleased to announce that they are the official fashion partner for this year's LolliBop Festival, taking place at Hatfield House from 15th-17th August. The three day event is the UK's only festival where all the entertainment is for children!

Due to the huge success last year, River Island is hosting the fun and fashionable 'Design Den' for the second time round where festival goers will have the chance to transform into designers for the day and customise their very own shirt!


How does it work?

The Design Den will host craft stations for various age groups and the little ones have an allocated time slot to create their masterpiece! Afterwards, they can take to the River Island runway to strike a pose and show off their designs on the catwalk.

The youngsters need to make sure they have those cheeky grins at the ready as each child will receive a photo of the fabulous moment to take home too.

Visitors will also be able to shop the latest kidswear and accessories range from the River Island Summer collection at an exclusive pop up shop!

The River Island Baby and Kidswear range for ages 0-12 years is available at www.riverisland.com and in selected stores both in the UK and internationally.

There really is so much to see at The LolliBop Festival, and regrettably we didn't make it to the River Island Design Den last year, but we will be making it a priority this year! She loves to design, she loves to wear and she loves to pose, so I know she is going to love River Island's Design Den!

For the full line up and ticket details see www.lollibopfestival.co.uk
Keep up to date with the latest news and announcements from LolliBop HQ by following the lovely team on Facebook and Twitter!


Disclaimer:
I am promoting this information as an official ambassador for The LolliBop Festival. I will receive complimentary tickets to the festival, but have not received any other form of payment for the promotion of the event. All thoughts and opinions are our own. 

Friday, 25 July 2014

Tell me, mummy ... What makes lightning flash?


Here we are with our 2nd offering of our new linky, Tell me, mummy.

If you are in the UK, anywhere in the UK, you have probably witnessed some pretty erratic weather in the last few days. We have had hot sticky sunshine one minute, and torrential rain the next, and we have also been treated to one of the liveliest electrical storms I have ever seen. This is what prompted Munchkin's question of the week for Week 2.

Munch had her Nursery Graduation Prom last weekend. A day she has been very excited about for a long time. On Friday evening, I decided to take her on a little shopping trip, just the two of us, to complete her outfit with a few hair accessories. On leaving the shopping centre, a little after 9pm, we walked out to the bus stop area, which is all sheltered and usually very busy. This night was no exception. However, as we reached the shelter, a flash of lightning filled the sky, so bright you could have read a book in it! Munch was fascinated. This was followed by a series of phenomenal flashes, which had captured the full attention of every person waiting for buses. Munchkin sat herself down on the floor at the edge of the shelter and watched in awe, like a child watching fireworks for the first time. She was a little uneasy at times, but the curiosity and wonder overtook any feelings of discomfort, and then she asked the question ...

"Mummy, what makes lightning flash?"

Great, another 'sky related' question! And so the conversation began. This is how my reply went ...

"Clouds are made up of millions of tiny drops of water and ice, and sometimes those pieces of ice move around very fast and hit each other. This makes electricity, which fills up the clouds. That is what you see when we get lighning."

Again, I did feel as though my answer could have been better, but again, it seemed good enough for Munch. It actually then prompted further questions to follow, such as "Why doesn't the rain wash the lightning away?" and "Why do some storms have rain and some storms don't have rain?" 

This was clearly a topic that was interesting her!

From previous experience of working with children, I know that many kids have some very imaginative ideas when it comes to the weather and explaining its habits. This has always been especially true for thunder and lightning. These are the 'alternative answers' I will focus on this week. 

I remember teaching a lesson to a class of 7 year olds about the weather, and the theories behind thunder/lightning storms seemed to be the most popular, not to mention interesting! I therefore changed the direction of the planned lesson slightly and concentrated on this topic that seemed to be exciting them all so much. Their exercise was to draw a stormy picture using a variety of mediums, with a sentence explaining what they thought caused thunder or lightning. I can remember some of the responses, vividly!


"Lightning & thunder are from the Gods arguing and throwing the furniture around."

"Lightning is caused by the sun getting too close to the clouds."

"We get lightning when the Gods leave the lights on and make a power cut."

"Lightning is God's way of saying there are too many trees on Earth!"

The last one did make me laugh, and was an answer by a little boy that will always stick in my mind! He believed that trees were the only things that were ever struck by lightning, and therefore drew this conclusion himself!

This week's real answer has been taken from Science Kids


Lightning is a powerful burst of electricity that happens very quickly during a thunderstorm.



Lightning is caused by an electrical charge in the atmosphere that is unbalanced.



The movement of rain and ice inside a thundercloud creates an electrical charge, with the negative charge (electrons) forming at the bottom of the cloud and the positive charge (protons) forming at the top.



Opposites attract so the negative charge at the bottom of the cloud seeks out a positive charge to connect with.

Lightning can occur inside clouds, between clouds and from clouds to the ground."

Ok, so my answer may not have been as detailed as the real one, but I was on the right track and at least the information I gave her was correct, even if it was slightly condensed!


One very good thing has come from this week's little lesson though, and that is it seems Munch now has absolutely no fear of storms! She insisted on sitting at the front of the upper deck on the bus so that she could get a better view of the stormy weather, and excitedly shouted "I saw another one, mummy!!" every time there was a flash in the sky.

So, there we have it. Week 2 of our new linky, "Tell me, Mummy". We would love for you to join in and share the big, difficult, embarrassing questions that your little ones have asked you. Did you offer an answer? We're you left speechless? Did your quest for a response lead you to some amazing resources that you'd like to share with others? Whatever it is, if it relates to one of the millions of questions our children ask us, it has a place here! Just enter yourself on the linky and grab the badge code below to add to the bottom of your post! For a more detailed explanation of what Tell me, mummy is all about, take a look here.

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See you next week!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

LolliBopping and Tooting with Thomas!

It's Coming!!!!!


With less than 3 weeks to go until Hatfield House in London opens its gates to hundreds of excited families for the city's biggest kids festival of the year, we are getting pretty excited here in the Munchkin Patch!

Justin will be polishing his dancing shoes, Mister Maker will be packing up his Doodle Box and Bear Grylls will be preparing his survival kit, all getting ready for this epic annual event, taking place from 15th-17th August, 2014. We have brought you news of line-up announcements previously in out first announcement post and our second update. Today, we have some more LolliBopping news to share with you!

Bust My Buffers! For the first time ever, Thomas & Friends™ will be making tracks to LolliBop.


The whole family is invited to experience the world of Thomas & Friends like never before as a new interactive themed play zone, the ‘Sodor Summer Fete’, is launched at the big bash for little people.

Families are invited to roll up and take photos with their favourite blue engine, get creative at the colouring and games stations and meet The Fat Controller. Packed with fun-filled activities and games for your little engineers to enjoy, as well as special guest appearances, there will be heaps of happenings for children to enjoy.

Whether you are planning a special birthday outing, weekend surprise or school holiday treat, a trip to LolliBop is the ultimate family experience for Thomas & Friends fans this summer.


With Thomas & Friends on-board, it’s full steam ahead for fun!


The line up includes Justin Fletcher, Mister Maker, Mr Bloom, Sam & Mark, Michaela Strachan, Lazy Town, Postman Pat, Chris & Pui, Scooby-Doo, Andy Day and Cook and Line from Swashbuckle. Other activities and interactive areas, include the Skylanders arena, ‘Join In with Southbank Centre’, Science Museum Live and Tottenham Hotspur Global Coaching Team

 For the full line up and ticket details see www.lollibopfestival.co.uk
Keep up to date with the latest news and announcements from LolliBop HQ by following the lovely team on Facebook and Twitter!


Disclaimer:
I am promoting this information as an official ambassador for The LolliBop Festival. I will receive complimentary tickets to the festival, but have not received any other form of payment for the promotion of the event. All thoughts and opinions are our own. 

Friday, 18 July 2014

Tell me, mummy ... Why does the moon come out in the day?


Walking home from nursery the other day, and Munchkin asks:

"Why is the moon out in the daytime, mummy?"

Now, topics involving the moon, the sun and the solar system were never my strongest subjects at school, but I tried!

Just as I tried to answer Munchkin's question as she was skipping along the path of the park on the way home.

First I asked her why she thinks the moon was out in the daytime. This was her answer:

"I think the moon has his times mixed up a bit. Maybe he thinks it's bedtime? Well it isn't, and he needs to go away again until it's time for bed!"

To any 4 year old, I think this would pass as quite a legitimate explanation. Pretty sure they'd go with that. Next, I offered my explanation ... 

"The moon is always there, but when we can see the sun, the sky is too bright for us to see the moon. Sometimes clouds are in the way. Sometimes it isn't in our line of sight. But it is always there."

I had no idea how accurate I was. She seemed to be happy with the response, but I needed to check out the facts when we got home. I didn't want to be feeding her complete rubbish!

When I asked a few fellow parents what their responses may have been, some had been asked this very question already, whilst others were not sure what they would say to explain this complex theory to a pre-schooler!

Erin, who writes over at I Am Mummy Bear has tackled the question before with an answer that satisfied her little one nicely:


"We said that the moon  sometimes likes to meet with his best friend the sun".

Another (unnamed) friend says that she tried to get extra scientific when she was presented with the question:

"... I started mumbling something about the planets lining up and the Earth turning ... then I confused myself and it all got a bit messy! I think I ended it by promising that his dad would answer the question for him when he gets in from work!"

So now I move on to the real answer. I have sourced the information for this answer from Universe Today:


"Everyone knows in general how things seem to work for day and night. During the Day the Sun is the brightest thing there is. We also know that Moon is the brightest object in the sky at night, but wait a minute. Why can we see the Moon during the day as well? The reason is due to two big factors are the moon’s brightness and its orbit around the Earth. These two things make it possible for the moon to still be seen during the day. Otherwise the belief of the Sun by day and Moon by night would still hold".



"The moon is highly reflective and close to the Earth so it is very visible both day and night. Its orbit increases its visibility because the Moon gets close to the sun towards the beginning of the lunar cycle as travels around the sky. So it increases visibility during the day".

So, there we have it. Week 1 of our new linky, "Tell me, Mummy". We would love for you to join in and share the big, difficult, embarrassing questions that your little ones have asked you. Did you offer an answer? We're you left speechless? Did your quest for a response lead you to some amazing resources that you'd like to share with others? Whatever it is, if it relates to one of the millions of questions our children ask us, it has a place here! Just enter yourself on the linky and grab the badge code below to add to the bottom of your post!

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I can't wait to read your offerings!
See you next Friday.



Tuesday, 15 July 2014

When good English goes BAD!


OK, so I received a decent education. I didn't attend a fee paying school, I wasn't sent away to boarding school, I didn't have personal tutors visiting my home. I attended an all girls' school, not too far from where I lived and had parents who liked me and my brothers to speak properly. Most of my friends from primary school attended the same school as me. 

So, English was one of my favourite subjects, right from Year 7, I loved my English lessons, and after passing the subject in GCSE, went on to study both English Language and English Literature at A'Level and then at University. So I consider myself, not an expert, but pretty capable of stringing a legible sentence together when I am writing. I like to read articles, posts, blogs that are written well, but I certainly do not, in any way, consider myself to be a word snob. I will not judge someone for spelling mistakes or stop reading blogs because of grammar blunders. I make plenty of my own! However, there are certain things I don't like to see and I am pretty sure many of you will be with me on this one. Either that, or I am going to come across as a judgemental, shameless smart-ass right now and will only know when my reader count drops considerably over the next 24 hours!


Many of us have been there. Scrolling Facebook, scanning forums, even reading some blogs. Everyone abbreviates, we all use acronyms, it can make things much easier and quicker, especially as everyone knows what you mean. However, there are certain word crimes and grammar errors that are just that. A great deal of the time, they are just pure laziness rather than honest mistakes.

My reason for writing this post today, other than this being something that I feel strongly about, is earlier this evening, The Man came over to me whilst I was at the critical stages of building a Mega Bloks 'palace' with Munch and Beastie Boo. He had been laughing ... a lot. He handed me his phone and simply said ...

"You HAVE to watch this. It's like it was written for you!"

So I'll not say another thing, other than take your its and your it's, place it together with your theres and theirs and put an extra apostrophe where it doesn't belong, just because your chosen word ends with an 's'! Muddle your with you're and even add the odd ur for good measure. Whilst you're at it, type every word you can using text speak or whatever they're calling it. I've decided I no longer care, because Weird Al Yankovic has said it all. He's taken everything that is wrong with today's written word and put it all right here.

Now I know I'm not alone!


Now that you've watched it ... please say you've watched it ... Tell me ...

R u stl wiv mi?!