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Things to Do with Mum - Alison Maloney

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Gemma Malley / Publication Date: 2008 / Publisher: Buster Books

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      25.01.2012 12:16
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      Things to do with Mum - bundles of fun for everyone

      Things to do with Mum - bundles of fun for everyone
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      During the long summer holidays off school, we were having a 'Mum I'm bored' moment while out shopping one day. She was complaining about her friends all being on holiday, and as we had already taken ours' earlier in the summer (during term time - tut tut), she was feeling bored and lonely. I browsed the bookshelves for a new book to occupy her for a short while, and happened upon this book, which would hopefully keep her amused for a considerable while longer.

      About the Book
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      This is a hard backed book, and is quite appealing and attractive with its lilac colouring. The cover is reminiscent of the 'Dangerous Books for Boys' series, with the black and silver detailing, yet this book is more generally aimed at girls.

      This book is full of great ideas for banishing boredom, all delivered in a friendly manner. I'm slightly confused about this book though, Amazon.co.uk class it as 'A special gift for all Mum's who want to share some quality time with their children', but this book's title aims it at children - 'Things to do with Mum'. It is very simplistic in its style, and written in a child friendly way, so I presume the latter to be true. It doesn't really matter though in the slightest; both mother and child will have lots of fun, and relish each other's company when completing any of the suggestions included.

      At 160 pages long, this book doesn't read like a novel, it's more like a list of activities. The Contents list is very long, yet not too detailed. This gives us just enough information to get a feel for the activity, and helpful for flicking to the relevant page when your little one is in a hurry to get started - you know how eager they can be.

      I can't list all of the suggestions, however much I would like too, there are simply too many. Many of the suggestions bring back memories of activities done with my mother during my own childhood, and most probably done by my mother with hers. Ninety nine percent of the activities are using things that you already own at home, so that's a great benefit. I really detest when you get all ready to start an activity to find, you should have bought something vital beforehand. The only thing I think I've had to go out and buy especially, is Borax; which would have once been a staple in every household - this was in order to make slime, oh my goodness, you should have seen the fun we had on that day.

      Suggestions include:
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      * Sewing - Making a pin cushion, a lavender bag, hair scrunchies, make a denim handbag from a pair of jeans, making a teddy, and tie dyeing a tee shirt.

      * Art - collage your own placemat (and then laminate it), make a Piñata pig using paper mache, Paint pictures using marbles and a straw.

      * Cooking - Chocolate chip muffins, peppermint creams and chocolate truffles, make fortune cookies and chocolate leaves, fresh pasta, Italian style meatballs, super smoothies and a banana loaf.

      * Games - classic card games such as whist, instructions to play a game called Gods and Goddesses, the shopping list game, and a mind reading trick.

      * Nature - Make your own miniature garden; plant an avocado stone, collect frogspawn and rear until they reach the froglet stage.

      * Pampering - Make hair masks, and herbal rinses to give hair shine, make petal perfume, and a selection of four facemasks.

      My Thoughts
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      As you can see, this book covers a wide range of subjects and activities. My daughter has adored this book, and it's given me plenty of inspiration for things to do, both indoors and out, to keep her amused during school holidays, and also when we just want to have a girly day.

      In my opinion, the age range for this book is from five until pre-teen. Obviously the ten year old plus, aren't going to find everything suitable for them, exactly as a five year old wouldn't find everything suitable for that age either. This is a lovely book to pick and choose from, and as you may well have noticed, the suggestions are not just aimed at girls; their brothers would get just as much fun from this book, ok maybe not the face masks and hair scrunchies, but I don't know any lad who doesn't like making things, or playing games, or collecting frogspawn. You may find a complementing book 'Things to do with Dad' more suitable though.

      Since this book was purchased my daughter and I have had great fun completing the suggestions, and we've made a good dent in the book. I do know that my daughter has already planned what we are going to do next. :) We love it, and I know you will too.

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      R.R.P - £10.00

      Available today (25/01/12) on Amazon for £9.00 with free p + p. Look out for deals though, I paid £3.49 for my copy.

      ISBN - 978-1-906082-19-2

      Thanks for reading my review, which may also be posted on other sites, under the same username.

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