Kids Stuff

3
Aug

Superpowered Schoolwear

The competition between high street retailers for the best school uniform offers is well and truly on, and the cheapest price points don’t mean the poorest quality either. New quality updates from all retailers allow for every lunchtime spill, playground scuffle and every inch they grow, and if you’re unsatisfied, many retailers offer a no quibble guarantee for anything between 60 to 200 days.

Girl's school uniform

Trawl the high street and supermarkets and you’ll find that you can stock up on unisex polo shirts from as little as £1.00 to £1.25 for a single pack or between £2.00 to £2.50 for a pack of two. A pair of trousers or a woven pleated skirt can be purchased for the bargain price of £3.00 and school shoes for boys and girls can be scooped up for as little as £8.00, while sports shoes are available for £2.50.

School uniformYour A-Z of superpower terminology

ACTIVE SPORT
PE kit that keeps them cool and fresh thanks to special technology that safely repels bacteria, so gym kit remains reassuringly smell-free.

ADJUSTABLE WAIST
Almost all trousers and skirts come with an elastic inside the waistband to adjust the waist, perfect for growth spurts and extra comfortable for active kids; and since all children are different shapes and sizes, you can now buy slim fit and plus fit trousers for girls and boys.

BIONIC FINISH®
A breathable, stain resistant and water repellent finish.

CREASE RESISTANT
Clever uniform that doesn’t crumple so they’ll look smart all school-day long – whatever they get up to.

EASY DRESSING
Retailers have made dressing for school quicker, easier and more comfortable offering trousers and skirts with no buttons or zips, pinafores with longer zips and shirts that are buttonless and fastened with Velcro.

EXPANDICUFF™
Brilliantly clever, this shirt technology mean children up the age of 8 don’t have to mess around with fiddly sleeve buttons.

FRESHFEET™
Say hello to clever technology that combats that eliminates odours and prevents bacterial and fungal growth.

GUARANTEE
More retailers will guarantee their school uniforms for anything from 60 days to 200 days if you are unsatisfied and your proof of purchase will allow for an exchange or refund.

NON-IRON
The iron can stay in the cupboard with this brilliant time-saving innovation. Simply tumble-dry and hang up immediately. Job done.

PERFECT CREASE
Trousers and shorts with the added benefit of a permanent crease, held in place throughout washing and wearing.

PERFECT COLOUR
Coloured garments are treated with a Hunstman IQ® lasting colour wash, which provides improved colour retention properties.

PERMANENT PLEATS
Woven skirts and pinafores with the added benefit of permanent pleats, this means little or no ironing at all!

REINFORCED KNEES
Trousers have a reinforced inner patch at the knee for added resilience against wear and tear.

SCUFF RESISTANT
Durable, coated-leather shoes are made scuff resistant, to withstand any mishaps. Plus, look out for real leather ones. They’ll go on and on. And on.

STAIN AWAY™
Stain Away™ technology allows stains and spills to be washed out easily. Available on shirts, polos, blazers, trousers, shorts, skirts and pinafores, it is an invisible fabric protector that helps protect clothing from spills, stains, blemishes and everyday messy mishaps.

StayNEW™
This clever technology helps jumpers keep their colour, retain their shape and stay bobble-free, keeping kids looking super-smart.

SUPERCREASE™
Supercrease™ technology on skirts and trousers offers a unique, permanent crease for their uniform, withstanding washing, dry cleaning and normal wear and tear.

TEFLON ECOELITE™
A renewably sourced, plant-based fabric treatment for durable water repellency, to help remove ground in stains more easily after washing,

WASH RESISTANT
Uniforms will stay brighter for longer thanks to specialist perfect colour technology – guaranteed to stay colourful, wash after wash.

WEATHERPROOF
This water-repellent (and stain- resistant) finish means spills roll right off the fabric and kids stay dry in sudden downpours. Available on trousers, shorts, skirts, pinafores, blazers and coats.

Beauty insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Beckett Boys Black Touch Fasten Formal Shoe

Shoe Zone

Beckett Boys Black Touch Fasten Formal Shoe – £12.99

Mix + Match 2 pairs for £20

 

school uniform

Tesco

Two polo shirts, one jumper and either a skirt or a pair of trousers for £10.50.

  • A two-pack of polo shirts are available from £2.50,
  • a jumper from £4.00
  • a shirt from £4.00
  • a pair of trousers from £4.00.
  • All uniform has a 100-day guarantee. A 2-pack of trousers is £7.

 

 

 

diary

WHSmith

2018-19 A5 Tropical Pineapples Academic Mid Year Diary Week to View – £8.99

 

 

 

ringbinder

WHSmith

Pastel Lilac 25mm Rollbound A4 Ringbinder – £2.99

 

 

 

Assorted Pens

WHSmith

BiC 4 Colours Assorted Ballpoint Pens, Medium Nib, Assorted Ink (Pack of 6) – £5.99

 

 

 

11
Dec

Santa’s Top Toys for 2017

It’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas… so get your Christmas shopping sorted! To help ease the burden of sifting through all the new toys on the market and the abundance of choice available to you, we have found the toys tipped to be the most popular this Christmas.

TOYS FOR THE VERY YOUNG

For little kids, there are several popular fun and interactive toys to choose from this Christmas. You can’t go wrong with Paw Patrol and this Christmas the Paw Patrol Sea Patroller Vehicle is one of this year’s must-have toys, so put it on your list along with the Paw Patrol My Size Lookout Tower.


Paw Patrol Sea Patroller available at Argos, Asda, Wilko, and Tesco
Paw Patrol My Size Lookout Tower available at Argos, Asda, and Tesco

If your kids aren’t into Paw Patrol, there are other playsets that are predicted to be popular this year and may prove more enticing to your children. There is the Enchantimals Playhouse Panda Set, where your children’s imagines can run wild in the magical and enchanted world of Enchantimals. For those looking for more action and adventure fighting bad guys, look out for the PJ Masks Headquarters Playset.


Enchantimals Playhouse Panda Set available at Tesco and Argos
PJ Masks Headquarters Playset available at Tesco, Argos, Asda and Wilko

READY, STEADY, GO

For active children, this year the Laser X and Nerf Nitro Longshot Smash are sure to be on the top of their Christmas wish list. Why not treat a little one to one of these? You’ll be encouraging excursions outdoors and away from the television, and help them release some of their energy too.

For the Star Wars lovers out there, the Star Wars: BB-8 for LEGO will not only be a firm favourite among their gifts, but will also encourage creativity and imagination as they build BB-8 with their own two hands. And it might tempt some of the adults to get involved in the fun too.


Laser X – 2 Player Pack available at Argos, Tesco, Asda and Wilko
Star Wars: BB-8 LEGO available at Argos, Tesco and Asda
Nerf Nitro Longshot Smash available at Argos and Tesco

FUN AND SURPRISES

Make this year’s gifts double surprises with the Hatchimals Surprise and LOL Surprise Series 2. Unwrap the gift, and enjoy the further surprise of hatching your own Hatchimal or discovering the surprise inside the LOL Surprise series 2 ball.

The fingerlings are another toy craze that kids are currently itching to get their hands on. There are several characters to choose from, as well as add-ons like playsets to hang them on.


Fingerlings available at Argos and Tesco
Hatchimals Surprise available at Argos, Tesco, Asda and Wilko
L.O.L. Surprise Series 2 available at Argos and Tesco

If your kids have been asking for a pet, but your budget or home situation won’t allow it, the FurReal Roarin’ Tyler could be their animal companion. An animated toy, it moves and makes animal noises, just make sure you have the batteries to power it on Christmas Day, or you may face some disappointed kids when their tiger won’t roar.

And for fun that the whole family can get involved in, Toilet Trouble and The Original Stretch Armstrong are tipped to be popular buys this festive season.


FurReal Roarin’ Tyler available at Argos and Asda
Toilet Trouble available at Argos and Tesco
The Original Stretch Armstrong available at Argos and Tesco

DON’T FORGET THE WRAPPING

You have the gifts, but don’t forget the wrapping! Give your presents a little extra flair with ribbons and bows. Card Factory, Ryman, The Works and WH Smith have wide selections of Christmas wrapping to choose from, and there are some great deals on offer on Christmas wrapping paper and giftbags.


Traditional Kraft Christmas gift wrap 5 metres £2.99 at Ryman
Luxury Christmas gift wrap assorted £2.00 at The Works
White Character Trail Christmas wrapping paper 3 metres (pack of 2 rolls) £3.99 at WHSmith


Gingerbread House Christmas gift bag large £1.99 at Ryman
Repeat Santa Giant Square Christmas gift bag £1.99 at Card Factory
Handmade Christmas gift bag £1.00 at The Works


Festive Ribbon gift set pack of four assorted £1.99 at Ryman
Red Christmas Gift Wrap accessory set £1.99 at Card Factory
Handcrafted Holly gift tags (pack of 8) £1.00 at The Works
Festive 30 piece Luxury Christmas accessories pack £4.49 at WHSmith

22
Aug

Love is a new lunchbox

As the new school year approaches at a slightly alarming rate, uniform and backpack-buying duty looms. If your kids’ lunchboxes have seen better days, or you’re giving into their demands for new kit, read on to discover our new-term favourites. These boxes and bags are suitable for pre-school, primary and secondary school students, combine clever, leak-free compartments, wipe-clean interiors and some serious insulation.

BEST FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES

Sistema Triple Split Lunchbox £10.95 Tesco

This multi compartmental BPA-free plastic lunch box is simple, durable and comes in a range of bold and bright colours. Split into three compartments, a large section for a sandwich or roll and two smaller compartments for snack or fruit and a 150ml screw top yoghurt pot that fits neatly into one of the smaller compartment, it is sealed tight with sturdy clips.

Images: Tesco

Polar Gear Lunch Bag and Bottle £11.99 Argos

The Polar Gear lunch set comes complete with a spacious 2 compartment cool bag and 650ml tritan bottle. It is great for everyday use at work, school or just out for the day and can be wiped clean easily.

My Little Lunch Urban Camouflage Lunch Bag and Bottle £17.99 Argos
This urban style rucksack lunchbag comes complete with a water bottle. The My Little Lunch fun camouflage style lunch bag is fully insulated with an easy wipe, food safe lining, keeping food fresh and cool and has a matching sports bottle. Well worth the price tag!

Images: Argos

 

Playpiece Lunch Bag £6.99 (reduced from £11.99) Trespass

The Playpiece kid’s lunch bag keeps food cool and safe. It’s also ideal for picnics at the park or a day out exploring. Designed with a clip on carry strap that can be easily removed and a carry handle on top, the Playpiece bag has a full zip and comes in a cool helicopter design or funky flower pattern to suit your kid’s tastes.

Images: Trespass

 

Smash Heart Bag & Bottle £7.00 George at Asda

Bring fashion and design to lunchtime with this bright and colourful heart bag from Smash! Smash Insulated Cases are made from durable Polyester with an extra thick foam insulation to keep contents colder longer. Food Safe and BPA, PVC with a lead free lining, the leak proof bottle is also included.

Images: George at Asda

 

BEST FOR OLDER KIDS

Polar Gear Bento Lunchbox £6 Wilko

Available in pink or black this versatile bento style lunch chiller helps keep your lunch cool and fresh. It comes with a fill at home ice pack and a fork and spoon included, and boasts 3 separate food compartments ideal for storing salads, sandwiches, sushi as well as snacks.

Images: Wilko

Bergner Black Cube Lunch Bag £22.99 Argos

The stylish and most compact of all lunchbags, this set includes two lunch boxes of different sizes, one all-purpose tray, two cotton napkins and one cooler bag. It has a wide padded shoulder strap and carrying handle and the case features an aluminium and foam layer for heat insulation.

Images: Argos

BEST FOR LITTLE ONES

Polar Gear Kids Insulated Lunch Bag 9.99 Shoe Zone

The fabulous Polar Gear Kids 3D Insulated Lunch Bags pack a healthy lunch. The 3D is insulated which will keep their food cool and fresh for longer and food safe, plus it also has a wipe clean PVC free lining, Choose from a colourful Owl, Cupcake or a Football design.

Images: Shoe Zone

Disney Frozen Elsa Lunch Bag £12.00 Claire’s

We love this pretty Disney Frozen lunch bag. With glitter detailing, a zip fastening all the way around and 2 grab handles, your little girl’s friends could mistake it for a super trendy handbag. Currently when you buy one item at Claire’s you’ll get a second free.

Paw Patrol ‘Chase’ 3D Lunch Bag £9.99 Deichmann

Entice your active little boy to sit still long enough to eat lunch with this 3D insulated lunch bag that feature’s Paw Patrol’s Chase. It’s a must-have for Paw Patrol fans.

Images: Claire’s and Deichmann

 

Sistema 1.5L Slimline Quaddie Pink £4.00 Asda

The Slimline Quaddie is part of the Sistema Lunch range and has been specifically designed for packed lunches – ideal for school, picnics and days out. There is a large lower section for sandwiches and other lunch items. In addition there are two smaller sections in the top for snacks and smaller items of fruit. A further top section contains a small water bottle.

Images: Asda