Earlier this year we were introduced to the brilliant National Trust 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 3/4 books. They are full of simple but wonderful childhood milestones that kids need to tick off their list. Some of them we had done already, but some we have set out specifically to achieve.
Over the summer a lovely neighbour of ours took Theo and I on a twilight bat walk with bat detectors so we could complete the “night-time nature walk” page and for Theo’s birthday we asked Jim’s dad to buy him a kite so we could introduce him to the thrill of flying one…and tick off that challenge too.
We didn’t have to wait too long for a windy day or have to travel too far for a spot to fly the kite. West Wittering beach is a short drive from us and East Head, the National Trust owned sandy spit at the end, is a lovely place to spend the morning and secluded enough that we didn’t have to worry about Theo crashing the kite into anyone.
We’d also recently been invited to try out some of Aldi’s new Mamia 100% Organic range of baby and toddler foods, so we took a hamper of snacks with us to keep the children entertained. I had worried that the Stage 1 fruit purees might be too young for Alice (who turns 1 in a couple of weeks) but as it turns out she is now able to experience the pouches in a new way by feeding herself with the contents, in fact they proved to be very useful later that week when she was teething, tired and grumpy and sachets were an excellent quick way to get healthy food into her.
Also in our package were a couple of bags of mini rice cakes and an Apple & Blackcurrant drink (recommended from 6 months) which Theo really enjoyed, though I have to say the container was quite enormous and we ended up bringing it home half full. Smaller ones of these would be really handy for days out.
The kite flying was a great success, there were no collisions and only two crashes to the ground towards the end when we weren’t paying attention as much as we should have! The kite came out of it unscathed and was very easy to fly.
We were also impressed by the new additions to the Mamia range, in particular (as you would expect from Aldi!) the fruit pouches are very competitively priced (from 59p) and handy to keep in the cupboard as a very easy transportable snack. We will be getting a few more to keep in stock next time I’m in store.
If you’re interested Theo’s ‘easy to fly’ kids kite was from Amazon. It’s currently out of stock, but this one is very similar. The new range of Mamia baby and toddler food is available from Aldi, with puree pouches for 59p (with a box of 5 for £1.79) apple and blackcurrant drink for 85p and rice cakes for 65p.