Little Screen – launches in cinemas nationwide 22/23rd October 2016

Pinewood Live is delighted to announce the October launch of LITTLE SCREEN, a brand new interactive cinema experience created exclusively for families and their young children. The first-of-its-kind cinema event has been created to both entertain and educate the whole family.

Little Screen will feature two showings across one weekend each month, with a new format of shows aimed at children aged 3 – 6 years. The first show will feature the much-loved Hey Duggee, Masha and the Bear, Thomas and Friends, Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom and Paw Patrol.

LITTLE SCREEN was born from the insight that children’s learning thrives in social environments, and the whole programme has been tailor made for pre-school children to watch and learn together. Pui Fan Lee, who is best known for portraying Po in the original Teletubbies, is part of the creative team behind LITTLE SCREEN. She has spent many years working in children’s TV and is a favourite face of CBeebies programme Show Me Show Me.

Commenting on the format and importance of children watching and learning together, Pui Fan Lee said:

“Little Screen is the perfect place to bring little ones to enjoy the magic of the Big Screen; the great variety of little features and all the funny bits in-between are carefully chosen to keep everyone happy (grown ups too!). Little Screen is a Lovely Little Treat!”

Child psychologist, Liz Fraser said:

“The experience of going to the cinema is completely different to watching films at home, not only socially but also developmentally, culturally and educationally. Children are far more concentrated in a cinema because they can’t get up and wander off into another room or be distracted by their toys, they importantly learn the discipline of sitting still and respecting others.”

 Liz continued “Little Screen is a fantastic initiative to get young children out of the house and sharing an experience with lots of other children. The fact that it’s tailored to their age, concentration span and learning stage, as well as involving their parents too and allowing them to interact, ask questions and really engage with the characters and storyline, makes it an absolutely perfect way to start their cinema-going life and teach them far more than they otherwise would watching TV at home.”

For the duration of each 70-minute programme, children will be kept on their toes with each showing consisting of five episodes from different programmes, with the host – Marty (Darren Hart) – encouraging audience participation inspired by the content. LITTLE SCREEN promises to offer a unique cinema visit for young children and their families where joining in, singing and dancing is encouraged, not frowned upon!

Pinewood Live is delighted to announce the October launch of LITTLE SCREEN, a brand new interactive cinema experience created exclusively for families and their young children. The first-of-its-kind cinema event has been created to both entertain and educate the whole family.

Little Screen will feature two showings across one weekend each month, with a new format of shows aimed at children aged 3 – 6 years. The first show will feature the much-loved Hey Duggee, Masha and the Bear, Thomas and Friends, Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom and Paw Patrol.

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LITTLE SCREEN was born from the insight that children’s learning thrives in social environments, and the whole programme has been tailor made for pre-school children to watch and learn together. Pui Fan Lee, who is best known for portraying Po in the original Teletubbies, is part of the creative team behind LITTLE SCREEN. She has spent many years working in children’s TV and is a favourite face of CBeebies programme Show Me Show Me.

Commenting on the format and importance of children watching and learning together, Pui Fan Lee said:

“Little Screen is the perfect place to bring little ones to enjoy the magic of the Big Screen; the great variety of little features and all the funny bits in-between are carefully chosen to keep everyone happy (grown ups too!). Little Screen is a Lovely Little Treat!”

Child psychologist, Liz Fraser said:

“The experience of going to the cinema is completely different to watching films at home, not only socially but also developmentally, culturally and educationally. Children are far more concentrated in a cinema because they can’t get up and wander off into another room or be distracted by their toys, they importantly learn the discipline of sitting still and respecting others.”

 Liz continued “Little Screen is a fantastic initiative to get young children out of the house and sharing an experience with lots of other children. The fact that it’s tailored to their age, concentration span and learning stage, as well as involving their parents too and allowing them to interact, ask questions and really engage with the characters and storyline, makes it an absolutely perfect way to start their cinema-going life and teach them far more than they otherwise would watching TV at home.”

For the duration of each 70-minute programme, children will be kept on their toes with each showing consisting of five episodes from different programmes, with the host – Marty (Darren Hart) – encouraging audience participation inspired by the content. LITTLE SCREEN promises to offer a unique cinema visit for young children and their families where joining in, singing and dancing is encouraged, not frowned upon!

Note: We are being given tickets to see the first show.

First appointment done – Is it Neurofibromatosis?

At long last Master A went to see the paediatrician last Tuesday. Sorry for the lack of update but I have been busy. This appointment was to see whether Master A has got neurofibromatosis. We still don’t know.

Yes he has cafe au lait marks. He has six, maybe seven. According to the paediatrician, it is a matter of waiting and see whether new signs appear. Last week I was content with this. I was happy that at least he was in the system. Now I am not. I am far from content. We have to wait six months. I can’t wait that long to find out whether he has it or not. I want to either deal with it if he has it or feel really really lucky that he doesn’t have it.

Why would I be lucky if he doesn’t have it? Well I have read that 95% of children that have cafe au lait marks have neurofibromatosis. With that knowledge how can I just be happy with waiting.

I phoned an advisor from The Neuro Foundation yesterday. There is a test they can do to see if Master A does have neurofibromatosis or not. I wish he could have that test done now. Right now. I really want a referral to the genetics clinic in Manchester. Then hopefully everything will be all right. I think I can cope with a diagnosis and I would be over the moon if Master A doesn’t have it. The not knowing is the worst thing in the world for me right now.

I want to phone the hospital in Manchester but I know that they will need a referral from the doctor to see me but I have to wait for the report from the paediatrican. I really can’t wait any more, I want to know whether there is something wrong with my lovely little boy.

He went to Diddi Dance today and he was not happy at all. I don’t know what was wrong with him at all. He can’t tell me, he cannot talk. He seemed so vulnerable and scared.

I will love my boy regardless and I only want whats best for him, for Miss A, my OH….and for me. The not knowing what is wrong is not doing me any favours at all. Six months is such a long time to wait.

Is it Neurofibromatosis? Appointment next week

Master A has his appointment next week to see whether he has something wrong with him. I have posted about it here.

I am scared. Sometimes I feel as if I can’t cope. I have cried a lot. I don’t want him to have it. I know it could be worse. But I wish that nothing is wrong with him. That may be selfish, but I think it is a normal feeling, isn’t it? I have read that 95% of children with cafe au lait marks are likely to have neurofibromatosis. I hope that he is in the 5% but that is a scary statistic. It is from a credible source.

I have had two months to deal with the fact that my son could have neurofibromatosis but I can’t seem to deal with it very well. I don’t think the children know how I feel. My other half does. You do now. But I can’t seem to talk about it. I just have to wait until Tuesday next week to talk about my concerns and to see if the paediatrician thinks that Master A does have NF1 or perhaps something else.

Master A still isn’t talking well at all. He also has a few ‘quirks’. He still puts his hands over his ears when something new happens. He doesn’t like walking much these days. He keeps on wanting to be picked up. So I am still having to rely on the pushchair as I can’t carry him for long, he is too much for my dodgy back.

This is one of the reasons why I haven’t been blogging for ages. I have also broke my toe. Pain relief has been making me so tired, although I think it is the stress of it all to be honest.

Roll on Tuesday. I think I will deal with it a lot easier if we either had a diagnosis or better still everything is OK.

Update: Back to school tomorrow – Summer holidays are over

Miss A has had a good Summer holiday and she is back to school tomorrow. Year 2 – how did that happen!

I am sad she is going back, very sad. I love spending time with her and her brother together.

Time has flown by and it has been fun – mostly. Lots of socialising and visiting family and friends. Not much time for blogging. I have been too exhausted to be honest by the end of the day. My health has been up and down throughout the holiday and so have the children’s. Nothing serious just bugs.

Master A has been given a date for his paediatician appointment, in exactly a month’s time. We have waited so long already. I haven’t been coping with what could be wrong with him. I told the doctor this on Friday, after realising that I can’t go on worrying like this any more. I need to know what is wrong with him, it is hurting me so much. It is affecting day to day life a little. Probably why I am falling asleep early every night. They are going to try and get an earlier appointment for him, I will find out before Friday if they are successful.

I will now have time to concentrate on my blog when Master A has his rest time. Even though he has stopped his naps, I have quiet time with him when he either does crafting/playdoh or something or he watches a film. Just to give me a little bit of time out. Perhaps I will find out if I can get an appointment early this week and then I will know I have done all that I can to get Master A checked out. I know that it is not life threatening but it is certainly life changing.

Miss A hasn’t been affected by what is going on with Master A. That is good.

We have had a good Summer holiday, that is the main thing.

I just hope now that I have told the doctors how I feel, we get things sorted soon.

 

Peppa Pig Enchanting Castle review

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Miss A and Master A have been brought up with Peppa Pig. Mostly on television but they have some toys. When we were sent the Peppa Pig Enchanting Castle, both were rather happy!

The Peppa Pig Enchanting Castle is a fantastic toy that closes when not in use. Fantastic! It comes with one Peppa character. I am sad it didn’t come with George too so they could play together but…we have him, along with several other characters already. Miss A got out all of her Peppa Pig stuff while playing with the Enchanting Castle so bear that in mind when watching the video and looking at the photos.

They spent so long playing with the castle…and the other toys.

Most of the time Master A plays with his toys in silence so this video is lovely for me to watch so I am sharing it..I think he is saying “Addy” for Daddy Pig.

This toy was a huge success. It was the first time that I saw Master A properly play with toys and pretending to make the characters walk, get in bed etc.

There is also a bed, steps and a mirror included. The mirror turns which makes it even more fun! The door to the castle also revolves too.

The Peppa Pig Enchanting Castle costs £24.99. It is worth it though as it is a toy that can be added to with the other Peppa Pig play sets.

A fantastic toy that has made both children, especially Master A very happy! I am very thankful for being sent this toy as it is a toy that has made Master A start to progress with a few things. It is a toy that can be shared by the both of them too – fantastic!

Available at Smyths Toys