Ten thousand bowls of soup- a children’s book 

As a child me and my sister spent a lot of our free time reading, and Saturdays and school holidays were spent with trips to our local library to get yet more books! And now I have so much fun sharing a love for reading with my 2 year old son (and his baby brother watches and smiles), which I’m hoping we do for years to come.

And so, when I first spoke with the lovely ladies at ‘Ten Thousand Bowls of Soup‘, I was excited to receive a copy and review this book with my toddler and I was expecting a nice little story book.

But we got a lot more than we anticipated, and this is so much more than just another nice little story book! The book tells the tale of a 6 year old boy who, 15 years later, travels to Greece to help people who have been displaced to a migrant camp. His job is to make soup. Every day, 10,000 bowls of it! And together they share a love for, and bond over, food.

This book touches on issues that increasingly impact the world we live in, and the world we are raising the next generation in. I often ponder about the future, and the world my boys will grow up in. Some of the most important things I can teach them is to be kind and tolerant to others, and to be giving and forgiving. And this book touches on some of these subjects in a fun and light hearted way. Perfect for conversation starters with little people, and a great way for parents, Carers, and teachers alike to hold meaningful and thought provoking conversations with children.

I do often find myself second guessing my decisions or how I’m disciplining my toddler, and often wonder how I’m going to raise my boys the way I want to. And it’s tools such as  this book that will help me in the years to come.

What I love about this book is it’s not for profit, and all proceeds go to Médecins Sans Frontières who help to save lives in conflict zones, natural disasters and epidemics. What another great lesson to teach our little people about giving to others and helping those less fortunate. And, there’s even a recipe for some yummy sounding soup at the end of the book!

The book is aimed at children 5-8, but for now my little boy loves flicking through the pages and seeing the pictures, so I am going to keep this on our bookshelf for many years to come,  but mums with school age kids will find this a great book for teaching their little ones some great morals and raising awareness to the world we live in!


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Toddlers + Ipads. Kidloland App Review 

For the first year of my monkeys life, we were those parents. You know, the OTT ones that don’t allow their little ones screen time. I was so adamant about it that I didn’t even watch TV myself in the early days when he was a newborn and fed & slept all day. In hindsight, the second time mum in me is telling myself of for being so silly and not enjoying those first few months, as second time round there’s no such thing as a break or a cup of tea + biscuit sat watching a show while your baba sleeps! 

So anyway, we managed to get to 1 years old with zero screen time. But then as my pregnancy progressed and I’d have tired days and sleepless nights where all I wanted to do was curl up and sleep all day, the rules relaxed. It started by us letting my monkey watch aeroplanes land and takeoff on YouTube as he was such a fan of planes. We then allowed him to watch the odd nursery rhyme. Mother Goose Club & Chu Chi TV, I can’t wait for the day my babies outgrow you! 

So when Kidloland asked us if we would like to review their app, at first I was hesitant to allow my monkey to use the iPad and decided to wait until he was a little older. Well, just after he turned 2 I was running out of ideas to keep him occupied while I disappeared upstairs to feed his baby brother (note, the baba will only feed in a quiet and dark bedroom as he’s otherwise distracted). So, I decided to take Kidloland up on their offer and allow him some time on the iPad. 

Because he has never used a phone/ iPad before, he did need assistance with most of the games/songs and navigating the app. But I was happy about this as it means the length of time he uses it is limited. I’m sure this will change as he becomes more accustomed to it though as he is getting the hang of it pretty fast. 

What we liked about the app:

  • It’s educational, and a great way for your kids to learn in a supervised way
  • There are no adverts! And it’s safe. I was wary of allowing him to you YouTube independently due to all the bizarre vids that are of there that are aimed at children 
  • Once the app and different games/songs are downloaded it can be used anywhere. Now, we don’t allow him to take the iPad out, but I know lots of parents do. So this is great as you don’t need to be connected to wifi! On the odd occasion when he has point blank refused to go to nursery, I’ve allowed him to watch nursery rhymes on the app in the car and it has avoided major meltdowns! 
  • There is so much on there, they will never get bored! From games, to puzzles, and flash cards to songs. And every time we log in there’s even more new updates. We limit his use so he doesn’t even use it daily, but if he did, he literally would never get bored. 
  • It’s suitable for different ages kids 5 and under so I’m sure in a year or so his little brother will be fighting him for it! He already loves listening to the nursery rhymes, but as he’s only 7 months old he definetly doesn’t benefit from any screen time just yet. 
  • It’s affordable. There are few options, but the cheapest works out at £29.99 for the year. For its educational use and the ability to use it with no wifi connection, it’s well worth it in my opinion! 

There is just one niggle that I have to mention! If you choose to download everything from the app as you go, then it does take up quite a bit of memory, saying that, I have a an iPad with very limited memory to start with! 

Overall I would really recommend this app for busy parents looking for something educational for their little ones. I also think that as my monkey gets a little older (he’s currently 2 years and 3 months), the app will become more and more useful for both me and him! 

The iPad + Kidloland is currently helping me to get my toddler on the loo and to stay put on the loo, so I may be the first parent to attribute it to a must have potty training tool also 😂.. 

As the weather changes changes and we spend more time indoors I also think he will start to benefit from using it a lot more often, so my next  challenge will be learning how to limit IPad use, tips anyone? 

If you are interested in downloading the app, see below 🙂 

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-store/id533412119?pt=275891&ct=saman
 Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.internetdesignzone.nurseryrhymes&hl=en

Amazon Appstore: https://www.amazon.com/KidloLand-Nursery-Rhymes-Educational-Preschool/dp/B00HFQBCEU