Really easy basic bread recipe

Really easy never-ending bread recipe

One thing I’ve realised over the last few weeks of limiting our trips out to the supermarket is how much bread we eat in our house.

We don’t have room in our freezer to stash extra loaves, so the obvious solution for us was to start baking our own fresh bread at home.

I spent quite a bit of time searching online for easy but reliable recipes for homemade bread before finding this easiest homemade bread recipe ever from le coin de Mel.

It turned out to be the perfect jumping off point for me to play around with, until I ended up with this really easy never-ending bread recipe.

 

The real beauty of this bread recipe, and what makes it basically never-ending, is that you only need enough yeast to make the first loaf.

At the moment yeast can be pretty hard to get hold of, so this is such a great recipe to use if you only have a sachet or two hiding in the cupboard.

What you do is make up the dough, then before you bake it you pinch off a piece about the size of a walnut.  Then you put that in a bowl with a cup of flour and a cup of water and stir it all up together.  This can then sit on your worktop for a day or two until you’re ready to make your next loaf.

When that time comes, you use this ‘saved yeast’ instead of a fresh sachet of the stuff, and adjust the recipe for the cup of flour and cup of water that you put in it.

It’s a similar concept to creating a sourdough starter, but much easier as far as I’m concerned!

I first heard about this idea of saving some yeast from one dough to use in the next from Glen and friends on YouTube, and he calls it a levain, so that’s what I’m going with in this recipe.

 

So, enough explaining and on with the recipe.

Don’t be put off by the number of steps in the recipe, it really is the most ridiculously easy bread I’ve ever made, I’ve just broken it down into quite a few steps!

 

Ingredients (for the first time you make it)

  • 4 cups of flour (plain or strong bread flour)
  • 1 teaspoon of easy yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
  • 2 cups of water

You’ll also need

  • A big bowl to mix the dough up in
  • A handful of flour to dust your worksurface/tray
  • A 2lb loaf tin
  • Oil to grease the tin
  • Cling film (or a tea towel) to cover overnight
  • A small bowl for your levain/saved yeast to go into

 

What you need to do

1. Put the flour, yeast and salt in a big bowl and stir to combine.

2. Add the water and stir well for a few minutes to bring the dough together.  It’ll look really wet and sticky – that’s good!

3. Cover the bowl with clingfilm (or a clean tea towel) and leave the dough to rise, ideally somewhere warm, for about 12 hours.

 

4. After the 12 hours is up and you’re ready to bake the bread, turn your oven on to 230 degrees.

5. Flour your worktop, or for easier clean up flour a big baking tray, then tip the sticky dough out of the bowl onto the floured surface.  I say ‘tip’, but it’s more a case of scraping it out of the bowl with a spoon.

6. Turn the dough to make sure it’s all nicely covered in flour.  It’ll be a really loose dough that’ll spread across the worktop/baking tray a bit.

7. Leave it there for about 30 minutes.

 

This is where the magic of the never-ending bread happens.

  • While you’re waiting, pinch off a piece of the dough, about the size of a walnut.
  • Pop the small piece of dough into a bowl.
  • Add in a cup of flour and a cup of water and mix it all up together.  This is your levain, or ‘saved yeast’.  Loosely cover the bowl and leave out on the worktop, ready to use in a day or two for your next loaf.

 

8. Next you need to oil your loaf tin.  Just pour a small amount in the tin and spread it around with a bit of kitchen roll so the bottom and sides are lightly covered.

9. After the 30 minutes is up scoop the dough up and plop it into the loaf tin.  You’ll need to be quite quick with this as the dough is really loose, not the firm sort of bread dough you might be expecting!  Once it’s in the tin gently prod it around so it fills the tin as evenly as possible.

 

10. Put the tin in the oven and bake for 45 minutes.

11. Check it’s done by tipping the bread out of the tin and gently tapping the base.  It should sound hollow.

12. Leave to cool and then enjoy!

 

Now you’ve made your first loaf and have your saved yeast/levain ready on the side, you can whip up another loaf so easily in a day or two.

Here’s what you need to do when you have that levain ready and waiting:

 

Ingredients for all the other times

  • Levain from the last time you made the bread
  • 3 cups of flour (plain or strong bread flour)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of water

 

What you need to do

1. Mix together the flour and salt in a big bowl.

2. Stir in the water and the levain (you might need to give the levain a quick stir first it is looks like it’s separated a bit.

3. Mix it all together well until it forms a sticky dough, like before.

4. Cover and leave somewhere warm for 12 hours to rise.

 

5. After the 12 hours is up and you’re ready to bake the bread, turn your oven on to 230 degrees.

6. Flour your worktop, or for easier clean up flour a big baking tray, then tip the sticky dough out of the bowl onto the floured surface.

7. Turn the dough to make sure it’s all nicely covered in flour.  It’ll be a really loose dough that’ll spread across the worktop/baking tray.

8. Leave it there for about 30 minutes.

 

9. Make your levain for your next loaf – pinch off a piece of dough about the size of a walnut and mix it in a bowl with a cup of flour and a cup of water.

 

10. Oil your loaf tin.

11. After the 30 minutes is up scoop the dough up and quickly plop it into the loaf tin.  Once it’s in the tin gently prod it around so it fills the tin as evenly as possible.

12. Put the tin in the oven and bake for 45 minutes.

13. Check it’s done by tipping the bread out of the tin and gently tapping the base.  It should sound hollow.

14. Leave to cool and then enjoy!

 

So there you have it.

Possibly the easiest way ever to make absolutely delicious fresh bread at home.

With the added benefit of being able to keep on making it again and again without needing to track down more yeast.  As long as you can find some flour you’re laughing!

 

Have you been making bread at home lately?

Leave me a comment if you try this recipe and let me know how you get on with it!

Really easy never-ending bread

The easiest bread you'll ever make, that you can make over and over again without needing more yeast.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Resting time12 hrs 30 mins
Total Time13 hrs 25 mins
Keyword: Bread

Equipment

  • 2lb loaf tin
  • Large mixing bowl

Ingredients

  • 4 cups flour (plain or strong bread flour)
  • 1 tsp easy dried yeast
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 2 cups water

Instructions

  • Mix the flour, salt and yeast together in a big bowl
  • Add the water and mix well for a few minutes
  • Cover the bowl with clingfilm or a tea towel and leave in a warm spot for 12 hours
  • After about 12 hours, preheat your oven to 230 degrees
  • Flour your worktop, or a big baking tray, then scrape the sticky dough out onto the floured surface
  • Turn the dough a bit to get it all covered in the flour and then leave for 30 minutes
  • Here's the magic step that makes this never-ending bread - making a levain (or saved yeast) to use for your next loaf instead of new yeast. Pinch off a piece of the dough and mix it with a cup of flour and a cup of water in a bowl. Cover this loosely and leave on the worktop to use in a day or two.
  • Oil the loaf tin
  • After 30 minutes scoop the dough up and put it in the loaf tin. You'll have to be quick because the dough is really loose, not the firm dough you might expect for bread.
  • Cook in the oven for 45 minutes
  • Check it's done by tipping the bread out of the tin and tapping the bottom gently, it should sound hollow
  • Leave to cool and then enjoy!

Notes

This recipe is for the first time you make the never-ending bread.  
The next time you make it you'll use the levain (saved yeast) that you made from the small piece of dough, cup of flour and cup of water.
The method of making the bread is exactly the same, but you need to adjust the ingredient amounts to:
3 cups of flour
1 1/4 tsp salt
I cup of water
Mix these with the bowl of levain, instead of using new yeast.
Then make the bread just like you did before, remembering to make a new levain ready for the next loaf in a few days!

This post is linked up with KCACOLS.

_Easy and fun ideas for photo walks with children

Fun ideas for photo walks with children

I pretty much always take a camera with me when we go out for walks as a family, even if it’s just the one on my phone.

I really love photographing the children and what they get up to when we’re out and about, as well as stopping to take pictures of any plants or flowers or other pretty things that catch my eye.

But I don’t think I’d ever intentionally gone out on what I would call a ‘photo walk’ until the other day.

The difference really is that the main purpose of a photo walk is to pay that bit more attention to your surroundings and find interesting things to photograph.

Nerys and I both did a photo walk like this on a recent family outing to the park and it made the trip out something really fun, and just that little bit more special.

 

Nerys started off using her kidizoom camera, but quite quickly got frustrated with it because she couldn’t see the screen properly in the bright sunlight.  Luckily I’d popped our compact Nikon camera in my bag so let her switch and use that instead.

She’s used it a few times in the house so was up and running (figuratively, not literally!) with it really quickly.

You can let your child use whatever camera you have available, whether that’s their own child-friendly ‘first camera’, an old point and shoot, your dslr if you can trust them with it, or the phone on your camera.

 

There are so many ways you can enjoy a photo walk with your children, but here are my top suggestions:

 

Go rainbow spotting

This is a great way to make a walk more fun if you’re limited to walking around your neighbourhood rather than in an open green space.

Keep an eye out for all the rainbows you can see that people have made and stuck up in their windows.

This is something that Nerys and I did on our photo walk and we both really enjoyed it.

We tend to look out for these rainbows anyway when we’re out and about but it was so much fun to really make a point of spotting them and photographing them all.

 

Find things in each colour of the rainbow to make a photo collage at the end

Along with spotting the rainbows in people’s windows we also photographed things we found in each colour of the rainbow on our photo walk.

It really made us so much more mindful of everything around us, looking for all sorts of different things that were rainbow colours.

At this time of year it was easy to find green things in the local park, but orange things were a bit trickier and we had to get a bit more creative to find things to photograph in that colour.

What I love about this idea is that when you get home you can put all the photos together to make a rainbow photo collage.  Here are the collages I made from the photos that Nerys and I took on our walk.

 

Take photos of different shapes

Depending on where you go on your walk it might be a bit tricky to find things in all the colours of the rainbow to photograph, so you could try doing different shapes instead.

It might seem hard at first, but once you really start looking you’ll end up finding shapes all over the place.

I used to play shape-spotting with Rhys when he was a toddler and you end up seeing all sorts of things that you don’t normally notice, right down to the different shaped drain covers on the floor!

 

Photograph each other in different locations

This idea is one that would work well for children of all ages.

Basically you’re looking out for different, fun, pretty, unique locations on your walk to take portraits of each other.

If you have little ones then you can get some really fun photos of them in different places that you wouldn’t normally think of taking photos.

And if you have older children you can get them to take a series of different photos of you with fun and interesting backdrops, and you can do the same for them to share with their friends or on social media if they’re old enough.

 

Find different perspectives

If you want to get a bit more technical and work on photography skills, then you can use a photo walk as a chance to explore different compositional skills and shooting from different perspectives with your child.

As you walk together make a point of looking up high, and down low to see what interesting pictures you can take.

Get right up under some trees and shoot up into the branches and leaves.

 

Steve took these behind the scenes photo of me and Nerys, and then here is the photo she took as a result of me showing her how to shoot straight up into the leaves.

 

You can also get up slightly higher than normal and shoot a bird’s eye view of the flowers on the ground.

Another idea is to encourage your child to get creative by challenging them to photograph the same object from a few different angles and perspectives.  Get them to photograph it from really close up so it fills the frame, then back away a bit and use the rule of thirds to create a completely different image.

 

Once you get started with photo walks you’ll start noticing so many different things to take pictures of.

You can set a theme for each walk, or just see what captures your attention once you’re out.  And when you do this with your children you’ll spark their creativity, teach them a great skill and have so much fun together along the way!

 

This post is linked up with KCACOLS.

Setting up the perfect study space for your child at home

Setting up the perfect study space for your child

Considering schools across the UK and other parts of the world are currently closed, it’s important for children to have a well-designed study space at home where they can complete their work.

It takes more than a desk and a chair to form a productive environment for learning and parents will have to put in a little bit of effort in order to help their kids. Here are some tips from an independent girls’ school in Leatherhead.

 

Firstly, it’s important to make sure that the study space is clean and tidy as it will be difficult for your child to focus if the environment is in disarray.

You might have to invest in some storage boxes and bookshelves as a way to keep things neat and organised, but it will be worth it for more effective studying. What’s more, it will help your child feel more in control if they know where everything is stowed away and they won’t have to waste precious study time searching for missing books or stationery. 

 

Another important element of a decent study space is the lighting.

If possible, try and set up the desk near a window so that there is plenty of natural light. Unfortunately, artificial lighting is more likely to result in eye strain and headaches. Not only is this unpleasant, it will also reduce productivity.

If artificial lighting is your only option, make sure your child takes plenty of breaks so rest their eyes.

 

It goes without saying that the study space should be free from all types of distractions, otherwise your child won’t be able to concentrate.

For instance, it should be away from the TV and any video games consoles, and should be nice and quiet. Of course, this isn’t always possible; we don’t all have home offices where we can send our kids to do their schoolwork.

However, as long as you stick to as many of the above tips as possible, there shouldn’t be too much of an issue.

 

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Deal with stress and loss coronavirus

How to deal with stress and loss during quarantine/isolation

Quarantine and isolation have become the new reality for millions of people around the world since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the United Kingdom, there have been 120,067 confirmed cases and 16,060 deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus. In addition to lives being impacted by the virus, people are also facing the negative effects of self-isolation and quarantine.

 

Quarantine can make it hard to cope with stress and loss

More than just hard times, the current living situation is unbearable for many. It’s a time in which the world needs to band together in solidarity. Because people are left to live alone in self isolation in order to prevent further transmission of the virus – there is little support for those who must deal with loss and mourn their loved ones.

What types of losses are we talking about here?

This is not just those lives who are sadly lost to the coronavirus complications, but losses happen every day. Whether it’s a spouse, friend, family member, or pet that dies, self-isolation/quarantine makes it very difficult to return to your normal life and move on past the loss. 

 

Losses come in many different shapes and forms

When you think of the word “grief”, the first thoughts that come to mind are those instances when we lose loved ones in our life and we mourn their loss. The truth is, it’s normal for people to express grief over a variety of losses, not only those that include the life of another. 

Divorce. Injury. Illness. Separation. Imprisonment. There are many different losses that we can experience in life. Loss of employment is a very real situation that many are facing in the UK due to the economic impact of the measures in place to help prevent the spread of the virus.

In fact, the COVID-19 lockdown measures have brought much of the UK to a standstill. The Office for Budget Responsibility predicted that the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) could drop by more than 30 percent in the second quarter of 2020 and by 13% for 2020. 

Losses experienced in life may have very profound effects. How we deal with these events ultimately shapes how you move on in life facing one problem and then on to the next. 

 

Family stress caused by isolation takes its toll

Naturally, one of the biggest concerns everyone carries during times of isolation is about the elders. After all, the elderly population are the ones that stand the highest risk of dying from coronavirus complications. 

Family members have been encouraging the elders to stay indoors and if they need anything, they should ring for help. Not only does the elderly population experience additional stress as a result of the current situation and self-isolation, this also causes stress for the entire population as everyone has parents and grandparents that need to be considered and taken care of during these times. 

 

How to handle grief and stress during self-isolation

COVID-19 has been proven to be a deadly virus, but it’s important to remember that it’s not the only thing that can kill. Stress can be just as deadly or nerve wracking as the virus. 

But what happens when all your outlets for stress are taken from you? Taking a walk or hitting the gym are things one might do to help relieve stress and emotionally recover from a loss. Sadly, with the current quarantine and isolation protocols that have been put into place, some of those simple things may no longer be an option.

 

Coping skills will need to be developed by people to help them manage the stress that’s caused from being in isolation from the rest of the world. The following are four tips to help you deal with loss or stress during quarantine.

  1. Manage the amount and type of media consumed during quarantine. Studies have shown that people who are constantly checking online for media updates about COVID-19 experience higher levels of stress than people who rely on traditional media. 
  2. Focus on your health and stay active. Whatever you do, do not lie in bed all day. Get up and perform basic exercises as much as you can to remain active even though you are indoors.
  3. Utilize social channels to connect with loved ones during self-isolation. Call your loved ones. Talk with them as long as you wish, even all day! 
  4. Keep yourself busy. From puzzles to kitchen concoctions to reading and more – now is the time to relish in the various hobbies you enjoy. Keeping yourself busy so that self-isolation doesn’t set and press upon your mind is a good way to pass the time.

 

Losing a loved one during self-isolation/quarantine

It’s never a good time to lose a loved one. It doesn’t matter how much time you’ve had to say goodbye, whether your loved one was slowly dying for months or was involved in a random tragic accident, there’s nothing in the world that can prepare you to lose someone and deal with the subsequent grief. 

However, during this period of quarantine, people are unable to organize proper funerals and burials due to the imposed limits on crowd size. This makes it very difficult to grieve and deal with a loss.

The grim reality of this situation means that many loved ones will never have a chance to say their final goodbyes when someone passes away. However, there are other ways to commemorate your loss and pay tribute to the memory of a loved one. 

 

Cremation jewelry made from the ashes of a loved one

Heart in Diamond can create a diamond from the cremated ashes or hair of a loved one. Worldwide, many people consider having the remains turned into a diamond the best way to preserve the memory of a loved one. If you want to read the stories of other people who have had diamonds made from the ashes or hair of loved ones, you can read the testimonials at the Heart in Diamond website.

 

Isolation can be very hard to deal with. When other things also happen in one’s life, the stress can sometimes feel overwhelming. It’s important that we learn how to cope with these events in life effectively in order to stay healthy both mentally and physically, especially in these trying times.

 

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Protect family health spring

5 ways to keep your family healthy this spring

There’s no mistaking it.  Spring has definitely sprung.

The trees all around where we live have been a riot of colour these last few weeks, with beautiful pink blossom showcased perfectly against the clear blue skies we’ve had lately.

I absolutely love this time of year, when everything starts coming back to life and we all start to feel better after a long winter of colds and bugs.  This year especially though it’s really important to keep taking good care of ourselves and make sure we all stay fit and well.

So here are 5 different things we can do to keep the whole family as healthy as possible this spring.

 

1. Get everyone moving

One of the best things we can do at any time of the year to stay healthy is make sure we’re moving our bodies regularly.

With the weather warming up spring is a great time to get out for a family walk to get some exercise and fresh air.  If you’re lucky enough to have a garden with room to run around in then you could also pop out there each day for a play to get your bodies moving.

 

2. Maintain good sleep habits

With the days getting longer and the sun setting later on it can be tricky to get children to sleep at a decent time, but it’s really important to make sure everyone gets the sleep they need each night.

Try and keep to your normal bedtime routine, or introduce one now if you don’t already have one.  Doing the same thing each night in the run up to bedtime helps us to wind down and then the activities themselves become prompts to subconsciously prepare us for sleep.

 

3. Protect against seasonal allergies

One of the biggest issues for a lot of people in spring is hayfever and other seasonal allergies.

There are a few different things you can try to protect you and your children, like putting some vaseline around your nostrils before you go out, to help stop pollen getting up your nose.  It’s also a good idea to change your clothes, and even shower if you can, when you come back in the house after spending time outside.

If you’re really suffering then you can get a few different medicines from an online pharmacy to help ease your symptoms.  You can get nasal sprays to help with a blocked nose, and throat sprays to sooth a sore throat, as well as antihistamines if you need them.

 

4. Eat in season

A varied, balanced diet is really important in keeping us all fit and healthy.  One of the best ways to get the most goodness out of our food as possible is to eat more fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables.

In spring time this includes things like kiwi fruit, asparagus, rhubarb and spinach.

This is also a great time of year to look at your diet as a whole.  If you’re not sure if your current diet is giving your body all the nutrients you need, then you can look into nutritional testing to find out what you might be lacking in.

Then you can make an informed decision on what changes you need to make to your diet, whether that’s trying a vegan diet or just eating a better range of foods.

 

5. Stay connected and build relationships

It’s not just our physical health we need to look after, we also need to take care of our mental health and emotional wellbeing.

A great way to do this is by building healthy relationships and staying connected with family and friends.

It’s been a really tough time lately for a lot of us not being able to go and visit loved ones, but there is so much amazing technology now that means we can still stay connected.  Regular texts, phone calls, letters, and video calls can really help build and maintain these relationships, which in turn boosts our sense of wellbeing.

 

Hopefully these tips will help get you up and moving and giving your whole family’s heath a boost this spring.

 

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teaching a good career move

Is a career in education a good switch for you?

Without a doubt, education is one of the most rewarding careers. You get to work with bright expectant minds that are yearning to hear from and learn from you. Due to the dissatisfaction and high stress associated with corporate jobs, it’s understandable why you’d want to switch to teaching, whose job satisfaction ranks among the highest.

 

Statistics from the University of Phoenix shows that 36 percent of k-12 teachers have a business background.  From the study conducted, a third of the one thousand two hundred interviewees said they switched because they have always wanted to pursue a career in education.

Three in ten, however, admitted they made the switch simply because they needed a change. 

 

Benefits of switching to education 

Teachers who change from a corporate background bring rich experience that’s valuable for students. They also have unmatched skillsets from their previous roles that enhance their student’s learning.

These make them well prepared to handle the challenges educators face and shine in their new positions. Being less stressful than the business world, teachers who switch also improve their quality of life, which is a plus for most people. 

 

What to do to make the switch

  • Get certification 

When switching careers, it’s likely you already have a college degree. However, you need an educational background to learn the intricacies of teaching. Your best bet is to study a PDGE or Professional Graduate Diploma.

This one-year program will prepare you to teach and offer you a smooth transition from the business world to the classroom. Once you complete the program, you will have a one-year probationary teaching year, after which you’ll have the required experience to teach full time, working with three to twelve-year-olds.

 

  • Great communication skills 

One of the most valuable skills a teacher needs is communication. You need to learn to explain concepts clearly, so every student in your class understands. Remember, you will be dealing with different ages and abilities, and you must ensure they all understand your class.

So, learning how to communicate with kids, parents, and colleagues tactfully is vital. This includes both written and verbal communication. 

 

  • Patience 

Kids can test your patience more than anyone else can, but even in these moments, you need to learn to remain calm and be patient with the students. For instance, you will have to explain concepts repeatedly to some students and even offer extra hours to ensure they are at per with everyone else in the class.

Also, you will have disciplinary cases more often than you’d like. As kids grow, they learn to assert themselves, and part of that will include not listening to you and challenging your authority. Learning patience and listening skills is the only way to get through to your students. 

Transitioning to a teacher is not as easy as most people think. Besides what’s highlighted here, you also need to have excellent planning and organization skills and learn to maintain discipline in a classroom.  

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Fun at home Gazillion Bubbles

Fun at home with Gazillion Bubbles

Disclosure: we were given these toys for the purposes of this review, but all words and opinions are my own.

 

Is there a single person out there who doesn’t crack a smile when they see bubbles?!

I don’t really know what it is about them, but everyone from tiny babies to the biggest of kids seems to love them.  I know that seeing a load of shiny bubbles floating past always makes me feel really happy!

And the way things are at the moment we could all use an extra bit of fun and happiness while we keep safe at home.  So we were all thrilled when we were sent a bundle of goodies from Gazillion Bubbles to play with.

 

Gazillion Bubbles have got a great range of bubble-based toys to choose from, and they are all so much fun.  Perfect for keeping the children entertained at home, especially when the weather is this nice and we can all be out in the garden.

We were sent the Gazillion Bubbles tornado machine, the Megabubble blaster, the Incredibubble wand and 2l bottle of giant bubble solution.

The first thing we took out for a spin was the big bottle of bubble solution.

 

You can see quite how big this bottle is when Nerys is holding it!

It comes with a giant bubble wand that is amazing for creating plenty of bubbles.  Nerys had a go blowing through the wand, and then waving it in the air to see how many bubbles she could make.

 

It was lovely and sunny but also quite windy on the day we went out to take these photos, so waving the bubble wand in the air was definitely the best way to create a brilliant amount of bubbles.

They’re a lovely big size too, perfect for running after and trying to pop!

 

After the classic fun of the big bubble wand we stepped things up a bit by bringing out the Megabubble Blaster.

You need to put 3 AA batteries in (not included), then push the bottle of bubble mixture that’s provided into the bottom of the blaster, then you’re good to go.

 

Nerys had a go first and, as you can see from the photos, she took her job as tester quite seriously.  It took a few minutes for the mixture to start coming through properly, but before long we were off, with bubbles galore.

The bubbles that the blaster produces are also nice and big, and you can get them to come out in a nice steady stream once you get the hang of it.

I got to have a turn before too long and it was a great way to make lots of bubbles for Nerys to chase without having to keep dipping a wand into a bottle of solution.

 

When you really want to go all out though, and create tons and tons of bubbles, then the Gazillion Bubbles tornado machine is the answer.

 

The machine itself is actually smaller than I thought it might be, but it definitely lives up to its name, creating a shiny storm of bubbles when you turn it on.

It needs 4 AA batteries (not included) to power it, but doesn’t require much setting up once you’ve popped those in.

Once it gets going the tornado machine creates around 4500 bubbles a minute and it is so much fun watching them all appear and float around.  The bubbles from this machine are smaller than the others, more like the kinds of bubbles you’d normally get when you blow them yourself with a little wand.

 

If you want to go the other way and create some truly huge bubbles, then the Incredibubble wand is what you need.

This is really simple to use, just assemble the wand, pour the bubble solution into the dish, dip and wave the wand to create big bubbles.

 

We’ve been having so much fun with all these different toys from Gazillion bubbles.  With it looking like the children could be home from school for a fair while yet, I’m loving having them on hand to keep us all happy and entertained.

I hope that with things like this on hand we can create some fun memories for the children to have from this really bizarre time in their childhoods.

 

You can find all these toys from Gazillion Bubbles at Tesco when you go and do your food shopping, or you can pop them in your online basket if you’re able to get a delivery slot.

And you can keep the fun going by following Funrise Toys on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.