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GameBlast Games Marathon Weekend

Disability charity launches UK-wide 24-hour video game marathon weekend
SpecialEffect, a charity who help people with disabilities to benefit from the fun and inclusion of video games, is running a GameBlast marathon weekend on 21-23 February 2014. People of all ages across the UK are invited to play video game marathons with friends or family to raise money for the charity.
The sponsorship raised from the GameBlast marathons will provide funds to modify and provide technology and gaming equipment that will enable more people with disabilities to enjoy video games with their friends.
The charity is calling for teams to set themselves a fundraising target, register on the website, and undertake their own sponsored marathons, which can last anything up to 24 hours during the weekend.  Every team that registers will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win gaming goodies.
Mark Saville, SpecialEffect Communications Officer said, “Many children across the UK can only watch their friends and family play video games because their disabilities prevent them from using a controller. We want to change this and the money raised will enable the Special Effect team to create bespoke gaming equipment to bring joy to many families across the UK.”
SpecialEffect will be running its own marathon from the Gameblast HQ, and will keep the world up to date with their progress through Facebook and Twitter.
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Fund raise with Mr Tumble for Children in Need

Thousands of children encouraged to fundraise together by building a giant piece of art of their favourite TV character, Mr Tumble
BBC Something Special magazine, an inclusive title created to be accessible for children with learning disabilities, has launched an inclusive art event called the Big Tumble Art Project to raise £2,500 for ‘BBC Children in Need’. The national campaign asks readers, pupils of mainstream schools and schools for children with varying levels of disabilities to decorate stars and spots in the magazine using an art technique of their choice. The magazine will then pledge £1 to ‘BBC Children in Need’ for each one they receive by the deadline of 30th October.*
The pieces will be collected together to build a giant, 10 metre high collage of Mr Tumble from 11 November 2013 by pupils at Jack Tizard School in London, a school for pupils aged 2-19 years with a range of severe learning difficulties.  Art consultant Emma Middleton from The Foundling Museum advised the BBC Something Special magazine team on the types of art techniques to use and how to make the project inclusive. They also helped plan an art session with Jack Tizard School creating Mr Tumble’s giant bowtie, which is available to view on BBC Something Special magazine’s Facebook page.
The spots and stars are available in issue 33, on sale now and Issue 34, on sale from 16 October until 12 November 2013. Schools can choose from a range of art techniques, making the activity suitable for a wide range of abilities with techniques including stamping, printing, glittering, scrunching, sponging and finger painting. A special worksheet is also available on BBC Something Specialmagazine’s Facebook page.
Sara Oldham, Editor of BBC Something Special magazine said “We urge kids to get creative with us and contribute to this fantastic collaborative art project which allows children to work together andraise money for a great cause- I can’t wait to see the finished result!”
Emma Middleton, Curator of Projects at the Foundling Museum said: “It’s a fantastic project for children to be involved in. Not only will they discover a new art technique, use a variety of listening, communication and coordination skills and learn about shape and colour – they will also be part of an empowering experience that will make a lot of people feel very proud.”
Sarah Monteith, Director of Marketing and Fundraising at BBC Children in Need said: “It’s great to have the support of BBC Something Special magazine to encourage children across the UK to join together to fundraise for BBC Children in Need.”

*capped at £2500

Reasons My Kid is Crying Competition and Review

If you haven’t heard of Greg Pembroke’s blog, Reason’s my Son is Crying you are missing out, it is seriously laugh a minute and as a parent you can relate with the images as you are probably witnessing one as you scroll through his blog page.
And now the good people at Boxtree have turned this internet phenomemom into a hardback book, so everyone can have a good old chortle into their tea on a rainy afternoon while the mini people are having a nap/terrorising the dog/planning an escape route/crying because its a Sunday!

Here’s a little more about it…

Greg Pembroke Published by Boxtree on 10 Oct 2013;
£9.99 hardback
It all started when busy father Greg Pembroke posted a few pictures online of his three- year-old son, mid-tantrum, alongside the reason his son was crying:
He had broken his bit of cheese in half. 

Within a week the blog had featured on countless news, radio and television websites around the world, including The Daily Mail, Buzzfeed,
ABC News, Yahoo, MSN, The Huffington Post, USA Today, Good Morning America and The Today Show.
This book collects together photos sent to Greg from parents across the globe, documenting the many, completely logical reasons why small children cry. (‘I let him play on the grass’ . . . ‘We told him the pig says “oink”’ . . . ‘The neighbour’s dog isn’t outside’).
Together, they are both a fond portrait of the universal, baffling logic of toddlers – and a reminder for burned- out parents everywhere that they are not alone.

Greg Pembroke lives in Rochester, New York with his wife and two young sons. He divides his time between working as a radio advertising copywriter, and looking after his sons at home. 

As a coffee table book it seriously is laugh a minute, all the images are large and bright and you cant help but chuckle along on each page for the weird reasons that toddlers suddenly have a melt down.

I suspect that many if not all of you will relate to at least one reason per page, i know i did! However don’t expect any details about the people who submitted the images or about Greg himself, apart from a few lines on the inner page, however i suspect that’s the whole point.
The book has clear ‘chapters’ under headings like ‘ Domestic Bliss’ and Sibling Rivalry’ to categorise the images into easily found areas if you just have to show you friend/mother/neighbour the funniest thing you ever did see!
All in all its a delightful book that’s a real eye opener to those that have long since forgotten what its like to share your home with a toddler or those who are yet to reach those delightful years.

Now you have the chance to WIN this book with our very own ‘Reason’s My Kid is Crying’ Comp! 
Simply follow and RT this comp on twitter any time today sat 16th nov 2013. You will then be placed into a draw to win this book and a xmas book bundle. Ends 9pm tonight, Winner announced Sunday
good luck guys!!

Paper Doll World Record Attempt in support of Save the Children

This summer, to celebrate the launch of THE PAPER DOLLS by Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb, we are attempting to break the world record for the world’s LONGEST EVER chain of paper dolls! We are going to donate 10p for every doll submitted to support Save the Children’s ‘Enough Food for Everyone IF . . . ‘ campaign, which highlights a global literacy crisis caused by poor nutrition. Julia is acting as an ambassador for this campaign.
I’d love for you to get involved, it doesn’t matter how young or old, we need all the help we can get… Our chain of dolls needs to be a whopping 3kms long – this is 60 lengths of an Olympic size swimming pool, 270 London buses and 11,500 A4 sheets of dolls!

If you’re interested in getting involved and becoming a WORLD RECORD BREAKER (either by getting your child’s school involved in the last few days of term, or simply by colouring in some dolls with your children as a summer holiday activity), then please do let me know. We have templates that we can send to you (both simple colouring-in and draw-your-own) and I can also send these electronically for you to share with anyone else you think may be interested (I’m talking partners, children, friends, people in the street – we need as many people colouring in as possible!)
The dolls don’t have to be back with us until the 28th of August so there is plenty of opportunity to create your own displays with the dolls – why not see how long you can make your chain of dolls? Don’t forget to send us photos or to tweet any pictures using #paperdolls! We’re asking each child to write their name and school on the back of their dolls for a chance to be entered in to a draw to win a piece of Rebecca Cobb original artwork and a chance for their family to come to the record attempt event!
There is just one piece of small print to remember when attaching the paper dolls together – the dolls must be connected by both hands and feet for the world record attempt to stand.
Visit for more information, videos, to view our progress on the doll-o-meter, and to see a gallery of some of the dolls we’ve already been sent!