Hello lovely readers.  How are you?  I hope you are keeping safe and well in these challenging times.  If you are at home with your children how are you adapting to your new role as school teacher?  I’m currently running classes for Year 1 and Year 3 so feel like I’ve really been thrown in at the deep end!  I’m not sure I’m keeping my head above water anymore.

Having kids at home all this time requires a lot of energy.  We all need a break from each other every now and then and at the moment it’s just not feasible.  I’ve had very little time for me if I’m honest.  If I’m not keeping them busy during the day, I’m planning what they are going to be doing or picking up the household chores.  My husband is at home, but he’s working and has a lot of conference calls during the day.

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We’ve recently decided to promote him to headmaster and if the kids are not doing their work of squabbling they may have to visit the office for a chat.  I’ll literally try anything if it means I don’t have to hear ‘No, I’m not doing that!’ even one less time a day.

What ever your current situation, please be kind to yourself and your family. It’s only this week I’ve realised that we probably aren’t going to manage keeping up with all the schoolwork and that is completely ok.  We will do our best and that is going to be enough.

How have you found following school work at home?  What about the support from school?  I have definitely found the hardest part organising what the kids should do from one day to the next.  Boredom seems a big issue for my youngest too.  I don’t think she finds the work being sent home challenging enough.

We have found having Amazon Fire for Kids tablets really helpful for the girls. They love all the apps they can access.  There’s lots of games, education apps and even books.  They can also access their favourite Amazon Prime shows when they’ve finished the school day.  We really love the parental controls and the Kids Unlimited service gives us access to all the apps we could possibly need.

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We wanted to celebrate all the families out there who have been making some huge sacrifices during the Coronavirus pandemic.  We are going to offer one lucky Zena’s Suitcase reader the chance to win a brand new Amazon Fire for Kids tablet worth £100.

The lucky winner will receive a Fire 7 Kids Edition tablet with a crisp 7” display and 16 GB internal storage.  Your brand new Fire 7 Kids Edition tablet will also come with a Kid Proof case in a colour of your choice. For more information about the Fire 7 Kids Edition tablet click here.

All you need to do to enter this awesome giveaway is to enter via the Rafflecopter below! As always we are offering multiple ways to enter and you can come back daily if you’d like to increase your chances of winning even more!

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Competition ends on Tuesday 18th August at 11.59pm.  Other T&C’s apply.

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  1. My granddaughter is due to start school in September so this would be perfect, it is her 4th birthday in June, so yes please!

  2. I’d love to win this for my granddaughter. This would be a big help to my daughter who is trying to work from home as well as home-school my granddaughter.

  3. Id love to win for my little boy! We had a tablet for him but the charging port is really hit and miss after been dropped a couple of times so hes deffo due a upgrade!

  4. “Are we nearly there yet!” would be music to my ears compared to Lockdown nuances for me just lately! An Amazon fire would certainly stoke little man’s intrerest in educational fun and build his confidence in using apps too.

  5. My great grandson, Arlo is 3 loves to use his Mum’s iPad but she has to keep a careful eye on him in case he breaks it. I understand that the Amazon Fire is ideal for children to handle and I am sure there are great apps he could use to entertain and educate.

  6. I’d love to win this for my 5 year old grandson, who has non verbal autism, he is crazy about the solar system so this great prize would be fantastic so he could have his favourite app to watch

  7. A great giveaway for my granddaughter mollie this would be great for her at the moment being isolated having fun for a short time xx

  8. I am really strict on screen time and have never eally allowed phones and tablets. My late husband used to say I needed to allow the kids to have tablets so they were in the real modern world. Since lockdown i realised he was right ( as always) so I would love to win this so they can have controled screen time.

  9. It is so hard to juggle it all – I have a 4 year w and a 1 month old so just surviving is all we can aim for at the minute!!

  10. this would be absolutely fantastic for my little niece! i’m sure she’d love the educational apps to keep her mind active!

  11. This is a great tablet to help the kids with their learning and entertainment during lockdown and beyond

  12. I’d love to win for my son it would be helpful with his home learning and also he would have lots of fun playing games.

  13. This would be fantastic for my son. He has been working extremely hard at reading, but we are running out of books. It would be great to download some new ones to continue reading during lockdown.

  14. This would be amazing, would open a new world for my Granddaughter, she would have access to al the apps and would help her to learn

  15. My lovely, yet clumsy Nephew Joe (8) who is far more tech savvy than I will ever be, would love this! Thanks for the great review!

  16. I’d like to win this for my Niece Issy – she loves to video call us! We do I several times a day – taking each other for tours around our respective gardens, showing and telling about the days activities, and playing games, singing, or reading books together – she’s only 2 but is like a grown woman!! Issy is so confident that she could really do with her own tablet – so her mum can get her phone back!! hahaha

  17. It would be great for my daughter, so she could read books on there and with the protective cover it is great for when the dropsy accidents occur

  18. I have three grandchildren to entertain once the lockdown ends. Would love to win this to surprise them with, when they visit Grandma again

  19. I would love to win this for my niece as their is so much she could learn from playing games ect on the kindle

  20. My 3 boys all have an Amazon Fire and their little sister is getting to the age where she could use a tablet, so I would love to win one for her.x

  21. I’d love to win this for my nephew – I think it would help a lot with him doing school work at home at the moment

  22. I would love to win this for my little boy! He is really into everything and I feel like an amazon fire would be great for him to learn and develop his skills using educational apps 🙂

  23. We only have one tablet, my iPad, and my kids are constantly using it. If I win I could finally use my own iPad again.

  24. I’d love it for my grandaughters. Kids need tech! They need lots of other things too, but knowing how to use tech is so much part of life it’s scary! They can teach me!

  25. My youngest has been really affected by the current circumstances and he has really been missing school and his friends. He loves to play on mummy’s tablet, so it would be lovely if I was able to surprise him with his own 💕

  26. this would be perfect to entertain my little boy, even for 10 minutes whilst I get some jobs done in the house

  27. I would love to win this for my Granddaughter, so that she didn’t keep trying to ‘borrow’ my tablet.

  28. My daughter is starting school in September so this would be amazing for her to play games and also educational purposes xx

  29. This would give my daughter access to more reading material and a chance to explore many more apps that are age appropriate and fun xx

  30. I’d love to win to give to my daughter. At the moment she uses my iPad but I worry she’ll damage it. Her own tablet would be fab

  31. I have insomnia and find that I can read in the middle of the night without disturbing my husband. My existing Kindle is 6 years old and on borrowed time as it gets used heavily.

  32. It would be perfect for the kids, as it would teach them how to use technology in a safe way, which is a shared worry of many parents.

  33. This would be the perfect prize for my niece. She is good at maths and science and she loves doing online puzzles.

  34. I could definitely do with a solution to my daughter using my tablet all the time! This looks good and educational too!

  35. I would love to win this for my children, we could find apps and games to help with learning while off school and pre school but also have fun by them taking their own photos for memories and reading books 🙂

  36. I would love to win for my nephew for his birthday. It would be great to download some educational apps.

  37. I’d love to win for my oldest son, he turns 9 next week. I’ve picked up lots of extra shifts at work since all this has been going on and this would really help with his school work while I can’t be there.

  38. I’d love to win this for my nieces to share. They all take it in turns using my tablet when they stay but then I end up with no battery once they’ve gone to bed and I want some screen time.

  39. Would love to win to ease the device pressure in our house! Home schooling an 11 & 13 year old plus trying to work myself is so hard!!

  40. I’d love to give this to my son to play educational games on during lockdown (then maybe I could have my phone back too!)

  41. This would be perfect for my daughter to use with her three children, especially as they all now have homework to do

  42. This sounds great and the perfect way to keep my children reading and learning things and having a bit of fun.

  43. This would be fantastic for my young niece. She could use it for studying and also having fun. It would make me the best auntie ever;-)

  44. I’d love to give this to my Nephew, it would certainly earn me a mountain of “aunty brownie points”!

  45. I would love to win because my grandson keeps using my tablet when he visits and it would be great if he had his own

  46. I would love to win because I am a single mum to 6 year old triplets and a 5 year old and am going insane during lockdown! One of these would help us so much as time on this would be a reward for doing their lessons!

  47. Great for my 3 year old daughter who’s missing nursery terribly, it would be great to download some educational apps and games on so mommy can have a break too lol 🙂 stay safe beauts!

  48. My 4 yr old grandson has autism therefore he can’t understand why he can’t use on his daddy’s and get upset, It upsets me to see how frustrated he gets.

  49. I would love to win this for my almost 3 year old son. He currently uses our smartphones for his learning apps. It would be amazing to win this for him so that he has his own device, and the larger screen will also be a huge benefit for his eyes.

  50. I would love for my niece who is turning 5 in July and she would really get some great use out of it for school and playtime

  51. Love this, I would love to win for my daughter as my children are home educated (even before lockdown) and this would make for an amazing educational resource for her

  52. My daughters tablet has fallen to bits through overuse even though she had taken very good care of it, I would like to reward her for taking care of her tablet and it’s no pt her fault it’s very old and falling apart

  53. My son is leaving his wonderful school this year to go on to sixth form college, something that I never have thought possible. But they’ve made it happen. 🙂 So I’d like to win this for the school, either to use in class, or to raffle off to raise funds.

  54. My grandson and younger granddaughter are always fighting over the ipad thank you for the review I think this would be an ideal Christmas gift for her and she’ll love the colour.

  55. My youngest daughter would love this, she is using a very old tablet for school work and a new one would make life so much easier!

  56. Home schooling has had a large online element, my 6 year old is wanting to explore and engage with the online world, this would be a great to let her do so.

  57. My son would love to win this so he doesn’t have to borrow my phone all the time haha, I bought him one a year ago but it wasn’t working very well so I had to send it back. Now I’ve got a new baby it would be lovely to have something to keep him occupied at times, so I can have a little break 😛

  58. I would love to win so I could share with my daughter! a few games and books for her and a few books I have been meaning to read for me!

  59. My son loves playing games on my phone and is learning a lot through playing so I’d like to get him one of these for him to use.

  60. I’d love to win for my niece it would be great for her to chat to her cousin in beijing as well as the rest of the family and to play games on

  61. 🌈 What a lovely and thoughtful gesture👌🏻 Showing kindness and care, costs nothing, but generates a warmth and a ‘feel’ good factor. Thank you so much for the opportunity, I would certainty love to be your winner.. fingers crossed  ❤️ My son and daughter would be over the moon with a Amazon Fire to learn and play on!

  62. Very embarrassing to admit but I left my daughters Amazon Fire on the roof of the car whilst helping her into her car seat, totally forgot I put it there and drove off! I only realised when 20 minutes later when we got to our destination, I drove back to see whether it was lying in the road anyway but if it was I couldn’t see it.

  63. My daughter really deserves this, she has been so good during Lockdown for Covid-19 and she hasnt got her own tech gadget to play with.

  64. I would like to win because i’d love to have a larger screen device for watching classes while i’m without internet in my pc

  65. I’d love to win this as I could treat my lovely niece. Every time I see her she wants my iPad. She can have her own tablet now 🙂

  66. I would love this for my youngest daughter to help her with her school work such as times tables, spelling and reading x

  67. My son is 2 1/2 and has a slight speech delay. He’s been referred for speech therapy and I think while waiting there are so many apps to help his speech

  68. My son would be over the moon to have his own tablet that is kiddie friendly. It’ll help with the homeschooling and encourage him to do some work.

  69. My son needs a tablet for reading and for some schoolwork, plus it’d be great to have an extra screen for apps like Disney plus. xx

  70. I accidentally broke the screen on our last tablet and haven’t been able to afford to buy a replacement. Winning this would give my family something to smile about. It’s been hard with all of the kids at home, fighting over what to watch, surf, play games or read on, so would be a massive, peace keeper as well.

  71. My son and daughter would love to do some home learning on this as sometimes my hands are full doing housework while pregnant.

  72. For my daughter Beth, she’s always borrowing her dad’s to watch shaun the sheep and play on games. Id love her to have her own

  73. I’d love this for Daisy. She has been very diligent about going online each day to pick up her next lot of schoolwork but by the time she’s logged on, done the work and submitted it, there are calls from the other little person in the house that she is hogging the tablet!

  74. I’d love to win this for my little girl. At the moment she sometimes borrows my tablet but she’s so good at the literacy and numeracy apps I feel like she should have her own

  75. My 4 year old is very high maintenance so winning this would be fantastic as a distraction… I might even be able to go to the toilet on my own for once!

  76. I’d love to win for my son as he loves my tablet and phone, he loves learning and looking and is just starting to know some words.

  77. I’d love to win this for my son. His 7th birthday is at the end of August and he doesn’t have a tablet of his own right now (has to use mine!) so would be a great present to be able to give him!

  78. My niece and Nephew enjoy pointing out to my eldest nephew that his old iPad doesn’t have certain games and apps they’re kindles do. He’d be overjoyed if I won him one.

  79. I’d love to win this for my nephew who has a brain injury but loves all things tech and even learns foreign languages on line aged 6

  80. my stepdaughter would be absolutely made up with this we would download the apps to support her with her creative writing that she had on her last tablet which after almost 3 years has finally given up the ghost and decided not to work anymore justr a couple of days ago. She managed to get published with 2 short stories using those apps and she is devastated she can no longer use those apps so this would be a huge help to replace that tablet for her especially since she managed to look after it for so long

  81. My grandaughter is always looking over my shoulder and this would be nice to give her a chance to use something of her own with child friendly apps to enable her learning and creativity.

  82. I’d like to win this for my sister’s son he is just starting to become curious about technology but he is autistic so he struggles with learning certain things so i think this kids tablet would be beneficial to him.

  83. This would be ideal to share between my 3 nephews and 1 niece. I don’t think one of them would bemoan having to share such a wonderful gadget.

  84. I would like to win this so I could give this to my brother who I think would love this a gift for this and would be good for to keep them busy in winter.

  85. My son would adore this, he has autism and ADHD and never stops! So 5 minutes watching his favourites (Paw Patrol, Peppa Pig and Bing) would be bliss 🙂

  86. I’d like this for my boys to share as they are always taking my tablet. Even though they are only little they have nifty little fingers and know how to work a tablet. I would like a more age appropriate version.

  87. My little girl is 9 and I think she is old enough for a tablet if she is supervised. This one looks perfect for children x

  88. I’d love to win for my granddaughter, Sophie, she is the youngest and would really enjoy having her own tablet. Thanks!

  89. I would love this for my dad. He has Parkinson’s so his dexterity isn’t good and he’s already broken two tablets by dropping them. This would be great for him!

  90. I’d love to win this for my youngest daughter, she always asks to play on her siblings tablet’s it’s about time she got her own

  91. I would love to win this for my little girl, it would be a great gift for her. I love the parental controls especially.

  92. This would be for my Grandchildren who we were hoping to visit later this year but will prob have to wait a while longer as they live in Vietnam lots of nanny cuddles just waiting xx

  93. This would make such a fantastic birthday gift for my daughter! she will be 8 next week and loves reading! Thank you.

  94. First of all I have no idea how I got rafflecopter working lol it doesn’t work for me now… like ever! Persistence is key i think haha. I hope you are well? I’d love this for my little girl, she has just started primary 1 and this is her 2nd week and already she is off with a chesty cough the wee scone. Times are scary just now so she will be off for the foreseeable this would be great to help her learn at home. Shes fantastic at drawing and has been colouring inside the lines from the age of 2. Shes now took an interest in writing and a little big of maths and I’d love to encourage that as much as possible 😀 thanks for the chance and I wish everyone the very best of luck

  95. I would gift to my Autistic daughter, she is really missing the routine of school as she attends a SEN school and not been back since lockdown started in March xx

  96. My youngest is 10 but developmental he is closer to 3, (he has severe learning difficulties), this would be marvelous and would give him some additional to hold his attention through the long days at home.

  97. this would be great for my grandchildren ,
    they could play and learn on one of these
    it would be great for keeping them entertained on rainy days

  98. I would love this because I have my Granddaughter whilst her Mother is at work and having this fabulous Amazon Fire Kids Edition will help me learn her to read plus there is many more things she’ll be able to do like watching her favourite programmes this will make having my Granddaughter a lot easier and fun for both of us.

  99. I’d love to win this prize as my nieces would love it, it’s great to have a tablet designed especially with children in mind.

  100. Love to win for our grandaughter as she loves to watch baby shark and is always using our daughters who needs hers for work.

  101. I would love to win for my daughter, her older sister has a fire tablet this would be great for her.. ❤️😍🌈🦄

  102. I would love to win for my youngest who doesn’t have a tablet yet and so tries to steal ber siblings ones. She would really love it.

  103. This is perfect for keeping the kids quiet when you’re trying for a bit of ‘me’ time! Love the colour and design too.

  104. I’d love to win this for my niece, she’d love it and it would help teach her not to hold her devices too close. Thanks for the chance to win this for her x

  105. I’d love to win this super prize for my gorgeous niece Olivia who will be celebrating her 6th birthday she really wants the kid’s edition tablet all her friends have one and she enjoys playing on it with them on rainy days

  106. This would be perfect for my son to play games, learning apps and watch his programs on while still having some control over screen tune and what he’s viewing.


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