World Book Day is approaching once again, and all of my primary school children will be dressing up in their schools. But what about the toddler? I’m sure she will want to get involved too, and I’m not one to turn down a cute photo opportunity! So I will definitely be dressing up our toddler along with her older brothers on world book day.
There are so many great classic baby and toddler books that could be used for costume inspiration. You could try..
As December is almost coming to an end, and the big day is almost here.. you might be getting ready to throw your advent calendar packaging in the bin, but wait! If you have a LEGO advent calendar, why not get busy with some of these craft ideas instead?
We were sent the LEGO Star Wars advent calendar, which is one of the sustainable LEGO advent calendars this year. The other themes being LEGO City and LEGO Friends.
On Christmas Eve, many families leave cookies and milk out for Santa, but what about his reindeer? Santa’s team deserves a special treat for the hard work they do on their busiest day of the year. That’s why Personal Creations’ created a reindeer food recipe and printables to leave out for santa’s helpers! Guide Rudolf and his team to your home this Christmas Eve with reindeer food they’ll love.
With ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen, mix oats, sprinkles and a pinch of sugar to create a special treat the children can leave out the night before Christmas. This is the perfect way to say “thank you” to all of Santa’s hard-working helpers. Once you have your reindeer food, sprinkle onto your yard and await the morning for a special surprise: presents under the tree!
As a child, The Snowman was always a part of the Christmas season. I would always enjoy snuggling up on the sofa, with the lights sparkling on the Christmas tree nearby, and watching the beautifully animated movie which would always get me even more into the Christmas spirit!
My boys have enjoyed the animations and the books over the years too, and this year I’ve been introducing the story to our littlest family member, N. This year is her first proper Christmas, as she was born on Christmas morning last year so we spent the day at hospital. With a Christmas birthday, this time of year is even more special for us now, so I’m looking forward to making even more new traditions with our family.
We were sent a selection of The Snowman and the Snowdog festive gifts which are perfect to kick off the festive season and make the advent time magical.
Looking for the perfect Christmas gifts for the men in your life but lacking in inspiration? Don’t worry, it’s not just you, men are notoriously difficult to buy for, but the good news is there’s plenty of ideas out there to give you a little inspiration.
No matter what type of man you’re buying for, below you’ll discover some of the best gifts ideas to keep them happy – whether it’s your dad, brother, son or even grandad!
I’ve always been of the opinion that Halloween doesn’t have to be super scary. I’m much more into the cute costumes, pumpkins, and Autumnal fun than the ghosts and ghouls aspect of Halloween.
We were challenged to decorate our pumpkin as one of the characters from preschool hit animation Bing, and with this year being baby N’s first Halloween, it was the perfect baby friendly idea for our pumpkin carving. We decided to decorate the pumpkin as Bing bunny himself.
First, we had a day out at a local farm with a pumpkin patch to choose our own pumpkin. This adds a lot more fun to the pumpkin buying experience compared to just picking it from your local supermarket, so I would definitely recommend getting your pumpkin from a farm if you have a suitable one nearby!
The boys did a great job in picking a pumpkin just the right size and shape for carving, and all of the kids had fun playing amongst the pumpkins and in the hay stack before heading home to carve our Bing pumpkin.
Gearing up for Halloween, we’re seeing everything orange, black, and green. Want to give your family a scare? Rachel Fink from Parenting Pod has the perfect recipe to share with you!
What screams Halloween better than pumpkins and edible Jack-o’-lanterns? The answer—as you can probably guess—is nothing.
Sure, Halloween is all about the costumes and the candy, but we don’t want to forget the important things about parenting—mainly, feeding our children nutritious and delicious food. We want to make sure their tummies are filled with good stuff—even on Halloween—before they break into their trick-or-treat stash. Since this recipe includes all fresh ingredients including plenty of nutritious veggies, you’ll feel great about feeding your family this fall.
Your kids will go crazy over these Pumpkin Shephard’s Pie Stuffed Peppers, made to look like mini Jack-o’-lanterns. If you lack the ingredients, or you aren’t a fan of shepherd’s pie, you can stuff these babies with other fresh ingredients or with just about any type of leftovers you may have. Other stuffing options include: beans/chicken/turkey with rice/quinoa; sautéed onions, mushrooms and spinach with cheese; mac n’ cheese; or chili.
This festive meal provides a twist on the ordinary casserole-dish that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. And if you don’t have the patience to carve out creepy faces, skip it—by all means! The meal will still exude fall spirit, because—well—they look like mini pumpkins!
Jack-O’-Lantern Pumpkin Shepherd’s Pie Stuffed Peppers
If you’re welcoming a new baby this Christmas, it can be hard to know what to buy them as you may have already stocked up on the essentials, and they’re too young to really be aware of presents. I know that a lot of mums do like to get a few bits wrapped up though, so that baby is included in the festivities – and if you have older children, so that they don’t ask “why has Santa forgotten the baby?!”
These ideas will also come in handy if you’re looking for a gift for a new baby in the wider family or friends too.
There are so many creative advent calendars around these days – it’s no longer just a chocolate, or a picture behind a door. We really like some of the toy advent calendars that are around like the Playmobil or LEGO ones, but if you wanted to focus on quality time with the kids this advent season then why not try making your own kids Christmas crafts advent calendar?
Using a wooden advent calendar that you can find in craft shops, you can make your own calendar using whatever ideas you like, and change it up each year. How about writing different crafty or fun creative activities on pieces of paper and putting one inside each of the doors, so that the kids can open it up and discover their fun project for the day?
Guest post from Dave at YourCub.com Do you love to play with your children? I know I do. But many of the toys that my preschooler likes to play with will only keep me engaged for a few minutes. You’ll find that the more educational and creative the task or the toy, the longer we […]
We all need a little help keeping our kids busy during this stay-at-home period, and Bing has plenty to offer to help out families with this. As well as over 100 episodes available on iPlayer, Emmy award-winning and BAFTA nominated family favourite Bing offers pre-school children and families multiple ways to keep busy and entertained during this […]
Activity and images provided by WAHACA AT HOME Make your own Piñata Looking for the perfect way to stop your kids smashing up the house? Here’s our step by step guide to making your own Piñata. STEP 1: Assemble your equipment You’ll need flour water newspaper balloons string scissors glue paint tissue paper and lots of […]
Right now we are in unprecedented times, with households across the UK going into our second month of ‘lockdown’ due to the Corona Virus outbreak. This break from the norm can be quite stressful for children – we don’t know when this situation is going to end, when we will see our families and friends […]
In case you’re in need of extra inspiration to fill these days during the lock down, here’s a quick list from Muddy Puddles who have shared some simple ideas that will help make the most of this time… Muddy Puddles is offering NHS and other health service workers 40% off on top of their online […]
Playing with your child helps with their confidence, development and overall wellbeing. Many parents make the mistake of trying to take the control of how their child plays. However, you should let them experiment with unstructured play, which allows them to go at their own pace and usually revolves around their interests at that moment. […]
Entertaining children is one of the toughest tasks. In order to maintain their full attention, they have to be mentally and physically engaged, but the task can’t be too challenging from the get-go. Initiating entertainment and maintaining entertainment is a challenge, no doubt, but it can be done. In a time where instant gratification is […]