The days are cold and the evenings are dark. Get a little bit of sparkle and festive fun into your life in the run up to Christmas with these five festive ideas.
Gift Guides & Seasonal
It’s not long to go until the big day, and I’ve gathered together some lovely gift ideas to help if you need a little extra inspiration for the loved ones in your life.
As usual, this gift guide is tied in to our Advent giveaways feature so during December you’ll have the chance to win each of these fantastic gifts. Don’t forget to subscribe via email if you would like daily notifications of these!
On the night of the 31st, it is foretold that the graves of the Dead will come alive. Strange things will begin happening all around the neighborhood. You need to be prepared to fight back the supernatural entities swooping down from the sky this Halloween.
Watch out for the scary witch cackling hideously as she swoops out of the night on her….silver broomstick? Wait, that isn’t a witch at all! That’s a girl on a bicycle! If you are looking for the perfect costume this Halloween, you can look as terrifying (or as comical) as the Wicked Witch herself, and many more!
All you need to do is get out some cardboard and paint, and get creative with your bike and you. If you need any guidance, here are the top 20 most innovative Halloween costumes ever for yourself and for your bicycle!
The Top 20 Halloween Bike Costumes
Ahead of the clocks going back and with Halloween and Bonfire Night fast approaching, much-loved hero Fireman Sam is launching a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of fire safety amongst children.
Known for protecting the citizens of the Welsh town of Pontypandy alongside his esteemed colleagues, Fireman Sam teaches valuable lessons on fire safety while reinforcing the importance of staying calm during an emergency.
This October, Sam will be sharing his top tips to staying safe at Halloween and enjoying the festivities at bonfire and fireworks displays. Bringing these important fire safety tips to life, Fireman Sam and his team feature in animated videos that will ensure all members of the family are aware of the potential fire hazards around these special events.
Real-life fireman for East Sussex Fire & Rescue and advisor to the children’s TV show Paul McIvenny comments,
“My advice to parents would be to be extra vigilant while trick or treating at Halloween this year particularly with naked or open flames, opt to attend a well-organised fireworks display, or if you hold your own event ensure all your family and friends follows Sam’s Safety Tips”.
Paul, who attends many accidents at this time of year, adds
‘”I’ve seen severe burns as a result of handling fireworks incorrectly and also a lot of small accidents where children are lucky to have escaped with minor burns which could have been avoided, so I would strongly suggest parents take extra care as well as making their children aware of the potential dangers too”.
Fireman Sam’s Top Tips
Bonfire Do’s and Don’ts
Babies are effortless adorable whatever they wear, but put them in a cute costume and oh my… cuteness overload!
Take the opportunity to get some priceless baby photos this Halloween by dressing your littlest family member in one of these unique DIY costumes for baby.
Click through the links below each image to get the full instructions on how to put these sweet Halloween costumes together.
The time has arrived – we’re now at that point in the year when your Facebook page will be littered with statuses reading, “Only XX days till Christmas!!!”
Shops will creep selection boxes onto shelves like sleeper cells waiting to jump out at you with festive joy. And your kids will be tugging at your ankles for all the latest Christmas toys.
Indeed, the pressure’s on to impress your sprog when they wake up on Christmas morning.
Just image their wide eyes growing even wider when they wake up on the 25th December as a veritable treasure trove of the latest toys is laid out before them. On such a special day, don’t you want to surprise them by getting exactly what they want and more?
But you’re dicing with danger if you think buying pressies at the last minute is a good idea. Have you ever seen your local Argos on a Christmas Eve?
It’s like a battle zone, all clamorous hands and festive humbugs wrestling for the last in stock of Monsters University action figures. You’ll have PTSD before Santa’s even had time to squeeze down your chimney.
You need a mini-guide to the toddler toys that’ll be hottest this festive season. Luckily for you that’s exactly what we’ve got.
The Force returns
Star Wars has always been a hot ticket for kids both young and old, but this year is set to see it hit its popularity peak – with the latest in the saga of movies opening this December, toy stockists will be rubbing their palms with glee by the end of the year.
Disney – which now owns the right to the film franchise – has rolled out a multimillion dollar marketing strategy to promote some of the coolest toys ever to come from a galaxy far, far away.
Many of these toys have moved beyond the simple action figures kids used to enjoy. The latest (and most impressive) toy to have been released in the run up to Star Wars is an interactive droid who will wander around with you and act entirely of its own volition when you don’t control it.
Who knows what other magic will be conjured by Disney’s marketing department when December arrives.
Mining a hot toy
For the past few years, Minecraft has dominated the toy market, giving kids the chance to build their own environments in grand online levels – the only limit to the game is the imagination.
If you want to aid your kids’ creativity, buy them a few real life building blocks so they can build physical structures in their room. And to stoke their enthusiasm, throw in a Minecraft goodie bag filled with playthings from their favourite game. It’ll be their favourite Christmas ever!
Written by Kevin Fullerton
Whether you need printable Father’s day cards, coupons or decorations you should find something to your liking in this huge collection of Father’s day printables from tinyme. These are all free to download and print, to give Dad a special day this Father’s day (June 21st this year)
There are so many sensory bin ideas that you can make to compliment the seasons of the year. We made this simple Spring sensory bin with a few left over Easter craft supplies and used it for story telling, simple role play and to practise counting. Since it’s so yellow, you can also use it to focus on the colour yellow.
As the Easter weekend is fast approaching, I’m sure many of you are starting to plan Easter egg hunts for the little ones in your life. To save you some time, I have everything you need for an Easter egg hunt in one place! From your clues, to your decorations, to a sign to let the Easter bunny know to stop here!
All of these free Easter printables can help you set up a magical Easter egg hunt, and save money at the same time, and there are lots of fun ideas to keep children entered after the Easter egg hunt too.