Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Little boxes - fun making activity by Olivia

Here's an idea for you -
Make beautifully decorated boxes with your little one -they love it and they are very useful!

 Step 1: Save some cardboard boxes from your recycling bin.
Step2: Gently open them up and turn them inside out. 
Step 3: Put them flat on the table and let your child paint or decorate them.

Step 4: When the flat "boxes" are nice and dry put them back together again preferably using a hot glue-gun. 
Make sure that the glue and the glue-gun itself gets very hot - definitely not when the child is around.

The glue dries straight away so very soon you have lovely "new" boxes to maybe use next time you have a gift to wrap! 

Monday, 17 March 2014

it's a nice day to bake a mud cake

This weekend it was so sunny in London, and for the first time ever we have a garden!
Doing anything in doors felt like a waste of this amazing sunshine, so we decided to make mud pies (and mud chocolate mouse, and mud hot chocolate)
 Eli and his cousins loved it, and it really brought me back to my own childhood.  I spent hours pottering about outside with water, mud, petals and grass for garnish!
 It made me think... do kids ever get messy these days? I think it's very healthy once in a while. It was really nice to see the kids using their imaginations, thinking about the ingredients they could put into their potions, using a cardboard box as a cooker, and narrating pretend cookery programs.... and not an ipad in sight!!

 This is a lovely little book which can help if your lacking your own mud pie ideas
a little sample of what's inside

So next sunny day... get messy!