Thursday, 23 October 2014

5 Easy Halloween crafts

There are lots of wonderful things you can make with the kids at this time of year but sometimes you just want something quick and easy.
1. Simple shape witches
Cute witches, cata and wands made from basic shapes cut from sugar paper stuck together. Learning shapes is an added bonus to this one.
2. Pumpkin painting
I like painting our pumpkins instead of carving them as there are no guts to scoop out and young children can do the whole thing themselves without adult help and it can take as much time as you like. We especially like digging out glow in the dark paint and glitter for extra spookiness!
3. Still life drawing
Pumpkins( and other squash) are fun to draw Arrange them on a table and let your little one feel them and look at them from different angles, talk about the shapes and colours then do some still life drawings.
4. Potato print pumpkins
I already posted about our apple print pumpkin decorations but don't forget the humble potato print!
5. Chocolate finger sparklers
OA pintrest find, these are perhaps more for bonfire night but still easy and fun. Simply dip the end of chocolate fingers into a cup of warm water then dip into sprinkles. The warm water melts the chocolate so the sprinkles stick. Yum!

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Lapland Mailroom

Christmas is coming and as parents we are thinking about ways to make it magical for our children. What could be more magical than receiving personalised letter from Father Christmas?
Lapland Mailroom does just that. This easy to use website allows you to order a personalised letter straight to your child. There are four different letters to choose from so siblings don't receive identical letters and when ordering you can add on extra information such as your childs age, a gift that they have asked for and what they left out for Father Christmas and the reindeer last year. How cute?!? You can even choose if the letter comes from Santa or Father Christmas. The letters come indvidually addressed to your child.
The letters themselves are gorgeous, really beautifully written and very sweet. The fact that are personalised is the massive selling point for me, i know that Seb will love his age and gift of choice being mentioned and it means they will make lovely keepsakes to put in the boys memory boxes.
It doesn't end there. Along with the letters you also receive a nice child certificate, a Santa stop here sign to colour, an elf yourself activity sheet, Christmas Eve door hanger, Christmas Decoration and a Christmas card to colour in. I plan on putting these letters into our Christmas Eve hamper and using the activities and colouring sheets to keep us entertained during the day.
The letters start at £6.95 each which includes postage anywhere in the world. For more information and to order a letter head over to Lapland Mailroom. You can also follow them on Twitter or Facebook.

**We were sent these letters for the purpose of this review but all opinions are my own**

Monday, 20 October 2014

Meal Planning Monday

The last week has flown past. We did pretty well with our meal plan apart from having a Chinese one evening we stuck to it. Beef fajitas were yummy and made a nice change from our usual chicken ones. The steak we had was lovely and even I(not a huge steak fan) really enjoyed it. 
This week we're eating in no particular order

Spicy sausage pasta
Cheesy potato chowder with cheese and onion bread
Pork and apple burgers, curly fries and onion rings
Steak with sweet potato and veg
Pasta with pesto
Freezer dinner

Linking up with meal planning Monday, why not join in over at At Home With Mrs M 

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Spooky pumpkin decorations

This week we've been doing lots of pumpkin based activities.
These cute decorations are perfect to brighten up the house for Halloween and are super simple to make. Apples make a great pumpkin print and are much easier for little ones to handle!

I poured out orange paint and chopped an apple in half. I stuck a fork into each apple half(thank you pintrest for that idea) for easy grip and got the boys printing. Seb was a dab hand at this but most of Alex's came out smudged(he isn't even 2 yet) so we gave him a helping hand to make sure we had a few usable prints. We used fingertips in green paint to add stalks on to our prints. 

Once dry I cut out the prints and we got to work on adding faces. I cut out shapes from black card to stick on. It was a good chance to talk about different emotions and facial expressions and we showed our own happy,  sad and scary faces to each other. Once these were done I attached them to some string and attached these to some Halloween straws I picked up in the pound shop. You could also use lollipop sticks to attatch them to.

Ours are stuck up in the kitchen with some washi tape for bow but I'll be putting them in the window come Halloween!

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Thursday, 16 October 2014

Salt Dough Candle Holders for Diwali

Next week is Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.
I saw these fab candle holders over on Jennifer's Little World blog and thought they would ideal for us to make as we love salt dough.  I am keen for the boys to learn about religion and different cultures and one of the easiest ways to introduce them in my mind is by looking at celebrations.

We made the dough using a cup of plain flour, 1/2 cup of salt and 1/2 cup of water mixed together, moulded it into our candle holder shape and then popped in the oven on it's lowest setting for a few hours.
Once totally dry and hard, I popped out some paints and loose glitter and let the boys decorate. They went for lovely bright colours and then added the glitter on top of the wet paint. Once dry we added our tea lights.
Seb and I also watched this and this episode of Let's Celebrate to learn more about Diwali. This series is great for younger children to learn about different festivals. Seb was really interested in the rangoli and the sweeties!