Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Whilst the weather outside is frightful...

Good morning everyone! As the snow continues to fall and disrupt our everyday lives I thought it may be helpful to offer some ideas to keep the kids busy and entertained without having to step outside onto the slippery, slushy pavements that are surrounding London and the rest of Britain!

How to make photo props

Mustaches, glasses, hats and lips are becoming every more popular in photo booths at parties and weddings, why not make your own at home and then spend your afternoon having a photo shoot! Here are some I made for a party back in October.

What you will need;

Felt in a variety of colours,
Printable templates ( attached at bottom )
Strong felt glue
A couple of sticks, chopsticks or even straight twigs from the garden will do

  • Simply cut out the printable templates below and trace round them with a light pencil onto the felt of your choice
  • Repeat twice so that you have two identical shapes in which to sandwich the sticks between
  • Glue around the edges and leave to dry

(As I made mine for a client they had to be slightly more rigid so I also cutout cardboard and placed in-between the felt and then stitched the fabric together, however this option is slightly less child friendly!)

Treasure Hunt

A simple and easy way to keep the kids distracted for an hour! ( if you have a dog its great to get them involved too - I would put a lead on my dog and my mum would place a dog treat next to every clue for them to sniff out!) Whether your looking for sweeties, pennies or toys, reading and deciphering the clues or riddles is not only fun, but a great way for children to think on their own feet. 

If you decide to go down the riddle route (best for older children) this blog is great for ideas... http://dailybrainteaser.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/riddles-for-kids.html

However, here are a couple of my favorites;

Until I am measured I am not know,
yet how your miss me when I have flown. ( answer- time (clock))

If your drop me I'm sure to crack, but give me a smile and i'll always smile back. (answer- mirror)

Little miss Eticote in her white petticoat and her red nose, the longer she stands the shorter she grows. (answer- a candle)

'Mars Bar Truffles'

Cooking is always a popular choice for an activity, especially if the children can make the treat themselves! I remember being taught this particular treat in nursery and have kept it very close to my heart since, in fact I still get requests to make these 'truffles' for family during the Christmas period - if only they knew how incredibly easy they are to make.....

What you will need

5x Mars Bar
¾ Packet of rich teas
Raisins ( optional )
1x Bar of white chocolate

  • So, simply melt the mars bar over a pan of hot water on the oven
  • Whilst melting, place the rich teas in a bag and use a large wooden spoon to bash them into dust (my little cousins love this bit)
  • Once the chocolate is melted, place all of the ingredients (including raisins) into a bowl and mix together
  • Once the chocolate has cooled down a little, get your hands in and begin to roll into small-ish bites
  • At this point, melt the white chocolate and then drizzle onto the truffle bites
  • Place in the fridge and wait.. I promise it will be worth it
  • Serve with hot chocolate and eat whilst snuggled up on the sofa watching the snow fall outside 

Thanks for reading! Please look out for our next installment, 

Speak soon! 

Zahra xxx

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