Category: Activities and crafts

Chalkola Pens Review and Giveaway

My daughters love anything arty so when we were offered the chance to review some chalk markers, we were happy to give them a try. We were sent 2 packs by Chalkola, who are also offering my readers the chance to win a set of 21 chalk markers, as well as save 15% on purchases.

Chalkola chalk markers are designed to work on blackboards, whiteboards, glass, plastic and other non-porous surfaces. We tried them out on our chalk board, which is a wooden cupboard door that we coated in blackboard paint a couple of years ago, and on a small handheld blackboard. (more…)

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Twelve Family Favourites for Film Night

We love nothing more than dragging one of the duvets downstairs and snuggling up on the sofa with some popcorn and hot chocolate for family film night. Or morning, if it’s raining and miserable outside!

To celebrate the launch of the new 4K Pro TV, we’ve teamed up with Panasonic to bring you our top twelve movie favourites for all the family to enjoy.

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Ideas for Celebrating Chinese New Year with Kids

In 2017 Chinese New Year falls on Saturday 28th January, marking the beginning of the year of the Rooster. It’s a great opportunity to learn about another culture through food and crafts, so I’ve put together some ideas for how you could celebrate. In some communities in China, the celebrations last for over 2 weeks, starting with a family ‘reunion’ dinner on Chinese New Year’s Eve and fireworks to chase off evil spirits on New Year’s Day, and ending with the lantern festival on the 15th night – with plenty of other celebrations in between.1485210658781.jpg (more…)

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Christmas Gift Guide: Stocking Fillers for Kids

It’s only 2 weeks to go until the big day – and those Christmas preparations are in full swing! Presents have been bought, the tree is up, the turkey is ordered and now it’s down to sorting out those finishing touches. But while the presents for under the tree may have been bought, what about stocking fillers? It was an orange and a pack of knickers when I was little, but I think my five year old would think Father Christmas had lost it if he was leaving fruit and underwear in her stocking! So instead he will be leaving a few little toys, bubbles, and some chocolate coins. If you are still looking for some inspiration, here’s a roundup of some small gifts that would be perfect to find in those stockings on Christmas morning.

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Homemade gifts for kids to make

When it comes to Christmas, I think it’s nice for the kids to get involved with making cards and presents – especially for grandparents and teachers.

In this busy festive season, time is of the essence – plus I know my little ones are fiercely independent and like to do as much as they can themselves. You want homemade gifts that look nice but are fairly easy for children to make. Here’s a round-up of some of the gifts that we have made in the past, plus a few new ideas.

Where possible, I’ve included links so you can easily purchase the materials you need. Just click on any of the links to be taken to Amazon. These are affiliate links – this means that if you click on any of the Amazon links in this post and go on to make a purchase, I will make a small amount of commission.

Shrinky dink keyrings

I saw this idea on this blog and it took me back to when I was little and used to make shrinky dink keyrings and badges. Izzy loved doing this – she sat at the table and drew pictures of all her favourite people on the special plastic. She even made two featuring her school badge for her teachers. As she finished each one, I just popped a hole in the top using a hole punch, and put in the oven. They only take about 10-20 seconds to shrink down, then you add the keyrings and these are really quick, easy gifts.

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