Creativity & Crafts | Family Fun | Seasonal

Kids Valentines Day Craft Activities

By on February 11, 2018

With Valentines day just around the corner, the kids and I have come up with a few craft ideas to make at home. Now we love to get outside but with it being so cold these are great seasonal indoor tasks to keep you and your little ones busy while still enjoying quality family time.

At the end I have added a special surprise idea that the children know nothing about and won't do until valentines day itself, so shhh.

Without further ado here are the activities:

Tried and Tested Crafts

Heart Collage Card

Heart Shaped Bookmarks

Love Heart Paper Chain Wreath

The above crafts are activities we have already tried and tested and loved making but there is much more fun to be had. Below are some fun ideas I intend to carry out with the children over the following week.

Why not join us in the fun and share pictures of your finished crafts over at our Mummy's Munchkins Facebook page

More Ideas

Valentines Hama Beads Bunting

This is a craft we have started but are yet to finish. First of all, if you are the crafty type and you haven't heard of or used Hama Beads yet then where have you been all these years?! I had heard of Hama Beads but never used them until this Christmas when my girls' were bought some as a Christmas gift. They are so much fun and you can create pretty much anything you like with them but for the purpose of Valentines day we have started to make bunting. You create a heart shape, leaving a small hole to thread through some string once you are finished; place some greaseproof paper on the top then gently iron so the pieces stick together; then string them together and hang.

  • Fingerprint heart Cards
  • Heart shaped biscuits
  • Heart shaped mosaic sun-catchers
  • Cupids Arrow -

(Using sticks from the garden and felt pieces, cut into the shape of an arrow-head and the feathers on the end, and fasten on with PVA - see Pinterest for more detailed how to guides)

 

Valentines Lunch - A Kids Special

 

 

 

 

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Family Fun | Seasonal

Valentines Lunch – A Kids Special

By on February 10, 2018

This year I have decided to do something that little bit extra special for my kids for Valentines Day: A Kids Valentines Lunch.

Despite the fact they thoroughly enjoy making cards, they are of an age where they are either too young or too cool to be giving or receiving cards from anyone.

So to make the day, which falls during half term this year, a bit more special I have decided to make them a valentines lunch.

I will be setting the scene by laying the table with a red cloth, setting their up places with charger plates and popping an artificial red rose in a glass in the middle of the table.

On the table they will each find a menu that I have created, with 2 choices on it (I am yet to decide these) and they will be able to order their meal from me.

After this I will cook and serve their meals followed by a dessert of their choice.

The aim of this is to make them feel special, wanted and appreciated. My children often hear me telling them I love them but this is a chance to really show them, in a fun and creative way.

A lot of us are busy with this or that, so why not use this opportunity to make some memories by serving up a special Valentines lunch for your children?

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Creativity & Crafts | Family Fun | Rainy Day Activities | Seasonal

Love heart paper chain wreath

By on January 25, 2018

Wreaths aren't just for Christmas...

I started this activity with the intention of making a paper chain, after seeing it on Pinterest but the finished product turned into a wreath and we love it. This is a fun, simple and effective craft that is suitable for ages 6 + (with a bit of help from a grown up with the stapler) ad a perfect rainy day activity.

Like most of the home crafts we do at home this was done on a budget. In fact there was no expense at all as I only used materials that were available to me at home already.

 So what do you need?

  • Card
  • Scissors
  • Stapler

Yep that really is all you'll need!

As shown in the pictures below I used fancy patterned card - this was a pack of various different designs that I have had in the cupboard for years. Yep years. I just haven't come up with anything to use it for.

You can get packs of card like this from most craft stores. I imagine I got this from Hobbycraft.

How to make the wreath:

Step 1) Choose your card and cut it into strips like so...

Step 2) Staple two ends together and gently bend the edges over, without folding the card, to make a love heart shape. Hold in place and put two more strips of card either side of the point and carefully staple together. As shown in the pictures below...

Step 3) Keep repeating this until you are happy with the length of the chain. Once happy, you can gently bend the chain round into a wreath shape and staple the point of the last heart into the dip of the first.

And there has is. A love heart paper chain wreath...

This is a really effective craft and you can have lots of fun with colours. We chose the stereotypical valentines colour of pink to represent love (awww)! Master E, who is almost 10, enjoyed participating in this and that is saying something! He is normally way too cool to join in with such activities!

I hope you enjoy this as much as we did 🙂 x

 

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Creativity & Crafts | Family Fun | Seasonal

Heart Shaped Bookmark

By on January 21, 2018

We love books here at Mummy's Munchkins HQ, especially children's literature. So keeping in line with our valentines theme, our next craft is a heart shaped bookmark.

This is incredibly simple to do yet very effective.

How to make the heart shaped bookmark

  1. First you need two different coloured pieces of card. We chose red and pink.
  2. Then you need to cut out 2 heart shapes - 1 out of each piece of card and one larger than the other.
  3. Put some glue on the top third of the smaller heart and stick it in the centre of the larger heart. A standard glue stick should do the trick.
  4. Once dry, your book mark is ready to use...

Variations...

  • Use scraps of stiff material you have lying around.
  • Make a rectangular bookmark using the same principle as the heart shape.
  • For the Easter period you could choose to make an egg shape.
  • For the Christmas period you may choose to make a Christmas tree or holly leaf shape.

Whatever you decide to do and however you decide to do it the main thing is to enjoy the family time together. I would love to see pictures of your bookmarks so feel free to share over on our Mummy's Munchkins Facebook page.

We had a brilliant few hours doing this at home and I know you will too.

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Creativity & Crafts | Family Fun | Seasonal

Heart Collage Card

By on January 20, 2018

The children and I have decided to make our own heart collage cards for Valentines Day and wanted to share our ideas with you lovely lot.

Only three of my littluns joined in with this activity because my oldest son is far too cool to make a valentines card! Miss O is very arty so chose to make a pattern with tissue paper balls. Master A is a 'Cars' lover and used an old magazine he had to cut out pictures of the right colour and Miss P loves 'Peppa Pig', so did the same with one of her old magazines.

Here is how we made them along with some pictures of the finished heart collages.

To make these you will need:

  • Coloured Card - We chose A5 but you can use any size you like
  • Old magazines
  • Tissue paper - Red, Pink and White
  • PVA Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Black Sharpie (optional)

Method:

Preparations

  • Rip up tissue paper into small strips and the screw up into little balls
  • Cut out any small pink, red or white pictures from your chosen magazine.

The task

1) Fold the card in half

2) Draw a heart shape in pencil on the front

3) Once happy with the size, shape and placement of the heart draw over it with the sharpie

4) Spread a thin layer of PVA glue onto the card within the heart shape

5) Stick on tissue paper (pack tightly together to avoid gaps) or use your pieces from your magazines

6) Leave to dry

And there has it your finished Heart Collage Cards.

We loved making these cards and will completed them by adding a little message inside for our Valentine. If you have a go at making these we would love to have your thought so please feel free to comment here on the post as well as share your pictures of your creations on our Facebook page.

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Seasonal

My Christmas Gift Ideas

By on December 5, 2017

Amazon Christmas Shopping

With Christmas Day just around the corner, and the shopping days rapidly running out, I have put together a list of Christmas gift ideas suitable for a range of budgets.

For the kids (under £60)

For the kids (under £20)

Stocking Fillers (under £10)

Adult token gifts

Happy Shopping and Merry Christmas!

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Halloween Cup Cakes Recipe

By on November 14, 2017

Halloween Cup Cakes Recipe

Halloween cup cakes is one activity that I wrote about in my post, School Holiday Fun: Halloween so I have decided to pass on the recipe and how we made them.

Whilst I used this recipe to make Halloween cup cakes it can be used for a variety of cakes. On this occasion, as seen in the picture, I used it to make 4 large pumpkin and coffin cup cakes! They were delicious and because I filled the mould too high I was able to slice the top off making an extra two cakes; one each for all of us here.

The recipe can be used to make a 7 inch Victoria sponge, approx. 18 small fairy cakes or approx. 6 larger cup cakes.

I used a for the halloween themed cakes which is how they got their fabulous shape

Ingredients

  • 100g softened butter (I used Stork)
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g self raising flour (sifted)
  • 2 eggs
  • 45ml (3tbsp) jam - Victoria sponge
  • 60ml (4tbsp) whipped cream - Victoria sponge
  • icing sugar - Victoria sponge

Recipe

  • Pre-heat your oven to 180*C / Gas Mark 4
  • Prepare your tins / cake cases. Using butter and grease proof paper, grease two 17 inch cake tins if making a Victoria sponge, or place your cake cases in a cake tray.
  • Cream butter and sugar together
  • Beat in eggs one at a time
  • Add 15ml (1tbsp) of flour with each egg
  • Gently fold in the remaining flour
  • Transfer equal amounts to your tins or cases and smooth the tops.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until well risen and golden (use the point of a knife to test if the cake is cooked through - put the knife through the centre of the cake from the top and pull it out. If it is clean the cake is done, if it comes out with mix on it leave it to cook a little longer)
  • If cooking Victoria sponge leave the cakes for 2-3 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack then strip the grease proof paper of gently.
  • Put cakes in cases straight onto a wire cooling rack.
  • When cold, decorate / sandwich the cakes together with jam and cream and sprinkle on icing sugar.

Decorating Cup Cakes and Fairy Cakes

For the Halloween cup cakes we melted some white cooking chocolate , mixed in some gel food colouring and painted on with small cake decorating brushes - if you don't have these the unused children's small paint brushes will suffice.

Variation

Fancy making a chocolate sponge instead?

Just replace 25g of flour with 25g of sifted cocoa powder. Simples!

Readers Task

So, there is how I made the Halloween cakes and I would now like to set you a challenge...

I would love for you to make cakes using the recipe above and maybe even make your own variations. Send in pictures of your finished creations and they may be used on my Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest pages 🙂

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Pumpkin Picking at Pickwell Farm

By on October 28, 2017

I often drive pass strawberry fields in the summer and think we'll go strawberry picking this year and then never get round to it. So this year after realising I had missed strawberry picking again I decided we should have a family day out pumpkin picking later in the year.

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Fast forward to October, and after reading a blog and doing a quick google search I decided Pickwell Farm, on the outskirts of Southampton, was where we were going to go for our first ever pumkpin picking experience.

We decided that we would go on a weekend so daddy could come too. This of course limited us as to when we could go and we happened to choose the windiest day! The weekend we went was the weekend Storm Brian came to visit but if we’d left it until the following weekend we would have run the risk of there being no pumpkins left, so we ventured out determined not to let the storm dampen our spirits.

Although, not all of us were impressed...

It was blowing a gale, the umbrella blew inside out and the kids were loitering around muddy puddles like they had never seen them before. A huge gust of wind came and that was it, screaming "I want to go home", Phoebe was done! We didn't even have any pumpkins yet! It became very clear to those that passed us that we are most definitely city people. Whilst the hubby and I found all this highly amusing at this point the kids just wanted to get the pumpkins and get going.

On arrival we were offered a wheelbarrow which, being the ‘I can manage’ type person that I am, I nearly declined, much to my husbands despair. So we grabbed a wheelbarrow and off we went.

Trust me, you need the wheelbarrow!!

Not only is great fun for the kids to push and sit in but I definitely would not have managed!

Whilst we were able to fill our wheelbarrow with a variety of perfectly imperfect pumpkins the fields weren’t as full as I had imagined or hoped. This is no reflection on the farm just that next time we need to go sooner. Most of the pumpkins we picked were still on the vine so were nice and fresh and they were all priced at £2 regardless of size. So for a family of our size (6) this is a much more cost effective way to purchase our pumpkins.

We laughed so much while pumpkin picking, we slipped and tripped, got blown all over the place, the children were fussing about getting their hands dirty, I struggled with the wheelbarrow and our youngest just didn't want to be there. It is safe to say we were 100% novices!

Once we had picked our pumpkins we had a little walk around the farm and came across corn fields which the children had great fun getting lost in.

 

The farm also has a lovely farm shop full of fresh produce, it is here where you pay for your pumpkins after you have washed the mud off them in the pails of water provided.

Overall we had a lovely day out and we will definitely be pumpkin picking again next year...Only now I know to go at the beginning of the season before the pumpkin fields are almost empty. Oh, and I will try to avoid going when we are hit with a storm!

Thanks for a lovely family day Pickwell Farm.

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School Holiday Fun: Halloween

By on October 26, 2017

Keeping the kids busy during the half term

I love it when the kids are home from school but keeping them entertained can be a mammoth task, this alone leaves some parents longing for the school break to be over with quickly! (Don't worry, we've all thought this at some point).

With this is mind I have listed below 6 Halloween themed activities that have kept my little munchkins entertained. I should point out though, trying to keep them occupied from the minute they wake up to the minute they go to bed is not advisable; you'll be completely worn out two days in and your children will keep expecting more from you. Let them know its ok to be bored sometimes and teach them to find their own fun and keep themselves busy.

Here is what we have been up to

  1. Pumpkin Picking

This is something we have never done before, I didn't even go as child so we decided to make our way to Pickwell Farm and see what the fuss is all about. Whilst Pumpkin Picking at Pickwell Farm one thing was for sure, it became very clear to passers by that our children are city kids! Still, we had a great time and lots of giggles...well some of us!

2. Pumpkin Carving

This goes hand in hand with picking the pumpkins. We decided not to carve the ones we had just picked straight away as it was still a good week and a half until Halloween and they would have gone mouldy in that time. We all agreed that we would wait until the following weekend which also means it can be a daddy activity (phew). However, during the week we visited my grandparents and whilst there my auntie and my young cousins arrived with six small pumpkins.

So all the children designed their own pumpkin faces and got to work. Here are the finished items...

3. Bat Making

At the beginning of the week we made bats. An easy and effective arty crafty activity. All that was needed was black paint, black tissue paper, white card and white paper. As a variation you could make spiders.

4. Chocolate Wands

So this one didn't turn out exactly as I would have liked, mainly because I couldn't get the right coloured sprinkles in the shop and had left it too late to order anything online. Nevertheless, this quick and easy make was a fun Halloween themed activity.

As you can see by the picture - Orange and silver sprinkles would have been much more appropriate! Ah well at least we know they look good for Christmas...although not sure what kind of wand you would have at Christmas?!

5. Halloween Cup Cakes

These were delicious! I like to make my cakes from scratch and this was no exception. I had every intention of the whole task being carried out with the kids but they just weren't interested in the making part as much as they were the decorating! Once the mixture was made I poured it into a heat resistant silicone cake mould; I had a coffin mould and a pumpkin mould. Once cooked and cooled instead of using icing we smothered them in white chocolate that we had dyed with food colouring...the kids LOVED this part. Ok, I did too!

6. Castle Building

I hear you...this is totally not Halloween related but hey we can do other stuff during the October half term!

Whilst we were out failing to find orange and silver sprinkles for our chocolate wand, the children saw a build and colour your own cardboard castle and practically begged me for it. As well as the castle there was a fairy house, shop front and an igloo; I am not ready for Christmas related items so the igloo was a no go, the fairies were too girly for the boys and the shop front didn't have enough for each of them to claim some of it as their own. So what with the castle being the strongest contender for causing less arguments that's what I settled on.  We all agreed that each of them had their own side to colour in as they see fit and everyone is happy...except its now taking up my dining room!

We've had lots of fun this week, I never look forward to the kids going back to school, despite the incessant sibling rivalry and as usual their time off has flown by. So now I guess I better get planning for the Christmas break!

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