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Family Fun | Rainy Day Activities

25 Rainy day Activities

By on January 23, 2018

The last few days here in the UK have been gloomy, grey and rainy. And what does a rainy day normally mean?

Bored, miserable and moody children!

Bored, miserable and moody children that WE, have to entertain! Failing to do so will result in tears, tantrums, screaming fits and sibling rivalry at its best.

But a rainy day really can be just as fun as a sunny one. You don't have to be cooped up indoors all day with phones, iPads and the Xbox but instead use the rainy day as an opportunity for an awesome family fun day full of quality time spent together.

With there being no sign of the weather improving here anytime soon, I have put together a quick list of rainy day activities and have divided it into Outdoor Activities and Indoor Activities.

Outdoor Activities

1) Watch the rain

This can be really therapeutic. Stand together under a shelter, collect your thoughts then discuss what you can see, how you feel, what you can hear and how the air smells.

2) Channel the water flow

This can be great fun. Using loose bricks, stones, old bits of guttering or whatever else you have around you that you can easily get your hands on, channel the water and see if you can make it collect somewhere.

3) Catch the rain on your tongue

4) Make a waterproof den using natural materials (no tarpaulin or plastic sheets)

5) Puddle Jumping

6) Watch water streams run down the road and see where they collect.

7) Make paper boats and sail them in a puddle

8) Rain art

Put a few drops of food colouring on a paper plate, then some raindrops and swirl it. See what patterns you can make.

9) Make rain music

Spend a few minutes just listening to the sounds of the weather. Set out various objects, such as metal, plastic and glass containers, to see how water droplets sound when they hit different surfaces.

10) Make nature boats

Sticks, small pieces of wood, leaves, bark and larger petals all make great boats. Which items make the fastest boats? Which sail the furthest?

11) Animal hunt

Become detectives and see what animals or minibeasts you can find outside while its raining.

Indoor Activities

1) Cards

2) Board games

Favourites in our house are Cluedo, Junior Cluedo, Junior Monopoly and Beat the Parents but we have played many more.

3) Den building

Good old fashion den building! Find the clothes pegs, gather the blankets together and challenge yourselves to make the biggest indoor den you have made to date.

4) Cup phones

Using 2 paper cups and a length of string you can make cup phones. Make a tiny hole in the ends of both cups, thread the string through both holes and tie a knot to stop it pulling back through.

Then there you have it - cup phones.

Can you hear each other through them? My children had loads of fun with these as did I as a child.

5) Baking and / or cooking

6) Home Cinema

Take a family movie day or night to the next level...why not cook some hot dogs, get some fizzy pop, pick and mix sweets and of course, don't forget the popcorn.

7) Trip to the library / story time

Take yourselves off to your local library or get all cosy at home to enjoy a good book.

8) Treasure Hunt

Place some items around the house, write some clues then send the children off to find the treasure.

9) Make cards / write letter to someone special

10) Write an Article for a newspaper or magazine

11) Indoor picnic

12) Have a disco

13) Make a collage (depict the weather outside then make another a collage contrasting it)

14) Make Paper planes

15) Hama Beads

If you haven't tried these yet you're missing out!

The possibilities are can make coasters, garlands, fridge magnets and so much more in just about any shape or design you can think of!

Whatever the weather, remember just. have. fun!

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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...


  • 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)



  • 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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Learning Through Play

Water Balloons and Dinosaur Eggs!

By on January 11, 2018

I saw this water balloon and dinosaur egg activity on a Facebook page run by Learning and Exploring Through Play and just had to give it a go...

So back in the summer (if you can call it that here in the UK) we hatched some dinosaurs!!

This was a really fun and great problem solving activity, which really homed in on the children's inner Palaeontologist selves. Having fun while learning...whatever next!?

So what did we do?

  • Put mini dinosaur figures in water balloons
  • Fill balloons with water
  • Put balloons in freezer
  • Once frozen take them out
  • Peel the balloon off the 'egg'
  • Get the dinosaurs out of the eggs

And that's it!!

Problem Solving

The Problem Solving is all about HOW you're going to get the dinosaurs out and this is such an important skill. No, not getting dinosuars' out of eggs but problem solving. All through our lives from a young age we are faced with situations where we must make a decision and more often than not this will involve considering damage limitation.

So this task actually provides two key features: problem solving - how will we get the dinosaurs out and damage limitation - getting the dinosaurs out without destroying them in the process. NB one or two dinosaurs may have lost a limb. Or two. Or their head. But for the most part we were successful.

Along with the above two features the children communicated with each other, worked as team as well as independently and shared their thoughts and ideas. All skills required not just through school life but well into their adult life also!

The children came up with a number of ways to approach this task. They used stones to hit the eggs to chip away at the ice, threw them on the patio, bashed the eggs together, picked at the ice and put in them some water so they would melt.

All off the above works!

This was such a fun activity to do together. As I mentioned we did this back in the summer as a fun activity to do in the garden but there are many variations to it making it a fun task to do inside the house on a rainy day. For example, as it is now winter why not have Elsa freeze her friends and have the children free them OR have farm or zoo animals caught up in an ice age! You could also think of other animals that lay eggs use the same principle as hatching the dinosaur eggs.

However you choose to tackle this family activity, just have fun with it. And why not share your pictures with me on my Instagram page using the hashtag #WaterBallonsAndDinosaurEggs

Below are some pictures of the fun we had...

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Family Fun | Reviews

Wibble Wobble Jelly on a Plate! My Review of Hartley’s Glitter Jelly.

By on January 8, 2018

Last Sunday before we were back to reality

Yesterday was the last Sunday before we were back to reality. Back to the grind. I wanted the day to be an enjoyable but not too hectic last day of the Christmas break. Ha ha ha! I should be so lucky. In fact it was one of those days where one thing after another went wrong. Sibling rivalry was at its best, we were victims of the most horrendous temper tantrums and we couldn't even make jelly without getting it wrong!

Nevertheless, we managed to squeeze in some family fun. First, a bitterly cold but fun trip to the park.

Followed by a delicious dinner consisting of our fav potatoes - Dauphinois. Then after that?

Pudding of course.

Hartley's Glitter Jelly

In the cupboard I had a packet of Hartley's Glitter Jelly, something the kids had asked me to pick up when they saw it during our food shopping trip a few days ago.

Glitter Jelly! Sayy whaattt! We were super excited to see this!

Miss P & Master E wanted to make the jelly, so whilst the food was cooking I helped them to do just that.

Pouring the contents of the sachet into the measuring jug...step 1 in where it went wrong!

The instructions were super easy to follow...Empty sachet contents into bowl, add 500ml of boiling water, stir until dissolved, decant into smaller containers, put in the fridge. Simples yet Mummy still managed to mess it up! *rolls eyes*

I tipped the contents into the measuring jug meaning it became difficult to tell when I had added 500mls of boiling water. It also didn't help that I read it wrong and only added 150mls of water to begin with!

A gloopy mixture...step 2 of where it went it wrong!

As you can see what was supposed to be a quick and easy kitchen make was starting to become a nightmare. These were my errors though and not defaults with the product.

Once I had added more water to the gloopy mixture, helped the kids ensure it was fully dissolved and decanted it into smaller containers we popped them into the fridge. Now, my previous experience with jelly is that it seems to take forever to set and to be honest I wasn't expecting anything different with this. Especially as we only used hot water, as opposed to the usual part hot and part cold approach.

After dinner we went to check to see if our dessert was ready and I could not believe my eyes. All 6 pots of jelly were set and ready to eat. This was only around 30 - 40 mins after we made it. Absolutely ideal for a quick and easy, last minute pudding.

However, I was a little wasn't very glittery. This was the main reason we purchased this product; to see glitter jelly. If you looked closely it was shimmery but you had to look close and it definitely wasn't glittery. Which was a little disheartening particularly for the children.

Shimmery Jelly...Third and final step of where it went wrong!

That aside it still tasted delicious.

Making the jelly seemed to match the rest of our day in terms of one thing after another going wrong. I would still buy this product again, making sure I read the instructions properly next time instead of skimming them! No glitter was disappointing given that was its selling point to us, but it didn't effect the taste plus the time in which it took to set using only hot water, was incredible.

If you have purchased this jelly and had a better experience, a more glittery end product, or if it all went bottoms up for you too, I would love to see your pictures. Comment below or share over on my Instagram or Facebook pages using #MMhartleysglitterjelly

Please note this is not a sponsored or paid post just an honest review of an activity we took part in as a family.

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Creativity & Crafts | Family Fun

Quick and Easy, Child Friendly Trifle

By on December 31, 2017

The kids and I were looking through the cupboards for something we could have as a light dessert after our dinner. What with it being Christmas time I had ingredients in my cupboard that would make a trifle only I never got round to making one. So I decided I would make a quick and easy variation that is suitable for the children to eat. It took less than 5 minutes to make and took the kids less time to devour! Below is the 'How To' coupled with a video.


  • Trifle sponges
  • Strawberries
  • Squirty cream

Optional Extras

  • Grapes
  • Blueberries
  • Custard
  • Jelly


Break the sponges up into small chunks and slice the strawberries. Layer both ingredients in the glass, squirt on the cream and top with blueberries as shown in the video below.


I used what I had in my fridge and cupboards but you could make some jelly and pour this in and allow to set before adding cream. If you like custard you could always add this too, much like the trifle as we know it, just without the Sherry! (I know, I know but it is a child friendly version...)

The idea of this simple recipe is to keep it simple. Use what you have available to you by layering in grapes, blueberries and other fruits you have to hand.

Hope you enjoy and if so feel free to share 🙂

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