FESTIVAL BUGGIES…RIDING IN STYLE

    With festival season on us it’s time to start thinking of pimping the rides of he smallest members of the family… A good 3 wheeled buggy & a little imagination goes a long way. Here’s some of the rides we’ve had in the last few years & a peek at how we transformed them…

THE DIGGER….TRANFORMED USING AN OLD LITTLE TYKES CAR, A LEGO STORAGE BUCKET & SOME BATTERY OPERATED LIGHTING…. 

                     

 

  
THEN WE HAD A MONSTER BUGGY… 

      

  
        

AND WE HAD A FLOWER BUGGY …TWICE🌸🌺🌼

We used cotton and thread to sow fake flowers to the hood and pull ties to attach them to the pushchair frame and wheels.  We intertwined strings of battery operated fairy lights all over the frame and amongst the flowers… 

           It’s all a bit of fun and involvement for the smallest members of the family…we certainly stand out on the school run in the summer!
But what will we do this year…….

TOILET TISSUE CHRISTMAS WREATH

IMG_9703.JPGWe’ve seen a lot of pretty Christmas wreaths around at the moment and decided we wanted to make our own pretty one. We particularly liked the rag roll ones but had no rags to hand so used an alternative….tissue paper! Good old loo roll!
We used 28 sheets off of a roll, some loom bands to tie, a cardboard ring & ribbon to hang. Literally it cost us pennies.
Here’s how we did it..
First we cut a circle of card..IMG_9641.JPGwe then wrapped each segment of tissue around the card and secured it with a loom band. (You could use elastic bands)

IMG_9642.JPGwe did this until the ring was covered..

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IMG_9657-0.JPGfinally we tied on some ribbon to hang.

IMG_9661.JPGwe thought it turned out really pretty!

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CHRISTMAS EVE PJ’S

IMG_9317.JPGWe made our own Christmas Eve jarmie tops, we used a packet of (felty type) dishcloths from Poundland and some white tshirts, we cut out our designs and glued them to the tshirts using all purpose glue suitable for fabric. We finished with googly eyes and some fur from an old teddy for Santas beard. You could use felt from a craft shop and fabric glue but this works just as well and was super cheap πŸ™‚ (not sure how they will fair in the wash but for under a Β£5 for all materials for all 3 it doesn’t really matter because they were completely made with love)
Here’s how it went…

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The kids loved their PJ and were proud of what they had made πŸ™‚

PIZZA FUN

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Pizza doesn’t have to be round to taste yummy!
We used packet pizza base mix that just require water to make and then added a tomato sauce and our choice of toppings to our shapes…

Here’s some different ways to enjoy them…

We made our shapes…

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Added our toppings..

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Cooked them..

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GRUFFALO THEMED DAY

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We love The Gruffalo!! So we decided to have our own Gruffalo themed day…to find more on how we created our day check out the full album https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.470787509600768.114964.287237957955725&type=3
We set about scene setting our story which would end in a sumptuous Gruffalo tea to reflect the story..
Here’s how we did it…

We started with breakfast… The mouse found a nut and the nut was good..

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After breakfast we set about making the deep dark wood..

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We made some stickmen place settings for our dinner table.

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I added a label to a tin of stewed fruit ready for the kids to make Gruffalo crumble..

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We made a menu

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We washed out some bottles and made labels to serve our drinks in..

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We painted hedgehog rocks to scene set the table

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We made Gruffalo crumble

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And a log pile house with buttercream icing and chocolate logs.

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Our roasted fox was a simple chicken casserole, we made a cardboard surround cover for the casserole dish..

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Finally we were ready to scene set our table and put together out meal…

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We had a fab Gruffalo feast!! We spent the day doing Gruffalo activities, colouring and word searches and finished the day watching the DVD, our recreation of our favourite book was a yummy and fun success!!

CARPET ROLL TUBE TOTEM POLE

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After finding a carpet roll tube in a skip we decided that we wanted to make our own totem pole, so we set about drawing and painting it and then with some team work and effort we lugged it up a really big hill to stand it up in all it’s glory overlooking the valleys of South Wales…
(We used normal paint to paint it so made sure it was a sunny day when we headed out, we bought it back home and it now stands proudly as a reminder of our efforts in the corner of the living room)

Here’s how we got on…

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Even the littlest members of the family helped carry it!

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Once up the top of the hill we did lots of shouting into our tube..

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We even had a little sibling rivalry and donking on heads πŸ˜‰

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And finally we started to stand our pole!

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We stood it!! TEAMWORK ACHIEVED! it looked great…

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CARROT HUNT & RUSTIC PICNIC

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I decided that I wanted to do a woodland hunt with a difference for the children, I wanted it to include a yummy picnic too.
So with a little imagination, a whole load of carrots, some cake and treats and a flask of soup we headed out for a carrot themed hunt in the woods…

Here’s how we got on…

FIRSTLY I GATHERED EVERYTHING THAT WAS NEEDED…

I bought a carrot cake for Β£2 in Waitrose & decorated with a packet of bunnies from Poundland, we finished by adding carrots and laying it on a cake stand….

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I made a sign (see above) & placed different coloured elastic bands around our carrots so the kids could hunt for their allocated colours, they also had a ‘golden’ carrot each to find..

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I filled some plastic plant pots with loot to be rewarded to the finders of the golden carrots..

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Lastly I gathered a picnic blanket, a flask of soup and bread and loaded up our baskets to take to the woods..

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WITH EVERYTHING PREPARED WE WERE READY TO SET OUT!!!

The best way to carry everything was in a wheelbarrow..

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Whilst the kids headed off to explore the woodland I set up…
Firstly I placed the sign..

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And laid the picnic..

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I then set about hiding the carrots..

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Then the kids set about on their hunt..

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And they were fruitful!!

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And when they had counted up their loot they were able to head off and search for their reward pots for finding the golden carrots…

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All that was left to do was dig into our rustic picnic… YUMMY!!

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We had a fab time with a bucket load of carrots and a simple picnic…

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MILK CARTON BUTTERFLIES

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Full of the joys of spring and with a lovely blue sky overhead we decided we wanted to bring some colour to the trees…
So we made some beautiful butterflies…

Here’s how we did it..

We washed out some empty milk cartons.

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I then carefully cut the carton into strips and drew butterflies on them for the kids to carefully cut out..

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Once we had our shapes we coloured our butterflies in with permanent marker pens..

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They looked great! We stuck some gems to some of them..

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We finished by poking a paper clip through each one to hang in the trees.

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We then set about hanging them in the trees..

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They looked BEAUTIFUL πŸ™‚

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BEACH ACTIVITIES & FUN. FAMILY DAYS TOP 30 TRIED & TESTED.

Sunbathing & paddling, sandcastle building & salt n vinegar chippies, ice creams, rock pools and rubber rings…gotta love them all.
But here’s our list of alternative things to do at the beach…

No 1…Fairy shell houses. Decorate shells with permanent marker pens to make your own seashore fairy village.

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No 2…Driftwood bridges. Use string to tie together collected driftwood to make bridges fit for the rockpool trolls.>

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No 3…Beach operation. Out take on the traditional board game, we used a rake to create out patient and dug holes to represent the operating locations, we then used pebbles to throw into the wounds.>

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No 4…Rock pool viewing bottles. We carefully cut a slot from the side if an empty pop bottle to enable us to push it into shallow pools to view the sea life..>

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No 5…Cork sail boats. Use bottle corks and elastic bands to make your boats, finish with paper sails secured with a cocktail stick.>

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No 6…Finding treasure. This can be done many ways, bottle with messages, pebbles that mark the spot, maps with clues…
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No 7…Rock painting. Simply take a paintbrush to paint the rocks with water.>

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No 8…Rock cakes. Take pens to make your own cakes.
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No 9…Sea life viewing bottles. Wash out bottles & then fill with things you capture from rock pools, ideal to watch sea snails crawling about.>

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No 10…Posh tea party. Have a look in charity shops for fine china oddments & then take them to the beach for a sandy tea!>

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No 11…Punch & Judy. Use a cardboard box to make your Punch and Judy theatre and socks with laminated characters to make your puppets.>

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No 12… Raft building. Take string and use driftwood to build a raft.
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No 13…Imagination, we used out imagination to make an istone iPhone.;

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No 14…Discovering pearls. I used an old broken bracelet and secretly placed the pearls in shells within rock pools for the kids to stumble upon.>

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No 15…lollipop stick puppets.>

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No 16…Picture frame art. I took a small amount of plaster of Paris & a photo frame to the beach, we mixed the plaster of Paris and poured it into our frame glass before pushing in our beach treasures.>

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No 17…Tin foil boating lakes. Build trenches and line with foil, fill with water & sail til your hearts content.>

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No 18…Ocean in a jar. Fill a jar with sand & shells and listen closely to the sounds of the seaside when you open it. (The same concept as listening to a seashell) >

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No 19… Seaside sand play dough. We took some flour & a small amount of cooking oil, we mixed it together with sand to form our dough.>

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No 20… Beach comb boat building. Simple, beach a boat from your beach treasures.>

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No 21…beach side artists. Take your paints to the seaside.
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No 22…Ocean sensory bottles.>

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No 23…skim stones.>

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No 24…Tic Tac Toe pebbles. Take paint to make your own fishes & star fish game.
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No 25… Simply sit and watch the sun disappear..>

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26..Body Part Identification. Draw a person and write body parts on pebbles, ask the children to place the pebble where the body part is located..

IMG_5667.JPG27…Sand sculptures…don’t just make sand castles…

IMG_5664.JPG28…Dune Surfing…

IMG_5663.JPG29..Targets..

IMG_5668.JPG30..Inflatable boat paddling pool….simply fill your boat with water..

IMG_5666.JPG31..Sundial…make your own sundial

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