RSPB BIG GARDEN BIRDWATCH

  
This week we were asked if we would like to take part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch & help nature find a home in our garden…

We love all things nature and couldn’t wait to get involved so we signed up.  

  We received a pack from the RSPB with all we needed to know about getting involved which was full of fun information on how we could simply turn our garden into a haven for birds. (In addition we also received some ingredients to help us create our haven-these can be purchased via the RSPB website)

We decided we were going to make a birdcafe and fill it with some fatballs following the easy  instructions to temp the birds.   

The kids soon got to work researching how to make them with a fab Guide.. 

 They were really easy to make… 

 Everybody got involved… 
 we popped out fatballs in the fridge to set.. 

 …and we cracked on with making our bird cafe sign to let the birds know we were open! We used cardboard and some permanent marker pens for our sign. 
 we filled a bird feeder with feeder mix to hang in our cafe… 

 and made some binoculars with toilet tubes to help us with spotting our feathered friends.. 

 we also made our own handy bird spotting guide. 

 After a bit more research on the  RSPB website we hung our bird feeder up in a quite spot in the garden amongst some bushes where the birds were most likely to visit.. 

   and we attached our cafe sign so birds knew it was open! 
 Then we just had to wait and watch…Our binoculars came in handy. 

 It wasn’t long before our customers started arriving…

Our first customer was a Robin!… 

 shortly followed by lots more.. 

 We used our handy spotter guides to identify them and logged them with our stickers..

 We also hung our fatballs up and waited and waited…

We had some birds visit that hung about in the bushes for a while.. 

 and some perched on some logs.. 

 None of our feathered customers seemed to want our fatballs….and then, finally, we had a fab customer!!! 

 
We had so much fun getting involved in The Big Garden Birdwatch and are looking forward to lots more birdy customers booking into our cafe during the Big Birdwatch weekend! 

More than half a million people from across the UK are set to take part by counting the birds in their gardens over the weekend of 30-31 January, 2016. They’ll also make a record of the other wildlife they see throughout the year, providing a vital snapshot of UK nature…

You too can play your part in giving nature a home this spring, why not get involved and Feed the birds!.

Find more RSPB Family activities here.

How to make birdcakes here.

Order a pack here.

You can also follow more of our family fun both indoors & out on our Facebook page.

FRANKENSTEIN OPERATION 

  We made our own Frankenstein operation game…
We cut holes in a box 

   We glued some condiment cups from the local fast food restaurant to the inside of the box covering the holes..  

 we then drew and coloured in our Frankenstein patient…  

 and we used our glue to stick him to our box operating table..  

 finally we filled Frankensteins open wounds with bean boozled jelly beans….the jelly bean that sometimes serves up deliciousness and sometimes vulgar tasting treats 😆  
 

EARTH HOUR IDEAS

🌍 Turn your lights off for an hour tonight at 8.30! Make a den or a shelter or step outside with blankies & watch the stars!….just turn off your lights.
Take part in ‪#‎earthhouruk‬ & show your support & love for our planet…..follow the link to sign up..

http://earthhour.wwf.org.uk/

Here’s some ideas to use during earth hour… 

Buy yourself some glowsticks and have loads of fun…

  

                                        

  

 

75+  WAYS TO HAVE FUN WITH FOOD

Here’s some fun ways to enjoy food!

Dip spoons in melted chocolate and add sprinkles, leave to cool and then enjoy with hot chocolate.

Make some hedgehog bread rolls.

Have cake for breakfast.

Have a glow in the dark tea.

Make a building site pudding with crushed up biscuits, angel delight and chocolate chunks.

Place small toys in the breakfast cereal to enjoy a blast from the past.

Make some gruesome gingerbread men with some ready made gingerbread men and icing.

Make a movie night nacho tray with an old cupcake box.

Make Vienetta shakes.

Make a giant Toblerone from cardboard and use it as a team building exercise, once they’ve carried it to a location reward them with real Toblerones.

Make Teddy bear toast with peanut butter or chocolate spread, bananas and raisins.

Make a snowman yogurt with raisins.

Make a giant cardboard gingerbread house to enjoy a real gingerbread house in.

Make teddy bear porridge with bananas. Raisins and chocolate sprinkles.

Have eggs for breakfast!

Make a fruit pizza, use grated chocolate as the cheese.

Have a deceptive tea!

Decorate your own egg cups.

Serve your food in something different.

Enjoy hot chocolate in the woods.

Dip breadsticks in melted hcjocolate and sprinkles to make edible sparklers.

Make a tin can marshmallow cooker.

Enjoy some monster cookies with your monsters.

Have a back to from dinner.

Put jokes in their packed lunches.

Use marker pens to make a midnight snack tray. Tray are £1 in IKEA.

Enjoy cake with a beautiful view.

Cook mini marshmallows over tea lights .

Buy apogee cakes for approx 60p each at the supermarket and have a cake decorating competition.

Make a cake that looks like a burger with chocolate sponge and vanilla sponge and ready roll icing and strawberries and have a Wonkalicious dinner.

Make picnic pots with jars.

Have a breakfast picnic.

Make fairy donuts.

Make different shaped pizzas.

Make a jelly baby football table using a box and skewers.

Teach the kids how to make a cup of tea.

Make a chocolate brownie pizza using a brownie mix, Creme fraiche and fruit.

Make basic biscuit into personalised yummy gifts.

Write table manners on eggs with permanent marker pens.

Make chocolate sweetie pizzas.

Have a prehistoric pudding with crumbled chocolate, angel delight and sprinkles.

Make an edible beach pudding with digestive biscuits mixes with butter.

Leave bedtime snacks on their pillows.

Use an empty plastic bottle to plant cress and make a cress hedgehog.

Make a Zingy with a carrot.

Teach the teenager drinks awareness.

Use paint pallets as plates.

Use Creme eggs to make owls.

Have a man versus food tea time.

Head out with all the makings for baguettes and have a baguette battle making competition.

Make a fruity rainbow.

Have a wonkilcious dinner and serve cottage pies in cupcake cases with tomatoes in the top. Use ready roll pastry and fruit to make pizzas. Make a burger cake. Finish by printing off wonka bar covers for bars of chocolate with golden tickets in.

Take cake outdoors.

Make sponge cakes. You can buy cheap packs of sponges in pound stores.

Make a yummy log fire with chocolate rolls and brandy snaps.

Make mud pies.

Make watermelon faces, kids love reviving their own watermelon as a gift!

Pick your own dinner.

Fool the kids by filling Oreos with toothpaste 🙂

   
    
    
    
    
    
   

Who said food’s not fun?

FD MAD BLOG KIDS AWARDS FOR FAMILY FUN

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This week we won the MAD blog award 2014 for best family fun, we were over the moon to be chosen to obtain the title & received our award at a red carpeted ceremony in London.
The ceremony was adult only & we wanted to show some recognition to the kids for our win so we embarked on our own prestigious award ceremony for them, after all we would not have won a ‘family fun’ category without them!

We had originally planned to throw the table into the back of the car to find an outdoor spot with a beautiful backdrop with a stop off at Toby carvery for a takeaway roast but had to go with plan B due to a poorly toddler who just wanted time on the sofa….so, our gala event took place in the garden complete with a red carpet and blow out dinner which I nipped out to Toby carvery to fetch. (A child’s portion is £4 but enough to feed 4 children!)
The kids scrubbed up and there were lots of winners!
Here’s how we got on…

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They looked very posh..

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We made a menu..

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And laid the table by throwing sheets over the table and chairs.

IMG_8029.JPGI made some award envelopes and award pebbles to be handed out with a golden chocolate coin..

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IMG_8034.JPGonce the red carpet was laid the girls practiced walking it..

IMG_8033.JPGI used an old champagne bottle which I filled with squash..

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IMG_8031.JPGwe added the finishing touches to the table with some chocolates for pudding.

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With food dished up we feasted before the announcements started..

IMG_8037.JPGeverybody had bubbles..

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IMG_8040.JPGit was very tense…

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The category’s were

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along with
MOST WILLING TO GET UP AT A STRANGE HOUR.
MOST CREATIVE INPUT.
MUCKIEST PUP AWARD.
BEST PHOTOGRAPHER.

The first winner was Elis..

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IMG_8021.JPGthere were also awards for Noah who received his when he woke up from his afternoon nap 🙂

We couldn’t of won our MAD blog award without the kids, we were all winners….TOGETHER!!

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LILO SURFING & EXTREME BUGGYING

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So for another day the heavens have opened and it’s rained non stop, so we decided to head out and take advantage of the weather with a lilo & an old buggy in tow…

Lilo surfing & extreme buggying were on the agenda!!

The kids were prepared to get wet and muddy, we found a steep grassy bank with an adjoining Tarmac hill away from traffic and we were off!!!

We came home with a few scrapes and bruises which were to be expected but we had a fab time..

Here’s how we got on…
We found our grassy bank and started by blowing up our lilo

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and then the extreme fun began….with a run up sometimes they landed on the lilo…

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Even the littlest members of the group took turns..

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20140528-151513.jpgThe older kids mastered the art of landing..

20140528-151609.jpgWe then set about with an old buggy taking turns to speed down the Tarmac to a halt at the grassy bank at the bottom!

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And as with learning the art of landing on the lilo they also had to learn the art of remaining in the buggy until it got to the grass…. We had a few minor war wounds but a lot of fun 🙂

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Please be aware that this can be dangerous but what’s childhood without a few risks and a lot of pain induced belly laughs?

DUVET DAY AT THE BEACH

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So with the lurgy being in the house for the past few days we decided to take our sickbed to the beach! After all fresh air is the best medicine of all…

It worked a treat.

We took two storage boxes, a piece of wood, some bedding and an air bed….

With a spot of reading, some snoozing in the sea air & lashings of chicken soup everyone felt well rested and a lot better so we finished the day with a pillow fight.

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20140527-194149.jpgIt’s surprising what a bit of bed rest can do…before long we were feeling fighting fit again…

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We did some rock pooling and found some false teeth!

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20140527-194356.jpgAnd what slumber party would not be complete without a pillow fight?
So that’s what we did…

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20140527-194553.jpgIt was a fab day and we left with plenty of sand between our toes and in the bed 🙂

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MAKING LAVA LAMPS

We wanted to make a lava so collected together the things we would need…

A plastic bottle
Cooking oil
Alkazeltzers
Food colouring

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Add vegetable oil to fill 2 thirds of your bottle.

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add water and leave about an inch at the top of the bottle.

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Add a few drops of food colouring, wait for the colouring to break through the oil to the water
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add about a quarter of an alka seltzer tablet to the bottle and watch… (make sure you leave the lid off as pressure will build up) add more tablets as and when desired or just pop the lid on and swish back and forth for a cool effect.

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100+ HALF TERM BOREDOM BUSTING IDEAS

Digging in the archives I’ve selected over 100 different boredom busting ideas for the kids to try out during the school holidays… Indoors & out, sunshine or rain, here’s my choice to keep the kids entertained…
1.Make your own fairy doors..

20140524-142847-52127071.jpg2..Make a box dolls house using samples collected from B&Q… Be your own interior designer!

20140524-142953-52193922.jpg3..Make your own pine cone hedgehog pets.

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4..Have an indoor campout..if you haven’t got a pop up tent then build an under table den..

20140524-143223-52343988.jpg5..Make donuts for the fairies using Cheerios & icing.

20140524-143314-52394977.jpg6..Take a train ride.

20140524-143411-52451380.jpg7..Set up a marble hunt in the woods.

20140524-143455-52495007.jpg8.Make your own Tree folk.

20140524-143534-52534111.jpg9..Have a cake decorating competition, buy value cakes for approx 60p each and decorate with icing and sweets. The winner of ours got a half an hour extra bedtime pass.

20140524-143737-52657543.jpg10..Make a milk carton bird house/feeder.

20140524-143822-52702010.jpg11..Tin can lanterns. Fill an empty tin with water and freeze, once frozen carefully use a hammer and nails to make your own patterns, once finished run under warm water to release the ice and pop in a tea light. ( best suited to older children, take care of sharp edges)

20140524-144052-52852302.jpg12..make a chocolate brownie, creme fraiche and fruit pizza.

20140524-144204-52924970.jpg13.Watch trains passing.

20140524-144233-52953812.jpg14..dig for hidden money at the beach (draw a square and bury coins to be found)

20140524-144336-53016676.jpg15..play elastics.

20140524-144411-53051660.jpg16..make a Reading hammock with a long piece of fabric.

20140524-144459-53099185.jpg17..Take a boat ride.

20140524-144533-53133981.jpg18..watch planes from the end of a runway..

20140524-144703-53223056.jpg19..Design your own clothes and use your phone camera to help you try them on.

20140524-144751-53271080.jpg20..Make a fabric or rope swing.

20140524-144820-53300801.jpg21..Become an outdoor artist.

20140524-144851-53331811.jpg22..Go stream fishing with nets and jars.

20140524-144932-53372672.jpg23..Build boats with wood offcuts from a saw mill and a bag of nails.

20140524-145020-53420619.jpg24..play in puddles.

20140524-145049-53449167.jpg25..Have a wheel barrow race.

20140524-145117-53477351.jpg26..Make some toilet tube tunnels.

20140524-145150-53510777.jpg27..make a jar fairy house lantern

20140524-145224-53544384.jpg28..make a matchbox art box

20140524-145316-53596448.jpg29..make matchstick aeroplanes.

20140524-145354-53634054.jpg30..have a mini marshmallow tealight toasting session.

20140524-145455-53695959.jpg31..Have a look at some art and try recreating it.

20140524-145534-53734880.jpg32..Experiment with eggs.

20140524-145606-53766062.jpg33..make an outdoor Lego Playstation.

20140524-145640-53800436.jpg34..Make an outdoor art Playstation.

20140524-145712-53832026.jpg35..have a mud tea party.

20140524-145758-53878648.jpg36..make an Elmer elephant from a milk carton.

20140524-145844-53924841.jpg37..make a woodland tripwire course.

20140524-145919-53959344.jpg38..get the kids to wash up.

20140524-145951-53991777.jpg39..make some giant Mikado using breadsticks and melted chocolate.

20140524-150033-54033834.jpg40..make an outdoor Reading area using a bed canopy or sheet.

20140524-150139-54099484.jpg41..put on a puppet show with your own lollipop stick puppets.

20140524-150217-54137482.jpg42..sail some cork boats

20140524-150250-54170660.jpg43..make an outdoor treasure table to put things you collect whilst out.

20140524-150335-54215372.jpg44..make a milk carton watering can.

20140524-150410-54250971.jpg45..bury your own time capsule.

20140524-150443-54283555.jpg46..have a kite retrieval challenge, make some simple kites with paper and string and throw them into the trees for the kids to climb and retrieve.

20140524-150559-54359122.jpg47..make a ribbon wind sock using a plastic milk carton.

20140524-150656-54416958.jpg48..make your own junk band.

20140524-150728-54448207.jpg49..create your own Man V food tea.

20140524-150811-54491237.jpg50..decorate some paper lanterns (3pack at Poundland)

20140524-150907-54547276.jpg51..make a sheet den by hanging a broom or stick in a tree using strong and hanging a sheet over it.

20140524-151012-54612250.jpg52..make you own picnic pots using jars.

20140524-151102-54662194.jpg53..try your own flower petal art.

20140524-151135-54695073.jpg54..make some fabric fairy wings.

20140524-151233-54753584.jpg55..make a mountain out if a molehill.

20140524-151315-54795639.jpg56..discover old treasure (you can buy old coins on eBay to drop to be discovered!)

20140524-151418-54858691.jpg57..make fun shaped pizzas.

20140524-151552-54952293.jpg58..do a penny search in the grass.

20140524-151636-54996741.jpg59..make some salt art bottle using salt and chalk.

20140524-152205-55325414.jpg60..make carrier bag kites

IMG_3861.JPG61..Make breadstick sparklers

IMG_3831.JPG62..Hunt for autumn colours

IMG_3832.JPG63..make a conker abacus

IMG_3833.JPG64..carve stick toadstools

IMG_3834.JPG65..go rainy day lilo surfing

IMG_3835.JPG66..make an autumn crown

IMG_3837.JPG67..make paper doiley ballerinas

IMG_3836.JPG68..make limpet shell mushrooms

IMG_3838.JPG69..make spooky eyes from toilet roll tubes

IMG_3839.JPG70..make an autumn lantern

IMG_3840.JPG71..build an under table bear lair

IMG_3841.JPG72..make some stick stump robins

IMG_3842.JPG73..Have a picnic supper before bed

IMG_3843.JPG74..go on an alphabet hunt

IMG_3844.JPG75..make your own beach art with a rake

IMG_3845.JPG76..make an under table house den with a sheet

IMG_3846.JPG77..Have fun with an empty picture frame

IMG_3847.JPG78..go waterbutt rolling

IMG_3848.JPG79..have an upside down back to front dinner

IMG_3849.JPG80..have teddy bear porridge

IMG_3850.JPG81..make a colour wheel with leaves

IMG_3851.JPG82..make some hazelnut owls

IMG_3852.JPG83..play in the park in the dark

IMG_3853.JPG84..make a homework station

IMG_3854.JPG85..take your duvets to the cinema

IMG_3855.JPG86..create a themed bath

IMG_3856.JPG87..do some extreme stairway boating (caution needed!)

IMG_3857.JPG88..Set up a bed outside for a duvet day!

IMG_3858.JPG89..Watch finding memo from a boat

IMG_3859.JPG90..search out fireflies, secretly splash glow sticks in the trees

IMG_3860.JPG91..make a fruit pizza

IMG_3862.JPG92..make your artwork come alive with playdough

IMG_3863.JPG93..play glow in the dark swingball

IMG_3864.JPG94..have a half term budget

IMG_3865.JPG95..become housework hereos

IMG_3866.JPG96..make toilet roll poos

IMG_3867.JPG97..build a rope swing

IMG_3868.JPG98..have an autumn picnic

IMG_3869.JPG99..play shadows

IMG_3870.JPG100..search for skeleton leaves

IMG_3871.JPG101 have tea on the sofa!

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