HALLOWEEN THEMED BATH

We love a themed bath!
We set about making a spooky themed bathroom to relax in, we swapped the normal lightbulb for a red one, cut out bats from black card and stuck them to the wall, hung some plastic skeletons and chains from the shower curtain rail and put up a plastic scene setter over the window. We finished with some battery operated candles, some yummy treats and a glass of slime! (some green fizz)
We used red bubble bath for our blood bath and you could also use some glow sticks for some glo fun too or jelly bath for a proper slimey dip!
Hers how ours looked with minimum effort 🙂

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We love a themed bath!!

JUNGLE THEMED BATH

We decided to make bath time a little bit more fun by turning the bathroom into a jungle…
We used real leaves from the garden and a few packets of battery operated fairy lights to hang from the shower curtain rail. We finished with some plastic jungle animals to play with and some green jungle juice shampoo…

It took around 15 minutes to put together…

Here’s how it turned out..

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20140821-195431-71671264.jpgwith the scene set all that was needed was our jungle explorer 🙂

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20140821-195719-71839251.jpgNoah loved his jungle bath and emerged wrinkly and squeaky clean 🙂

UNDER TABLE SPACE ROCKET

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Everybody loves dens!!
We decided to transform the kitchen table again and this time our mission was to head to space in an under table rocket with our toddler spaceman….

Here’s what we did…

Our prep started with making some alien sensory specimen bottles, we filled bottles with water & added a few drops of food colouring and some play dough outer space snakes..

20140512-175654.jpgwe bought some yummy Milky Way stars and some flying saucers to snack on as we headed to the moon…

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20140512-175823.jpgwe made our own solar system using ball pit balls and a football covered in tin foil..

20140512-175933.jpgwe then set about building our rocket… I used a large piece of cardboard covered in wall paper for the flight deck & cut out a circle for the port hole..

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At the other end I made the rocket entrance using a large box, I also covered this in wall paper and cut out a door, I only cut three side to the door to still enable us to open and close it..

20140512-180328.jpgI covered the table with an old black duvet cover and lay a blanket on the floor..

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20140512-180438.jpgI then cut out two circles in the duvet to make our spec rocket windows, I cut out some rings using silver card and stuck them to the duvet..

20140512-180645.jpgfinally I made a NASA sign 🙂

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We then set about making our space outfit with a roll of tin foil…
We covered some wellies and added liberal amounts of tape around and around them…

20140512-180916.jpgwe used a cardboard box covered with tin foil for our space helmet..

20140512-181011.jpg our space suit was simply a white babygro with a printed NASA sign stuck to it..

20140512-181147.jpg I put the table by the window and closed the curtain, I then added some cut out moons and stars to the curtain

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Once we had finished our space walk we headed back into the comfort of our rocket..

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Making sure we left our moon boots outside 🙂

20140512-181734.jpgwe played inside whilst we whizzed through the stars…

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(I used sticky tape to attach some battery operated fairy light to the under table ceiling)

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We had an out of this world time!!

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!!

ITALIAN THEMED DAY

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We wanted to have some fun learning some basics about Italy so decided on an Italian themed day..
Here’s what we did..

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We painted flags..

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We looked at famous Italian paintings and tried to recreate them.

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We looked at Italian landmarks and tried to build them… Our leaning tower of Pisa

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We tried our hand at pasta art

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We bought and ground some Italian coffee beans

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We then made an Italian feast, we browsed through an Italian cookbook!!

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We made Pizzas and garlic bread!!

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We finished our Italian themed day wit a CORNETTO!!! (Just one!)

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FRENCH THEMED DAY

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We decided to learn a little about France and French culture in a fun themed day…
Here’s what we did..

We started by making a cardboard window with a French view, we chose the Eiffel Tower and turned the kitchen table into a French studio..
We then collected some items to set the scene..
French onions..

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We started the day with a continental breakfast with French delights..

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We learnt how to do French braids in our hair.

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We painted our view like an artist and learnt some facts about the Eiffel Tower.

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We pampered ourselves with French manicures.

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We painted French flags

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We learnt some French phrases

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Then we put together some French cuisine for dinner..
We made French bread pizza..

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We tried French cheese

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And French onion soup

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For dessert we filled croissants with chocolate spread..

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We finished of our day watching The Aristicats

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We had lots of fun learning some basic knowledge about another country..

SEARCHING FOR RAINBOWS

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We decided to go on a search for the colours of the rainbow! We choose a day where the weather was forecast for sunny spells and showers in hope of finding a rainbow… We did indeed find a rainbow on our adventure and even a pot of gold at the end!!

Here’s how we got on.

We headed out under a beautiful BLUE sky…

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We headed towards a Lavender PYO farm but kept our eye out for colours on the way…
We found a field of GREEN..>

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and a field of PURPLE..>

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We ate RED apples, found ORANGE flowers, PINK flowers & glorious YELLOW sunflowers..>

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We embraced all the colours we could find..>

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And then it started to rain!!! And we embraced that too..
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And with the rain we found our RAINBOW!!!
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And of course whilst the kids danced in the rain it gave me ample opportunity with slight of hand so lay a pot of gold for them to discover 🙂
Our colour was a great success made even more beautiful by the luck of ending the day under a rainbow 🙂 >

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MAN V FOOD THEMED DINNER

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We decided we wanted to do our own Man V Food challenge…. So we set about turning the kitchen table into our Family Days Diner…
Here’s how we got on…

We started with an empty table space..

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I hung some wallpaper on the wall with drawing pins..

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I then used black paint to make our diner tiles..

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We then painted and hung our banner and some mega burgers..

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I went to the supermarket & bought, onion rings, fries, cheese, a tin of chilli, coke & mince to make our burgers….
We mixed the mince with breadcrumbs, egg, onion & some salt and pepper to season…
The kids mixed the mixture together..

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And then formed the patties..

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We made labels for our vase of coke..

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and our burger tower..

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We painted a piece of card black to use as our menu board and stood it up by pushing it into a potato..

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We made certificates for the winners and losers..

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And we set about cooking our food..

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We had stacked onion rings and burgers, I pushed skewers into potatoes to use as our stackers..

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and a vase of coke..

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We also had cheesy chips..

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We battled through our dinner and ate till our bellies could take no more…in the end the food won…

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BUSHTUCKER TRIAL / JUNGLE THEMED DAY.

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We decided to have our own bush tucker trials with tuna filled witchety grubs, meal worms, jungle ants, wallaby willies, fish eyes & kangaroo balls all washed down with a cockroach shakes & piranha shakes. We huddle around a yummy chocolate jungle campfire and embarked on some disgusting bug challenges. At the end we crowned our king of the jungle….

Here’s what we did..

We started the day with a jungle trial breakfast, cockroach smoothie (porridge with chocolate sprinkles) and fish eyeballs (melon balls with a raisin iris and jam juice)

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Then I set about creating our jungle table with all manner of delights..

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Wallaby willies…..A tin of hot dogs..

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Witchety grubs, chocolate filled with tuna.

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Mealworms… Melted chocolate moulded.

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Kangaroo balls….A tin of meatballs..

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Cockroach smoothie…. Porridge and chocolate sprinkles.

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Piranha smoothie, a mix of tuna and milk. Disgusting.

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‘How long bug’ the kids put the bugs in their mouths and the winner was the one who kept the bug in for the longest.

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We made feely boxes to hide our jungle stars.. Tissue paper, spaghetti and twig foliage…

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Then their star trials began…

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They did well!!

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Preparing to eat our jungle ants.. (Chocolate drops with chocolate strands for legs)..

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Tuna filled witchety grubs…..ewwww…don’t they look happy

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Even Noah dug into some jungle treats..

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And we crowned him our jungle king…

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Jungle camp fire, chocolate logs with brandy snap flames.

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