Firework Art – Cable tie firework sculptures 19

Do you love fireworks?  I have such fond memories of the annual firework displays that used to take place on the stray each November 5th when I was growing up.  Cold toes, hot chocolate from the flask and sparklers in gloved hands.  I remember  looking at the sky in awe at the beautiful bright bursts of colour and them making the fact that I was cold so worthwhile.  We loved making these zip tie (cable tie) firework sculptures, just look how beautiful they are and they were super fun to make too.

Firework Art - Zip tie firework sculptures

craft stick fairy doors

How to make craft stick fairy doors 15

One of the great things about children is their imagination.  How stones become treasure, dandelion clocks are fairy wishes and every rainbow has a pot of cold at the end.  So we decided to make some craft stick fairy doors to welcome the fairies in to our garden this summer.

Hairy Hot Dogs or Scary Spaghetti – Cooking with kids 13

We first made hairy hot dogs or scary spaghetti back in 2009 (just look at how cute and small Maxi was back in 2009) and they have become an annual Halloween tradition here in The Mad House.  They are super fun to make and something that the boys can make on their own now they are older.  Making these is great fine motor skills for children of all ages too.


Toilet Monster Decal

Toilet Monster for Halloween 22

I love creating and decorating seasonally and I also like a little of the unexpected in my home.  So I have created this fab toilet monster for halloween.

How to make a bubble snake maker 9

We are making the most of the good weather at the moment and trying to make things that we can use in the garden and this bubble snake maker is so fun and easy to make from things that you will already have in your home, all you need to do is add a sprinkle of imagination.

Bubble snake maker squa

Pumpkin paper plate lacing craft

Pumpkin paper plate lacing craft 18

Can you feel the change of season in the air.  Autumn is certainly upon us and this fab pumpkin paper plate lacing craft is a great way to celebrate the season and decorate for Halloween too.   A craft like this is perfect for working on fine motor skills.

Yvolution Y Fliker Lift Review 12

I am really lucky that I have two boys that take no encouragement to be sporty and active.  They love being out playing with their friends and often only return home if they are hungry or it is dark!   For the last three weeks the MiniMads have been testing out the Yvolution Y Fliker Lift.  Want to know what they thought of it?  Read on…

Yvolution Y Fliker Lift

Vampire Bite Cupcakes

Vampire Bite Cupcakes for Halloween – Cooking with kids 20

We love baking and these vampire bite cupcakes are perfect for Halloween and super simple to decorate (I feel a little embarrassed even doing a tutorial for them), but they are perfect for baking with kids and you can let them take over.

Glue Resist Art Project for Kids – Pumpkin 25

We love glue resist art projects, one of our favorites was the watercolor leaf garland we made last Autumn and this year we decided to try a variation using black paper for our glue resist pumpkins.

Glue resist art project for kids pumpkins

parenting hacks

Parenting Hacks – Share Yours and Win! 38

Parenting is the hardest job I have ever had.  In fact it isn’t really a job as I can not resign, can I?  So anything I can do to make it easier is great by me.  In the past I think parenting hacks were often just called tips, but no matter what they are called I totally dig finding new ones.  I used to think that some of these hacks were just old wives tales (like the vapour rub on feet), but when you have a child coughing at 3am, you will try anything!

50 Autumn Activities for Kids 17

Do you love Autumn?  We are lucky in the UK to have four distinct season and I adore how different each one is.  I love the low cost and no costs seasonal family activities too so I have decided to do a graphic for our 50 Autumn Activities for Kids.

50 Autumn Activities for Kids

Save the children club

Save the children club – The MUST HAVE Christmas gift 13

How much do your children know about how other kids their age live in different counties?  I am going to admit that my boys are somewhat sheltered when it comes to poverty and the rest of the world.  I am also going to admit that it is my fault that this has happened, that I have protected them from a lot of the things in the news.  But now they are nine and ten, I feel that they are old enough to learn more about the world and the people in it.

Nasi Goreng – Indonesian Fried Rice 25

Nasi Goreng or Indonesian fried rice as it is translated is one of our favorite ways to use up any cooked rice we have leftover.  It is a great meal, that both the boys love and super simple to make.  Plus you can add whatever you have in the fridge.

Nasi Goreng


Spider Web Cupcakes – cooking with kids 24

Kids love baking, it is kind of magical how those ingredients can make something so delicious and cooking with kids is a great activity.  We love these spider web cupcakes, as they are simple to make and easy for kids to decorate too.  Oh and they are super cute for Halloween too!

Encouraging your child to drink more water 81

Do your kids drink enough water?  It is something that you can control a little when they are younger, but once they reach school age it is hard to have any impact on the amount they drink during school hours.  So how do you encourage your children to drink more water? The MiniMads are taking the Fill&Go challenge and trying to increase their water intake at school to 1.2 litres a day #BetterWithBrita #momsoninstagram Do your kids drink enough water at school? A photo posted by Jen Walshaw (@muminthemadhouse) on Sep 15, 2015 at 8:44am PDT

getting your child to drink more water

not so scary pom pom spider

Not so scary pom pom spider 19

We LOVE making pom poms.  They are great for working on fine motor skills and for using up bits of yarn.  We are not so keen on spiders in real life, but what do you get when you cross pom poms, pipe cleaners and spiders?  A not so scary pom pom spider of course!

The Jungle Book – The Mowgli Stories 19

I have mentioned that we love audio books here in “The Mad House”.  They are great for encouraging kids to read and really bring stories to life.   We have been listening to The Jungle Book – The Mowgli Stories by Rudyard Kipling.  Read on to see just what we thought about it…..

The Jungle Book – The Mowgli Stories

feature image rugby

10 Rugby crafts and activities for kids 10

My boys are sports mad and rugby is no exception.  They are really looking forward to the Rugby World Cup.  So why not use this sporting event to encourage your kids to do some rugby crafts and activities.