Raspberry Muffins – Cooking with kids 11

I love cooking with my boys and at eleven Maxi is becoming a really proficient cook and these raspberry muffins are brilliant to cook with your kids as they need no special equipment and the ingredients are really easy to mix together even for the youngest child.

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Kids Dessert Buffet – Kids in the Kitchen 6

I love getting my kids in the kitchen and when we were invited by Angel Delight to design a dessert, well not a dessert exactly, but a character called delight.  As a child of the 70’s I am going to admit I have a soft spot for Angel Delight and so do my boys. I had so much fun designing and putting together a kids dessert buffet.

This kids dessert buffet is an excellent way to encourage your kids to eat new foods and perfect for a party

Fun Phonics Game with Tsum Tsums A fun simple DIY phonics game with Disney Tsum Tsums. This homemade kids phonics games is simple to put together using what you have at home and you can adjust it to use your child's favorite small toys such as Shopkins, fungus amungus. This is a super way to learn whilst playing.

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This fab fun phonics game with Tsum Tsums idea is brought to you by Sara-Jayne from Keep Up with the Jones family.  Sara-Jayne is a fellow mum to boys, she has three under six and is a Junior School Teacher.  This post is part of our learning with manipulatives series.


Floating chalk prints 10

I have been working on finding process art activities that my boys can enjoy now they are tweens and these floating chalk prints certainly hit the mark.  I feel strongly that process art is really important for kids of all ages and sometimes more so when they reach 9/10.

Floating chalk prints. A super simple process art project that gives great results and is fun to do. This kids craft activity is a great way of demonstrating surface tension too. I love it when creativity and science meet.

The importance of bedtime stories. We know that there are loads of reasons why reading to children from when they are babies is key, but it is also really important for adults too. It is an unparalleled opportunity to bond with your kids and put right anything that might have gone wrong earlier in the day. The fears and concerns that sometimes children don't readily give voice to during the day often come tumbling during bedtime stories

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When I was pregnant with maxi one of the things that I was most looking forward to was reading bedtime stories to my future child.  I have always had a love of books and I knew that I wanted to foster this in my future children. I always knew that bedtime stories were important, but I never realised quite how important they were.


What age is the right age to buy your child a mobile phone? 14

We have had a couple of parenting firsts this week.  Both the boys have their own mobile phones.   We have always helped pretty strong views on children and technology and I have written before that I felt kids under nine didn’t need mobile phones.

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Spiced Butternut Soup – Cooking with Kids 12

One of my passions is teaching my boys to be confident in the kitchen and at least one night a week we cook together as a family.  I love homemade soup and it is so much nicer than any soup you can buy.  This spiced butternut soup is simple to make and has few ingredients but tastes amazing.

Gently spiced butternut soup. This recipe if perfect for cooking with kids and is a delicious and simple soup. Help your children to develop valuable life skills and expand their plate with this spiced butternut soup.

Washi Tape Easter Bunting. This is a fab DIY craft that is perfect for kids to celebrate Easter and spring. A simple children’s process art activity that makes a beautiful Easter Decoration.

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This washi tape easter bunting was inspired by our washi tape hearts and is a fab process art activity for kids of all ages.  I haven’t yet met a child or an adult that could resist washi tape.


Cute Felt Chick Purse 8

Today’s cute felt chick purse is brought to you by The Creative Pair.  A mum and young daughter crafty duo that blog about creative crafts and activities and their home educating family life and coping with autism and PDA.  You can find more about them on their facebook page and an idea of their day to day activities over on Instagram.

This cute felt chick purse is the perfect introduction in to sewing. A simple DIY craft sewing project to hold your kids Easter eggs this Spring.

These Pop-up Spoon Chicks are a super fun Spring and Easter crafts for kids.  They are perfect for recycling plastic spoons.  A fun and simple DIY kids craft that is great for celebrating Spring.

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When I think of Spring, I think of bunnies, lambs and chicks and these pop-up spoon chicks are perfect for this time of year.  They are perfect for Spring or Easter and are a super cute DIY craft. These were inspired by some fabulous chick placeholders that I saw a few years ago on Crafts by Amanda and the fact that I found a large pack of plastic spoons in our garage. Pop-up Spoon Chicks Materials Paper or wooden spoons Acrylic paint Sharpies Card Washi tape Scissors How to make Pop-up Spoon Chicks We painted our spoons with acrylic paint.  This means that we didn’t need to sand the spoons.  If you more »


DIY World Book Day Costume ideas for school 14

It is nearly World Book Day, so I have some DIY World Book Day costume ideas for you all.  Do you love or hate dressing up days at school?  I used to hate them with a passion.  Maxi hates dressing up.  He always has, so they have always been a real challenge for me.  But then along came Mini who LOVES dressing up and loves reading too, so whoop!

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Lemonade Scones – cooking with kids 17

Lemonade scones – what!  Scones made with lemonade, yes indeed.  These scones are super simple as there is no rubbing together or flour and butter, so perfect for cooking with kids and there is no bicarb taste that you can sometimes get.

Lemonade scones - what! Scones made with lemonade. This simple recipe for scones using only three ingredients and tastes delicious. It is perfect for cooking with kids and is fun too.

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Mother’s Day gift ideas from kids 15

Ten years ago I became a mother.  ten days after Mother’s Day that year.  I remember getting a card from the bump (thanks to MadDad).  Ten year’s ago my life changed in ways I could never imagine and each year I love Mother’s Day.  This year I have teamed up with Paperchase to bring you some ideas to share with your husband and the kids. I am delighted to be working with them as most people know I am fueled by pretty stationery and tea!


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Scrap Fabric Paper Dolls These scrap fabric paper dolls are inspired by the paper dolls that I used to play with when I was a child.  Do you remember them, the books for dolls and paper clothes that you used to colour and play with for hours and hours?  I have teamed up with the ever-talented Tasha Goddard Illustration again with these beautiful scrap fabric paper dolls.

Five fab printables for scrap fabric paper dolls, inspired by the vintage paper dolls. A fantastic DIY kids craft to recycle and reuse scrap fabric. Scrap fabric paper dolls are such a fun DIY craft for children and a great way to practice scissor skills. Kids can also colouring them in or even dress them with scrapbooking paper.

A Simple and speedy midweek meal - Cooking with kids

A Simple and speedy midweek meal – Cooking with kids 14

Wednesday nights are our kryptonite.  Both boys have to be at after school clubs and have other commitments, so dinner needs to be fast, filling and family friendly.   Plus I go food shopping on a Thursday, so by Wednesday, we tend to be eating from the freezer and when McCain challenged us to make a simple midweek meal with their frozen sweet potato fries I decided to hand it all over to the boys.


Recycled Toilet Roll Easter Bunny Stamp 10

We are big fans of reusing things from recycling container for crafting and this toilet roll easter bunny stamp is a great quick art activity to do with the kids.  We love printing and toilet roll printing is an inexpensive and fun activity for children.

How to make a Recycled Toilet Roll Easter Bunny Stamp. This simple kids activity is perfect for Easter or Spring. A fun DIY Kids Craft and art activity