activities for children


10 Fun Family Christmas Party Games 1

Try these fun family Christmas party games with your church, friends, at the office for a work party at school for a class party, or even at an ugly sweater party! I can’t wait to try these for family night this Christmas season! Every year we have a big Christmas Eve get together with my best friend. Between us, we have six boys aged from seven to fourteen. As the years go by we have gathered us a great selection of kids Christmas party games that our boys love.  As much as we love all the games we normally play we need to up our game and find some more family Christmas party games as we have been hosting for more »


Paper Plate Baubles – Giant Christmas Decorations

Paper Plate Baubles is a paid collaboration in conjunction with Bostik. I have a real love of crating and creating with children and the simple crafts are often the best. These paper plate baubles are simple, mess-free and perfect for younger children, plus they look amazing.  Can you imagine a giant tree with these on perhaps in a classroom?


5 Magical Elf on the Shelf Alternatives

Not a fan of Elf on the Shelf? Need an alternative way to countdown to Christmas? Then don’t worry we have you covered with these super fun Elf on the Shelf Alternatives. I love the anticipation of Christmas and the build-up to Christmas Day and it is something I really remember from my childhood and have always wanted to create for my family.   So we have some magical and creative ways to countdown to Christmas that are not Elf on the Shelf.


Ferm Living Inspired DIY Advent Candle 3

I love the simplicity and beauty of this Ferm Living inspired DIY advent candle so much. I have been desperate for a Ferm Living Advent Candle for the last four years but couldn’t justify the cost and finally this year I decided to take matters into my own hands and make my own wooden bead advent candle inspired by theirs.


A Genius Way To get Kids to Try New foods with Lancashire Farm Diaries 1

A Genius Way To Get Kids to Try New foods with Lancashire Farm Diaries is a paid collaborative post. Do you have fussy eaters or children that are just stuck in their way when it comes to eating? I think that at some point this is something that all parents will experience and I love the way that Lanchasire Farm Diaries came up with to encourage my boys to try new foods.


Ghastly Ghosts and Bats – Get making this Halloween 21

Get making this Halloween – Ghastly Ghosts and Bats is a paid collaboration with the Year of Engineering. I am delighted to be teaming up with The Holiday Makers again to share with you a simple and spooky engineering experiment this Halloween. We are going to show you how to make Tissue Paper ghosts and bats move and dance without touching them.  Want to find out more?  Keep reading……


How to make a Smallfoot Ornament 21

How to make a Smallfoot ornament is a paid collaborative post with Warner Brothers. Have you heard of Smallfoot yet? Well, be prepared for all things Smallfoot as it avalanched into UK cinemas on 12th October 2018.  It is an animated adventure for all ages, with original music and an all-star cast, Smallfoot, turns the Bigfoot legend upside down when a bright young Yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human. We are all really excited to see it here in The Mad House, even Maxi as he is a big fan of James Cordon.


Paper plate Autumn/Fall leaf wreaths 29

An autumn paper plate leaf wreath is the perfect fall activity or craft to make with your kids whatever their age.  Paper plates remain one of my favourite ways to make wreaths with kids due to their affordability, but also their flexibility. This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking one of these links, I will make a small commission (hopefully enough to keep me in tea all year) – at no extra cost to you! This allows me to keep creating and sharing free tutorials for you to try. Thank you!


Paper Sunflower Craft

Paper Sunflower Craft 4

This is such a fabulous paper sunflower craft. I love this time of year when the sunflowers all looking glorious in the garden and standing proud.  So why not take inspiration from them to make some beautiful paper sunflowers.  They look fabulous on cards or if you take a straw on the back you can have a bunch of sunflowers for a vase or give as a gift.


How to Make a Hanging Teacup Bird Feeder 2

How to Make a Hanging Teacup Bird Feeder is a collaborative post with Bosik. These DIY Teacup Bird Feeders are super cute and so easy to make. They are a brilliant way to use teacups and saucers that I keep collecting from charity shops.   Nothing beats watching birds in your backyard and this hanging Teacup Bird Feeder DIY is super easy to make. It’s guaranteed to please your feathered friends and will ensure that they visit regularly! In a world where recycling has become so important, this project also reuses your old crockery. Plus you can use any that might have a crack or a chip.

How to Make a Hanging Teacup Bird Feeder

Make your own Ring Wing Glider 2

Make your own Ring Wing Glider is a collaborative post with The Year of Engineering.  Anyone that knows me will confirm that I am big fan of encouraging kids to be creative and imaginative and try and get them off screens. This is one of the reasons I love #TheHolidayMakers campaign from the Year of Engineering. They are a series of challenges (one a week) over the summer holidays that parents can do with their children aged seven to sixteen to keep them active and to inspire them about engineering.


110 Acts of Kindness for Children

110 Acts of Kindness for Children 2

The world always needs more kindness and these 110 acts of kindness for kids are a great way to encourage children to be kinder than they need to be. We use these every year at Advent and lent and also over the summer.  What I really want to do is instil a kindness mindset in my children and sometimes using a list like 110 Acts of Kindness for Children makes it much easier for the children to choose what they want to do.