activities for children


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 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.

110 Acts of Kindness for Children

Football crafts or Soccer Crafts 12

These football crafts or soccer crafts for my US readers are brought to you in conjunction with MandMDirect.com.  For those of you that don’t know, I have two football mad boys.  Maxi is a defender (and a very good one at that) and plays in a team and has since he was five years old.  His team is an ace bunch of lads who now play in Division one and finished in the top half, which is great for a team that started out in division four.   At the moment with the Euro’s on my house is everything football, when they are not watching it they are playing it.  So more »


Over 101 Ideas for Summer Activities for Teenagers – in conjunction with Goodfella’s Romano Pizza 2

Over 101 Ideas for Summer Activities for Teenagers is a paid collaboration with Goodfella’s Romano Pizza. As my boys are getting older I am finding that keeping them entertained over the summer is getting more expensive and it appears that I am not alone in finding it pricey,  A study by Goodfella’s Pizza discovered that during the six weeks summer holiday parents spend an average of £127 a child to stop their offspring becoming bored.  “I’m Bored” is one of the phrases that I have banned here, in fact over the years I have used it to my advantage with our Bored Jars.  So I have partnered up with Goodfellas and their more »


2 Ingredient Fromage Frais Silly Putty – #FeedTheirPlayfulNature 8

2 Ingredient Fromage Frais Silly Putty is a paid collaboration for the #FeedTheirPlayfulNature campaign sponsored by Munch Bunch Organic.  Mini always has a packed lunch for school and I am always on the lookout for something to add to his lunch box and were delighted to see that Munch Bunch Organic comes in pouches perfect for lunch on the go.


Free Father’s Day Cards and Printables

I do love a freebie and even more, I love a homemade card, so if you combine the two you have free father’s day cards and printables and you are on to a winner.  Over the years I have had some fabulous cards and printables designed and I wanted to round them up so you can see them all in one place.


Subway NFL Flag – A fabulous inclusive sport for children

This is a paid collaboration in association with Subway UK & Ireland. Did you know that American Football is the fastest growing sport in the UK? I certainly didn’t. That was until I started researching it after being invited to the Leeds regional NFL Flag tournament sponsored by Subway™.  I had a fabulous afternoon watching four schools battle it out for their chance to be part of the National tournament.


Make your own Jelly Bean Watercolours (Taste Safe) 1

Do you have a little one that likes to put everything in their mouth? Well, these jelly bean watercolours are a great sensory activity that is totally taste safe. Sometimes it can be challenging when you want to do an art activity when you have kids of different ages to find something suitable. Maxi always loved painting and mini did too, however, he always put his hands in and then put them in his mouth.  This is a fab solution and also a great way to add some science in for older children as you can talk about how you can make the colours darker by adding more sweets and less more »


Chicken Sausages and Roasted Vegetable Traybake 304

Chicken Sausages and Roasted Vegetable Traybake is a paid collaboration with Richmond Chicken Sausages.  I was lucky enough to attend the launch of Richmond Chicken Sausages last week and after trying our some fabulous recipes using them cooked by Angelica Bell (who won celebrity Masterchef) I came home inspired.  They were truly delicious and have 30% less fat and 20% fewer calories (find out more on Richmond Foods Facebook Page).  I was really impressed with the fantastic taste and could see straight away how they would fit into our family menu plan.


Crushed Jersey Royals – Cooking with Kids 1

The first Jersey Royals usually herald the start of the BBQ season here in the Mad House and we are delighted to be working with Tesco to share with you our Crushed Jersey Royals recipe using Tesco Jersey Royal New Potatoes now that they are finally in season. You have the Beast from the East to thank for the season starting later this year! Tesco Jersey Royals are delicious, earthy and nutty and one of the traditional foodie signals that Spring has arrived.


The best free tablet games for the kids

The best free tablet games for the kids

There are so many free tablet games available that it might seem impossible to find the best ones. Perhaps you let your kids browse freely and download whatever pops up in the Google Play store. This can work but there are ways to find the best tablet games for kids without spending hours on research. Start by thinking about what types of games you think will fit your children’s ages and personalities. There are games that can be good for the child’s development so make sure to pick the right ones!


Easter Egg Hunts for Teenagers 6

Easter Egg Hunts for Teenagers is a paid collaboration in conjunction with Cadbury. My boys are in the tween and teen years now and I really want to keep things fun and try and keep the magic of childhood alive for as long as possible so when Cadbury sent us a massive selection of Easter Eggs I decided to look into Easter Egg hunts for teenagers.


Top tips for Disney on Ice Worlds of Enchantment – The Perfect Multi Generational Event 4

We were invited to opening night of Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment in Leeds last week and unfortunately, I am a little under the weather but thought it would be the perfect event for my Brother and his family.  So he set off with my Sister in Law, his daughter (aged twelve) and three granddaughters ages between 2 and 8.  I have been to Disney on Ice with the boys and my niece before so knew that they would have the best time.


Failsafe Chocolate Fairy Cakes – Handmade Mother’s Day 4

Failsafe Chocolate Fairy Cakes is a paid collaboration with Amazon to celebrate Handmade at Amazon and Mother’s Day. I am a huge fan of homemade and handmade gifts and as a maker myself always try to buy handmade when I can. This Mother’s Day Handmade at Amazon are celebrating the importance and power of handmade gifts and sent us a beautiful Jonny’s Sister ‘Mum’s Cakes’ Tin and Victoria Eggs Apron’s, which inspired Mini to get creative and bake a batch of our failsafe Chocolate fairy cakes and show me a mum who wouldn’t love a cake tin full of homemade cakes for Mother’s Day!