activities for children


How to make a Smallfoot Ornament 1

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

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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

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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.


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.