activities for children


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!

The best free tablet games for the kids

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!


DIY Unicorn Gift Bags with Free Prinables

Why not look at transforming a plain white bag into a beautiful unicorn gift bag with our fab free printable and DIY unicorn gift bag tutorial. Don’t have a white bag, do not worry we have you covered and show you how to make a bag from a sheet of white paper. Are you ready for an overload of cuteness? Well, don’t say I didn’t prepare you.


DIY Unicorn Easter Eggs 4

How gorgeous are these DIY Unicorn Easter Eggs? Such a super cute and simple Easter egg craft project, perfect for any unicorn lovers out there.  Plus, unlike the typical Easter egg activity of dying them colours, this DIY is totally mess-free. With a little paper, some sharpies and a little time you can have a blessing of Unicorns (yep, a blessing is their collective noun).


DIY Etched Wooden Heart Keyrings

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As my boys’ get older encouraging them to be creative is becoming harder and hard but they both loved making these DIY etched wooden heart keyrings perhaps it had something to do with the fact that they were using a burning tool!  I am warning you this is so addictive we now want to etch everything that is wooden! So hold on to your hats folks as this is a great craft for older kids and adults alike.


DIY Festive Clay and Cork Trees

DIY Festive Clay and Cork Trees 2

If you are a long-term reader then you will know that I have a real passion for clay crafts with kids.  These DIY festive clay and cork trees are a really simple make and you do not need any special tools to make these.  In fact, all you need is a rolling pin, knife and cardboard, which makes then perfect for making with kids or for your first clay project.


Easy Monkey Paper Puppet with Templates 35

I am delighted to be teaming up with Nature’s Path to share with you a fab Easy Monkey Paper Puppet with Templates.   Nature’s Path, the organic and gluten-free expert, is bringing its two well-loved kids cereals ‘Envirokidz’, to the UK. Already family favourites in Canada and the US, Leapin’ Lemurs and Choco Chimps are delicious organic and gluten-free breakfast cereals with an environmental heart. Choco Chimps is a delicious combination of fair trade chocolate and organic corn, while Leapin’ Lemurs is a tasty mix of organic corn, chocolate, and peanut butter! The MiniMads have been putting the Envirokidz cereal to the test and LOVE it.


4 fabulous sets of Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar Printables. Random acts of kindness perfect to print and use for an advent calendar or kindness jar

Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar Printables

It is hard to believe that we have been doing an acts of kindness advent calendar for four years.  It all started when I was concerned that the boys were becoming rather immersed in the commercialisation of Christmas and of advent. I wanted them to understand and learn about Christmas and advent being about giving, so came up with the idea of an alternative advent calendar.


Peanut Butter flavour Oreo Owl Cupcakes – Cooking with kids 3

How adorable are these owl cupcakes all made by Mini with Peanut Butter flavour Oreos.  We have been challenged by Oreo to produce a recipe using one of their exciting new flavours range that most suited our personality.   The options were Choc’o Brownie flavour Oreo – smooth, Mint flavour Oreo – cool, Peanut Butter flavour Oreo – nutty or Strawberry Cheesecake flavour Oreo – fruity.  Well seen as we are The Mad House there really was no choice – it had to be nutty! 

Oreo Owl Cupcakes - Cooking with kids

How to make the perfect Mashed Potatoes – Cooking with Kids

How to make the perfect mashed potatoes is a paid post in collaboration with the Tots100 and The Co-Op.   I am passionate about making sure that my children grow up with cooking skills to last them a lifetime.  I try to ensure that at least once a week I cook with each of them and now they are getting older they do the cooking and I am on hand if they need reassurance or help with anything.


The Benefits of Audiobooks 6

The benefit of audiobooks is a collaborative post with BookBeat.  We are big fans of audiobooks here in The Mad House. We use them a lot and I want to share with you that they are not cheating nor do they prohibit reading.  In fact, in our case, they have actually helped fuel the love of books. I am an avid reader and always have been. When I was younger I could always be found with my head in a book and this is a love that I have always wanted to pass on to the children.  However, as much as we have already read to the boys and encouraged them both more »


Free Printable Christmas Gift Tags to Colour and Personalise

Free Printable Christmas Gift Tags to Colour and Personalise 1

I love Christmas and if I can combine Christmas and being creative then even better.  I totally adore these fabulous free printable Christmas gift tags to colour and personalise.  They are fab to colour in on the dark nights leading up to the festive season and you can add your own stamp to them.  These were coloured in by my best friends nine-year-old.  Hasn’t he done an amazing job?