activities for children


DIY Etched Wooden Heart Keyrings

DIY Etched Wooden Heart Keyrings 5

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?  


I am Thankful Colouring Sheets

I am Thankful Colouring Sheets – Thanksgiving coloring

You do not have to be American to celebrate Thanksgiving and being thankful is something that I feel is important to everyone.  I love these beautiful I am thankful colouring sheets.  They are brilliant to print off and use as table mats, but also have enough white space for you to fill with what you are thankful for. I am Thankful Colouring Sheets Being thankful is a great life lesson for people of all ages and one of the things that I have always done with the boys is ending the day with three things we are grateful for.  It means that we go to sleep with the positives in our mind more »


A Month of Kid-Made Christmas Decorations 14

  We had so much fun with last years month of kid-made Christmas cards that we decided to host a month of kid-made Christmas decorations this year.  I am delighted to be sharing with you a 30 days of fantastic Christmas decorations all made by children, along with full instructions for making them with your own children.


'Tis the season for some easy Christmas crafts for kids, including Christmas trees, Santa and his reindeer. Perfect for school fairs or advent.

15 Adorable Christmas Crafts for Kids

‘Tis the season for some easy Christmas crafts for kids, including Christmas trees, Santa and his reindeer, and of course, candy canes too!  Whether you are Christmas Crafting for School fairs, in the classroom or at home we have an adorable easy kids Christmas craft for you.


Gardening is Fun For the Entire Family 1

There are dozens of articles out there that talk about the importance of limiting your kids’ screen time. What most of these articles fail to do, however, is offer you alternative activities to keep your kids entertained and occupied and, with any luck, activities that will encourage them to learn. This is not going to be a list of those activities. Instead, we’re going to talk about one specific activity: gardening.

Gardening is Fun For the Entire Family

The Benefits of Block Play and giveaway of KAPLA 1000 Blocks 138

I am a HUGE fan of building blocks for children.  There are so many benefits for children to playing with blocks and wooden blocks are so tactile and a fabulous long-term investment for any parent or educational establishment.  As a parent, it can sometimes be really hard to see the benefit of such a simple play tool and we often want to buy specific toys, however, as you will see the benefits of wooden blocks is huge within play-based learning.