Kids parties

Splat party! (homemade paintball for kids) 

One of the most awesome parties we have thrown for our kids, a joint splat party. In other words it’s paintball for kids – it’s slimey, messy and great fun for all! 

We held this party outside in December! (mad, yes!) however it was a party that will be remembered. We erected a tent with 2 tables and filled two large military thermos boxes  with hot dogs and each child had a party bag with their lunch in – crisps, drink and cake. Also supplied was an urn with tea/coffee and hot dogs for the grown ups as this encouraged parents to stay and was more hands on deck! 

The game is 2 teams, red or green distinguished by red/green bandanas (old fitted sheets just ripped up) plus war paint.

 We had saved old ice cream tubs for months and each child got given a packet of cornflour (cheap to bulk buy)  and access to the red/green paint. They had a great time making cornflour gloop to a consistency they could use to splat with! This bit took a little supervision/mucking in by all. Dougie with the help of Finlay and some older ones took charge of all the children, building bases for each team with sticks etc and marked the base by red/green flags. Co-ordinated by Dougie battles commenced, and the object of each round was to defend your base, splat each other and advance to be the 1st to gain the opposing teams flag. 

To entertain further there were targets to throw at and two piñatas.

This is a party for a real outdoor family it was really good fun on a small budget, just make sure waterproofs and old clothes are advised on the invites!

Family reading

What our family is reading

Hi, with World Book Day coming up on the 2nd of March thoughts of books as well as the anticipation of ridiculous requests for elaborate book day costumes are running through my mind. Daisy (8) has really taken to reading without being told and can now be found at long last with a book in her hand or her lamp switched on under the covers past bedtime! This has also inspired Finlay (10) so the pair of them have really enjoyed reading lots over the last half term. Teddy will happily sit and share a book at any point in the day and Florence is enjoying listening to us talk to her, she can explore the textures of the books as she’s grasping onto objects well now. So with this in mind I was inspired to share with you what we are all reading. We hope to update you regularly as our children’s ability and reading taste grows, and as we have new recommendations we will pop them on our social media feeds.

We have included books we have just finished, what’s currently on the go, and also a wish list for our next reads.

Charlotte is reading:

Dream a Little Dream – by Giovanna Fletcher (enjoyed her last book, and have just started this)

Baby led Weaning – by Gill Rapley & Tracey Murkett (manual for parents willing to embrace the science behind and wonderful messiness that is baby led weaning)

The Little Book of Hygge – by Meik Wiking (perfect for curling up with a cuppa & sofa throw while storm Doris does her thing outside)

Gurgle Magazine (fuelling my shopping habit for Florence & a good source of new info & articles, I’m really enjoying this subscription!)

The Simple Things magazine (subscription was a Christmas present from Douglas- food/recipes, travel, lifestyle magazine. Cheerful and well presented with lovely photos accompanying the articles)

Douglas is reading:

Hello, is this Planet Earth? – by Tim Peake (a beautifully presented book of photography from his time on the International Space Station)

Cold – by Ranulph Fiennes (an account about both his adventures and historical expeditions in polar regions)

Nature’s Home – RSPB Magazine (we have a family membership – it’s full of wildlife news, articles & conservation issues)


Finlay is reading:

The Foolish King – by Mark Price (great introduction to chess – secret history, how to play & strategy tips)

The Christmasaurus – by Tom Fletcher (brilliant bedtime reading, a Christmas must-have)

The Midnight Gang – by David Walliams (continuing to cement his role as the new Dahl, this doesn’t disappoint)

Sands of the Scorpion – by Bear Grylls (one of the Mission Survival series, he loves these stories about a teenage adventurer – think Wilbur Smith for Tweenies)

Daisy is reading:

The Girl who saved Christmas – by Matt Haig (she REALLY enjoyed this book & told everyone about it)

Daisy and the Trouble with Piggy Banks – by Kes Gray (one of the award winning series of books, nice easy read)

The 13-Storey Treehouse – by Andy Griffiths (looks great fun, with lots of funny illustrations throughout)

Bird Life – RSPB Magazine (packed full of things to read and do, with plenty ideas for days out, competitions and craft activities for both indoors and out)

Teddy is reading (with us!):

Percy’s Friends The Ducks – by Nick Butterworth (enchanting stories and illustrations, perfect bedtime book)

You Choose – by Nick Sharratt & Pippa Goodheart (Teddy’s favourite, what 3 year old wouldn’t like to choose everything about his life? Great for discussing different ideas)

Noisy Bottoms – by Usborne (simply a book of fart noises with a hilarious story, press the buttons and watch him giggle himself silly)

Wild Times – RSPB Magazine (for his age group, lots of colourful stories, activities & craft ideas)

Florence is being read:

Baby’s very first touchy-feely lift-the-flap Play Book – by Usborne (she loves the different textures and the flaps really work her coordination)

Nature Pram Book – by Tiny Love (she enjoys the noises & textures, especially the mirror)

Wish list:

Happy Mum Happy – by Giovanna Fletcher (Charlotte)

Walking the Amazon – by Ed Stafford (Douglas)

Northern Lights Trilogy – by Phillip Pullman (Finlay)

Absolutely Fantastic – by Tom Gates (Daisy)

Just Imagine – by Nick Sharratt & Pippa Goodheart (Teddy)

We would also love you to hear your book recommendations.

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Family Travel

Winter Woods- Explore this half term



We love exploring the outdoors all year round. This time of year is all about blowing the cobwebs away and spotting the first signs of spring. Spotting the first snowdrops and daffodils really cheers you up!  So enjoy wrapping up and getting outside this half term. The kids can be free to climb a tree, play with sticks or collect stones & feathers. Take a flask of hot chocolate,  make up wraps on the go outside, or like us cook outside as food always tastes better out in the wild!

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