Family reading

Update on Family Reading 

After really enjoying our 1st blog post on what our family is reading we decided to do a quick follow up video on our purchases from Waterstones. The kids all had a book voucher and we took them in store to choose a book and also a book for the whole family to enjoy. 

It was, I’m not going to lie, slightly stressful taking 4 children to a book shop as there is lots to look at and lots of pocket money toys to distract from the book buying! Teddy ran around with a ball and a dinosaur most of the time so we chose for him! 

Kids parties

Star Wars Themed Party

For this party the entertainment was provided at a dry ski slope in the form of a 1 hour donut session.


We provided a Star Wars themed goody bag with a Star Wars blind bag and cupcake and also a pool noodle light sabre (https://youtu.be/rn9DIJoMJyY) for the kids to battle with after the donutting. 

We got the Star Wars themed stickers from an eBay seller and bags also from eBay. 
Below are 2 different Star Wars cakes we have created for different parties.

Kids parties

Doc McStuffins/animal hospital pre-school Birthday party

This party was a simple one. We hired a small soft play Toddler group hall so there was play equipment to entertain them all. We asked them all to bring a teddy for animal hospital and so each child could have their stuffed animal checked out with the vet set and bandages/plasters applied to their toys. Each child went home with a goody bag complete with Doc McStuffins colouring-in book and a homemade little book of boo-boos. This party could be adapted to a home party with party games or using a village/church hall. 

Kids parties

Gruffalo Party 

When Daisy turned 6 we celebrated her Birthday on Christmas Eve at home with some of our neighbours and friends from her class. Daisy was very much into the Gruffalo and asked for a gruffalo costume and other merchandise. So we threw a gruffalo themed party with a few handmade items thrown in. We made use of our new glue gun and made gruffalo themed sock puppets for party bags, a gruffalo chocolate cake and linked the party food to the story for example – popcorn -scrambled snake 🐍 


For party activities they had gruffalo play dough  (basic homemade play dough with added cocoa powder) we put out craft items such as matchsticks, feathers, Pom poms, google eyes etc to make gruffalo themed masterpieces. I will pop on the blog my favourite play dough recipe under our preschool indoor activities.


We also had gruffalo shaped biscuits to decorate (basic biscuit recipe with gruffalo cookie cutter) Lastly Dougie decorated a large cardboard box as a log-pile house and put holes in the box and filled it with feathers, sticks, toy snakes and also sweets so it was a secret surprise box! (Different take on a piñata!) This was very popular! Lastly we played musical statutes and pass the parcel. 

Preschool indoor activity

Favourite play dough

I have tried various play dough recipes and always come back to this one-

2 cups of plain flour

2 cups of warm water

1 cup of salt 

2 Tbsp of vegetable oil 

1 Tbsp of cream of tartar

Put all the ingredients in a saucepan and cook on a slight heat whilst stirring until all the mixture comes together to form a play dough consistency and  scrape excess mixture from around the pan into the mixture. Pop in any added extra colouring /scents into the mixture and then empty dough out on to a board and knead for a few mins until smooth. 

Optional to add -glycerin (a few drops for sheen), food colouring 🎨 (cocoa powder=brown), essential oils or herbs 🌿 

This recipe does contain salt so please monitor little ones to make sure none is consumed, and wash their hands after use. It’s really not tasty so mine have never been interested in eating the dough! 

Kids parties

Girls Craft Party  

Daisy turned 8 on Christmas Eve, so some years have been a bit hectic trying to fit in a party before the big day or even once (only once) a party at home on the actual day! This time we waited until after the holidays and had a belated party for her friends in January. 

Daisy is a keen crafter and wanted a small gathering of friends, so with the help of shopping online at Hobbycraft and Sainsbury’s it was a really easy party to organise. 

I ordered 2 (packs of 4) paint your own money boxes, cardboard initials to decorate, washi tapes, assorted gel stickers, a Jewellery making kit and a bumper box of craft.

 
The girls threw themselves into painting, taping, jewellery making, and it was a lovely big craft mess at the end.


After they had finished crafting they had party food and music before some simple cupcakes. I also ordered from Hobbycraft some paper bags and Melissa&Doug scratch art bookmarks.

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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!