Monday, 5 June 2017

Calming Outdoor Play - Rose Petals & Water

We've been making the most of the recent sunny days with lots of outdoor play, nature hunts, & paddling pool fun. With the roses blooming rapidly in our garden & some petals already starting to fall, Minnie, was keen to add these to her pool. As she sprinkled them over the water I started to realize what a neat, natural science activity this was.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Easter Recipe: Rocky Road Through Holy Week

This 'Rocky Road through Holy Week' recipe is a great way to explore the events of Holy Week with children of all ages. Each ingredient relates to a key event in the Easter story, & combined together they create a tasty treat to share. It's also a fun way to help children sequence the events of the Easter Story.


For our recipe we used:
1 Drop of orange oil / flavouring
2 Handfuls of raisins
12 Glace cherries
1 Bag of Mini Easter eggs (100g bag)
3 Mars bars
1 Bag of Maltesers (135g bag)
4 Bars of milk chocolate (100g bars)
2 Handfuls of small white marshmallows
1 Handful of green sweets (we used Jelly Tots but you could use any green candy)
5 Sweet biscuits 
30 Silver sugar balls
10" square baking tray lined with baking paper 


1. To start the Rocky Road through Holy Week add the green sweets to a mixing bowl. These green sweets remind us of the green palms waved on Palm Sunday when Jesus rode into Jerusalem.

2. Next break the bars of chocolate into pieces to represent Jesus turning over the tables in the temple on the Monday of Holy Week. As you break the chocolate think about how angry Jesus must have been. Add the chocolate to a glass bowl & start to gently heat over a pan of water.

3. Add a drop of orange oil/flavouring to the melting chocolate. The scent of the orange oil represents the anointing of Jesus at Bethany with the expensive perfume. 

4. Throw the raisins into the mixing bowl with the sweets. The raisins remind us of Tuesday & Jesus' lesson of the fig tree.

5. Count out 30 silver sugar balls & place these in a separate dish to use later. These represent the Wednesday of Holy Week & the 30 pieces of silver Judas was paid to betray Jesus. 

6. Break the biscuits into small sections to represent Maundy Thursday when Jesus broke the bread at the Last Supper. Cut the cherries in half to represent the red wine Jesus shared at that meal, & add the biscuits & cherries to the mixing bowl.

7. Cut the Mars bars into small chunks & add to the dry ingredients. A Mars bar is made of 3 layers, & these 3 layers represent the cockerel crowing 3 times when Peter denied Jesus on Maundy Thursday.

8. Collect the white marshmallows as a reminder of the linen they wrapped Jesus' body in, & a pinch of cinnamon to represent the spices the women used on Good Friday, & mix together with the dry ingredients.

9. Empty the packet of Maltesers into the dry ingredients as a reminder of the sealed tomb on Easter Saturday & the round stone that was rolled in front of it.

10. Take the melted chocolate off the heat & mix in the dry ingredients until everything is coated in the chocolate. Pour the mixture into a lined baking tray & sprinkle the 30 silver sugar balls over the top.

11. Finally place the mini chocolate Easter eggs over the top of the Rocky Road. These eggs remind us of the Resurrection on Easter Day with the promise of new life. 

12. Place the Rocky Road in the fridge for a couple of hours until set, & then cut into small pieces to share with friends. We left our Rocky Road to stand for 15mins before slicing as it was pretty hard to cut through the solid layers.


As you slice through the layers of Rocky Road the events of Holy Week are revealed, & it's great to hear the children recalling what each ingredient represents as they find it.  


I recently made this with a group of teenagers who loved creating this together as a team & were totally engaged with the Easter story. It's such a great gift to share; just wrap a couple of pieces in a food bag, add the ingredients label (shown below) & the story of Holy Week can be shared & the treats enjoyed with many friends.


This sweet treat celebrates the joy of the Easter story, as well as offering a creative way to explore & sequence the rocky events of Holy Week. 

Friday, 24 February 2017

40 Creative Lent Activities for Children & Families

Lent is almost here, Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) is next week! Rather than giving something up this year for Lent, we're looking forward to exploring these simple creative activities together.

Friday, 10 February 2017

'Have You Filled a Bucket Today?' - Storybook & Craft

If you're looking for a book to share with kids that encourages kindness, compassion, & gratitude then this is for you. Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud is a beautiful storybook with a wonderful concept that will help children (& adults) understand that simple actions can change the world for the better.

Friday, 27 January 2017

Kid's Activities for the Big Garden Birdwatch

Are you joining in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend? It's a great way for kids to explore the variety of wildlife they have in their backyard & your findings help the RSPB collate valuable information about wild birds around the country. There's still time to join in, just follow
this link to download all you need. 


In the meantime, here are some great bird crafts & activities for your mini ornithologists to explore.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Pooh Bear Matchbox Craft Celebrating Friendship

Today we're celebrating National Winnie-the-Pooh Day!  The day commemorates author AA Milne's birthday back in 1882, & we thought it was a perfect day to celebrate friendship, one of the key themes running through the books featuring Pooh Bear. So inspired by this special bear & his stories we created these Pooh Bear Friendship Boxes.

Celebrating friendship and the wisdom of Pooh Bear these Friendship Boxes make great gifts to share with school friends.
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