Saturday, 13 December 2014

How To Make A Rain Maker Stick

Whether it's raining out side or the children need an activity to keep their focus and engaged making rain makers is a lovely activity where they can be completely hands on.

To make these rain makers you need:
Kitchen roll tubes,
Colours paper,
Collage materials,
Tin foil,
Masking tape, 

Step 1. Spread glue around the kitchen tube and then stick coloured paper around the tube and tuck it in if it's too long. 

Step 2. Place a large piece of card over the bottom hole and tape it on using masking table ensuring there are no holes for the rice to escape. 

Step 3. Loosely fold up a piece of tin foil and then gently twist it before sticking it in the tube.

Step 4. Followed by 1 cup of rice. I got the children to help be holding the funnel or scooping in the rice.

Step 5. Repeat step 2 by sealing up the tube using card and masking tape.

Step 6. Decorate the tube using  range of collage materials, glitter, paints or felt tips.

Our finished rain makers were beautiful when finished and made for a great musical instrument to try at song time. 

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Staying Ahead of the Christmas Count Down

Every  year on the lead up to Christmas I find myself in the same position waiting until the end of November and rushing around trying to find every thing the children want at the best price (usually through on line shopping, I don't do high street shopping!) This year I have turned it around and already brought half of my shopping by making sure I saved through out the year, Look for little bargains and saved up my Tesco points which I plan to Boost!

The easiest part of Christmas shopping of course has been choosing the children's Christmas presents. There has been a bit of a theme going on with the boys Christmas presents as they both added Fisher Price toys to their Christmas lists. Little Man has been desperately wanting the Batman Imaginex range and Tinnie wanted the Phone and doctors set. 

P is now getting older so I’ve been trying to find ideas for Christmas that is not just toys. I will probably squeeze a few toys in there as she desperately wants Fur Real pets.  One item on her list was a tablet so this is where I made the most of using my points and I went for the old version of the Hudl. I’m not a big fan on children having technology but I need to move with the times a little.

Then there’s only my new little niece to think about. Due very soon I still wanted to buy her something in case she arrived before Christmas. I do love any excuse to buy a baby gift especially little dresses and a toy or two. I have my eye on a few Baby Einstein toys which will fit this bill nicely.

So that only leaves the adult to buy for now and the new Christmas colour scheme decorations. Have you started your Christmas Shopping yet? Who do you find the hardest person to buy for?

Written for Tesco

Monday, 3 November 2014

Win a Bumper Christmas Crafts Hamper from TTS

Christmas is a season that inspires creativity in children of all ages. From wrapping paper, nativity costumes to the fun of making festive cards, there are endless ways that children can get messy, whilst keeping little hands busy. TTS, leading supplier of award-winning educational and teaching resources to Primary and Early Years settings is offering one lucky reader the chance to win a bumper Christmas Crafts Hamper.

Worth over £45, the bundle of Christmas goodies includes a range of festive resources that will keep little one’s busy during the festive period.

Priced at £4.99, the PapierMache Angel (AR01885) is a blank canvas upon which to create your own unique angel, which can be placed on top of the Christmas tree or on another festive display, or simply a special Christmas gift.

Even the youngest of children can make colourful decorations using the PrimaryTree Hangers (AR01811), £19.95. Decorate using finger paint, collage or crayons, these large Christmas shapes can be used to create individual decorations or bunting for the classroom.

Create a host of heavenly 3D angel decorations with the MakeAn Angel Pack (AR02006). Priced at £9.99, this pack of 30 pre-cut, pre-printed shapes can be personalised with colour and collage before constructing the 3D shape.

A variety of different shaped Christmas cards can be personalised and decorated just as you please. The RobinCards (AR02005, £10.99) and StockingCards (AR02009, £9.99) are ideal to glitz and shimmer up. A set of 30 in each pack, means there are lots to decorate and each child can make their own unique design, using glitter, sequins or metallic pens.

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