Thursday, 30 October 2014

Homemade Halloween Lanterns

Inspired by Jen from Mum In The Madhouse we decided to make our own Halloween glass jar lanterns for the Spooky City Parade in Norwich tomorrow evening.

I've been saving up our glass jars for a while so all we needed to get was some children's halloween tights and lights (from the children's current favourite shop, Poundland!). We couldn't find any battery powered tea lights but we found some lovely star lights instead and they'll double up as Christmas decorations!

The lanterns were really easy to make and the children loved how cool they looked when we took them out for a trial run tonight.

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Mousehold Heath

Busy family life has taken over lately, especially with Charlie's panto preparations, and it seems like we've had little time to get out and about in the fresh air so on Sunday we wrapped up, got the wellies out and went to explore Mousehold Heath in Norwich. 

Mousehold Heath consists of just heathland and woodland but it's a great place for the children to explore. Instead of being stuck in front of the tv or games console it encouraged them to play with what nature gave them and use their imaginations so they ran, they climbed, they collected twigs and used them as walking sticks and guns, they teetered over the edge of steep dips and even ran down some of them (when I wasn't watching!)

The children were absolutely filthy by the end of the afternoon but they thoroughly enjoyed it and it was great to get outside and back to basic play. We really need to make the effort more often.

This post is linked up with Country Kids. Take a look to see what else has been happening in the great outdoors this week!

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Monday, 20 October 2014

*New* Abney & Teal magazine

Preschoolers who love The Adventures of Abney & Teal will be able to have their own magazine to accompany the series from this week (23rd October).

For those who haven't heard of them, Abney & Teal are two ragdoll characters who live on a island in a park's lake. Their friends include Neep, a turnip, Bop, a furry river mammal and Toby the dog. Abney & Teal airs on CBeebies weekdays at 5.50pm.

A workbook is included and it promotes early years learning with various educational activities including maths, creativity and literacy. Harry is sticker-crazy so he loved the inclusion of 50 stickers which can be used throughout the magazine.

In the middle of the magazine is a 4 week reward chart featuring fun activities such as learning a new song or finding something of a particular colour outside and it also encourages personal care, helping with chores and thinking of others.

The magazine starts with a story, with the theme of music which ties in with the free gifts of a small plastic guitar and recorder (which are nothing special to be honest, as I tend to find is the case with most supposed 'free gifts' with childrens' magazines) and ends with a lovely bedtime story.

I really liked the feel of the magazine. When we've had other children's magazines the pages are made from shiny paper making it difficult to use any type of pencil or crayon on the worksheets but that's not the case with this magazine.

Harry is enjoying working through the activities and can't wait to get started on the reward chart.

Issue 1 will be available from major retailers including Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys, WHSmith and all good newsagents and is priced at £2.99.

*We were not paid for this review. We received a copy of the magazine for the purposes of the review. All opinion is honest and based upon our own experiences. 
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