Tried & Tested: Toucan Box

I found out about this box from Emma at A Blissful Life and used her referral code to get a free box to try out.

I ordered it with C the 3.2 year old in mind and used it when she came for a playdate to my house last week.

The activity featured a jellyfish and it had everything you needed to be able to create two jellyfish.

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For this activity you didn’t need any glue which was a bonus and it sets out each step perfectly and with illustrations.

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Sorry there’s no completed picture, C stole the jellyfish away before I had chance!

I really loved the idea and if I had a child of my own I’d sign up properly to receive a box every fortnight, but I couldn’t justify spending the money on my work children, however did pass on the details to my boss in case she was interested!

I received this box free as part of a referral program but generally it costs from £3.95 per box. See their website http://www.toucanbox.com/ for more details.

This is a review for the Family Fever Tried & Tested Linky.

Family Fever

What I love about my job?

Since it’s Valentines my list this week is the things I love about my job:

– they get me out in the great outdoors, I’m such a homebody usually but children get cabin fever very quickly!

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– they look much better in selfies than your friends do!

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– you can bake goodies and they have no calories. none. whatsoever.

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– children are very obliging.

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– you can’t rush a genius, they’re on their own time.

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– if you have girls, you can play with their hair.

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– every day is unpredictable.

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– they give you unlimited cuddles and kisses.

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I love my job!

The List

Valentines Stamping

Actually that title makes the activity less than what it is, in fact you could do this activity throughout the year with all sorts of colours.

But as I had the three girls (7, 5 and 3) we did pinks!

I used toilet rolls (which I annoyingly sprayed with anti-bac then allowed them to dry…) and bent them into different shapes, we had a heart, a circle (natural-state!), a diamond, a leaf and what I wanted to be a star but the girls said was a butterfly! I then cut a couple in half so they could use the same shape at the same time!

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L asked me how I had made the pink and I took the opportunity to ask her how she thought I had made it, she correctly guessed that I had used white but couldn’t fathom out what was darker than pink! It’s a great activity for mixing colours to see what they turn into which is what I would do in future.

Valentines Bookmark

This craft came to me yesterday and it’s possible I saw it on another site but I honestly cannot remember, so forgive me if I’ve stolen your idea!

I did this craft with my older girls M; 7 and L; 4.5. I took over doing the templates and let them do free rein of decorating!

To start I drew the bottom part of the bookmark which I did 15cm by 3cm, I found the middle part and 2cm down I made a dot and 2cm up I made a dot.

On one half I drew half the heart from these two dots. I folded the bookmark in half and cut it out and I now had a perfectly symmetrical heart!

Folding it back over I made a cut along the bottom of the heart, stopping about half a cm from the edge (as otherwise I’d then have a heart in my hand not on my bookmark!)

As another embellishment I cut a smaller heart out of the middle of the heart but this is completely optional.

Here are the girls’ bookmarks – had to blur one has M wrote her full name all over it! 😀

Nanny Activity: Let it Snowdough

This was a recipe I found on They Grow So Quick and it’s the most divine feeling dough!

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Recipe
1 cup of cornflour
1/2 cup of hair conditioner
glitter of choice

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I ended up adding a wee bit more cornflour as it felt still a bit wet but it turned into a beautifully smooth dough.

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The girls (M & L) enjoyed feeling the dough and began molding it into the letters of their names.

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They also used cutters to create pizzas and sandwiches!

If were I were to improve upon this activity I may try adding food colouring.

Autumn Leaves

The age old classic of painting the back of leaves and printing with them.

One thing I learned from this activity is the paint needs to be quite thin, it was too thick and ended up glooping on the paper leaving no leaf-print.

The older girls mixed their own colours hence why we don’t have autumnal colours.

Autumn Trees

I found this activity on Pinterest and although it’s not quite as perfect as the picture on there, it’s still a beautiful piece of art.

Top and bottom-right pictures are of C aged 2.10 years doing her painting. I cut out a tree trunk for her and she said she would paint it.

The bottom-left picture was done by L aged 4.6 years who started off using a finger but decided to opt for paintbrush splats for the leaves.

For M aged 6.9 years, I squirted different colours into the trays and let her mix them asking her what colour she thought they might turn into. She even made suggestions on how to make different shades – “add white to make it lighter”.

T aged 7 months sat out on this one, but when every one was finished I did let him play with the paint and we put some finger marks onto paper.

I guess I’m back!

Good grief it’s been well over a year since I last posted!  It’s been a tumultuous year, I’ve gained three new regular children – one a delightful sibling for 2 year old C which is T; now 6 months, and a new family whom I babysit for on a regular basis which includes A; 5 and N; 4.

I took a brief foray into the world of donor insemination; sadly failed but it’s not quite over yet, just need a break to collect my thoughts.

I’ve been through the stressful attempt at viewing and buying a house.  So nearly at the finish line that I can exhale and start doing the exciting planning and designing!

I’m also planning on getting a new cat to help me settle into the new home and maybe, just maybe I’ll try again for a much wanted baby.

Stay tuned!

 

Mother’s Day 2013

For Mother’s Day we made a huge biscuity thing in the shape of a heart!  It uses the Bero Sticky Blob Recipe found here.

Recipe:

225g (8oz) Self Raising Flour
100g (4oz) Butter/Margarine
100g (4oz) Caster Sugar
1 Medium Egg
pinch of salt
milk to mix

I added chocolate chips to mine!

1. Heat oven to 200C and grease a baking tray
2. Mix the flour of the salt, rub in fat and stir in the sugar
3. Mix to a stiff dough with the egg and the milk

This is where the recipe tells you roll the mix into balls but what I did was to flop it onto the baking tray and carefully mould it into a heart shape.

But as foolproof as it is, I forgot to add the egg and had shoved it into the oven for a few minutes before realising!  Hence the lovely brown colour where the chips had melted!