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3 Christmas baking ideas for toddlers from just 1 recipe

I’m a simple mom and am happiest when I can use one recipe for a multitude of items and so last year Hamish and I created these three cute biscuit gifts from just one recipe.


Basic Butter Biscuits
(Recipe Credit unknown)

250g Butter
3/4 cup icing sugar
1 cup Maizena (corn flour)
1/3 cup oil
1 tsp Vanilla Essence
1/2 tsp baking powder
+-2 cups flour

Cream butter and sugar until creamy and white.

Add oil, vanilla essence, maizena and baking powder and mix well.

Add enough flour to make a soft dough.

Roll and cut with a cutter or pipe through a nozzle.

Bake at 180 degrees for 10 – 15 minutes.

Decorate as desired

To make each biscuit

1. Reindeer cookie

You will need to roll out your dough and with a knife cut large heart shapes. Sprinkle with sugar before baking.

To decorate use a paint brush or ear bud dipped into food colouring to draw on facial features.

2. Name banner

I used a large floral shape cutter to help Hamish cut out enough banner shapes to spell out his name.

Ice each biscuit with your favourite icing recipe and using food colouring on an ear bud write your child’s name.

3. Snowflakes

To make the snowflake I used the same floral cutter and iced the cookies in white icing. Hamish then used raisins to form snowflake patterns.

Happy baking

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How to make Mothers day bath bombs

Mothers day is the one day a year when we remember to spoil our mothers.

It’s a day all about her and so her gifts should be selfishly indulgent.

This year why not make mom some special handmade bath bombs ?

Here’s here to make your own…

You will need

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup citric acid
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • ¼ cup dry milk powder
  • 3 tablespoons Epsom salt
  • Handful of dried lavender, rose or other chosen flower petals
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 3-4 teaspoons almond oil
  • 15-20 drops essential oil that compliments your chosen flower

How to make the bath bomb

  • In a plastic bowl mix together the baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch, milk powder and Epsom salt.
  • In another bowl, mix the water, almond oil, and essential oils together.
  • Now slowly mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. (You may need to add a couple of extra drops of almond oil so that the mixture sticks together without crumbling.)
  • Your bath bomb mixture is ready to be placed into silicone molds once you can make a ball with the mixture and it doesn’t fall apart. You can use any silicone moulds you have available.
  • Fill your silicone molds with the bath bomb mixture. Let them set in a dry, safe place at room temperature for 3-4 hours before attempting to remove them. (Letting them set even longer will help them to solidify better in the molds.)
  • Remove them from the silicon molds and place them into a jar sprinkled with leftover flower petals.

All that is left to do is place a bow around the jar and you’re ready to gift these beaitiful bath bombs to a special mom!

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How to make a sensory fizzy swamp

As the mom of a toddler son life can get messy.

He loves mud, sand and dirt as most boys do . After our visit to see the crocodiles in the green “mud” at Le Bonheur, Hamish is rather obsessed with green swampy mud.

Yesterday I made him his own swamp to splosh and sploosh his animals in. Here’s how you can make your own green sploshy sensory mud pool.

You will need:-

🔹️ Therifics Natural magnesium bath fizzle fun

🔹️ Egg white

🔹️ Hot water

🔹️Green food colouring

How to play

🔹️We already had egg white on the floor as we were doing egg and spoon races and a few eggs dropped , but you could separate 2 or 3 eggs and keep the egg whites. These give the swamp a slimy feel.

🔹️Next add half a cup of Therific Naturals Magnesium fizzle fun. I used the blue as the scent is Hamish’s favourite.

🔹️ On top of this sprinkle a few drops of food colouring. The more drops you add the darker it will be.

🔹️ Slowly add the hot water, which helps the Fizzle fun to react and start foaming. Mix in and play.

To get extra messy and for a really interesting sensory experience you could add sand to your swamp as well.

Hamish really enjoyed this and it was great for us to start a discussion on which animals live in swampy type of areas.

To purchase the Fizzle fun contact

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Make a magic Santa Key

This is the first year I’ve started a Christmas eve box and I’m really excited about it.

Finding things to add took some research and one of the items I found was Santa’s key.

A key?

Yes, of course because the jolly red man no longer has chimneys to come down so he will need to get in to drop off the gifts.

I saw some stunning Santa keys online to buy but you can make your own.

You need:-

🌲An old key
🌲Spray paint

🌲Gift tag or printed Santa key poem


Spray paint the key you choose and sprinkle glitter on it whilst still wet. Alternatively you may choose to leave your key unpainted.

On the gift tag write Santa’s key or print out the wording to the key poem.


This key is very special you see

It will not work for you or me

Hang it just outside your door

Go to bed and worry no more

Close your eyes and close them tight

Cause Santa Claus is coming tonight.

Punch a hole in the tag and attach to the key with ribbon.

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Halloween treats to make

Trick or treat

Smell my feet

Give me something

Good to eat …

Kids love going to Trick or treat and just like most holidays Halloween becomes another sugar rush as our kids collect and eat their way through their Halloween baskets.

So how do you encourage some healthy eating over Halloween?

By making a few of the treats I made bear this year. All of them require very little prep work and can be made in a few minutes.

Jack o citrus

You need:-

Citrus fruit

Black marker

To make:-

Draw a face onto the citrus fruit your child likes best.

I placed bear’s pumpkin in a field of popcorn.

Spooky suckers

You will need:-

Lolly pop

Toilet paper



To make :-

Fold the toilet paper over the lolly pop and fasten with a ribbon. Use the marker to draw on the face. These make BOO-tiful Halloween treats.

Monster peppers

You will need:-



To make:-

Carve faces out of the peppers. I had great fun making these and they were a huge hit with the teens.

Ghoulish spider hands

You will need:-

Pop corn

Toy spider

Plastic glove

To make :-

Fill a plastic glove with popcorn. Push a spider in and tie. A basket full of these ghoulish treats will delight any little monster.

Banana ghosts

You will need:-

1 banana


Food colouring

Ear bud


To make :-

Cut the banana in half and use the food colouring with an earbud to draw on a face. Stick a chopstick into the banana

Vampire blood slushies

We used our Sinchies to freeze some mix up juice to make slushies.

To make the slushie remove from freezer early. For a lolly leave to freeze solid.

If you don’t have resealable pouches you can use a plastic bag.

You will need :-

Mix up juice

Redeemable pouches or plastic bags

To make :-

Fill wth pouch with juice and freeze.

Bear loved his treat tray of delightfully spooky treats and it took about 30 minutes to prepare for him.

Happy Halloween

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Make a sunset print to frame

Day 7 and the final day of the kids art challenge with Mini Matisse Diaries and Dala is sunset.

We chose to make a sunset print to frame for bears room.

It was very easy.

You will need:-
A4 glass frame
Paints in red and yellow

To make :-
Place a blob of each colour paint on the glass frame .

Your child can either use their hands or a brush to mix the two to get a sunset orange.

What’s great is often little ones can’t mix the paint on the entire glass frame and so you end up with a lovely contrast of colour a shining through.

Place a sheet of paper over the frame and press down

Pull the paper off to reveal the image print

Leave to dry and frame

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Make potato snail trails

Day 6 of the Kids Art Challenge with Mini Matisse Diaries and Dala is snail.

This really got me thinking.

I decided to carve a potato snail for bear and let him make snail trails with paint.

Apparently when you 2 years old snails go broom broom as they trail around

To make your own you will need:-
Sharp knife

To make :-

Cut a slice of potato and fashion it into a snail. The potato needs to be thick enough for the snail to stand.

Dip the base of the snail into paint and slide it on the paper to make a trail mark.

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Paint an ocean inspired canvas

Day 5 of the Kids Art Challenge with Mini Matisse Diaries and Dala is ocean.

This was bears favourite theme and he was so impressed with his canvas.

To make your own ocean view canvas you will need:-

Paint brush
Water paints
Beach sand
Whale paper cut out

Method :-

Prepare half your canvas by painting with water first and then with blue water paints.

Glue beach sand to bottom half of the canvas.

Leave to dry

Whilst drying use the pastels to colour the whale paper cut out.

Glue whale in the water

Hang for everyone to admire

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Make your own pet rocks and their home

Day 4 of the Kids art challenge with Fun mamma SA , Mini Matisse Diaries & Dala is rocks .

We made pet rocks and gave them a little house that bear spent ages playing with .

To make pet rocks you will need:-

glitter glue

To make :-

Use the crayons to colour in the rocks. Add faces with glitter glue.

Leave to dry

To make the house you need :-
Old milk box
Dried leaves
Wood glue or bostic

To make :-
Glue leaves all around the box and leave to dry

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Make a spiral inspired door stop

Day 3 of the Kids art challenge with Mini Matisse Diaries & Dala was spirals .

For this we made a spiral inspired door stop

You will need:-

Large rock
Playdough in 2 contrasting colours
Paint brush

To make

Cover the top of the rock with playdough.

Use a contrasting colour dough to form a spiral.

Place macaroni on top of the spiral.

Now mix a little flour with your paint to get a textured effect and paint over the macaroni spiral.