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Fairies in a jar

I first shared this cute little craft way back in 2012 on my newly started Fun mamma SA Facebook page.

After our fun visit to The magic garden at Word of birds in Hout bay today, I thought I’d share it here on the blog as we made one after coming home.

Fairies in a jar!

This cute craft is very sweet at magic themed parties both as an activity or as a take home gift.

The children will love the way the fairies shine.

You will need:

  • 1 jar
  • 1 thin glow stick (cut off both ends and drip onto a disposable plate/tray etc)
  • Glitter

Method

  • Flick glow liquid into jar covering as much surface as possible in tiny dots.
  • Sprinkle glitter in
  • Close lid and shake
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Enjoy a little magic 💞

Posted in craft reciepe, preschool

Marshmallow play dough

This yummolicious play safe dough is easy to make and consists of items from your kitchen.

You will need:

  • 6 large or 12 medium marshmallows
  • 3 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons of oil ( any kind is suitable)
  • Food colouring
  • Microwave safe bowl
  • Microwave

Method:

Combine all the ingredients into a microwave safe bowl.

Heat on high until the marshmallow expands ( about 30 seconds)

Carefully remove from the bowl and slowly mix as much as you can with a spoon.

At first the mixture will be very sticky but as it cools you will need to knead it with your hands.

To make the dough less sticky add more cornstarch in small amounts, until you reach the desired playdough consistency. ( soft and pliable)

This becomes the softest, most squishy dough that will delight any child.

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A round up of bunny crafts

This is the Easter week, so what better than to try these 5 bunny crafts.

  • Draw a bunny
  • Construct a bunny from scrap
  • Feed the bunny game
  • Maths bunny activity
  • Cookie cutter bunny stencils

1. Draw a bunny

You will need:

  • Paper
  • Pencils, markers, crayons or other drawing supplies

Method

Give your child a large sheet of paper and let them draw an Easter bunny.

2. Construct a bunny from scrap

You will need:

  • Cardboard
  • Paper
  • Small empty boxes
  • toilet tubes
  • Material scraps
  • Pompoms
  • Craft sticks
  • Sequins, glitter, ect
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Tape

Method

Set out the scrap materials and let your child create their own bunnies.

There is no right or wrong to this activity. They should be fee to let it look how they interpret it.

3.Feed the bunny game

You will need:

  • A small box
  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Craft sticks

Method

Cut 2 ears from paper, draw the inner ear with marker and glue onto the the back of the box.

Cut the ends off of a craft stick, use markers to draw eyes and glue onto the front of the box.

Cut a nose and whiskers from white paper and glue onto the box to complete the bunnies face.

Make a hole for the bunnies mouth.

Cut orange and green craft sticks, or use pom poms to represent carrots and lettuce.

Let your child feed the carrots and lettuce to the bunny.

This is a great quiet time activity for busy toddlers and preschoolers.

4. Maths bunny activity

You will need:

  • Bunny cookie cutter
  • White paper
  • Scissors
  • Craft stick
  • Marker
  • Glue
  • Small box
  • Felt ( brown)

Method

Draw 10 little bunnies onto the white paper using the cookie cutter as a stencil.

Cut them out and use the marker to draw details.

Cut 5 craft sticks in half.

Glue one bunnies to a stick.

Cut your felt to fit your box, 3 times the length of the box.

Fold the felt, concertina style, to form mounds and to fit in the box.

Place the bunnies in between the mounds ( garden)

How to play

Let your child count each bunny.

You can number the bunnies and have them place them in numeric order.

They can post them in and out of the “garden”

Draw the facial features different colours, two of each colour, and match the colours together.

5. Cookie cutter bunny stencils

You will need:

  • Paper
  • Markers
  • Easter / bunny cookie cutters

Method

Place the cookie cutters onto the paper and let your child draw inside or around them.

Hoppy Easter mammas.

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Baking with Hamish … Easter bunny biscuits

I was looking for an easy baking option for Hamish and so we made these Easter bunny biscuits.

It’s supposed to be a bunny from behind, with a fluffy tail and whiskers.

They were very easy to make and a nice activity to keep the little ones occupied this weekend.

You will need:

  • Marie biscuits
  • Marshmallows – 1 per biscuit
  • Sprinkles optional
  • Icing sugar ( mixed)
  • Sweets to cut as whiskers

To make:

  • Make up your icing sugar.
  • Spread icing onto a marie biscuit
  • Cut each marshmallow into 3 pieces.
  • For the tail piece, use a section of the marshmallow that you cut.
  • Squeeze the other two pieces at the corners and dip in sprinkles.( optional)
  • Cut sweets as whiskers
  • Let your child build the biscuit to resemble a bunny.
  • Enjoy

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Jelly orange slices

The first time I made jelly orange slices was for my eldest daughter’s first birthday in 1995.

I remember spending hours in the kitchen, alongside my grandmother, as we cut and cleared the oranges to get them ready for the warm jelly.

She shared how she had used these at my mother and uncles birthday parties and over the years I’ve used this recipe often to add a bit of happiness and colour to a day.

You will need:

  • 2 oranges cut in half and scooped out.
  • 1 pkt of ready mix jelly

This recipe makes 4 -6 halves.

To make:

  • Cut your oranges and scoop out the flesh.
  • Mix up your jelly as directed on the box.
  • Pour into the oranges and place in fridge until set.
  • Once set cut into wedges.

You can also add sprinkles or serve with custard or ice cream.

These look amazing made in a variety of colours at a party.

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The ultimate two ingredient banana pancakes

I’ve been wanting to try the two ingredient banana pancake and decided to do my traditional pre- Easter bunny pancakes using the recipe.

It was really easy to make and they are both Gluten and dairy free.

To make your own will need :

  • Vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ripe banana ( medium size)

Method

  • Peel and mash your banana in a small bowl. I found this easy enough to do with a fork.
  • Crack both eggs and pour them into the banana. The batter will be funnier than a normal pancake batter.
  • Heat the pan with a little oil. ( I use an olive oil spray but most reciepe I saw called for a vegetable oil)
  • Drop the batter in small balls. They will cook better this way and be easier to flip. This should make 5 to 8 little pancakes.
  • Cook until golden brown.

To garnish I added a few jam eyes for Hamish and cinnamon to Ronans.

I found that this was sweet enough and didnt need much more although a drizzle of syrup or honey would be delicious.

You could also add cocoa or nuts to your batter as a variation.

I also used cutters to get the chicken and bunny shapes.

Have you tried this recipe?

Posted in Fun mamma Rainbiw kids club

Day 8 Fun mamma Rainbow kids activity – scavenger hunt

Day 8 of the Fun mamma Rainbow kids activities was inspired by this stunning scavenger hunt on Simple acres blog.

Hamish and I had great fun searching for each item and this was an activity that kept him busy for at least 3 hours as we worked together to complete the challenges.

After he completed each one of the 8 activities, he marked them off with a marker on his sheet that I had printed off.

Scavenger hunt

1. Something that makes you happy.

I thought Hamish would answer dinosaurs or cars and was quite taken back when he said his robots.

He then went on search of some of his robots and came back with a transformer mask for himself.

This resulted in the cutest impromptu photo shoot.

2. Something to give someone else to make them smile

I have a box of snacks in my cupboard and Hamish went to get one to give to his dad to make him smile.

3. Something that you love to smell

Hamish immediately climbed onto the table and went to smell the flowers I bought yesterday.

4. Something that you like looking at

For this task Hamish asked me to get down a new favourite game and he took the mirror out and looked at himself.

As the game was down we interrupted our scavenger hunt to play a quick game first.

5. Something that is your favourite colour

Hamish chose green as his favourite colour.

This was also new to me as we often buy him blue or red items.

6. Something you are thankful for in nature

This was an easy one and Hamish ran straight outside to give the tree a hug.

7. Something that you can use to make a gift for someone

Hamish and big brother Ronan share a love of rocks and Hamish automatically went outside to choose a huge rock for Ronan as a doorstop.

I gave him some puffy alphabet stickers and he hot busy decorating the rock to gift to Ronan.

8. Something that is useful to you

I let Hamish dig in my Tupperware cupboard and he found these two novelty cups to fill with grapes as a snack for him and Ronan.

This was the most fun and I’ve since looked for several more scavanger hunts to keep Hamish busy throughout lockdown.

Have you tried a scavanger hunt with the kids yet?

Posted in Crafts, Education, Family Life, Family Time, Life with my bears, Parenting, preschoolers, Toddlers, Tweens & Teens

Our Covid-19 lockdown time capsule

This weekend we started our Covid-19 lockdown time capsules.

Why a time capsule ?

“A time capsule is a historic cache of goods or information, usually intended as direct methods of communication with future people ” according to Wikipedia

We are currently living through a period of history that our children will learn about in years to come.

I wanted to preserve a box of mementoes for Hamish to remember this time.

How to make a time capsule

To make a time capsule you will need a container that will preserve over time and a selection of items that would tell future people about you, your family and the year you make your time capsule.

Containers like:

  • Metal boxes
  • Coffee tons
  • Glass bottles ( although these can break if buried)
  • Little wooden suitcases
  • Wooden boxes
  • Cardboard boxes ( although these wont last as long as others if buried)
  • Old ice cream tubs

What am I putting in our capsules?

  • A letter to myself. This will include a few random facts about myself like like age, family, where we live, my occupation and how I’m feeling.
  • Family photos
  • A group photo of the family we are in lockdown and one of each of the other kids where they are in lockdown.
  • A drawing by the kids of our family
  • Newspaper headlines or printed social media updates that are relevant to preserve about the Coronavirus.
  • An object to remember – for me this is a braclet with each of my childrens photos.
  • A painted rainbow rock

For Hamish

  • A copy of the Covid-19 time capsule printables by long creations
  • Information about the Coronavirus
  • A heart from his window
  • A photo of his chalk my walk
  • A photo of his teddy in the window
  • A few of his artworks
  • Some photos
  • Two of his dinosaurs as those are his favourite toys

Other items to include

Our time capsule will only be completed after the lockdown as I want to add a small item from each of his siblings into the container.

Other items you could include are :

  • Calendar
  • USB with movies or music
  • Items from nature
  • Toys as these change with time
  • Food items or sweets you enjoy ( but package these well in plastic)
  • Jewellery
  • Handmade keepsakes
  • Sports items
  • Or something that represents a hobby.

Building a family time capsule is both fun and a lovely way to spend time as a family.

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3 ways to get your child to eat more fruit at breakfast

Here are 3 ways to encourage your fussy eaters to eat more fruit at breakfast.

1. Fruit kebabs

Fruit kebabs are a fun way to get fussy eaters to enjoy their food, especially if you involve them in the process of making them.

You will need:

  • Assorted fruit
  • Kebab sticks
  • Silicone cupcake holder
  • Fair Cape low fat Granidilla yoghurt

Method:

Cut up the fruit to thread along the kebab sticks.

I like to stick to fruit Hamish eats and let him help me thread the fruit pieces into the kebab sticks.

Pour some Fair Cape low fat granidilla yoghurt into a novelty silicone cup cake holder or fancy little bowl.

You could serve with a small sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg.

2. Fruit platter

Finger foods often appeal to a fussy eater as the food is not combined but separate from each food type and is served in small bitable sizes, as to not overwealm them.

I also find the presentation seems more fun and appealing.

You will need:

  • Assorted fruit
  • Fair Cape low fat granidilla yoghurt
  • Silicone cupcake holder
  • Large plate

Method

Cut up each fruit into smaller pieces.

Arrange onto the plate.

Pour some Fair Cape low fat granidilla into a silicone cupcake holder.

Serve

Hamish enjoys dipping his fruit bits into the yogurt and eating it that way but you could also serve with a tiny straw, sprinkled with cinnamon or some crushed nuts on top.

3. Monster fruit plate

This is a fun favourite in our home and a nice way to repurpose those plastic Easter eggs.

You will need:

  • 2 plastic easter eggs
  • Grapes
  • Silicone cupcake holder
  • Fair Cape low fat granidilla yoghurt
  • Citrus fruit – we used naartjie

Method

Place grapes into the two plastic eggs and close to form eyes. Kids love opening the eggs to find the suprise fruit.

Pour some Fair Cape low fat granidilla yoghurt into a silicone cupcake holder as the nose.

And lastly form a mouth using the citrus fruit.

You can substitute the fruits for any that your child will eat.

Posted in craft reciepe, Crafts

Microwave puffy paint

We love puffy paints and they add an interesting element to art works.Have you tried making your own puffy paintyet?Today I’m sharing a fun puffy paint reciepe I first used with Kerri and Ronan for art lessons in 2012.Not only is it a fun art project but can be used as a science experiment to demonstrate how heat changes things.

To make your own you will need :

  • 1 tblsp plain flour
  • 1 tblsp salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 tblsp plus 1 tsp of water
  • food colouring

Method

  • Mix all the ingredients together.
  • Paint onto paper.
  • Put the painting into the microwave for 20 seconds. Do not leave the microwave unattended during that time.
  • Carefully remove the painting and observe the wonderful transformation!

💥Be careful – the paint may be hot when it is removed from the microwave