Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Chocolate Easter nests

Today P and I made chocolate Easter Nests.

You need:

  • 200g milk chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 85g shredded wheat, crushed
  • 100g bag mini chocolate eggs
  • cupcake cases

  1. Melt the chocolate in a small bowl in a microwave. 
  2. Crush up the shredded wheat (we used fingers and an end of the rolling pin)  and  add to the chocolate. Stir well to combine.
  3. Spoon the chocolate wheat into 12 cupcake cases and press the back of a teaspoon in the centre to create a nest shape. Place 3 mini chocolate eggs on top of each nest. Chill the nests in the fridge for 2 hrs until set.

Monday, 14 April 2014


We have just come back from a fab week in Edinburgh. We did so much; from Camera Obscura which offers fab views over the city and World of Illusions which the girls loved the mirror maze; to Greyfriars Bobby and the National musuem of Scotland which is very child friendly with interactive lots of things to do; to Edinburgh Zoo where we got to see the pandas; the museums of edinburgh (which has a great crafting bit), childhood and the People's story (which was the best of the three); Edinburgh castle; Dynamic Earth (which was OK - lots of videos and you have to follow the tour); and a walk up Arthur's Seat.

There was so much to do and it was so easy to walk everywhere. 

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Cambridge literature festival

This weekend we went to the Cambridge literature festival held at the Cambridge Union chamber. There were a number of events for adults and for children. We  heard tales about animals and then met them, heard Clementine Beauvaistalk talk about her detective books set in Cambridge as well as how to write a detective book, heard Michael Foreman talk about his books and had a lesson about drawing Claude from Alex T Smith. The girls enjoyed it and the festival was very popular with some children's events selling out! Tickets were reasonably priced and authors available after events for signing books.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

molasses cookies

G made these for her snack.  You will need: 

170g unsalted butter, melted
170g light brown sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
170g molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
280g plain flour
2 teaspoons bicarb of soda
1 tablespoon mixed spice
80g caster sugar, for rolling cookies before baking

1. Mix together the melted butter, brown sugar, and egg until smooth. Then add the molasses and vanilla extract.
2. In another bowl, sift together the flour, bicarb of soda and spice. Gradually add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until combined. Cover and chill dough for about 2 hours.
3. Preheat oven to 180oC and line baking sheets with parchment paper. Using your hands make round balls. Roll  the balls into sugar and place them onto prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches apart.
4. Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before removing them to a wire wrack to cool completely.

Saturday, 1 February 2014


We made two different kinds of slime as you can see. To make them you will need:

Simple Slime (the runner slime in the third photo)
Food colouring (optional)
Mixing bowl/roasting tin, or whatever takes your fancy/needs
spoons (optional)

Put approx ½ cup cornflour in the mixing bowl then add ¼ cup water. Mix, add a few drops of colouring. When blended ( or even before) get your hands in there and experience the odd properties of your slime. How can it be squeezed into a solid then turn back into liquid when you open your hands? Did you know you have created a Non-Newtonian Fluid (This liquid is a runny goo until you apply stress to it, and then it suddenly acts like a solid). 
Super slime (the firmer one in the top 2 photos)

White pva (use the children’s washable stuff.)
Food colour
Mixing bowl
Wooden spoon

Put approx ½ cup of the PVA into the bowl. Stir the glue and gradually add the cornflour, a little at a time, put in a few drops of food colouring and mix until it feels right. Too much cornflour makes a really dry mix so go easy when you’re pouring it in! Get your hands into the mix – if you haven’t already and watch it flow between your fingers, roll it and stretch it

 G loved it and was happily experimenting with the quantity of water and corn flour, as well as how to make it become solid and liquid. P was not so sure and kept asking me to wash her hands.
I have been reading how important messy play is for writing development as it helps children become aware of sensations in their hands. Plus it is really good fun, interesting and I love the feel of corn flour! 

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Montessori Inspired Activities blog tour - bubble painting and marshmallow building

 Welcome to the Montessori Inspired Activities book tour!  I hope you have enjoyed reading what others have done!

I am sure like me, you love reading what other people do with their children -  it inspires and motivates me to try different things at home. I have, for a few years, enjoyed reading the blog of someone I have never met - her name is Jo and she is a British ex-pat living in Japan.
Her fab blog contains many of the Montessori activities that she does at home with her son. Many of the activities are done using everyday household equipment allowing her to buy a number of specialised key pieces of equipment for her son. Jo also runs My Organized Chaos, a course for parents to help them organise their home, their parenting and their mind so that they have more time for the fun stuff.
Jo believes that the Montessori method should be available to every child and has been clever enough to write a fab book containing much of the fun they did together.

The girls loved it - it kept them going for about 3/4 of an hour! In fact we turned it into a bit of science experiment - some paints work better than others - so G enjoyed trying out all the types of paint in the playroom to see!

 Then we did marshmallow building - food and science  - what is not to love!
Quote from G "I can't eat any more marshmallows. I am full!".

 We found triangles were stronger than rectangles and we did get 4 stories high before we ran out of cocktail sticks. This was fun for fine motor development, persistence and cooperation!  

There are lots of fab things to do in this book - it is so easy to dip in and out of.  I can't wait to be inspired by what others have done too! 

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Montessori inspired activities world tour starts today

I am involved in a blog world tour; some bloggers are reviewing a book and sharing the activities they have been doing at home from the book. The book contains Montessori Inspired activities and you can order your copy in paperback or kindle from Amazon HERE or you can get free international shipping if you order the paperback version HERE!.
I will post each day with the links for the days tour, I can't wait to see which activities everyone if going to be sharing about.

In truly international style, we are visiting an amazing Argentinian photographer, Marcela, who lives in Cyprus and home-schools her kids. Pop over to The Celebration Girl to read her post.