Pancake Day, also known as Shrove Tuesday is celebrated annually between 3rd February and 2nd March - before Ash Wednesday. It always falls 47 days after Easter.
It's the one day where we can throw food around in the kitchen and its totally acceptable! What are your flipping skills like?
We have been recycling our Baby Breakfast tub lids to create some beautiful heart suncatchers! With twins we are getting through so many of these pots! Lids come in for different craft projects. We used them to make our PVA Suncatchers! So I have been putting the lids aside (just in case) - which as you can imagine has pleased my other half profusely! HA!
We are loving the heart theme at the moment and can't get enough of them! Today we bring another lovely craft that is suitable for even the youngest of children. Not only is it a beautiful craft - it links in perfectly with The Story of the Kindness Elves.
Get the craft stash out, cut up your heart wreath shapes and let the children loose with the glue. I love crafts where children can just make and create as they please. No direction, no adult interference - just being given the opportunity to make something completely independently...... because lets face it - this is when children get the most out of activities.
Many schools are working hard these days to become a Healthy School. They encourage children to make positive choices to maintain a healthy lifestyle. From the air they breath, to the exercise they enjoy, to the food they eat, schools work together to promote better choices.
Some schools offer encouragement to get children walking to school as apposed to coming in the car. Not only is this great for health benefits but for the environment too!
Some schools do lessons teaching children about food groups.
You see all this is very positive and beneficial to the children. I don't think any parent/carer would be unhappy about their child's school having this approach. The message we should instil in the children is everything in moderation.
Children and their parents are still free to make choices, but the question today is - just how far should schools be allowed to promote making healthy choices.....
It appears some schools have taken the Strict Health Police approach and jump to conclusions and make presumptions about what some children are sent to school with in their lunchboxes.
The shaving foam has been out again in our household - this time to make some marbled hearts! Not only is this activity great for the senses, children are free to explore as they wish and each time the process will give them a beautiful piece of artwork. There is no right or wrong way.
Heart crafts are not only fun for Valentines Day, but all year through. Whether you choose to make them for Mothers Day, Grandparents Day or just because - they make lovely decorations and the kids will have so much fun with the process.
Winter is in full force right now. Lots of people have had snow! We've had a few flurries here in the UK but nothing to get too excited about (there's still time - fingers crossed). Frozen is still very much a firm favourite with the youngsters of today and so these two factors have been inspiring the way we play.
Today we have been very busy making snowflake soup. This activity delighted my preschooler for such a long time! I even popped on the Frozen songs in the background just to add to the activity for her!
I have been busy gathering some fabulous arts, crafts, activities and snacks that all link to St Patrick's Day. Celebrated in March, we have some wonderful ideas to ensure you all have a fabulous time enjoying and marking this celebration of Irish culture with the children.
Today I am sharing with you a very beautiful children's book that has captivated my heart.
MyColor is Rainbow
I adore bright colours and the bold illustrations drew me in from the very beginning. They say not to judge a book by it's cover, but sometimes we are stopped in our tracks. The vibrant colours and intriguing title made me want to take a closer look.