27
Dec

Five New Year’s Eve celebration essentials

2020 is looming and we’re all gearing up to celebrate the New Year in different ways. Some of us have cosy nights in with the TV countdown planned, while others are hosting a party, and the braver ones are seeing in the new year while out on the town. Whatever your plans, we’ve got it covered with a range of essentials to suit all.

3,2,1…

Get Glitzed Up

Whether you’re out, out or chilling at home, New Year celebrations call for glam. Go all out with a sparkly dress and full on make-up, or simply go for tasteful face and body glitter. And guys, don’t forget the smart shirt and ties. 2020 deserves smartness!

Grab the party gear

Staying in with the kids and friends? You need games in your life! Whether it’s a board game, karaoke machine or a cool imaginative way to play, it’ll create great memories, even if the little ones do fall asleep before the clock strikes 12. Going out? You can’t go wrong with fun party kit, feather boa or fake glasses anyone?

Eat and go

If you’re hosting a dinner party, the last thing you want to wake up to first thing in 2020 is dirty dishes. Make it easy for yourself and pick up disposable plates, cups and cutlery that can be easily popped into the recycling bin. Oh, and while you’re at it, let’s not forget the glitter confetti for the table. Want to go all out? Light up New Year with candles. They’re great for creating an ambient mood.

Fancy Food

Whether you’re entertaining or going around to friends for dinner, food is a must. Save yourself the hassle of sweating over a hot oven and pick up a range of party food. From the simple sausage rolls to canapes, you’ll be host or guest with the most when these come out. Going out, out? You don’t have to miss out. Pre-cook this grub to have when you get back. Post-midnight feast anyone?

Dress (your table) to impress

If you’re hosting a dinner party, then you want your table to be dressed suitably. Grab table decorations and party poppers for the kids (and adults). Want to go all out? Light up New Year with designer candles. They’re great for creating an ambient mood.

So, there you go guys. Our sweet and simple New Year’s Eve essentials. Have a great one!

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Sports Direct:

Golddigga Sequin Dress Ladies – £12.00

 

Sports Direct:

Pierre Cardin Tipped Polo Shirt Mens – £10.00

Boots

Collection Glam Crystals Face & Body Glitter – £3.99

Tesco

Easy Entertaining Vol Au Vent Selection – £12.00

22
Nov

Christmas gift ideas for every family member

Christmas has gone from creeping up on us, to well, racing towards the finish line. To put it simply, there’s less than two months left. And yes, Elf has already been on the TV. Fun, festive times are coming guys.

But, as well as the excitement, we also know there’s a lot of present buying and planning to be done. That’s why we thought we’d lend a hand, giving you a few Christmas gift ideas for mum, dad, baby and of course grandparents and siblings too…

Here we go…

Christmas gift ideas for a baby

Ok, let’s be frank for a second. Up until they’re one, babies won’t really understand the concept of Christmas and will probably be more interested in the wrapping paper or box more than the actual toy, so don’t go overboard. Want to give them something they’ll play with more than the gift wrap? You can’t go wrong with a sensory toy. We love a soft toy with lots of textures for the 0-3 month olds – they’re great for helping develop tactile skills, while a 6-9 month old won’t be able to put down something with lights and music – while all the time expanding those audio and visual skills. Once they hit the 9 month mark, we love a Christmas gift that will help them up their game. The answer? A baby walker or their first building blocks. And yes, these will all last well after those Christmas decorations have been taken down and Easter eggs have been eaten too!

Christmas gift ideas for that special lady

Whether it’s your mum, gran or partner, one thing stays the same. You’ll want to give them a Christmas present that wows. And the world really is your oyster when it comes to this. Jewellery is always a great Christmas gift idea. Not only does it give a great heartfelt moment as they open it, but it’s also a perfect keepsake. Not a fan? You can’t go wrong with a carefully thought out piece of clothing. Our faves? A scarf or bobble at just to her style. Or, think outta the box. Book them in for a free make-up consultation or, pop into a store and grab a voucher for their fave retailer. Throw in a coffee or meal voucher too and there’s a perfect pamper day for them to look forward to.

Christmas gift ideas for your main man

Warning: We won’t be giving any tips or advice on buying socks, ties or pants here. You know about that part already #laughingfaceemoji

So, what’s that ultimate Christmas gift for your dad, grandad, husband or boyfriend? We don’t think you can go wrong with a nice watch or wallet. Yep, it’s not rocket science, but let’s be honest, this little token will last long after the festive day. Not sure? Give them the gift of positivity with a book that evokes mental health wellbeing and a hamper full of vitamins and great tasting healthy snacks.

Christmas gift ideas for the whole family

Want to give a gift to everyone? We hear ya! And we know you’ll want to make it stand out. While we’re very strict on not opening present until the big day, we’ll make an exception here. To make those memories we love the idea of putting money into a pot and each buying an early Christmas gift of a tree decoration. One that suits each personality. Then, make it a Christmas tradition. After a few years, your

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Argos

Fisher-Price Roarin’ Rainforest Jumperoo – £70.00

 

 

Argos

Chad Valley PlaySmart Interactive Magnetic Easel – £25.00

 

Sports Direct

Classic Wallet – £10.00

 

WHSmith

Positive Thinking Find Happiness and Achieve Your Goals Through the Power of Positive Thought – £7.91

 

 

25
Oct

Getting ready for the clocks going back: What you may not know

How is it that time again? We feel like we’ve just settled back from our summer holidays and wham… the clocks are going back. It’s time to say hi to darker, colder and cosier evenings. And well, dare we say it, start prepping for Christmas #sorrynotsorry. But, we digress, because there’s a whole range of stuff that comes with the clocks going back, from ensuring the kids don’t wake up at ridiculously early hours, to making sure your well-being is catered for… here’s our top tips on getting ready for what we think is the official start of winter…

Beat the early wake-ups

If you have a tot who’s up at 6am on a normal day, you’re not going to love the 5am start that comes with the clocks going back… even if it is only for a week until they adjust. But, there are a few ways to combat this. And that means… deep breath… changing their routine. Yep, that’s right, starting your kids’ bedtime 15 minutes later a few days before the big clock changing event means you’re easing them into a new bed and wake time. For example, if their bedtime is at 8pm, put them down at 8.15pm on Thursday, 8:30pm on Friday, 8:45pm on Saturday. This means that at 7pm (new time), they should have adjusted enough to slip into the land of nod. And, wake at their old time in the morning 🙏. If it doesn’t work, then we guess there’s coffee… lots of coffee…

Don’t make it a SAD time

According to medical experts, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes on in the winter. This is due to a reduced exposure to sunlight during the shorter days caused by the clocks going back. And while medical advice is the best, there are a few ways you can help yourself combat it. This includes investing in a lightbox where a special lamp stimulates exposure to sunlight, while Vitamin C and D tablets are a great way to boost your health too – again it’s worth talking to your doctor about this one!

I will leave the light on

If you have kids, darker nights mean more cries of ‘I’m scared of the dark.’ Yup, it just got (scarily) real. Stop the wailing in its tracks by investing in a nightlight. Whether it’s one that sits on a desk, or one that can be placed in their bed with them – think the plastic kind that don’t get hot – there’s no excuse for them to be up. Although, we’re sure ‘I’m thirsty, hungry, need the loo’ will still crop up #facepalm.

Snuggle up

Colder nights mean it’s time to ramp up the cosy clothes and bedding. Got a baby or tot? Take advice from the Lullaby Trust that advises that a room temperature of 16-20°C – with light bedding or a lightweight, well-fitting baby sleeping bag is comfortable and safe for sleeping babies. Looking for one for the grown-ups? We’re going for a 10.5 tog to 13.5 tog… yes, we’re cold sleepers.

Bedtime buddies

Nothing beats a snuggly warm dressing gown for those cool winter nights, so invest in new ones for everyone. And don’t forget those warm PJs. Yep, any excuse to buy new nightwear… Long Johns totally optional 😊.

And that’s it from us. Here’s to the next few snuggle up months… <

Shopping insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Rock and Rags Table Pyjama Set Ladies

Sports Direct

Rock and Rags Table Pyjama Set Ladies – £9.99

 

Vitamin C Food Supplement - 30 Tablets

Boots

Vitamin C Food Supplement – 30 Tablets – £0.99

 

The Slipper Company Womens Cream Mule Slipper

Shoezone

The Slipper Company Womens Cream Mule Slipper – £4.99

 

Magical Unicorn Lights

WHSmith

Magical Unicorn Lights – £11.99

 

 

27
Sep

Get the look: Peaky Blinders

Ahhh Peaky Blinders. We miss it already. But, let’s be honest. It’s been a series of fun, thrills and of course fashion. Yup, we all want to be dressed like Thomas, Alfie, Ada and Lizzie.

So, by order of the Peaky Blinders and well, us, here’s how to get the look.

(We) know what (we) know, you know

Peaky Blinder’s Boys

The Trademark Flat Cap

If you take any inspo from the Peaky Blinder’s dress code, it has to be the baker boy or woollen newsboy flat cap. However, we strongly suggest avoiding the concealed razor blade. To keep in line with the Peaky boys make sure you stick to dark greys, blacks or navy. Add a strong dose of confidence and you’re good to go.

Suits you sir!

Tweed, checks and textured grey, blue and brown suits are the order of the day for the Peaky crew, so take inspiration from these hues when buying a suit. Although, they may not ‘pay for suits’ we know we have to, so if you’re on a budget, check out local charity shops.

Add to this, the classic lace-up boots, a grandad or Oxford Shirt and of course the oversized, lapelled heavy coat and the look’s completed. Oh, and don’t forget the waistcoat… it’s a rule.

Peaky Blinder’s Girls

Flap into fashion

We couldn’t do a Peaky Blinder’s get the look without mentioning the 20s flapper style, after all who doesn’t love the sequined, sheer frocks from this era. Great for channeling the style and for an upcoming party – maybe the Christmas type? Yep we love to think ahead here!

Fake it

What better way to stay warm this winter with a faux lined coat like May or Ada’s. Not only are they bang on-trend, but also great for giving a nod to our fave series. #Justsaying.

Accessories, accessories

What can we say? Accessories are probably the best way to get this look without spending all your pennies… And it’s so easy to do, from pocket watches, chunky rings and ties for me, to feathers and pearls for women, it’s a great way to give a subtle hint of Peaky Blinder style.

And there you have it. As they say… style ‘intelligence is a very valuable thing, innit, my friend?’

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Sports Direct

Windowpane Tweed Glove – £11.00

 

 

Warren James

Arabella Sterling Silver Cultured Freshwater Pearl Collection – £27.00

ShoeZone

Beckett Mens Lace Up Black Boot – £19.99

 

ShoeZone

Lilley Womens Black Faux Suede T Bar Court Shoe – £14.99

 

 

16
Sep

Things you may not know about organic products…

#Trending right now is #OrganicSeptember, a month dedicated, to well, everything Organic. Yep, this initiative supported by the Soil Association pretty much does what it says on the tin. It’s 30 days dedicated to helping people understand the benefits of how buying organic can save the environment, wildlife and support local businesses too. So, how can you help and what is organic?

Here’s the lowdown…

Grow your organic wardrobe

Did you know? There’s a range of clothing made from organically produced fibres. This includes cotton, linen and wool. The idea behind these are that these fabrics are kinder, cleaner and better for our environment. This is because they use less water, no hazardous synthetic pesticides and low impact dyes.  Sounds good right? Just look for the GOTS Certified label!

Bring on the organic beauty

As well as fashion, there’s a whole host of organic beauty products that have sprung up, just about, well, everywhere! This includes skincare, shampoo, conditioner and of course, body washes. But what’s the difference? Well, according to the experts, these products are GM Free, contain antioxidants and aren’t tested on animals. Sounds good to us!

Cook up an organic feast

OK, so we’ve all seen the huge amount of organic food available in supermarkets and yes, you pretty much cook with them in the same way as you would the normal. But why are they any better? Well, again, the experts claim that these contain fewer pesticides, are ALWAYS free range and there’s fewer antibiotics used on animals. They often also come straight from the farms, which is why you may find you have to give them a good wash thanks to all the soil that’s still on them – nothing says natural more than that, right? 😉.

Because we love to give you a helping hand, we’ve sourced a great organic recipe video to help you work out what foods you need and with a choice of three great options. Bon Appetit guys!

Shopping insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Sports Direct

Karrimor Organic T Shirt Mens – £10.00

 

 

Boots

Botanics Organic Bundle – £20.00

Poundland

Kallo Organic Unsalted Rice Cake 130g – £1.00

 

Tesco

Tesco Organic Gala Apples – £2.25

Tesco

Tesco Organic Almonds – £2.75

19
Aug

Five top hacks for the new school term

Ahh, the new term. Whether it’s their first foray into school, or their last year at primary, the same still applies. They’ll need new kit including school bags, shoes and the rest. But what are the essentials and which bits suit your little (or large) learner? Yep, it can be a pretty confusing time. That’s why we’ve packed up everything you need to know in some handy hacks.

Their first ever day

OK, so before we even go into what they’ll need. Let’s have a chat about the parents. We know that this can be an emosh time for you guys too, so our advice: Bring the tissues and wear that waterproof mascara! Now that’s you all prepped, let’s talk about those mini learners. Pre-school and reception can be a confusing time for them, so get them all excited. Buy them a new teddy that they can take in for comfort – everyone loves a school buddy – and build up the excitement by buying a book that tells them all about what to expect on their big day. Chances are that these things combined, will have them running in without even a second glance at you. *Sob

Bagging the right one

Bags. Small ones, big ones, ones with straps, others that hold water bottles, satchels and backpacks. And let’s not forget those lunchboxes too! Yup, bagging the right one can be a minefield! But, there’s an easy way to get it spot on. Got an older kid? They’re going to have heavy books, so make sure you go for a large backpack that’s padded on the shoulders. And one that fits an A4 folder… we know it sounds silly, but trust us, it’ll save them lugging this around. Got a smaller schooler? If your school doesn’t supply a book bag, then invest in something similar. We’re huge fans of on-trend satchels, and, because they have compartments, they’re a lot easier for little ones to find stuff. Looking to pack a punch with a cool lunchbox? You can’t go wrong with a soft, insulated sort with compartments. As many come with straps, they’re great for slinging over the shoulder too.

School run fun

Ahhh, the school run – traffic and tantrums (mainly from us!). But there is another way. And that’s to walk. Not only is it great exercise, but it also means that you won’t be late because you’ve been driving around looking for that gold dust parking space. And there’s a good few things you can do to make this go as smoothly as possible. If you’re walking with little ones, then speed up the pace with a scooter. It’s a great way to get them all enthusiastic about the journey. Just don’t forget that helmet! Worried about rainy days? There’s stuff for that too. From kids’ sized umbrellas to wellies and raincoats for you all, there’s no excuse not to take on that walk. Unless it’s snowing – we draw the line at snow!

Dress code

Yes, we know, nearly every kid has to wear a uniform. But there are some pieces that can make your life easier. Don’t have time in the mornings? Invest in non or easy iron shirts that can be put straight on, or very quickly skimmed over. And, while we’re on the topic of making life easy, don’t forget to stock up on doubles of everything too! You never know when they’re going to lose something – if they’re anything like ours, it’ll be every. Single. Day. #Facepalm

Accessories Darling

Nothing marks the start of a new term more than a shiny new pencil case filled with pencils and pens. And when it comes to this, let them go wild and pick their own. Something they love may not go missing quite so easily! And finally. Let’s not forget that water bottle. Whether it’s a rubber version that can be slipped into a side pocket of a backpack, or, a stainless-steel sustainable number, this is a must for every little learner’s kit.

So, there it is, a list on getting prepped for the new term. We think we deserve an A star for this one guys!

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Tesco

Trousers – 2 pack from £7

Shoezone

Lilley Girls Black Patent T-Bar Shoe – £12.99

Trux Boys Black Lace Up Flat Shoe

Shoezone

Trux Boys Black Lace Up Flat Shoe – £12.99

 

SoulCal Denim Backpack

Sports Direct

SoulCal Denim Backpack – £10.00

 

 

30
Jul

Going Plastic Free and Sustainable

Eco, plastic-free and sustainability are all buzzwords we’re hearing, especially since this month is #PlasticFree July. Yep, eco-consciousness has hit the mainstream as we all begin to realise what these materials can do to our planet. Thanks Sir Attenborough! We know that life gets in the way, and that’s why we’re here with a couple of tips to give you a helping hand when it comes to going plastic-free and being sustainable too. Just call us Captain Planet…

Reusable cool

Even if you’re too busy to do anything else, taking on the reusable challenge is a must and, if you take our advice, a cinch! We’re talking swapping those plastic bags for cloth shoppers and switching plastic bottles for a stainless steel one. With so many refilling stations in shopping centres and cafes, there’s really no excuse. Think of it this way, not only do both these initiatives help the environment, they’ll also save you money. No more 5p bags and no more £1 bottles of water either! #justsaying

Raving over recycled

We’re all pretty savvy when it comes to putting our stuff in the blue bins, at home, and in the range of split bins in shopping centres too. However, there are other ways to get involved in this! Did you know, that a range of places now offer clothing that’s made of recyclable materials? From tops made of old bags to backpacks made of plastic milk bottles, there’s something for everyone. And here’s a little FYI. From 2024, Adidas will also be making ALL its trainers from recycled goods. Sprint to it guys!

Buy biodegradable

A standard plastic toothbrush takes around 1,000 years to decompose, while a plastic soap bottle takes 450. That’s a lot of Grandchildren’s, grandchildren, grandchildren to think about! That’s why we’re so pleased to be seeing cool biodegradable kit coming into play. From bamboo or wood toothbrushes, which decompose naturally, to biodegradable wipes. Great for wiping babies’ bottoms and using on your face too. Not at the same time, obviously!

Check out the charity shops

If we’ve said it once, we’ll say it again. Charity shops are pretty awesome for a whole range of things. First up, recycling the stuff you don’t want and reducing landfill, and secondly, for finding stuff. Buying clothing from here means you’re not fuelling the demand for new clothes, thus saving water and waste that goes into making new fashion! And let’s not forget those books, DVDs and household goods too… As they say, ‘one man’s waste, is another man’s treasure!’

So, there it is folks! Quick and easy ways to make sure you’re doing your bit to be sustainable and plastic-free… Sir David would be proud!

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Tesco Stainless Steel Insulated Bottle Rose Gold

Tesco

Tesco Stainless Steel Insulated Bottle Rose Gold – £5.00

Dettol Multi Purpose Biodegradable 50 Wipes

Tesco

Dettol Multi Purpose Biodegradable 50 Wipes – £2.50

 

Simple Kind To Skin Biodegradable Cleansing Wipes

Boots

Simple Kind To Skin Biodegradable Cleansing Wipes – £3.99

 

 

Naty Sensitive Unscented Baby Wipes, 3 x 56 pack = 168 wipes

Boots

Naty Sensitive Unscented Baby Wipes, 3 x 56 pack = 168 wipes – £5.70

 

 

17
Jul

Prepping for the kids’ summer holidays

Ahhh July, the month of sun (we can hope right?), longer nights and the beginning of school summer holidays. And now is the time that many of us either decide to take a little break away or look for stuff to keep the kids entertained on their looong summer break.  But we know it’s not always plane (yes, we spelt it like that on purpose) sailing. And that’s where we’re here to help with our simple tips. On your marks, get set, read…

Staying in

If last year’s weather was anything to go by, you don’t really need to venture much further than your back garden… no, it’s not lazy, it’s practical! And there’s loads of stuff to make sure you don’t hear those cries of, ‘I’m bored’. Toddlers and pre-schoolers are suckers for anything that makes them think they’re all grown up, so, take advantage. Bring out a watering can and get them set for watering those flowers, or take it to the next level. Fill a paddling pool or bowl of water and bring out your plastic and wooden kitchen utensils so they can pretend play. The idea of being allowed to play with those things usually locked away will make them think they’ve got one over on you… #sneaky

Chalk up the crafting

It’s always wise to have a lil’ something up your sleeve, just in case the ‘forbidden’ toys get a bit tired. And that’s where crafting comes in. If the sun’s still shining, give them a piece of chalk and let them loose on the patio, or, take out a great big sheet and roll out the paints for your mini Monets to get arty with. Rainy day? Bring crafting home with a cool colouring and sticker book. Or, if they’re slightly older, why not try them with on-trend knitting. With a range of knitting needles for kids, it’s a great way to hone their counting and concentration skills too.

Out and about

As well as parks, woods and of course soft play for rainy days, there’s a hidden gem you may not have thought about. And that’s your local shopping centre. Many of these host a range of free events for the summer, whether it’s face-painting or art days so keep a look out on their Facebook page to see what’s going on. Alternatively, while away a few hours just browsing with the kids, with a promise of a treat or lunch if they behave #beentheredonethat #stilllivingit.

Leaving on a jet plane…

If you’ve decided to take the plunge and jet off to warmer climes with the kids (you brave mumma and papa) then there’s a few things that will ease that airport and holiday stress. Firstly, invest in their happiness – a happy kid at the airport means less stress. Stock up on those colouring books, snacks, and buy them a special carry-on bag to carry it all in and make them feel all grown up. We also find a ‘special’ holiday outfit builds up the excitement, oh and it’s also a perfect way to make sure they wear that sunhat too!

Beat the sun

Ok, it’s time to get all grown up on you, because as you know, sun protection is so important. Gosh, how much do we sound like our mums! Whether you’re at home or away, always make sure you’ve got that suncream handy. Whether it’s a spray, rub in or roller, it’s a life saver. Out by the paddling pool, beach or hotel pool? Invest in UV clothes for the kids. We love how these cover them up, while keeping them cool and finally, don’t forget that sunhat.

That’s it for now summer people, enjoy the sun and the holidays and don’t forget to take a look at our little picks below!

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Sports Direct

VX-3 Cabin Bag – £28.00

Sports Direct

Star Graph BP Pen Case93 – £14.99

 

Boots

Mini Club Blue Floral Sunsafe – £14.00

 

 

Boots

Mini Club Dinosaur Keppi – £6.00

 

 

30
May

3 cool ways to look hot, even if the weather’s not

Spring Summer 2019 seems to be all about having a little extra – and that’s from head to toe. We’re seeing oversized hats, shout-out colours in tie-dye and neon, and even the humble sandal has suddenly become bold. Check out our top three fashion must-haves for your very own sizzling hot Spring.

1. You can leave your hat on…

…but only if it’s enormous. The fashion for oversized hats actually landed in SS18 with the success of the Jacquemus La Bomba hat, but more and more brands are now vying for a piece of the action. We’re seeing fabrics from tulle to raffia and everything in between and styles emulating witches’ hats, flowers and, well, candyfloss actually. At least these accessories are useful come rain or shine. Shelter beneath your very own and show off your flamboyant side.

2. The devil’s in the detail

There’s no space for plain and simple this season. Whether you go for fringing or feathers or choose to show off complexity in colours, SS19 is all about mixing it up. Fringes are everywhere: on dresses, jackets, skirts but partywear is where the frou-frou is at its most frivolous. Colours and, for that matter patterns, are also all about throwing caution to the wind. SS19 is all about bright, bold and badly clashing! Tie-dye, neon and floral are all on the table with mix and match a must. No-one’s going anywhere incognito this season.

3. Fancy footwork

Our favourite friend for warmer climes, the sandal is finally getting some extra love. Having been clumpy and geekish as well as strappy and barely-there, this timeless footwear has been through some evolutions. This year, it’s joining the fashion for funky fringing and feathers. Check out this gallery from Elle.com to see how you can be footloose and fancy-free this Spring.

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Biba Calissa Small Lock Leather Crossbody

Sports Direct

Biba Calissa Small Lock Leather Crossbody – £85.00

Label Lab Feather Devore Dress

Sports Direct

Label Lab Feather Devore Dress – £30.00

Rocket Dog Nina Web Flip Flops Ladies

Sports Direct

Rocket Dog Nina Web Flip Flops Ladies – £6.00

15
May

5 inspirational ideas to keep the kids occupied during half term – whatever the weather!

Come rain or shine – and let’s face it, both have equally good odds here in the UK – half term is approaching and the kids need occupying. Check out our 5 inspirational ideas for fun activities, even when you’re dealing with four seasons in one day…

  1. Check out Hooplakidzlab on YouTube. They’ve got some amazing fun science experiments for kids which will have them shrieking with delight and include some hidden learning. That’s every parent’s favourite form of fun, surely? We particularly liked the marshmallow catapult and the elephant toothpaste. Great activities for less than Spring-like weather and, best of all, they’re really easy to equip yourself for too. Most shopping centres will have everything you need to be mini scientists for the day.
  2. While we’re on the topic of marshmallows, why not head out to your local shopping centre and treat the kids to a hot chocolate with marshmallows? Delicious and warming, while you’re there you can also pick up some crafty bits and bobs for some more wet wear play sessions.
  3. There are some fabulously effective, yet simple, craft ideas here on the Red Tricycle All using paper as a basic material, they’re imaginative and fun. We can definitely see some games developing from some too, such as flying your model aeroplane, or playing king of the castle with your newly-created crowns.
  4. Crafting is an activity that kids never tire of. Why not head to the shops and grab some materials to start your creative juices flowing. Think fabric offcuts, headbands or sunglasses that can be upcycled or some cheap and cheerful socks to create your very own puppet show. Don’t forget to choose a couple of different types of glue so that everything sticks well and see what wonders you can create.
  5. If nothing but fresh air will do, why not try some pond dipping? Let’s face it, you’re getting wet anyway so this feels like the ideal activity for a rainy half term. These days, there are some excellent wildlife kits available for kids but, if you’re doing things the spontaneous way, just grab a net and some Tupperware to hold your finds plus a spoon to use to examine your samples more closely. Along with your wellies and wet weather gear, you’ll be ready to go. Who said a rainy day was boring?

Shopping insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Gelert Packaway Junior Waterproof Jacket

Sports Direct

Gelert Packaway Junior Waterproof Jacket – £11.99

Staedtler Traditional 110 12 Sketching Pencils 2H - Hb

Tesco

Staedtler Traditional 110 12 Sketching Pencils 2H – Hbb – £7.00

 

Galt Horrible Science Violent Volcano Craft Kit

WHSmith

Galt Horrible Science Violent Volcano Craft Kit – £8.99

 

 

Dunlop Fishing Telescopic Landing Net

Argos

Dunlop Fishing Telescopic Landing Net – £11.99