Week 2 Christmas Play Planner – Snowmen

Evening everyone, gosh hasn’t it got baltic all of a sudden?! Jeepers, I’ve been foundered every time I step out of the house. J had an exceptional closure today so I’m afraid I was a very lazy mummy and kept S off pre school too and myself and my 3 amigos had a pj day! It was fab! We lazed around in our pj’s, snuggled on the sofa under duvets, did some gingerbread men crafting and baking and bathing!!

We’ve really enjoyed the past week with our gingerbread activities. It’s been great to have a wee focus and also I have LOVED having messages and comments from all you guys here, and on Facebook telling me about what you have been getting up to and how you have been joining in. Thanks so much – it really means a lot to know that there are people out there who enjoy our little spot on t’internet!

So, this week our theme is going to be SNOWMEN! I absolutely adore “The Snowman”, and more recently with the addition of The Snow Dog. So we will definitely be reading that book this week and watching the film. Good old Olaf has also become a favourite around here too, so no doubt he will feature too. But for most of our activities I’m just going for a regular old Frosty the Snowman type! Call me old fashioned, but 9 times out of 10, tradition will always win with me! (I am Presbyterian ya know!! ;) )

So, this week you will need :

cornflour

salt

vegetable oil

cream of tartar

silver glitter

rich tea biscuits

icing sugar

strawberry laces

marshmallows

smarties

black icing

blue card

white paint

felt tips

shaving foam

pva glue

peppermint extract

potato

toilet roll tube

twigs

black card

And the activities we hope to do are:

Make white / snowy playdough

Snowman cookies

Handprint / fingerprint cards

White snow puffy paint

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Footprint snowmen

Snow dough

Snowmen water play

We will also try to do a version of this with our fridge:

We also hope to have a themed breakfast at some point, we had one last year and it was a huge hit with all of us!!

Tomorrow I am off shopping with my sisters, there’ll be Christmas coffees, lunches, snacks, more coffees, a wee visit to The Christmas Market….I cannot wait!

Have a great weekend everyone! See you Monday for some Frosty fun.

Gingerbread cupcakes.

Just a quick little post this evening to share with you our recipe for Gingerbread cupcakes.  This was our first time making these, and I have to say I am so pleased at how scrummy they have turned out.  The hubster LOVED them, he isn’t a big fan of the humble cupcake, but IS a huge fan of all things ginger (he has a bit of a weakness for Jesse and Jessica Rabbit!) and apparently these cupcakes are amazing!

I made with just L, as the 2 boys were at school and she was able to help me each step. I always think the key is to not over mix, and with kiddies I find this is a good thing.

So, first things first, you will need:

For the cupcakes:

  • 75g soft unsalted butter
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 125ml black treacle
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 175g plain flour
  • 1tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 125ml cup hot milk

For the buttercream icing:

  • 120g soft butter
  • 200g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 2tbsp milk

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Ok, once you have all your ingredients together……

* Preheat the oven to 175′c and line a 12-hole muffin tin with cupcake cases.

* In a large bowl cream the butter with the sugar. Add the treacle and the egg and egg yolk.

* In a separate large bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, ginger, cinnamon and salt.

* Dissolve the baking soda in the hot milk.

* Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and stir until just combined. Stir in the hot milk mixture.

* Spoon into the cases. I put some of the mixture into a teacup for L to make it a little bit easier for her!


 Bake for 20 mins.

* Allow to cool.

For the buttercream:

Cream the butter in a bowl until smooth, gradually add the icing sugar and continue to cream until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and the milk and cream until combined. Ice the cupcake and add a little mini gingerbread man to decorate!

Hope these turn out for you all ok :)

Last day of our wee gingerbread man theme tomorrow. We have had great fun and today found a gingerbread man bath bomb in Poundland! Oh Poundland how I love thee!!

Week 1 Christmas Play Planner – Gingerbread Men.

Hey folks, how are you all doing? Dare I mention the ‘C’ word yet?? SIX weeks people, SIX weeks!! Can I get a whoop, or rather a HO,HO,HO!!! It really is the most wonderful time of the year and over here at Making Memories in The Chaos we love it.

Every year we go all out on our crafts and play activities and this year I have decided to share with you in a little more detail what that looks like.  I regularly make myself a little planner for our week and so, this Christmas time, I’m going to share that planner with you.

Each week I am going to take a theme and share 10 activities that you could try out with your little ones. I’ll also share the “Things you need” so that you can get prepared for the week ahead. (I should have said that I hope to post each planner on a Friday evening.) Then as the week progresses you can follow us on Facebook as we complete the activities.

Sound like a plan?? I’m excited to play and make and bake with you all.

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Ok. So. The first week is going to be all about the gingerbread man. He’s a cutie, plus there’s a great story about him which isn’t too Christmasy for those who are thinking, “It’s the middle of November for goodness sake!”

You will need:

The Gingerbread Man story book (if possible, not essential)

mini gingerbread men cookies

icing sugar

smarties

brown paper

paints

cotton ear buds

gingerbread man cookie cutter

plain flour

vegetable oil

ground cinnamon

ground ginger

various colours of felt

pva glue

pritt

scissors

buttons

googly eyes

sandpaper

cornflour

paintbrushes

salt

cream of tartar

(Most of those things you will probably already have in your cupboards.)

The 10 activities that I hope to do next week are:

Make gingerbread cupcakes.

Gingerbread men wrapping paper.

Gingerbread cloud dough.

Gingerbread men felt.

Gingerbread men garland.

Gingerbread men craft.

Gingerbread slime / oobleck.

Gingerbread paint.

Gingerbread playdough.

The Gingerbread Man story box.

So, who’s going to join us? I’d love to hear from you if you are. Be sure to stop by our Facebook page on Monday for more details on what is involved in each craft. If anyone has any questions, please get in touch. Or if anyone can think of how I can make this any clearer, please let me know.

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photo care of google images

Some ideas for Bonfire night!

We’re not really ‘big’ into celebrating Bonfire night, but I love any excuse to have a theme for a day at home with the kids. I’m sharing below some of my favourite ideas that I have found on pinterest which we hope to re-create ourselves!

Who doesn’t love a toilet roll craft?!

Bonfire Night crafts from toilet tissue loo roll fireworks

Bonfire cupcakes

An ideal Autumnal treat for bonfire and fireworks parties. These Sticky Bonfire Muffins include apples and dates to provide the perfect amount of spice and sweetness! For approx 15 muffins you will need: 1 x Pack of Wright’s Ginger Cake Mix (WCM-GINGER) 150g x Orange Marmalade

Bonfire Night is the first night back after half term.  They are usually full of energy.  These biscuits look fun but won't require too much concentration

We made a version of these last year – edible sparkles!

Bonfire Night is a UK thing, but these could also be for the 4th of July.  Not sure if I can get the chocolate finger biscuits in the US though.  Hmm.  Maybe choc covered pretzel sticks would work??

Another version of an edible sparkler

Marshmallow 'Sparklers' for Bonfire Night

And the essential fireworks crafts!!

Glitter Fireworks Pictures

Wet Chalk Fireworks Craft for Kids - Fun 4th of July or Memorial Day art project! #Patriotic

This used to be one of my favourite things to do at school!!

Happy new year! Easy craft for a new year's party. Get the scratch art paper and let the kids make their own fireworks!

What about you? Have you any ideas / traditions that you do 5th November? Or do you feel inspired to give one of these activities a go with your family?

I love any excuse to bust out some glitter and paint and do some baking!

** ALL OF THE IMAGES ABOVE HAVE BEEN TAKEN FROM PINTEREST. IF YOU WISH TO FIND OUT MORE DETAILS BE SURE TO POP OVER TO PINTEREST**

An October round up!

Hello, hello. I feel posts like this are almost ‘cheating’ in the blogging world, when all they are, are a bunch of photos and a few comments here and there. And I realise it can almost be like a little bit of torture – like when someone shows you 5 millions holiday snaps and inside you’re thinking, “I wasn’t there, I don’t really care”. But for me these wee posts are a way of stopping and recording little snippets from our life at this time.  In a world where I hardly ever print off photos anymore, this is somewhere I can keep a little record and maybe in 10 years time I can show it to the kids and reminisce about the ‘good old days’ :)

So, here it is our October round up! We’ve been working our way through that Autumn Bucket List rightly!

Crunch and jump in piles of leaves….

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Visit a farmers market

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Decorate pumpkins

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Make a scarecrow

Go for long walks and bike rides in beautiful places

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We’ve been doing some fun play activities

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We’ve done a spot of baking

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Made LOTS of apple tarts and crumbles!!

Enjoyed Pumpkin Spice Lattes

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Got emotional about how big my little girlie is getting

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Enjoyed picnics outdoors in the unusually pleasant October weather!

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Celebrated my birthday and my sisters 21st

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Got dressed up

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Made memories

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October / Autumn you’ve been great!!! Although, if I’m honest I’m much more excited about starting a Christmas bucket list :) !!

(You have also been great if you have made it this far with this post – sorry, mega loooonnnnng!!)

Celebrate the Light!

Wednesday night we went to our church hall for a “Celebrate the Light” party. This is my second year for organising it for families in the church and community and it was a lot of fun! Kiddies were invited to come dressed as a favourite book or TV character and mums and dads could come along and enjoy some apple tart and coffee.

Here’s my very own little Snow White, Captain America and Iron Man! (please ignore the absolute state of me in the background….mummy always is last to get seen to ;) )

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We had various little activities in the hall for the families to take part in…

Pin the flame on the candle

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Making chocolate apples

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Nail painting

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Carving pumpkins

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Arts and crafts

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Glow in the dark hoopla!

HUGE hit!

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It was a fun, busy night and just love to come together as a community and celebrate the Light and Hope that we have at this otherwise dark time of year.

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Do any of you guys go to any similar events in your area, I’d love to hear some new ideas!

A date with my 4 year old.

Last Friday, J said to me, “Do you want to go on a date with me, Mummy? You can have anything you want on the page!”

What else could a girl possibly say but, “J, I would absolutely love to!”

For 2 years now, as a family we have been having “Dates” with our kids. Up until last week it had always been initiated by either Ben or I. But last week, it was little J who took the lead. And it did make me think a little bit. J has never been one for affection. He’s not big on hugs or kisses or cuddles. But lately he has been. I think the whole being in to school thing until 2pm has been a bigger deal than I even thought. When he comes home he’ll ask me what I’ve been doing all day, what did I have for lunch….I guess when you have been used to having lunch with someone basically every single day for 4 and a half years it’s a bit strange not to!!

So, I think he has been missing me. Don’t get me wrong he LOVES school, absolutely loves it. And I don’t think he would admit it himself, but deep down I think he has been missing his auld ma ;)

Ben and I LOVE going on dates with each of the kids. It is a special time and something which we really cherish. It allows time to chat and laugh with just them and really give them all our attention.

J really treated this one a bit like a real life date, and from the way that he behaved he sure does have a great role model. At drop off at school, he asked me, “What are you going to wear on our date Mummy? Maybe a dress?” Then as he turned to wave goodbye he shouted, “Oh mum, make sure my shirt is ironed will you” ?! Bless him, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.

That evening we both got ready, he put on his favourite shirt, got daddy to fix his hair. He gathered together some money and we were ready to go.

And I had THE. BEST. NIGHT.

Somewhere in this little guys future there is going to be one very lucky lady. He treated me like a true gentleman should.  He reminded to pick anything that I wanted from the page.  When the waiter showed us to our seats he said, “we’ll just have water for now and get something else later.” He kept the conversation flowing all through dinner, asking me was I ok, did I need to go to the toilet (?!) At the end he got out his money, “I’m just checking I have enough, daddy gave me 6 coins”.  But the most loveliest part of all, when we got back to the car, he gave me a little kiss on the cheek and said, “thank you for a lovely date mummy, I really love you lots like jelly tots”.

So my darling little J, this little post is for you. I pray that in the future you will find a girl who will treat you right. Who won’t take advantage of your gentle heart. For you are a keeper J.B. a real treasure. And I love you loads like frogs and toads!!!

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