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Advent Calendars

Advent Calendars


When did advent calendars change from opening a little card door to show a
Christmassy picture or a saying, to those loaded with sweeties or themed with Peppa Pig or Lego?

As an alternative place a selection of goodies appropriate to the age (children or adult!) in a bag and use either a magnetic calendar or a standard paper calendar for the month of December. Move the disc or cross off the date each day and dip into a bag or box of wrapped mini presents for the treat.

As a bonus the calendar can be used again and again and the theme can change as children grow up. 

And for those beautiful, but a little impractical wooden drawer or fabric pocket advent calendars, it saves the problem each year of finding suitably sized items!





Created On  7 Nov 2017 12:40 in Events and Activities  -  Permalink
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Pancake Day UK, Mardi Gras USA and Celebrations


Did you know that Mardi Gras in New Orleans has the same origin as our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Day?

Shrove Tuesday is the day before the start of the Christian tradition of Lent, 40 days of fasting before Easter.

In the US it's called Mardi Gras or 'Fat Tuesday'. Originally meat was not eaten during Lent and the meat fat had to be used up before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday.

The French connection? A settler from France arrived in the area which is now New Orleans in 1699 the day before the Lent fast began, on Mardi Gras. In 1703 the tiny settlement of Fort Louis de la Mobile held the first celebration of Mardi Gras. By 1875 ‘Fat Tuesday’ was declared a public holiday in Louisiana and the annual Mardi Gras parades with floats and a carnival atmosphere established.

Pancake Day in the UK is celebrated traditionally by making and eating a variety of pancakes, stacking and flipping competitions, and 
pancake races, all very different to the New Orleans experience!




Created On  27 Feb 2017 13:18 in Events and Activities  -  Permalink
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Inventions! Bright Ideas!


It all starts with an idea, but whose idea, about what and when?

BrainBox Inventions game lifts the lid on some of the best – and some of the worst! Which have gone on to become household objects, and which never quite made it? Play the 10 second memory game and find out! Here’s a few examples from the Inventions brainbox. https://goo.gl/xs9zPk     navigate

June sees the launch of the Brainbox Young Games Inventor Competition 2015.  Now in its 3rd year, the competition is open to under 16s. Why not encourage your own bundle of creative energy, your son or daughter (grandson, granddaughter, niece, nephew), to get those ideas in order, create a new game concept and enter the competition. That’s exactly what happened to Isla and Fred – two everyday children crowned Young Games Inventors of 2014. Could that be your child in 2015? Find out more here.
Created On  30 May 2015 14:54 in Events and Activities  -  Permalink
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World Book Day Annual Costume Fest


When did World Book Day become the annual costume fest for kids and headache for mums!

Each year mums try to find a brilliant costume to fit their child’s favourite book and be the best in class and it’s never easy to find the time or money to fulfil the most demanding child’s wishes.
Encouraging children to think about books and authors and reading is all good, but how did the dressing up side become such a major part of the day? Has the essence of World Book Day been lost?

Started in 1997 World Book Day was designated by UNESCO as the worldwide celebration of reading in more than 100 countries round the world supporting authors, illustrators, books and reading.
2015 is the 18th year of World Book Day and millions of £1 book vouchers will be given out in the UK to children to encourage book buying and reading.

So, here are some tips to help with the costume problem.

First pre-empt your little one’s demands by finding things you already have in the house and dressing up box and then find a book that matches!  Suggest the book and costume very persuasively and see what happens.

Rather than trying to find a specific character costume try to be generic - dress like a cat, dog, or any animal then books such as Cat in the Hat, Wind in the Willows, etc will be fine. Or a striped jumper can be Dennis the Menace, Where’s Wally or Horrid Henry.

It doesn’t have to complicated!

Created On  4 Mar 2015 17:15 in Events and Activities  -  Permalink
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A Ghoul’s Guide to Partying at Halloween!


Decorate for a spooky evening 

  • Make spooky signs that look like grave stones for all the rooms in the house and then name the rooms such as ‘Don’t Stay Long …’ for the toilet, ‘Witches Brewing Area’ for the kitchen, ‘Who Dares’ for the dining room. 
  • Replace your ordinary light bulbs for coloured red or green ones to add extra spooky atmosphere. 
  • Hang black crepe paper streamers across doorways to walk through and theatrical spider’s webs round the rooms for a creepy feeling all over! 
  • Make hanging party banners of bones, witches hats, pumpkins and bats – use cardboard and templates.  Kids will have great fun making these. 

And now for the fun, let’s play Ghoulish Games! 

  • Make a monster.  Provide all sorts of craft and creative bits and pieces and the team who comes up with the wackiest monster wins. 
  • Think up the longest list of fangtastic movies starting with Dracula, or monster tunes such as Thriller and Monster Mash! Pin the eyes on the pumpkin, or the wart on the witch. 
  • Hollow out a pumpkin (to make soup!) and use the pumpkin shell for the game Pumpkin Toss – players throw coloured sweets into the pumpkin from a distance and the winner is one who gets the most of their coloured sweets in the pumpkin. 
  • Thrill your guests with Jolly Jokes!  What do you get when you cross a vampire with a snowman?  FROSTBITE!  What will a vampire never order in a restaurant?  A STEAK!   

HALLOWEEN
Ghost and Ghouls running amok …….
Witches and Wizards stirring up trouble ……
Children on Trick or Treat adventures ……. 
Have a Spooky evening on 
All Hallow's Eve
Created On  18 Oct 2014 13:16 in Events and Activities  -  Permalink
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