Free water fun - I'm always looking for fresh ideas for fun activities with Oliver & Nanna never ceases to amaze me with her inventive free games. We often pop down in the afternoon for a cup of tea & Oliver is always itching to get upstairs & wash his hands in the bathroom sink as Nanna lets him play with cups & water. Today Nanna had a straw waiting for Oliver & let him blow the water making bubbles, he absolutely loved it! I'm very lucky as Nanna makes me a nice cup of tea & I get to relax whilst she entertains the children. It was fabulous to listen to Oliver giggling away having fun & such a simple idea I just had to share! You really don't need any instructions, just a little imagination & a few towels to hand as it's quite messy but it's only water. Thank you Mum for my rest & the children's fun, don't worry I won't share the song time videos. Michelle X
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Toddler fun for under 30 pence: Oliver loves messy play & I'm always trying to think of new fun things for him to do. I enjoy the challenge of not spending a fortune & decided to improvise with a 26 pence shaving foam from Tesco & make a car wash. We chose two of Oliver's favourite cars & gave them a special wash in a shaving foam bath, Oliver really giggled as he played with the cars & loved the texture of the shaving foam. I simply filled a Tupperware pot with shaving foam & just let him play in the sink. Oliver was standing on his little step & I was surprised how little mess he made. I did time the messy play with bath time, The bath was running whilst we played & I just scooped him up when he had finished playing & popped him in. We have plenty of shaving foam left & Oliver asks every night if he can play with it again, he really did enjoy it, why not give it a try! Michelle X
Jon's Red Velvet Birthday Cake Jon's Birthday was last Wednesday so me and Florence got up early, bought all the presents up to bed and helped him unwrap them all. Jon had to go to work so while the cat was away the mice played! I have never baked and iced a cake.... ever. So I thought it would be a fun thing for us to do and got all the ingredients together to bake a Red Velvet Cake using a recipe from the Hummingbird bakery cook book. Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 65 mins Yield: Makes a 6" cake, 2 tiers. I halved the recipe and made a 3rd tier. The original recipe yields 12 cupcakes. Ingredients... For the cake: 60g unsalted butter, at room temperature 150g caster sugar 1 egg 10g cocoa powder 20ml red food colouring (preferably Dr. Oetker brand) ½ tsp vanilla extract 120ml buttermilk 150g plain flour ½ tsp salt ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda 1½ tsp white wine vinegar For cream cheese frosting: 300g icing sugar, sifted 50g unsalted butter, at room temperature 125g cream cheese, cold
Method... For the cake: Preheat the oven to 170°C. Beat butter and the sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy and well mixed. Turn the mixer up to high speed, slowly add the egg and beat until everything is well incorporated. In a separate bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, red food colouring and vanilla extra ct to make a very thick, dark paste. Add to the butter mixture and mix thoroughly until evenly combined and coloured (scrape any unmixed ingredients from the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula). Turn the mixer up to slow speed, slowly pour in half the buttermilk. Beat until well mixed, then add half the flour and beat until everything is well incorporated. Repeat this process until all the buttermilk and flour have been added. Scrape down the side of the bowl again. Turn the mixer up to high speed and beat until you have a smooth, even mixture. Turn the mixer down to low speed and add the bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. Beat until well mixed, then turn up the speed again and beat for a couple more minutes. Pour into a lightly greased 6" cake tin. Bake for about 40 mins or until done. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the middle, should come out clean if done. Leave to cool slightly in the tin before turning out onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely. Frost with cream cheese frosting. For cream cheese frosting: Beat the icing sugar and butter together on medium-slow speed until the mixture comes together and is well mixed. Add the cream cheese in one go and beat until it is completely incorporated. Turn the mixer up to medium-high speed. Continue beating until the frosting is light and fluffy (at least five minutes). Do not overbeat, as it can quickly become runny.
Because I wanted to decorate the cake myself I bought Florence a Pepper pig cupcake mix which we quickly mixed together and whilst I decorated Jon's cake she had creative control with her own little cakes. She loved doing something on her own with a little help from her lovely Jaja. The Red Velvet cake was delicious, perfect for everyone and not too sickly. The icing is to die for... use this for any cake and your guests will not be dissapointed!
Toddler Painting fun: Toddler painting fun is another free activity for January, assuming you have the materials. Keeping rainy days fun can be a challenge with a toddler but messy play is always a winner. Oliver loves painting & to keep it interesting we tend to pick a theme, we were inspired by his current favourite book 'What the ladybird heard' which was a Christmas present from uncle Dec & auntie Katie. Equipment Sponge stamps Paint Lots of paper 1/2 a potato Method We found some sponge stamps in the garage, one of which was a ladybird but also used 1/2 a potato that was an oval shape (similar to a ladybird's body). We grabbed the paint & I just let Oliver get creative. We always end up with lots of pictures, so I tend to keep Oliver's arty creations & use them as Thank you cards for Christmas & birthdays. Who wouldn't love a personalised masterpiece... Michelle X
Bath Paint: I found this great recipe for Bath Paint, it's easy to make & you can use all store cupboard items.. Yes it's another free activity for January! 1 tbsp Cornflour 4-6 pumps baby shampoo 2-3 drops food colouring (I used natural extracts food colouring) 1-2 tsp water Just mix it all together & let your toddler get creative! I gave Oliver a paint brush to use but after a while he ditched it & went in with his hands, it was a really fun activity...enjoy! Michelle X