Wednesday, 13 September 2017

PRODUCT REVIEW - WEEKEND BOX SNAZAROO FACE PAINTS

I was contacted by a company called Weekend Box and asked to check out their latest brand team up. They linked with Snazaroo face paints to make an AWESOME pack of fun. You can sign up to become a member and receive a fun new activity for the weekend. 


The girls were really keen to get in to the box and see what goodies awaited them. Once opened, they very quickly cleared off the table and set about making up each others faces!


The pack came in a brightly packaged box that is just the right size to fit neatly through your letterbox. Inside were two cute little packs of face paints, a sponge and decorative stamps! 


There were also details of a competition that you can enter. The girls were very keen to make a face design good enough to win. 


We started off using the sponge to spread white paint all over "R"'s face and then "L" set about the fine details of her design!


The paints are easy to use and go on to the face smoothly. The colours are rich and you do not need to use much for a good effect.


We used the stamps on our hands which was fun, and then added the smiley one to her rainbow face!
I think they did they a pretty good job! 



Snazaroo face paints are water based which means they do not smear and smudge like many grease based face paints I have used. They dry leaving a nice smooth finish that does not feel heavy on the skin. These have been made with a gentle formula that is kind to sensitive skin. It is easy to layer the paints and because they dry fast you never have to wait long before building up colours.
Being water based they are easy to remove with normal soap and water. All sponges and brushes rinse off under warm running water and it can be washed out of clothing easily.

We have been really impressed by the face paints and the idea of a fun weekend box! 

We have given this a 5/5  and we could not find any faults with the pack or the products. 

One little thing that I feel is worth mentioning...... never leave a teenage boy to decorate your childs face............


Disclaimer - We were sent the product and asked for an honest review. All opinions given are our own.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

HOW TO MAKE - TIE DYE TOPS



You will need:
  • White cotton top
  • Hand dye, such as Dylon. (That is the brand we used)
  • Large bucket
  • Elastic bands
  • Water



First of all take sections of your top and wrap elastic bands around it. the more sections you do this too the more circles you will have on your top.


Mix the hand dye with the water as instructed on the packet. Use an old wooden spoon to push the top in to the water. The spoon will stain so make sure its not one you want to stay clean! Leave the tops in the dye for a couple of hours for a good strong colour. 


 Take out the tops (best to use rubber gloves for this bit) and rinse out the top in cold water. Then remove the rubber bands and leave to dry. To make these colour fast then follow the instructions on your dye packet. Also wash these separately a couple of times to prevent colour run in to other clothes.




Friday, 8 September 2017

CRAFTING IN THE GARDEN!

Some days are just craft days. Lots of art and making. Today was one of those days. We all sat outside around the table and worked on our own little craft projects. Chatting and crafting. I love watching the children being creative.






There was so much chat and conversation going on. Talking about things they had read or places they had been.


Helping each other with a  craft if needed.


Thursday, 7 September 2017

OUTDOOR COOKING - TOAST AND JAM


We love cooking outdoors and our Forest School sessions are a great time to do this. Our leader toasted the bread over the fire pit and then the children buttered and jammed their own pieces.
We just poke a stick through the bread and hold it over the fire. It toasts very quickly!


Great life skills being learnt. Learning how to use a knife to spread rather than cut can be a new experience for many children.


Yummy!! This will keep us going for a while. A refuel ready to play again.


Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language Development
  • Understanding the world

TROLLS ENJOYING WHAT TROLLS ENJOY!



We spent a sunny day at a nearby park. The great thing about this park is that it has lots of areas to suit all ages. I thought the older children would go in to the play ground or play crazy golf but they had other ideas! They spent the whole day in the sand pit!


It all started with Brendan, the eldest at 15 years old digging his way under a bridge! Kenzie is never far behind as Brendan often has some really cool ideas! Soon he was digging a hole under the bridge too!


 
A baby came to check out how the building was going!


Little "R" spend hours digging and digging till she made it out the other side! A tunnel from one side to the other!



I wouldn't stand too close to the bridge. You might get dragged under! Trolls are not keen on visitors!



All the hard work deserves a drink and a rest. They spent all day in their holes under the bridge! Every pocket in their shorts was full of sand.... their hair was full of sand.... my car was full of sand!


Wednesday, 6 September 2017

BUTTERFLY AND FAIRY WINGS

While flicking through the craft pages on Baker Ross website, I came across these amazing sets of wings that you could decorate. I know several children that would love to have their own wings so I bought some packs! They were GREAT!! 


I offered paint, glue, feathers, and colourful scraps that could be added to the wings.


Puss decided that she only wanted paint on hers! Lots of bright colours!


I did add some sticky tape across the main join as it looked like the card would become weak in that area after some use. I think she did a pretty good job!

They have them on sale at the moment if you fancy grabbing some. (Baker Ross have not sponsored this post or asked me to write one.... I just love these wings!)


OUTDOOR COOKING - POPCORN OVER THE FIRE PIT

Popcorn is a nice easy and healthy snack to cook over the fire pit with your little ones. Once the fire has died down and you have some nice hot embers, you can hold the corn kernels over the fire and watch them all pop.
Our Forest School leader has a great idea for containing everything, She uses 2 sieves that are positioned together to make an enclosed bowl. They are held together with string and tin foil over the top to protect it. All this is tied to a long stick.




The children have a lot of fun waiting for the corn to start popping. You can see them all watching and waiting Then It starts and they all get very excited!!



Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language Development
  • Understanding the world

HOMEMADE TOYS- LITTLE STICK PEOPLE


My sister in law made these really cute little stick people for our Forest school session and I had to share them with you. They are so easy to make. A stick and a nice sharp knife to shape them, a dab of paint for the hat and a little happy face!

This old brick seemed like the perfect addition to the play space. They can be dropped in the holes and pulled out again easily!


They remind me a little of Pontipines from "In The Night Garden". You could make a whole family!


Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language Development
  • Expressive Art and Design
  • Understanding the world


SENSORY TRAY - YUMMY BUILDING SITE!



This is a sensory tray that even the littlest children and babies can enjoy (as long as they are old enough for dry cereal). I simply filled a shallow dish with bran flakes and added toy diggers.



The diggers can be driven through the Bran Flakes mud and use the scoops on the front to pick up and move it around. And if the construction workers get hungry they can have a little snack!

Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language Development
  • Understanding the world

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

THE PANCAKE FAIRY CAME TO VISIT

The lovely Melanie came over today to make pancakes for the children. She is the pancake fairy! She arrived with her magic bag of goodies and delivered yummy treats for all! Sharing yummy treats and happiness as she cooked!


We were very grateful to her and with a swish of her spatula she was gone again. We can only hope she visits us again! With or without her pancakes!



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