Wednesday, 31 October 2012


We went to a fab Halloween party this year! I made some owl cakes to take along - they were actually a brownie recipe so really chocolatey and gooey inside!

Lots of games were played including a witch dress up relay race and a version of hot potato with witches brooms.

They all loved the apple bobbing!

Our other friends had made bows and arrows too and all the children really got into them.

Then a bit of chill out time after tea watching The Goonies!

That is until the shout of "Pinata" went up and you have never seen a room empty so fast! It was a really sturdy one and even with the big queue of children everyone had around 3 bashes.

Even Eden had a go!!
Then when it finally broke and spilled the contents, the scramble began!!

Both my boys managed to get some though!

Two happy sugar filled boys on their way home!!

Other Halloween fun included lts of dressing up at home...
And of course this year's pumpkin!

Check out last years pumpkins here
and some previous years' pumpkins here

Happy Halloween!!!!

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Bird Feeders! Easy pre-school activity.

Quick and easy crafts are best in our house! This was a big hit with the boys and hopefully will prove a continued interest as the birds come to visit our garden and come for a feed. 

We basically took pinecones, tied the tops in string, smothered them in peanut butter, then rolled them in birdseed!

Gathering the ingredients was fun too as it involved a hunt for pinecones in the park, and a trip to the pet shop to see the bunnies!

They were made in about 10 minutes (about the attention span for crafts for my boys!) and then we went out to hang them on the branches.

With a little luck we shall soon have some feathered visitors - I'll keep you posted!

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Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Archery Fun!!

Ever since I saw ikatbag's most awesome Archery party and fantastic tutorials I knew I had to have a go at making the boys and arrows! With a bit of a push from my friend Nic who beat me to it with her girls, I got myself off to Wicks and bought the PVC pipe, pipe insulation and other bits and bobs needed and then raided Dan's tool box! I had a fantastic morning and thoroughly enjoyed making 4 sets of bows each with 3 arrows. 
Then off to the park we went! We met some friends with older boys down there and that certainly helped as Joplin is very reluctant to take advice from him Mummy, but peer advice and another Mummy's help (thanks Marie!) gave results!

 Peter really got the hang of it and I'm glad the arrows were soft tipped as he has quite a good shot at people's bottoms!!!

The arrows certainly could fly!
 We finished off at the climbing tree (or was it Thunderbird 5!) .

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Twig Raft!

Inspired by pinterest again (here) Joplin and myself set upon making a twig raft!

I found it easier after initially binding the twigs to hold them against the table edge whilst I wove the rest.
 We finished it off with a map sail.
Joplin was keen to see if it would sail....
 It did pretty well and supported a few animals.
Joplin couldn't wait to join the boat on it's adventure!