Monthly Archives: May 2012

Hooray for Some Sunshine!!

Hooray, finally the rain stopped and some sunshine put in an appearance.  We took the opportunity to get back into the garden and get planting.  We’re on a vegetable growing mission this year, we’ve got leeks, potatoes, carrots, parsnips, tomatoes and onions amongst others, already out in their planters or growing in the greenhouse, our 7-year-old concentrated very hard whilst wrapping the runner beans around the canes and planting lots of lettuce, she had a bit of help with our mini gardeners kit which includes gloves, spade and a fork all suitable for little hands.  We all finished up very muddy and a bit proud of ourselves, we can’t wait for them all to grow so we can enjoy some fresh vegetables through the summer.

We also decided to plant something a bit different, popcorn seeds which grow into popcorn we can actually eat.    The children had great fun planting them and we’re all very excited to watch them grow, we’ll keep you updated as to how we get on but why not buy your own and let us know how you do!

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Garden Bug Hunting

What a lovely way to spend an hour before bedtime, bug hunting in the garden. The first find, the one that sparked our hunt, was a little red bug which we discovered (with the power of Google) was a red spider mite.

Then we went on the hunt for more; under rocks and flower pots, on the nettles (a secret hideout for ladybirds), amongst the long grass and in the trees.

We found a nice selection of bugs and insects much to the delight of our hunters. Here’s a selection of our finds:

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Afternoon Bus Museum Fun

We decided on a bank holiday weekend trip to the bus museum at Long Hanborough in Oxfordshire. We’ve been there before and the lure of a vintage bus ride helped us decide to pay another visit – the fact the children love it helps too.

The bus museum is on the side of the Long Hanborough railway station so if you’re lucky you also get to see trains passing by, picking up passengers and heading off again. Also handy if you fancy a visit to the museum and train travel is the way you prefer to get around!

Once we’d got our tickets we entered the main part of the museum and were welcomed by the abandoned bus, set up like most of the buses are found. The best bit for the chidren was trying to spot all the different animals and keep walking past the owl and frog to make them hoot and ribbit!

Within the museum there are some very old buses and bikes – the old Royal Mail delivery bike (those postmen must have had some strong legs!) and the penny farthing were particularly interesting to us. There is a selection of old buses that you can climb in and have a look around – we had great fun waving to each other from different buses – and a Continue reading

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Veggiefriends – Vegetable Fun

Barnado’s came into our 5 year old’s school this week and explained all the good work they do. To encourage the children to think about how Barnardo’s helps and look after children, we had to make a veggiefriend and look after it.

Although it’s easy to get carried away at the supermarket buying all sorts of exotic fruit and vegetables and spending 20 minutes getting ideas online (not mentioning any names 5 year old’s Daddy!), you can also have fun with whatever happens to be in your fruit bowl or vegetable basket. You can even cook it up afterwards if you’re allowed.

We made an aubergine penguin but there were all sorts of creations – potatoes with cress grown for hair, giraffes made from a potato for the body and carrots for the long neck and legs. There were lots of raisin eyes and cut out mouths. A nice display of imagination!

On top of all the fun, it was a great way to give our 5 year old a lesson in carefully using a sharp knife – extremely, extremely supervised. She really enjoyed having the responsibilty and loved feeling very grown up.

Get creative and give it a try. If you have fun doing it – why not thank Barnado’s with a couple of pounds for the idea.

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Rainy Day Fun

Well it’s raining, and doesn’t look like stopping any time soon, at Dylan and Grace we love to have fun whatever the weather so thought we’d share with you our top 5 things to do in the rain.

1) Put on your wellies and raincoat and head outside.  Jumping in puddles is sure to put a smile on your face and when you get home be sure to warm up with a lovely hot chocolate!

2)  An afternoon of creativity, Dylan and Grace have lots of craft kits to choose from but this sock dog is one our favourites.

3)  Camping doesn’t have to be just for outdoors, grab some blankets and drape over furniture to create your own indoor tent.  Furnish with lots of cushions, sleeping bags and blankets for a cosy hideaway

4) Dig out a board game and get the whole family involved in an afternoon of competitive game playing

5)  Get baking, whip up some tasty treats in the kitchen.  Here’s one of our favourite flapjack recipes for you to try;


110g light brown sugar

175g butter

175g porridge oats

1 tablespoon of golden syrup


1)  Heat the sugar, butter and golden syrup in a large saucepan until melted.

2)  Once melted, take off the heat and mix in the porridge oats

3)  Spoon mixture into a square baking tin and bake in the oven for 40 mins on 150’c

4)  Remove from over and cool for 10 mins before cutting into slices, wait until completely cool before removing from the tin

Whatever you choose to do, have fun and let us have your ideas for things to do on a rainy day.




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