Monthly Archives: September 2012

Jam Rock Cakes – A Children’s Baking Special

jam rock cakes for childrenSince I was very little I have partaken in jam rock cake making with my lovely Nanny. They are my favourite cake and my “little” brother (age 28!) still has rock cakes made for him by our Nanny. If I’m honest, I’m a little jealous that I have to make my own, often inferior, version. What is it with a Nanny’s fingers that make things taste so much better?

Anyway, I thought I’d share my Nanny’s recipe. I know she didn’t invent it but unfortunately I have no idea where she got the original from so I can’t reference it, therefore I’ll give my lovely Nanny all the credit!!

It’s such a simple bake that it’s great for children’s little fingers to bake too.

Ingredients:

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Our Top 5 for Autumn Fun

The nights are getting darker and at Dylan and Grace we’re considering putting the heating on so Autumn must be well and truly here.  But there’s still fun to be had and below we’ve listed our top 5 things to do in Autumn.

1)   Blackberrying – Who knew crawling around in prickly bushes could be so much fun, plus there’s the added bonus of a blackberry crumble at the end of your hard work.

2)   Conker Fights – crack open those horse-chestnuts and get your conkers ready for the annual autumn cocker fights.  There’s also an old wives tale that if you put them in the corner of your house it keeps the spiders away! Continue reading

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Family Festival Fun – Take Home Ideas

pond dipping for childrenThe sun was shining last weekend and we were lucky enough to have a Family Festival being hosted just a few miles from us at Hill End, Oxford. There was a lot of open space for children to stretch their legs and lots of exciting things to do to stretch their imaginations.

We had a lot of fun so I thought I’d share some of things we did that you can do at home and when out and about:

  • Create a mud kitchen – a lot of fun (and mess) was had in the mud kitchen. To recreate at home (well, we recommend in the garden!!) simply get a bowl or bucket, fill it with some mud (we suggest supervised mud collecting if you’ve just planted your spring bulbs!) add a little water, then simply let the fun begin. If you can add some spoons and smaller bowls or plates to the mix, all the better. Just don’t expect a clean child to walk back through the back door when they’re done!
  • Junk modelling – Weave Recycle had a stand at the event with lots of discarded materials from business and industry. Children were able to use their imaginations to create all sorts of models, structures and games. It’s easy to recreate this at home, simply go through your recycling box and pull out different Continue reading
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