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Dylan and Grace’s Top 10 Half Term Activities

So here in Oxfordshire it seems we have had half term a week before everyone else. We thought we’d share the Dylan and Grace team’s activities this week in case your thinking cap is struggling for ideas for next week:

  1. Take a trip to a friends – team up with your friends to have some play dates. You can enjoy a chat and cup of tea and the children can burn off energy together!
  2. Take a trip to nanny’s – children love a sleepover and half term is a great time to send the children off to nanny’s for a night. You get the night off and they’ll undoubtedly stay up late which means they’ll have an early night the following night too!
  3. Take a trip to a garden centre – many garden centres will put on activities for children over half term. One close by encouraged children to make and decorate their own birdhouse, another had craft events on including decopatch and birdfeeder making.
  4. Paint, paint, paint – on at least 2 occasions this half term we had strings of paintings across the dining room. Children love to paint and if you add in some cut up Continue reading
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Autumn Mushrooming

Autumn is the perfect time for putting on the wellies and getting out and about mushroom hunting.Mushroom

Field Mushrooms are usually found after rain in fields grazed by cattle or horses and sometimes in parks and on lawns.  It has a white cap and grows between 3-10cm diameter, umbrella shaped with pink gills underneath that change to red-brown then dark brown as they get older. They can easily be confused with other poisonous mushrooms so if in doubt don’t eat them!!  Why not involve the whole family and make it a competition to find the most or the biggest mushroom.

If the Mushrooms manage to elude you this Autumn why not try growing your own, they’re ideal for children and
perfect for the winter months.

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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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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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New Product Excitement

At Dylan and Grace we love finding new and exciting products for our customers and the first of our new Spring range arrived at the office last week.

There was much excitement as we opened the boxes to the first 3 new lines for Spring.  They’re already on our website but here’s a brief description of each of them! Continue reading

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Easter Egged Out

nature walk family afternoon

Feeling a little Easter egged out we decided some fresh air and exercise was definitely needed to stop us going pop. Not least because I’m sure we’ll manage a little more Easter egg before bedtime!

We plumped (note the chicken and therefore egg reference!) for a walk around a fishing lake about a 15 minute drive away. We drove through Continue reading

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Easter Egg Hunting in the Garden

The Easter Bunny arrived early this week and we spent a while in the garden hunting out the treats that he left behind!

Armed with our homemade easter gift baskets we searched high and low for the goodies, the boys not doing quite so well as the girls in the finding stakes.  It took a while as the easter bunny had hidden some of them very well but once we had found everything we shared out the treats.

And this year it wasn’t all about the chocolate (although we did get a fair bit of that!), we also had some Funky Seeds so we can grow our own popcorn plants and a magnifying glass for insect hunting in the garden – so there’s still fun to be had once the chocolate’s gone!

 

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Oooh, spring is in the air…let’s get in the garden

What a beautiful weekend we had here in Oxfordshire. We’re feeling so much better for a bit of sunshine and a lot of time in the great outdoors.

Much of Saturday was spent in the local park learning to ride a bike without stabilisers – there’ll be a post coming on that rest assured – but Sunday was spent enjoying our wintered out garden.

How did we have fun in the garden?

Well, us adults unfortunately had to spend a bit of time clearing out the sheds – goodbye lovely paddling pool, lost to mischievous mice (surely shredded Continue reading

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Snow Fun – Animal Track Hunting

We had a fun walk to school this morning looking for animal tracks in the snow. “We would have have missed all this if we’d gone in the car” – 5 year old thumbs up despite the “please can we go in the car” protests before leaving home.

What did we find? Unfortunately, despite walking through the usually squirrel filled cemetery, the squirrels were safely tucked up warm in their holes, we were all slightly disappointed. However we did find some cool bird tracks and a variety of different sixed dogs prints – I’m not very good at identifying dogs by looking at them let alone from their paw prints. However we did see big dog prings and small dog prints!!!

We will have another look on the way home later to see if we can find any other animals that have ventured out. Let us know what you find.

bird now animal tracks

Don’t forget, if you ever want to keep an animal track print forever, take a look at our animal print casting kit in our children’s nature gifts collection. Not sure how it would work in snow mind!?

 

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Space is great – aliens, galaxies, planets and all

space painting funWe’ve had a bit of a space afternoon imagining what aliens might look like if we happened upon them and talking about the moon, planets and the milky way. We had a lot of fun with the paint and paintbrushes, our favourite masterpiece was our 5 year old space lover’s beautiful painting of 2 girl aliens with the moon, saturn with its moons and the milky way in the distance. I’m not very sure of the accuracy of the background (or foreground come to that!) but a lot of messy fun was had.

To top the fun off we went out and had a look at the clear (ish) night sky before bed. We looked at the moon and jupiter (the very bright star currently just below the moon) and venus (the bright star to the lower east of jupiter) and looked for different constellations in the sky. I have to admit it was quite a quick outdoor visit as it’s rather chilly but looking at the planets is quite special. We also managed to just about see the smudge of a nearish galaxy just next to the middle star of orion’s sword through our binoculars.

Take a look outside on the next clear night and see what you can see.

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