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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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Children’s Craft Idea – Papier Mache Pigs

paper craft papier mache pigMy 5 year old had a friend round for a few hours recently so I had a little think of what I could come up with to help them have some fun without the “What shall we do?”, “I don’t want to play that”, “I want to be the mummy, not the daddy” discussions.

What I came up with I have to say I slightly regretted part way through but the end results were worth it and they had a lot of fun – though we still had the “mine’s bigger than yours”, “I’ve done more layers than you”, “mine’s pinker than yours” talk!

What was my inspiration? Papier Mache Pigs.

We had some left over balloons from a birthday party that were starting to deflate so I thought it would help me in getting rid of  droopy balloons (something that 5 year olds don’t think is necesary). They each picked a balloon and we all sat down to make Continue reading

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Children’s Craft Ideas – Fun Factual Spinny Spinner

paper craftMy 5 year old took it upon herself to make a rabbit knowledge spinner (until she needed assistance putting it all together). It was such a good idea I thought I’d share.

She had been drawing pictures and was making spider diagrams drawing lines to different bits of the things she was drawing and writing each parts name. She then decided it would be a good idea to turn the idea into a Spinny Spinner (inspired name!). She drew a picture of her favourite animal (at that moment in time it was a rabbit) and drew different rabbit related things around the edge. She then cut it into a circle and cut another circle to go over the top. With a little parental assistance we cut out a section of the upper circle and put a pin in the middle to make it spin.

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Christmas Craft Fun – Santa’s Workshop

Last week we paid a visit to our local pound shop. If you haven’t visited one recently, go and have a wander round. We found some really fantastic Christmas craft ideas for just a pound a time. You can also pick up some bargain Christmas decorations for cutting up and making new masterpieces.father christmas' craft workshop

I’m sure they’ll be lots of posts over the coming week showing you the different craft fun we’ve had from our local pound shop but this post is highlighting the Santa’s Workshop we found.

All together in one pack, all we needed to was stick together and add a little imagination to decorate. Since making the fabulous little workshop we have had several hours of fun making up Christmas storries, imagining what’s in the presents and reenacting Father Christmas visiting our house on Christmas Eve.

You could always give this a go yourself, you would just need glue, sellotape, some foam sheets and a creative imagination. We would normally start from scratch but at a pound, we just couldn’t resist.

Take a little trip yourself and see what you can find.

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Christmas Craft Fun – Christmas Lanterns

christmas paper lanternsI imagine you think we must have reached the end of our Christmas papercraft inspiration, fear not, it’s only just beginning! Today’s fun was creating Christmas lanterns to hang up anjd decorate your home this Christmas.

String them in a line and hang across your hallway to welcome visitors or in the windows to share the beauty with the outside world.

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Christmas Craft Fun – Nativity Pegs & Spoons

wooden peg and spoon nativityWhat a fabulous way to spend a late November afternoon. As you will have realised by now, we are counting down the days to advent to count down the days to Christmas. Almost every craft, drawing and painting game we play is Christmas related but today was extra special fun.

We performed our own little nativity play – twice –

What you need:

  • Spoons
  • Pegs
  • Craft bits and bobs – buttons, wool, paper, felt, straws and more
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • A captive audience

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Christmas Craft Fun – Snowflakes

craft snowflakesOur plan over the coming weeks is to remind you of the fun crafty things you used to do as a child so you can share the fun with your children.

Christmas is such an exciting time of the year for children. I have given our home over to children’s craft for the next month or so. We already have Christmas pictures on the walls and snowflakes on the windows. In a few weeks I think we’ll have a full grotto.

Do you remember folding paper, cutting shapes and creating snowflakes? There’s something really exciting about opening up the paper once it’s all cut up to see what shape the snowflake will be. I promise, it’s just as much fun now – give it a try!

What you need – easy:
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Post Holiday Craft Me Up

So you come back from the holiday you’ve been looking forward to for months and you meet the post holiday blues. Craft Creation of the Isle of Wight NeedlesIf you’ve never seen them, they’re little green critters who focus their purple bloggly eyes on trying to get you down.

Well, we spent a few afternoons after our holiday sending them packing. How did we do it?

  1. We spent some time looking at our holiday pictures and reliving the fun
  2. We picked a couple of pictures of our favourite holiday sites and adventures
  3. We rummaged in the recycling bin
  4. We rummaged in the colouring drawer
  5. We rummaged in the craft box
  6. We made this!! And a few more like it!

In case you were wondering – though I’m sure you know already – this fantastic creation is of the Isle of Wight needles. Yes, we do know the lighthouse to cliff ratio is a little out of kilter!

There’s hours of fun to be had with paint and glue – if you’re feeling empty of ideas, take a look at our bake and create section for inspiration.

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