Sunday fun with NahdzAdventures Play Dough Kit

Sunday’s weather was such a drab compared to the beautiful sun we had on Saturday! I know, I know… it’s the middle of October so I shouldn’t really complain about the rain because we did have the longest heatwave since forever and last month was pretty mild to say the least. I don’t know… maybe it’s because I had my holiday in Ibiza at the end of September so I’m still in that summer-mindset. 🙂

Anyway, we tried something different last weekend. Usually I would just sit in front of the TV with the kids on a lazy Sunday afternoon but I remembered I purchased a play dough kit from sensory play supermum and blogger, Nahdia from NahdzAdventures and thought “today would be the perfect day to play with the kit”… and so we did!

On Sundays, Nahdia updates her instagram account, @nahdz_adventures with fantastic photos, IG stories of her and her gorgeous boys going all out on the sensory play for ‘Sensory Sundays’.

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Showing off our wonderful play dough kit on instagram / @mannyngo_yogi

The kit I chose was a butterfly themed one and set me back just £10.00 – it comes complete with two generous-sized natural, child-friendly homemade play dough (yass!), a handful of cut pipe-cleaners, lots of coloured lolly sticks, flower sequins and tiny buttons – all neatly packed in a cute white storage box which is my fave. We had one green play dough and one brown one which I turned into blue with some leftover food colouring in the cupboard as little man wanted blue. As I bought the kit a while ago, there was some crunchy salt residue around the dough but no problem at all. I just rolled it in my hands with the food colouring, added a little oil and voila – it was good as new again! Now I bought this kit in summer so it’s lasted pretty well. The play dough had not gone off, it still smelt fresh and new.

Note to self… NahdzAdventures makes seriously GOOD homemade play dough.

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The kids are playing nicely and are loving the kit!
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Everything that comes in the kit is completely reusable

To my astonishment, the kids actually sat down and played really well with each other. Okay, they didn’t want to share each other’s dough but were nice enough to sit down for at least 30mins sharing the lollysticks, buttons and sequins and actually having fun with crafts. With Ams, she does love all the arts and crafts more than Little man but he had a good go with it.

After 40mins had passed, things started to get messy… we ended up getting glitter involved which went EVERYWHERE, I had an attempt at making my own playdough as Ams wanted a blue one of her own (that got destroyed beyond saving afterwards), and the whole kit was on the floor. Usually I would’ve had a fit at that point but something inside me that changed my mindset – I was cool as a cucumber. I think it was a realisation that this was the one craft activity that I didn’t mind being messy – I was happy to clean it up as the kids had so much fun with it and seeing their smiley faces light up… just that thought alone was enough to get me by.

… also, the whole kit is reusable so why on earth wouldn’t I want to pick it all up and pack it away for another day?!

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Ams making her own butterfly.. not sure which body part the sticks are but the pipe-cleaners I think are the antennae lol

Both of them had a little bit of help in the end to create their final masterpiece; Little man wanted to make a butterfly so I helped him section the wings and he did the rest. Ams wanted to make a panda so I created the body outline and she was adamant she wanted to do the rest. 🙂

As this went down so well, I’ll try another crafty Sunday with them and we’ll see if we can get the same response. If not then maybe we’ll save it for another rainy day… I’m sure they’ll be eager to crack open the play dough box again VERY SOON.

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The end result: a butterfly and a panda

Play dough recipes are widely available online so you can easily make your own. Or if you’re like me and can never really get it right and don’t know how/have the time to piece all the little crafty bits together, the play dough kit is really nice to have… they also make good gifts. 🙂

PS. if you’re London-based, Nahdia holds sensory play workshops monthly on a Saturday … look out for them on Eventbrite or Hoop – we’ve been a few times and they are super fun! (Check out our photos from previous workshops below)

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How to involve children in Christmas Day preparations (guest post)

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With the big day just over a week away, here are some ways freelance lifestyle writer, Joana Teixeira has some top tips for us on how to include the kids in Christmas day prepping at home…

Christmas is such a wonderful time of year and this is even more true when you have children around to share in the magic of it all. The wonder in your children’s eyes at everything from the decorations that are put up at home to the amazing lights that adorn the streets in town is bound to put a smile on your face. Trying to figure out how to involve them in the preparations during the festive period, however, may do the exact opposite. Here are a few top tips on how to involve them from how to get rid of paint smell quickly after a messy afternoon of fun, to quiet ideas to keep them out of trouble while you’re busy stuffing the turkey in the kitchen.

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Get them to decorate for you
One of the best parts of Christmas is getting to pop up a Christmas tree and some decorations around your home. Regardless of whether you like a small basic tree with a few baubles or you like to light up the whole house in a really dramatic fashion, getting your children to do part, most or all of the decorating will give you a chance to put your feet up for at least a moment or two.

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Get your craft on
If you are not already a fan of Pinterest, now is a time to get involved in it. There are so many crafty ideas available online that will both involve your children in fun activities for Christmas and keep them out of your hair for a while; from creating lolly pop stick Christmas trees to painting toilet roll cardboard white and creating a snowman from it. You need not worry about how to get rid of paint smell once the crafting is finished, because after all it is Christmas time so lighting a Christmassy cinnamon candle is perfectly acceptable!

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Get your bake on
Whether you fix up a batch of homemade mince pies and a yummy Christmas pudding, or even a simple selection of cupcakes which you cheat and pop Christmas themed cupcake toppers onto; there are so many ways that children can be involved in baking for Christmas. Rolling out pastry for gingerbread men and egg washing the tops of mince pies will not only involve your children, but also make them feel as if they have really helped you out and they will be so proud of what they have helped create.

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Give them easy chores to do
You will be inundated with things to do at Christmas, from wrapping the gifts for your family to ensuring that the turkey is stuffed and basted to perfection. Asking your children to help out doing simple things such as dusting the surfaces around your home, cleaning up after themselves and putting their own washing away will make your life so much easier.

So, whether you were unsure of how to get rid of paint smell after festive arts & crafts, or simply needed a few ideas to involve your children in all of the prep for the upcoming festivities; these tips should help you on your way to having a very merry Christmas!


A contribution post by freelance writer, Joana Teixeira from Cleanipedia

Self Reflection And Expression Through Drawing

I’ve been self-reflecting a lot more these past few months however I haven’t been able to express it on here like before. LO has been very demanding these past couple of months. I am not sure if it’s because he’s now moved to the toddler room at nursery or because he is approaching that scary “Terrible Twos” stage.

I’ve also decided to get a bit creative again – I let LO do some drawings then I went over them with my own little doodle designs. Here’s a pic of what I did:

Our doodles

LO’s doodles are in pencil and mine are in pen. I just let my hand and mind flow, there was no “set” idea and this is what I came up with… quite beautiful I thought. When I look at it really abstractly, I feel like I can see a 3/4 profile portraiture. Can you see what I see too? Or do you see something else?

I plan to do a little more reflecting on myself this week too so I will only be posting up the “usuals” which are the blog challenges and my own weekly posts such as the #HTOTW (hashtag of the week) ones. I’ve been thinking about life; work, family, love and friendship a lot more recently than ever before. Maybe it’s due to the stress levels rising… i’m constantly tired and just wish my birthday was coming round quicker. 🙂

For LO’s birthday we have booked Legoland!! We’re going next week – we are all excited but especially me as I’ve wanted to go for so long and now I can finally get the chance to go! I will definitely be taking loads of photos and will post some up on here the week after. Well, I am getting a bit tired now. It’s 10:44pm so I think it’s time to go and rest. LO is also still awake so I need to put the little monster to bed. Good night everyone!

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Homemade Paint For Babies And Toddlers

This is something that I learnt from LO’s nursery. It’s also a very cheap way of providing your little ones with cheap and convenient paints that can be easily discarded, not harmful to the kids if they accidentally eat it, and relatively easy to clean.

The paint mixture is simply made up of cornflour, water and food colouring – simply household things that you may already have in your kitchens. I don’t have any specific measurements but I use a ratio of 1:1 parts cornflour to water for a more watery consistency or 2:1 parts cornflour to water to create a thicker consistency more similar to paint. I usually only add a drop of colouring so the colours aren’t too strong in case they cause stains.

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LO had a brilliant time painting with his homemade paint 🙂 I had only pink food colouring in the cupboard so that’s what we used. As it went down a treat, I am going to pop our and get some more food colouring so he’s got a few more colours to play with. LO always puts things in his mouth without a doubt so knowing that if he decided to have a taste/drink of the homemade paint I don’t have to worry too much.

If you’re planning to give it a try, I highly recommend it as it’s much cheaper and easier to manage that buying those child-friendly poster paints which can become costly so it’s just better to make your own homemade paint for your babies and/or toddlers.

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The #ArtyProject: Update 2

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I cannot believe that it has been two weeks already since my last #ArtyProject post!

It’s crazy how quickly time flies. Anyways, let’s get cracking on our second update – yay! 🙂 So I started off my creating another collage and then followed up with a mind map. The collage looks at the application of makeup – as we use makeup as a way of ‘beautifying’ ourselves I thought this was a cool little collage to do for fun and to help me come up with some more ideas.

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I soon remembered back to my A-Level Art project that I picked vanity as a subject and did a lot of work with photos of myself in portrait form and combining it with magazine cuttings to create a mixed media collage. I looked on my beloved Pinterest and went searching for similar work. I typed in Art Beauty Collages or something along those lines and found so many pieces that fit in perfectly with what I am doing but these artists’ work are most similar to what I’m doing; Gabi Trinkaus and photographers Metra Bruno and Laurence Jeanson

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I have written that this my mixed media piece is an interpretation of Trinkaus’ work however when I did this collage, I hadn’t yet found that image so it’s very strange that both pieces look so similar! I was actually trying to re-create that self-portrait collage that I did in collage using the same technique. I then started looking at natural faces vs plastic faces – loads of people have surgical procedures on their face to make them look more ‘beautiful’. The two photographers, Bruno and Jeanson explored how people would look like with plastic surgery using tape and magazine cutouts like myself. 🙂

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The Greenwich Mummy | The #ArtyProject Update 2

My response to this was by doing a sketch of my face – this time from observation by looking in the mirror instead of using a photograph. I played around with various magazine cuttings and snipped out facial features that I saw as ‘beautiful’ such as narrow noses, bigger and wider eyes, and fuller lips. Apart from the full lips, this is what most Asian women would deem as being beautiful – especially the wider eyes and narrow nose. I’m quite fortunate to have a small nose but deeply remember my mother criticising my Asian friend’s nose as it was “too low and ugly”. Not cool. However, most Asian cultures are brainwashed into believing that if you want to be beautiful, you need to look like the westerners.

There’s a piece by Esther Honig that shows how an untouched photograph of a young girl would look like when it is retouched by different countries to depict that country’s view on beauty. I’ve extracted a few of the photos and put them side-by-side below so you can see exactly what each country has done to the photo and you can really see a significant difference between all of them. Indonesia was the only “Asian” country they had on there but as you can see, the perception of Asian beauty is exactly what I had thought; lighter skin and brighter wider eyes.

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All the stuff I found out was very interesting as I didn’t know other countries tweaked their images to portray their vision of beauty like the Asians do. I now want to move away from just makeup and explore aesthetics and cosmetic surgery a bit more.

Most Asian women that I know (i.e. my mother and her friends) have ALL been under the knife for something. Whether it’s for a boob job, nose job or facial reconstruction – they’ve done it. All to be more youthful, more beautiful. What does this say to their daughters or grand-daughters? I don’t really know. I personally have thought about work done but I am unsure whether I would actually go ahead with it (this is hypothetically speaking as I can’t afford it anyway). Although, botox is only a few hundred pounds per area and lip filler is about £300 so I could get those dreamy fuller lips and wrinkle-free if I saved up. I found another Pinterest image that I thought would be great for the next step in my project which I will look into more and explore Bruno and Jeanson’s work a little more. The Greenwich Mummy | The #ArtyProject Update 2

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project update and don’t forget to look out for it in about two weeks time. In the meantime, don’t forget to check out all of the other girls who are also taking part in this project and see what they’re getting up to…

ZOE | VICKY | MARYAM | ANNABEL | DANIELLE
MILLI | SARAH | ULI | CLARA | EMMA | JHO | CIARA

Thanks for reading!Manny | The Greenwich Mummy Signature

The Toucan Box For Kids Review + Free Craft Box

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I love trying out new subscription boxes whether it’s food, beauty and skincare, or in this case arts & crafts. I introduce to you, ToucanBox. It’s a fortnightly or monthly subscription service that sends out craft activities for you to do with your children. Upon sign-up the company gathers all the important info i.e. your name, address, how many children you want to subscribe, and the age of the child so they know what tasks are do-able for their age. You can also add information such as the types of things your children likes i.e. cars, toys, science, messy play, colours, etc.

For our first Toucan box, we signed up for the petite box which costs just £3.95 plus P+P. The box is a fortnightly subscription with one activity per box. Continue reading “The Toucan Box For Kids Review + Free Craft Box”

Things To Do This Easter Around London

There’s quite a bit going on this Easter from next week until early April for the kids. Here’s my short list of places that I think would be a cool place to go over the next two weeks. There is fun for children no matter what age they are and the places below are for the whole family to enjoy. Let’s just hope that the weather will be kind to us that week! 🙂

Things To Do This Easter Around LondonNational Maritime, Greenwich

The Maritime museum is always full of wonderful things to do but over Easter they have gone one over by holding Easter egg hunts, special workshops for the kids, arts and crafts activities, and much more. Then afterwards when the whole family is tired, take a short trip into famous Greenwich market to purchase brilliant street food and hand-made gifts.

Click here for the full list of events at the National Maritime

Things To Do This Easter Around LondonDiscover Childrens Centre, Stratford

The Discover centre has a massive indoor and outdoor play area for children from 0-11 years old so it’s the ideal place for families and friends with children of different ages. Indoors, the big play room as an area for fancy dress as well as space to just run around and be free. The outdoor area as an amazing large space for running around as well as equipment like the swings, slides, monkey bars, etc. The Discover Children’s Centre can also be hired for birthday parties and special events.

Click here for more on the Discover Childrens Centre

Things To Do This Easter Around LondonScience Museum, South Kensington

The Science museum is a sure way to introduce your little ones to science in a fun and playful way. The gallery offers two play areas; The Garden which is aimed at children aged 3-6 and the Pattern Pod which is aimed at children aged 5-8. The Garden is offers interactive play so if your children are under 5, this room is probably the better option out of the two to experience.

Click here to see more about the Science Museum

Things To Do This Easter Around LondonTumbling Bay Playground, QE Olympic Park

Queen Elizabeth Park offers a brilliant outdoor playground for older children to have fun and and be interested in nature. Discover life in the rock pools, have fun in the sandpit, and when the kids are low on energy treat them to a delicious meal at the local restaurant.

Click here for more details on the Tumbling Bay Playground

Charlton’s Easter Egg Hunt & Fair

Charlton’s Easter Egg Hunt & Fair
Click here to #helplanghorne find the Big Red Bus Club

Fun and games for Easter start on Saturday morning in Charlton (SE7) as Langhorne, the Charlton Easter bunny, is lost and needs your help find his way to the Big Red Bus Club on Saturday 28th March.

He is a big white bunny so you shouldn’t be able to miss him, he’s got a basket full of eggs! If you do see him, make sure you direct him to the Big Red Bus Club on Cemetery Lane and be sure to follow him as the club’s Easter fair has loads of games, activities, crafts, and yummy cakes lined up for the little ones to enjoy.

To prepare the public for the fun day out, why not join in by doing the following:

1) Tweeting #helplanghorne with your message

2) Email the following link: http://www.thebigredbusclub.com/helplanghorne to your friends and family

3) Share this page on Facebook or twitter

4) Come along on the day and bring everyone you know!

About The Big Red Bus Club
The Big Red Bus Club is run during term-time only by a group of dedicated volunteers. The club runs stay & play classes for under 5s every weekday from 12:30pm to 3pm for those who want somewhere to meet up with other mums and let their children play for free. The venue is also available for hire for birthday parties and events and all of the hiring costs goes to the club to keep it open and free to the public. For venue hire, please take a look at the site and contact the head volunteer, Tara.

http://www.thebigredbusclub.com

Last Minute Mother’s Day Ideas

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Childrens Mother’s Day Crafts Workshop, Greenwich Market

If you are in Greenwich or planning to go somewhere today, why not head down to Greenwich Market for some pre-Mother’s Day fun? There will be arts and crafts today for the children; there will be a workshop for kids to get messy and create a wonderful jewellery box or a special Mother’s Day card. What’s best of all is that it’s completely free!

Closest stations to Greenwich Market are:

National rail – Greenwich

DLR – Greenwich/Cutty Sark

Tube – North Greenwich

Buses: 129, 180, 177, 386, 286, 199

http://www.greenwichmarketlondon.com/events/story/mothers-day-workshops

The Piano Room, North Pole Bar & Restaurant

If you want to take your mums out to a lovely meal around Greenwich, why not try out the Piano room at the North Pol restaurant? Enjoy beautiful, live piano music whilst enjoying a delicious three course meal for a decent £24.95. The North Pole Greenwich also has a heated outdoor garden where you can sit and chill out after dining if you wish. Contact the restaurant directly for to make your reservation.

http://northpolegreenwich.com/mothers-day/

More Ideas?

If these ideas are not enough, why not check out the Time Out website for more things to do tomorrow around London – there’s no excuse not to spoil your mummies (or yourself!) tomorrow 🙂

http://www.timeout.com/london/things-to-do/things-to-do-on-mothers-day-in-london?package_page=46269

– Enjoy!

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