For Kids: Craft Activity Packs List

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The online world is brimming full of wonderful things to discover. More so now than ever as we are all still quarantined and in lockdown.

BoJo has said today that the UK will be easing restrictions and going forward, it looks like schools may reopen in phase two which is due to start around June 1st. I’m not sure how I feel about this but we’ll have to just play it by ear and see how it goes. As for work, I work in a spa which is classed as hospitality so I’m guessing I’ll still be furloughed until they execute phase three.

Free printable and downloadable crafty activities

I’ve compiled a list of fun and free downloadable and printable activity packs, posters and projects for you to try out. I’ll also include a list of resource links where you can access even more crafty activities. I’ll continue to add to the list when I find more so it’s a little more comprehensive.

You can bookmark this page so you can return back to it at any time for more crafts.

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The kids love a crafty session!

Free Activity Packs for kids & families

1. VE Day Activity Pack – word search, drawing challenge, home scavenger hunt and more.

https://rbli.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/VE-Day-Kids-2020.pdf

2. Paw Print Family “Too Cool for School – at Home” Challenge Pack – for all ages from 3 to 18+ years. Challenges include DIY, family time, kitchen/food, indoors, outdoors and much more.

https://pawprintfamily.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Too-Cool-For-School-At-Home-Badge-Activity-Pack.pdf

3. Affordable Art Fair Activity Packs – includes creative mindful colouring and craft activities.

https://affordableartfair.com/inspiration/arty-kids-activity-packs/

4. Activity Village Printables – a complete list of downloadable and printable activity sheets from crafts to poems to flash cards. There’s so much on here, you’d not need to look elsewhere.

https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/printables

5. Penguin Activity Pack – includes colouring activities, crafts and creating stories. The pack is divided into ages and aimed for kids from 0 to 12 years.

https://www.penguin.co.uk/articles/children/2018/download-a-printable-puffin-activity-pack/

6. Bloomsbury Activities Page – a page full of colouring, craft activities, posters and even teaching notes for teachers and parents. Activities are divided into ages from 0 to 11 years.

https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/superpage/activity-packs/

7. Lonely Planet Activity Sheets – get kids excited about the world around them and choose from creative or educational activities.

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/kids/activities

8. ToucanBox Slime Activity Poster – learn how to make kid-friendly slime using home ingredients. Printable and suitable for all ages.

https://assets.toucanbox.com/pdfs/slime-ooblek//slime-ooblek.pdf

9. NOW Gallery SE10 Creative Activities – from creating cat masks and crocodiles to colouring in and memory test games, this art gallery has a range of quirky and colourful projects to get the children’s creative juices flowing.

https://nowgallery.co.uk/home-activities/

10. The Big Feastival Play Pack – a page full of colouring activities, spot the difference, crosswords and more.

https://thebigfeastival.com/kids-play-pack

11. Discover Children’s Story Centre Egg Box Caterpillar craft activity – create a cute and colourful caterpillar inspired by the children’s book, The Hungry Caterpillar.

https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3510616088967755&id=268810566481673&set=pcb.3510618592300838&source=48&refid=13&tn=%2B%3E

12. BookTrust Craft Activities – Pages full of activities that you can print out and enjoy. Includes colouring in, masks, picture frames, cut-outs and more.

https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/activities/#!?q=&sortOption=MostRecent&pageNo=1

13. BookTrust Explorer Activities – print-out colouring activities and fun facts on bugs, mammals, dinosaurs and plants.

https://www.booktrust.org.uk/globalassets/resources/hometime/explorer-colouring-sheets.pdf

14. Hotel Chocolat – downloadable activity packs all about chocolate history, design your own slab and fun recipe ideas.

https://www.hotelchocolat.com/uk/easter-kids-activity-pack.html

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More coming soon…

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Fun things to do with the family this Halloween & October half-term

The Greenwich Mummy Blog | Things to Do Halloween Weekend

Wow! October half-term is already here!

I really can’t believe how quickly time flies. It’s also been a little while since I last posted on here and it’s simply because it’s been really busy at home. I currently have two part-time jobs which is making everything a little hard to juggle at home. It’s been so long since I last cooked a decent meal (the kids aren’t complaining – they are loving the amount of chicken nuggets and chips they can consume weekly.)

So between the two jobs, looking after the kids, lesson planning for kids yoga and self-studying yin yoga and keeping up with my own practice, I’ve found time to sit on the computer and type up this post. Simply because there’s SO many great things to do this October half-term and leading up to Halloween I wanted to share my favourite event with you guys. We will be attending most of these events – you can find a more comprehensive list on things to do on Time Out and Babes About Town so be sure to check them out too. I love reading the posts on Babes About Town because it’s very family-orientated.

So without further ado, here’s my list of fun things to do with the family this Halloween & half-term break:

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Painting on a Pumpkin workshop

Where: V&A Childhood Museum
Dates: Monday 21 – Friday 25 October

Times: 10.40, 12.30 & 14.40 (80 mins)
Price: £7 per child
Use an unusual canvas to paint on… a pumpkin! Inspired by the Big Draw Festival’s theme, “Drawn to Life”, create a painting on a pumpkin with help from artist, Amy Brown to take home. Suitable for children aged 4+

For more details or to book visit their Eventbrite listing: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/painting-on-a-pumpkin-workshop-tickets-73580883403

Here’s a few photos of our pumpkin paintings from when we attended the event:

 


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Paint your own Halloween Pottery workshop

Where: ARTFIX Cafe, Shewsbury House
Date: Tuesday 22 October
Time: 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Price: £12.50
Come along for some half term fun!! There will be a choice of Halloween themed pottery pieces including pumpkins, monsters, or I can help turn your handprints on a plate into Dracula, a Witch, a Spider, the list is endless.

The workshop costs £12.50 and will include one pottery piece each, all paints etc and Daniella on hand for help. Booking is essential by email or DM. A £5 deposit will be requested.

To book or for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/artfix-cafe-at-shrewsbury-house/halloween-pottery-painting-at-artfix-cafe-shrewsbury-house/523826351720522/


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Pick Your Own Pumpkin on a pumpkin patch

Where: Stanhill Farm, Dartford
Dates: Tuesday 22 – Thursday 31 October

Times: See website for more details
Price: free entry, for the maize maze it’s £6 per person (free for under 4s)
Forget BYOB, it’s all about PYOP (pick your own pumpkin!) Grab a wheelbarrow and head down to the patch where you will find a huge array of pumpkins in various different sizes. It is also a great chance for a photo opportunity, surrounded by a sea of autumnal, orange colour! There are two maize mazes – the main one which takes around 1.5hrs to complete or a mini-maze that takes around 20-30mins to complete.

For more details: https://www.stanhillfarm.co.uk/pumpkin-patch

Here are a few photos of our day out to the pumpkin patch:


Where: Foxes Farm – Basildon or Colchester
Dates: Tuesday 22 – Thursday 31 October

Times: 10am til 5pm
Price: free entry, optional £3pp for entry to the corn maze
Head down to one of the two pumpkin patches owned by Foxes Farm – you can choose from Basildon or Colchester. Both patches have an 8-acre corn maze and loads of pumpkins to choose from. No need to book either, you simply just turn up! They accept both cash and card but do check their website for farm closures due to the weather. Be aware, they do not allow dogs onto their farms.

For more details visit: https://www.foxesfarmproduce.co.uk/pumpkin-patch/


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Enjoy a frightfully fun Halloween Party

Where: The Jetty, Greenwich Peninsula
Date: Thursday 24 October
Time: 12-4pm
Price: SOLD OUT – unfortunately this event has now sold out!

Come dressed in your Halloween best for witchy crafts and ghoulish games on Greenwich Peninsula. Get involved in some autumnal arts and crafts then head along The Tide in search of tricks or treats. Head back to the Jetty and spend the afternoon listening to a spooky story with a warm drink and snack from Hej – The Jetty’s resident café. All are welcome, but parents must accompany their children for the afternoon of fun.

http://jetty.greenwichpeninsula.co.uk/whats-on/halloween-at-the-jetty/


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Try your hand at Pumpkin Carving

Where: Lewisham Shopping Centre
Dates: Thursday 24 – Saturday 26 October
Times: 10.30am til 4pm
Price: Free
This Half Term, head to Central Square at Lewisham Shopping Centre for some FREE spooky fun. From 24th to 26th October, we’re holding a Pumpkin Party in the centre. You’ll be able to carve pumpkins to take home, and don’t forget to have your picture taken in the stocks too.

Get your picture taken in the stocks and post it to @lewishamcentre on Twitter & @lewisham_shopping_centre on Instagram using the hashtag #snappedinthestocks to be in with a chance of winning £100 worth of spooky gifts from selected retailers – woop woop!

Find more info here: https://lewishamshopping.co.uk/terms/whats-categories/events

Here are some photos of our day out to the pumpkin carving at Lewisham Shopping Centre:


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Go on a Witch Hunt at Cutty Sark Gardens

Where: Cutty Sark Gardens
Date: Friday 25 October
Time: 1-4pm
Price: Free
Its a hunt for witches around Cutty Sark Gardens! With a clues sheet and small prize for each successful participant, enjoy this fun activity with the whole family. Suitable for children aged 7+

For more info or to book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/witch-hunt-at-cutty-sark-gardens-as-part-of-the-halloween-market-tickets-76436608955


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Watch a spooktacular movie: The Addams Family

Where: cinemas nationwide
Date: Friday 25 October
Time: various

We are soooo looking forward to this movie release! We’re keeping an eye out on all cinema websites but it seems as though tickets are yet to be on sale so that means no pre-order which is a shame. We will most likely be watching at our local ODEON Greenwich cinema or at our favourite VUE Eltham cinema. It’s definitely going to be a big hit for all families looking for a spooky fun film to watch next week and running up to Halloween.


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Go on a Petrifying Pumpkin Hunt

Where: Selfridges, Oxford Street
Date: Tuesday 29 – Thursday 31 October
Time: 11am – 4pm
Price: Free

Enjoy a spooktacular trip to our brand-new confectionary space on LG at Selfridges Oxford Street, London on either the 29, 30 or 31 October. Our ghoulish treats – including squishy body-parts sweeties and crunch skeleton biscuits (thanks Biscuiteers) – are sure to delight. Simply drop in and collect a map from our WOW Kiosk and you’re good to go.

Event is free but booking is required: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/petrifying-pumpkin-hunt-oxford-street-london-tickets-76215997099


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Enjoy an arty crafty Halloween party in Greenwich

Where: The Forum at Christ Church, East Greenwich
Date: Tuesday 29 & Wednesday 30 October
Time: 10am to 12pm / 2pm to 4 pm
Price: Free for under 6 months, £7.50 for 6-12 months, £15 for 1-5yrs

Toddlers and young children will have a fang-tastic time at this soft play party session. Complete with soft play, arts and crafts hosted by The Artful Toddler and refreshments. Parents/Carers go free which is an added bonus! Come in fancy dress or not, your choice. Book your tickets at The Forum’s reception.

https://www.forumatgreenwich.org/


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Eat, drink and be scary at a fancy dress party!

Where: John Lewis Roof Garden, Oxford Street
Date: Thursday 31 October
Time: 10.30am – 12 noon
Price: SOLD OUT – unfortunately this event has now sold out
Families and friends are invited to attend the annual Halloween Fancy Dress Party held on The John Lewis Oxford Street Roof garden. Children are encouraged to come along in fancy dress, don’t worry if you forget we will have a dress up area on hand to keep your little ones in character. There will be cookie decorating, face painting and much more.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/halloween-fancy-dress-party-tickets-74303290141


What’s On at the weekend:

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Halloween films for kids and families, Southwark: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/halloween-films-for-kids-and-families-tickets-75820508181

Pumpking carving and costume competition at Mudchute Farm: https://www.mudchute.org/news/spooky-fun-saturday-october-26th-2019

Sunday 27

Pumpkin carving at the Halloween Market, Cutty Sark: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pumpkin-carving-at-the-halloween-market-at-cuttty-sark-gardens-greenwich-tickets-76459752177

Need some inspo on how to decorate your pumpkin? Take a look at this article from Good Housekeeping blog – it’s got some amazing ideas which you can easily replicate. We tried the balloon one, the ghost sweetie one and the nail varnish dripping.

Happy Haunting!

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Festive ideas: 35 Christmassy things to do with the family!

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“Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way…”

It’s that time of year again… c h r i s t m a s !

The only one thing that makes our wet Christmas great is all that quality time we get with the kids.

I’m not talking about just being stuck in the house with the hyperactive chipmunks but actual quality time for bonding and doing things together. My terrible two drive me INSANE nearly every day but somehow, at Christmas time it seems to be the only time where we love being together, crafting and making things.

We put up our Christmas tree yesterday and it looks beautiful. I let the kids put up a few of the decorations and did the lights and glass decorations myself. I managed to salvage some of the beautiful glass decorations we had from last year. A LOT were smashed as Ame decided she wanted to play with them and Little Man wanted to do the same.

I’ve decided that doing some Christmassy crafts together would be the way to go this year as the kids are showing more interest in that sort of stuff. I’ve compiled a list of 35 Christmas things to do with the family in Greenwich and around London… in case you run out of ideas!

35 Christmassy things to do
with the family…

  1. Pick out a Christmas tree together
  2. Make decorations for your tree
  3. Design your own wrapping paper
  4. Make your own wreath
  5. Make a Christmas stocking
  6. Make your own advent calendar
  7. Make something with pom poms… we made pom pom jumpers!
  8. Decorate your own Christmas cards
  9. Enjoy a Christmas story together
  10. Sing Christmas carols
  11. Devour a box of chocolates together
  12. Have a movie night in & snuggle under a cosy blanket like this one
  13. Prepare dinner together
  14. Bake something delicious – try gingerbread men!
  15. Do some family yoga Christmas-style!
  16. Visit Santa’s Grotto
  17. Watch the Nutcracker at the theatre
  18. Watch a nativity play
  19. Go to church
  20. Burn off some energy at the local park
  21. Do the Christmas shopping together
  22. Set a new Christmas tradition and stick to it
  23. Check out the deers at the Deer park in Greenwich Park
  24. Go ice-skating at a magical outdoor rink
  25. Make the best hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows,
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  26. De-clutter the house in time for the new year
  27. Donate unwanted items to charity
  28. Buy a dinner for a person in need
  29. Volunteering with your local community
  30. Read a book together
  31. Dedicate an hour to quiet time
  32. Dance together!
  33. Visit a Christmas market
  34. Enter a charity fun run – entries are still open for the London Santa Run
  35. Last but not least, make memories by taking lots of family selfies!

Things to do with the family this Halloween Weekend!

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I can’t believe that the half-term holiday is almost over! 😦

I wanted to take LO and Baby Girl to so many places this week but unfortunately it wasn’t possible as my plans changed quite a lot during the day and it’s hard taking two kids out… well, that’s how I feel anyway. Maybe I’ve also been a bit selfish as I’ve still been going to my morning fitness classes and the gym and even managed to get away one evening to go out for a girly meal with some old friends. *hides face*

I do think I deserve one night early evening off at least… 🙂 

If you’re stuck on Halloween ideas for this weekend, here are a few that I’ve come across for Friday to Sunday. I do apologise for posting this so late… I’ve been procrastinating with this post as I have a few other product reviews lined up which I need to start working on. Also my Polaroid Camera giveaway is still running but will end on Monday 31st October – the winner will be announced the day after. If you haven’t entered already, you can do so here… check out the blog post now

So without further ado, here are the few events around Greenwich and surrounding areas that may be of interest…

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Spooky Halloween Fun Day at Greenwich Market

Spooky Halloween Day

Where: Greenwich Market, Greenwich SE10
Time: from 12:00pm – 6:30pm

Lots of music, workshops and fun at every hour from 12pm until 6pm including a zombie party with Diddi Dance, family yoga with The Flying Mat, a scary fashion show, pumpkin judging and lots more. 

For more info: http://www.greenwichmarketlondon.com/events/story/spooktacular-halloween-day Continue reading “Things to do with the family this Halloween Weekend!”

SHARE YOUR WORLD 2015 | WEEK #45

Share your World 2015

Share Your World | Week #45

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “fun”?
I don’t know why but ball pits, bouncy castles, and tickling LO comes to mind at the moment!

What is your favorite time of day?
As much as I love LO, the period when he goes nursery, 1-3pm, is my favourite time of the day. The only chance I get to have for a bit of me-time!

Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want have a evening with?
This is a hard one… I am not too sure! I would have to say – if it’s anyone in the world – it would have to be my dad because ever since he moved back to Vietnam I haven’t seen him so just one evening to spend some good quality daddy-daughter time would be nice… then he can go back by 11pm so I can go to sleep!

Complete this sentence: Something that anyone can do that will guarantee my smile is…
…to tell a story that sounds like it was a true event but was completely made up! I love those stories – there’s a show that comes on the TV that I love watching and this is the concept of the show. I wish I could remember what it’s called but it’s hilarious!

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
From last week, it’ll have to be getting back on to WP and blogging again. I’m looking forward to a few events that I will be heading out to and this weekend’s fun with the friends… It’s always good to socialise! 🙂

I’m About To Do That Thing Again…

If you don’t know what it is, then just wait and soon you will know.

I think I will make a boo-boo soon and slip up.. just did, but I got rid of it now.

Damn, it’s actually hard work! So this quick post was brought on by my blog stats and in aid of National Blog Posting Month.

I wish that 4,000 of you will pass by my blog by Nov’s last day but I won’t hold you to it.

I think I need to stop now as I can’t think of anything smart to put down.

Okay, so… how many words can you put down without using a letter e?

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Share Your World 2015 | Week #27

Share your World 2015

Cee’s Share Your World Challenge 2015

What is your favorite month of the year?
Ummm.. I can’t really decide but I would have to say August – only because it’s my birthday month as well as LO’s.. and 3 of my siblings are also born in this month. 🙂

Do you drink coffee at all?
Definitely! Even when I was pregnant, I always had a latte (decaff of course!) in my hand. If it’s not a latte, then it’ll be a mocha or at least a cup of instant coffee! I can’t function without one.

What was one of your first moneymaking jobs (other than babysitting or newspaper delivery)?
I have never actually did babysitting or newspaper deliveries before – my first money making job was an actual job as a catering assistant for John Lewis’s restaurant a bit further out from home. I was 16 but was so thrilled that I was one of the first out of my friends to have a proper job.

List:  If you play video/computer games list 5 games you like?
Okay, my inner-geek will now be exposed. I am not a great gamer though and don’t really play many but I love playing The Sims; then I quite liked playing The Simpsons when I had a PS console. One of my first computer game was Harry Potter The Philosopher’s Stone – that was a great game and the only game I’ve ever completed. Occasionally, I like to dabble with GTA San Andreas and Need for Speed.

Bonus Q:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
The weather – it was fantastic! Lots of lovely sunshine albeit it was a little too hot for LO. He was a bit poorly last week but is much better now, so I guess I am grateful that he’s recovered swiftly. This week I am looking forward to taking him out and having some fun in the sun! 🙂

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An Odd Post: My Story About This Morning

I found an amazing post in my inbox this morning from a blog that I follow. At first, I thought it was kind of odd; what was this post all about? It turns out, this unusual post was a bit of ‘fun’ that I could join in on. I can’t say what it is right now but just know that I am trying hard to avoid doing it but I don’t know how long I can hold it off for. I am probably rambling on a bit now right? Did you just spot it? If you did, good on you! If you didn’t, carry on looking to find out. All I can say is that upon finding it out, you might think it’s a trick or an optical illusion but I’m adamant it’s not. Do you want to find out what it is now? Okay, look vigilantly at my words – this is a big hint. Still don’t know? Can you jot down a paragraph without using an E?

Why don’t you give it a try and see how many words you can write? I got this wonderful idea from Ann, blog owner of Grubbs n Critters who got it from Eric, owner of All In A Dad’s Work. Check them out! 🙂

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Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: Week 15

In response to Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: 2015 Week #15

Oddball: (noun) a person or thing that is atypical, bizarre, eccentric, or nonconforming
                     (adjective) whimsically free-spirited; eccentric; atypical

Since last week Sunday I’ve been wanting to take part in this photo challenge but had nothing that I could deem of an “odd ball” image until yesterday afternoon after taking a photo of the inside of a mug. So I searched through my archives again and found some that were indeed odd-ball photos, Yay! 🙂

So here, I offer you my collection of odd-ball photos for this weekend:

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Dried up matcha latte residue

The remains of my matcha latte had dried up leaving an interesting pattern at the bottom of the mug. Quite fascinating to look at I think – I couldn’t stop staring at it when I’d first seen it. It;s not everyday you see a photo of beautiful mould! 🙂

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Spring Chicken

I wanted to use this photo for Easter but could never find the right moment which makes it an odd-ball photo I guess. My little spring chicken – he really loved wearing this mask.

Playground
This photo was taken when LO and I went to family baptism. They had a lovely little playground in the back garden and I was fascinated by the composition pf the shot. I love repetition and it was great to see this clearly visible in the photo (I never noticed it before). Despite the beauty of the photo, I never had the right moment to showcase this odd-ball until now.

I hope you enjoyed my little selection of odd-balls. Until next time… a bientot!

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