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Lockdown 3 Half Term Fun

Lockdown 3 Half Term Fun

Welcome to February.

There are so many things I'd normally be planning and organising for the year ahead by now. With life and events being so uncertain I'm concentrating on good, honest cooking, getting out into the countryside for welly walks, and being kind to myself and to my family. It's all about survival and trying to make the most of what we have!

With half term nearly upon us I have found some simple but effective craft ideas to keep us entertained. 

I love this easy sensory bottle idea from Stir The Wonder. If you don't fancy blue or a shark these can be adapted.

Full instructions and links HERE.

You will need:

  • Clear Bottle
  • Blue or clear gloopy glue
  • Blue biodegradable glitter
  • Water
  • Grey foam shark or small bath toy

Have you tried any Zoom workshops for adults? I couldn't commit to a weekly course but I have booked onto an art workshop - Henri Mattise online, painting with scissors. You don't need to be an artist to enjoy this online art class where tutor Frances Stanfield guides you through Matisse's playful approach to art--making. It's a pay-what-you-can class through the pandemic. 

You will need:
*Paper - you can use coloured paper or you can paint/colour in paper prior to the class - Matisse painted his paper with Gouache if you want to really get your Matisse game on!
You can also use magazine pages, newspaper, wrapping paper, foil - anything you can cut easily!
*A collection of organic matter such as leaves and flowers (fresh or dried)
*Optional, but handy: pins and a piece of cardboard as big as your paper
AND/OR Bluetack, masking tape/sticky tape. 

There are so many amazing workshops on offer for children. Although I want to limit screen time throughout half term, some fun learning and interactive workshops will help get through the rainy days.

Miniature Music has FREE bite sized beginners ukulele lessons on their website. Being prerecorded, it is handy to join in when you have time or need a break!


I'm keeping an eye on Aardman Animations for half term workshops. The last digital workshop was in January.

I really miss meeting up with friends and popping out for coffee. I try and make time each week for a FaceTime coffee or Zoom wine catch up. It's hard to make time for these with home schooling, but so important.

These almond and raspberry 'cruffins' are the perfect treat to enjoy in this cold weather. They're a cross between a croissant and a muffin. Not your every day treat!

They're fun to make with children. Just remember, if the dough gets too warm, pop it in the fridge for a bit. Plenty of rolling opportunities to enjoy. The cold prove is essential to get that flaky croissant-style bake.Click on the photo for the full and very delicious recipe - BBC Good Food

I have been watching a little more TikTok than I probably should BUT I did stumble on this delicious and healthy easy family supper. Oven-roasted tomatoes with feta cheese, garlic and herbs combined to make one seriously simple pasta dish.

Click on the photos to watch on TikTok.


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Thank you for your continued support of small business and my chosen charity. 5% of all our profits go to WellChild, the national charity for sick children. They have been busy supporting families and children through the pandemic. 

Here's to a productive and fun month x