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As you can imagine the arrival of Christmas is on every childs mind. The christmas chocolates are in shops, the christmas adverts have begun, and the christmas play rehearsals are well under way. 

We have all been talking about that dreaded christmas shopping list and how we are going to decorate our parcels this year, because of course it has to be fun and quirky and give that home grown look. Christmas is a time of arts and crafts with glitter galore and paper absolutely everywhere, so what better thing to make than a quick and easy craft that we could use for our parcel decorations this year. We came up with pom poms!!

Pom pom making is a great way to pass an afternoon by or even as a quick filler activity if you have a spare hour or so. We have come across a brilliant way of making these pom poms without having to use the usual cardboard inserts. Instead we have used a fork!!

This is a fantastic activity for the children as it is a quick task that they can fully immerse themselves in and they adore playing with them after. They even make brilliant toppings for those Christmas parcels.

So lets get started.

You will need some wool, a fork and a small pair of scissors.

  • Wrap the wool around the outside of the fork until the ball becomes quite plump.
  • Once you have finished use a shorter piece of wool to wrap between the center prongs to tie the ball nice and tight and to keep it secure.
  • Take the ball of wool off the fork and snip all the loops. Make sure that you catch all of those loops to allow for the ball to puff out properly.
  • Trim the extra long straggly bits to make your new pom pom nice, trimmed and gorgeous.

Now that you have finished your pom poms you can use them for a multitude of things. They make a great finishing touch for gift-wrapping or, combine lots together to make some funky bunting to go around the house.  Very stylish!!

 

Recently I came across a brilliant blog post where the author had made some rather funky cupcake cones for a kid’s party. I thought this would be a fun activity for the children to join in on so we adjusted the recipe a little to make it a little simpler and away we went.

All you need is a basis cake mixture, food colourings and some ice cream cones to begin with. Due to the cones narrowing at the end, we wanted to avoid the mixture going all the way down to the bottom as this would lead to the cake batter cooking quicker than the rest of the cone. To avoid this we crunched up a cone and placed some of the crumbs in the bottom to prevent the mixture going all the way down.

Ingredients.

  •  8oz self raising flour
  • 8oz butter
  • 8oz caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • Pinch of salt
  • Food colouring (optional)

Create the basic cake mixture by creaming together the butter and sugar until pale and creamy. Add in the eggs and mix together well. If the mixture starts to curdle, add a little flour in to glue the mixture back together. Add the vanilla essence and salt into the mixture and then add in the flour. Mix well until you have a smooth batter like mixture. To create some fun and exciting colours within your batter add a little food colouring and watch the colours transform your batter. We split our batter into three bowls and used separate colourings for each to make the cake look bright and delicious.

Now that you have your basic cake mixture you can now pour this into your ice cream cones that you have ready and waiting for you. If you have made several colours of batter, use a piping bag to alternate the colours of batter to create some interesting colour combinations.

Bake these in the oven at 180 degrees for 20 minutes or until the sponge bounces back to the touch. Allow these to cool by balancing them between the wire prongs of a cooling rack.

This is where the fun really begins as we can now decorate our cupcake ice cream cones. There are plenty of options to choose from when decorating your cones. For ours we dunked the top of our cones in melted chocolate before scattering on some sprinkles but it would look brilliant to also make up some butter icing and pipe it on to the head of the cone. You could even add some food colouring to your butter icing to make it just as bright as the cake inside; the options are endless.

Once decorated they are ready to be devoured… These definitely wont be lasting long!!!

 

 

We are in our final couple of weeks of summer scheme and each week we have had a different theme for the children to follow.

This week it was the turn of animals. We have had a brilliant week learning all about animals, with where they live and what they eat.

Whilst we were busy making our animal cupcakes we felt that we wanted to share this with you all as its a brilliant activity to do at home on a grey day. We have had a ball with decorating our cupcakes, giving the animals some eyes, noses and whiskers.

Here are some pictures of us decorating our animal cupcakes.

And this is what they turned out like….