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Handmade Chocolate Treats

Scrummy Easy to Make Handmade Chocolate Treats

Isabelle loves to get a bit crafty and Christmas gives you the perfect excuse. Both of these are really easy to make and can be done with the kids. 

Chocolate Orange Christmas Puddings

I pinched this idea off a work colleague as I thought they looked really great and who doesn’t like a Chocolate Orange.

Here’s what you need:

  • Chocolate Oranges (as many for the number of people you want to make for)
  • A big bar of white chocolate for the topping. Again the amount will depend on how many you are making. We made 5 and used a large bar of milky bar
  • Either ready made holly cake toppers or red and green icing to make your own.
  • Cellophane wrapping/bags to put them in
  • Ribbon for tying

We unwrapped the chocolate oranges and put them in a bun tin so that they didn’t roll away.

If making the holly and berry toppers yourself, cut these out and set to the side for later.

Melt the white chocolate and put a spoonful on the top of the chocolate orange allowing it to drip down the sides.

Add the holly and berry toppers and put into the fridge until set.

Wrap in cellophane and tie with ribbon.

Perfect and simple to make.

Christmas Chocolate Block

I’ve seen these many times on pinterest so we decided to make our own version.

What you will need:

  • A square shaped tin lined with greaseproof paper. We lined ours with foil as we found the empty greaseproof paper box in the cupboard.
  • Lots and lots of chocolate – We opted for three large sized bars of Galaxy, one had rice crispy bits in and the two other were milk chocolate.
  • White chocolate for a bit of swirling on the top
  • Toppings – We opted for Cadbury’s Snow Balls, Maltezers reindeers, sprinkles, silver balls, pink sugar crystals and red edible flakey glittery type cake toppings

Melt the milk chocolate and pot into the tin making sure that it covers the bottom.

We then melted the white chocolate chocolate and swirled it through the milk chocolate.

Bash up the Chocolate snowballs and sprinkly willy nilly on top.

All other toppings just get added to the top – perfect for the kids to do.

Pop into the fridge and wait to set.

Once set you can break into pieces and add to a cellophane bag as a lovely chocolate gift, or you could do what we did and sit in front of the telly and scoff the lot!

Enjoy x

Easy to make Christmas Tree Bunting

Easy to Make Christmas Tree Bunting

Today we’ve made Christmas Tree Bunting for you.

What you will need:

  • A5 Green Card
  • Scissors
  • Christmas themed stickers
  • String
  • Glitter glue

We used A5 coloured card (A4 folded in half) and folded the card in half. We drew half a Christmas Tree with the plant pot base and cut this out so that the tree was symmetrical on both sides.

Christmas tree bunting template
Christmas Tree Bunting Template

We then cut these out. Make as many as you like depending on the space you have to string up the bunting.

Then the fun begins. I let my three year old daughter loose with a selection of Christmas stickers, cut-outs and glitter glue. You could of course be more extravagant and use any crafty bits that you have available.

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Once complete and dried we hole punched the tops of the trees and hung them up with string. I think they look quite effective and Isabelle was thrilled.

The decorated Christmas Tree Bunting is ready for hanging up
Gorgeously Decorated Bunting with stickers

Have a go yourselves and don’t forget to post a pic of any creations on our Facebook Page or email them to mail@babynotincluded.co.uk  and we will add them.

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If you’re feeling extra crafty then why not give making Handmade Christmas Wrapping Paper or make Christmas Tree Shaped Pizzas.

 

Easy to make Christmas Tree Bunting

Handmade Christmas Wrapping Paper

Handmade Christmas Wrapping Paper

Handmade Christmas Wrapping Paper is perfect for making your gift extra special, particularly for Mummy’s, Daddy’s and Grandparents. Using brown paper is also much better for the environment since usual wrapping paper isn’t recyclable.

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For this you can use either plain brown paper (the type used for packaging) or you can get a roll of white paper from most craft shops.

Isabelle sat waiting to get started with her handmade christmas wrapping paper
Waiting to get stuck in!

We cut a good size piece of paper and used bluetak to attach it to table making the job easier.

Printing onto brown paper with Christmas sponge shapes
A spot of sponge painting

Using stamps (we found some sponge Christmas stamps in our local craft shop) and red paint. I let Isabelle loose with the stampers and armed with glitter she went to work to create a great piece of Christmas Wrapping Paper.

Sponge painting onto brown craft paper with christmas shapes
Stamptastic fun!

We have stashed this away to use for Daddy’s Christmas present and will finish it off with some matching red ribbon.

adding some glitter to make it extra special
Adding a sprinkle of glitter

Easy peasy!

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If you’re feeling extra crafty then why not give making Easy Christmas Tree Bunting or make Christmas Tree Shaped Pizzas. 

 

 

Puffy Paint Snowman Christmas Cards

Puffy Paint Snowman Christmas Cards

Pinterest has been a massive inspiration for lots of things, especially craft ideas to do with my daughter. I’ve created an Christmas Board which you can follow for some great inspiration.

Isabelle loves to make cards for any occasion and they’re much nicer than a bought one.

Whilst browsing recently I found this great idea for Puffy Paint Snowman Christmas Cards.

Shivery Snow Paint Snowman Christmas Cards

What you will need:

  • 1 cup of Shaving cream (we used the cheapest we could find)
  • 1 cup of PVA glue
  • Glitter of your choice
  • Peppermint essence
  • Black Card
  • Orange Card
  • Blank cards and envelopes

How To:

Put the glue in the fridge for a while and then mix the glue and the shaving cream together.

Using shaving cream and PVA glue to make the puffy paint snowman christmas cards
How to make Puffy Paint

Add in the glitter and peppermint essence (not essential). We used our favourite colours, purple and silver and mix again.

Mix together glue and shaving cream to make puffy paint
Mix together the glue and shaving cream

Use the paint mixture to draw a snowman (use lots as this will give you a better effect). Using a bigger brush is easier as a smaller brush left marks on the snowman.

Use glitter and stickers to create your snowman
Get your glitter on!

Cut out a hat shape from the black card and a carrot nose from the orange card. For the eyes  and buttons you could use buttons or cut out the shapes in the card. Alternatively we used little sequins to add some extra colour.

Painting the snowman using your puffy paint
Paint your Snowman

We added a few more blobs for snowballs.

Using sequins to give the snowman eyes and buttons
Adding some sequin details

Wait to dry and hey presto!!

Have a feel and let us know what you think!

If you’re feeling extra crafty then why not give making Handmade Christmas Wrapping Paper or make Christmas Tree Shaped Pizzas.

 

how to make puffy paint snowman christma cards

Wincy Spider Craft

Kids Crafts – Wincy Spider Craft

This simple Wincy Spider craft is a good one to do with little ones and doesn’t take very long to make.

Wincy Spider Craft

What you will need:

Paper Plates
Paper
String
Paint
Scissors
Sharp Pencil

Wincy Spider Craft

This is really simple to make and great to save for a rainy day.

Wincy Spider Craft

We made the spider first by covering our hands in our chosen colour of paint and printing on the paper using one hand, and then again after rotating the paper to get the spider legs.

Wincy Spider Craft

Get your paper plate and cut out the middle. I used the sharp pencil to poke a hole so that I could get the scissors in.

Wincy Spider Craft

Paint the back of the paper plate (the front of our plates were shiny).

Wincy Spider Craft

Wait to dry.

Once everything is dry, use the sharp pencil to poke hole in around the paper plate where the string will be threaded. We based our holes on a clock face.

Wincy Spider Craft

Put a bit of sellotape on the end of the string to make it easier to thread, and using the string create an intricate web.

Cut out your spider and attach to your web, using a hole punch in the top of the spider head and attach to the string to give it some dingle factor.

Wincy Spider Craft

Hang wherever you like – This would make a great Halloween decoration.

Add a pic of your spiders in the comments or pop over to our Facebook page and share yours.

Wincy Spider Craft

Don’t forget to have a look at our other Crafts for Toddlers and Kids.

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Sensory Play – Cloud Dough Recipe

Cloud Dough Recipe

This cloud dough recipe is a great one to make when you haven’t got anything planned using things that you would usually have at home already.

You will need:

  • All purpose flour
  • Vegetable oil
  • Oil based food colouring or powder food colouring
  • Mixing bowl
  • A tray for play

Cloud dough can be made by mixing 1 cup of vegetable oil to 8 cups of flour.

measuring out the flour for cloud dough
Getting the flour ready

To make coloured Cloud Dough, divide the mixture between the amount of colours you require.

cloud dough in different colours
Based on this ratio we made three colours so used 1/2 a cup of oil to 4 cups of flour and mixed the colour into the oil before adding to the flour.

household items to play with your cloud dough
Once mixed, add to a tray or sensory bin and let the kids loose. Give them a selection of cutters, spoons, cups and play things and let them enjoy. We used shells, pebbles, biscuit cutters, playdoh shapes, plant pots (for making sand castles) and then added some glitter which Isabelle really enjoyed.

Isabelle playinf with the cloud dough
This is perfect for the garden and any spillages can be hosed away. This can be kept for as long as your little one will play with it and will not harm them if they have the odd sneaky taste.

The dog even got in on the action and as you can see he thought it was a tasty treat.

Don’t forget to have a look at our other Crafts for Toddlers and Kids.

Craft – Easter Pom Pom Painting

Easter Pom Pom Painting.

With each school holiday, the craft box inevitably comes out especially if it’s raining.

Isabelle loves all crafts so I use Pinterest as my inspiration for new ideas for us to do together.

Easter Pom Pom Painting

I saw the pom pom painting and wondered if it might have been a little bit young for her at six, but she absolutely loved the idea.

What I tend to do now is set up our ‘station’ with all the materials that we need and usually she’s over the moon at having something new to try.

What you will need:

White card
Wooden pegs
Poster paint
Craft Pom Poms

Pinch a pom pom with a wooden peg and allocate to the colour. You will need the same number of pegs and pom poms for each colour you choose.

Easter Pom Pom Painting

Drawing an egg shape onto the card, use the pom poms to create a pattern of your choice.

Easter Pom Pom Painting

Isabelle mixed it up a little bit by using different sized pom poms.

For younger children and pre-schoolers this would promote good hand eye co-ordination. Isabelle took it one step further by creating not just Easter Eggs, but dinosaur and alien eggs as well.

Easter Pom Pom Painting

Once the eggs were dry we cut them out. I was going to make them into Easter Bunting but Isabelle thought that it would be a good idea to make an Easter Egg hide and seek game so we did that instead.

Easter Pom Pom Painting

Happy Easter!

Lisa x

Mila & Pheebs Kids Boxes

Mila & Pheebs Kids Box Review

One of the things that Isabelle and I like to do together is arts and crafts. There isn’t a day that goes by without Isabelle drawing a picture, colouring or making something.

Arts and crafts is our go to thing to do when we haven’t got anything planned or it’s pouring down with rain.

Mila & Pheebs Stationery & Activity Box Review

 

Mila & Pheebs Stationery and Activity Kids Box

Isabelle has inherited my love of stationery, and like me loves pens, notebooks, folders, clipboards and little pots of paperclips that we may never use.

When we were asked to review a Mila & Pheebs Stationery and Activity box we were very excited.

You can subscribe to Mila & Pheebs so that each month your child gets a surprise themed box through the post addressed to themselves with lots of lovely goodies inside. Even better, the box fits through the letterbox so theres no chance of missing the postie and having to collect it from somewhere.

One of the other things that Isabelle is obsessed with at the moment is kids Youtube videos. She usually watches surprise boxes being opened which are mostly American Girls opening ‘blind bags’ which contain all kinds of Disney Princesses, Shopkins or other such things.

Recently she’s started to talk in an American accent, and I’ve caught her loads of times pretending to make her own videos so I thought I’d give her a chance to have her 15 minutes of fave and let her introduce what came in the Mila & Pheebs box so over to Belle!

I’m a huge fan of kits like this which can easily be packed away to do on a journey, taken to Grandparents house or brought out for rainy days.

Each box is packed full of all you would need to complete the task and has several different things in the box to do.

We got:

  • A pencil with a donkey rubber topper
  • A really cute cow rubber which comes apart (including detachable nose)
  • Colouring-in sheets
  • A horse hand puppet kit
  • Animal shaped crayons (Isabelle called these rubbers in the video)
  • Farm Animal foam stickers
  • A maze and wordsearch sheet
  • A piggy notepad with pigs to colour in
  • Plain cards and envelopes
  • Sheep decoration kit
  • A felt chicken paperclip (might have pinched that)
  • Glittery farm animal stickers

So as you can see, you get a lot for your money.

Mila and Pheebs Review

You can subscribe to the boxes which you will receive each month, and each month has a different theme. You can also unsubscribe at any time for times when you may be away. There is also an option to buy a one off which would make a lovely gift.

We had great fun making the horse which we did on a day after school when the weather was a bit pants and Isabelle fancied something fun to do. I was quite intrigued watching her with her concentration face on, determined to do the sewing part from beginning to end.

Mila and Pheebs Review

 

Mila and Pheebs Review

The Mila & Pheebs Stationery and Activity Box gets the thumbs up from us!

AND if you like what you’ve seen/read then you can get 10% OFF your first subscription by adding ‘babynotincluded’ until 31st March – would make a fab Easter Egg alternative.

Lisa x

*We were sent a Mila & Pheebs Stationery and Activity box free of charge for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are 80% Isabelle’s and 20% mine.

Gingerbread Playdoh

Gingerbread Playdoh

Gingerbread Playdoh – We’ve been trying to get our ‘Christmas’ on by doing things with Isabelle that she will look back and remember like we did with Ryan. Of course she loves all the presents, but it’s not the material stuff that you remember so much but the things that you do together as a family.

Gingerbread Playdoh

Isabelle has major Crafty Fingers and we spend a lot of time making and baking.

Belle inherited all of Ryan’s playdoh cutters, rolling pin and other bits and bobs as well as the additional things we have bought for her.

Playdoh is an awesome rainy day activity which will keep them amused for ages.

We’ve made our own Playdoh before so thought we’d go for a Christmassy option. This playdoh looks like Gingerbread dough as well as smelling just like gingerbread so you could make a batch and then play baking with them.

What you will need:

  • 1 Cup of Flour
  • 1/2 Cup of Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground  Ginger
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 Cup of Water
  • A big sprinkle of Gold Glitter

How to:

Put all the ingredients in a bowl and get your hands (or your child’s hands) and mix to form a dough.

Let the kids loose with cutters, rolling pins or any other playdoh stuff, add in some beads like we have to create Christmas Trees and Gingerbread Men.

Enjoy

Lisa x