Lunchbox/ Picnic Ideas: How to Use an Bento Egg Mold

Are you looking to jazz up your kids’ lunchboxes? Or make Picnics more fun? Here is a super cute idea (that is NOT that time consuming) and that the kids will *ADORE* using Bento Box Egg Molds – Egg Molds are traditionally used for shaping rice, but you can also use them to shape eggs. They come in all sorts of shapes, are quick and easy to use and are super fun. And will hopefully put a little smile on your child’s face as they open up their lunchbox. Eggs are also super protein rich foods, that are great for those young minds concentrating whilst at school. These molds are also great fun for taking on Picnics.How to use Bento Egg Molds for a fun Lunchbox addition

 

 

The molds are easy to get hold of, you can buy them here (affiliate links).

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Watch the video and see how easy it is to use an Egg Mold for Bento Lunchboxes

Dinosaur Ice Excavation

The kids have finally  broken up for their Summer holidays (hooray) and though we have lots of “little things” planned, we also have a lot of time to spend at home (and so it should be, I think kids these days DESPERATELY need some down time and time to GET BORED!!!). Every so often we like to jazz things up a little.. last week, we had a go at Water Balloon Pinata.. this week, we are having fun with some ICE – the kids are doing their very own DINO ICE EXCAVATION.Cool down with some fun Dino Ice ExcavationThis is SUCH an easy activity to set up and the kids will get lots of fun out of it. All you need is a tupper ware, some plastic toys (we got some small plastic dinosaurs), popped them in some water and put it in the freezer overnight.Cool down with some fun Dino Ice Excavation - Summer Fun for KidsThe next day the kids attacked it with a stone and released the dinosaurs from their Ice Age prison.

This activity has SO MANY learning opportunities –

1) Learn all about different dinosaur names

2) Discuss the ice age and what happened all those years ago

3) Practice counting and adding, as you “release” the dinosaurs

4) Practce colour recognition

5) strengthen fine motor skills

So.. what are you waiting for? What is not to love……

What how much fun my daughter had with this activity!

Fun with Ice - discover the ice age with the kids with this simple activity full of learning opportunities - DINO Ice Exploration

Calling all Class Reps

Classlist.com – A new tool for Class Reps, PTAs and parents: “Easier than email, better than Facebook, different to the parent portal”

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“It was mortifying! The newest boy in the class was the only one not invited to a birthday party, because the mother arranging the party had used an out-of-date classlist. The poor boy thought he had been left out deliberately. Now that we use Classlist.com new families are included on the classlists as soon as they register their details.” says Nicky, a Class Rep in Oxford. “As Class Rep I can send messages confident that they will reach the whole class, without checking that I’ve included new people, or cutting and pasting email addresses”, Nicky added.
Classlist.com’s founders are two mothers, both of whose children have moved school several times both in the UK and abroad, as they have moved around. “Getting to know other children and parents, arranging pick-ups and play dates, and understanding the school calendar has been a very hit and miss affair. Sometimes there would be a super-organised class rep with an excel or word document where we could add our details to a classlist. Sometimes there wasn’t, or the list was wrong or out of date, or we lost it. And then next year, the same again… for three children each. ”says Co-founder, Susan Burton.
“I have been both a Class Rep and PTA Committee Member, and you can waste a lot of time trying to communicate with people, whether it is to ask for help with fundraising, to tell them about a coffee or ask about homework. We felt there must be a better way to connect with other parents”, says Susan’s Co-Founder, Clare Wright.
Classlist is an Oxford based service, enabling PTAs, Class Reps and parents at their school to communicate easily using up-to-date contact details, to create interest-based communities, and to organize events. Parents register, share and update whatever details they feel comfortable with, and can transfer their profile easily to other classes as their kids move on.

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Members have fully authenticated access to a private and secure site with a set of tools all aimed at making life easier. The site is mobile responsive, for usage on-the-go, and has been operational for over a year in schools in the UK and Australia. Classlist.com is Data Protection Registered, and personal details are never shared with advertisers or anyone else.
PTAs also find Classlist.com enormously useful when making use of the newsletter tool, which automatically uses the the latest classlists to communicate with all parents. “We just had no way of sending a message to all parents ourselves before”, says one PTA Chairman. Classlist also makes it easier for the PTA to raise money, enabling you to manage paid events and collect money from parents. The site can be a valuable source of fundraising for the PTA, which benefits from revenue from ads on the school’s site.
Parents and schools are now signing up to Classlist’s new Schoolrun share service available for the new school year September 2015. This will enable parents to use a tool on Classlist to find other families at the same school who live near them and want to share the school run.

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The schoolrun share service is an extension of the classlist and social network service to parents and schools. “Parents using classlist.com have been verified to join their school’s Classlist community, which is exclusive to parents at their school. They already participate in class and year group discussions and attend social events, such as coffee mornings that have been arranged on our platform. Offering ‘schoolrun’ sharing to parents within this trusted community makes sense, whether it be organising bike buddies, bus buddies, walking trains or sharing the driving”” explains Susan Burton.
“We have achieved our aim of ‘Parent Life Easier, School Communities stronger’ by helping people connect, whether it be for a school fundraising event, a party, playdate, or lift home. Classlist has been described by a parent as ‘Easier than email, better than Facebook, different to the parent portal”, says Clare Wright.

Classlist is set to take more schools by storm this September. Get your school’s private web app set up now!

www.classlist.com

Summer Activities: Water Balloon Pinata

So finally, the hot hot hot weather has arrived here in the UK and the kids finally get to enjoy some Summer fun. Summer for me is all about the great outdoors and playing with water to cool down. As we live in an Urban environment, we only have a small garden and need to “make do”. There are lots of fun Summer activities you can do, even in a small garden or out on the pavement.. and one such activity for Summer is the Water Balloon Pinata game. My kids have been waiting to play this game for MONTHS now.

Summer fun - water balloon pinata game

It is  simple game – you need water balloons, water, some string and a stick… and I am sure you can imagine the rest-  but do watch the video below to see see the squeals of delight and laughter as they play their game! Awwwww.

My daughter first saw this Summer game in this book:

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A great resource for every family and I challenge you not find an activity you will like!

Watch the sheer laughter of delight!

 

Days Out in London with Kids

If you are in London this Summer (2015) and are looking for things to do with the kids, you are IN FOR A TREAT!

Each year the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park hosts an exhibition, as well as a fabulous architectural structure. They choose an architect that does NOT already have a building design in London to come up with a design and build. This year they have a Spanish couple called Selgas Cano and they have come up with this most awe inspiring design. It is simply BEAUTIFUL!

Plan in enough time to sit down for a nice drink and cake (unless it is a hot day, then take a picnic and sit under a tree in the shade).

I took the kids along (nearest tube via High Street Kensington, but if you have time, enter the park via any gate and go for a walk in this lovely green space).

Serpentine Pavilion by Selgas Cano in Hyde Park - Serpentine Gallery 2015And here is a video with us walking around and through the Serpentine Pavilion 2015