Music for Kids – DIY Bottle Xylophone

Bottle XylophoneWe had fun with coloured water and bottles today – making our very own DIY Bottle Xylophone. So easy to do and lots of fun. Especially on rainy days like today. Actually, this would be lovely on a nice day too.

Very easy – 6 bottles, fill to different levels with water and food colouring for effect and off you go.

Have a listen at our very own DIY Xylophone. Click on the image to visit my Instagram account and then click again!

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You can talk to the kids about hte Science of music too. Why do the different bottles sound differently? Can they guess which will be highest and which will be lowest? How would the sounds differ if you blow into your bottle and can you figure out why?

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Science for Kids: DIY Wormery

Make our own Wormery How ToSo.. my kids have are finally spending more and more time outdoors. Wonderful, to be able to enjoy some better weather and the garden again. There is lots going on with flowers growing, trees blossoming and snails and worms making their presence.

Today’s feature of the day is this DIY Wormery post from We Made That. What a great experiment for kids that adore digging in the mud and discovering the creatures within.

Off to make our own DIY Wormery I think!!!

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Bread Recipes for Kids

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As you know, we LOVE Cooking with Kids and each week, we are inspired by our wonderful blogging community to try out new recipes and ideas. I thought I would share some of these ideas with you (why should I keep them to myself?!)!! Here are some great Bread Recipes for Kids from the wonderful Kids Activities Blog. And after making or No Mess Soda Bread, I am ready to have a go at these. They look delicious and above all “do-able”.

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Easter Cards for Preschoolers

Here is a super simple easter card for preschoolers that we made last year. In fact, both the kids, then 3yrs and 5yrs loved making these. And they were are great card to send to family and friends. I think we will definitely make more of these!
Easter Cards for Preschoolers

Easter Cards for Preschoolers Materials:

  • Colourful tape
  • Card
  • Scissors
  • Gluestick

Easter Cards for Preschoolers – what we did:

Easter Cards for Preschoolers simple

1) I drew some egg shapes onto a piece of paper for the kids.

2) They then had free reign to decorate them with some colourful tape we had. It was great seeing them manage the tape and cut it with scissors and then sticking it carefully down!

3) I then cut the eggs out and stuck them on a card for them!

And done. Super simple easter cards for preschoolers, don’t you think?!

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Easy Carrot Cupcake Recipe

If like us you like cake.. but you also like to have a little bit of crafty fun in the kitchen, then these little carrot cakes may just be up your street! It is so easy to decorate your favourite carrot cake recipe and make them that little bit more special. We share easy carrot cake/ carrot cupcake recipe here today, but of course you can use your own family carrot cake recipe if you wish!

We went to a Hobbycraft Spring show and were inspired to make these cute little Carrot sitting in a “pot of earth”. Adorable. I loved their plant pot silicon moulds.

We only share the carrote cake recipe here.. to see how to make the mini carrot decorations click here.

Carrot Cake recipe

Carrot Cake Recipe & Ingredients:

  • 175g dark brown sugar (replace with ordinary if you can’t get hold of any)
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • zest 1 orange or some orange essence
  • 2 eggs (be sure to blow out your eggs for egg decorating crafts!!)
  • 150ml sunflower oil
  • 200g carrots, grated
  • Optional: 50g raisins (we left these out this time)

Preheat the oven to 160C (fan assisted) or 180C

Makes 12 “ordinary” cupcakes or 7-8 “large” cupcakes.

You will also need for the Carrots:

  • Either Marizpan or Ready Roll Icing
  • Food colouring (if your icing doesn’t come coloured)
  • A little chocolate for “sticking”
  • Deep set cupcake moulds

We used: Orange Ready Roll Icing & Green Ready Roll Icing (affiliate) which was SUPER EASY to use, as it was soft and moldable without being too sticky. Love it.

Carrot Cupcake Recipe

Carrot Cake Recipe How To

1) Those of you who know me, know that I am a lazy baker….. I literally put everything into my bowl and mix. Yep. That easy. It helps that I have a Kitchen aid I know!

2) Spoon into your silicon moulds – we used deep set ones, so that the cupcake looks a  bit like a “plant pot” or earth mould! This is a sticky mixture, so silicon is great OR you can use cupcake cases, OR you have to grease your pan well. Hobbycraft has some ADORABLE “plant pot” silicon moulds to bake your cake in AND leave it in to serve (no fiddly getting it out).

3) Bake for approx 25min – do a prick test to see if the dough is cooked.

4) Let cool fully before carefully removing from the tray.

5) Then pop your marzipan or ready roll icing carrots on top (see here for a marzipan carrot “how to”).

Enjoy!

And featured on Fun, Crafts, Kids! Yay!!

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