Christmas Treats for Preschoolers

Last year (and we never go around to sharing this then), Pip Squeak’s Reception class – so lots of 4 & 5yrs olds – classed as Preschoolers in the rest of the world – made these WONDERFUL WONDERFUL little Christmas treats as part of their Young Enterprising scheme. The made them and sold them at school. Profits went to charity. The best bit about this young enterprising scheme, is that officially Reception is not a part of it, they are too young.. whilst the rest of the school gets organised activities… but you know, that never stops a real entrepreneur, now does it?!

We also have some great Gifts that kids can make for Christmas. Take a look!

I am digressing. The kids made adorable Rice Crispy Christmas Puddings:

Christmas Puddings Rice Crispy CakesAs they did these in school.. I can’t give you the exact quantities.. but I can give you what they used.

Rice Crispies Christmas Puds – Ingredients

  • Rice Crispies
  • Milk Chocolate
  • White chocolate
  • Marzipan Christmas Shapes*
  • Cupcake cases

If you can get marizpan shapes – by your own fondant and icing and colour it green and red. (We like using the Sugarflair Brand (UK Readers) and you  if you are form the US get it here – affiliate links)

Rice Crispies Christmas Puds – Method

1) Melt your chocolate in a big bowl in the microwave. Keep an eye on it, so as to not overheat it, as that ruins chocolate.

2) Mix in the rice crispies, keep adding until you have a good mix, that doesn’t look too “wet”. And spoon into the cupcake cases.

3) Prepare your Holly & Berries – if you have shop bought ones, this is an easy step. If you don’t, then use your fondant and colour it green and red. Cut simple holly shapes (don’t try and get all the detail, just a simple green leave will do) and make red little balls.

4) Now melt your white chocolate – again carefully in the microwave.

5) Add a spoon of white chocolate to each cake and pop your holly decoration on top.

Let set and ENJOY!

Also, why not look at these 15 DIY Christmas Ornaments as well as these 15 Christmas Decorations for some fun Christmas crafting?

Children In Need & Build a Bear

As many here in the UK will be aware, today is Children in Need. Children in Need is a long running charity event here in the UK, where children and adults all over the country do fun and different things to help raise much need funds for the Children in Need charity. This includes cake sales at schools, fun challenges or simply purchasing some Children in Need merchandise (my kids rather adore the Pudsey Bear Cupcake trays and Pudsey Bear Plaster as available).

Children in Need

We will soon be visiting the fabulous Build-A-Bear Store Workshop – a fun “bear factory”, where kids get to put together their own cuddly toys. My kids are BEYOND excited.. and I will be updating this post with some photos from our visit. But I just wanted to quickly give their special “Children in Need” cuddly toy a mention – especially if you are planning a visit this weekend yourself. Build-A-Bear Workshop have launched a special “Spots of Fun Pup” – £1 from every sale will go towards Children in Need. And isn’t he adorable? Love how bright and cheerful he is.

Spots of Fun Pup is available until the end of the year!

Wonder what my children will pick when they go!

Disclaimer: the Build-A-Bear Workshop PR have invited us along to a store visit.

Beautiful Kasia Illustrations – FUNDRAISER

You may remember a while back, I had a WONDERFUL illustration by Kasia on Red Ted Art to help raise fund for the Japanese Earthquake and Tusnami. Your response was wonderful and the print lovely. So we thought you may be interested in another gorgeous print auction – this time for a Creative Project in Ghana.

Kasia is going out Ghana to help on a film making project ogranised by Akosia.

Akosia’s Vision:

Our vision is to spread “the Akosia love”, honour the uniqueness of children and women, and build confidence in all those involved with our work. Akosia aims to bring creative projects to underprivileged children and women in every country around the world. We believe that active engagement in a creative activity sparks one’s imagination and provides an outlet for original expression. We envision a bright future for Akosia and those who participate in our projects. It is our goal to organize a project in every continent within the next 5 years. Check out more about what we do here.

Would you like to help? Simple.. you can BID for this wonderful print:



Isn’t it beautiful? This is an A4 limited edition digital print of an original illustiation (small edition of 25!).

You pay no money, unless you WIN the auction. You pay either via the donate button on Kasia’s website or via paypal – but that can be discussed later.

So. I would love to help Kasia, raise much needed funds for the trip. So go on. Dig deep and see what you can bid!

The bids open at £10 – and you can bid by leaving a comment below. The auction closes on 20th April 2013 (at 11:00pm) and the highest bidder will get the print.

(open worldwide)

Thank you ad good luck!

Comic Relief – 25 Year’s worth of #GoodWork

Oooh I am so excited. I got a postcard from #TeamHonk ( the lovely Bloggers Mummy BarrowMammasaurusAlexander Residence who are out in Ghana) yesterday.. and another today. Whoop whoop. I am such a lucky girl!

Here it is:

Comic Relief 25th Bday


Dear Maggy 

I saw this and thought of you! Beautiful bead bag made by a young woman who lives in a slum community in Accra Ghana. The comic Relief funded project enabled her to learn beading skills which in turn allows her to make a living and gain some financial independence. She was so excited to show off her wares!

Penny x

This is a digital postcard sent from TeamHonk (; during their travels with Comic Relief in Ghana celebrating #goodwork. 

For the past 25 years the money raised through Red Nose Day has been changing the lives of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the UK and Africa. Let’s Keep Up the Good Work. Find out how at

For other digital postcards please do join up and check out the linky on



Bloggers Support West Africa

As many of you know, the Mummy (& Daddy) Blogger community has been fabulous at helping raising awareness and supporting various charity activities over the years. In particularly working closely together with charities such as Save The Children – as parents, children are close to our hearts!

But it isn’t “just” Save The Children that support children around the world. Worldvision is currently running a “Sponsor A Child” campaign in West Africa.

Spearheaded by Sian and Merry – please read on to find out more.

Sian went out there and saw for herself. And shares this video with you:

Merry wrote a moving post on the topic – here and is desperately raising funds.

I am selling some items on ebay and will donate the proceeds. What could you do? Can you help? We need you.. not just for awareness raising, but fundraising too!!!