Entertaining Emmy

Having children is expensive enough, all those nappies, new clothes, toys and the shoes…wow, I thought I had a lot of shoes but I’m sure at this rate Emmy will have far more than me, actually she does already have more than me.

As a former Nursery Nurse and Nanny I have lots of ideas for entertaining children for free or cheaply and hope to be able to share my ideas with you all.

When I was working  I was so organised, always planning activities with the children, days out, play days etc..I’m not sure when that all stopped to be honest, maybe being a mum and the lack of sleep does that to you, however that is possibly a good thing as i’m able to throw an activity together in a matter of minutes with little planning using household or everyday items which you have hanging around.

I plan to add activities as and when we do them and hope you have fun seeing what we get up to.

Project Grow Your Own

Garden Preparation

Planting, potting & sowing

Repotting & progress

Harvesting and progress

Not much to report and a hidden surprise

Cooking with our Home Grown Tomatoes

Arts and Crafts:

10 cardboard box crafts

Paper daffodils

Hama Bead Mother’s Day Card

Beaded Valentine’s Day Card

Mickey & Minnie Mouse cards – vegetable printing

Keepsake Octopus using tights

Ribbon Weaving Cards

Potato Printing – Valentines Day Cards

Autumn Hand Print Tree

5 minute Confetti Crafts

Stained Glass Window

Mega Bricks Printing

Paper Mache Pig

The very Hungry Caterpillar

Foil Painting

Salt Dough Hand Casting

Rainbow Fish Handprint Cards

Peppa Pig Bookends

Play time:

Homemade finger paints

Easy to make Play Dough recipe

Shaving Foam Paints – Bath Paints

Warrior Body Painting

Aqua/Water Beads

Pasta Play

Cornflour Play



Hot Sweet Potato & Tomato Soup

Turkey & Cranberry Picnic Pie

Saucy Chocolate Pudding

Hot Cross Buns

Cinnamon & Raisin Cake Bites

Warming Winter Vegetable Soup

Banana & Strawberry Ready Brek Smoothie

Banana & Chocolate Popsicles

Chocolate and Banana Bread Swirls

Egyptian Meatballs

Slow cooker donor kebab

Pan fried pork in a creamy sauce

Beef in Guinness

Creamy Chicken Linguine with basil & Tomatoes

Animal Cupcakes

Lemon Spiral Biscuits

Chocolate and Beetroot Cupcakes

Cheesy Chick Scones

Traffic Light French Bread Pizza

Ginger Cake Men

Clown Biscuits

Chocolate Dipped Heart Valentine’s Biscuits

Carrot & Coriander Soup

5 minute Nutella Mug Cake

Easy Peasy Fishy Dishy

Mini Tartlets

Pork and Apple Casserole

Chocolate Rice Krispie Cakes

Home-made Pizza


Insect Lore – Butterflies

Woodland walks and outdoor fun.

Growing Tomatoes

Summer Reading Challenge

Mummy makes:

Scrabble name crossword framed

Upcycled top – dress project

Ruffle Rug

T-Shirt Peg Bag

Christmas Crafts:

Snowmen Skittles

Handprint Robin card

When Santa got stuck up the chimney

Upcycled Flowerpots

Salt Dough Hand Print Robin

Handprint Wreath

Hand and Foot Print Reindeer