12 Good old-fashioned summer activities for kids

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  1. Take your kids on a nature walk/scavenger hunt at a nearby park or around your neighbourhood. Give them a list of things to find: a leaf, a daisy, a dandelion, pine cone etc.
  2. Set up an obstacle course in garden or if it’s raining, inside.
  3. Have an egg and spoon race or a sack race.
  4. Play chalk games or sidewalk art.
  5. Make pink lemonade.
  6. Make homemade fruit ice-pops or ice cream sundaes.
  7. Fly a kite.
  8. Play matching card games or teach the kids regular card games.
  9. Build an indoor fort by draping sheets over strategically placed furniture. Read library books under the canopy.
  10. Teach your child how to sew or knit.
  11. Build a treehouse or playhouse together.
  12. Play skipping games.

How to make a paper fortune teller

Mary Rose Vintage Book photographer Julia Dunin (141)

Does this bring back memories?

See link to a great video by MY KIDS TIME on how to make a paper fortune-teller, inspired by UP UP AND A PLAY


How to make homemade play dough

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It’s a bit of a shock to see the rain again after the spell of dry weather. Us Irish get very excited about the sunshine and when the weather returns to normal it can be difficult to adjust. Being stuck inside, it can be difficult to entertain young kids. Why not try this really easy recipe for play dough? This recipe does not need cooking, so little ones do not have to be near hot stoves or cookers. The water is quite hot, so this needs to be done by an adult while children watch. This is a great rainy day activity.

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Spring Craft Garden Birdhouse

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I love making crafts from recycled materials. I made this cute little bird house with the boys today. It’s not whether proof but looks cute hanging from our cherry blossom tree in our small garden. Initially I intended on using crêpe paper in greens, yellows, browns etc, to make it blend into the garden. However, this took a twist when Thomas chose this lovely retro themed paper. I think its looks very cute!

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Sweet Pink Easter Bunnies


We are well into the swing of making cute easter crafts for next weekend. These little bunnies are soft cuddly and are sure to add a bit of easter cheer to your home.

I made these with Thomas last weekend. He didn’t seem to mind that they were a little on the girly side, but I got to play with a little pink, a colour that rarely gets a look into our house, with two boys:) Continue reading


With such a wonderful selection of edible easter decorations in the shops, why not snap up some and have some fun making these delicious little buns with the kids. Below is a very a very simple basic cupcake recipe. Continue reading



Easter is such a wonderful holiday. The days are getting longer and warmer. Family gather together to feast on some beautiful food, and yet it is a much more relaxed affair than Christmas, with little fuss or stress.
Eggs are symbolic of new beginnings, and fertility. Back in the 1940s and ’50s my mother and her friends used to celebrate Easter by gathering at her aunt’s house. They lit a bonfire and cooked boiled eggs on it. They had a competition to see who could eat the most eggs. The tradition of eggs at Easter started with chicken eggs and later evolved into the tradition of giving chocolate eggs. I love the run-up to Easter, as we usually make some cute decorations to prepare the house for the celebration. We start by doing some interesting things with eggs. There are plenty of things you can do to make eggs look pretty for Easter. I Include my three favourite ideas below to get you started.


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…happy new year!

My four-year old loves to sing and he is often to be found humming or singing away to himself. One morning I heard him sing ‘Every day is an adventure!!!’.This is my new years resolution, to see every day as an adventure. We look forward to new adventures in 2015 and sharing some with you. Wishing you and yours much happiness in 2015!!! xox M.R.K