I’ve recently re-discovered the magic of Roald Dahl thanks to my 5 year old and his voracious appetite for reading. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was always one of my favourites.
Nobody has seen Willy Wonka – or inside his amazing chocolate factory – for years. When he announces plans to invite the winners of five Golden Tickets hidden inside the wrappers of chocolate bars to visit his factory, the whole world is after those tickets!
Everyone is familiar with Charlie Bucket, the Golden Tickets, the Oompa-Loompas and Mr Willy Wonka and what could be better than making our own Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-inspired chocolate play dough.
Ingredients to make chocolate play dough:
150g plain flour
2 tsp. cream of tartar
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
50g cocoa powder
How to make chocolate play dough:
Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl, add the vegetable oil and slowly stir in the water until you have the desired consistency.
Use your hands to make sure everything has mixed together.
Then we divided our chocolate play dough into two and the children got to work with our rolling pins and play dough knives. They made all sorts of cookies and chocolates.
We even got our letter stamps out so they could stamp little messages in the play dough. The play dough smelled really good and I kept having to remind Little Sis not to eat it as she was very tempted.
If your children love Roald Dahl they may just love you more if you download the new Roald Dahl’s Twit or Miss app. This is the first Roald Dahl app and is full of food fighting fun for Twits big and small. Twit or Miss is available on the App Store and via Google Play – earn points by flicking food away from a sleeping Mrs Twit and make sure you watch out for her cane…
Children have known for years that settling down to tackle a nice bit of colouring-in is a relaxing way to unwind and it looks like us grown-ups have finally caught on! Cool, Calm, Create is pre-school specialists, Redan Publishing’s first magazine to target adults and will hit the news stands today (30th July), providing a monthly shot of art therapy to frazzled parents up and down the country.
The new magazine offers 68 pages of intricate colouring and doodling spreads designed to help focus the mind and aid relaxation. Using a bespoke blend of patterns, mandalas and tangles, issue one has a marine and ocean theme and comes with a free cover-mounted gift of 5 colouring pencils, making it the perfect gift to pick up and go and an ideal travel companion for summer holidays.
Calm, Colour, Create also has its own dedicated social media pages where readers can upload and show off their latest creations, commenting on the work of others whilst sharing their own thoughts and inspirations.
Calm, Colour, Create Magazine will retail at £4.99 and is aimed at anyone with an interest in colouring. It is available on selected news stands from today (30th July, 2015).
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We came into London as Auntie Caca was on her way back home and thought we would go and have some fun at the London Transport Museum. They always run really good events during the summer so we knew we would find lots to do.
The children wanted to do the Stamper trail which involves collecting a large green ticket and running around the museum collecting 13 stamps at various points. They love to do this and we’ve been so often I always think they will remember where each station is, but they never do. The Stamper trail is also a great way to ensure you see the whole museum and as we were going round we noticed that a craft session was about to start.
Crafting is our favourite thing so we headed over to the Creative Make and Take Workshop. Inspired by the Mr. Men in London book we were able to make our own Mr Men hats. The volunteers were really helpful and Mr Big Brother and Miss Little Sis soon made their own hats with the help of lots of sticky tape.
They were both really good at cutting out the different parts and Big Brother even made some bandages for his Mr. Bump hat.
They loved their hats and were happy to wear them around the Museum and all the way home.
The Museum is also running a fun Mr Men trail through the Museum which we reviewed earlier this year.
More information about family events at the London Transport Museum can be found on their website. Kids go free but adult admission costs £16 which gives free entry for a year.