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Acorn people

Today we thought we would choose something from our Autumnal nature table to craft with. We’ve picked up hundreds of acorn caps from our local park and thought we could use them to make some little acorn people.

Acorn people

Materials you will need:
wooden peg dolls
acorn caps
acrylic paints and brush

How to make acorn gnomes:

We bought four peg dolls from our local craft shop. Then we chose some autumnal colours and painted the bodies of them. Add faces and then leave to dry.

acorn people

I used a small piece of Sugru to attach the acorn cap hats to the peg dolls and left them over night to set.


We all like our little acorn people. We still have lots of leaves left to craft with, any suggestions over what to make next?

acorn people - treading on lego

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Our Summer Holiday book

The latest Center Parcs challenge is to record one of the fun things your family got up to this summer.

Steph Tilley, Center Parcs Community Manager has shared some great tips for preserving special holiday memories. My favourite tip is:
“Create a scrapbook by sticking in different momentoes of your summer – train tickets, photos and handwritten diary entries always work well, or why not try something a little more unusual. Ask your little ones to decorate your scrapbook with hand prints and finger painting, cut out words from old newspapers and magazines or even have a go at creating a digital scrapbook, complete with video clips.”

This blog is pretty much our record of what we get up to everyday. Our goal was always to record our family adventures. This summer we also started a Summer Holiday book. It’s a lovely notebook from Paperchase and my husband bought me a Canon Selphy printer so every day we can print out a favourite photograph of that day’s activity and stick it in the book. We’ve also encouraged Big Brother to write a word or draw a picture related to that activity. Part of this little project was to keep encouraging him with his letters and words over his Summer holidays and it seems to be doing the trick nicely.

summer Collage

It’s really hard to pick just one of the fun things we’ve done as a family. We frequently look through our Summer Holiday book and it reminds us of so many fun things we’ve done. We’ve ticked off new stations from our London Underground Challenge, we’ve also crossed off some of the activities from the National Trust’s 50 Things. You can probably tell we love a challenge!

I asked Big Brother what his favourite day was and he said going to the cinema to see Planes 2 at the cinema. In our book we have stuck the photos that were taken at the screening, as well as our special tickets and some spare stickers from his Planes 2 sticker album.

Steph Tilley, Center Parcs Community Manager

Steph Tilley, Center Parcs Community Manager

Steph Tilley, Center Parcs Community ManagerS

Steph Tilley, Center Parcs Community Manager

Steph Tilley, Center Parcs Community Manager

Steph Tilley, Center Parcs Community Manager

This is my entry to the Center Parcs and Tots 100 August challenge. If I’m chosen, I would like to visit Longleat Village in Wiltshire.



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Euston Square

Today we ticked off both Euston Square Underground station and Euston mainline station from our London Underground Challenge.


Big Brother was quite excited to share his photo with Auntie Caca and Willow.

When we got home we spent the afternoon filling in our Summer Holiday journal and doing some special Autumnal crafts which we shall be revealing soon!

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