You can subscribe to Mila & Pheebs so that each month your child gets a surprise themed box through the post addressed to themselves with lots of lovely goodies inside. Even better, the box fits through the letterbox so theres no chance of missing the postie and having to collect it from somewhere.
One of the other things that Isabelle is obsessed with at the moment is kids Youtube videos. She usually watches surprise boxes being opened which are mostly American Girls opening ‘blind bags’ which contain all kinds of Disney Princesses, Shopkins or other such things.
Recently she’s started to talk in an American accent, and I’ve caught her loads of times pretending to make her own videos so I thought I’d give her a chance to have her 15 minutes of fave and let her introduce what came in the Mila & Pheebs box so over to Belle!
I’m a huge fan of kits like this which can easily be packed away to do on a journey, taken to Grandparents house or brought out for rainy days.
Each box is packed full of all you would need to complete the task and has several different things in the box to do.
A pencil with a donkey rubber topper
A really cute cow rubber which comes apart (including detachable nose)
A horse hand puppet kit
Animal shaped crayons (Isabelle called these rubbers in the video)
Farm Animal foam stickers
A maze and wordsearch sheet
A piggy notepad with pigs to colour in
Plain cards and envelopes
Sheep decoration kit
A felt chicken paperclip (might have pinched that)
Glittery farm animal stickers
So as you can see, you get a lot for your money.
You can subscribe to the boxes which you will receive each month, and each month has a different theme. You can also unsubscribe at any time for times when you may be away. There is also an option to buy a one off which would make a lovely gift.
We had great fun making the horse which we did on a day after school when the weather was a bit pants and Isabelle fancied something fun to do. I was quite intrigued watching her with her concentration face on, determined to do the sewing part from beginning to end.
This cloud dough recipe is a great one to make when you haven’t got anything planned using things that you would usually have at home already.
You will need:
All purpose flour
Oil based food colouring or powder food colouring
A tray for play
Cloud dough can be made by mixing 1 cup of vegetable oil to 8 cups of flour.
To make coloured Cloud Dough, divide the mixture between the amount of colours you require.
Based on this ratio we made three colours so used 1/2 a cup of oil to 4 cups of flour and mixed the colour into the oil before adding to the flour.
Once mixed, add to a tray or sensory bin and let the kids loose. Give them a selection of cutters, spoons, cups and play things and let them enjoy. We used shells, pebbles, biscuit cutters, playdoh shapes, plant pots (for making sand castles) and then added some glitter which Isabelle really enjoyed.
This is perfect for the garden and any spillages can be hosed away. This can be kept for as long as your little one will play with it and will not harm them if they have the odd sneaky taste.
The dog even got in on the action and as you can see he thought it was a tasty treat.
Now that Isabelle’s at preschool we have all the usual parent pressures such as having the best World Book Day costume and baking a batch of fantastic cakes at the drop of a hat for the Friday cake sale.
We love arts and crafts and make all sorts on a regular basis, but when you have to put it out the for the world (ok school) to see the pressure is immense.
So where do you look for inspiration?
Pinterest has become the first place I look when in need of any ideas. I’ve even set up an Easter inspiration board so pop over for some fab bits that I found.
Our hat ended up lookjng fantastic but it was really easy to make and won Isabelle first prize in her preschool Easter Bonnnet Parade.
We bought an easter craft kit from Sainsbury’s which was £5.00 and came with all kinds of foam bits and bobs. Isabelle being Isabelle didn’t want to follow any of the instructions so did her own thing.
She was so eager to start that she didn’t even get dressed before we started.
The tissue paper was so easy to do. She’s a bit glue happy and slops it on but tissue is really great to work with as it doesn’t really matter if it rips. just scrunch it up and carry on!
So after a LONG while when all the glue was dry we added the individual pieces such as the rabbit and flowers with just a bit of help from Mummy.