Leonora Bamford and Nanny Anita ramp up the excitement with their cracking Christmas craft creations and delicious festive recipe.
Although we have never had a Christmas quite like this one, I want to try and keep things as festive and happy as I possibly can. It’s so hard for the children not to notice our worries and I can see that it’s definitely having a knock-on effect on the children. I am always a huge believer in pulling on a warm coat and getting outdoors, but I also think there is a lot to be said for cosying up by the fire.
Last weekend, I made up this super treat, a hot chocolate board with every naughty treat known to man, all on one tray. I then made hot chocolates for everyone with lashings of cream and let everyone to choose treats to have them with.
At this time of year, I always take the children to a great local pantomime. It will be a first for me not taking them to one, but I am so pleased to see that www.pantonline.co.uk will be streaming one of my favourites, Jack and the Beanstalk from the 4th December, promising lots of boos, cheers, ‘he’s behind you’s, and sing-a-long songs.
As always, Nanny Anita has been keeping us busy with lots of wonderful Christmas crafts and this year we have really enjoyed making Craft Stick and White Clay Decorations.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and let’s look forward to some good times next year.
Christmas Craft Stick Decorations
You will need: Craft sticks, glue, cotton wool, pens, paint, paint brushes, pom poms, googly eyes
- To make the snowman or Father Christmas lay you craft sticks next to each other and glue one going diagonally across them. This will hold them in place.
- Paint your craft sticks and add the extra parts like cotton wool and eyes.
- To make Ruldolf glue the craft sticks in an A shape. Paint it and glue on a nose and eyes.
White Clay Christmas Decorations
You will need: 1 cup of Bicarbonate of soda, 1/2 cup of corn flour, 2/3 cup of warm water, saucepan, rolling pin, cookie cutters
- Preheat your oven to 100c
- Mix the bicarbonate of soda, corn flour, and water in a saucepan over a low heat. Keep mixing until it becomes a dough.
- Take it out of the pan and kneed it together to make it nice and smooth (be careful it will be hot).
- Roll it out and cut out your shapes. Don’t forget to make holes in them if you want to hang them up.
- Put them in the oven for about 30 mins.