Leo Bamford and Nanny Anita’s Summer Craft Ideas

    Leo Bamford, Baby columnist and founder of My Baba, and Nanny Anita share their summer essentials, favourite holiday recipe and summer craft ideas to keep the kids busy when school’s out. 

    Until last year, I hadn’t really holidayed in England but boy did I fall in love with our British coast.  We all bundled into the car and made our way south and after a boat journey, we arrived on The Scilly Isles, which is utter paradise.  The gardens were like something out of Robinson Crusoe and the children couldn’t believe their luck at seeing real-life red squirrels, something they have only ever seen in books.

    We followed the coast home, stopping in Fowey and Salcombe, before jumping off in Dartmouth, where my grandfather passed out as a naval officer.  I really was gobsmacked by the beautiful scenery and could hardly believe that in my 40 years, I had never seen England like it.  There are so many amazing hotels we have to offer and I love seeing all the B&Bs opening up around England and so many wonderful farmer’s markets setting up glamping sites and little shepherds huts to stay in.

    My son and I stayed at Orchard Treehouse in Pershore.  It’s the most gorgeous little treehouse tucked away in the English Countryside and it really reminds you to turn devices off and enjoy friends and family in the beautiful English countryside.

    Summer Craft Ideas

    As always Anita and I have been busy little bees for arts and crafts for the summer and these Sponge Waterbombs and Flower Weaving are gorgeous.

    Sponge Waterbombs

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    You will need: Sponges, scissors, elastic band

    1. Cut your sponges into strips.
    2. Stack your sponges into piles of 3.
    3. For each sponge waterbomb you will need 3 stacks of 3 sponges.
    4. Line them all up (you should have 3 by 3).
    5. Tie an elastic band securely around the middle and then manipulate the sponges to make it more round in shape and so that none of the sponges are stuck together.
    6. Place them in a bucket of water and then you are ready for your water fight.

    Flower weaving

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    You will need: rectangular piece of cardboard, scissors, string, flowers, grass

    1. Cut slits at regular intervals at the top and bottom of the piece of cardboard.
    2. Starting at the back, wind the string around the cardboard, making sure it fits into each of the slits that you made.
    3. Collect some flowers and grass.
    4. Weave them through the string to create your flower weaving.

    Kid-Friendly Summer Recipe: Frozen Kefir Berry Drops

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    I asked the wonderful Lucinda Miller for a delicious summer recipe from her new book, I Can’t Believe It’s Baby Food!

    Makes: 25 – 30 drops

    Suitable for: 6 months plus

    Ingredients

    • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
    • 1 tbsp of honey (not suitable for children under 12 months) or maple syrup
    • 125ml or 1/2 cup of kefir or Greek-style yoghurt (natural)
    • 50g or 1/4 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries, halved freeze-dried raspberries or strawberry sprinkles

    Method

    • Stir the vanilla extract and honey (or maple syrup) into the kefir or Greek yoghurt.
    • Line a small baking tray with parchment paper (it will need to be small enough to fit in your freezer). Drop teaspoons of the kefir and honey mix onto the tray, spacing about 1cm apart.
    • Add your halved blueberries, raspberries or strawberry sprinkles onto each drop.
    • Place the tray in the freezer and leave for at least three hours.

    The berry drops can be stored in the freezer for up to three months. Once frozen, the berry drops can be transferred from the tray to a plastic freezer bag or tupperware.

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