Num Noms Inspired Summer Snacks for Kids #RecipeForMischief

We were recently challenged by Num Noms to come up with a Num Noms inspired recipe, and as we are quickly heading towards the summer, I thought it would be a good idea to share three summer snacks perfect for days outside and on the go!!


I wanted to try and use things we always have in the house, so, together, Ellie and Jenson made a list of Num Noms inspired foods that they found in the fridge, freezer and cupboards and then I sat with them and we came up with these 3 yummy kiddy approved Num Nom inspired snacks...


Snack Pot inspired by Tropical Go-Go, Choco Nana, Sweetie Strawberry, Van Minty and Betsy Bubblegum

Banana chips
Dried apricots
Blueberries
Strawberry Strings
Mint Aero Bubbles
Bubblegum flavour candy (we used Millions)


Mint Choc Chip Ice cream Cookie Sandwich inspired by Mintee Go-Go, Choco Nilla and Van Minty

Mint choc chip ice cream
Cookies, shop bought or make your own.


Vanilla Yoghurt with Blueberries and Honeycomb Pieces inspired by Caramelly Go-Go, Mary Mulberry and Nilla Swirl

 

#ToddlerApprovedTuesday #76

Welcome to Toddler Approved Tuesday, the weekly link-up for you to share everything your littles ones, 0-5, have been loving! Have you enjoyed a day out recently and your little one loved it? Maybe you made something awesome and your little tot enjoyed it? Maybe you have a fussy eater and you made a recipe that got them eating their most hated food! Come and share your posts with myself and Clare, from Clares Little Tots, we would love to see your posts, old posts welcome too.

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My favourites frrom last week came from Adventures of Adam and Every Star Is Different.



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Chicken and Chorizo Tray Bake with Mediterranean Vegetables and Rice (Slimming World Friendly)

I have mentioned before how much I love chorizo, we had some left over last week, along with a few leftovers hanging around in the veggie drawer so I decided to add a tray bake to our weekly menu, it used up all of the veg that was going to be thrown out and all it cost me was the price of some diced chicken and an aubergine!


To make this dish you will need

500g diced chicken
100g chorizo
2 peppers
1 courgette
1 aubergine
10(ish!) cherry tomatoes
handful of  parsley
Olive oil or Frylight spray

To serve: chopped toms with garlic and herb, white rice

SLIMMING WORLD SYN VALUE: 2.5 syns per serving. (using Frylight instead of olive oil)

This is almost so easy I can hardly call it a recipe! Chop all of your veg and chuck it in a roasting tray, add the chicken and chorizo, top with hand shredded parsley and a good glug of olive oil then all you need to do is throw it in the oven gas mark 7 for 45 minutes.

Serve on top of white rice. If you have a fussy 'I cant eat rice dry' kinda kid (like my Ellie!) top the rice with chopped tomatoes first! 









The Fairy Dell, Skegness. All You Need To Know.

If you are visiting Skegness with kids the one place you need to know about is the Fairy Dell outdoor pool. It is quite well hidden and actually a lot of holiday makers I have spoken to, don't know it is there! So where is it? How much does it cost? Is it worth a visit? Read on to find out....


Where can I find it? 

Now if you know Skegness and you know how to find the Boating Lake then your on your way...you want the part of the boating lake where there are pedal boats and rowing boats to hire (hint: just by the aquarium and a fake lighhouse!)  follow the path around to the bridge, the Fairy Dell is hidden behind a rock wall, once you get to the bridge follow the sound of children playing!




How much is it? 

The fairy dell is completely free.

What do I need to know?

The place is a sun trap all day, it's absolutely wonderful but remember suncream and hats.
There are no toilets, the closest are only a 5-minute walk away. 
It's a UNSUPERVISED area, you need to be there with your children! 
There isn't a shop/refreshments area, but most days an ice cream van parks up. 

When does the Fairy Dell, Skegness open? 

The gates are unlocked at around 9am and they get locked around dusk. The opening date for the 2016 season is May Spring Bank Holiday. 

Is it worth a visit?

YES! But bear in mind the fairy dell is free and the place gets busy quickly so if you want to be guaranteed somewhere to sit ARRIVE EARLY!!!




   

Elmer the Elephant Tissue Paper Painting

Tissue paper painting was one of the monsters most favourite things to do when we got crafty last summer, but then the summer passed and they got bored of it and it kind of got forgotten about. So when Emma at Adventures of Adam got in touch and asked if we would like to join in with the Elmer Day Blog Hop, I thought this would be a great opportunity to re-visit one of our favourite crafts of 2015 on a LARGE scale!

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Veggie Pancake Puffs | Cooking With Kids

This is the perfect recipe for kids to help with depending on their kitchen skills adapt by pre-peeling the veg, maybe you will need to grate it too, either way children of all ages and skills, will be able to mix all the ingredients together and make these yummy veggie puffs.


To make 6 of these yummy lunchtime snacks you will need:

1 cup spiralised or grated carrots
1 cup spiralised or grated courgette
1/2 cup diced onion
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
4 Tablespoons flour
Pepper and herbs to taste


Beat the eggs in a separate bowl and add the pepper, stir in the milk, cheese and herbs then add the flour and beat well to make a batter.

Stir in the veggies.

Heat olive oil in a large pan and drop spoonfuls of mixture into the pan, and cook until golden brown on both sides. An older child may be able to do this, but I'm such a scaredy pants I did it myself!

Serve warm with a side of baked beans or by themselves. 

Enjoy!

5 Ideas For...Water Beads

As the weather has started warming up I am starting to think of ways to use our water tray. As we have lots (and lots and lots!!) of water beads I have been thinking of using some of them up just in case the weather isn't that great outside, they aren't something that will saturate the house top to bottom!! Here are some of my favourite ways to play with water beads.




Foam Shape Butterfly

The monsters are STILL obsessed with butterflies! We have done so many butterfly crafts lately and they are showing no sign of getting bored of it! OK so the butterflies I drew aren't that great but they kept the monsters happy enough...

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To make these butterflies all you need are some foam shapes, glue and card. 

   

There isn't really a right or wrong way to this, I just chucked it all on the table and let them get on with it! Although we talked about butterfly symmetry and the monsters tried really hard to match each side up, as they chose the shapes I tried to use lots of colour and shape language too. 


#ToddlerApprovedTuesday #75 and a NEW Online Community

Welcome to Toddler Approved Tuesday, the weekly link-up for you to share everything your littles ones, 0-5, have been loving! Have you enjoyed a day out recently and your little one loved it? Maybe you made something awesome and your little tot enjoyed it? Maybe you have a fussy eater and you made a recipe that got them eating their most hated food! Come and share your posts with myself and Clare, from Clares Little Tots, we would love to see your posts, old posts welcome too.


This week we have a new look, to celebrate Clare joining us as host and also as our decision to turn the Toddler Approved Tuesday Link Up into a community! If you are a blogger we want to see your posts (and you insta pics!!) If you are a Mum or Early Years Worker we want to see your photos on Instagram, you can join in by using the hashtag #ToddlerApproved Tuesday and why not give myself and Clare a follow too? You can find our accounts @clarestots and @3princesses1dude we will try and repost a couple each week too, you can use the hashtag as many times as you like! We would love it to become one of your regular hashtags! 

Bloggers remember you can link up to 3 posts below, it would really be appreciated if you could copy and paste the  #ToddlerApprovedTuesday badge onto each post you would like to link up, if you cant do that at least tTry and pop by and comment on as many as you can. Let's aim for at least one host post and the 1 behind you. Can't comment? Why not Pin It, Tweet it or maybe share on Facebook instead? It only takes 2 seconds to click the share button!

Remember to share your post and the linky party using the hashtag #ToddlerApprovedTuesday on your social media, I will Retweet all your posts via Twitter (make sure you mention us in your tweets @3princess_1dude and @clarestots for us to be able to Retweet).

We will also pin as many as I can to the #ToddlerApprovedTuesday pin board.

Now, lets get on with the show!

My favourites frrom last week came from LarabeeUK and Play At Home Teacher.

Photo from  Play At Home Teacher

Photo from LarabeeUK

This week I have a couple of posts to share, including this number recognition busy bag and Clare and the little tots have been busy making a Rock Monster Family.



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How Many Flowers? Number Recognition Busy Bag

A couple of days ago I mentioned that Evie's teachers had said that she was very phonics led, they also mentioned that she needed a bit of a boost in the number department! By all means, she is not lacking in her knowledge but her 'next steps' are to recognise number amounts and written numbers. So I made this number recognition flash cards and pegs busy bag for her.


To make this busy bag you need:

Card
Scissors
Marker pen
Flower stickers/embellishments
Glue (if needed)
Pegs
Ruler

A container to keep it all in, I used a lunchbox and cut a piece of card to blue tack on to the lid.






Add some pegs and pop everything into a box, or a Ziploc bag and you are ready to go! This was a great activity to grab at times of boredom. I love busy bags for keeping the monsters, erm, well busy,  especially when they are all annoying each other and you need something to keep them all occupied but separate! You can get inspiration for more busy bags here or follow our pin board for even more inspiration!


The aim of the game is to count the flowers and find the corresponding number, and then attach the peg over the right number. 



Evie really enjoys this busy bag, she loved the flower design. And was in her element counting, we just need to work on her number recognition, I am thinking of adding a number line so that she doesn't have to ask me 'is this ___' every time!


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What Is The Weather Coat Hooks and Welly Pegs #BostikBloggers

Ahhh...the great British weather, the biggest cause of Mum problems since year dot, well mine anyway! If you aren't from the UK then I will give you a couple of examples...

Number 1) Literally after the coldest and rainiest April I have ever known the last 2 week's we have had snow with freezing temperatures and a heat wave! You seriously could not make it up! Which, let alone being frustrating for us, is highly frustrating when you have little ones who are obsessed with a certain spring jacket and you have to tell them they can't wear it because it's snowing...in May! So then they finally get over the whole jacket thing and become obsessed with their new furry hooded coat and they just want to wear their winter coat all the time...except then you're in the middle of a heat wave and the 3-year-old wants to wear her Eskimo coat because ''yesterday you said it was too cold!''

Number 2) The whole toddler 'welly-gate' us parents have to deal with WHY ARE BOTH WELLIES NEVER TOGETHER WHEN YOU NEED THEM TO BE! Both of theses mum-mares have inspired this months #BostikBloggers post!

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To make your own coat hook and matching welly pegs you will need:

Weather stickers (or coloured craft foam to make your own weather shapes)
Wooden pegs
Coat hooks, the one I used was from Poundland
Bostik Fine and Wide Glu Pen

This is a super easy make and is perfect for promoting independence and encouraging little ones to make the right choices, and is also a great way to teach little ones how to keep their belonging's tidy and together, a simple task that all children will need to understand when they start school!







Evie absolubtly loves her new coat rail and welly pegs and I have a waiting list for more (*by waiting list I mean 2 maurdy under 5's because I didnt make any for them!)