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Activities for all to celebrate St George’s Day 2018

April 20, 2017 | Leave a Comment

What to do this St George’s Day…

As always, St George’s day is celebrated on the 23rd April and is a day to celebrate the Patron Saint of England, St George.

So, nannies and parents, get involved this year with your children and see what fun you can have. We have lots of ideas for ways in which you can celebrate that are ideal for days at home and are set to keep children entertained.

Activities for children to get involved with to celebrate St George’s Day…

Dress up/role play

An entertaining activity that children will love! Most children will have heard of the well know legend of Saint George and the Dragon, whereby George slays a dragon and saves a young princess.

Encourage your children to have a go at recreating the well known story of George and the Dragon. Have a go at dressing up as a dragon, a princess or as St George himself. There is so much fun to be had with dressing up and this is an activity that all are able to get involved in.

When characters have been allocated and costumes sorted. Why not give some role play a go? Re-in-act the story and bring it to life!

Baking

Baking is a great activity that children participate in to celebrate.

There are so many traditional British treats that can be made in the kitchen that are related to St Georges Day.

  • Scones with cream and jam
  • A Victoria sponge cake. Make it even more special and decorate with the England Flag design.
  • Cupcakes with a dragon design
  • Cookies – shaped like dragons or shields

Craft activities for children to get involved with St Georges Day 2018…

Have a go at making…

Dragon masks:

These are one of the most exciting ways to celebrate St Georges Day with children. Have a go at designing your own mask template and cutting it out or simply have a look for a template on the internet.

Dragons:

A dragon is the perfect craft to make for St George’s Day! Have a go at recycling some of your old household items. Old egg boxes or toilet roll tubes are perfect to reuse and up cycle. See how creative you can be and what you can make.

Sock puppet dragons:

Put your old socks to good use and create some dragon sock puppets!

Simply grab a green sock (or any other colour if you would prefer) stick on some cut out eyes, fire and wings and have fun with your very own dragon. Once finished, have a go at recreating the story of St George and the Dragon with your creations.

Enjoyable to make and play with after.

St George’s helmet/shield/ sword:

Have a go a designing your own helmet, shield or sword and have a go at ‘slaying’ the dragons. This is a great way to be creative and is also set to keep children occupied.

The England flag

Saint George is the Patron Saint of England so it seems only right to create the England Flag. Have a go at using red and white tissue paper and sticking it down in the shape of the England flag or have ago at designing your own British bunting with a red and white theme.

So, nannies and parents, whatever way you decide to celebrate St Georges Day 2018 with your children, make sure you have fun! Whether you get messy with a craft or take a day trip out, remember to get involved and enjoy the day.

To find out more about St Georges Day, click here!

Written by Emily Martin for Harmony at Home Limited. All Rights Reserved, 2018

Perfect chocolate free Easter gifts for children

April 6, 2017 | Leave a Comment

Perfect Easter gifts ideas for children, that are chocolate free!

Chocolate and Easter go hand in hand. Buying an Easter egg is just easy and simple, and is usually what is expected. Children love chocolate so it makes the ideal gift to give.

However, sometimes it is nice to mix it up and give them something else to enjoy. Maybe something practical or something they will treasure. It can hard knowing what is the perfect gift to give a child or young person for Easter that is chocolate free.

Harmony at Home Children’s Boutique have some stunning gifts that are suitable for any occasion.

Here are a few gift ideas that can be found on the Harmony at Home Children’s Boutique website or in store that are perfect to swap the chocolate Easter Egg for:

Pens

Harmony at Home Children’s boutique have a great selection of felt tip pens available. These make the ideal gift for children of any age and are responsibly priced so you won’t have to worry about breaking the bank on a gift.

Including:

Felt tip pens available in 3 different ranges of colours:

These packs all contain a great selection of felt tips. 10 great colours to choose from that are ideal for making a picture ‘pop’. These work as a fabulous gift for all children, especially those who love to be creative. Each pack of pens costs £9.50. A great value present that works well on its own or accompanied with a colouring book.

In addition to the felt tips, there are also a selection of fun markers to choose from…

These are perfect to add that special touch to a picture. A fantastic selection of 6 markers that are sure to keep children happy. These are available to buy each for £9.95.

Scratch Boards:

If you are looking for an arty Easter gift that is perfect for children who love to get creative, then scratch boards are ideal. You just have to scratch away the board following the lines, to reveal the colours underneath.

Harmony at Home Children Boutique have a fantastic choice of boards to choose from, all priced at £7.99.

Including:

  • Halcyon Nights – Suitable for children aged 7 – 13 years
  • Full Moon – Suitable for children aged 7 – 13 years
  • Ondine – Suitable for children aged 7 – 13 years
  • Dinosaurs – Suitable for children aged 6 – 10 years

Stencils:

Stencils are the ideal gifts for all children and make the perfect gift replacement for an Easter egg. These are perfect for all children and are sure to keep them entertained on long car journeys or trips away over the Easter Holidays.

Harmony at Home Children’s Boutique have some fantastic stencil themes to choose from, all priced at £7.95:

  • Fairies – Suitable for children aged 5 – 9 years.
  • Dancers – Suitable for children aged 5 – 9 years
  • Horses – Suitable for children aged 5 – 9 years
  • Knights and Dragons – Suitable for children aged 3 – 6 years.

Colour in fancy dress outfit:

This really is as exciting as it sounds! Not only do children get to colour in their own fancy dress outfit, they are then able to wear and show off their creation. This fantastic gift is available in 2 different styles.

You can choose from:

Pirate – £8.99

Super Hero – £8.99

Children are sure to love this and is the perfect gift to keep children busy and occupied over the Easter holidays. It is ideal for days that are spent at home or when the weather is not looking particularly good.

Bunny Costume set

This makes the perfect Easter gift and is suitable for all children aged 4 years plus. This 3 piece costume containing bunny ears, a pink bow and white tail, allows children to dress up and get in the mood for Easter.

This will make the perfect present for anyone who loves to dress up and will be a great addition to the fancy dress box. Whats even better, is the price! This 3 piece bunny costume set is available to buy for £4.95. A great alternative to a chocolate Easter egg, that children will still love.

Wooden farm house:

This wooden farm house is the ideal gift to give to younger children instead of an Easter egg. This is a classic wooden toy and will be sure to keep young children entertained. This is the ideal gift for children aged 3 years plus and is priced at just £27.99.

All the familiar farmyard animals that you would expect to find are included; a horse, a sheep, a cow, a pig, a duck and a chicken. Also included is the farmer along side his wife, a wooden fence and 2 wooden trees. The farm house opens up to allow children to be creative and ensures lots of fun is had. All this allows children to explore their imaginations and pretend to be in charge and run a farm.

To make this gift extra special, there is an option to have it personalized with your child’s name. This is the perfect option to finish of a gift. This really is a toy that children will love and cherish.

Eggling – Grow it yourself mini garden egg kit:

This really is as exciting as it sounds. Swap the chocolate egg for one which you can grow something out of. This is the perfect gift to give to all children and it will encourage them to look after and care for something, giving them the sense of responsibility.

All they have to do it crack open the top of the eggling, just like you would a normal egg, add some water to bring it to life, and place in an area with some sunlight. It really couldn’t be simpler. The seeds have already been planted and spares are also provided. This is such a fantastic Easter gift idea for children that gives them a little bit of responsibility.

The tricky part comes in choosing the eggling. With 4 different ones to choose from, it can be hard to just pick one.

Harmony at Home Children’s Boutique have a selection of 4 Egglings to choose from, all priced at £7.99

  • Strawberry
  • Sunflowers
  • Lavender
  • Basil

Sew me up lamb:

This really is the perfect Easter gift for children. Recommended for children 8 years +.

This fantastic craft kit gift comes with the lamb, already to be stitched to life, a plastic needle, thread and a plastic feeding bottle so you are able to care for it once brought to life. What more could you want from a gift. This is perfect to keep children entertained over the Easter holidays, especially on the days where the sun is not shinning! It also gives them the opportunity to learn how to sew. For only £10.99, you really can not go wrong with this fantastic gift.

So, this Easter, think out side the box. If you are in need of an Easter gift, try to resist the traditional egg. Check out the Harmony at Home Children’s Boutique website, where there is lots to discover.

Written by Emily Martin for Harmony at Home Limited. All Rights Reserved, 2017

How to spend the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend

April 6, 2017 | Leave a Comment

Easter Bank Holiday 2018

Spring has well and truly Sprung and Easter is just around the corner. This year, Easter Bank Holiday Weekend starts on Good Friday (30th April) until Easter Monday (2nd April).

Children have broken up from school and many of us are treated to 4 days off. Bliss!

Easter is a lovely time of year that should be spent with family. This may consist of family day trips, seeing relatives or simply spending days at home enjoying family life. However you decide to spend the Bank holiday weekend, make the most of it.

Easter Traditions:

Easter is usually a time where families come together. With a bank holiday weekend of 4 days you want to make the most of the time you have together. Easter brings with it many traditions. Take a look at some of these ideas that you and your family could get involved in.

  • Family roast – The perfect way to catch up with family. This is a common tradition for many families, enjoying a roast dinner together on a Sunday.
  • Baking – There are lots of Easter treats that are fun to make for Easter. Hot Cross Buns, nest cakes, cream egg brownies, simnel cake. There is so much to choose from.
  • Walking – Getting out and having some fresh air is always a great activity when stuck for things to do. A few places may be shut or have restricted hours due to the Bank Holiday, but when it comes to going out for a walk, there are no restrictions holding you back. Apart from the weather maybe!
  • Easter Egg Hunts – One of the most popular things to do at Easter time and over the Bank Holiday Weekend is have an Easter Egg Hunt!

Easter Egg Hunts

Children love to hunt around looking for hidden chocolate (and lets be honest, so does everyone). It is a a fun activity that all are sure to enjoy and are able to participate in.

Set up your own egg hunt at home in the garden or local to where you live. Children love hunting around the garden for chocolate eggs. It is always exciting to see what obscure places you can hide eggs in.

Nannies and parents, to make a Easter Egg hunt even more exciting, have a go at setting it up as quest. Hide a series of clues around the garden for your children to find. Link each clue so when they discover what it is, they find the next one and so on. Have a go at creating a map for children to follow leading them to the end prize, which may be an Easter Egg. This is a great, fun activity that is slightly different to a standard egg hunt.

If you would prefer to save the hassle of having to organize an Easter Egg hunt, or you don’t have the space around your garden, visit somewhere that is organizing there own one.

There are lots of places up and down the country that have their own egg hunt!

Cadbury’s ‘Find An Egg Hunt’

Cadbury’s are having an Egg Hunt taking place at over 250 National Trust locations up and down the country. From England to Wales, to Scotland and Ireland. There is sure to be a Cadbury ‘find an egg hunt’ near you.

This is an exciting opportunity to get all children involved. Not only will egg hunts be taking place, but there will also be other fun filled activities for children and families to get involved in. Crafts, face painting and so much more to discover.

Once the Hunt has been completed, you will be rewarded with your very own chocolate egg! Yummy!

Click here to discover where you local ‘Find an Egg’ Easter Egg Hunt will be taking place this year.

Parents and nannies, there are so many different activities and traditions that you can choose from this Easter. Whatever you decide to do and participate in, remember to have fun, relax and enjoy the long weekend.

Written by Emily Martin for Harmony at Home Limited. All Rights Reserved, 2018

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