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10 Top Easter Gifts for Children 2018

March 12, 2018 | Leave a Comment

Stuck for an Easter Gift to give to your children or charges?

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

This year, Easter falls on Sunday 1st April 2018.

Discover our Easter Gift Guide below:

Easter Gift Guide for Children

Baby’s First Swing – £22.99

As we approach the warmer weather, this baby swing is ideal for the garden and makes a lovely gift. With its bright, bold colours, small children are sure to love.

This swing easily attaches to a tree branch or existing swing frame and is suitable for ages 6 months plus.

Seat size approx: 30 x 30 x 31 cm

Toddler Swing – £24.99

If you are looking for a gift for a toddler, then why not have a look at the toddler swing. This lovely swing is made of solid wood and offers great fun for children in the garden.

This swing easily attaches to a tree branch or existing swing frame and is suitable for ages 2 years plus.

Size approx: 30 x 30 x 140 cm

Easter Hanging Decorations – £1.99

If you are looking for a little gift to give, then these Easter Hanging Decorations are ideal.

Not only do they make cute gifts, they are also perfect for adding a little extra touch to your home this Easter time. Each decoration has a string attached to the top so they can easily be hung up around the house.

There are 2 different designs to choose form:

Bunny: These adorable egg-shaped decorations are hand painted to look like bunnies and come in 3 different colours: Green, Blue & Grey

Chick: These adorable egg-shaped decorations are hand painted to look like chicks and come in 2 different colours: Pink & Blue

Grow it yourself Garden Egg Kit – £7.99

This fun and unique gift idea is ideal to give to all children to encourage them to look after and care for something, giving them the sense of responsibility.

Simply 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.

This is also a gift that can last. The plant can grow for up to 5 months in the eggling and after, can be planted directly in soil to keep its life going.

You can even choose what you would like to grow. Choose from:

  • Strawberry
  • Sunflowers
  • Lavender
  • Basil

Bunny Costume Set – £4.95

The is the perfect Easter gift for all children aged 4 years plus. This 3 piece costume contains a pair of bunny ears, a pink bow and white tail, and 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. A great alternative to a chocolate Easter egg, that children will still love.

Fun Easter Egg warmers – £6.95

These fun Easter egg warmers are perfect to give as a little gift. They also bring lots of fun and entertainment to the breakfast table on Easter morning.

2 fun designs to choose from. Choose either the Happy Bird or Easter Bunny!

Giant Colouring Poster – £3.99

If your children love to colour and get creative, then this 126cm long colouring poster full of gorgeous illustrations, would be the perfect gift.

Have fun over the Easter break colouring! Choose from these 2 stunning designs: Under the Sea or Butterfly Ball.

Fashion Studio Activity – £16.50

This makes the perfect gift for older children, aged between 9 – 15, who have a passion for fashion!

This fun kit contains:

  • 34 paper dolls
  • 8X colour felt tips
  • 7X sheets of different clothing items
  • 2X sheets of patterns
  • 2X sheets of sticker accessories

Are you planning on having a Easter Egg hunt this Easter?

Easter Egg Hunt Kit – £6.50 – £7.50

If your family is planning an Easter Egg hunt, then this hunt kit is ideal. Lots of fun is set to be had with this kit.

This kit is complete with: 6 card signs, 3 pairs of bunny footprints to mark the trail, and 8 treat bags to collect the hidden eggs.

If your children love to be creative then the East Egg Hunt Craft kit is perfect. This kit is complete with: 5 pointers, 4 masks, 6 stickers, 4 crayons and 4 colouring pictures.

So, this year if you are looking for something different to give children for Easter why not consider one of these lovely gifts. Alternatively, check out the Harmony at Home Children’s Eco Boutique for even more gift ideas!

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

A Nannies Birthday Guide

February 22, 2018 | Leave a Comment

On a day to day basis, your nanny is there to look after and care for your children.

Many nannies work long hours so their birthday is the perfect occasion to celebrate and show your appreciation for them.

So, this year add your Nannies birthday to your diary and celebrate it by doing something special.

Discover our guide for ideas to celebrate your nannies birthday and show your appreciation:

Buy them a gift

One of the most popular ways to celebrate a persons birthday is by giving them a gift. So why not do the same for your nanny?

It does not have to be anything fancy or expensive, but just a little something can really mean a lot.

It is completely up to you how much you spend. Discover our gift ideas below:

  • Personalised gifts – Make your gift personal by adding a special touch. Gifts that work perfectly to get personalised include: mugs, key rings, pictures and jewellery. Personalise it with there name, initial or your child’s name.
  • Homemade gifts – If you don’t want to have to break the bank for a present, consider making something special for your nanny. Ask your children to see if they would like to be involved and make a special card or picture for them. Nannies love gifts they can treasure, and a homemade gift is something that they will.
  • Gift card or experience days – These gifts are perfect for when you don’t know what to buy. Choose an experience that you know your nanny will love or get them a gift card for a shop, cafe or place they will enjoy. A small gift that is always appreciated.

Get them a Card

If you don’t feel that a gift would be appropriate for your nanny, why not consider just getting them a card? A card is simple way of acknowledging their birthday, without having to worry about a gift.

Your children might like to right, sign or leave a special message in it. Card are always greatly received and show that you have acknowledged their birthday, without making a fuss.

Arrange a cake for them

Every birthday should be celebrated with a cake, so why not arrange one? Especially if you have a live in nanny, arrange to celebrate their birthday with them. Organise a special birthday meal to celebrate with them and present them with a cake for them to enjoy.

Get your children involved

Another way to make their day special is to make your children part of it.

Give them some time off

Finally, if you can, see if you are able to offer your nanny some time off on or around their birthday. Even if it is just a few hours, a little bit of extra time off on their birthday, will be greatly appreciated.

So, why not find out when your nannies birthday and arrange a few little treats for them. Even the smallest of gifts are appreciated.

Don’t forget to wish them a ‘Happy Birthday’ on their special day!

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

The Importance and Benefits of Bedtime Reading

October 26, 2017 | Leave a Comment

Bedtime reading. An activity that many families share as part of their child’s daily bedtime routine.

But why? Why is it important to read to our children before turning the light out?

Whether it’s a short story, an educational or a chapter book, lots of fun can be had with reading.

Bedtime reading is an excellent habit to have, and here’s why:

  1. Children can learn so much

It’s true, children can learn so many different aspects from reading. A number of different life skills can be taught through books. Not only this, but it allows children’s imaginations to be opened up to a number of different things. Most children will become passionate about reading a book and will grow to love a certain character wanting to act them out or recreate a certain scene in the book.

Reading can also help children to build up and establish life values and morals. Books that are age appropriate are usually aimed to teach children different life skills. For example; how to treat others, what is important in life, and daily life events. Stories and books bring easily explain life expectations, in a way that children can grasp and understand.

  1. Children enjoy it

For many children, reading before bed, sparks a passion for books. With so many distractions in society today, from devices and tablets to television and gaming, it is important to encourage children to spend time away from the screen and get involved with reading.

  1. Establishes a bedtime routine

Bedtime reading can also help to sustain a suitable nighttime routine for your child. For some children, ‘story time’ before bed is their favourite part of the day. If you are finding that your child or charge is reluctant to go to bed, you can use this as a bribe.

  1. Special time together between a parent and their child

For many parents, bedtime reading with their child is a special time that is treasured. This is especially true for working parents, they are given the opportunity to spend time one to one with their child.

Reading with your child before bed is a precious moment that should not be taken for granted. Many children enjoy snuggling up in bed with their parent taking time out to read a story. Over time, an invaluable bond is built up.

  1. Relaxing

Spending time reading before bed, relaxes the mind and gives children the ability to switch off their brain from the day.

  1. Development

Not only is reading good for relaxing and teaching life skills, it can also help to stimulate your child’s emotion and development. Reading can help to prepare your child for their time at school, having the ability to read will give them a head start when the time comes. It is also great to continue reading throughout the duration of your child’s time at school. Children should spend around 15 – 20 minutes reading per day.

When you child is able to, encourage them to read to you. Not only does this build up their confidence with reading, but it also improves their speech development skills.

Don’t take reading with your children for granted. Enjoy these precious moments with them, watching them develop and grow. Spending time reading together before switching off the light, relaxes the mind and helps children to drift off to sleep.

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

Cost effective days out and activities in Sussex for Parents and Nannies

July 11, 2017 | Leave a Comment

Cost Effective Weekend Ideas/activities for Parents and Nannies

Sussex

There is so much to discover in Sussex! This being said, it is not always cheap. If you are looking for some fun activities to do with your children or nanny children at the weekend that are fun, family orientated and don’t break the bank, then hopefully this article will help.

Sussex has so much to be discovered, including all of this:

Top Sussex Attractions/places to visit:

Brighton

Brighton is such an exciting place to visit with lots of different attractions to see and lots of activities to take part in. Perfect for families and nannies, providing entertainment and excitement for all!

Brighton Beach

Who doesn’t love going to the beach? Always an exciting day out and the perfect place to take children. With the warmer weather fast approaching, Brighton Beach is the place to be. There are also lots of attractions to visit along the beach side:

  • Brighton Fishing Museum – Free Admission, open 10am – 5pm Monday – Sunday – Perfect place to find out about the fishing and beach trade. Suitable for all ages to enjoy.
  • Beach Railway – The perfect way to see the sights of Brighton Beach, whilst sitting back and being taken on a ride you will be sure to enjoy. A 1 mile long route that runs between terminal stations at the Aquarium (close to the Palace Pier) and Black Rock (close to Brighton Marina). There is a fee to go on the railway, but it is a reasonable price. You are also able to buy a family ticket which you may find will be cheaper than buying individuals.
  • Traditional sea side activities – Lots to take part in along the beachside. Activities that children are going to love including a ‘merry go round’.
  • Brighton Pier – One of the most iconic places to visit in Brighton. An ideal place to visit with children of all ages. With free admission onto the pier, you are then able to visit various food and drink outlets, sampling the famous fish and Chips that Brighton has to offer, or picking up some of the traditional seaside treats like a Mr Whippy ice cream or some tasty donuts. When tummies have been filled, check out the pier’s attractions, arcades and rides. Lots of rides and amusements to choose from to suit different ages of children. The great thing about the pier is you are able to keep costings minimum. You may decide to set a limit for your children in terms of ride money or just enjoy the views that are on offer. A fantastic family day out that can be enjoyed on a budget.

British Airways i360

The i360 is the tallest moving observation tower in the world and is an exciting way to see Brighton & Hove all at once. Located on Brighton Beach close to the iconic West Pier. Suitable for children and ideal for families. Children are able to point out key landmarks, ships and all exciting things that they see. Children are also able to enjoy animations showing how the i360 was built and there is also a free app that can be downloaded to enjoy a photo hunt around the attraction.

The i360 is not free and you do have to pay a charge to go on. However, children under 4 will go free and if you book online, you are able to save some money on your tickets.

To find out more about ticket pricing and opening hours, visit their website >>> http://britishairwaysi360.com/

If you and your children prefer going on adventures and getting muddy then these places are for you:

Tulleys Farm

Lots of fun to be had at Tulleys Farm. An ideal day out that it suitable for children of all ages. Lots of seasonal and day to day events take place during the year at Tulley’s Farm, so there is always something to do and take part in. There is also a tea room to enjoy, a courtyard to explore, a play area to have lots of adventures in and an animal patch to get up close with some of the animals Tulley’s has.

There is free admission into Tulleys. If you want to take part in a special event that they are running, then there would be a charge to pay.

http://www.tulleysfarm.com/

Washbrooks Farm

Washbrooks has it all! Animals, climbing frames, sandpits, tractor rides, a football pitch, a zip wire and lots of play areas all to be discovered. They also have a place to relax and grab a cup of coffee or some lunch when needed.

Open everyday form 9:30 – 5pm. There is a fee to enter, however children under the age of 3 go free and if you are a family of 4 you can save on ticket prices. Tickets are very reasonably priced and it is definitely worth the trip. With so much to see and do, little ones will not get bored.

http://washbrooks.co.uk/index.php

National Trust

If you and your family prefer a quieter place to visit and spend time together then why not visit a National Trust place. Sussex is home to lots of National Trust establishments that have stunning scenery and are child friendly.

Here are a few free/low cost National Trust locations:

  • Wakehurst Place, Haywards Heath, West Sussex – Free for children under 16, National Trust Members and friends of Kew/Wakehurst
  • Devils Dyke, near Brighton, West Sussex
  • Ditchling Beacon, East Sussex
  • Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters, near Eastbourne, East Sussex

There are so many places to visit and lots of stunning scenery to be scene. To find out more information about the places listed or to discover other National Trust Locations, click on the link >>>

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/days-out/regionlondonsoutheast/sussex

Castles

An exciting and educating way to spend the day that all are able to enjoy.

Here are a few castles located in Sussex that have stunning scenery and are suitable for families:

  • Arundel Castle
  • Lewes Castle
  • Bodium Castle

The admission of these places is not free, so if you are planning on visiting make sure you plan ahead and decide on the perfect time of year you would like to go and what events would be best suited to you and your family.

Sussex has so many exciting things to offer and lots of exciting places to see. Hopefully this article has helped you to gain an understanding of them. There are lots of activities and days out to be had that don’t cost a fortune. Spend time with your family or Nanny children discovering what Sussex has to offer.

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

Fun screen free activities for children

July 11, 2017 | Leave a Comment

Activities for children… that are screen free!

Do you ever find that your nanny children/ children come up to you and say ‘I’m bored’ or do you ever find it hard coming up with ideas to keep them occupied whilst at home. Do you find yourself reaching for the latest device or turning on the television in the hope that this will keep them happy for the next 20 minutes?

Coming up with ideas for how to keep children happy and occupied can be difficult. This is especially the case now more than ever, as we have access to some amazing technology that simply is capable of doing the job for us.

Allowing your children to watch the television or play on a device or tablet is allowed and there is nothing wrong with that, however it is not ideal to do this all the time.

We have come up with 10 top activities for your nanny children/ children to enjoy, and even better, they’re completely SCREEN FREE!

Screen free activities:

  1. Baking

An activity that is generally loved by all. With the correct adult supervision, all are able to get involved. Children are able to master new skills and it may even become a frequent hobby. You don’t have to be an excellent baker all you need to do is follow a recipe and see what you can create. It doesn’t matter if it doesn’t turn out perfect first time or if it is completely inedible, all that matters is that children have fun and enjoy some time away from the screen. There is an unending amount of recipes that can be made. Muffins, cakes, cookies or breads the list is endless. Grab a cookery book and your aprons, have a flick through and see what takes your fancy!

  1. Reading

Reading doesn’t have to just be for bed time. Children love to read and it is important for when they are at school to ensure success. It is also an activity that engages them and is fun and imaginative. If your child is old enough, let them have a go at reading to you. Another great activity to try is having a go at creating your own stories. Put imaginations to the test and see who can create the best story.

  1. Play Dough

Another great activity to help pass the time is by playing with Play Dough. When you can’t think of anything else to do, Play Dough is the perfect thing to reach for. Hours of fun to be had making various shapes, animals and creations. An excellent activity for children of all ages.

To be even more creative, why not have a go at making your own play dough from scratch. Here is a simple recipe that you can follow to create your very own fun squashy, bouncy dough:

All measurements are in cups. For example: Salt X1 = Salt X1 cup

All you will need is:

  • Self raising flour X3
  • Salt X1
  • Colouring of your choice
  • Water to mix with!

Easy and simple to make and allows children to participate!

  1. Go for a walk

When the weather is warmer and you find yourself stuck for things to do, go for a walk. If this doesn’t sound appealing to your children, make it an adventure. Head to the woods or the seaside and see what discoveries you can find. Set up a little treasure hunt of things you think you may find. This is a great way to transform a boring walk, into an exciting adventure!

  1. Build a fort

When the weather is not looking good and you are stuck in doors, a cosy fort is the perfect thing to build. Grab all the cushions and blankets you can find, and start creating.

  1. Arrange a play date

Children love to play and even more with a friend. Arrange for one of your children’s friends to come round and play. Children tend to put down the screen, turn off the television and play various games when their friends are round.

  1. Board games/puzzles

Before screens were invented, games and puzzles were played for entertainment. Now a days, board games are played on devices and you are unable to see who you are playing. To encourage less screen time, have a go at introducing your nanny children/ children to some classic games such as Guess Who, Connect 4 or even to a pack of cards. A deck of cards are so versatile and lots of games can be played. You may even find that they actually prefer playing them in person, rather than virtually.

  1. Colouring

If you want your nanny children to have a short break from a screen, colouring is a fantastic activity for them. Colouring is therapeutic and relaxing and allows you to focus the mind on something else.

  1. Crafts

There is always opportunities for crafts. Many household recycling objects can be reused to create something else, for example, an old egg box or plastic bottle. Take some time away from the screen and set up a craft project. Perfect to keep little ones occupied for a long amount of time. Put you creative minds to the test and see what you come up with.

  1. Garden Time

Weather permitted, the garden is always a fun for children to run around burning off some excess energy. Lots of garden activities and games to choose from that are certain to provide fun.

So, when you hear the words: ‘I’m bored’ or ‘I would rather just watch television’ or ‘play on the computer’, don’t feel like you always have to say ‘yes’. These are some great alternatives to provide entertainment for children, and even better, they are screen free!

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

How to make Father’s Day special

June 13, 2017 | Leave a Comment

Sunday 17th June is Father’s Day!

Father’s Day is fast approaching. It is a day of celebration; celebrating fathers, fatherhood and parental bonds between a child and their dad.

Do you know how you are going to celebrate this year? Do you need some ideas for how to celebrate with your children/ nanny children?

How to celebrate Father’s Day 2018 with children:

Parents, nannies and child carers, all of these ideas are suitable for children and allow them to get involved.

Make him a special card

Not only is it traditional, but it is fun for children to make. Encourage your children to have a go at designing their own Father’s Day card. Base it on your dads favourite theme or his favourite thing to do. For example, gardening, tools, cars, sports, golf or even watching TV. This is a perfect activity to do after school one day with your child’s nanny or carer.

Write him a poem

Put your poetry skills to the test and see if your children can create a Father’s Day related poem. To add to the challenge, nannies see if you can help them make it rhyme as well.

Tell him a funny joke

Have a go at making your dad laugh by telling him a joke. See who can find the funniest joke or have a go at coming up with your own one.

Make up a story about your dad

Children have the best imaginations. Encourage your children to have a go at writing their own story all about their dad. This allows them to put their creative minds to the test to see how creative they can be.

Fathers Day worksheets

The internet has some amazing resources/ templates that are easily accessible. For example: a newspaper template where by children are able to write up their own article about their dad. Or a ‘my dad is special because…’ template, where children can list out reasons for why their dad is special to them. These can then be given as gifts on Father’s Day making them hugely personal and a gift that dad will be able to treasure. Perfect as an activity to complete with your children or nanny children when looking for something to do or when you are stuck for a gift idea.

Make him something special – Fathers Day related crafts

There are so many crafts suitable for children that are perfect for Father’s Day and are easy to make. For example: a photo frame, a top Dad certificate award, a paper tie with words telling him how much you love him, children’s hand/feet prints printed and framed. You could also add a special meaningful design to a drinks coaster, a pen pot or mug. With so many crafty things to choose from it can be hard to just choose one. See what fun you and your children can have getting creative. Nannies, you can also get involved by helping your nanny children to get creative and make something special in time for Father’s Day.

Mums, nannies and child carer’s, make sure you and your children are ready and prepared for Father’s Day this year. Have fun celebrating and spoiling him. He probably deserves it.

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

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

April Fools Day Ideas for Children

March 29, 2017 | Leave a Comment

April Fools Day is just around the corner and promises to bring fun to all!

It is a day that all can get involved in. Nannies, families and even children!

As always, April Fools Day is celebrated on the 1st April. With so many practical jokes to choose from, it can be hard to just choose one. Make sure what ever you decide to do, it is safe and doesn’t cause any harm or offense.

Here are some sensible, yet fun ideas that parents, nannies and children can get involved with:

  • Change the colour of milk with food colouring.
  • Disguise fruit pieces as chocolate by re-using the wrapper and covering up fruit.
  • Place bug cut outs around the house and in lamp shades and see who falls for it.
  • Place toilet roll in shoes so when someone comes to putting there shoes on, they can’t! This should leave them feeling puzzled and wondering if they have had a sudden growth spurt.
  • Freeze a bowl of cereal the night before and see how long it takes someone to notice.
  • Create your own ‘sunny side up’ fried egg, with yogurt and peach. Spoon a dollop of natural yogurt onto a plate and cut in half a peach. Then place the halved peach on top of the yogurt leaving you with a very well disguised fried egg. A simple joke that is sure to cause laughs.
  • With a food safe /edible icing pen draw funny faces on the food in the fridge or in your child’s pack lunch so when they open it, they will get a funny surprise.

Nannies, parents and children if you decide to get involved with April Fools Day this year, just remember to be sensible. It is always exciting to have fun, but make sure that you are being safe and avoid taking part in any activities that are going to cause harm or hurt anyone.

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

 

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