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Activities for kids: Pinterest Thursday

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Bored? Bake classic cookies!

Nothing beats showing off Ā surprising loved ones and friends by offering them a lovely, fresh, home baked cookie! A classic icon/cookie that evokes all kinds of childhood memories of course is the gingerbread man! A friend of mine posted a gingerbread man recipe and the timing could not have been better, it is like she read my mind!

Apart from gingerbread men, try other shapes and decorate them in crazy fun ways. If you have kids, you can not give them a bigger treat than letting them decorate the cookies! Of course with Halloween coming up you can also try and make ghost or pumpkin cookies.

Here is a tried and tested recipe, from Home Galley:


75g soft dark brown sugar

2 Tablespoons syrup

1 Tablespoon dark treacle

1 Tablespoon water

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

pinch of ground cloves

the zest from an orange

95g butter

Half a teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

225g plain white flour


Put the first 8 ingredients into a pot on the stove and bring to the boil. Stir in the butter and remove from the heat. Once the butter has all melted, add the bicarb. It will go frothy. Stir in the flour to form a soft elastic dough.Ā WrapĀ inĀ cling-filmĀ andĀ refrigerateĀ until firm.

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C (160 for a hot convection like mine). Soften the dough by working by hand. Roll out to 3mm thickness and cut into your preferred shape. Transfer to a greased cookie tray with an egg lifter or icing spatula and bake in the middle rack for 8-10 minutes. Watch them closely, you want to whip these out once the edges just start to darken. Leave on the cookie sheet to cool for a minute or two beforeĀ transferringĀ to a cooling rack where theyā€™ll crisp up.

I bake these in batches using two cookie sheets. One is baking in the oven while Iā€™m rolling, cutting and loading the other. It works well and you get a more even bake than doing the whole lot in one go on three or four sheets.

Decorate anyway you like.

Visit Home Galley for more exciting baking, roasting, cooking and preserving recipes and tips!

Pinterest Thursday: Activities for kids

Today I’m focusing on fun stuff to do with toilet rolls, tissue boxes and cardboard. Your kids will be ecstatic with these activities, and the best is they provide hours of entertainment once done.

This is a great way of keeping the kids away from the telly! Some of these are also great as party props.

Toilet roll tree: use colorful fingerprints to decorate the tree.

Use colourful fingerprints to decorate the tree

Toilet roll airplane: Paint the airplane once your done.

fun for kids

Tissue box monsters: use as storage, will keep kids giggling.

Cardboard boats

Cardboard tree: the possibilities here are endless, just add some creative ideas to the mix!

Large cardboard props: these require more time and effort, but it is absolutely worth it!

Cardboard dinosaur robot – great kids costume for Halloween or a dress up party.

Cardboard city: this can grow large depending on your space – could potentially be a continues project to keep the kids busy for months.

Cardboard rocket: Blast off! Tons of fun – would make a great party prop for cute pictures.

Cardboard plane: this is fantastic. Decorate it once its build!

Have fun!

All of these pictures and their original source can be found here.

Activities for kids: Pinterest Thursday

Today I will be focusing on hand print ideas. The kids are sure to enjoy these activities! Because of the personal nature of a hand print or tracing, this type of art also makes FANTASTIC gifts!

Hand print farm animals

Paint activities for kids - hand prints


Hand print Autumn tree

Handprint art for kids - paint fun

Hand trace card

This is great fun and also makes a beautiful card for Mother’s Day or for grandparents as a gift.

Make a card for mom or dad

Hand print tree – gift idea for Father’s Day

Make this for father's day


Hand trace fish

Coloured paper fish


Make your own Nemo


For more ideas feel free to look at my ā€œactivities for kidsā€ board on Pinterest. Thanks to all the Pinterest users for sharing these great ideas!


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