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Halloween Messy Play with Jelly!

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Today we had some Halloween themed messy play fun with jelly!

I'm amazed by how long Little Miss A actually spent playing with this. It's the longest she's stayed engaged with this type of activity for a long time! As soon as I put the bowls down, she was keen to get going and play! It was so interesting to see what she did as I left her to her own devices and didn't guide her play at all.









I made up two batches of jelly yesterday - orange and blackcurrant. You could use any flavours but I thought these were good Halloween colours. I added some plastic spiders and beetles on top - I think they looked pretty cool!

Then I put the bowls down onto a plastic mat (to try to contain some of the mess!). Last year we played with the jelly outside and this is definitely preferable but can't be helped when the weather isn't as nice! I also put out some spoons and smaller bowls so Little Miss A could scoop the jelly up and transfer it about. I took the precaution of putting her in an coverall. Think I should have put her in her rainsuit as her leggings and socks ended up covered in jelly too!

Firstly, Little Miss A picked out all the creepy crawlies. Then she started scooping up the jelly and putting it into the various smaller bowls - naming various members of our family who each bowl was for. It wasn't long before she got her hands in though.

I tried to get her to taste the jelly as it was perfectly edible, but surprisingly she wasn't that keen. She just wanted to squidge and squash it in her hands!


I'm really pleased I put this together for Little Miss A. She really did enjoy it. I must get into the habit of doing more messy play with her again.

You really don't need a lot to set this type of activity up. Here's what you need:

  • Jelly
  • Creepy crawlies
  • A plastic mat 
  • Bowls and spoons
  • Plastic apron or coverall

It's been over a year since we used jelly to play with, Little Miss A was less keen before to get her hands stuck in, not so today! You can read about her first experience of jelly messy play here.


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Spooktacular Halloween Fun in Aylesbury 2015

Friday, 30 October 2015

Yesterday we went into town for the Halloween Fun organised by Aylesbury Town Council. We went along for Spooktacular Fun last year so thought we'd take advantage again of the free activities and entertainment on offer.

When we arrived, the event was in full swing. We caught the tail-end of the local magician ‘Simon Says’. Little Miss A doesn't really understand magic yet so we went for a wander to see what else was going on.

We stopped to see the pumpkin creations by local artist Tim O’Sullivan, they were fantastic.



Next we went and played a few of the Halloween themed games. Little Miss A had a 'Spooky' tattoo done. It had obviously been a busy afternoon all ready as Little Miss A had the last tattoo before they ran out (was a bit worried there was going to be a scene if she didn't get one!). There was a long queue for the crafts tent with the face-painting inside so we didn't go in there.

We then heard the Thriller music start up and headed over to watch the Spotlight Musical Theatre group performing the classic Michael Jackson routine. They then taught the audience some of the dance moves. It was so funny watching Little Miss A have a go.




After the dancing, we watched the Halloween pantomime - Panto-ween. The Mayor then judged the fancy dress competition before the Theatre group returned so Little Miss A had another go at the dance before we headed home!

Another really fun event - all for free. Each year Little Miss A can get more involved and it's great fun to watch!


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National Trust - Claydon

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Last weekend we were very busy using our National Trust membership! On Saturday we visited Waddesdon Manor for the 7th time and did the Halloween Hoot Trail. On Sunday we visited Claydon for the first time.

We're trying to tick off all the local properties and Claydon is just 25 minutes away.

This Georgian house is set in a lovely country setting. The view was lovely across the river.














At most National Trust places we visit we don't tend to actually go inside the buildings but stick to exploring the grounds. However at Claydon, only some parts of the grounds are accessible and you can explore the gardens but these are not owned by the National Trust and you have to pay extra. So we chose to venture into the house itself.

We bought a Spooky Trail sheet as Little Miss A had really enjoyed the trail at Waddesdon the day before. However, this trail is definitely aimed at older children as much of it involved drawing, so Mr MoaB and I had to do most of it. The prize was good though - a bat mask to make.

Little Miss A was actually pretty good whilst inside the house. We only got told once not to touch something. Which wasn't bad going when you've got a toddler to keep amused! The best room was the Museum which had lots of xylophones in it which Little Miss A was allowed to touch and we entertained the other visitors in the room with a version of 'Twinkle, Twinkle, little star' and 'Baa, Baa, black sheep'!

We visited the Tea Room (not National Trust) for a hot drink before taking a wander around a bit more of the grounds. We then walked down to the river before heading back to the car and home. 






Claydon is only open until this weekend and then closes for the winter so we timed it just right to visit and tick it off our list.

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My Sunday Photo 25-10-2015

Sunday, 25 October 2015

This is my favourite picture of this week.


It was taken today at Claydon House. It was our first visit to this National Trust property which is quite close by to us. Little Miss A actually sat on the wall and said "Cheese" without me even asking - I think she's getting used to me always asking to take her photo!

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An Owlfully Good Time on the Halloween Hoot Trail at Waddesdon Manor

Saturday, 24 October 2015

As part of the October Half Term activities taking place at Waddesdon Manor, they have a Halloween Hoot Trail running until Saturday 31st October.

We wanted to get out of the house for a few hours this morning, despite the rain, so we took the opportunity to pop up the road to Waddesdon to do the Trail. We did one of the Trails back in February half term - the Knights and Princesses Trail - which Little Miss A enjoyed and now she's that bit older she enjoyed the trail even more this time.

We picked up the Trail sheet from the Summer House. It costs £1 per child. The Trail is laid out along Miss Alice's Drive. It's a very toddler-friendly walk. It was definitely welly weather today and I'm glad Little Miss A had on her rain suit.

As we followed the path we were on the look out for owls. Twit-twoo! Each one was different, in a different fancy dress costume. At each owl we collected a matching sticker to add to our Trail sheet.


Little Miss A got really excited spotting each owl. She ran up to most of them to take a look! There were 8 stickers to collect in total and then when we returned to the Summer House, we collected a little prize.

The Trail was great fun for Little Miss A and really kept her engaged. The owls were brilliantly decorated with eyes that lit up which made them really stand out in the gloom of the woods!



We stopped off at the Cafe for a hot drink before heading for a play in the Woodland Playground which Little Miss A always really enjoys.

This was the perfect way for us to spend a few hours outdoors. Luckily Little Miss A isn't bothered by the rain and neither are we!

We all had an 'owlfully' good time this morning on the Trail, definitely recommended for those with little ones. There are other Halloween activities going on during the week at Waddesdon so it's worth a visit this half term.


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My Sunday Photo 18-10-2015

Sunday, 18 October 2015

This is my favourite picture of this week.


It was taken on our family walk this week at Aston Rowant Nature Reserve where they have a really interesting Talking Trail with interactive listening posts.

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My Sunday Photo 11-10-2015

Sunday, 11 October 2015

This is my favourite picture of this week.


It was taken this week on our holiday to Weymouth. We were having fun on the beach at Bowleaze Cove when we found this crab. Unfortunately it was dead but I was so surprised that Little Miss A actually touched it and then held it for a while!

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October Half Term Family Activities & Events in and around Aylesbury

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

I have compiled a list of the activities and events going on in and around Aylesbury during the October Half Term holiday.


Den Building by the Campfire
Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th October
Have a go at building your own den around a campfire with our Rangers in Black Park. Drinks and marshmallows are included.
Place: Black Park, Wexham SL3 6DS
Time: 10am - 12pm
Cost: £16 per family, £3 per extra child

'Go Batty'
Tuesday 27th October
'Go Batty' at the Farmers' Market with face painting and free pottery painting for kids.
Place: Aylesbury town centre
Time: 9am - 2pm
Cost: Free (charge for some activities on the day).

Apple Feeders
Tuesday 27th October and Wednesday 28th October
Treat your garden birds to a delicious apple feeder during this chilly season. Suitable for ages 5+.
Place: Natural History Museum at Tring, Akeman Street, Tring HP23 6AP
Times: 30 minute workshops at 10.15am, 10.45am, 11.15am, 2.30pm and 3pm
Cost: £2

May Messy Church
Wednesday 28th October
Art, food crafts, bouncy castles, play, quizzes, story, singing, lunch and so much more...
Place: Southcourt Baptist Church, Aylesbury HP21 8HW
Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm
Cost: £1 per person
To find out more about this session, take a look at my review of the Messy Church from April and Messy Church review from May.

Meet a Barn Owl
Wednesday 28th October
Meet George, the Barn Owl, along with members of the Bucks Owl and Raptor Group, as part of Bucks County Museum’s Nature Detectives exhibition. A fantastic opportunity to discover more about Buckinghamshire's owls and birds of prey. Just drop in.
Place: Bucks County Museum, Church Street, Aylesbury HP20 2QP
Time: 1pm - 3pm
Cost: Free

Film Walk
Wednesday 28th October
Black Park has played host to many major film, TV and music productions. Join the Rangers for a walk around Black Park to look at some of the locations.
Place: Black Park, Wexham SL3 6DS
Time: 10am - 11.30am
Cost: £5 adult, £3 child, £14 family

#AylesburyThursdays Event
Thursday 29th October
Organised by Aylesbury Vale District Council, #AylesburyThursdays returns in half term with free bungee-bouncing brilliance and climbing wall capers.
Place: Aylesbury town centre
Time: 11am - 2pm
Cost: Free (charge for some activities on the day)

Halloween Fun 
Thursday 29th October
Organised by Aylesbury Town Council, enjoy an afternoon of free family Halloween fun and entertainment. There will be the very popular Panto-ween, chilling magic from local magician 'Simon Says', pumpkin (and other vegetable) carving demonstrations from local artist, Tim O’Sullivan, and the Spotlight Musical Theatre Group will be teaching and performing the classic Michael Jackson Thriller routine. There will also be Halloween themed crafts, games and activities to take part in, as well as a face painter. Prizes will be awarded for the best Halloween fancy dress costume and carved pumpkin.
Place: Market Square, Aylesbury
Time: 3pm - 6.30pm
Cost: Free
We went along to this event for some Spooktacular Halloween Fun last year.

Mini Beast Hunt
Thursday 29th October
Hunt for creepy crawlies in Black Park with the help of the Rangers using a mini beast kit. Book an hour slot and meet at the Visitor Information Point.
Place: Black Park, Wexham SL3 6DS
Time: 1pm - 2pm or 3pm - 4pm
Cost: £5 per family

Pumpkin Carving at the Museum
Thursday 29th October
Crve a spooky pumpkin to take home for the Halloween weekend. Suitable for ages 5+.
Place: Natural History Museum at Tring, Akeman Street, Tring HP23 6AP
Times: 30-minute sessions at 5.30pm, 6pm and 6.30pm
Cost: £3 (advance booking required)

Halloween Treasure Hunt
Friday 30th October
Celebrate on the eve of Halloween by taking part in a spooky treasure hunt around the Temple Gardens in Langley Park. Bring your carved pumpkin along to be judged and you may win a prize.
Place: Langley Park, Iver SL0 0LS
Time: 6pm to 7pm
Cost: Treasure Hunt - £5 per child. Pumpkin Carving Competition - £2 per pumpkin

Museum by Torchlight 
Friday 30th October
Bring along your torch and set off on the trail for nocturnal creatures around the Museum. Fancy dress welcome. Suitable for ages 5+.
Place: Natural History Museum at Tring, Akeman Street, Tring HP23 6AP
Time: 5pm - 8pm
Cost: Free

Halloween Spooktacular
Saturday 31st October
Toddle Bop - an afternoon of ghastly games, freaky fun & devilish dancing; ideal for children aged 1 years and over. Groovy Night Disco - fancy dress competition, games; bar open for adults; ideal for children aged 5 years and over but all ages welcome. Tickets for both parties are limited.
Place: Cafe in the Park, Aston Clinton HP22 5HL
Times: Toddle Bop: 3.15pm - 4.30pm. Groovy Night Disco: 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Cost: Toddle Bop - £5 (accompanying adults are free). Groovy Night Disco - £6.50 without food; £10 with food (toastie and nibbles).

Creepy Crafts by the Campfire
Saturday 31st October
Go along and make creepy crafts this Halloween. You'll make witch & wizard wands, play games and toast marshmallows on the campfire. Meet at Black Park Play Area. Marshmallows and hot drinks included.
Place: Black Park, Wexham SL3 6DS
Time: Hour sessions from 10am, 11.30am and 1.30pm
Cost: £16 per family, £4 per extra child

Halloween Half Term Fun at Waddesdon Manor
Saturday 24th - Saturday 31st October
Have a hoot this half term with an 'owlfully' good Halloween Trail, horrible Halloween games, pumpkin carving and undercover art and craft activities. Activities vary each day.
Place: National Trust - Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon HP18 0JH
Time: 10am - 3pm
Cost: Individual activity costs vary. Normal admission charges apply. Free admission for National Trust members.
We did the Halloween Hoot Trail this weekend. A really great activity for little ones - highly recommended.

The Big Draw at the Natural History Museum at Tring
Saturday 24th October - Sunday 1st November
The Big Draw is the world's biggest drawing festival. There will be some top tips for budding artists around the Museum. Explore the galleries to find clues on how to expertly draw the specimens. Free, suitable for all ages.
Place: Natural History Museum at Tring, Akeman Street, Tring HP23 6AP
Time: Check website for museum opening times
Cost: Museum entry is free
We've visited the Museum a few times and it's always been a hit with Little Miss A. Take a look at this post: Meeting the Animals at Tring Museum

Halloween Inspired Musical Party Fun Sessions with Jacqu'in the Box
Monday 26th - Friday 30th October
Take a gentle journey of musical adventure through the magical Autumn Forest! Help conjure up a mystical spell of songs and rhyme to help find the Honey Pot Bear who has mysteriously vanished from his Honey Pot and been replaced by Bertie the Bat! Fancy Dress optional. Must pre-book and pay in advance - call 07948371615.
Place: Various venues - see Facebook event for details
Times: Vary
Cost: £8 per child. £12 for 2 siblings.

Halloween Trail
Monday 26th - Saturday 31st October
Start the Halloween Trail from Your Cafe in the Park. Follow the pumpkins, collecting the clues. When you reach the end, unscramble the clues to win your prize - will it be a trick or a treat?
Place: Cafe in the Park, Aston Clinton HP22 5HL
Times: Cafe opening times Mon - Fri 8.30am - 5pm; Sat 8.30am - 6pm
Cost: £3 per family (pay-on-the-day)

Dunstable Spooktacular
Monday 26th - Friday 30th October
Will you have the fright of your life? Join in a week of Halloween antics and creepy crafts. Take home your own witches hat, or perhaps a terrifying mask to scare your friends! There will be broomstick making on 30 October so you can obtain your broomstick license and take part in broomstick races. No need to book, just turn up and have fun!
Place: National Trust Dunstable Downs, Chiltern Gateway Centre, Whipsnade LU6 2GY
Time: 11am - 3pm
Cost: £2.50 per craft and £3.50 for broomstick activity.

Dinosaur Hunt
Monday 26th - Friday 30th October
Follow the map and clues to find all the dinosaur facts hidden in Black Park.
Place: Black Park, Wexham SL3 6DS
Time: 10am - 3pm
Cost: Self led trail, map £3

Creepy Creatures
Monday 26th - Friday 30th October
Family activities with a different creepy creature to make each day. No need to book.
Place: Bucks County Museum, Church Street, Aylesbury HP20 2QP
Times: Drop in between 10am - 12pm or 1pm - 3pm
Cost: £3 per child/participant.

National Trust
Throughout half term
It's worth checking the National Trust website for details of the school holiday activities going on at each of their properties.

I've compiled these events from various websites, Facebook etc. Please check with the actual organisers/venue for up-to-date information.

I'd love to know if there's any events not on this list. I'll try to add to this list with any additional ones I find out about over the next couple of weeks.

For more ideas, you might also be interested in the Family Days Out and Family Walks that we've been on.

Hope you and your family have a great October half term, whatever you're up to!

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My Sunday Photo 04-10-2015

Sunday, 4 October 2015

This is my favourite picture of this week.


It was taken yesterday in the town centre. There was a big fundraising event taking place and Little Miss A jumped out of her pushchair to high-five the wolves!


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Me & Mine - September 2015

Friday, 2 October 2015

Joining up again with the Me and Mine Family Portrait Project. Here's September's photos of our little family!



Realised late on in the month that we hadn't got a family shot again, hence the very dodgy selfies! But the pictures do make me smile! They were taken in the very big chair at Rushmere Country Park on our family walk.

September Highs:
  • Our day exploring the world of Winnie the Pooh in 100 Aker Wood at Aldenham Country Park.
  • Mr MoaB and Little Miss A had a fun Daddy Daughter day at the Community & Emergency Services Day at Waddesdon Manor.
  • I attended my first ever blogging event - FunFest. Was so great to meet so many lovely bloggers and put some faces to names of blogs I know. Everyone is so passionate about blogging but so supportive of each other.
  • Fun at the Tudor Fayre in Aylesbury with Little Miss A attending Jester School and doing some sword fighting and Mr MoaB having a go at archery. 
  • Our last camping trip of the year at Swiss Farm Cottage, near Henley. A lovely weekend - beautiful weather during the daytime, very very cold at night!!
  • Managed to use our National Trust membership this month by visiting Grey's Court, which was very close to the campsite.  
  • Fun at the farm on a visit with a friend to Green Dragon Eco Farm. Little Miss A had her first experience of grooming a pony. The kids loved the huge inflatable pillow and could have stayed on it all day!
  • Some lovely family walks in Rushmere Country Park and Black Park.
  • I had an interview for a part time job with the local County Council and got it! Go me! Start in October and really looking forward to a new challenge. 
  • After quite a long break, I started taking Little Miss A to swimming lessons again. We've been taking her swimming but just not to lessons. She's loving it and I love seeing her enjoyment when she's in the water.
September Lows:
  • Only one low which was some very bad news about my Mum's health. This is when I wish we lived closer. It's so hard not being able to see her very often. My thoughts are constantly with her through this difficult time. 
The Me + Mine Project - Dear Beautiful

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