Fairy Doughnuts

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Looking for inspiration to make your child’s fairy dreams come true? These fairy doughnuts are simple to make and will add an element of magic to any fairy themed experience.

What you will need:

  • Cheerio’s
  • Milk chocolate, melted
  • White chocolate, melted
  • Decorative sprinkles

Step 1: One by one, simply dip the cheerio’s into the melted milk chocolate …

Step 2: Put the cheerio’s onto a tray and sprinkle!

Step 3: Repeat the process, this time using the melted white chocolate.

Add an extra touch of magic  with a handmade gift box –

Find other magical fairy crafts on the Jolly Parenting blog – Fairy Crafts and Activities

Free Valentine’s Day Printables

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Other Valentine’s printables;


Fairy Crafts and Activities

Does your child believe in fairies? If the answer is yes, then you’ve come to the right place. I have collected a wonderful selection of fairy crafts and activities that your little ones (and older ones) will love.


Fairy Mud – a marvellous and messy sensory activity from Happy Hooligans, perfect for toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Develop fine motor skills using this super soft scented Fairy Dough by Laughing Kids Learn made using just 3 ingredients. My daughter enjoyed making the fairy dough almost as much as she enjoyed playing with it. The fairy dough makes for a fun sensory play opportunity.

Just add glitter to the No Cook Playdough by Paging Fun Mums to make your very own fairy dust sparkly play dough! Use the play dough for any of the extension activities below to develop your child’s learning through creative, sensory and imaginative play.

Play dough Fairy Garden – by Fantastic Fun and Learning

Invitation to Play – by The Imagination Tree

Sparkly Playdough Castle – by Home Grown Friends

The Sugar Plum Fairy’s World of Lollies and Sweets – by My Little Bookcase

Playdough Fairy Cookies – by The Pleasantest Thing



Fairy House by No Time For Flash Cards

Fairy Garden by Crafts for All Seasons

Fairy Garden in a Pot from Pink and Green Mama

Mushroom Rocks by Parents Magazine



Pom Pom Fairy Garland from Raising Up Rubies

Fairy Princess Wand from Confetti Pop

Magic Fairy Wand from Nurture Store

Bottled Fairy Magic from Moonfrye

Fairy Bracelet by Creative Green Living



Fairy Bread Sandwiches by Delish

Fruity Magic Wand by Babble

Pixie Dust Popcorn by Hungry Food Love

Strawberry Mushrooms by Party Ideas UK

Homemade Wrapping Paper

Add a personal touch with handmade wrapping paper.

What you will need;

  • plain paper – we used A4 in the photo, but it’s much easier if you use A3 paper on a roll then you can cut it to the length needed.
  • 2 or 3 different coloured paints
  • various sponge shapes for printing

My daughter enjoyed dabbing the sponge into the different colours and making spots and a smiley face at first.

She extended her learning by making a heart shape, letters and numbers from spots. She also experimented with colour, mixing blue and red to make purple.

Once the paint was dry, the present was wrapped and finished with a beautiful ribbon.


Make A Potato Family


Who knew potatoes and a few coloured marker pens could be so much fun? Not only was it a fun activity but I covered many areas of learning including; fine motor development; language development; creative development; and imaginative play.

The idea for this activity arose when I noticed my eldest looking intrigued and pondering over a bag of potatoes in the kitchen one day. I asked him what he was thinking and his reply was, ‘I have an idea!’ He explained that he wanted to make a potato called Paul. – What a fantastic idea!!

Out came the Sharpie pens and a few more potatoes, intrigued, the other two children watched as he began drawing on a potato, it didn’t take long before they joined in too!


They easily spent 30-40 minutes designing their very own potato family as they discussed the different shapes and colours that they were going to draw/use. A brilliant activity for fine motor development, as they needed to hold the potato with one hand and concentrate on their pen control with the other.


Now that they had their potato people, they needed to name them, this created another play opportunity as their characters came alive in their imaginative play. Suddenly they realised they needed more characters in their potato world and so they made a potato policeman, doctor and fireman!!


How to make a guitar cake

The great thing about birthdays is that they happen on the same day … of the same month … every year. Yet I often find myself in a blind panic in the week leading up to that special birthday. Have I bought the right gift? wrapping paper? balloons? candles? … the all important cake?!

Once again, I recently experienced that all familiar feeling of anxiety, as my dad’s birthday seemed to appear from nowhere. My sister and I decided to make our own cake, we are not professional bakers, but we both enjoy creative activities so we were full of enthusiasm. We discussed several themes related to Dad’s interests but finally we decided on a guitar/musical theme.

Now we had a theme, we needed to agree on a design! As we had only three days to make the cake, I suggested that a regular round cake with props and/or decoration would be appropriate … and more importantly, achievable.

My sister, on the other hand, had other (ambitious) ideas! – A guitar shaped cake!

I admit, I had my reservations. With only 3 days to prepare, I was worried that we wouldn’t have enough time. After all, professional cake designs are required to be ordered weeks in advance. However, I had to admire my sisters ambition and positive approach towards our shared project – so I agreed – ‘Project Guitar’ was about to begin!

Day 1 – Bake two cakes using a 20cm round cake tin. Once cooled I put them together to form a sandwich, using baking parchment to prevent them from sticking together. I then wrapped the cakes tightly with several layers of plastic wrap and stored in a cool, dry place.

Day 2 – Today, we purchased the remaining ingredients needed to complete the cake.

Day 3 – Dad’s birthday had officially arrived!! We had only six hours to complete the cake in time for the family gathering. My sister baked two cakes using an 18cm round cake tin. The two round cakes would be used to form the body of the guitar.

Now we needed to make the two cakes resemble a guitar, but how?

We decided to draw around each cake on plain paper and cut them out to create a template for shaping the cake.


An hour later, the cake was looking good, but we still had more baking to do. Using a 900g loaf tin, we baked another cake. This would be the ‘neck’ of the guitar. We decided to use a whole cake rather than sandwich two together, as we feared that it may be two fragile.


While we waited for the cake to bake and cool, we made another paper template for the ‘neck’ and the ‘headstock’. We made the head of the guitar using leftover pieces of cake that we had cut from one of the round cakes, meaning less waste! The cake from the loaf tin was cut to size once it had baked and cooled.


We put the cake pieces together, it was looking impressive.


Using a cookie, I cut a whole out of the top sandwich of the 18cm cake to create the ‘sound hole’. Between us, we used a layer of jam and buttercream to sandwich the pieces together. Then covered the cake in buttercream.


The cake was ready for the fondant icing – we used ready rolled fondant as a shortcut to completion Together, we layered on the white fondant and smoothed out any imperfections.


I made a cut in the fondant covering the sound hole and smoothed it down. Using a smaller cookie cutter, I cut another piece of fondant. This was used as a base inside the sound hole, which I covered with silver sugar balls as decoration.

Next, we used black fondant (again, ready rolled) to create the ‘bridge’, ‘frets’, ‘tuners’ and ‘pick guard’. As a personal touch, the black fondant was also used to make little stars. The silver sugar balls were used to resemble the ‘bridge pins’.


We were now in the last hour of our completion window and all we had to add were the strings. Simple, right?!

Well, we had run out of black fondant and didn’t have enough time to make anything else. Thinking on our feet, we decided to ‘phone a friend’ – good old mum to the rescue! Why don’t you use confectionery laces?! Amazing!! Et voila – the cake was completed .. with 30 minutes to spare. Team effort at its best!!

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Recycled Christmas Card Gift Tags

Christmas cards – Christmas ‘marmite’!! Do you love them or hate them?

Originally, I couldn’t wait to throw away our Christmas cards. It seemed that, no matter how they were displayed, I found that I was constantly picking them up off the floor or rearranging them. But each year we seem to receive many more Christmas cards than the year before – it seemed such a waste to just throw them all away. That’s when I decided to give them a new lease of life! The children love to craft and every year we give our Christmas gifts in homemade gift boxes, so why not make our own gift tags to match?!

My children have always been easily excited by giving and receiving Christmas cards, but now they look forward to making their own gift tags too!

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Experiment with different shapes, sizes and personalised letters.


Here’s a round up of other uses for your old Christmas cards.





Recycled Christmas Card Jigsaw

Christmas is over and 2016 has officially begun. You’ve taken down the tree & Christmas decorations and carefully stored them away for another year, but what are you going to do with your Christmas card collection?

As I began my annual post-Christmas de-cluttering mission, I was surprised to discover how much our collection of board games and jigsaws had grown. My youngest enjoys problem solving and can easily concentrate on a jigsaw for a long period of time. I watch him as he considers each piece carefully, looking for clues in the size, shape and colours. I love to see the determination on his little face as he is challenged by each piece.  But it is even better when I see him smiling from ear to ear, as he experiences the overwhelming surge of self-confidence and achievement when he completes the jigsaw. This is probably the reason for our ever growing jigsaw collection!

Jigsaws are such fun, why not make your own from leftover Christmas cards?!

Simply cut the card into four strips or four squares for a simple jigsaw

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For a more challenging jigsaw, cut it into nine squares or different shapes.

Older children will enjoy cutting the card by themselves and piecing it back together.

One of my favourite uses for old Christmas cards is to make next years gift tags as detailed on the Jolly Parenting blog – Recycled Christmas Card Gift Tags

Christmas Eve Hamper

Ever since I can remember, every year on the morning of Christmas eve, the Christmas elves would deliver our new pyjama’s and a Christmas story book. Because of this tradition, I looked forward to Christmas eve almost as much as I did Christmas day!

I couldn’t wait to continue this tradition with my own children – with the addition of our favourite Christmas must haves!

On the morning of Christmas eve, the children wake to discover their basket of goodies left out for them by the Christmas elves.

The basket usually contains a variation of the following;

  • new pyjama’s
  • a Christmas story book
  • a cuddly toy and
  • a Christmas craft activity
  • a small Christmas chocolate

Christmas Story Book

I love to share stories with my children, every evening we share a story at bedtime to wind down after our busy day. Christmas eve is full of excitement, my favourite book to share during the Christmas period has to be a treasury of Christmas stories. This means that we can share a different Christmas story each night between Christmas eve and new years day.

A cuddly toy – the perfect accompaniment to settle down with at story time and bedtime.

A Christmas chocolate, e.g;

  • chocolate coins
  • chocolate lollipop
  • chocolate figure – santa, penguin, snowman etc.

A Christmas craft activity

I change the chosen activity each year depending on the children’s age, interests and abilities, but some of our favourites include;

  • making melted snowman biscuits
  • decorating Christmas biscuits
  • decorate a Christmas bauble
  • make a Christmas decoration, e.g. popsicle stick star, pom pom wreath, beaded candy cane, pom pom fairy
  • Christmas paper plate craft
  • pom pom snowballs
  • Snow globe by My Frugal Adventures
  • Snowman activity tray by Happy Hooligans
  • Felt snowman activity by I Can Teach My Child
  • Popsicle stick crafts by Crafty Morning

Depending on the chosen activity, I collect everything that is needed to complete the activity into a gift box within the hamper.