Memory Box for 2012

I recently came across pin on Pinterest about putting memories made throughout the year into a jar and then reading them out on New Years Eve (thanks to Mummyadventure for pinning it on her board) I thought this was a lovely idea and a brilliant way of remembering the wonderful things you have done and places you have been to. How lovely it would be to read through everyones memories for the year on New Years Eve and remembering with laughter and tears.

It’s too late now to do the jar for this year but it is definitely something we will doing throughout the year in 2013!

Instead we have decided to do a memory box, where we will all write down our top 5 memories and place them into the box, them memories will stay there forever. Maybe we can bury it in the garden or keep it pride of place in our livingroom, so we can look back at our amazing year of 2012 during the following year.

We made our box from an empty Ferrero Rocher tub and decorated it with some printed paper and wrote Memories 2012 on the lid.

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I have got so many good memories from this year that it is going to be hard to choose my top 5:

The year has been an amazing one for my boys and there acting, Jak making an appearance on Call the Midwife and Rude Tube, Joseph being on ELC adverts on Nick Jr and Thomas the Tank Engine and Oliver making it into the final cut of the Cow & Gate Supergroup Advert

Daddy participating in the London Triathlon,

Our amazing holiday to Cornwall, visiting the gorgeous stunning beaches and enjoying the sun,

Watching the Olympics and Paralympics live in the Olympic Park and on the streets of London,

Me getting a job in the boys school as a classroom assistant after being a SAHM for 10 years! 

Attending the LolliBop Festival in Regents Park, I loved seeing the boys so excited, happy and having lots of fun,

My blog doing so well and all the amazing opportunities it has brought with it,

Well there you go i don’t think i am going to be able to pick my top 5 so i think i may have to change it to my top 10 🙂

What are your top highlights of 2012?

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Crayon Cakes / crafts

Do you have spare crayons in drawers all over the house?
Don’t throw them away, why not melt them and make a crayon cake!

Ok! Lets get one thing straight these are not the yummy scrummy type of cakes that we all like to indulge in every now and then, they are not the type that needs icing with sprinkles on top and they are not the ones that have lots of flavour and smell divine. No, they are what the titles says Crayons that are baked in the oven in cake cases.

I got this idea from someone in school and thought how great it was, I couldn’t wait to try it out with the boys. I must say they was slightly disappointed when the discovered there wouldn’t be any bowls to lick but they really enjoyed the activity and now they have some fun mixed coloured crayons to colour in with.

1. Gather together all of your odd bits of crayons and break them into tiny pieces, removing any paper if there is any. The children like to choose the colours that they want to use, I broke them up and the boys placed the pieces into the cases. Fill the cake case about 2/3 up.

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2. Once you have filled the cases place them into the oven, 160* for about 8-10, keep an eye on them and once the crayon starts to melt you will see them begin to bubble and mix in together. Don’t keep them in the oven for too long as they can burn and they do give off a lot of steam so best go keep your windows open.

3. Take them out and place on a cooling rack. They should cool down in about 10 minutes.

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Explain to the children about how they started off being a solid and lots of tiny pieces and how the heat of the oven melted them together making one round crayon.

You could talk about all the colours and patterns that have been made by melting them together.

Now all that is left to do is to get creative and do some colouring in with them. If you turn them around as you draw/write all of the colours will show up.
Oliver had lots of fun colouring away and they are just the right size for his little hands.

Why not give it a go and don’t forget to drop back by my blog and leave a comment to let me know how you got on with it.

Thank you for reading 🙂

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