MunchTime Children’s Story Writing Campaign 2013

Having children makes us more creative!

New research reveals 50% of parents in the UK feel that creativity for both themselves and children has improved as a result of having a young family.  Yet more than 8 out of 10 of parents in the UK admit to struggling to entertain their children. Over 70% either run out of ideas, say they are too tired or too stressed. Almost a quarter (23%) admit they can find it boring being creative with their children.

However the ‘Munch Time Creative Awakening Survey’ – commissioned by yogurt brand Munch Bunch® – has uncovered a creative outlet that benefits both parent and child.  According to the survey, more than a quarter of parents harbour ambitions to write a children’s story and the annual Munch Time Story Writing Competition, live from 22nd February, is a window to put pen to paper and maybe even kick start a new career!

Inspired by the successes of writers such as J.K Rowling and Julia Donaldson, the survey found that the number one creative career choice aimed at children, among parents, is being a children’s author:

1. Children’s author (31% of Mums, 25% Dads)

  1. Children’s fashion designer (26% of Mums, 18% of Dads)
  2. Children’s entertainer (16% of Mums, 23% of Dads)

  3. Children’s artist (18% of Mums and Dads)

  4. Children’s TV/film scriptwriter (16% of Mums and Dads)

Actress and mum-of-two Tamzin Outhwaite is supporting the Munch Time campaign and encouraging anyone with a tale to tell to put pen to paper and create their own children’s story, inspired by Munch the cow. She said:

Making up stories for your children is a lovely bonding activity for parents and children alike. My eldest daughter Florence likes nothing better than starring in her own special story and we often share stories as a family in our household – we especially like singing them too!”

In its fifth year the annual Munch Time children’s story writing competition is supported by the National Literacy Association.  Comments the charity’s Chair and Munch Time judge Ray Barker:

We want parents to help foster a love of stories with their children as early as possible. It’s been proved time and time again that children who are introduced to the joy of sharing books and stories at an early age will be at an advantage when they start school. Making reading fun is so important too and the great thing with Munch Time is that parents can either enter the competition or simply use it to gather great stories to read with and entertain their young children.”

According to Andrew Watson, parenting expert, author of ‘Teach Yourself: Be A Great Dad’ and father of two, creativity is one of the most valuable skills parents can impart to their children and dads can play a key role. He explains: “Anyone can work hard; what sets apart the truly successful is their level of creativity.”

Andrew, who is on the Munch Time story writing judging panel, added:

Sitting down with your child and creating a unique story just for them offers enormous benefits to both parent and child. It’s a great way to explore children’s feelings, expectations and concerns. Stories offer nothing less than a rehearsal for life.”

For further information on entering the Munch Time story writing competition visit: www.munchtime.co.uk.  Munch Time Ireland also launches at the same time: www.munchtimeIreland.ie

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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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Sports Crafts with Yellow Moon

The boys love to make things and are always sticking or colouring in something whether it be drawing animals of making spaceships the boys love to craft. So you can imagine my delight when an email popped up in my inbox from Yellow moon an online art and craft shop asking me if the boys of I would be interested in joining their blogging network, they would send us some crafts and the boys have to make them and then all I have to do is share their creations with you all, fabulous.

We received our first box of crafts last week and the boys were very happy to see that all the crafts that was sent to them was olympic/sport themed, seeing as they have been glued to the television watching the olympics i thought they would really enjoy making some of their own medals and their very own supporters hand to wave when watching the olympics. With Summer already here the time is right for thinking about getting the kids excited about a season of sporting fun with the Olympics being held only miles away from where we live. Yellow Moon have all the summer sports craft ideas you need to prepare some super sports-related activities for the children.

In the box we received

  • Union Jack Keyring Sewing Kits, 3 per pack – Cost £3.75
  • Tub of Glitter pens, pack of 24 – Cost £4.99
  • Self Adhesive Felt Letters, 550 per pack – Cost £3.99
  • Giant Foam Hands, 3 per pack – Cost £2.50
  • Sports Foam Bookmark Kits, 5 per pack – Cost £3.99
  • Make your own Medal Kits, 6 per pack – Cost £2.99

The boys were very excited when they saw what they had received and couldn’t wait to get stuck in and start making things. Joseph had taken everything out of the box and was ripping at the foam hands pack to open it, i enjoyed watching him excited as he never used to be interested in art and crafts but just recently i can’t stop him from going down the craft drawers we have in the cupboard and getting out some paper and glue to make something with. I am always encouraging him in a good way to use scissors in order to develop his fine motor skills and cutting out shapes his a great way to do this.

The first craft the boys decided to do was the foam hands, we was going to watch the mens Olympic Triathlon at Hyde Park and thought this would be a great place to wave their creations. The foam hands are already made and ready to place your hand inside all you have to do is decorate it the way you want to using glitter or stick-ons. The boys used the felt letters and the glitter pens to create two brilliant hands (if i say so myself) to wave at the athletes as they passed. The felt letters came in 7 different colours to choose from and was easy to peel away from the sheet even for Josephs little fingers. The letters are self adhesive which is ideal with my boys because when they use glue they can make lots of mess and end up sticking glue everywhere.

The glitter pens were easy to squeeze and the boys had a choice of 6 colours to use and with four of each colour there are lots to go around and should last for quite a while. I like how they come in a handy little storage pot so there will always be a place for them and the boys won’t be just throwing the pens in the craft drawer causing lots of mess. The foam hands are a great way of showing how creative you are by adding your design on it using pens or even gems.

The end product
The boys waving their hands at the passing athletes

Next up they made some of their own medals to wear , the pack comes with 6 medals with 3 different choices to make. Joseph chose to make the ‘Winner’ medal, Jak made the ‘1st’ medal and I made the ‘1st’ medal. Each medal kits comes with a foam medal template, self adhesive foam letters and stars and some coloured ribbon to tie the medal around your neck. The medals are very glittery and whats great is the glitter doesn’t come off when rubbed so there is no mess from these too, BRILLIANT!

The pack contents

These craft kits from Yellow Moon are fabulous ideas for the children, they keep them occupied for ages especially through the school holidays and each pack comes with instructions on what to do which are easy to follow and even have end pictures of what the kits should like when finished. Jak found them easy to follow and at times didn’t even have to read the instructions he just used his imagination and got on with it.

Jak really enjoyed doing the sew your own Union Jack keyrings, he got a chance to put some of his sewing skills to the test, this craft wasn’t easy for Joseph to do especially the stitching but he still enjoyed the activity by sticking the union jacks on to the cushion and now wears it with pride. This craft activity was Jak’s favourite one and he really liked the fact that they are cushion like key rings, Joseph says they are all soft and cuddly. I think they would make lovely little presents for the children to give to the family and fabulous keep sakes.

Jak sewing his keyring together

Every kit comes with everything needed to make the activity so nothing else is needed.

The last activity that the boys enjoyed doing was the Sport foam bookmarks, this is great for Jak as he loves to read and now has his very own bookmark to keep in his book on the page that he is reading also I am hoping that Joseph having a bookmark of his own will encourage him to read more often.

The boys have had lots of fun doing these activities and they have definitely kept them busy on days that I had nothing planned for them.

There are many different crafts that can be bought from the www.yellowmoon.org.uk like paints, stickers, coloured elastics and they also sell party bag goods and games. If your order comes under £20 there is a cost of £2.20 for delivery but anything over £40 the delivery is free and should be with you in 3- 5 days. Not only are the craft kits fabulous to have indoors for the children but are a great addition for any classroom in the schools to be using.

At brilliant prices and excellent products why not get creative with Yellow Moon.

I was sent these products for review purposes only and all of the words in this post are of my own.

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