24 December 2013

Festive candle making

Recently we were asked by Baker Ross to review a festive art and craft kit and were delighted to receive a Christmas Candle Making Kit as well as Pic Tixx Candle Pens, Glass Votive Candle Holders and Ceramic Tealight Holders.

I loved this candle making kit because it's so simple to use and does not involve heating wax or making a mess. Sunnyboy loved it because it's a lot of fun to work with and he was able to make candles by himself.

First he broke off squares from the coloured wax blocks,

then molded them with his hands to make the shapes he wanted,

and finally decorated them using the Pic Tixx candle pens, added the wicks and left the candles to harden.

He made a Father Christmas candle,

an elf candle,

and a Christmas tree candle.

He also made some reindeer and a set of Scooby Doo character candles. He will be posting pictures of the Scooby Doo candles on his blog, sunny happy boy, very soon. Right now the Father Christmas candle is lit and we are tracking the movements of Big Red One on www.noradsanta.org.

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Note: We received an art and craft kit of festive candle making products from Baker Ross to review but have not received payment for this post. All opinions are our own.


19 November 2013

12 Halloween Picture Books for Children

Here are some of the Halloween picture books we read together as part of our Halloween preparations and celebrations this year.

Count Dracula by Victor G Ambrus

Darkness Slipped In by Ella Burfoot

Funnybones by Janet & Allan Ahlberg

Heggerty Haggerty and the Hallowe'en Ghosts by Elizabeth Lindsay with illustrations by Peter Rush

Monsters by Colin & Jacqui Hawkins

One Witch by Laura Leuck with illustrations by S. D. Schindler

Scruffy Scroggles and the monster party by Ann Rocard with illustrations by F. Ruyer
(The character Scruffy Scroggles created by Marino Degano)

The Berenstain Bears and The Spooky Old Tree by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Who's Afraid Of The Ghost Train by Frank Rodgers

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson with illustrations by Axel Scheffler

A Scary Story Night by Rob Lewis

The Hairy Toe (A Traditional American Tale) with illustrations by Daniel Postgate

Sunnyboy was also curious to see a photograph of one of my Halloween costumes as a child. I'm on the right wearing the skeleton costume.

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