Friday Fives

Friday Fives - Pets in the bedroom! by Harry

Not literally! I am not about to write out five reasons why Scraps should be snuggling under the duvet with the kiddies. Or indeed why Ginger should eat his Whiskas in the luxury of the nursery. What I am going to do is suggest you snap up some animal based goodies for the wee ones bedrooms. We have everything from dogs to walruses. There's something for everyone in this menagerie.

1. Walrus sticker

If you can hear an alarm going off that'll be the genius alarm. For here we have a very clever little business. We discovered Mykea today and immediately snapped up the walrus sticker for an Ikea Malm dresser. This nifty company create sticker artwork to decorate your standard Ikea furniture with. That's it. Simple but ever so smart. Check out the plentiful designs over at Mykea.

2. Dog lamp

You've got to love this little cracker. A beautifully crafted little dachshund that casts a warm glow across your slumbering munchkins. Everyone would let this puppy stand on the dresser! Look how alert and proud he is! Good dog. You can nab these in a few different colours from the very awesome Offi website.

3. Fish mobile

Fish, fish, fish, fish, fish! Who said fish have to remain under water? Some fish can fly and swim in circles. Just revel in this swish mobile from mobile kings Flensted for proof. This would look super cool in any little ones room and will soothe tired eyes to sleep as the fishies gently swim around the sky. You can net one from the top notch Bird Kids website. 

4. Animal farm wallpaper

Boom! This kind of wallpaper certainly makes an impression. It's bright, it's bold and it's a smorgasbord of animals. You can jazz up any nursery with this wall covering and also be happy in the knowledge that your kidlets will learn about animals. Is it a goat? Is it a horse? No it's a giraffe silly! Buy one from the uber cool Rare Device.

5. Alphabet poster

Ah. We couldn't finish off the Friday Fives without adding a wee bit of old school into the list. Here we have a totally charming animal alphabet poster which would look just darling framed on a nursery wall. I am particularly fond of the raccoon. Just look at him! Don't they all look adorable? This is another little gem from Etsy. So pop along and grab one!

Friday Fives - Story Time by Harry

Everyone loves a good story. Be it funny or sad, happy or bad, listening to a tale unfold is really quite magical. Some of the best storytellers in town are the little ones. The imagination of a child is full of unharnessed possibilities and unique flashes of genius. Bundle this up with the bones of a good narrative and you've got yourself a tiptop story. Here are some ace story based goodies for you and the wee storytellers.

You can also check out our brand new FREE app Story Time availabe in iTunes now.

1. Story cubes

It's a classic and never fails to conjure up the most bonkers of stories. This lovely kit includes hand stamped wooden blocks, a pen and a jotter to record your enchanting stories. The attention to detail in this wonderful game is really quite special. Roll the cubes to discover your who, what, where's and why's and relish the conjuring up of story magic. Available from Etsy.

2. Tell-A-Story

Here's a smashing board game that's all about memory and story telling. Collect the appropriate cards, decide which order they should go in then set those story fires alight! Not only is this game a right royal hoot it also promotes imagination, creativity, logic, memory AND communciation. Phew! Can't say fairer than that. Buy one from Amazon.

3. Time Capsule

I will never forget learning about time capsules from Peter Duncan on Blue Peter. The excitement, the intrigue, the digging and the discovering is almost too much! Get your kiddies to collect together photos, pictures, drawings etc and then ask them to write a story about themselves, their lives, what they like doing....let them run wild! Put everything into a jar or box then bury it!! It's a barrel load of fun! Here is a handy book to refer to for more time capsule based ideas!  

4. The Other Side

This is a rip roarer of a story telling game! The wee ones must choose a classic fairy tale, let's say Little Red Riding Hood. Now then. Ask them to tell the story from the point of view of a different character. I wander what Granny was up to before the wolf popped over? What did she say when she opened her door to the toothy baddy? Did the story turn out differently? You can write, draw or act out the Other Side of these classic tales and prepare to create some story telling masters!

5. Story starter

This is a delightful do-it-yourself approach to a story starter game. Grab a few scraps of paper and write down some story points, characters, locations, go on..let your imagination run wild! Pop them into envelopes and let the kiddies pick a few then act out a story around them. They will relish the challenge and I dare say there will be a few laughs for mum and dad too! Follow the tutorial on Penny Carnival.

Friday Fives - Snow day! by Harry

Brrrrrrrrr. It's a little chilly in London Town peeps. A crisp, white, fluffy duvet of snow covers our beloved city and people are out in droves revelling in it! I have spotted many a dapper snowman and more than a few giant snow balls. So, it seemed only fitting to take the Fives into the Snowdome!

1. Melted snowmen cupcakes

I'm melting! I'm melting! These are funny and scrumptious. What a good excuse let rip with the icing, stick a carrot on it and call it a snowman. Simple to make too and a perfect cooking based way to spend a frosty afternoon. Frosty the snowman eat your heart out. There's a new snowman in town. He's called Tasty. Tasty the snowman. The recipe is right here.

2. Snow sculpting kit

Sure. A standard snowman is pretty cool with his natty scarf and twiggy hands. But what if you were able to fashion a snow dinosaur, penguin or my fave, a castle!? That's exactly what you and the kids will be up to if you buy this kit. Why! You could even hold your own snow sculpture competition. Edward Scissorhands will be quaking in his boots. Buy here.

3. Paper snowflake chain

Who said snowflakes have to be white? They do have to be pretty but not neccessarily white. This beautiful red snowflake chain looks just peachy don't you think? All you need is some card, some scissors and some snowflake know-how and you're off. It's like bringing the snow magic indoors people. Click here for instructions.

4. Inflatable polar bear sledge

Well. I never thought I would see those four words sat together. But you read correctly. You can actually buy an inflatable polar bear sledge. I kid you not. As long as your slopes are smooth you are going to have a right hoot sledging in this polar bear. It's a winter essential I tell you. Essential. Snap one up here.

5. Bear snow suit

Keeping warm when the snow comes a-calling is a tricky business. I can highly recommend a snow suit. Preferably one that comes with ears. Columbia have hit the jackpot with this little smasher. It's fleecy, it's water and wind proof and it's cute to boot. What's not to love? I've said it before and I'll say it again. I want one. Now. Available from Snow + Rock.