We had the most wonderful time at Westfield Stratford City today where we were invited to a very special storytelling session of The Gruffalo. The children were sitting quite happily and listening really well.
And then the special guest turned up! My children’s faces were priceless They both love The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child so it was a real treat for them to meet him. We even managed to squeeze into a photobooth with him for a cheeky snap.
The event was organised by Save the Children in their pop up shop at Westfield Stratford City. For the first time, Save the Children will be offering people an opportunity to immerse themselves fully in the Christmas Jumper experience. Woolly Wonderland is set to be a top-to-toe knitted space perfect to cosy up in for story-telling and craft workshops; it even includes a photo booth to capture guests in their festive finery. A host of experts will be on hand to jazz up last year’s festive knits or demonstrate how to create one from scratch – plus some special guests and activities to keep the whole family entertained.
Dick & Dom will be hosting storytelling sessions – and even The Gruffalo and Elmer in the Snow will be stopping by to help the whole family get into the festive spirit with story-telling, giveaways and fun activities.
Alternatively, shoppers can join knitting supremos Debbie Bliss, Sue Stratford or the team from Wool and the Gang for a festive knitter natter as they share insider craft tips and run through essential knitting know-how.
To take part in Save the Children’s Woolly Wonderland, bring your Christmas Jumper and your imagination down to Westfield Stratford from 5-13 December. To sign up for a specific workshop visit www.christmasjumperday.org/woollywonderland. Wear your jumper on Christmas Jumper Day on 13 December and donate £1 to Save the Children at www.christmasjumperday.org
Have a plethora of toilet rolls in your house? We seem to go through lots so are always on the look out for some crafts to help use them up. Our latest one is very seasonal – toilet roll angels!
The great thing about toilet roll crafts is that they come together really easily. The first step was to paint them silver and when they were dry we added a face. We drew around both children’s hands on to white paper, then cut them out and sellotaped them to the back of the toilet roll. We added a small halo from a pipe cleaner too.
The small hands of Little Sis
The larger hands of Big Brother
What do you think? I’m quite proud of them!
We’re all very excited that Advent has started in our house. Advent calendars have been opened, Advent candles lit, and our Elf on the Shelf has taken up his position in our house. We’ll be opening the first book in our book advent today too. This year I also made a little advent garland, each one features a small activity to keep us busy during this festive month.
I used brown paper bags (which I bought from Lakeland) and folded each one roughly into four equal parts, then cut them apart, turning over two corners on one side to make the roof.
I decorated each house with some colourful washi tape and also used a small piece on the back of each house to keep the folded corners down. I thought it was good to make each a little different so I didn’t worry too much about taking measurements or running out of one type of washi tape.
I think they make a great advent garland, hung from little numbered pegs, and have added a little Christmas activity on the back of each one to keep us busy.
Hopefully we’ll have time to do the following:
1 make a wreath
2 make a felt gingerbread house
3 go to a Pantomime
4 paper star garland
5 visit Father Christmas
6 make Reindeer dust
7 candy cane pipe cleaners
8 buy an Xmas tree with daddy
9 washi tape paper chains
10 write a letter to Father Christmas
11 wear new pyjamas to bed
12 gingerbread tea party
13 make mince pies
14 paper snowflakes
15 put up the Christmas decorations
16 make out own gingerbread playdough
17 decorate gingerbread biscuits
18 hang our stockings up by the fire
19 bake a gingerbread house
20 paint with cookie cutters
21 make our own mince pies
22 take a bag of toys to the charity shop
23 go to a carol concert
24 drive round town at night and look at the decorations