It’s been a while since I posted anything Playmobil related. You may remember we’re Playmobil Playologists which means we get to share Playmobil news here with you.
As part of our partnership with Playmobil we were sent two of this year’s Easter treats from Playmobil. I know Easter is a few weeks off but yesterday my children opened them. For some reason the toy inside each egg is illustrated on the packaging which totally ruins the surprise. This is the only thing I think could be improved.
Big Brother received a red egg from the Playmobil Pirates range (4942), Little Sis received a blue egg from the Playmobil Country range (4943).
Both eggs are suitable for ages 3-10 and contain a stand alone toy. Big Brother was egg-cited (sorry!) to receive a Pirate Captain, boat and treasure. He was able to follow the instructions and put the whole thing together for the first time which we were both pleased with.
Little Sis loves her Playmobil boy with children’s tractor. The tractor is functional, just like a big one: with removable trailer, tiltable charging bay and movable lifting arm and shovel. It even comes with some vegetables! Both toys stand alone but are easily absorbed into our Playmobil collection for lots more extended play.
This year there are 4 eggs in the Easter range to collect. They are all priced at £6.99 which is fantastic value for a little Easter treat. You can use the plastic eggs to store all the pieces or use them as money boxes as they have a handy coin slot in the base.
Over the weekend we have been eating our way through a pile of Hot Cross Cookies from a recipe I found on Whitworths Sugar website. They were easy to make, half an hour from start to finish, and a great alternative to the traditional Hot Cross Bun typically eaten at this time of year.
I left out the white chocolate pieces as we all eat far too much chocolate at this time of year (!) but I did decorate them with white chocolate with a little help from my son.
The cookies were delicious so would be a great bake for the Colossal Cake Sale!
When the Colossal Cake Sale was launched the idea was simple; wouldn’t it be wonderful if every community held a cake sale? That’s what Help for Heroes hopes thousands of its supporters will do this year. Whether selling trays of cakes in the office, holding a bake sale at school or organising a cake sale in the local shopping mall, every cupcake, brownie and coffee cake sold will help provide vital support to those who have suffered life-changing injuries and their families, for life.
Whitworths Sugar is sponsoring this year’s Colossal Cake Sale and aims to entice the nation to throw on an apron, pick up a wooden spoon and bake their way to fund-raising for the nation’s heroes.
You can find some delicious recipes on the Whitworths Sugar website and don’t forget to look out for the Whitworths Sugar specially branded Help for Heroes sugar packs, available from Asda nationwide from early April.
Please note I received a bundle of Whitworths Sugar in return for writing this post.
I know my children don’t have a clue about Easter but that hasn’t stopped us enjoying some Easter crafting. Yesterday we tried our hands at decorating and dyeing hard boiled eggs. This was actually quite quick so the children were able to follow the whole process. I thought I’d share it here as my two really enjoyed it.
You will need:
Scotch Magic Tape
First hard boil the eggs. I boiled them for 10 minutes then placed them in a sieve and ran cold water over them for a minute before leaving them in a bowl of cold water for another 10 minutes.
When they are cool you can start to decorate them. My 4 year old loves to practise his cutting so I gave him small pieces of Scotch Magic Tape which he cut into triangles and different shapes and placed on the egg.
We then placed each egg into a tall glass of cold water mixed with 2 tablespoons of vinegar and a generous portion of food colouring.
After an hour we took the eggs from the water and removed the Scotch Magic Tape to reveal our designs.
Scotch Magic Tape is great for crafting with children as it doesn’t stick to itself and is instantly reposition-able, so if you make a mistake it’s quick and easy to fix!
If you try this yourself my top tip is make sure you squeeze out any air bubbles under the tape otherwise the dye will leak through and spoil your design.
We were sent the samples of Scotch Magic Tape for some Easter crafting