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Easter Treats – Make and Melt Chocolate Egg Heads

Making and baking is one of my most favourite things to do with my son. Over the half term we went away with some friends, and with three children to entertain I thought I’d take along some simple crafts and kitchen makes to do with them. This was a brilliant idea, the kids loved our daily craft sessions and I got bonus points from the other adults for keeping them entertained. One of the things I packed was a Make and Melt Chocolate Egg Heads kit from choconchoc.

Easter Treats - Make and Melt Chocolate Egg Heads

This self-contained kit was brilliant to take away with us and had pretty much everything we needed. The Make and Melt Chocolate Egg Heads kit from choconchoc costs £12 and includes a large bag of milk chocolate buttons, a paper chef’s hat, a bag of sweets to decorate with and the moulds for the chocolate eggs. The kit is suitable for ages 6+ with adult supervision.

I have tried to make chocolate eggs before, with little success. I liked the simplicity of this kit and I had high hopes that it would be both easy and successful. Or at least more successful, which it was!

Easter Treats - Make and Melt Chocolate Egg Heads

To make, you carefully melt the chocolate. I did this in a glass bowl over a pan of water. I stirred it and stirred it until it was melted, then called the children over. After liberally greasing the moulds as instructed, I got the children to dollop the chocolate in the moulds and spread the chocolate about a bit. So far, so good. I left the eggs to set for a few hours and then went back to them.

For the life of me I couldn’t remove the egg from the moulds, so I scraped the chocolate out, re-melted it and greased the moulds very thoroughly. Again the eggs wouldn’t come out. I must have been doing something wrong, I’m not sure what.

Easter Treats - Make and Melt Chocolate Egg Heads

In the end I lined the moulds with cling film and tried again. This worked really well but didn’t produce a smooth egg. The egg was wrinkled which I actually quite liked. I stuck the two halves of the egg together with some melted chocolate and once that had set we stuck the sweets on with more melted chocolate.

The children were absolutely thrilled with the egg. It looked a bit rustic, but they’d made their very own chocolate egg and it tasted fantastic too. The quality of the Belgian chocolate in these kits is fantastic, it’s really creamy and rich and makes excellent eggs. Or should that be eggcellent eggs?

Easter Treats - Make and Melt Chocolate Egg Heads

Despite my failings as a chocolatier, I would absolutely get this or similar choconchoc chocolate kits again. The kids had a brilliant time making and eating them and I really liked how easy it was to make.

This self-contained kit was brilliant to take away with us and had pretty much everything we needed. The Make and Melt Chocolate Egg Head kit would be a excellent thing to do with the kids over the Easter break.

For more information about the Make and Melt Chocolate Egg Head from choconchoc, visit their website. You can also find choconchoc in John Lewis, Booths and Waitrose.

Easter Treats - Make and Melt Chocolate Egg Heads

We were sent this chocolate egg kit from choconchoc for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own.

Easter Crafts: Make Colourful Easter Egg Suncatchers

This month Craft Merrily have set the Bostik Bloggers the task of creating a craft for Easter. I’ve been looking at suncatchers for a while and I thought they’d be just the thing for those bright late winter days we’ve been having lately. Easter lends itself to glorious splashes of colour, so we made some colouful Easter Egg Suncatchers to cast some jewel coloured sunbeams across our home.

I printed a couple of Easter egg shapes out on acetate and cut them out. You can draw your own, but I’ve made my template available for you to download, which might make things easier for you. Here’s how we made our Easter Egg Suncatchers.

Crafts: Make Colourful Easter Egg Suncatchers

How to make Easter Egg Suncatchers

You will need:
An Easter egg shape cut out of acetate or clear plastic
Selection of craft jewels or acrylic gems
Bostik White Glu
A piece of ribbon for hanging

Cut out your Easter Egg shapes and using a hole punch make a hole at the top. Thread a length of ribbon through the hole and tie a knot in it.

Crafts: Make Colourful Easter Egg Suncatchers

You can have a design in your head, a pattern or colour-scheme that you like, or you can glue the gems on randomly, whichever you prefer. Glue them onto the Easter Egg shape using a dab of glue on the back of each one.

Crafts: Make Colourful Easter Egg Suncatchers

Once you’re happy with your design, leave your Easter eggs to dry for a couple of hours. Once they’re dry, hang up at a window and prepare to be dazzled when the sun shines through your window.

Crafts: Make Colourful Easter Egg Suncatchers

Here’s the dazzle on our wall from the sun shining through our suncatcher!

These suncatchers are such a lovely simple craft, they’re perfect for tots and right up to bigger boys and girls. My 7 year old really enjoyed decorating his. We were both thrilled when the sun came out and shone through our suncatchers, casting a wonderful dazzle pattern on the wall.

Check out my other craft tutorials here!

Easter Crafts: Make Colourful Easter Egg Suncatchers

I am a Bostik Craft Blogger and I was sent the materials to create this craft from Craft Merrily. 

Craft Tutorial: Pom Pom Bird in a brown paper nest

This month I’ve been tinkering about with Easter crafts. I loved making my Easter Bunny Bunting, but after consulting with my son, he suggested making a birds nest with some birds in it. He loves topping up the bird feeders and watching the birds in the garden, so making a little next for him to enjoy indoors seemed a nice idea.

I explored a few different options for making the nest, but eventually decided on making one out of brown paper. Like all of my crafts, this is really easy and I think it looks pretty cute. My son is pretty happy with the result too.

Craft Tutorial: Pom Pom Bird in a brown paper nest

Making a brown paper nest

You will need:
An empty takeaway soup container or similar
Brown paper
A stapler
Bostik Glu Dots
ScissorsCraft Tutorial: Pom Pom Bird in a brown paper nest

Take your takeaway soup container and cut it down to a height you like, mine was about 4cm deep.

Take the brown paper (my brown paper was leftover packing from a parcel I’d received) and fold it roughly over the container and staple into place. It doesn’t matter if it’s not neat as you want it to look a bit rough, like a birds nest.

With another piece of brown paper, cut it into a circle which is approx 10cm wider than your container. Using the Bostik Glu Dots, stick the paper inside the container, pressing it into the inside edges and over the side. Cut a fringe into the overlapping paper so it looks like twigs sticking out from the nest.

Shred with some scissors some more brown paper to make a comfy nest base for your birds.

Craft Tutorial: Pom Pom Bird in a brown paper nest

Making a Pom Pom Bird

You will need:
A pom pom maker, or your own homemade cardboard pom pom maker
Googly eyes
Orange paper for the beak
Some felt for the wings
Bostik Glu Dots

Craft Tutorial: Pom Pom Bird in a brown paper nest

Make your pom pom bird as big or as small as you want (if you’re not sure how to make pom poms, there’s a video you can watch here). 

Using the Bostik Glu Dots, glue a pair of googly eyes on your bird. Cut out a small beak shape of your orange or yellow card and glue the beak on too.

Cut out two wing shapes out of your felt material. I cut two curvy triangular shapes and stuck those to the side of the pom pom bird to give it its wings.

Once you’re happy with your pom pom bird, pop it in the nest and you’ve finished. I added a few mini eggs to keep it company, but I doubt they’ll last for long.

Craft Tutorial: Pom Pom Bird in a brown paper nest

Note: I am a Bostik craft blogger and I was sent the materials to create this craft from Craft Merrily. 

Review: Sambro Paw Patrol Craft Egg

When you think of Easter, one of your first thoughts is probably about chocolate eggs. In recent years there have been a few changes to the eggs kids might find left by the Easter bunny, and not all of them are now made of chocolate. 

It’s also nice to be able to give something that won’t be gobbled up in five minutes, especially as my son usually gets given a lot of chocolate eggs. We’ve been gifting a combination of chocolate eggs and play eggs for the last few years, much to the delight of my son. This week we received the Paw Patrol Craft Egg from Sambro to put to the test.

Review: Paw Patrol Craft Egg

The Paw Patrol Craft Egg is ideal for little artists who enjoy being creative and who like to have fun creating, painting and drawing. The Craft Egg is a great way to encourage and develop their creativity and imagination. Plus it will also keep your little ones busily entertained for a while.

Review: Paw Patrol Craft Egg

He was incredibly excited when he saw the Paw Patrol Craft Egg sat waiting for him on the table.  I helped him peel the wrapper off (which is tricky and will probably need a grown-up and a pair of sharp scissors) and then he opened up the egg.

The Paw Patrol Craft Egg contains:

  • 4 Marker Pens
  • 4 Crayons
  • 2 Ink Pads
  • 2 Stampers
  • 2 Finger Paint Pots
  • 10 Paw Patrol Colouring Sheets

Review: Paw Patrol Craft Egg

He was absolutely delighted with his Paw Patrol Craft Egg. Once we’d unpacked it and looked at everything inside, he diligently sat colouring the pictures in and stamping them with his new Paw Patrol ink stamps. He happily crafted and coloured away for over an hour. 

I think he will come back to his craft egg several times over the next few days. He has already coloured in the ten pictures which were included, but with the paint, felt tips, crayons and ink pads included, I am sure he will create a number of artworks over the Easter break. 

The Paw Patrol Craft Egg from Sambro costs £5.99 and is a good alternative to the traditional chocolate egg. There are a number of different craft eggs to choose from which include Minions, My Little Pony, Shimmer & Shine and Disney Princesses. The Paw Patrol egg is available in pink or blue. They are available from a range of retailers, but I’ve seen them online in both Amazon and Ocado.


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Easter Craft Tutorial: Easy Easter Bunny Bunting

This month I’ve been thinking about Easter crafts. Now that Lent is in full swing, a few Easter craft items have started to steadily make their way home from school. We’re not adverse to a bit of egg painting ourselves, but when my box of Bostik Bloggers Easter craft goodies arrived from Craft Merrily, I took one look and decided to make some Easter Bunny Bunting.

Easter Craft – Easy Easter Bunny Bunting

To make the bunting you will need:

A length of pretty ribbon
Some patterned craft paper
A piece of cardboard to make the stencil
A Bostik fine & wide glu pen
Some little paper flowers or small buttons

Easter Craft Tutorial: Easy Easter Bunny Bunting

Using the downloadable template below (click on it to download as a pdf), draw a rabbit shape onto a piece of cardboard, cut it out and use it as a stencil.On your colourful craft paper, draw around your stencil. I managed three bunnies on this piece of paper.

Easter Craft Tutorial: Easy Easter Bunny Bunting

Cut our your bunny shapes. I was using a piece of ribbon about a metre long for my bunting, so I estimated I’d need around six bunny shapes, evenly spaced along the ribbon.

Easter Craft Tutorial: Easy Easter Bunny Bunting

Using small paper flower shapes, or little buttons if you prefer, glue them onto the bunnies bum to look like a little tail.

Easter Craft Tutorial: Easy Easter Bunny Bunting

Then glue the bunnies onto the ribbon, space them equally and leave them to dry overnight if possible.

Easter Craft Tutorial: Easy Easter Bunny Bunting

Hang your Easter bunny bunting wherever you like. I chose a bright and sunny spot in my kitchen. Where would you hang yours?

Easter Craft Tutorial: Easy Easter Bunny Bunting

I’m really pleased with how my Easter bunny bunting has turned out. Now I’ve got my bunny template, I can make all kinds of bunny themed crafts with it. What Easter craft will you be creating this year?

Note: I am a Bostik craft blogger and I was sent the materials to create this craft from Craft Merrily. 

Easter Crafts for Kids (and grown-ups too!)

Easter has “crafts” written all over it. There are so many Easter crafts to make, from Easter cards to Easter bonnets and beyond. Easter has the benefit of having a long Bank Holiday weekend as well as a couple of weeks off school for the holidays. That means there are an awful lot of hours to keep the kids occupied, crafting is a great way to fill an hour or two, especially if they just need a bit of quiet time, concentrating on a task and creating something lovely.

We got cracking with some Easter Crafts over the weekend. We all sat down and decorated these Egg Mosaic Baubles from Baker Ross. The pack contains everything you need to decorate four of the polystyrene eggs, including the eggs, a selection of sticky squares, ribbon and plastic pins.

Easter crafts

It’s quite fiddly to peel the backing off each individual square, so I peeled them off in rows or blocks, stuck them on the back of my hand and peeled them off as I needed them. The small boy didn’t like the idea of doing neat rows, so he stuck his on randomly, which I really like, and for some reason it made me think of Tetris the computer game.

Once the eggs were covered in the mosaic stickers I pinned the ribbons in place and hung them on a plant. I think they’re quite lovely and the certainly brighten the place up. The small boy is always so proud of his crafts and can’t wait to show them off to anyone who will look.

Later that day I was flicking through a craft magazine when I saw something I recognised. The Spring Blossom Tree kit from Baker Ross. Inspired, I got the kit out of our crafts box and made my first (and rather lovely) blossom tree.

easter crafts

The instructions are really clear and easy to understand. The tree, blossom and stand are all made from foam pieces, you stick the glittery blossom onto the plain coloured blossom and stick that onto the tree, and the stand just slots together. It’s very simple and very effective. I’m a sucker of cherry blossom, whether it’s made of foam or not.

We’ve got lots more Easter crafts and things to do over the next few weeks, so do keep an eye on our Instagram feed for new ideas and inspiration!

Easter at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre & SEA LIFE Manchester

If you’re looking for some Easter fun for all the family this coming half term, families can have the ultimate fun day in Manchester at not one, but two fantastic attractions this Easter! LEGOLAND Discovery Centre and SEA LIFE Manchester have a fun-filled week planned, with lots of exciting activities and a taste of some brand new additions at the attractions to show off.

LEGO fans will soon get a fresh fix of their favourite heroes as this Easter “The LEGO Movie 4D, A New Adventure”, a brand new 4D attraction, re-unites the characters from the original movie at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester from Saturday 12th March.

The riotous, action-packed plot sees Emmet, Wyldstyle, Unikitty, Benny and MetalBeard receive a mysterious invitation leading them to a new theme park, bearing a suspicious resemblance to LEGOLAND. But all is not as it seems as the heroes are once again thrust into the middle of an evil secret plot masterminded by a totally new character, the scheming Risky Business. The larger-than-life experience will sweep the audience right into the action as the gang hurtle through a fast paced adventure featuring some very special theme park attractions, from Unikitty’s cute and colourful ‘Wainbow Wubble World’ to Wyldstyle’s ‘Super Cycle Mega Ride’ and MetalBeard’s ‘Pirate Plunder Danger Cave’. It’s up to Emmet and Wyldstyle, enlisting the Master Builder skills of the audience, to try and save the day.

Easter at Legoland Manchester

Fans will love the chance to immerse themselves in The LEGO Movie world in a totally new way with 4D elements such as wind, water, smoke and special lighting effects bringing the story to life.

Enjoy the most amazing city in the world, the brand new play area, City Builder. Visitors can create cities and buildings in the most unique city that can be imagined. From the creativity of countless budding architects will flourish the most beautiful and imaginative buildings and stories. Girls and boys can meet the heroes of City and the girlfriends of Heart Lake City, and they’ll see everything from huge skyscrapers to cosy family houses all made from LEGO.

Visitors can also lose themselves in 1.5 million LEGO bricks and explore the wonders of MINILAND, have an adventurous ride in LEGO City Forest Pursuit, try dodging the lasers in LEGO Ninjago Laser Training Camp, play in the soft play area at the LEGO Construction Site and much more.

If that wasn’t enough, visitors should prepare to be amazed by the brand new exhibition Octopus Hideout just next door at SEA LIFE Manchester, which gives guests a unique opportunity to come face to sucker with one of the oceans most intelligent creatures.

Meet the star of Octopus Hideout, Hank, the Giant Pacific Octopus that has eight arms, blue blood, three hearts and can grow up to a jaw-dropping five metres in length and weigh up to 50 kilograms! One of the biggest octopus species in the world, Giant Pacific Octopuses can solve mazes, blend into their environment and even open jars.

Easter at Legoland Manchester

Families will also not want to miss the jet-propelled, gas-fuelled prehistoric nautilus, a primitive octopus in a spiral shell, the cuttlefish, a captivating type of mollusc which can change colour to give itself the perfect camouflage against any background, or the teeny tiny Atlantic Long Arm Octopus, a small sea creature with arms longer than its 90 millimetre body!

SEA LIFE Manchester is also home to an incredible array of sea creatures from all over the planet, including family favourite Ernie, the Giant Green Sea Turtle, captivating seahorses, colourful clownfish, Black Tip Reef Sharks, rays and more.

Easter Bank Holiday Bingo

How exciting, today was the first Bank Holiday Monday of the year and excitingly my first with a four year old under my feet.

I’ve decided to play an exciting game of Bank Holiday Bingo, shall we all play along and see how we all do? How many can you get and who will shout “House!” first?

  • Expecting a lie in but waking up at 5am anyway.
  • Cutting the grass the same time as both of your neighbours.
  • Eating all of your Easter chocolate.
  • Feeling sick after eating too much Easter chocolate.
  • Swearing you’ll start a diet tomorrow.
  • If it’s sunny, spending the whole day painting a room and not seeing daylight.
  • If it’s raining, spending the whole day staring at the rain lashing against the window and looking sad.
  • A drive to the seaside involving 6 hours in the car and just half an hour on the beach.
  • Seeing pictures of all your child free friends on Facebook sat in a sunny beer garden.
  • Drinking 18 pints of tea instead of sitting in a beer garden.
  • Having a massive row about nothing.
  • Visiting a garden centre.
  • Washing the car.
  • Unexpected and unwanted guests dropping round at an inappropriate time.
  • Spending the whole weekend tidying the house and it looking not a bit different when you’ve finished.
  • Losing a whole day watching Man V Food repeats on TV.
  • Panic buying ALL the food in the supermarket the day before the Bank Holiday.
  • Easter crafts all gone horribly wrong.
  • Eating a big fat roast dinner with all the family.
  • Feeling guilty about being relieved when you go back to work on the Tuesday.

I reckon we’ve managed most of them. How did you do?

Easter Bank Holiday

Baking with Beechs Fine Chocolates Plus Review

There are grim scenes in our house at the moment. Husband and I are trying the 5:2 diet which basically means for two days a week we forgo any food based joy and eat dust, lettuce and dust. Anyway it’s starting to work which is a great thing, especially for my endurance event in training husband. The 5:2 diet does mean that for five whole, blissful days each week we can eat whatever we want (though seven trifles in a sitting is frowned upon apparently). It was with some considerable delight (and woe, they arrived on a fast day) that we received a selection of Beechs Fine Chocolates to try in time for Easter.

Beechs Chocolates

We were sent two of their many flavours of chocolate thins, mint and ginger as well as some chocolate fondant bunnies for the small boy to have for Easter.

Beechs Chocolates

The thins are lovely thin disks of  chocolate, meant for after dinner but actually eaten before, during and after our dinner because they were amazing. Husband is a real lover of mint chocolate and he was blown away by them, saying they were seriously good (praise indeed from him). He tried the ginger and said they were the best ginger chocolates he’s ever had.

I loved both the mint and the ginger, they packed just the right amount of flavour and would be perfect for offering around with coffee after a lovely dinner with friends.

Each packet contains 20 thins and costs £4.99 a box, the chocolate is very rich and unless you’re a glutton (looks at hubs) then one or two thins are plenty to satisfy any chocolate craving. I always find that with good quality dark chocolate a little goes a long way, which is great if you’re trying to drop a couple of pounds.

There are four different kinds of thins available from Beechs Chocolates, these are Milk Chocolate Anglesey Sea Salt Thins, Dark Chocolate After Dinner Ginger Thins, Dark Chocolate After Dinner Mint Thins and Dark Chocolate Lime & Chilli Thins.

We were sent two boxes of  the Beechs Chocolates Bunny Family for the small boy to try. These are priced at £2.99 a box and contain ten different chocolate bunnies filled with fondant, though you can also get caramel bunnies too.

The bunnies were very popular, seriously cute and a nice chocolate nibble, the bunny shapes make them perfect for an Easter treat. The small boy loved them and somehow we managed to make the box last a couple of days, but only because I managed to hide them.

On Friday afternoons the small boy and I like to bake something, usually a cake to offer any visitors over the weekend. We decided to make a chocolate sponge cake and as an experiment we added some Beechs Chocolates Ginger Thins to the cake, it was delicious, so I’ve decided to share the recipe.

Beechs Chocolate

Chocolate & Ginger Sponge Cake

4oz sugar
4oz butter or margarine (I used stork)
2 eggs
4oz self raising flour
2 dessert spoons of chocolate powder
3 Beechs Chocolate Ginger Thins
splash of milk if needed

1. Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy. Stir in the eggs.
2. Add the chocolate powder and combine, then sift in the flour and stir through. If the cake batter is too thick (which it might be a little) add a drop of milk until it is the right consistency.
3. Put mixture into a lined loaf tin and put the thins half way into the cake at regular intervals (see picture).
4. Bake in pre-heated oven at 190 degrees for 30 minutes.
5. Leave to cool and then try not to eat it all in one go.

It’s utterly delicious on its own, but would be lovely slightly warm with a scoop of ice cream. The chocolate thins impart a deliciously subtle flavour of ginger into the cake. Definitely something we’ll be baking again.

Beechs Fine Chocolates get the thumbs up from us, I’ll be looking out for them in the future, they’re seriously delicious British made chocolates, perfect for after dinner and equally great to bake with, and what’s more hard to please hubs loves them.

Note: We were sent a selection of chocolate thins and bunnies from Beechs Chocolates free of charge for review purposes, all images and opinions are our own.

Easter at MOSI

During the long Easter weekend as well as scalping the lawn and repainting the kitchen ceiling, it’s nice to go out and do something a bit different with the family. We’re big supporters of MOSI and got a bit cross when they talked about closing it; now we go as often as we can. The boy loves trains, we love the boy and we all love MOSI.

This Easter they’re putting on a bit of an event as part of their current exhibition, Power: From Muscle to Machine – which runs from April 5-27, which tells the story of power and how it has been created, harnessed and used over time.

From water to steam, gas to diesel and electricity – experience the sights, thundering sounds and gut-busting smells of the Museum’s 19th Century engines and machinery as they burst into life through a series of hands-on demonstrations, workshops, events, games and shows for all the family. If MOSI do anything well it’s hands-on, interactive fun for the kids!

Over the Easter weekend and to compliment their Power Programme, Strong Man John Evans will be at MOSI. John can carry up to 20 stones in weight on his head. We’re invited to come and marvel at his incredible display of strength and the power that predates our steam engines, who would win, man or machine? The man can balance a Mini on his head so I think I know where I’ll be putting my money!

If you fancy a fun and free trip out and you live in Manchester then you can’t go far wrong with MOSI. Find out more about their Power programme, visit their website, and I might see you down there. Just no balancing vehicles on your head.