Spooky Halloween Party Fun With BEAR

If I asked Mia and Joe to list their favourite things, I’m pretty sure that Halloween, parties and glitter would be very near the top for both of them! So, when they received a party invitation to the BEAR Claws Halloween event a few weeks ago, they were super excited. The fact that it was in London too, and meant a trip on the tube (they love it!) just added to the excitement.

The Halloween party invite, with lovely monster artwork, was safely looked after by Mia on the train. She wanted to be the first to find the BEAR’s party location in the Deep Dark Woods once we reached our tube stop. On arriving at Whole Foods Kensington, and hearing the party music and laughter, they rushed towards it, leaving me and their dad behind! With the party in full-swing, they quickly joined in with games, dancing and some excellent craft activities. The guys from Sharky and George children’s party entertainers really know how to keep the party energy going, it was non-stop fun and the kids loved it!

There was also the lovely and incredibly talented Snapdragon Facepainting on hand to create some amazing spooky designs. Mia loved having her face decorated, and had so many ideas for designs, but ultimately decided to go for a surprise design! Her face paint looked amazing, and she loved her arm artwork she asked to keep it on until the next morning!

There’s nothing cuter than munchkin pumpkins and all of the little ones had so much fun decorating them with spooky stickers. Joe took his pumpkin decorating very seriously, and covered every little space on the pumpkin with stickers. It is now proudly displayed on our fireplace at home, where as he says ‘everyone can see my Halloween pumpkin art’!

Waking up the day after the party to a trick-or-treat parcel from BEAR was the sweetest way of continuing the Halloween fun. Mia and Joe unwrapped a great selection of craft supplies for decorating pumpkins, and to Mia and Joe’s delight, GLITTER!

After popping down a layer of newspaper on our kitchen table, I gave them complete freedom to glitter it up and make their super sparkly pumpkins, and also some spooky mummy masks to wear…also strongly featuring glitter! The addition of some boxes of yummy BEAR Claws went down very well too with the little ones. It’s especially important for them to enjoy healthy snacks at this time of year, and the tasty Claws fruit and veg shapes make a welcome alternative to other more sugary Halloween treats available.

They had fun arranging the BEAR Claws to make lots of different monsters with the body part fruity pieces. Thankfully none of the monsters were too scary to eat! BEAR Claws are made with 100% pure fruit and are baked into delicious (and not too scary!) monster body part shapes. With no-added nonsense, no added sugars or preservatives they are an excellent healthy option.

All Halloween limited edition packs of BEAR Claws include some cool glow in the dark stickers, perfect for decorating your own litte pumpkins!

How scary can you make your BEAR sticker creations?! Share your spookiest crafts across social media using #ClawsHalloween …woooooo!

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Get Outdoors This Half Term

Half term holidays
The half term holidays begin this Friday, and I am already thinking about ways to entertain my two little ones over the week off school and nursery. We have quite a few plans already, including a  trip to the seaside for a few nights, and some planned catch ups with friends. I have left some quiet, unplanned holiday time as well, as it’s good to have this free space and everyone could do with rest time, it is a holiday after all!

Half term holidays

One of my main aims over the holidays (and more generally) is to encourage time spent outside, and away from screens. I have nothing against Mia and Joe having tv and computer time, but in moderation. Their weeks are usually so busy that they spend only an hour or two a day with a screen of some kind. I’m sure this would be considered too much by some families, but it works for us, so I am happy with that! Holidays are often when screen time becomes more of an issue, and entire days would disappear in front of screens if I didn’t press the off button. We aim for for screen-free time between 9am and 3pm during the holidays, as this is the time when Mia is usually at school, and it provides a good balance. They get to watch some breakfast tv, then go out for the day, or play at home, and unwind with a little tv or computer in the late afternoon when they are often tired.

Half term holidays

So, this leads me onto some ideas for getting outside more over the holidays, to encourage more time enjoying nature, even if the weather awful!

I have created a fun nature treasure hunt for Mia and Joe over half term. It’s a multi-sensory activity, which should lead them to explore, look around in the trees and the grass, touch leaves and listen for birdsong. The treasure hunt items are quite general and most should be possible to find in any setting, with a little time and effort. I chose items that transfer across the seasons too…so you might find a different kind of wildflower in Spring to Autumn.

nature treasure hunt

Nature Treasure Hunt reverse

Some More Outdoors Ideas

  • 30 Days Wild – join the Wildlife Trusts by doing something wild every day during June. Their website is full a amazing ideas, and if you sign up they will send you a lovely chart and loads of stickers!
  • Eat outside – lunch in the garden, or in the woods, or a pizza picnic for dinner…you pretty much just need a picnic blanket and whatever you fancy eating!

Half term holidays

  • Forest school activites – there are lots of local nature centres throughout the country and forest school holiday activities continue to become more popular. Take a look at your local Wildlife Trust’s website, and see where they have holiday activities happening. If you are near Oxfordshire I can recommend the Earth Trust, Hill End, Harcourt Arboretum and the Oxford Botanic Garden…all have nature themed activies running throughout the year, and particularly during school holidays

Half term holidays

  • Grow something – you can grow loads of vegetables or fruit in a really tiny spaces and kids love to do gardening. I’ve had success with baby carrots grown in a small planter on the patio and strawberries grown in hanging baskets. Herbs and edible flowers are also a great option, and make your food extra tasty and pretty! Once you have chosen your seeds, planting and watering them is fun too. Mia and Joe actually argue about who gets to water our garden…so it’s never me!

Half term holidays

  • Find a bluebell wood – they are magical at this time of year, and woods provide some shelter even if the weather is rainy. I’ve suggested some local bluebell woods to explore here and here.

Half term holidays

  • Make a bug hotel in your garden – you’ll only need a few old broken pots, sticks, wood, moss…whatever you can gather around the garden, the bugs and beetles will love it.

Half term holidays

Puddle jumping – why not! The weather is warm enough now that you and your little ones are not going to freeze if you get a bit wet. Just pop on some welly boots and waterproofs and make the most of the rainy days. Maybe test the depth of those really big puddles yourself first though (speaking from experience!)

I would love to hear your ideas for encouraging outdoors play, and any holiday activities that you have going on!

 

Please feel free to print the nature treasure hunt for your own personal use. I’ll be sharing it over on Pinterest too!

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