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tomato and basil soup

Easy Peasy & Delicious Tomato & Basil Soup Recipe

When it’s cold outside, you can’t beat a good batch of homemade soup! As many of you know I’m not one for cooking but over the past couple of months I’ve become increasingly interested in cooking and baking at home, along with the kids!

I was talking with a couple of my friends, who have young children, and they mentioned how easy it was to make soup. My first thoughts were, “No I can’t do that! It’s really complicated and far too messy” However they assured me it was very easy to do, and great to encourage the kids to eat one of their 5 a day!

I flicked through a couple of kid’s recipe books that I found in the kitchen cupboard and thought about making either Leek & Potato Soup or Tomato & Basil, as these two seemed the easiest! I asked the kids which they’d prefer and of course they said Tomato & Basil, so that’s what we went ahead with!

tomato and basil soup

Below is my step by step guide to making Cream Of Tomato & Basil Soup!

Ingredients….

2 (400g) tins chopped tomatoes

400ml chicken or vegetable stock

1 tablespoon sugar

18 leaves fresh basil

2 tablespoons butter

250ml whipping or double cream

Method:

  1.     Simmer the tomatoes and stock for 10 minutes.
  2.     Add sugar and basil and cook for a further 5 minutes. Add more sugar if required.
  3.   Stir in the cream and butter until the butter has melted.
  4.     Blend slightly (not essential)
  5.     Season to taste.
  6.     Serve and enjoy!!!

It was delicious and the kids even asked for more!

So there you have it, my incredibly easy soup recipe and I can assure you it really is that simple!

As I mentioned at the start, I’m really interested in making different soups with the kids,  so if you have any easy recipes please share them in the comments below!

Magical Unicorn Masks Craft Activity

How To Make Magical Unicorn Masks….

As I’m sure you all know Unicorns are a huge hit with girls and boys at the moment and if your kids are anything like mine, then I’m sure anything unicorn is always a great choice.  I was looking for easy arts & crafts to do at home when I stumbled across this really simple unicorn mask on pinterest! So I thought hey ho, why not give it a go…..and that’s exactly what we did!

You’ll need:

  1. Coloured Card or Paint
  2. Glitter
  3. Sequins (anything sparkly)
  4. Paper Straws
  5. Ribbon / wool
  6. Pencil
  7. Glue
  8. Scissors
  9. Cellotape

Let’s get started!

  1. First of all you need to draw round a unicorn mask template which I found from here
  2. Cut out the unicorn mask & cut out they eyes very carefully
  3. Cut out little pieces of pink card for the ears or paint white card pink
  4. Then stick them on the mask
  5. Using a different colour of card cut out the eyelashes or paint the eyelashes purple
  6. Then stick them above the eyes
  7. Attach the straw using cellotape to the back of the mask
  8. Add the ribbon/ wool for the mane by sticking it next to the straw
  9. Decorate your mask however you want using glitter and sequins

AND then you have it, the oh so simple, but very amazing unicorn mask!

Do you have a little one who is unicorn crazy? Do you love making unicorn themed master pieces? Let me know what other unicorn crafts you’ve made by sharing them in the comments below!

kids charades

Enjoy some fun family time this Christmas

Ah, Christmas! It’s a wonderful time but it’s also a fantastically busy time of year. At this point in the Christmas season, hopefully your tree is decorated, your shopping is nearly finished, and you’ve done the rounds of Christmas parties, Christmas fairs and school performances. Now you’re ready to relax and have some fun with the family, right? And isn’t family fun time what Christmas is all about?

We at what2buy4kids would like to share some of our top tips for good old fashioned family Christmas fun. They won’t cost a lot, they will appeal to all ages and they will hopefully make memories and maybe new Christmas traditions too.

  • Family board games

Get out the old classics like Monopoly or Charades or invest in a new game like Stand Up Sit Down or Pengoloo. Get a game that all age groups can enjoy and set up teams when you have more players.

kids charades

  • Make cookies for friends and Father Christmas

Who can say no to a festive baked treat, especially not Father Christmas! If it’s too soon for Christmas eve, use half your dough now and then freeze the other half until you’re ready to bake for Christmas Eve. Decorate and have fun!

  • Play Christmas party games

Nothing like seeing Grandma trying to Stick the Carrot on the Snowman or Dad wrapping himself up as a toilet paper snowman! Get silly and have fun with party games that will get everyone laughing.

stick the carrot on the snowman

  • Watch a Christmas film together

Load up on popcorn and sweets, put on your onesies, make a nest of duvets and pillows and snuggle up for some home cinema fun.

  • Do random acts of kindness

Visit a nursing home and take festive treats with you. Donate to your local food bank or make a meal for a family in need. Have the children select toys for children in need and wrap them up and take them to a toy appeal in your area. Even a small act of kindness can go a long way.

santa presents

  • Make a Christmas bird feeder

Get crafty together and make something that you’ll all enjoy. Get bird feeder ideas from the internet and work together to make it. Sit back and enjoy watching the birds visit your garden!

  • Set up a Christmas scavenger hunt at home

Hide candy canes or Christmas chocolates, make clues and set the kids searching. If you don’t want to create your own hunt, there are printables and ideas on Pinterest. Search “Christmas Scavenger Hunt Riddles and Clues” for some inspiration.

  • Make salt dough decorations

Get those creative juices flowing and have fun making Christmas decorations together. There are lots of ideas in Christmas magazines and on the internet. Kids will love seeing Mum and Dad making decorations too, and you’ll have baubles to treasure for years to come.

  • Make a gingerbread house (or houses)

There are super kits on the market and you and the kids will love customising your house with your own sweets and decorations as well. If you have a large family taking part,  divide into teams, make a few houses and see whose is most creative.

  • Walk or drive around to see the Christmas lights.

Load up with a flask of hot chocolate and visit an area where you know the Christmas lights are twinkling and bright. Show the kids the best of what’s around and take some pennies in case houses are collecting for charity.

  • Make your own Christmas cards and deliver them to neighbours

Another chance to get creative and make something personal for friends and and neighbours. Check out google for inspiration for fun family Christmas card ideas.

 

It can be easy to be drawn into the hustle and bustle of Christmas, heading from one event to the other, that we forget to slow down and stay in with the family. We hope we have given you some ideas for some family fun. Maybe one of these ideas will become your new family Christmas tradition?

And finally, to our wonderful customers:

We wish you and yours a joyous Christmas and a happy New Year. Thank you for your valued custom this year and for choosing to shop with what2buy4kids.co.uk.  Whether you’ve shopped with us many times before, or you’re a new customer, we hope we’ll get the opportunity to serve you again next year. Merry Christmas from myself and the whole team at what2buy4kids!

Lisa is the managing director of what2buy4kids. Lisa’s wish is to make your job of finding a gift for the children in your life easier, or help you to take some of the time and frustration out of the search for that special gift for kids.

dear zoo lift the flap

Jigsaw Puzzles with a difference- piecing together some fun in 2017

Did you know the first jigsaw puzzles were made in 1760 by Berkshire map-maker John Spilsbury? Isn’t it amazing that they’re still one of kids’ favourite toys to play with? A true British invention and timeless fun, jigsaws are adored by kids and adults alike.  We’ve found 8 amazing jigsaw puzzles with a twist that we think kids of all ages will enjoy.

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sort and spray whale

What2buy4kids Toys for Toddlers: Christmas Gift Guide 2017

Looking for some great gifts for a toddler in your life? We have a few suggestions that are sure to put a smile on your toddler’s face and a bounce in their step. We’ve broken down our list of suggestions into sections all toddlers will love so you can see what the hot items are in each category.

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first chemistry set

Christmas Gift Guide: Science kits for kids 8-10 years old

I love toys that inspire and encourage curiosity while being fun and entertaining. I believe that is the key to get kids enthusiastic about learning. I was excited to come across a few fantastic science toys that I think will be perfect as Christmas gifts for those 8-10 year old kids in your life.  If you’re looking for fun toys that will stimulate and encourage learning, then look no further than these 5 top picks from the what2buy4kids office.

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