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Easter Holiday Activities 2019

April 9, 2019 | Leave a Comment

Easter Holidays are upon us and we have some great hints and tips for different fun activities to experience with the whole family for Easter.

The Woodland Trust

Do you love a woodland day out with the family? Wanting to ensure your children have a great run around during the holidays, then take your children to the Woodland Trust. All the Woodland Trust woods are free to visit, find your local woodland trust wood here; https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/map/. Over the Easter period they have different Easter Activities for all ages, specific activities for ages 3-5 and 6+. You can download and print their activity sheets and take on the woodland adventure with you! Or set up your own mini adventure, using their activity sheets and placing Easter Eggs around for your children to hunt for.

Tea Party, Picnic

Enjoy the glorious Easter weather with picnics. The fun can start prior to the picnic with making Easter themed foods, such as chocolate rice crispy Easter nests. Easy to prep and make and fun for the whole family! All you need is:
• Chocolate
• Butter
• Rice pops/krispies
• Golden Syrup
• Cupcake cases
• Easter themed chocolate and sweets to decorate

Hot Cross Buns can also be enjoyed throughout the Easter break, you can purchase all different flavours in different supermarkets. There are also Dairy Free and Gluten Free buns for allergy sufferers. Check your local supermarkets. Spend time making lovely foods for the picnic and then go on an adventure whilst searching for a great place to enjoy your picnic!

Day out at the Zoo

There are fantastic Zoo’s all over the Country and a great way to break up the Easter Holiday. You may be a parent busy working all week and want to have family fun at the weekend, then take a trip to the Zoo! Or planning a camping trip for the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend, whether its raining or shining a trip to the Zoo will make everyone’s day great.

Looking for a Zoo near you, we have created a list of some of the best Zoo’s in the UK:
• ZSL London Zoo
• Yorkshire Wildlife Park
• Colchester Zoo
• Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo
• Chester Zoo
• Dudley Zoo and Castle
• Bristol Zoo Gardens
• Banham Zoo
• Edinburgh Zoo

There are always different offers for trips out at the Zoo, whether you are travelling with a Railcard or collecting Club Card vouchers. Look at deals you can get!

Trip to the Farm

Perhaps your children love farm animals and having a muddy day out at the farm is more of the perfect day for your family. Make a picnic and take a trip to your nearest Farm.

Looking for a Farm near you? We have created a list of some of the ‘free’ Children’s Farms in the UK:
• Georgie City Farm, Edinburgh
• Deen City Farm, South-West London
• Stonebridge City Farm, Nottingham
• Bath City Farm, near Bath
• Surrey Docks Farm, South-East London
• Vauxhall City Farm, South London

Found inspiration for a day out? Search the internet and find a local Animal Farm to you!

Easter Treats

Looking to Jazz up your Easter eggs this year or have children that have allergies and you all feel safer making your own eggs, then spend days making your own extra special chocolate eggs.

BBC GoodFood have four stages to make your own chocolate egg, so no need to fear >> https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/how-make-easter-egg

You could also make other Easter treats… perfected your Rice Krispie Easter Nests? Take it to the next level and make Rice Krispie eggs. Easter cupcakes and even homemade Hot Cross Buns. Baking can always be fun for the whole family and children can learn so many different skills. Sometimes it is worth spending less time in the outdoors and more time in the kitchen… with tasty treats to enjoy at the end of the day!

Easter Crafts

Planning a big Easter event over the weekend and wanting to make outfits extra special? Easter Bonnets are a tradition for many families and schools all over the Country. Spend time making Easter Bonnets with your children and jazz up their outfits. For boys, if they do not want a ‘bonnet’ you could make an Easter Cap! For extra fun, make this a competition with family friends and have Easter treats and gifts as a prize for the best bonnets or caps… Parents can dive into their competitive side!

Easter Baskets for Easter Egg Hunts. If your children are waiting all week for their Easter Egg Hunt Egg..stravaganza, start the excitement early with crafts to add to their hunt. Such as making their own baskets for the hunt.

Make an Easter Tree. At Christmas many families have Christmas tree’s and if your children love decorating a Christmas tree… then make a special Easter Tree and let your children decorate with all different egg-style decorations. You could also spend time making decorations for the Easter Tree. The perfect family tradition!

We hope these different days out and activities have helped give you some ideas of what you can do with the children this Easter holiday. Happy Easter from Harmony at Home x

Nannies and Families Celebrate World Book Day

March 5, 2019 | Leave a Comment

Nannies and families, World Book Day is on the 7th of March 2019!

This is an exciting opportunity for all children, nannies and families to get involved by dressing up, reading and bringing their favourite stories to life!

World Book Day gives young people the chance to celebrate reading, authors, illustrators and books. It gives them the chance to discover new books and new authors to get to know and love.

2019 is the 22nd World Book Day celebration and it is a time where young people can come together and celebrate reading. The main aim of World Book Day is ‘to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own’.

Taken from the World Book Day Website: http://www.worldbookday.com/

Dressing up:

Nannies and parents, a great way to encourage children to join in is by dressing up. Your child may be celebrating at school and may be asked to come in dressed as their favourite character from their favourite book or your child may just want to dress up at home and have some fun.

There are so many different books to choose from, it can be tricky to just choose one character to dress up as. If you are looking for some inspiration, here are a few well know characters that you can encourage your children to dress up as:

  • Harry Potter
  • Star Wars
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • Dorothy – Wizard of Oz
  • Mary Poppins
  • Matilda, Miss Trunchbull – Matilda
  • Willy Wonka
  • Horrid Henry
  • The Cat in the Hat
  • Mr Men characters
  • A Peach – James and the Giant Peach
  • The Big Friendly Giant – The BFG
  • Where’s Wally?
  • The Gruffalo

Bring your favourite stories to life:

Parents and nannies encourage your children to re-create their favourite stories/ books with some dressing up and role play. A fun idea to encourage children to get involved with World Book Day.

Nannies and families, why not have even more fun by joining your children and getting involved with dressing up and role play!

You will need to:

  • Choose your favourite book & character
  • Get dressed up as your favourite character and start planning your role play
  • Bring your favourite book to life!
  • Have fun recreating your favourite short story! All children can get involved.

Writing

Another important aspect of World Book Day is writing. Children have amazing, creative imaginations! Nannies and parents, encourage them get thinking, put pen to paper and see what wonderful stories they can come up with.

However you decide to celebrate World Book Day, enjoy it. It is a day that all can get involved with, children, parents and nannies! To celebrate World Book Day, many National Book Tokens are given out. If your child is given a World Book Day token to spend, remember to take them to choose a new book and get reading! To find more about information about World Book Day, National Book Tokens and more exciting ways to celebrate this amazing day, click the website link: http://www.worldbookday.com/

Written for Harmony at Home Limited. All Rights Reserved, 2019

Our top wooden toy gifts for Christmas 2018

November 30, 2018 | Leave a Comment

Looking for top wooden toy gifts for Christmas? We have cherry picked the best eco friendly wooden toys for children, from our in house boutique.

Christmas is a few weeks away and gifts are flying off the shelves. Time to do some online shopping. Struggling to find the perfect gift? Harmony at Home Children’s Eco Boutique has fantastic gifts for children of all ages. We specialise in personalised wooden toys. Making every toy special, unique and long-lasting.

We have provided you with a list of our bestsellers, perfect for Christmas 2018.

Gifts for animal lovers!

Wooden rabbit hutch: suitable for ages 3+ years. A gorgeous wooden hutch, which comes with a fluffy bunny, a carrot, cabbage, water bottle, brush and removable ramp.  This hutch can also be made extra special with personalisation. https://shop.harmonyathome.co.uk/product/wooden-rabbit-hutch/

 

Animal Stacking Game: perfect for little ones. A fun game, which enhances hand to eye co-ordination. It is made with beautiful bright coloured woodland creatures. The aim of the game is to stack the woodland creatures on the 3 wooden pegs. This present can be personalised. Suitable for either genders and suitable for 12 months+. https://shop.harmonyathome.co.uk/product/personalised-animal-stacking-game/

Wooden vet kit: suitable for 3years+. This wooden Vet Kit includes 7 different items to help get the bunny back on its paws. There are tweezers, a syringe, thermometer, 2 x bottles of medicine, a tube of ointment and a stethoscope. All of the pieces, including the bunny, fit inside the case- making this a great toy to take when traveling. Can be personalised. https://shop.harmonyathome.co.uk/product/personalised-wooden-vet-kit/

 

Wooden farm set: suitable for 3years+. This farm set has all your expected animals you see on a farm- horse, sheep, cow, pig, duck and chicken along with a farmer and his wife. It also includes a wooden fence and two trees to complete the farm scene. The farm house doors open to add extra fun when playing and all items can be stored safely inside once finished playing. Can be personalised when requested. https://shop.harmonyathome.co.uk/product/personalised-wooden-farm-set/

Wooden pull along tractor: suitable for 12months+. Comes complete with a detachable trailer and farm animals.  A Pig, Horse, Cow, hay bale and milk churn are all included and fit onto the back of the trailer. The wooden tractor has rubber wheel coverings making it slide easily and smoothly across the floor. Pull it along the floor with the red string attached to the front of the tractor, or little ones can just push it along instead. Plenty of hours of fun will be had with this toy. Can also be personalised. https://shop.harmonyathome.co.uk/product/wooden-pull-along-tractor/

Gifts for 1year+

Wooden bear walker: perfect for children that are learning to walk and wanting to play and develop at the same time. It helps enhance all stages of development. As well as doubling up into a toy box. This walker can be made extra special with personalisation. https://shop.harmonyathome.co.uk/product/wooden-bear-walker/

 

Cascading wooden cars: Suitable for 2years+. Cascading Wooden Cars is a fun game, Watch the four coloured cars zoom down the track. Tiny hands can put the cars back to the top to see another exciting race! This game can also be personalised, to make car lovers dreams come true. https://shop.harmonyathome.co.uk/product/cascading-wooden-cars/

Gifts for age 3years+

Wooden popcorn machine: suitable for children age 3+ years. Great for children’s imaginations. Pull the side handle down to make the popcorn pop and bounce around. Then open the front and pour the popcorn into a classic wooden striped popcorn basket. With cut out tickets, people can come and purchase your special popcorn when playing. https://shop.harmonyathome.co.uk/product/wooden-popcorn-machine/

 

Wooden chess and checkers: suitable for 6years+. A perfect travel game. This game turns form a case to a chess and checkers board game. This game can also be personalised if you wish. https://shop.harmonyathome.co.uk/product/wooden-chess-checkers/

 

 

 

DIY wooden Christmas tree: suitable for 4+ years. Get festive this Christmas with this DIY tree. Colour or paint the wooden Christmas tree sections to make your 3D tree. Then thread the coloured beads and the extra wooden items such as the stocking and candy canes to decorate and complete the tree. Made from wood, with wooden beads and nylon string. https://shop.harmonyathome.co.uk/product/diy-wooden-christmas-tree-kit/

 

Wild animal bookends: This lovely set of Wild Animal Bookends will be a bright and colourful addition to any child’s bedroom or playroom. They feature friendly looking animals, with butterflies mounted on springs for extra fun. They have non-scratch bottoms, and personalisation is available. Great for any book lover. https://shop.harmonyathome.co.uk/product/wild-animal-bookends/

 

Song bird musical box: suitable for 3years+. This musical box is decorated with a bird theme. Open up the lid to find a bird dancing to Le temps des cerises by Antoine Renard. Inside there’s plenty of room for necklaces, bracelets and much more! Can also be personalised. https://shop.harmonyathome.co.uk/product/song-bird-musical-box/

Halloween must haves!

October 17, 2018 | Leave a Comment

Halloween is only two weeks away!! 

The leaves are changing and falling off trees. Pumpkins are out in full force and shops are filled with tasty treats.

This Halloween, Harmony at Home Children’s Eco Boutique (in Worthing and online on Notonthehighstreet) have some great Halloween accessories and costumes to make children look extra special. Whether they want to dress scary, pretty or funky, we have some great ideas for you.

Looking to make your children’s outfits extra special?

We have the best ‘trick or treat’ bags to fill with sweets. These bags come in either orange or black, with a spiderweb decoration and the option of being personalised. Plus, they are reusable and easy to store away till next year. A great addition to any Halloween outfit. https://www.notonthehighstreet.com/harmonyathomechildrensboutique/product/happy-halloween-trick-or-treat-bags

Searching for the perfect Halloween Tutu?

This orange and black beautiful tutu is great for parties and Halloween night. With super soft satin topper and a matching bow, this multi-layered skirt is super bouncy and fun. Available in medium (age 2-4) or large (age 4-8). It can be used repeatedly, for many parties and Halloween nights to follow. https://www.notonthehighstreet.com/harmonyathomechildrensboutique/product/halloween-animal-costumes-for-children

Go in store or order online as soon as possible, Halloween is only two weeks away!

The 1st official day of AUTUMN!

September 23, 2018 | Leave a Comment

Today it is officially AUTUMN!

Autumn is the season for knitted sweaters, scarves, and thick socks in boots. And of course, a knitted bobble hat. But not only is Autumn great for fashion, it is also a time of year full of great facts and fun for children.

8 Facts about Autumn:

  1. In North America, Autumn is known as the fall and many Americans celebrate Thanksgiving and Halloween during the Autumn season.
  2. Autumn is mostly known for the change in leaves and the shedding of these leaves from trees.
  3. In ancient times, autumn was one of the most important periods of the year as many cultures/individuals practiced rituals and offerings to their gods and goddesses so that they would have a successful harvest to feed them through winter.
  4. There is less sunlight in Autumn because the days are shorter.
  5. The Autumn season starts on the 23rd September and ends on the 21st December!! Only 4 days before Christmas!!
  6. Autumn nights are great for stargazing as the skies are much clearer.
  7. In the U.S. Monarch butterflies are the only insect to migrate to a warmer country during the colder season.
  8. Common Autumn harvests are pumpkins, corn and apples.
REMEMBER in October there is a half term,which means a week of entertaining the children.

Family days out, arts and crafts and activities to celebrate Autumn and keep the children entertained:

  1. Pumpkin Picking and Carving: whether its finding your pumpkin in your local supermarket or taking a day out to go to your local farm, finding the perfect pumpkin and spending time decorating and carving it is a great way to pass the time. A great activity to do as a family! You can even make a pumpkin family 😉
  2. At the Science Museum in London, 7-11 year old’s can experience a sleepover of a life time. With hands-on experiments, watching different shows and sleeping among the exhibits. As well as breakfast and a movie in their iMAX theatre the next morning to finish the experience. Running on October 7th and November 11th– get booking!
  3. In Kent, at Leeds Castle, spend the day watching different birds of prey soaring through the air. Great day enjoying the crisp air and watching some of the most incredible birds take to the sky.
  4. Lewes Bonfire night on November 4th. A procession through Town, lighting of 6 or more bonfires all over the town, as well as a firework extravaganza!
  5. Days out in a maze, no better way to enjoy the changing season and the growth in crops that adventuring round (and getting lost) in cornfields.
  6. When staying at home, use fallen leaves to create fantastic images and paintings. Whether its painting leaves and creating prints or making leaves look even more beautiful by adding glitter and using them as decorations.
  7. Re-create a childhood favourite using chestnuts to play conkers. Hours of entertainment and you can re-live your childhood. As well as this, you can decorate them to again make decorations.
  8. Finally, trick or treating! This tradition is big in America, but it is great to do in the UK too. Dress up and enjoy the American tradition. Fun to do with a group of friends or as a family 😊

Get set for National Nanny Recognition Week 2018

September 5, 2018 | Leave a Comment

Celebrate National Nanny Recognition Week 2018!

Are you aware that the fourth week in September (23rd – 29th) 2018 is National Nanny Recognition Week?

This special week created in 1998 recognises the work that Nannies do for families.

National Nanny Recognition Week gives families the opportunity to celebrate the work that their Nanny does for them.

National Nanny Recognition week is not necessarily a time to give your Nanny a gift, it is however, a time to reflect on the amazing work that Nannies do, and a time to say ‘thank you’.

How to celebrate National Nanny Recognition Week

Tell your Nanny how much they mean to you.

Make an effort to tell your Nanny how much they mean to you. There are many ways in which you can do this:

Give them words of encouragement – throughout National Nanny Recognition Week, give your nanny a few extra words of encouragement

Be positive – When your Nanny helps you out, praise them for the job they have done.

Personalise a special gift for your Nanny

Put your creative minds to the test and see what gifts you can make with your children. Creating a personal gift is an ideal activity to do with children to show how much their Nanny means to them personally. It gives them the opportunity to get involved and make something special that their Nanny can treasure.

Give your Nanny a bunch of flowers

A bunch of flowers is a simple gift to give your nanny to show your appreciation. Choose a bouquet you think they would love and give it to your Nanny some point during National Nanny Recognition Week.

Let your Nanny have a surprise half or day off

In celebration of National Nanny Recognition Week and to show how much they mean to you, why not see if you are able to let your nanny have some time off. Any time off you can offer would be appreciated.

Invite your Nanny to have a meal with you and your family

The perfect idea for a ‘live in Nanny’ to show your appreciation. Invite them to join you for a meal at breakfast or dinner, don’t forget to prepare their preferred meal.

The Simplest Gift of All…

Having a great Nanny employed to work with your family is a something that cannot be taken for granted. Over National Nanny Recognition Week, make sure you make the effort to tell your Nanny how special they are to you and how they are a valued member of your family. A little bit of praise and appreciation, really can go a long way. Offering praise can help them to feel appreciated and know that they work they are doing is not going un-noticed.

Written by Emily Martin for Harmony at Home Limited. All Rights Reserved, 2018

How to Celebrate National Grandparents Day

August 15, 2018 | Leave a Comment

Sunday 7th October is National Grandparents Day!

Nannies & parents, do your children know how special their grandparents are? NGD allows them to show off their love and appreciation for them.

Grandparents are so special, so it is important to recognize and celebrate all they do. Not only do they offer love and support, but they also offer time, patience, guidance and most often or not, TREATS!

Grandparents love to shower their Grandchildren with gifts & treats, so it is nice to say ‘thank you’ and show a bit of appreciation for a day!

How to celebrate with your children:

Spend the day with them

Spend quality time with your grandparents. However you decide to celebrate, enjoy spending time together.

  • Go out sightseeing
  • Take a trip to the cinema/ theater
  • Go out for a meal or simply stay in.

Make them a special gift

  • Decorate a photo frame and place a your favourite photo with them in there.
  • Create your family tree
  • Make your own puzzle for them to do

Design a card for them

Make them a special card. Include a personalised message, a poem, a song or a picture to show how much you love and appreciate them!

Cook them a special meal

Show your appreciation by making their favourite meal for them.

Relive special memories with them

Take a trip down memory lane and list out your special memories you have with your grandparents. You may remember a certain day or place that you visited. Re-spark and re-live the day with them.

Tell them you love them

One of the simplest ways to celebrate and show your appreciation is simply to tell them how much you love them.

Nannies & parents, however you decide to celebrate National Grandparents Day with your children, get involved, have fun and make them feel special. Find out more about this event HERE!

Written by Emily Martin for Harmony at Home Limited. All Rights Reserved, 2018

Best Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

July 4, 2018 | Leave a Comment

Looking for Birthday Party theme ideas?

Celebrate your child’s Birthday in style!

Many children’s birthday parties have a theme. With fun new crazes being introduced, party planning is being taken to a whole new level.

Take the stress out of having to think of a suitable birthday party theme, by checking out our ideas:

Birthday Party Themes:

  • Superheros – Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman
  • Fairies
  • Princesses
  • Unicorns
  • Cars
  • Trains
  • Star Wars
  • Peppa Pig
  • Animals – favourite pet or zoo animal
  • Disney
  • Beach/ summer time
  • Vintage
  • Circus
  • Neon
  • Pirate
  • Cowboys
  • Under the sea
  • The great outdoors
  • Space
  • Sport – football, dance

So, if you are planning a party but stuck for a theme, why not consider some of our awesome themes? Remember, your never too old for a themed birthday!

Written by Emily Martin for Harmony at Home Limited. All Rights Reserved, 2018

TOP Summer Time Activities for Children

July 4, 2018 | Leave a Comment

The Summer Holidays = 6 weeks off. That’s roughly 42 days of finding activities to do with your children.

Having to come up with fresh, fun and new activities to do with your children or charges is no easy task. It can hard. There is no denying it. Especially when there is so much exciting technology out there that does the job of entertaining for you.

So, to give you a helping hand, we have come up with a list of our TOP summer time activities for your children!

Discover our summer activity guide for children of all ages to participate in!

  1. Spend time in the garden
  2. Play some garden games – hopscotch, catch
  3. Have a water fight
  4. Go to the park
  5. Make home made pizzas
  6. Have a BBQ
  7. Bake some treats
  8. Go to the beach
  9. Build a sandcastle
  10. Do some gardening
  11. Arrange a play date
  12. Go for a bike ride
  13. Go for a walk/ hike
  14. Play some sports – tennis, badminton, croquet, golf,  hoola-hopping
  15. Make your own bubbles
  16. Grab out the paddling pool
  17. Stargaze on a clear night
  18. Discover different wildlife
  19. Go visit some local attractions – castles, museums,
  20. Feed the birds
  21. Feed the ducks
  22. Go swimming
  23. Go bowling
  24. Visit a fruit picking farm
  25. Take a picnic to the park
  26. Make your own ice lollies
  27. Make your own smoothie/ milkshakes
  28. Get crafty
  29. Wash the car
  30. Build a fort
  31. Go camping
  32. Learn a new language
  33. Read a new book
  34. Make homemade jewellery
  35. Have fun dressing up
  36. Create a summer scrapbook to catch your memories
  37. Go bug hunting
  38. Have a movie afternoon
  39. Take a road trip
  40. Go shopping for new school supplies
  41. Fly a kite
  42. Go horse riding
  43. Go to the cinema
  44. Catch up on SLEEP!

None of these ideas taking your fancy? Why not visit your nearest National Trust? Go on your very own adventure! Discover, explore and have fun! Check out the National Trust website to find out whats on!

So, if you are stuck for activity ideas to do over the summer with your children or charges, take a look at our list! Remember, stay safe, have fun and make memories this summer!

Written by Emily Martin for Harmony at Home Limited. All Rights Reserved, 2018

Rainy Day Fun!

March 29, 2018 | Leave a Comment

Unfortunately, the British Weather is very unpredictable. As we approach summer time, we long for a bit of warmth and sunshine and look forward to spending days at the beach and the playground. However, we can not always guarantee the weather is always going to be so nice. It is most likely that our summer will contain many rainy, wet days.

It can be hard to keep children entertained when you are stuck at home all day. Coming up with new ideas to keep your children or charges occupied can be hard.

Discover our ‘Rainy Day Guide’ for ideas to entertain all!

Grab a jar and some paper and write a few of these ideas down. Fold the paper and put in the jar. When the sun is not shining, grab the jar and pull out an idea!

  • Make a Scrapbook
  • Do some baking – cakes, cookies or cupcakes
  • Have a go at a jigsaw puzzle
  • Play a board game
  • Invite a friend over
  • Read a book
  • Write a story
  • Imaginative play
  • Create your own cinema – watch a film
  • Have a clear out/ de-clutter – toys, clothes
  • Dress up in fancy dress
  • Organise a fashion show
  • Get creative with crafts – check out our paper plate craft activity!
  • Do some colouring or painting
  • Build a den/ fort
  • Play hide & seek
  • Have a treasure hunt around the house
  • Have a dance or singing competition
  • Plan an activity for a sunny day
  • Go for a splash in the Garden – if the rain is not too heavy

So, when the sun is not shining and you find yourself stuck indoors with your children or charges, grab your jar of rainy day activities and have fun with these fun ideas! Who said staying in has to be boring?

Written by Emily Martin for Harmony at Home Limited. All Rights Reserved, 2018

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