Wednesday, 17 April 2013


Well we have tried many a reward chart over the last couple of years shop brought, wipe board, favourite stickers, you name it!  We seem to be on a winner with this one having been a success before our last two holidays so I thought I would share it.

It's very simple but so effective so here are my top tips:

  • Pick a few tasks; the number and task dependent on the age of the child(ren)
  • Keep the tasks short
  • Make the rewards visible 
  • Get them involved deciding on the rewards
  • Most importantly make it fun!

How to make it:
Start with deciding the tasks and the duration, we have found ours work best before a holiday or planned trip to a theme park, farm park etc. Create your rewards as you will see from the picture above our rewards we are all treats we could do on holiday.

Next make it visible pin it somewhere where it is seen and can be referred to easily as a reminder for the child(ren) to complete the tasks. We added stickers to our chart at the end of each day and then at the end of each week a reward was chose for every five stickers.

As you can see from the picture below for the first week it was mainly anything edible that was chosen as a reward!

Reward Chart - Week One

By the end of week five we had a good selection of treats ready for holiday and they were packed away in the suitcase to be exchanged each day.

Reward Chart - Week Five
Have you tried reward charts with your children?  Let me know if you try our version and how you get on?


Tuesday, 26 March 2013


Easter Monster Egg Heads 

Well this is the first time we have attempted to make these and they were great fun to make and we are looking forward to using the monster hair in our sandwiches and salads.  I thought I would share them as they make a great activity to do with the children especially over Easter.

You will need:
Cress Seeds, Egg Shells, Egg Box, Cotton Wool/Kitchen Paper, Decorations such as Pens, Paints, Wobbly Eyes, Pom Poms, Jewels.

How to make them:
Start by washing out the shells and leaving to dry. 

Decorate the eggs using your paints, pens etc. We chose a monster theme with wobbly eyes, funny noses and ears with pompoms but you can use any theme.

Place the cotton wool/kitchen paper in the base of the shell and dampen with a little water.  

Sprinkle the cress seeds all over the cotton wool/kitchen paper making sure you put plenty in so they grow lots of hair!

After a couple of days they will sprout and you can add a little more water if they dry out.  Then you will be able to give them a haircut and have cress for your egg sandwiches.

Cress Monster Egg Heads
If you are looking for other Easter themed activities why not try Easter Popcorn Cakes or Cadbury Mini Egg Chocolate Bark  we also have an Easter Board on Pinterest full of ideas of things to make, do and eat with an Easter theme.

Wishing you a Happy Easter and enjoy the holidays!

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