Instant Sensory Bath Play with Sponge Construction Bricks!


We’re so excited to bring You this particular post! Its something new for us to be blogging from the family bathroom but once we extended our initial idea it was too good not to tell you about it!

I few months back, I’d bought a multi-pack of all purpose sponge cloths from the supermarket (75p from Asda) to use as constructions bricks in the bath! I simply cut them into equal sized rectangles and VOLIA!


These bricks were fun on their own, we used them in all sorts of ways and even made a ‘sponge squid’ by tying the sponges together.

But the best was yet to come! It was when Sparklebug suggested we add our (Learning Resources) Under the Sea counters (..yes we love our LR counters!) both kiddies imaginations went wild!


At first the kiddies explored the differing attributes between the soft wet sponges which floated and the hard rubbery counters which sank! It was this moment when Sparklebug discovered that some of the counters did float… if you put them on  the sponges we have (her round baby sponge was the best and even resembled a little floating island!)
3661_sea_counters_dtOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASuddenly our family bathroom had turned into a little world full of floating islands and little boats, icebergs full of dangerous sharks and rays, octopuses hidden in the deep water, whales and even the occasional seal sunning itself on the shore by the bathtaps!


Sparklebug being caring self set up a sea life sanctuary for all the helpless animals!

Not only did this melt my  heart but I loved that she was aware of our world and the need to conserve wildlife in its natural habitats.


We had great chats about this and who would have thought it all came from a packet of sponges and some counters!?!!

We also used the soaked sponges to stick to the tiles to make pattern sequences and helped Sillypup with his numbers by counting the sponges and sorting by colours!


Although Sparklebug wasn’t remotely impressed when Sillypup decided to add his artistic interpretation to the ‘wall’ that she’d carefully just constructed!!


After a while those cute chubby little hands got the hang of how to stick his own sponges on the wall and things began to calm down once again! Siblings, huh?!!1sponge play 027


The kiddies were having so much fun they almost forgot to actually bathe! It was so lovely to watch them Play and their little minds open up to the wonder they’d created! little worlds (nature and conservation) the exploration of float/sink,  dry/wet, hard/soft attributes (scientific properties). Using the bricks to make constructions, sequences, groupings and assisting number recognition (logical and mathematical exploration). I’m sure I’ve missed a few points but the sky’s the limit to what kids can come up with!

As well as involving themselves in their play both Sparklebug and Sillypup had some seriously silly moments! I love their sense of humour – they must get it from my Hubby!


Here is Sillypup biting an octopus counter and making ‘yum’ noises after I spoke to the kiddies about what sea animals eat and I mentioned that people eat octopus sometimes! This is Sillypup being Dadda eating calamari! Goofy little monkey!


And this is Sparklebug randomly using two pink sponges as ‘elf ears’. This gave her the giggles for a LOOOONNNNGG time! I love her spontaneity! Bless her!

So that’s all folks as they say! Until next time… Please keep supporting us via twitter (@sillysparklessp), our facebook page (Sillysparkles Sensory Play) and of course here on our website. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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We’d also like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to you all!

We’ve had an exciting week this week reaching a milestone on twitter AND been featured on“Ask Pat”

(for more on that please visit http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/ask-pat/ and click on Ask Pat Episode 0264: How Do I Use Social Media To Grow My Audience?).

Once again thank you for all your support and we look forward to hearing any comments or ideas that you would like us to cover or indeed your own versions of our sensory setups!

From Us here at Sillysparkles HQ, Best Wishes, Mama Sillysparkles, Sparklebug and Sillypup! xxxx


An Incredibly Sweet Cupcake Sensory Bin (aka ”The Pat-a-Cake Bakery”)

Displaying  Well, hello folks! Howz everyone doing? We’ve had a lot of fun recently here at Sillysparkles HQ ushering in springtime play and willing winter to finally end, However, opposed to all my wishing it actually got colder and SNOWED!!! Brrrr!

I thought I’d share with you a fantastic sensory bin inspired by a request from Sparklebug! She wanted a sensory bin centred around the traditional song lyrics ‘pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake baker’s man, bake me a ‘cakie’ as fast as you can…  for baby and me’ etc). But this sensory bin would also make lovely Valentine’s Day sensory play!

I love an opportunity for clean play so we got the brightly coloured pom poms out to mix with the Shape Sorting Cupcakes from Learning Resources. As you well know, we at Sillysparkles  ADORE learning resources toys and have lots of different ones which often make their way into our sensory bins! They’re so fab for open-ended play!


1CUPCAKEBIN 102 (1)Sillypup got these (Learning Resources ‘Smart Snacks’ Shape Sorting Cupcakes) for Christmas and he loves taking them apart and popping them back into their baking tray! Sparklebug loves to use them for imaginative play so they get good use in our house with all ages!

Just Look how beautiful and vibrant the bin turned out! Lots of opportunity for sorting into size order, colour groups, pattern sequencing, even sorting into different textures! All that fun as well as the imaginative play aspect of this bin had they engulfed in their little world for hours and hours (in fact days and days!!).

Sparklebug loved ‘baking’ her creations in a decorated cardboard box ‘oven’!

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And feeding ‘pat-a-cake’ creations to her baby doll whilst singing ”… put it in the oven for baby and me!”
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAlthough I do have a little confession…! I did start out much more adventurous with porridge oats and red pom poms for cherries… But, Sillypup being Sillypup began scooping handfuls of oats around the floor and dive-bombing himself across them. I admit even I have days I really can’t do mess so we swapped it for the pom pom and cupcake items instead!

I’m sure we’ll do a part two post on this bin as the kiddies did love it but as you can see – Sillypup took full advantage of making a mess with this one so perhaps do on a day you have time to clear up afterwards!

Sillypup ‘dive-bombing’ porridge oats!

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Back to our current bin, here is the oven complete with real (washed out) cake ingredient containers that we keep in our collection for just such a occassion!

And lots of examples of sorting and tweezering! I have to say all their creations were so beautiful I had to keep clicking away with my camera!!

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Sparklebug end enjoyed herself throwing matching coloured pom poms into cupcake cases with Mama Sillysparkles!

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Whilst Sillypup busied himself with a task he loves to do – screwing the jam jar lids on and off! Great ‘real world’ practice for my little ‘safebreaker’ who gets into everything these days! No wonder he loves doing this! lol!

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So there you have it! another sensory bin for you to try out with your own little people! This one is very clean and adaptable to all sorts of imaginative play and general fun!  The bright colours definitely entice them into playing for a substantial amount of time! Good fun and a must do!


Also don’t forget to grace us with your own comments and examples of sensory bins you’ve tested out! We’d love to include them in our posts and possibly even feature you in your very own post right here on the Sillysparkles Website!!!

Till next time, with love from all here at Sillysparkles HQ! xx


Cutie Crawlies Sensory Bin

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This week we injected a little bit of springtime into our chilly January using some of our amazing Learning Resources In The Garden Counters (Set of 72). Sparklebug had been wanting these for a good six months so we treated her at Christmas! She absolutely adores all the learning resources counters (we have a few different sets at home) and she was really excited when she saw these!


To make this particular sensory bin ‘filler’ it couldn’t have been easier! I just bought 1 bag of dried cannellini beans, 1 bag of green split peas and 1 bag of red split peas and dumped them into our water & activity table (If it looks familiar to you it’s because it’s from ELC!)

Sparklebug and Sillypup set about mixing the beans and peas together (i’d dumped the bags of peas in separate sides of the table instead of premixing to see what ideas they would come up with!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHalf way through play I cut simple leaf shapes out of green napkins because… what’s a cutie crawlie garden without some undergrowth to hid in!? This opened up a lot of imaginative play and questions about bugs.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAll the beans and peas were a great opportunity for the kiddies to dig scoop and pour using all the utensils we’d gathered in our equipment basket (also contains pippets, tweezers, measuring cups etc).


Lastly I added 2 wooden caterpillars which were gifts so I’m unsure what shop they came from but Sparklebug made a ‘bee-line’ (excuse the pun!) for them. She made little leafy beds for them when I told her that bugs like to hide in all the leaves on the ground!

Sparklebug’s ‘caterpillar nursery’


This sensory bin provided hours and hours of fun for both kiddies and the filler was particularly great for exploring scooping qualities, separating by size and colour and for hiding the bug counters in!


Sillypup exploring sifting the beans and peas through his fingers –

he did this for a very long time!



One thing I loved about this sensory bin was that it was one of the easiest to keep tidy. the beans and peas are big enough to pick up by hand so I didn’t even need to hoover up after the play was finished!

I was so confident of this I didn’t even bother with a messy mat underneath the table and that, my friends, is unheard of from me!!

These beans and peas are versatile enough to be a lovely addition to our stored sensory fillers ready to have ‘on hand’ and be reused in many different sensory bins and small worlds.

So, for those of you ready to do away with the winter blues and icy mornings, join me in welcoming a little bit of springtime to your kiddies play!

You could even extend this idea –  wrap up warmly, bring a magnifying glass, bug jar and explore the undergrowth in the park! See if you can find your own real life cutie crawlies small world!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Have fun exploring and till next time my friends, keep us updated with your comments and photos! We love hearing from you and especially about your playtimes!

Feel free to let us know what you’ve been up to and you could be in with a chance to be featured in your very own post!


Meerkat Manor Sensory Bin

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  We’re back and with a brand new post for you all! Hi! So it looks as if Sillysparkles HQ has been taken over by meerkats this week!

With the purchase of more than a few ‘Go Compare’ insurance polices we are the very proud owners of s Sergei and an Olaf! It is due to the popularity of these little dudes that I knew the kids would adore this sensory bin theme! And that was an serious understatement!!

It was one of my faves too since it required no time setting up and was absolutely free too! So easy! We already had the chocolate cloud dough from which we used with a previous sensory bin (read more about that in our ‘Soft & Silky Seaside Sensory Bin’ post). With the addition of a few toilet rolls, stones and a family of Sylvanian meerkats, we were all set!

There was lots of general play scooping and sieving the chocolate cloud dough and molding little dens and meerkat bolt holes using cardboard tubs.


Container play using our box of on-hand supplies we’ve stocked up on!


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For some reason Sillypup just kept scooping and scoffing the chocolate cloud dough the look on his face was priceless! He got all intoxicated by the chocolate scent and that was it! Mind you it was almost lunchtime which would have explained his sensory snacking! lol!!


After a bit of discussion with Sparklebug about meerkats during the play, She suggested we added the bug counters and measuring worms for meerkat snacks! We then settled into watching a few meerkat documentaries including a brilliant BBC one by Simon King called Meerkats: One of the Team – Natural Planet.


Sparklebug began setting up a meerkat in her own hidey hole and feeding her bug snacks and then asked me to photograph her set up! It was hilarious coming from her since I am always asking her to pause so I can take photos for her blog! lol!


Lastly since the kiddies were both running around the house pretending to be meerkats (yes, really!!!), I decided to create a meerkat bolt hole of their very own! I used a fur throw and cushions to create a snug inside their tent (currently in our living room) and even popped ‘Sergei’ on top of the tent to act as ‘meerkat sentry’ and stand guard whilst they pretended to nap in their underground burrow! Such a cute imagination and lovely playing together!


Such a wonderful day, i thoroughly enjoyed seeing them so happy and love the fact that they took their play in so many different directions! They also learnt a little bit about meerkats, their homes, what the like to eat, why they are so timid and how they have a nice close family unit too!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I was going to pack this sensory bin away since its slap bang in the middle of my dining room right now but they’ve played for hours and hours with it and even asked to play with it throughout the day when i had placed the lid on the activity table!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo, I’m going with what they want right now and they can have a little play first thing in the morning before Sparklebug sets off for playgroup for the morning! Mind you, if Sillypup continues to chomp through the cloud dough like he has today I will need to think about restocking the supplies! lol!

Please have a go at this super easy, super quick sensory bin. I’m not sure there’s a kiddie on this planet who hasn’t loved either the ‘Go Compare’ adverts or the documentary series ‘Meerkat Manor’!

Great for imaginative small world play, a great sensory experience (and completely edible cloud dough by the way!) and a fantastic chance to introduce real world examples, geography, zoology (we even touched on meerkat food chains!) and it would be fantastic coupled with a visit to the safari or zoo to see real meerkats in action!

Till next time, love Sillysparkles, Sparklebug and Sillypup! xxx



So here we go! Our first hosting of a blog share!  This week is very special! Every day we will be bringing you five wonderfully talented guest bloggers each focusing on a different fairytale and putting they’re own  spin on sensory play!  Today its my turn! Since I have my own little goldilocks (my three year old Sparklebug!) I felt a pull towards this particular fairytale! True, I had wanted to choose another but I was more Montessori inspired that sensory and I wanted to really take the fairy tales on a sensory journey.

Goldilocks had a particular message that I wanted to explore with my kiddies. I know every parent says it but my kiddies are well versed in their P’s and Q’s but there are so few examples of why it is important to be polite. Traditional my the tale of goldilocks focuses on the fact that the little girl eats all the porridge, breaks a chair and sleeps in baby bear’s bed.as with all fairy tales however misconstrued, the fairytale did start life to enforce a sort of moral code between people.

Truely, the story of goldilocks is about her lack of respect of privacy upon entering tthe bears cottage univited !) And the lack of respect fo r the property of others (eating someone else’s food, breaks their chair and not asking permission to sleep in a bed which was not her own! In the end goldilocks is run off by three very unhappy bears! In thethe version I’ve read Sparklebug, goldilocks is scolded by her parents for disobeying them and wandering off but also hugged and given dinner. So there was a conconsequence to her actions!

With regard to our set up, I couldn’t resist making two sensorial worlds this week (I find the kiddies prefer them to just themed sensory). For the most part, I have split my set up into two sections. The first focusing on the goldilocks story and literary sequence (in very basic terms). The second being a real life study of bears! I just love finding stock photos of a subject to give the kiddies a real understanding of the world! Bears in all sorts of shapes and sizes live across the world, some hibernate and others don’t. All are very deffrently adapted to their environment. Its fascinating to enter into this type of conversation with a preschooler!

Our sensorial worlds consisted of reusing our cinnamon-scented orridge oats based thee bears small world! This base was reused from our very first blogged sensory bin ‘Welcome Autumn’)! The three bear set up was complete with daddy mummy and baby bear as well as their own beds and chairs! I wanted an opportunitiy to explore size and measurement with both kiddies and this was perfect fir that! The second sensorial world was a semi realistic one with a brown bear cave and a panda resting on some rocks! I used lemon scented lentils from the earlier sensory set up – Peter and the wolf!

I also set up a real life role play situation for the kiddies by creating the three bears cottage in Sparklebug’s room! I adapted her house area which I had set up when I moved her room around! I simply used the kitchen area and laid out three different sized play bowls,  three chairs in varied sizes and a daddy, mummy and baby bear (goldilocks is asleep in baby bears bed too! Sparklebug adores this set up!

On to our Montessori shelves for this week! On the top shelf I have put two trays of printables all from 3 dinosaurs (see the end of the post for links to the page!) I used a few pages from the tot pack for sillypup (who’s 14 months) to begin teaching him more formally. He loves drawing so even if he scribbles its all good practice! I used a mix of pack 1 and 2 for Sparklebug (who’s 3 and a half). I popped a pot of pens next to the trays for easy reach.

I made the first shelf all about bears from around the world. I used a few 3 part cards from www.montessoriforeveryone.com which we’re lovely! This time I didn’t cut them into 3 so Sparklebug could play snap with them as there were two types displayed.

My reason behind this was I wanted Sparklebug to match the cards then match the same cards to the geography ones and the world map that I’d also laid out. I’m hoping this would help with her a sense of geography which we’ve already touched on.

On the next shelf I placed more laminated printables from the 3 dinosaurs packs (3 part cards, lacing cards, colouring book, goldilocks word mat etc) And I included simple sequence puzzles from the Montessori print shop (in the pink basket and on the far right). I also had small goldilocks themed word wall words laid out from www.primarytreasurechest.co.UK

On the last shelf I had put Sparklebug activities.

I included a cutting and sticking patterning page for a mathematical element, a stamp and tracetrace page for literacy and a do a dot page for letter recognition!

On top of that I’d collected any bear themed books, a few versions of goldilocks including a magnetic one (next to the white board) and a few of the books relating to this weeks fairytales! Lots of emphasis on reading this week!

I had a brilliant magnetic storybook which Sparklebug loved when I teamed it with our whiteboard!

I also created a separate box for sillypup in lieu of the Montessori shelves, thiscontaine simple teddy themed number cards and word wall cards (from primary treasure chest.co.UK) and a bunch of bear themed board books for him to rifle through! He loves looking at books bless him!

Lastly I ended the day with a reading of goldilocks! What a wonderful day! Thoroughly enjoyed this one and the kids enjoyed the variety too!

Can’t wait to follow along and see what cones up on our fairytale blog share tomorrow!

As always, please keep checking back with us. We love hearing from you! Feel free to submit your photos for our readers set ups page!

Manythanks, Sillysparkles




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Frozen-Inspired Olaf’s Sparkly ‘Clean Mud’ Easy Snow Play with FREE PRINTABLE!

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This was UBER easy to set up and lasted a good couple of days (I just didn’t fancy keeping this one in our sensory supplies as it would be so simple to recreate every time we did it!

Both the kiddies acted like ‘andrex puppies’ bouncing around with flying toilet rolls as we made a game out of unravelling it all! Then, we ripped it up into small peices and grated soap into the box. The kiddies loved this and it produced a lovely scent! Plus the more they played the cleaner the kiddies got!!! lol!! I tell you that doesn’t happen often!!! lol!!!

sparklesThe recipe for this sensory play is soooo quick and only requires 2-3 ingredients! Which we happen to have in the house and I would suspect many of you would also have in abundance!!!!

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The texture of this sensory was amazing and I had great fun myself (with the kiddies!!!) squishing it together and making ‘snowballs’ and a little snowscape in the container.

You could take this activity in so many directions and its soooo perfect for a Christmassy Frozen themed activity over the Christmas period. Especially knowing that you probably have all the bits needed to recreate it already at home!!!

So I guess all that is left to ask is:

“Do YOU wanna build a snowman?!”

Keep your comments and photos pouring in and we’re try to feature as many as possible in the near future. We love hearing from you!

Happy Holidays everyone! Many thanks, Sillyparkles! xxxx


The 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop – ‘A Partridge in a Pear Tree!’

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“The 1st Day of Christmas -A Partridge in a Pear Tree!

This post is part of a festive blog hop series for the ’12 Days of Christmas’ – a lovely collection of craft ideas hosted by Us here at Sillysparkles! We have some awesome ideas for you to try out this christmastime with your little ones! Enjoy!

Click on the image above to follow each of the 12 Days of Christmas craft ideas!

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This blog post marks the most festive blog hop we’ve ever done here at Sillysparkles and we look forward to sharing our ideas with you all! There are two parts to this blog post firstly we’ll be showing how to make our Glittery White Clay Partridge Christmas Tree Ornaments and the second part will be our scrumptiously simple Puffy Pear Partridges with Easy Homemade Cararmel Dipping Sauce (and a few chocolately alternatives!!!). We had a ball creating this craft and recipe for you and hope that we can show you how easy it is for you to follow one with our tradition and create a very unique fun Partridge in a Pear Tree themed day! Enjoy!

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To make these gorgeous glittery feathered friends it was so easy!

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Firstly, I doubled the quantities from a recipe I’d seen on the website The Imagination Tree for their white clay and adapted the idea to fit out Partridge theme!


It was so easy in fact, that my three year old Sparklebug was in charge of the ingredients and loved being able to measure out the quantities herself!

We kept it simple and just dumped out the two pots of bicarbonate of soda into a saucepan. We then used the empty pots to measure the other amounts.

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To the bicarbonate of soda we added the cornflour and give it a quick mix! Then we popped it on a medium heat and added the water bit by bit working quickly to stir it!!

It quickly becomes like mashed potatoes and once this is done scoop it out to cool down! CAUTION: it will be VERY HOT!!!!

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I found it helpful to push the clay flat to cool it down faster. After about 15 minutes it was cool enough to handle. I moulded it into a ball as I would playdough and rolled it out ready to cut using my super cute bird cutter (actually a chick from an Easter cookie cutter set!!)

 Then I used the blunt end of a wooden skewer to make a hole for the eye and another for to be able to hang the decoration once finished.

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I also used the wooden skewer to indent a little shape of a wing on each partridge.

Next came the most fun bit!

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 Sparklebug adored this part and would definitely do this on a daily basis if I indulged her! First we collected our paints and glitters. We chose a metallic silver poster paint, a white glitter and a silver one.

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Sparklebug carefully concentrating whilst painting her partridges!

Once painted she sprinkled them with glitter. She made different combinations of white and silver glitters with silver paint and pva glue. My personal favourites were the few she decorated with pva glue and the white glitter showing the colour of beautiful white clay underneath!

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Lastly we added a blue sparkly pipe cleaner through the hole we’d made in each partridge when cutting them out. I helped twist the pipe cleaner back around itself to conceal the edges!

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Both Sparklebug and I absolutely love how beautiful and simple this craft was to made. It’s so versatile too! You could vary the shapes of the decorations themselves, the paints, glitters, you could use ribbon in lieu of pipecleaners (although pipecleaners are easier for little ones to thread!) and even stick acrylic gems or dried pasta on your decorations!

I wouldn’t hesitate to do this activity again and I hope that you all give it a go too!

Don’t miss out on the fun to be had with this beautiful white clay!

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I know technically there was only one partridge in a pear tree but since we need to include some pears into this post, I thought we’d try making up a quick and easy recipe centring around our deal ol’ partridge stuck up there on his own in that pear tree!!

Without further ‘a-do’, I am happy to introduce this simply divine recipe which is fun to make with the little ones and delicious to eat! In fact, I’ve already made another batch of these and I only made them yesterday!!!

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As you can see from the graphic, we are keeping things here simple. As a family we haven’t done tons of cooking together so this was a fantastic opportunity for us to not only get into the christmas spirit but also to hone a few skills and reinforce safety in the kitchen. This delightful little partridges are so novel, they make a great after dinner treat for kids and adults alike!!!

picmonkey recipe puffy This is such a simple and effective treat to make! Here’s how we made it:

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1) We preheated the oven to gas mark 5 (190 c) ready for our treats.

2) We floured the surface we were using and rolled out the ready made (and fully defrosted) pastry to approximately 1.5cm thick, cutting out the partridges using my handy little cookie cutter.

3) Then we cracked the egg into a bowl and whisked it. With a pastry brush we ‘painted’ the partridges with the egg wash.

4) Next we drained the tinned pears and cut each one into quarters to make the partridges wings! Placing them gently on the birds.

5) We popped them in the oven for approximately 20 minutes till golden.

6) We waited till they’d cooled and then we dusted them  with a light sprinkling of icing sugar!

For the delicious dipping sauces, we just couldn’t decide between the three of them! So we made them all! Of course you could do just one dipping sauce and if it had to be only one, I would recommend the beautiful silky caramel dipping sauce as it complements the pears so scrumptiously!!!

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 As you can see, we made two dipping sauces – a caramel and a chocolate one and a rich chocolate ganache.

I had major reservations about making a caramel dipping sauce as I’d never made anything toffee/ caramel or butterscotch flavoured but I knew that it could be done with very few ingredients so it was worth a try!
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for the Chocolate dipping sauce:

break up the chocolate and heat in tiny 2 second increments in the microwave till smooth – Ta Da!!!

for the Caramel dipping sauce:

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for the Chocolate ganache:

Follow the same steps as the chocolate dipping sauce and pour the cream in. Stir till well mixed.

The Caramel dipping sauce is simple too! It only has a few steps but as this is so quick to make I wanted to include some photos of the changes in the sauce what to aim for. This sauce is so delicious i wouldn’t miss out on it but hot sugar is VERY HOT and depending on the age and ability of your little ones, this may be a job for mum to do whilst the partridges are baking.

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1) Pop the butter and brown sugar into a saucepan and heat till the butter has dissolved, stirring all the way to make sure it doesn’t catch.

2) As it bubbles away, keep stirring constantly till the sauce thickens.

3) When it’s reached the desired consistency pour in the cream.

4) Stir until disolved – mine went much darker at first and then became golden again.

5) Dip those gorgeouos little partridges in the sauces!

So there you have it! Two amazing activities to share with yout little ones for Christmas! Its such a joy to join together and make time for a little bit of fun through the hectic Christmas Season!

Enjoy and as always, please feel free to comment, post, share and follow us! We love hearing from you all!

Many thanks Sillysparkles!

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But the fun doesn’t stop there!!! Each day for the next twelve days we will be bringing you a brand spanking new post from each of our wonderfully talented blogger mums all continuing on our them of the 12 Days of Christmas! Please check back everyday to see more fantastically festive posts and don’t forget to use the links below to check out this awesome blog hop!


12christmasdays blog hop

Taking part in this blog hop are:

Sillysparkles – A Partridge in a Pear Tree

Because Babies Grow Up – 2 Turtle Doves

Building Blocks and Acorns – 3 French Hens

Messy Little Monster – 4 Calling Birds

Multicrafting Mummy – 5 Golden Rings

Swords and Snoodles – 6 Geese a Laying

Craft Ideas for Kids – 7 Swans a Swimming

Three Foot Cooks – 8 Maids a Milking

Making Memories in the Chaos – 9 Ladies Dancing

Adventures of Adam – 10 Lords a Leaping

Play Explore Learn – 11 Pipers Piping

Learning and Exploring Through Play – 12 Drummers Drumming


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