Month: March 2018

Paper Plate Animals Easy Craft for Kids

paper plate tiger craftEasy Craft Paper Plate Animals

Here’s an idea for an easy craft with kids to make paper plate animals. We made a tiger and a sheep, but there’s lots of ideas for different animals using a few simple materials.

We have spent quite a bit of time indoors lately with all the cold wet weather. This always means we find time for some simple crafts. We had a stack of paper plates so this is what we did.

My kids love to make things and paint things, especially when we’re stuck indoors. We recently had a bit of fun making animals with paper plates.

 

Simple Craft Materials

I am not generally one for expensive specialist materials and making animals out of paper plates requires very few. To make the tiger that my six year old made (with minimal help), you just need paper plates and colouring pens or paints and some googly eyes.

My two year old made a sheep using cotton wool. I applied plenty of PVA glue and she simply stuck lots of cotton wool all over the paper plate. She then stuck on some eyes and a bit of black paper for a nose and mouth.

Other Animal Ideas

There are loads of animals that you could make with just a few materials.

A rabbit would be easy if you made a couple of ears out of paper or card and added some eyes, whiskers and teeth.

You could make a panda if you cut out some circles from black paper or card and stuck them on the plate.

An owl would be simple with a couple of large circles for eyes and a triangular nose. You could decorate this with feathers and make wings and feet from extra bits of paper plates.

You can make seasonal paper plate crafts such as bunnies for Easter, pumpkins for Halloween or reindeer for Christmas.

Paper Plate Animal Masks

You can easily adapt these paper plate animals to make masks. You can simply cut eye holes in the plate and added a little elastic to fit around your child’s head.

 

Flying to a Eurocamp Holiday

For a while I wondered if it was possible to fly to a Eurocamp holiday without the use of a car. I went on lots of Eurocamp holidays as a child and we always drove to our campsite, including a ferry crossing.

I wanted to introduce my own young family to the joys of Eurocamp, but did not fancy the long drive either side of the holiday with little ones. I decided that flying to a Eurocamp holiday was the only way for us to get the most out of this luxury camping option with a toddler and an older sister.

Eurocamp By Air

View from a plane window

Since wondering about the possibility of Eurocamp without a car, we have been on a couple of Eurocamp holidays with a hire car from the airport. We have also been on a Eurocamp holiday with back up from my parents in their car. My brother joined us on one of our Eurocamp holidays without any car, relying on flights and train travel through Italy with his son and girlfriend.

Eurocamp have started to acknowledge the flying option, but it is clearly not a common choice amongst Eurocamp holidaymakers.

The easiest of these three options for us has to be travelling by aeroplane with a hire car and back up boot space from my parents. My Dad’s car has a large boot and plenty of space in the back so we benefited from that when my parents drove to the campsite in the Dordogne in France and we met them there. They spent three days driving and we travelled in a matter of hours, including a flight from our local airport. Our transfer from the airport in our hire car was under an hour.

Limited Luggage

When we flew without the use of a car, we kept our luggage to a minimum. We hired a cot and bed linen and towels from the campsite as there was no way we could carry them. We had to accept that we couldn’t bring much food or cooking items. Normally I would pack breakfast cereals and cooking oil and herbs, but that wasn’t an option when travelling with little ones to a campsite in Italy.

Getting Out and About

One of the big problems with travelling by plane to a Eurocamp holiday is that the campsites tend to be in rural spots in the middle of nowhere. If you don’t have a car it can be difficult to to get out and about to see things and the transport options are often limited. We chose a campsite with lots of activities on site and within walking distance of a beach. It was nice for a few days, but I think a fortnight would have been too much.

Top Tips for Flying to a Eurocamp HolidayEurocamp family holiday by aeroplane

Choose a Eurocamp site that is within easy reach of public transport and ideally places to walk to and things to see and do.

Choose a Eurocamp site that has good facilities on site, ideally a decent supermarket, restaurant and activities for the kids.

Prepare to buy bulky essentials when you get there, such as washing up liquid, breakfast cereals, cooking basics.

Hire bed linen and towels from the campsite. Carrying your own bed linen and towels takes up loads of room.

If you would like to read about our holiday to a Eurocamp site in the Dordogne, please click on the Sacred Hour blog post Eurocamp St Avit Loisirs Campsite, Le Bugue, Dordogne, France.

Top 10 Family Days Out In Cornwall


We have recently returned from a family holiday in Cornwall and we had a really great time. So I thought I’d share our top 10 family days out in Cornwall (and within reach of Cornwall) based on our experiences and with a little insider knowledge from some of the lovely local people of Bude in Cornwall.

1. Eden Project, St Austell

If you are interested in plants and wildlife then this is a great day out. If you or your kids require a bit more excitement and entertainment then this may not be the best day out for your family.

Our kids loved it here. They liked the rainforest biome which includes loads of unusual plants, including cocoa, coffee, bananas and pineapples as well as many colourful plants.

They enjoyed the canopy walkway and a bridge, which forms a cloudy mist every few minutes.

There is a Rainforest Lookout which is an aerial platform overlooking the tropical canopy below. The platform is at the top of the 165-foot-high Biome. We climbed the steps along with our kids, but you can’t carry children and it might be too scary for some. We managed quite well, but it was a little bit wobbly at times.

The restaurant offered a range of lovely home cooked meals and I really enjoyed my Moroccan lamb meatballs.

The website claims there are activities and events for families throughout the year, but we discovered that these are mainly focused on school holidays. Because our half term was different to the local schools, there was not a lot to offer beyond the general walk about. We discovered a craft activity 10 minutes before they packed up, but there was no mention of this on the activity list when we entered, which was a shame.

2. Boscastle

We felt this small village was well worth a look round.

It is probably most famous for the flooding issues suffered in 2004 then further flooding in 2007.

It is very pretty with a couple of tearooms, pubs and hotels. There is a stunning harbour and a lovely view out to sea. We stopped on our way back one evening so we just had a brief look around.

There is a youth hostel and a museum of Witchcraft, as well as a few shops including a pottery shop, but we only stopped for a quick wander so we didn’t get to experience these.

3. Bude

We really liked the town of Bude.

The staff in the tourist information centre are really helpful and friendly and they have a file detailing local events that you may not otherwise be aware of as a visitor.

We enjoyed a nice lunch at the Castle, which includes some local artwork. We watched a little projection film showing a sea life animation using artwork from children at the local school. I enjoyed sampling a bottle of the local cider along with a Ploughmans lunch, while looking out at a beautiful view.

The beach is lovely with lots of rockpools to explore and there is an outdoor swimming pool, which had people swimming in it both times we visited during our stay in February.

I imagine that Bude is packed during the summer holiday period and there are lots of facilities aimed at surfers, but it was nice and peaceful during our visit.

4. Beaches – take your pick

We went to a lot of beaches during our stay and all of them were beautiful.

Our kids just loved collecting pebbles on the beach and wandering about through the rock pools.

Our favourite beaches that we discovered in Cornwall were Sandymouth, Bude and Duckpool, but there are beaches all over that are gorgeous.

I cannot imagine what they are like during the crowded summer holidays, but we were really lucky to see them at their most peaceful during February. We even had a sultry mist to add to the atmosphere on a couple of days.

5. Bike Trail Camel Trail (Wadebridge to Padstow)

Following the recommendation from a lovely local lady we hired bikes in Wadebridge and we cycled into Padstow along the Camel Trail. It was a great day out. Our kids loved it. The views were pretty and it took us about an hour each way to leisurely ride there and back.

We stopped in Padstow and locked up our bikes. We then had a good wander round the beautiful town of Padstow. There are lots of lovely places to eat and we settled on a  fish and chip restaurant, which was great. We loved the Cornish pasties and the ice creams and we were lucky enough to stumble across a food fayre where we bought some chutney and cheese.

There are lots of companies to choose from, but we used Bridge Bike Hire and we were very happy with the bikes and the service. Click on the link to see the website and arrange a booking – Bridge Bike Hire, Wadebridge

6. Cream Tea – choose a venue

I had really looked forward to this before going down to Cornwall and lots of people had told me to try the scones with cream and jam. I think we picked a dodgy venue as ours wasn’t as good as my Mum’s, but maybe we are spoilt by her scones. I am sure that a tearoom would have a better offer than the seaside cafe we tried. It was nice to enjoy a cup of tea and a scone with a beautiful view of the sea.

7. Eat Proper Cornish Pasties – loads of places to find these beauties

I love a cornish pasty and we were not disappointed. We had a few of these during our stay from a bakery, a restaurant and a fish and chips restaurant and they were all great. There are bakeries all over the place selling Cornish pasties. We must have spotted about ten in our short wander around the town of Bude. My favourite was from one of the bakeries in Bude, where we also bought a lovely croissant with cherry jam and almonds.

8. Coastal Walk (Sandymouth to Duckpool)

There are loads of walks around the Cornwall coastline.

We headed off to Sandymouth beach one day and picked up a path and followed it.

It was a great walk with stunning views of the beaches and rocky coastlines. Our 6 year old managed well, our 2 year old relied on lots of carries. We were there in Winter so it was wet and muddy in places. The kids were fine in their wellies. Our trainers were less suitable, but we managed. We walked to Duckpool.

I think we took in some of the South West Coastal Walk. We brought picnic with us and had the most amazing view as we sat eating our sandwiches.

9. Try the Local Cider

There are lots to choose from. I liked the Orchard Blush cider. Somebody recommended the Rattler Cloudy Cornish Cyder, but they also warned it was quite strong so I stuck to a refreshing bottle of Orchards.

10. Milky Way Adventure Park, Bideford, North Devon

We were advised to try this place for some family fun, including rides and indoor play as well as shows including birds of prey. There are specific areas for little ones, including a show for under 5’s. We never made it to this adventure park, but we would have gone if we had managed to fit it in. Maybe next time. Click to see the website for Milky Way Adventure Park.

Bude Tourist Information Centre

The staff in the Tourist Information Centre in Bude were really friendly and helpful. They keep their leaflets up to date and they have a file to look at with all the local events that you may not otherwise discover.

We stayed in a lovely caravan park in Sandymouth, which was beautiful and it had fantastic facilities. I have written a separate blog post with tips for going on a family caravan holiday.