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Berkshire Mummies At Home shares ideas for the family, aiming to give Parents, Grandparents and Carers some inspiration. From craft ideas, family friendly recipes and gardening tips.

Crafts are simple yet effective and the recipes are ones loved by our family.

We grow in our vegetable patch each, like we have for many years. We find growing fruit and vegetables extremely rewarding and we love teaching our children this skill and passion. We look forward to sharing #ourfamilyvegetable patch tips and experiences with you.

Butterfly Awareness Day
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Butterfly Awareness Day

In June we take part in The Wildlife Trusts #30dayswild so thought some butterfly activities for Butterfly Awareness Day on 6th June 2020 would tie in nicely. In this post are a couple of activities you could do at home and some on a walk to help you raise your awareness and appreciation of butterflies. Butterfly Stamps Make a sponge stamp to print butterflies. It's a quick and simple activity to set up. All you need is a rectangular sponge, a pipe cleaner, paint, paper and a pen. Wrap a pipe cleaner around the centre of your sponge to create two wings. Dip the sponge in paint or paint the sponge and print some butterflies on a piece of paper - why not try with different colours and patterns? Once dry draw on a face, antenna, body and any extra details onto your butterfly...
May 2020 Half Term – Virtual What’s on Guide
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May 2020 Half Term – Virtual What’s on Guide

Disclosure: I have worked before in a paid and / or gifted capacity with the businesses below marked with a * Back at the beginning of 2020 I didn't realise that the popular Berkshire Mummies What's on Guide's would become 'virtual guides' but here is the May 2020 Half Term - Virtual What's on Guide which will hopefully be a helping hand throughout the half term, virtually from your home. I have aimed for this blog post to support local Berkshire Businesses. Virtual Events *Concertini, Online Concert with Matt Bond. If you think 'Jungle Book meets The Beatles and you'll be in the right place'. 23rd May 2020, 4pm over on the Concertini Facebook page. Donations for the artist welcome, see Concertini's page for more information. The Brass Funkeys, Concertini Concert which Berk...
Rainbow Frozen Chocolate Bananas
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Rainbow Frozen Chocolate Bananas

Bananas are one of our families favourite foods, everyone loves them and I don’t like to admit how many we eat throughout a week! However, we recently discovered frozen chocolate bananas and can’t get enough of those either, so I thought I would share our recipe for Rainbow Frozen Chocolate Bananas. What will you need to make the Rainbow Frozen Chocolate Bananas? 4 x Ripe Bananas 100g x Chocolate - we use milk chocolate but dark chocolate would also work Rainbow coloured spinkles and / or 50g x chopped nut (we have previously used flaked almonds which worked well) 8 x reusable plastic coloured forks How to make the Rainbow Frozen Chocolate Bananas? Layout a sheet of tin foil on your work surface. Peel each banana and cut them in half, width ways. Push a fork into
30 things to do in the garden during lockdown
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30 things to do in the garden during lockdown

During lockdown we have been spending a lot of time playing in the garden and have come up with '30 things to do in the garden during lockdown'. We have been so lucky with the weather and I am really hoping it continues, I also feel extremely spoilt and lucky to have a garden for my family to play in, as I appreciate not everyone has this opportunity. Below are 30 things to do in the garden during lockdown, which will hopefully give you a bit of inspiration for those days when you are maybe struggling to find some creativity or quick activity. Get Active Play Ball Games - football, basketball, netball, tennis, catch, swing ball, boules Hopscotch Host an Olympic games Set up an obstacle course Water Fun Have a water fight Go in the paddling pool Ga...
30 Rainy Day Activities you can do at Home
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30 Rainy Day Activities you can do at Home

When it rains we find ourselves indoors a lot more. In our house, the garden is our extra room and when the rain comes we spend less time outdoors. However, there is plenty you can do inside the house to keep the family entertained. Below are 30 Rainy Day Activities you can do at Home which hopefully you will find useful. For more ideas why not take a look at our 30 fun things to do with your kids during lockdown blog post? Indoor Activities Write a letter to a friend or family member Bake cakes Get creative with Play-Doh Build a bridge or tower with bricks Make a den Have an indoor picnic Set up a tuff spot activity / small world activity Play hide and seek Do an indoor scavenger hunt Read a book Listen to a podcast Watch a film Complete...
Overnight Oats and Fruit Recipe
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Overnight Oats and Fruit Recipe

Do you like something that is quick and simple to make for breakfast? Would you like to prepare your breakfast the night before? If so, why not give this Overnight Oats and Fruit Recipe a go. I tend to prepare the Overnight Oats and Fruit Recipe whilst making tea, it literally takes 5 minutes, so doesn't feel like too much extra work and produces a delicious hassle free breakfast the following day. This recipe is suitable for one adult but quantities could be increased to feed more people. What do I need to make the recipe? A jar with lid 3 heaped tablespoons of porridge oats A handful of chopped fruit of your choice (pictured: 2 chopped strawberries and a kiwi), 2 tablespoons of natural or Greek yoghurt A squirt of maple syrup or teaspoon of honey. (Honey is no...
Making a Cress Head
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Making a Cress Head

We really enjoyed making our cress head, especially as after the initial activity, as we got to nurture the cress and watch it grow. It was great fun cutting off the cress when it was long enough and eating it in egg sandwiches. What do I need to make a cress head? A plastic pot the size of a small yoghurt pot A ball of cotton wool Some cress seeds A pen Water How do I make a cress head? Draw a face onto your plastic pot. Put some cotton wool in your plastic pot, so it’s three quarters full. Wet the cotton wool with water, you want it to be wet all the way through, but don’t want excess water. Sprinkle seeds on the cotton wool (we used a whole small packet for one plastic pot). Place your Cress Head on a sunny window sill and water regu
Oatmeal Pancake Recipe
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Oatmeal Pancake Recipe

We LOVE Pancakes in our household and eat them pretty much every week, especially as a weekend treat. We generally go for a Canadian style pancake. Berries, bananas and maple syrup are normally my eldest preference of topping and I enjoy maple syrup and bacon. I have found that during the Covid-19 pandemic we ran out of white flour and maple syrup and needed to get innovative with our recipe, so created our Oatmeal Pancake Recipe. I though the texture was slightly more corse verses our white flour based recipe but they were still very tasty. Pancake Ingredients: 200g Porridge Oats (the oats were used to make Oatmeal) 2 Eggs 1/4 Pint Milk These pancakes were topped with a handful of frozen raspberries (I would have used fresh if we had them in) and a drizzle of golden syr...
How to make a toy parachute
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How to make a toy parachute

Since lockdown we have been having lots of fun getting creative and crafting. Here is a bit of a STEM activity. We have learnt how to make a toy parachute and have had a great time in the garden throwing the parachute in the air and watching it come back 'down to Earth'! What do I need to make a parachute? 1 square of fabric, cut to 25cm - 30cm each side4 pieces of string / wool, cut to 20cm - 25cm long A plastic toy or wooden, approx the size of the person who is flying the parachutes hand (we used a plastic toy dog)A hole punch How to make a parachute: Cut the fabric into a square, 25cm - 30cm along each side, if it isn't already cut to size. Also, cut your string / wool to 20cm - 25cm long lengths if not already cut to size (if it is slightly longer or shorter don't...
Asparagus and Baked Eggs
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Asparagus and Baked Eggs

Here is recipes for a quick lunch or light super; Asparagus and Baked Eggs. We eat it with slices of french bread and although a simple dish it’s delicious. My eldest isn’t keen on asparagus as it’s quite an acquired taste, however I just serve baked egg and bread as an alternative - I don’t mind as I love fresh asparagus! The below recipe for Asparagus and Baked Eggs served two adults and two younger children for lunch. The adult ate this alongside some salad including salad leaves, tomato, cucumber and peppers. To make this dish you will need: 1 pack of asparagus (containing approx 6-8 asparagus) 5-6 hens eggs Crack of black pepper Olive oil for greasing the dish One stick of french bread Method: Pre-heat the oven to Gas Mark 6 / 200c. Wash the aspar

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