Daddy’s Panfakes

Ingredients
200g (1 1/2 cups) gluten free self raising flour.
100g (1/2 cup) sugar.
1 level tablespoon of arrowroot.
Splash of oil.
Oatly to mix. 

For chocolate Pancakes use Chocolate Oatly.

Method
Mix dry ingredients then add oil and enough oatly to make a batter. Cook in oiled frying pan on medium heat until bubbles form and batter looks like its about to set. Flip and cook on other side until golden brown. Place cooked pancakes in clean tea towel on a plate to keep warm. Once cooled pop in sealed container and eat within 24hours.

Banana Cake

Here is Thorfinn’s favourite banana loaf recipe, he loves it so much he tries to fit a whole slice in his mouth at once.

Mummy’s Banana Loaf

Makes 1 Loaf (Dairy-free, egg-free, soya-free, wheat-free, barley-free)

Ingredients

  • 285g/10oz Doves Farm Gluten Free Plain White Flour
  • 1tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 225g/8oz Caster Sugar (granulated works fine as well)
  • 1/4tsp Xanthan Gum
  • 110g/4oz Dairy Free Margarine (I use Vitalite )
  • egg replacement equivalent to 2 eggs (I use ‘Orgran No Egg’ ).
  • 4 mashed overripe bananas (you can do it with ripe but you need to do a lot more mashing)

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180C.
  • Line a loaf tin with a silicone wrapper (or grease it).
  • Mix dry ingredients together
  • Mix in Dairy Free Margarine – you can cream sugar and margarine together separately but I find it doesn’t make any difference.
  • Add egg replacement equivalent to 2 eggs.
  • Add 4 mashed overripe bananas.
  • Mix it all together (if it does need more liquid you can add Oatly or another milk replacement but I find its OK without).
  • Pour into lined loaf tin and bake for an hour or until golden brown and cooked through.
  • Remove from from tin and cool on rack.
  • Nom!

Make your own badges

This is a really simple way to make your own badges for your camp blanket.

You will need:
T-shirt transfer paper
Computer and printer
Old white T-Shirt
Iron
Felt
Scissors
Thread and needle

Method: 
1. Choose the image you’d like to use from the computer and make up a page of them. Remember to reverse any image with letters or if direction matters. You can make the image any shape or size you want but remember the badge will be slightly larger in size.

2. Print your page of images onto the T-shirt transfer paper (follow any instructions given on the product).

3. Trim round the transfer paper (being careful to leave a border round your image).

4. Using an iron transfer the image onto an old white t-shirt (again follow instructions on your transfer paper).

5. Now trim around your image and select the felt you want to use. Cut out two pieces both larger than your printed design and one slightly larger than the other. I used two complimentary colours of felt.

6. Stitch on the printed design onto the first of your felt pieces, leaving a border of a 1/8″ or more between the edge and your stitching.

7. Trim round that leaving a thin 1/8″ or more border of felt. Place onto the second colour of felt and stitch that in place. I decided to hide the second set of stitches by gently turning up the printed piece and stitching underneath.

8. Trim round the outer layer of felt and you are done. All ready for it to be stitched onto your camp blanket.

Best of all you can do this with any image and because it’s transferred onto t-shirt fabric it won’t fray. So what badges will you make?

London Challenge Fun – For the Adults

So I’ve done lots for the kids but it’s a holiday for us as well so I decided to make Clair a challenge just for her. I started with an Altoids tin and made a label for the top (with the help of the Keep Calm-o-matic).

Next I filled it with a range of things.

  • googly eyes
  • photo challenge zine
  • paracetamol
  • Freddo bar (chocolate)
  • Scotch tape pop-up tape refill
  • Hair bands
  • Mini Sharpie
  • Lip Balm
  • Mini frog
  • Magnetic letter d (or p)
  • Plasters
  • Stamps
  • Where’s Wally?
  • Moustaches

The mini moustaches were attached to matchsticks (you can get lots of printable photo props online). Wally came from a gift tag and I glued it to a matchstick as well.

The main thing is the photo challenge. 3 days and 30 photos to take. Only two rules – a photo for each challenge and they should be taken between us meeting up and us returning to our own homes.
It was done as a mini-zine and you can get a how-to and template over on Tangled Crafts.

So what does she earn for achieving this challenge? Why a unique badge hand-crafted by yours truly.

London Challenge Fun -Part 4

Pax Lodge is one of the four World Centres for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). Girls from all over the world visit the centre (it’s a big thing in International Guiding) and Clair and I went last year and had a great time, so visiting it with the girls was a large part of why we are going to London.

I’ve booked us a tour and pinning ceremony (where the girls will get a special Pax Lodge pin) but I wanted to make sure they got as much out of it and got as involved with it as possible so I made us a wee challenge (or two).

First up I went through the Girlguiding Goes Tartan badge from the World Conference that we didn’t get round to earning last year and made sure we managed that in our challenges.

I made another wee booklet of challenges for the girsl to complete:

1. Make a swap for the swap box.
Using the stuff provided make a swap for the box. Add your name and unit number to back. Poke the safety pin through the corner. (I pre-cut the self adhesive foam into the Scottish icons from the Tratan pack – they cna make Nessie and Highland Cow).

2. Pin a badge on the World Map.
Pax Lodge has a world map in the dining room that is used to keep a record of the guests who visit during the year. (I packed some of the old Scottish neckie badges for that).

3. Solve the World Flag jigsaw
The flag has a golden trefoil on a blue background. A white blaze in the lower right-hand corner represents worldwide peace, which all Guides and Girl Scouts work for in their families, communities and the wider world. This is crowned by three golden blocks symbolising the threefold Promise. (Printed an image of this from online and cut it up)

4. The flags hanging outside Pax Lodge are the flags of the countries the girls and leaders currently staying there come from. How many different flags are there? Draw some of them (I gave them four boxes to fill in)

5. Draw a peg doll a uniform from another country. (Pax Lodge has a display of these so hopefully that will inspire them).

6. Mark on the map the countries you spot (colour in map provided plus a photocopy from an atlas of a World map)

7. Play World Badge beetle
The World Badge has a golden yellow trefoil on a bright blue background which represents the sun shining over the children of the world.
_ The three leaves represent the threefold Promise.
_ The flame represents the love of humanity.
_ The two stars represent the Promise and the Law.
_ The vein pointing upwards represents the compass needle pointing the way.
_ The outer circle represents our worldwide organisation.
Each person passes the dice around the circle, taking turns to throw it. As soon as someone throws a six, they can colour the blue background circle. Continue to take turns to throw the dice, trying to colour all the pieces. 1 – the needle 2 – a star 3 – the flame 4 – a leaf of the trefoil 5 – the outer ring 6 – the blue background circle
(Printed off colour-in version of the World Badge so we can colour them in (rather than collect the pieces as you would normally) and packed a dice!)

Bonus Badge – Brazil
Girls aged between 6 and 8 are called Cirandas.
Guiding with Jewels has a Brazil uniform colour in sheet
I got some blank masks from the crafty stash to take with us so they could make a mask for Carnival and took some Brazil music for them to make up a cranival dance to.
A picture from the movie Rio to colour-in of a carnival dancer from Free Kids Coloring Pages
Plus I packed some balloons so we can try and play Pateca.
Apparently it’s a Brazilian game, traditionally played with sand filled bag, but we will played this with a balloon. Players stand in a circle and start volleying the balloon about. Say a letter when you hit the ball (A…B…C…) trying to get to Z. Players may not touch the ball twice in a row. If the ball hits the ground or touches the ceiling, start over.
(I don’t know which of my Guiding resources I found this in though so alas can’t give credit – apologies).

London Challenge Fun -Part 3

So once in London there are yet more activities to do and badges to earn. The challenges were based around what we were going to be up to.

I made up a wee booklet with some challenges in it for the girls to complete and carried with me a selection of bits so they could complete the activities.

The idea is that they complete as many of these challenges as they can:

1. How many differnt forms of transport can they spot or use?
2. Can they find any places or characters from books?
3. Make yourself a London Bookmark (I got a set of foam London bookmarks from Baker Ross)
4. Send a postcard home (buying one there and Clair has stamps in her special challenge)
5. Make a Brass Rubbing (We are intending to hit the Brass Rubbing Centre)
6. Visit Hamleys
7. Photo challenge – take photos to record your favourite sights (this links with Charlotte’s Brownie World Traveller Badge)
8. How many birds can you spot beginning with P?
9. What can you spot related to the Olympics?
10. Design your own Olympic flag and medal (Free-For-Kids has a nice prinatable sheet for this)
11. Using the Usborne ’50 Things to Spot in London’ cards make a list the Landmarks you manage to spot
12. Go on the London Eye
13. Take in a show
14. Visit a Museum
15. Bonus Badge! (The fancy crown one)
a. The Queen owns all the Mute Swans in the country – try making an origami swan (Origami Resource Centre for pattern and packed some paper to fold)
b. Make yourself a Diamond Jubilee bookmark (Baker Ross Colour-in bookmarks)
c. Go and see Buckingham Palace.
d. Design your own stamp. (Template from Activity Village)
e. Make a card and send it to the Queen to congratulate her on her Diamond Jubilee (Packed some blank cards and made sure I printed off the address to send them to as well)
f. Learn the first verse of the National Anthem (I printed off a copy of this).

So what badges did they earn of doing all this work?

The 2012 Challenge badge is from 25th Colchester Guides, the theatre and museum badges came from Making Friends and the others are from the Clothes Plasters – London set which I ordered via the V&A. I’m going for a drip feed over the three days with the London 2012 one being the final badge they get.

Make Your Own Felt Superhero

My God-daughter, Lexie, is big on Batgirl. Apparently she and her friends play ‘Batman’ at playtime in school – she gets to be Batgirl. In fairness I am big on Batgirl, mostly thanks to the fact that her alter ego, Barbara Gordon, was a librarian. So I decided to make her a little Batgirl doll (small enough to fit in an Altoids tin) as part of our London fun.

Thing is she has two sisters, and Clair said it was unfair to only make one for Lexie, so I made another two mini dolls. I opted for Wonder Woman (who I also admire) for Charlotte and (at Tom’s suggestion) Black Canary (who is the wife of the Green Arrow) for Minnie.

The nice thing is they are pretty easy to make so I thought I would share the pattern and how-to (for personal use only of course). I’m giving the how-to for Black Canary and hopefully you can work out how to do the others (if not drop me a message and I’ll try and help).

Right the first step to your very own mini Black Canary is to print out the patterns –

Next you need to cut out the felt pieces (being sure to reverse the templates as needed).

To make up the doll you layer it together like a jigsaw. I started by adding the front of the hair to the head.
Next I worked on the body. Essentially this was the same thing twice – once with the back and once with the front. Black Canary wears a jacket so I stitched on the bodice then added the sleeves (on the reverse body the bodice is a straight line and the jacket is a solid piece).

Then comes the fishnet tights which I embroidered on. As a rule it was easier to embroider the details on one layer and then stitch that piece in place.
Adding the boots and gloves to finish it off. (The back of the body is the same again).

Now it’s time to join the body together

Leave the neck open and stuff it lightly (I used felt scraps). Once it’s stuffed stitch it closed.
Next we need to make the head up. Embroider the eyes and mouth at this point.
Stitch the back of the head on – leaving a gap for stuffing.
After stitching this closed, attach the head to the body.
Finally attach the back of the hair – I only attached this around the sides and top.
There you have it a mini Black Canary.

NB: I freely admit that at various points I trimmed felt to make it fit better so feel free to do the same.

For Wonder Woman the pattern is:


For Batgirl the pattern is:

London Challenge Fun – Part 2

Having all got to the airport it’s time for our first challenge badge – Sweetastic. The badge was created by DEVA Senior Section and basically it’s a bunch of sweet related challenges. I used it on my last London trip with a bunch of Guiders when we went by train and it worked really well.
This time the challenge will be done on the plane and each girl gets a booklet of challenges and a bag of goodies. (The bag label is from Chica and Jo.)

The idea being that at least some of these goodies are use in the challenges. SO the girls are challenged to:

  1. Design their own Jelly Baby – including name, colour, flavour and characteristics.
  2. Make themselves some Candy Bling using the elastic and sweetie beads.
  3. Design their own chocolate bar – including name and contents.
  4. Make a candy aeroplane (as inspired by Disney Family Fun) using the rubber bands, polos, refreshers and chomp.
  5. Play tic-tac-toe with the lime and orange tic-tacs.

London Challenge Fun – Part 1

I’m off to London soon with two small children – one is my God-daughter (the Rainbow) and other is her sister (the Brownie). Luckily for me their mum (aka Clair) will also be there and as we are all members of Girlguiding what could be better than some London Badge Challenges. So epic are the challenges that I’m going to have to do the challenges over a series of posts despite the fact we are only there for three days!

So first up Travelling.

The first treat is a snap bracelet each with a contact mobile number for mum on them (these were bought from Baker Ross and decorated with a fabric pen) and a union jack hairclip (from a supermarket though I’ve forgotten which one).

We are flying down, so I wanted to pack things we could do to fill the time waiting around. I’ve got a pack of Olympic Top Trumps, mini notebook and pen, a Littlest Pet Shop toy each (on sale so about 50p each) and a pencil case each with crayola twist up HB and colouring pencils, rubber and pritt stick. Each girl will also get an A5 folder with activities. The idea is that they will carry these items in their bags.

I decided to make the girls an A5 pocket book folder of distractions but also turn it into a journal of their trip. The folders I got have a pocket on the front so I added a title page with their name and the trip dates on it – I did the letters in an outline so they can colour them in. The image of the skyline I pulled off  scurri.com (I did look but I can’t see an original source).  I’ve then collected a bunch of stuff – mainly from various websites to fill the books;

1. Guy Fox – London Children’s Map (bought from Amazon)
2. A map of the UK with London highlighted so we can mark off where we travelled from (from Activity Village)
Plus a I-Spy for the airport from Kidstravel2
3. Two pages from ‘I’m going on Holiday‘ I found in a doodle pack on trunki.co.uk the first records the journey and the second is ‘holiday masterpieces’ where they doodle the highlights of the trip.
4. Three of the journal pages from trunki.co.uk which we can fill in at the end of each day.
5. Printable pictures to colour-in –
From Activity Village – A London Bus, Big Ben and the London Eye. Plus their Jubilee Colour-in of the Queen.
From i-Child Westminster Abbey
The WAGGGS flag via leaderlobby.net
The London 2012 Olympic mascots via Dutch site kids.flevoland.to
Kylie dress up doll from the V&A Museum
6. A model bus From the London Transport Museum
7. Paddington Bear colour-in and maze from the official Paddington Bear website.
8. Horrible Histories – brain buster form the CBBC site and a couple from the Horrible Histories website (I opted for Spot the difference on Shakespeare and Where’s the Rat?)
9. Muppet Theatre from Disney Family (nothing to do with London but we all love the Muppets). I made it all up in advance (I opted to make the theatre without the floor) and stuck the characters onto lolly sticks rather than as stand ups.
10. A London Eye info/activity page from the DK book ‘Cool Stuff Exploded‘ via the London Eye website.
11. A set of the Olympic mascot stickers (I got them in Tesco for about a £1).

I had to make them all A5 size (I did that by just adjusting my printer so they printed in A5) and cut out anything that needed cutting out (no scissors allowed on planes people). Anyway, at any point they have something they can be doing – so no excuses for being bored.