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Gingerbread City

It’s yet more Yuletide fun from us as we look at The Gingerbread City; an exhibition conceived and developed by the Museum of Architecture (MoA) that creates an imaginary city designed by architects to celebrate the holiday season.

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Game Plan at the V&A

The V&A Museum of Childhood’s major autumn exhibition – Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered – will be a celebration of the joy, excitement and occasional frustration of playing board games.

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Title: Alice in Wonderland Chess set Artist: Robin and Nell Dale Date: England, 1983, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Friday Night Treat: Milk chocolate lollies for the children

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The school holidays can seem endless if you run out of activities to do with the children. Why don’t you make some ice lollies? You know they will enjoy making and eating these. Start them off with this simple recipe and move on to more elaborate ones.

 

Ingredients

Makes 10 lollies

 

600 ml milk

40z light brown sugar

2 pinches of salt

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

3oz mini chocolate chips

 

Instructions

  1. Place milk in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 1 minute, or until warm to the touch.
  2. Stir in brown sugar and salt until dissolved. Stir in the vanilla.
  3. Place 1/2 tablespoon of chocolate chips in the bottom of your ice lolly moulds.
  4. Fill to the top with the milk mixture.
  5. Insert sticks before freezing.

 

Design Inspiration: For Children

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Above: Shelter of Nostalgia designed by Worapong Manupipatpong.

Looking for a job to do this weekend? If you are handy with a bag of tools why not try building a hideaway for your child. Take inspiration from this pine indoor tree house built around a column. Not many people have this kind of support in their home, if you fall into this category try freestyle with pine instead, it will looks just as good.

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Alternatively, construct a teepee structure and cover it with foliage to provide shelter. Both will take a bit of effort to construct safely, but your children will make memories that will last a lifetime.

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Preen: Mini Preen

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If your child’s bedroom reflects your taste why not adopt the same policy with their clothes.  We love the ‘Mini Preen’ range by Preen – a childrenswear collection that enables you to buy the same outfit as your child. Make the most of the opportunity to dictate what they wear, as before long they will discover their own identity.

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Children: Boat by Kattuska

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Kattuska design toys with one main idea in mind to offer imaginative play and creative fun for children.The Boat is a swing with two seats created with the best quality and environmentally sound materials. ‘This ‘good looking’ toy will blend into the modern home and provide hours of fun for your little folk. Continue Reading…

Children: Build a city

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Are you wondering what to do with the children today? Use this poster designed by Sebastian Schneider as craft inspiration for children. Start a cardboard city, your own unique mini installation in a corner of a room. It is well documented that children enjoy boxes over the contents; this will keep them interested for weeks, hopefully. All you need is a cardboard, masking tape, scissors and colour paper to highlight.

 

Children: Indoor Playhouse by Luona

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You have your home exactly how you like it, and then the children arrive. Quickly, you come to terms with the fact that baby paraphernalia can be overwhelming. Where you afforded time on the cushion to match the sofa your thoughts will now focus on accommodating the alien products. A family home does not have to be littered with unsightly toys, buy carefully. Those who are parents know that a box can excite a child more than the contents. Enter the plywood Indoor Playhouse by Finnish company Luona, this minimal design is pleasing on the eye and would tick all the right boxes for the design conscious parent.

 

Available in two sizes from 339,00€

 

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