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Ingredients for the Perfect Christmas Eve Box

21

Nov 2014

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‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse!’. But when you have excited little ones, who are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Father Christmas, Christmas Eve can be anything but a silent night.

With all that magic and anticipation in the air it can be especially hard to get youngsters settled into bed and fast asleep. A Christmas Eve Box, a new tradition for parents, will give children something to open before the big day and get them all snuggled up and sleepy, ready for bed.

A Recipe for Reindeer Food

Fill a plastic sandwich bag with a handful of porridge oats, a tablespoon of cinnamon, a teaspoon of sugar and some sequins or glitter to create sparkly reindeer food for Rudolph and the gang. Attach a note with the below poem, so your youngsters know to sprinkle some outside to make sure Father Christmas can see which house to visit.

Sprinkle this reindeer food outside tonight,
The moon will make it sparkle bright,
As the reindeer fly and roam,
This will guide them to your home!

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A Key for Father Christmas

If your home doesn’t have a chimney for Father Christmas to climb down, then he might need a bit of a helping hand. Find an old key from the back of a draw and place in your Christmas Eve Box with a label that says ‘Santa’s Magic Key’. Children can leave the key out for Father Christmas, so he has a way of coming into the house and claiming his Sherry and mince pie.

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Hot Chocolate in a Jam Jar

You can’t beat a delicious milky hot chocolate before visiting the land of nod, and the ingredients make a great item for the Christmas Eve Box. Find an empty jam jar and fill it with coco powder, sugar, a pinch of cinnamon and marshmallows on top. Screw on the lid and tie a festive bow around the jar, and voila!

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Soft Pyjamas and Slippers

Soft and fluffy new pyjamas and slippers are a great item for the box, and it means hopefully no tantrums when you say it’s time to put on their jammies! Snuggle under a warm blanket and read a bedtime story, and before you know it, they’ll be fast asleep.

What are you putting in your Christmas Eve Box? Tweet us @GaltToys or follow us on Facebook and let us know your ingredients!

Posted in Christmas
 

The Countdown To Christmas

13

Nov 2014

Two weeks until the advent countdown to Christmas begins!

Opening a new door each day is a great way to get children into the spirit of Christmas, but according to our fantastic Galt Twitter followers, a homemade calendar is the way to go this advent. We asked mums and dads whether they were buying a calendar or making their own. Louise George, Val Pownall, Lisa B and Kelly Innes all agreed that homemade calendars add a personal touch, while Emma Shilton had the great idea to make an advent book to mark the weeks before Chrimbo.

Taking inspiration from our crafty followers, we’ve put together a few easy ideas for giving your advent calendar a personal touch this year.

A Personal Advent Calendar

While the shops are filled with chocolate advent calendars, it can be fun to personalise your Christmas countdown with a homemade version. If you’re feeling crafty, why not make and decorate 24 small stockings to hang like bunting over the fireplace?

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The Galt Art Jar is full of lots of lovely sequins, glitter and buttons to decorate each one individually, then simply add numbers from 1 to 24.  Each can contain a small gift for your little ones to open every morning. Here are our top suggestions for advent presents, which fit perfectly into the pockets and will keep youngsters busy in the run up to Christmas too!

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Christmas Letters

An extra special way to celebrate advent is to write a different fun festive activity on 24 pieces of paper and put them each in a separate envelope, numbering them from 1 to 24 and hanging them up like bunting above the fireplace. Each morning open a new envelope and carry out the activity at some point during that day.

Stuck for ideas? Simply download our Christmas Activity template, cut out each of the ideas and place in your envelopes!

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A Nativity Scene

The story of Christmas is a great one to share with children, who will enjoy hearing how the three wise men followed the star to Bethlehem to see the baby Jesus. Tell the story through your own homemade nativity, which you can make with bits and bobs from around the house such as cardboard loo roll holders or lollypop sticks, or use model clay if you’d like to keep your scene to bring out year after year.

The Galt Modelling Clay is soft enough to make a selection of nativity characters, then will harden when left out to dry, so you can then paint them!

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Will your family be counting down to Christmas with some homemade treats? Tweet us @GaltToys or follow us on Facebook and tell us what you’re making this advent!

Posted in Christmas
 

The Big Bang Theory

04

Nov 2014

Look up into the sky on Wednesday 5th November and you’re sure to see a magical light display, hear a ‘whizz’ or a ‘bang’, or smell the smoky scent of a burning bonfire as Britain celebrates Guy Fawkes Night.

Guy Fawkes

Also known as Fireworks Night or Bonfire Night, the national event celebrates the failed attempt of Guy Fawkes to blow up parliament back in 1605. Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was caught planting explosives underneath the House of Lords all those years ago, in an attempt to remove King James I from the throne. Bonfire night celebrates the failed attempt to end the king’s life, and has turned into an annual tradition in Britain. As the famous poem goes –

Remember, remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason, why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.

We’ve put together a few suggestions to help your Guy Fawkes Night celebrations at home go off with a bang!

Marshmallow Sparklers

Poke bamboo skewers through marshmallows and dip into lashings of melted chocolate and dunk into sugar sprinkles. Leave them to cool then roast on an open fire on Bonfire Night and watch the sugar sprinkles come alive!

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Fireworks Night Lanterns

Put all those old jam jars to good use by making magical midnight lanterns, perfect for little hands to hold while watching the fireworks. Simply empty the contents of a glow stick and a handful of glitter into a jar full of water and screw the lid on tightly. If you haven’t got a glow stick, putting a tea light in an empty jam jar works just as well. Add a handle by wrapping string around the top and voila! A perfect little lantern.

Toffee Apple Treats

Toffee apples are a must-have treat for Bonfire Night and are so easy to make. Place a small apple onto a lollypop stick or wooden skewer and coat in melted butter and sugar to make the ‘toffee’. Add a twist to your apples by adding a dash of food colouring to give them a rich red, orange or green colour, putting crushed almonds on the outside, or using melted chocolate instead of caramelised sugar on the outer layer, yum!

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Explosive Experiments

Create a big bang by creating your own explosive experiments! Our Explosive Experiments kit has everything you need to set off your Bonfire Night with a ‘bang’! Launch a cool rocket, watch a volcano erupt, make a lava lamp and make some seriously slimy snot!

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Have a fantastic and safe Bonfire Night – whizz, bang, pop! Why not tweet us @GaltToys or follow us on Facebook to let us know how you’ll be celebrating this Guy Fawkes Night!

Posted in First Years