We’ve often talked about ‘apps’ here on Babyccino and I definitely fall into the camp of loving them for my kids but I do have some rules …
1. I want them to be beautiful
2. I want them to be imaginative and to use the media to its best advantages (so not JUST being a book or a TV show – it has to be interactive so the kids have a different experience then they would in another media)
3. I don’t like them being part of a big corporate machine promoting some already huge kid’s brand (I realise this is highly hypocritical from a lady whose career was spent in advertising but this is mainly because they rarely satisfy points 1 and 2 and are seemingly lazy/cheap way to expose children to a bigger brand — I am all open to be shown I’m wrong on this!)
I really love the ‘Peekaboo’ (Peekaboo Barn, Peekaboo Wild and Peekaboo Forest) apps for my 2-year-old but my 4-year-old needs something a bit more. Enter the new Cinderella App from Nosy Crow (the same people who made The Three Little Pigs app I wrote about a while ago).
Nosy Crow’s 2nd App, Cinderella includes dazzling extras that my kids can not get enough of: helping Cinderella with her chores, stacking the king’s invites to the ball, dressing the ugly step-sisters, building the carriage, choosing Cinderella’s dress for the ball and even the music she dances with the prince too (our favourite bit!). All beautifully illustrated (tick!) and narrated by child-actress, Freya Wilson (who you may recognise from The King’s Speech).
I am having quite the most perfect morning and there is one reason responsible …. After a long wait, my lovely friend Al’s first children’s book, Operation Alphabet, finally plopped through my letterbox.
You might remember I mentioned Al and his book a while ago here (along with his Top Ten list of children’s books). I was lucky enough to be introduced to The Ministry of Letters over a year ago and even then, whilst the i’s were still being dotted and t’s crossed (literally), I knew that this book would not only become the children’s book of the year but one of those books that will be passed down and loved by generations to come.
Operation Alphabet is the first story from The Ministry of Letters, published by Thames and Hudson last week, and tells the tale of Charlie Foxtrot, a day-dreaming boy who just doesn’t have any interest in learning the alphabet for his homework. To the rescue comes an army of charming letters — sent on their mission by top secret government department, The Ministry of Letters. In their plight to help Charlie with his ‘alphabet-a-heebiegeebies’ and show him how brilliant letters, words and reading can be, they incur great adventure – speeding through a fabulous London landscape, escaping a hungry cat (cats like to eat letters!) and even getting a helping hand from Royalty! Other then just being a great story, I also love the underlying message about how learning can be fun and that letters and words are more then just school-work.
Al’s day-job is as a (splendid) Creative Director for the much-acclaimed Advertising Agency, Mother. And I think you can see his expert creative eye in his partnering with Barcelona based illustrator, Luciano Lozano and Mother’s own Head of Design Jim Bletsas. The genius-team have created a truly, truly beautiful book. You can also see their consideration for the readers on The Minstry of Letters website, where you can download some MoL extras — bookmarks, book-plates, ‘keep out of this room’ signs and the Letters themselves are bought to life.
After receiving my copy this morning I have already ordered 5 more for upcoming birthdays of children I know. As you know from me already, I think books are the best thing you can give a child and this is now my favourite, favourite picture book. You can buy Operation Alphabet in most good book shops or from Amazon (UK or US).
PS – You can also actually see the letters on YouTube here — my kids LOVE watching this over and over.
I love Taro Gomi’s illustrations and we’ve always enjoyed his books (My Friends, Bus Stops and Everybody Poos) so I was really interested when I discovered Taro Gomi’s Play All Day activity book. Since then, I have bought it for everyone I know — I feel like I’ve found treasure! The book is basically the BEST book in the world for a rainy day (which we are prone to over here in Blighty).
It is cram-packed with things to make and pretty much everything you need is already in the book. There are more then 100 innovative ‘punch-out’ pieces for making games, cities, landscapes, sculptures, hats, finger-puppets, picture frames and all in Gomi’s distinctive style. All the ideas are simple enough for my 4-year-old to construct with a little bit of guidance. But what I love (other then the end result actually looking good — unlike our ’start-from-scratch’ craft ideas) is that all the ideas inspire play — we made the ring-toss game last night and once made my kids played with it for 45 minutes. It’s available from Amazon (UK and US).
I just asked Courtney if I could please write about this book. I was worried she’d pip me to the post and write about it before I did, and I just love it so much that I really wanted to be the person to enthuse about it.
Courtney and I both spotted A Sick Day for Amos Mcgee on Brooke Reynold’s site a few weeks ago and had both noticed how cute it looked. Courtney then bought it for me and gave it to me last weekend at her birthday party (just a side note — how nice is it to have a friend who gives YOU presents at HER party!). I read it to the kids the next morning and afterwards I had to sit quietly (sans kids) and read it again to myself. Reading this book (or even just looking at it because the illustrations are so off-the-scale beautiful) feels like eating hot-buttered-toast or smelling freshly cut grass on a warm summer’s day. It makes me smile just thinking about it.
Why? Well, as mentioned, the illustrations are exceptional and don’t trust just me on that — Erin E. Stead won the Caldecott Medal for them — not bad for her first book! But, for me, the key to this book’s brilliance is Amos — a supremely wonderful character, a character who oozes kindness in every detail of his make-up from how he prepares his breakfast, to the way he spends his time with each of his animal friends, how he understands their individual personalities and how he suffers sickness — I love him. Oh! And a sweet detail — the red balloon … It’s never mentioned in the story, but this illustrative bit of narrative is so graphically endearing, it somehow touched me.
If you want a really good idea of what to spend your pocket money on this month then I’m sure you, your kids, your future grand-kids and in turn their grand-children would all love A Sick Day For Amos McGee. Available from Amazon (US and UK).
ONE YEAR AGO WE WROTE ABOUT:• Toby & Bennett — a Dutch clothing brand
If you didn’t know the name of Lisa Jones, you’d recognise the style of her studio’s illustrations — influenced by 1950’s design they are wonderfully vibrant and optomistic. And now Lisa and her partner Edward Underwood have collaborated with Joanna Skipwith of Silver Jungle Books to produce 2 delightful little books about animals for little ones. I’d Chew Yew and I Choose You.
All the books published by Silver Jungle have the ambition to share enthusiasm and concern for wildlife and each one therefore helps raise money for chosen charitable conservation projects. Sales of I’d Chew Yew will help plant Aspen and Silver Birch in the Caledonian Forest in Scotland, which hopes to help the reintroduction of Beavers into Britain, extinct since the 18th Century. I Choose You supports CERCOPAN, which aims to protect monkeys in the wild.
Aside from the fantastic work they support, Silver Jungle Books are all beautifully produced and illustrated — I really love the look of the books for older children (9+) – Rhino: Animals in Art and Tiger: Animals in Art. A great way to start getting our kids aware of protecting the world they live in.
ONE YEAR AGO WE WROTE ABOUT:• The Brio Sleep cotbed– three beds in one
I don’t know about you but my i-phone is becoming an increasingly important tool in retaining my sanity as a parent. It now holds a dozen or so children’s Apps which get us through those boring, frustrating daily-life melt-down moments. As boredom levels peak whilst my 2-year-old is pushed around in the Supermarket trolley, I whip it out and let her paint pictures, guess the animals (in Peekaboo Barn or Peekaboo Wild which we wrote about here) or just blow up some balloons with the fabulous Balloonimals.
These games are perfect entertainment… but can a book work as an App? I guess you all know by now that I love children’s books and don’t mind telling you I was a touch conservative about the idea of a book being on my phone or i-pad. However Nosy Crow’s Three Little Pigs App has totally converted me and I’m now so excited what new technology can bring to brilliant stories. (more…)
I know it is gimicky but I just loved it… and so now my son has this as his water-bottle at Kindergarten. He feels so cool — like a real fireman!
Available online here.
When my son was still a babe in arms I bought him a Fjallraven Kanken rucksack for when he started Kindergarten. I bought it from an uber-cool kid’s boutique in Berlin (Le Petite Boutique on Auguststr. in Mitte if you happen to be in the area), and just thought it was the cutest thing to imagine my little boy carrying it on his back to and from school some day.
His rucksack (in colour ‘Putty’) is now very well used, and we also have a navy blue one ready in waiting for my daughter, who starts kindergarten this year. If I have any more children I want to add a Grasshopper Green and a Warm Yellow one to our collection. I think it is the perfect kid’s rucksack. Big enough for a lunch-box and water-bottle and with a pocket in the front for treasures (torches, sticks, string etc). The back is kept sturdy with a removable foam pad which is handy for impromtu picnics when the ground is a bit too cold to sit on. They come in a great range of colours and are really durable. You can buy them at the very cool Austrian webshop, Der Kleine Salon.
ONE YEAR AGO WE WROTE ABOUT:• Bacsac — a garden on the go
I love a wedding as much as the next person but I have to say I must be one of the few who hasn’t quite got into our imminent Royal Wedding … yet, I’m sure I will. And maybe this is the start for me. I saw these in a card shop yesterday and couldn’t resist — the comedy photo opportunity was just too strong to resist. And looking online for them I realise there is endless fun to be had — a mini Brad & Ange, Cheryl & Simon or how about John Travolta and Lady Gaga? Available here.
Since I was a little girl I have wanted to have my own home to decorate and since we started dreaming of owning this house (nearly 3 years ago — it’s a long story!) I have been spending my day-dream moments designing the kid’s room. From the off-set I knew which colour I wanted to go for and most people I told were not too keen on the idea. Thankfully my husband liked it and 2 weeks into having finished painting I can tell you that I am so happy with the choice.
We painted the walls in Farrow & Ball’s ‘Down Pipe’ with ‘All White’ ceilings and wood work. Whilst some people might have thought we were mad as March Hares I knew that the kid’s endless array of colourful toys and their bed-linen would be set off really well against the dark back-drop. Other room details:
- Music Box: My Son & daughter have one each as their Christening presents from us, they were bought at Pollocks in Covent Garden.
- Bunting: From a shop in Stockholm but I saw some lovely bunting here and Etsy has some great bunting.
- Balloon: Given to us by friends who bought it in Brazil but I found these which I think are beautiful..
- Cloud Lamp (daughter has orange, son has blue): from Ikea.
- Maileg red wooden pram with Maileg mouse in: My daughter so loves her Maileg mice in matchboxes.
- Old train: from my local antique market.
- Apple crates (which hold (most) of our kids books): I bought some from antiques markets and some from e-bay.
- Owls: Big one was from Mia Wood in Kew Village (but about a year ago) and the small one was from Zara Home.
- Son’s Bed Linen: Orla Keily Home.
- Monkey cushion on Son’s bed: by Blabla.
- Daughter’s bed: my Dad made (!!!) but it is painted in ‘Elephant’s Breath’ also by Farrow & Ball.
- Daughter’s bed linen & quilt: Both from Zara Home.
ONE YEAR AGO WE WROTE ABOUT:• Bastida — clever clothes that grow with your child
Marc Boutavant’s Mouk is one of those children’s books that simply must grace your bookshelves. The illustration is so brilliantly vibrant and engaging. Often compared to Richard Scarry, so it is interesting to see a Scarry book in his Top Ten list of children’s books.
Marc is not only a children’s book illustrator but also an illustrator for comics and he kindly sent pictures of some of his favourites which feature in his list. I find this list particularly exciting as all of Marc’s books are French (we have listed the English as well where possible) and so there are lots of new ones to me ….
Trois Tours de Renard — Paul Francois & M. Beuville
From Beuville — such a great painter/drawer, such an elegant guy.
Archilbald Razmott et Sinistroreur, in comic book ‘Journal de Micky’ – Leo Baxendale (English: Eagle Eye Junior Spy which appeared in comic book Wham!)
I was crazy about Archilbald Razmott et Sinistroreur!
La Foret — Alain Gree (English: I think this might be ‘Keith & Sally in the Woods’, which is out of print)
As a child there was always something illustrated by Alain Grée around me. I remember it didn’t speak to me as a little boy but his splendid work obviously fed my own work.
M Le Magicien — Massimo Mattioli (From comic book Pif Gadget)
This fascinated me even or especially because of nonsense. But through his strange stories his art clearly spoke to me.
Joachim a des Ennuis — Rene Goscinny & Jean-Jacques Sempé (English: This book was the start of the Nicholas stories)
I’ll always have a kind of regret for not having grown up with the books of a fantastic man, Jean-Jacques Sempé.
As an adult reader I discovered masterpieces, the unforgettable text flavour from Toon Tellegen, and lovely illustrations, the first one was:
Lettres de L’écureuil a la Fourmi — illustrated by Axel Scheffler (English: Letters to Anyone and Everyone)
And closer to me, as friends and life and work mix every day and it appears in what I do, there are a few books I’d recommend for children :
La Faim des Sept Ours Nains — Emile Bravo (English: This book doesn’t seem to be in English but you can see Emilie’s work with Goldilocks and The Seven Squat Bears)
Le Diner Surprise — Pauline Martine and Astrid Desbordes (English: Again can’t find this one in English but Reflections of a Solitary Hamster and Daydreams of a Solitary Hamster are by the same authors).
Hortense au Plafond — Aurore Callias
*To read other book lists, click here.
I’m in Starbucks the other day with my kids and my daughter and I decide to share one of their new Sparkle Cake Pops — seriously … SO delicious. I’ve never been a huge fan of Starbuck’s food offerings but these things were heaven on a stick.
As a keen baker I’ve been reading about cake pops for a while, starting on one of my favourite blogs, Bakerella. But tended to find it a bit of an American phenomenon with tricky to find ingredients over on this side of the pond (most recipes call for ‘candy melts’ to cover the balls which are something I’d never heard of before). However we seem to be catching up — I have recently seen quite a few recipe books for Cake Pops, like this one by the Bakerella queen herself or this one which I recently had a flick through. As for ingredients, candy melts are in fact easily available online, even Amazon sells them or good old Cakes, Cookies & Crafts, who also sell the white lollipop sticks for them.
I have given up cake for lent (boo!) so I will be trying my hand at actually making some after Easter and in the meantime I will try and avoid their tempting stare when I go into Starbucks!
As my eldest goes to a German kindergarten, he and his friends will be celebrating Karnival today — going to kindergarten dressed up in their favourite fancy-dress (I think we can expect a fair few pirates, policeman and princesses!).
I love how our family combines the traditions from both our cultures — I think it is providing us with a very rich life and so I cannot let the day slip without what Shrove Tuesday always meant for me growing up …. pancakes!
Quite a few of my German friends, who will join us for pancakes, had never heard of our tradition before so I thought I better check out why it is we eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday? Although our traditions seem quite different they stem from the same idea. During Lent you would abstain from parties and celebrations and certain foods. From what I can work out, in continental Europe the week before lent starts is all about extravagant celebration (hence the dressing up) knowing that there will be no more celebrations for 40 days. Whilst here in the UK we focus on eating up all the foods in the house that will not be allowed during lent, typically fats, dairy and eggs — hence pancakes were made as they used up these ingredients. (more…)
I asked Elias what type of birthday party he wanted. Like a shot he came back with ‘Pirates’. ”Oh No! Really?”, I replied. Not that I have any particular objection to Pirates but we must have been to ten pirates parties in the last year — there was absolutely no scope for originality! So I spent the next few weeks flashing alternative ideas at him and the one that finally got him was ‘Cops ‘n’ Robbers’.
- I’m no big-shot with Adobe so designed a simple invite based on the Metropolitan Police logo. I got the invites printed by Moo Print, which is a hot little discovery as they use ‘Printfinity’, a technology that allows you to print a different image on every post-card, business card or sticker you print with them — I didn’t use this on the invites but couldn’t resist printing some Police logo stickers in different colours to slip in with the invites (well, all kids love stickers in my experience!).
- I then ordered some Police tape to wrap in front of the house (it got our neighbours talking at least!), a police costume for my son and cake icing printed with the ‘new’ police logo from here.
- My daughter already had a cute Katvig B&W striped top and black leggings so all she needed was some dodgy stubble and I had my first robber. (Other cute B&W striped ideas I like were from Bob & Blossom, P.O.P online & gorgeous Ivana Helsinki).
- We served food in our cellar (which we tried to make feel like a jail canteen). My husband and mum cooked fish and chips (for 20 kids!) and I bought these brown food boxes for ease of serving (the kids found these pretty special too) and just printed some stickers labelled ‘Cell Food’ to seal them.
- I stole another great idea from Brooke Reynolds for the place-mats — using her idea for Valentine’s Day, I adapted it to make ‘Wanted’ posters with the outline of a face and laid the table with a pencil for each kid to ‘design a robber’ (there were some fantastic results from this!).
- I made simple draw-string ‘Swag’ bags as party-bags but also love these black and white striped paper bags for something a bit less maintenance.
- We played ‘Cuff The Robber’ — which was basically ‘Pin the Tail on the Donkey’ and ‘Rob the Piggy Bank’ — which was a version of the magnetic fishing game. I used these Mighty Magnets and attached them with string to bamboo sticks. Then we emptied all our old coin boxes into 3 large clear boxes (with Piggy Banks on them) — the children then had to use the magnets to rob as much money as they could from the piggy banks in 20 seconds.
- For prizes we gave away Playmobil cops ‘n’ robbers and cool Lego policeman torch keyrings.
I have to say it was a really fun theme!
ONE YEAR AGO WE WROTE ABOUT:• The Magical Milky Way’s Super Galactic Zoo
When my daughter was born Courtney bought my son a present (she’s so good like that!). It was a book illustrated by English artist, Alison Jay (I Took the Moon for a Walk). It was my first introduction to Alison’s work and (just as Courtney told me I would) I fell in love with her illustrations. They have a sort of old-fashioned charm about them, which is partly because they often have a cracked varnish look to them (she works in a quick drying oil paint which sometimes gives this effect). I also love how she often ‘hides’ details in the pictures so each time you read the book, you feel like you are finding new things. My children particularly love that. (Also check out her Alphabet and Counting books — beautiful details on every page!) We’re thrilled that she took some time out to give us her top ten children’s books…
1. The Children’s Wonder Book
This book belonged to my dad or even my granny — it is a huge book stuffed with classic fairy tales, poems, adventures stories, and amazing illustrations by many different illustrators of the past. I loved this book — it has some very atmospheric and almost menacing illustrations. The illustrators include, Edmond Dulac, John Tenniel and Arthur Rackham . Also in the book are the limericks and illustrations by Edward Lear which I love, and a poem about a poor boy who died because he wouldn’t eat his soup. (Take note)
2. The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher — Beatrix Potter
I loved the Beatrix Potter illustrations as a child and still do. I especially love seeing inside the animals’ houses and shops. I have chosen Jeremy Fisher as my favorite as I grew up with frogs — my dad had a very soft spot for them and got furious with the cat for chasing them. Again, I really like seeing inside Mr Fisher’s house with the snails– I must have been a nosey child, now a nosey adult.
3.Dwindling Party — Edward Gorey
This is a pop-up book, now out of print, I found a copy at a boot sale. It is wonderfully dark but funny! The illustrations are fantastic, and I also love Edward Gorey’s Gashlycrumb Tinies — I think children love creepy, scary things (I know I did).
4. The Cat in the Hat — Dr Seuss
I loved this book as a child and also “The Cat in the Hat Comes Back”. I was always a bit worried about the mess the cats made and felt really sorry for the goldfish.
5. The Hidden House — Martin Waddell & Angela Barrett
I adore this book — it is quite sad but has a happy ending, and the illustrations are beautiful with tiny details. I like to put details into my pictures and sometimes little stories or events within the main story– it is amazing how children spot everything.
6.The Great Dog Bottom Swap — Peter Bently & Mei Matsuoka
This book is mad but hilarious! The illustrations are perfect for the text– I love quirky things and this is high on the quirky-o-meter.
7. Maths Curse — Lane Smith Jon Scieszka
I think Lane Smith is such a fantastic illustrator; his imaginative compositions are incredible. I love all Lane Smiths books but as I had such a problem with maths as a child I have chosen this one. The Stinky Cheese man is wonderful too.
8. James and the Giant Peach — Roald Dhal
My Brother was given the second edition for Christmas one year and my Mum read it to us over a few days. I love the cover illustration by Michael Simeons — it shows Aunt Spiker and Aunt Sponge’s house high in a hill.
9. Haunted House — Jan Peinkowski
My mum was a school teacher and she used to lend our books to take to school for her class, often they never came back or were damaged. Luckily, my copy of this book survived! I think this book again appeals to my sense of humor. I really like pop-up books as they give another dimension — I am hoping to illustrate one quite soon.
10. Ant and Bee and the Doctor — Angela Banner
I really like the simple drawings of these books and that the scale is so weird — I think Bee was almost as big as the Doctor. I like painting insects as characters when the opportunity arises and strangely, weird scale.
(Photo of Alison, aged 5)
To see other top ten book lists, click here.
I have visited Ikea quite a bit recently — something I both love & hate. I love that you can fill a trolley, spend a £100 and really feel like you’re getting your home in order. I hate that every time I go I lose someone (last time I lost my Mum for 45 minutes — imagine, if you will, a thirty-something woman approaching the info-desk with the words “I’ve lost my Mum!”).
Anyway, are they stepping up their bakeware or am I just slow on the uptake? I was really impressed with their baking accessories, cupcake papers and doilies. I couldn’t resist these Dala horse (Mama & Baby) bake tins – so cute! I baked Courtney’s famous carrot cake in them over the weekend, which has become a favourite recipe in our household. However, my only problem was getting the cake out in the end — does anyone have a great cake recipe that is meant to be baked in a tin like this and therefore slips out?
I was introduced to Camilla via a friend who just knew we’d get on with each other, both being enthusiastic kid’s book lovers. We met for coffee and tried to narrow down our favourites — it was a hard task which lead to her rather brilliant suggestion that we should do top ten lists on Babyccino — so you have Camilla to thank for this series!
Camilla has been a children’s book editor for 17 years and has written a number of books, including Lulu’s Shoes and The Littlest Dinosaur and the Naughty Rock and is currently working with Axel Scheffler (of The Gruffalo fame) on a new series of books for toddlers. Last year she teamed up with an ex-collegue to launch Nosy Crow, a new publisher of children’s books and apps – watch out for some very exciting launches from them soon (I was lucky enough to see one of their forthcoming apps in development and it looks SO SO SO exciting – more on that soon!). Camilla lives in London and has 2 daughters, aged 5 and 3. Here is her list (which she has narrowed down to ‘baby books’ – hmmmm! that might be cheating Camilla!):
1.) Peekabooks: Peekaboo Farm — Emily Bolam
Just ideal for very small babies. Dead simple, a small board book with gatefold flaps, ending in a mirror. I read this again and again with my children and it saw us through many a mealtime. My own copy is now encrusted with food!
2.) Goodnight Moon — Margaret Wise Brown & Clement Hurd
First published in the ’40s and has now become a classic. With a gentle rhyming text and a tiny mouse to spot on every spread, it’s just a lovely book to wind down with before bed.
3.) Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? — Eric Carle
Colours and Eric Carle’s beautiful animals: this is one that children learn very quickly and love reciting with you.
4.) Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy — Lynley Dodd
With its simple, very linear narrative and fun, ’scary’ moment, this is just great for toddlers who want a bit of story but can’t actually follow a complicated plot.
5.) Busy Railway — Rebecca Finn
Sturdy little board book with sliders to move – one of the books that my girls would constantly get off the shelf to be read.
6.) Good Night, Gorilla — Peggy Rathmann
So simple, so charming, with almost no text, this is the story of a zoo keeper trying to get his animals to go to bed, with very little success. Makes me feel better about my own failures in the sleep-training department.
7.) The Tiger Who Came to Tea — Judith Kerr
Possibly my favourite young picture book, it is just perfection – could read it till the cows come home.
8.) Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a Ball — Vicki Churchill & Charles Fuge
A delightful, exuberant text about the sheer joy of being alive.
9.) You Choose! — Pippa Goodhart & Nick Sharratt
This is one of my girls’ favourites still, even though they’re a bit older. It has huge, busy scenes to look at and its very much something parent and child can enjoy together.
10.) The Very Hungry Caterpillar — Eric Carle
Quite simply the best novelty book ever. Genius.
To see other book lists, click here.
My daughter just turned 2, and this may be the last birthday party I have control over so we kept it simple — balloons were the theme. We obviously had lots of helium balloons around the house but we managed to find some more unusual balloons to spice up the theme.
- Stripy/beach-ball Japanese paper balloons (which we hung in an alcove and gave away in party bags) available here (thanks to Irene from Bloesem, who helped me track these down!), and I love the animal versions available here.
- Large paper baubles (which hung from our stairs) which come out for practically every party we do. I bought them from RE over 2 years ago — a great party-staple!
- The best ever huge round balloons which I could only find in the US, here, so leave some time for shipping. A big hit though!
- Rabbit shaped balloons and Balloon whistles for party favours. Sadly my balloon shaped cookie cutters didn’t arrive in time (Christmas post!) so I had to improvise (see pictures).
- We didn’t play many party games as I find cake, music and friends is almost all a 2-year-old can cope with but here are some to play with older children.
And I like these ideas as potential prizes or presents for a balloon themed party…