Half term activity pack πŸ’‘

Amongst pancake day, Valentines day and my son’s 4th birthday, this February half term, me and my children had the delightful treat of trying out this half term activity pack on behalf of Sheffield Mutual.

Firstly I will tell you about the contents of the pack…

The pack included;

  • A biscuit recipe, cutters, icing and decorative edible balls
  • Card making kit, including pompoms, pipecleaners, cards, stickers, felttips and envelopes
  • A glitter calming jar kit
  • Paint your own teddy bear money box
  • Grow your own grass head

So firstly we took the calming glitter jar.

As per the instructions we added warm water to the jar provided. I created a marker a third of the way so the kids could do this.

Next as per the instructions we added, a quarter of the clear glue, 3 drops of food colouring and the loose glitter provided.

The kids gave it all a big stir up and topped up with water to almost fill the jar.

Leave the jar to settle and screw on the lid then watch the magic happen….

Next we took to making and decorating biscuits using the tools provided in the activity pack.

I took the ingredients needed and put them on the table for the kids along with the cutters and a mixing bowl.

The kids put the flour, sugar and butter into a bowl and mixed using their hands to create breadcrumbs.

Then we added in some water and mixed to form a dough ball.

Wrap the dough ball in cling film and place in the fridge for around 30 minutes to cool (this makes the dough easier to roll out).

After leaving for the allocated time, take the dough and roll out onto a table to around 1cm thick.

Take the shape cutters provided and cut out your shapes, rerolling, not wasting any dough and place on a baking tray.

Set the oven to 180Β° and set the timer for 15 minutes but checking afterwards for a golden brown colour.

When your biscuits have cooked and cooled, decorate using the icing and decorative balls included in your kit.

Enjoy eating your yummy creations!

Thirdly, the kids took their hands to painting their own money box teddy bear.

They took the paint and brush provided along with a cup of water and tissue for cleaning and got to work.

We decided to call him Pudsey …. can you guess why?!

Although we didn’t have an occasion as such, my partner had been away on holiday so we decided that welcome home cards would be a nice surprise.

We took the letters, stickers, felttips and card kits and I let the kids create whatever they liked and I also had a go too!

Cutting, sticking and drawing, here were our creations …

And finally the “grow your own grass head

Unfortunately at this stage all there was to do was put water in the tub provided and pop in your grass head.

Keep him watered and in a sunny area (indoors) and wait for his hair (grass) to grow! At present with the recent snow we’re still waiting but I’m sure it will come. The kids are excited and keep asking “if he has any hair yet?” πŸ˜‚πŸ€£

So as you can see bucket fulls of fun to be had with the kiddiwinks and they’ll enjoy every minute!

Whether it’s a rainy day or you would just rather stay in the house and do some old fashioned DIY projects, rather than them sitting on an iPad then this is an amazing little kit from Sheffield Mutual. And they are trying to express the importance of saving and doing things at home with simple materials.

Sheffield Mutual are a Friendly Society that has been improving the financial wellbeing of its members since 1892.

Whilst they remain passionate about their heritage and mutual status, their products and services have been developed to include a simple range of trusted savings, investment and protection plans – with a particular emphasis on tax-efficient savings and investment policies.

Being an independent mutual organisation they have no shareholders to satisfy. This means that their success can be shared with members through attractive investment returns and good service. Whilst past performance is not an indicator of future performance, their aim is to deliver greater potential returns to members throughout the life of their policy.

The Society is:

  • A member of the Association of Financial Mutuals
  • Authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority
  • A member of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Sheffield Mutual was originally established to provide funeral and sickness benefit schemes to its members in times of financial hardship. They may have been helping to look after their members for a long time, but also appreciate the importance of providing products that are relevant to today’s members, such as the Junior ISA and Tax Exempt Savings Plan. The Society’s total assets are now in excess of Β£110 million and there are over 77,000 members.

Their most recent Report and Accounts are available to download here.

They aim to offer a more personalised service than many of our competitors and you will always be able to speak directly to one of their friendly and knowledgeable staff, based at their head office near Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

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