Learning with Mrs Mactivity

Mrs Mactivity scissor cutting worksheets with a Christmas theme and a pair of green child's scissors

Since we are heading to Orlando this year, we will have two 10 hour flights to amuse J on. Therefore, I was rather excited when offered the opportunity to review a new educational resource website for teachers and parents called Mrs Mactivity. There is only so long that J will spend watching TV or playing with a couple of cars on a plane, so I thought it would be great to print off some fun resources for him to colour or craft with while flying across the Atlantic Ocean. There are some great resources on Mrs Mactivity for us to choose from.

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Turkey Burgers – egg free, no breadcrumbs

Turkey burger cooked and placed on a bun. Home made chips and salad on plate

On a wet, cold and miserable Sunday afternoon I asked hubby what he wanted for dinner. He replied, “A juicy burger.” Excellent! That I could do. I had some turkey mince in the fridge that needed to be eaten up or frozen, so I could use it to make home made turkey burgers. I think hubby may have been a little sceptical about the fact that my offered turkey burgers were healthy equivalents of what he had in mind, but he was happy to go with me anyway.

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Creating a Play Town for Preschoolers

J's play town using masking tape to create roads and toys to create play segments.
Good Friday was forecast heavy rain so I was pondering activities that I could set up for J to keep him entertained inside. Recently, I have created a few small worlds for him but I quickly learnt that if cars aren’t involved somehow in the play then the small world won’t hold J’s interest. So rather than trying to fight his love of cars and encourage him to have a wider range of interests, I fully embraced J’s car obsession and decided to create a whole play town for him that centred around a masking tape road.

 

I used masking tape (almost an entire roll) to make a road system on the floor of J’s playroom. I have used it before for a variety of activities so I know that it comes off our carpet without any damage or trace (our wooden floor has lost some varnish though in the past, so please do a small test prior to using masking tape). I planned out the town in my head as I went using his toys.

 

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Free From Easter Nests

Cornflake Easter Nests with Jelly Baby Chicks on top

My memories of Easter include lots of chocolate – Easter egg hunts around the garden; those yummy caramel filled eggs with the bright pink foil wrappers that you can no longer buy; Cadbury’s Creme eggs that were considerably larger than they are now; mini eggs by the bagful (I may have had a slight obsession with these). When travelling in Australia in my twenties I even asked my mum to send over some British made Easter eggs (if anyone has been to Australia you will know why). Sadly though none of these memories are possible to replicate. My life long intolerance of dairy which meant that by my teens I could only eat the little eggs went into overdrive after J was born and I can no longer tolerate any dairy at all. J can not tolerate dairy either, so we have to look at alternatives and have a Free From Easter instead.

 

I am not a great baker and I have to look at a recipe a zillion times if I am following one, so I love making easy treats like these yummy Easter Nests as I pretty much know what I am doing. I did quickly google a recipe to check quantities, but I didn’t have to check ingredients or worry about baking times or words I don’t understand. They are also really quick to make so perfect for younger children, especially if they are chocolate fans (unlike J) as they can lick the spoon/bowl/their fingers afterwards.

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Disney Memories

We are off to Forida in a couple of months and I am very excited! I have been to the Sunshine State twice previously and have been looking forward to going back. The first time I went as a teen to Orlando with my family and it was all about the Disney and Universal theme parks and cheap shopping. The second time I went with now hubby and we travelled around visiting Miami Beach, the Everglades, Disney and Kennedy Space Station. On this holiday it will be mostly all about J and what he wants to do, but I am determined to make a trip over to the Gulf Coast while we are there too (which J will love too). As we have been ensuring we are all prepared for our holiday I have been thinking back to my previous trips and I thought I would share my favourite Disney memories from my previous trips.

 

Donald Duck

I love Disney! On our last visit, it took a fair amount of persuasion to get hubby to visit The Magic Kingdom. He wanted to go to Universal but I’m not a big ride girl and besides he had never been to Disney and needed to be introduced to the magic. Once he was in he was under the spell and loved every minute of it. Hubby enjoyed the rides, the shows, the shops and he even had a strong desire to meet his childhood favourite character, Donald Duck.
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