Fun with Plasticine

We have been having fun with Plasticine, and have enjoyed making some great creations which we can mould and keep without drying out! I can remember when Plasticine was something my Nan bought me for Christmas and came in shades of grey, brown, and green. So I was interested to see what modern Plasticine had to offer and how it has changed.

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The consistency of Plasticine is the same as I remember, it is cold and hard but once warmed up is easy to mould and shape however you want it. The boy and I were excited to see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that you can make from Plasticine called Squidgems. These mini packs come with enough to make and create your own turtle. Each pocket money pack contains card cutouts and enough Plasticine in green and brown for your model. You simple shape, add faces, and weapons and you have a great little fun character. There are of course four to collect, and these would be great to make you own Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle battle scene. We found the Turtles great fun to make and easy enough for the boy to be happy with his Leonardo figure. proving Plasticine is not just for younger children.

fun with plasticine

Plasticine comes in many colours and we were sent Fluro, which are fun neon colours great for silly monsters. Basix, with 6 basic colours for fun mixing and play. Plasticine also comes as 24 colour packs, and the boy thought this would be perfect with so many colours for making a fun Minecraft scene. Many of the packs come with small plastic tools to aid the modelling process, handy if you don’t want the kids to use the cutlery.

My favourite pack has to be the animal creations, this pack comes with a plastic stencil like shape that you can mould your Plasticine into, to create a fun animal. There is 12 different coloured sticks of Plasticine, so you can go wild and make crazy coloured animals if you like. Our reindeer was easy to make, and looked very effective when finished, and a little overlapping f colours gave his some character.

plasticine reindeer

Plasticine, is fun safe, and best of all I didn’t have to pick little crumbly bits out of the carpet afterwards, like I have done with some modelling clays. If you are looking for something for the school holidays for kids, then Plasticine might be the answer with something for every pocket and sets starting at £1.49 for the Turtle Squidgems, up to FunTubulous buckets at £6.99. I can see the boy using Plasticine again for some fun creative play, and even school projects.

Disclaimer: we were sent a selection of Plasticine to review and keep the opinions remain ours and have not been altered.

Cake Angels, cakes for Mothers Day

I have found a new love for baking in the last few months and have moved from the Mum that would only ever use a packet mix to one who is more than happy to experiment. So when Cake Angels offered to send me some baking goodies I was very excited. I thought Mothers day would be just the opportunity to share my latest bake with you. Made from my new Leiths cookbook, the Chocolate and Fudge cake was a winner, and you can find the recipe in  the Leith’s cooking bible at the bottom of the post.cake angels

This mix makes a lovely fudgy soft chocolate cake. I think it would freeze well but have not tried yet as this cake doesn’t last more than a day in our house! Onto the decoration, and with the help of Cake Angels we made a super cake for our friend Miss L and the rest of the Steel Band. Everyone said how pretty it was and with lots of different types of sprinkles the boy had a great time decorating it. Cake Angels had sent us some icing, which is a great store cupboard item as it has a long shelf life and keeps well once opened for your next cake. The icing wasn’t too sweet like others I have tried and the Vanilla flavour made a nice contrast to the rich chocolate cake.

chocolate cake

We loved all the sprinkles, from the chocolate whirls and hearts, to the pretty pink flowers. The boy decided to use Mario bombs on the cake this time, and thought they looked very effective. Cake Angels have such a great range of decorations that I am sure there is something perfect for every occasion, and I know I will be stocking up on icing, as my only go at making it myself ended in disaster!

The Cake Angel range can be found in your local supermarket and for inspiration why not pop along and look at their Pintrest page, or find them on Facebook, and Twitter.

.Disclaimer, we received a selection of products to review, the opinions remain our own and have not been altered.

Baking with One Stop Craft Shop

Over Christmas we were sent some baking supplies to try from the One Stop Craft Shop. As the name suggests they sell all the craft supplies you could ever need, and also have a great selection of baking tools for use whatever the occasion.

We couldn’t wait to get baking and the Scout Fair seemed the ideal place to start.
Our box of goodies contained a pack of icing stickers, these had a Christmas theme with Santa and snowmen. I have never used these before, they were very easy and effective way to decorate our home-made cakes. The boy was very pleased with his efforts and found the pre printed icing stickers easy to handle and place on the cakes. Plus they not only looked good but tasted pretty nice too.

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We were also sent a Wilton festive roller cutter at £6.75 which we used to make some festive icing shapes. This cutter has 5 different cutting shapes and could also be used to make small festive cookies. You can easily remove the cutters from the handy wheel in order to just make one, or roll along happily for speedy shape cutting!

The final item in our goodie box was a family of Wilton gingerbread family cutters, at £4.75. We had the most fun with these, practicing our gingerbread recipe ready for our gingerbread house. We decided to make gingerbread fencers. With a slight adaptation to how we cut each figure making one arm longer to hold a sword.  The boy and I had great fun, and ended  making over 60 gingerbread biscuits. We made a selection of fencers, spectators and parents, which the fencing club members were very impressed with.

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I was very impressed with the quality of all the baking supplies we were sent, at very reasonable prices. With an impressive range of baking goods as well as crafts on their website I will be investing in a few more fun baking goods in the future.

Disclaimer we were went a sample of goods for review the opinions remain ours and have been unchanged.