I hoped you all enjoyed last weeks post about Warwick Castle, if you missed it then you can still find it here. This week I have a jam packed blog post with some great ideas. Lets not mess around and kick off with this great Jousting craft and game.
- Pipe Insulator/pool noodle
- Coloured tape (electrical tape works)
I love the simplicity of these. Just some foam insulator that you can find at any B&Q. You could also use a pool noodle if you have one. Take the card and draw a large semi circle, you can use a cooking bowl to trace around. Cut this out and wrap it around one end of the foam pipe. Tape it together. Now you can decorate the rest of the pipe with the coloured tape.
Not good enough? How about creating a mini Jousting obstacle course using some polystyrene rings from hobby craft, and a hobby horse made out of a pool noodle.
Paper Cup Dragon
Not only is this a super simple and fun craft to make with the kids but you can also turn it into a gam of tag quite easily, read on.
- Paper Cups (ideally green or red)
- Orange & Yellow Crepe paper, cut into small strips
- Glue stick
- Googley Eyes
- Elastic strap (optional)
Start with the green paper cup and carefully remove the bottom of the cup with the scissors. Decide where you would like the eyes to be and carefully cut a small semi circle into the cup. This creates a small tab that you can poke out slightly. See picture for more detail.
Glue strips of the crepe paper inside the cup so that they poke out of the hole at the bottom of the cup. Affix the google eyes to the small semi circle tabs and you are done.
Now if you would like to turn this into a game, you'll need to make two small pin holes near the top of the cup. Thread the elastic through these holes so that you can wear it like a mask. Remember a Childs head is much smaller than yours and you want to have to stretch the elastic around their head so that it holds tight. You won't need much elastic.
Now you have a dragon mask, have the kids grab their Jousting pipes and play tag, the firs person to tag the dragon with their pipe then becomes the dragon and the game continues until everyone has had a turn.
We are not done yet! How about some proper British food to go with all this quintessential Brittishness?
Fun Fish & Chips
This is a bit of an updated version, rather than the true stodgy traditional version. Lets start with the fish.
400 gms firm white fish fillets (haddock or lemon sole are my preferred ones)
2 tbs plain flour
salt & pepper
oil for shallow frying
Cut your fish in to thin, long strips, like goujons but thinner – around 10cm/4in long pieces and 2cm/1in wide. This kind of size makes them really easy to pick up and eat with fingers. A great tip for cutting fish so that it doesn’t break is don’t cut it horizontally, but cut it lengthwise. Put your flour on a plate, beat the eggs and place in a very shallow bowl and place the breadcrumbs in another shallow bowl. Season the breadcrumbs with salt, pepper and lemon zest to your taste and then start breading – coat fish strips with flour, then dip in egg making sure they’re completely coated, next dip in breadcrumbs, again making sure the fish is well covered. Repeat till you’ve coated all the fish strips.
Pour oil in to a large frying pan (the oil should come up to about 1.5cms) and heat. When it’s quite hot place your breaded fish strips in the oil and shallow fry till golden brown. Drain on some kitchen towel and your mini breaded fish is ready. As mentioned, these can be made a few hours in advance and heated in the oven just before serving.
For the chips I prefer sweet potato fries, not only do they taste great but the splash of colour helps make this dish more fun for kids too.
- 2 lb Sweet Potatoes
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1/8 tsp Salt
- 1/8 tsp Pepper
- 1/8 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/8 tsp Paprika
- Preheat oven
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a shallow dish, combine oil & spices.
- If leaving the skin on, scrub your sweet potatoes really well. If not, peel your potatoes.
- Cut sweet potatoes into ¼" fries.
- Toss fries in olive oil to coat.
- Spread fries out on a prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 30 minutes, turning occasionally or until fries are browned.
Thats it for this week, next week we have loads more Knights & Knaves fun for birthday parties, see you then.