What Toys To Bring To Church

Christmas with a toddler, I’m sure you can imagine brings its share of challenges and joys. Challenges are such as wondering how much chocolate you should allow them to eat, and for yourself, how much alcohol can you drink on Christmas Eve, and cope with the earlier wake up on Christmas Day. The joys… well… there are toys, Toys, and more TOYS.

But what toys should you bring to church?

We’ve done a bit of research and have found the following (mostly toddler) toys that are possibly perfect for church:

Daniel and the lion’s den

DanielAndTheLionsDen

Includes a hole to play “Boo” through, an excuse to pretend to loudly eat Daniel, and a chance to make lion style “Raaaa!” noises. With no inbuilt noises, this would be a great toy to keep little ones quiet in church. Found at Amazon.

Bible Opoly Board Game

Bibleopoly

Do you enjoy those Monopoly inspired arguments? How about having an excuse to have those arguments in the back of the church hall? Bearing in mind this is “A monopoly version where cooperation and not accumulation is the key”, I cant help but feel that if youre sneaky enough to win at Monopoly, then you’ll win at this. Just remember to make your peace with each other before communion. Found at Amazon.

I’m sure toddlers would love playing with the money, or consuming the church pieces!

Plan of Salvation Ball.

HeavenBall

According to the product description, this is “A squeeze ball to throw around and learn about God’s plan for salvation.” Perfect for a game of catch during the service. Even better for toddlers learning how to throw. Bonus points if the vicar needs to catch it at any point. Found at eden.co.uk

Plush Jonah and Fish.

Plush-Jonah

Perfect for joining in with a baptism service… and the ensuring scream when the child in question starts to realise that the fish doesn’t actually swim. Found at eden.co.uk

Plush Noahs Ark 10 Piece Play Set.

Plush-Noah-Ark

All those animals! For so long!

Did they all get on all the time? Or were there massive arguments? Did a monkey try fighting a lion?

Bring this toy to church and let your little one work it out!

Found at eden.co.uk

Tambourines!

We’re told to make a joyful noise to the Lord! Make a joyful noise with these “Make a Joyful Noise Tambourines”. Great for use during sermons!

Make-A-Joyful-Noise

 

Found over at designed2bsweet.com.

Be David!

DavidAndGoliath

Dont just listen to the sermon / talk on David and Goliath.

Your kids could be David with this slingshot!

Again bonus points if they (you) hit the speaker!

Hope you find this useful. Please share in the comments below if you know of any other useful toys to bring to church.

This originally appeared on The Church Sofa.

Cheese and Vegetable Muffins Recipe

A fair while ago, the good lady wife found a recipe for Cheese and Vegetable Muffins at the My Daddy Cooks website. Times have changed and that recipe has disappeared, thankfully the internet doesn’t forget useful things so easily, and I found the same Cheese and Vegetable Muffins recipe over on one of the Baby Centre forums. (More about that some other day).

Anyway… I’ve pasted the recipe below so I can personally find it easier next time:

Cheese and vegetable muffins
Makes 9 large muffins or 18 small ones
Preparation time 15 minutes, cooking time 20 minutes

3 or 4 broccoli florets and one leek, steamed and chopped up (you really can use any vegetables – spinach, courgettes and carrots all work very well. You can also add ham or bacon).
6-8 cherry tomatoes, de-seeded and chopped up
100g grated mature cheddar
225g self-raising flour
175ml milk
55ml olive oil
1 free-range egg

Preheat your oven to 200°C (180°C for a fan oven)/ 400°F

Once you have steamed your vegetables (if you are using carrots or courgettes you can simply grate them up, there is no need to pre-cook them), mix them together with the cheese and the flour. Add in the wet ingredients and mix to a lumpy, fairly thick batter.

Lightly oil some muffin tins, spoon the mixture in to fill each one to the top, place the tray in the middle of the oven and leave to cook for 20 minutes. The muffins are ready when they are brown on top and fairly dense to the touch.

Best served warm, 5-10 minutes after coming out of the oven

This has gone down well in our house, particularly when little one was weaning.

Hopefully you’ll also enjoy!

The REAL Christmas Story

Ever wondered what the Christmas story would sound like if it was sung in multiple parts by mostly one person, washed down with some ET related outtakes?

If you ever wondered, here’s “The REAL Christmas Story” from the madly talented Zoe Anne

 

Doctor Who Life Advice To Tell Your Children.

She was looking up it. It was looking down at her. All of a sudden, I couldn’t help but say “If the Shop Dummy starts moving by itself, then run. Quick.” Whilst I thought that this was important Doctor Who inspired life advice to give the little one, the good lady wife didn’t seem to convinced. I still couldn’t help but wonder what other nuggets of life advice could be learned from watching Doctor Who.

Know when to say Goodbye

Remembering people we’ve lost is ok.

If shop window dummies start moving. Run.

Does that plastic chair feel alive? Probably best not to sit on it.

Always do the best you can. Particularly when fighting monsters.

If you want to wear a fez. Wear a fez. (But people may remove it from you)

Times change. So must I. (or something like that anyway)

Fear. Doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

Any more out there?

 

 

 

Barbie Can Be A Computer Engineer – Possibly

So here’s a something thats been going around the internet for a while. It looks like there is a new Barbie book called “I Can Be a Computer Engineer”. On the face of it, this should be good news. After all, Barbie, the most girlie of girls toys has started to encourage girls that they can work in a fairly male dominated profession when they get older.

Good thing right?

Well it seems to be getting reactions like my brother in laws comment on Facebook:

This is wrong on so many levels! Anyone getting this for my niece, even as a joke, may be in for beatings!

The Mirror breaks down the plot:

Our dear Barbie is at her laptop designing a game to show kids how computers work.

“You can make a robot puppy do cute tricks by matching up coloured blocks,” she says.

So far, so good. But unfortunately that’s where the compliments end, because within seconds she’s pointing out to her sister Skipper that she’s “only creating the design idea, I’ll need Steven and Brian’s help to turn it into a real game”.

Within a matter of a few pages, Barbie’s computer gets a virus, but thankfully she’s been smart enough to wear a flash drive as a necklace (a pink, heart-shaped monstrosity) so she remembers to back up her work.

However, when she goes to use Skipper’s laptop instead, disaster strikes: THE VIRUS IS ON THE FLASHDRIVE. Skipper’s homework and all her music files are corrupted. Barbie legs it to class, but not before Skipper “playfully hits Barbie with a pillow”.

At class, Barbie meets up with Brian and Steven, who end up helping Barbie retrieve the lost files from both the laptops. “It will go faster if Brian and I help,” says Steven

So Barbie backs off and lets the men do the bulk of the work. Once the files are retrieved, she returns Skipper’s laptop to her.

When presenting her homework to class, Skipper praises Barbie for her technological prowess and describes her as “a great sister and a great computer engineer”.

So basically, its a book about Barbie designing a game, getting a virus, then the guys creating the game, and fixing the laptop.

Good work…

The really good news is that a “remixed” version of this book has been designed that encourages girls to work in computing, I’d suggest checking that out rather then the official book which is STILL available on amazon.co.uk.

In the meantime, remind me to keep my daughter away from Barbie merchandise.

Tips to Help The Best Man Survive The Wedding Day

Your mate has just announced he’s getting married, and has asked you to be the Best Man.  There are plenty of places online that will give you an outline of the Best Mans job and responsibilities leading up to and during the wedding day. After my experience of being a Best man over the weekend, I wanted to share my list of ten (mostly practical) tips to help you / your best man not just survive the wedding day, but hopefully help the groom as well.

1. Your biggest role as Best Man is to keep the groom sane. Does he need something? Try your best to make it happen. You are his right hand man. Does his wife to be need something? Helping her out will help your mate out.
2. Have a man bag for the day. Ensure it includes pain killers, water, a pen, and some food to nibble on. Possibly include a Mars Bar for when the energy starts to ebb later at night.
3. Be ready for the line up. If, like me, you’re an introvert you might find it a bit tiring introducing yourself to (what feels like) hundreds of people. Think about what you’re going to say before hand, as having the same conversation again and again gets wearing.
4. Yes you may well be nervous about the speech. No, no one will care if you have a drink to calm the nerves. Yes people might care if they have to listen to a pissed up Best Man giving the speech.
5. Be yourself in the speech . If you’re not really THAT funny, don’t try and be THAT funny.
6. Make sure you compliment the Bride in your speech. Just avoid coming onto her…
7. Again, about the speech. What is the bride and groom like? What is your audience like? Whilst the tale about your normally sober mate, getting totally drunk and running naked down the street, maybe funny, the old gran in the corner may not need to hear it.
8. It’s going to be a long day, look after yourself. Particularly in the evening, try and catch some time to yourself, have a beer, chill, enjoy.
9. After the speeches, buy the groom his favorite drink.
10. Ensure you have a day or two to recover after the event. Even if it’s just from the hangover.

This list is based on my experience of being a best man, on what I did, what I wished I did, or based on advice I’ve been given. Do you have any tips you could add?

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