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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.

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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!

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Watching Bing on Cbeebies

Our Little One is very very much into watching Bing on Cbeebies, and because of the series record feature on our YouView… she seems to have discovered the joys of binge watching Bing.

Obviously this means I have also discovered the joys of watching Bing (and learning how to make the most use of its 7 minute run time). While watching the same episode for what felt like the 20th time, my wife and I started to ask ourselves a few questions, and generally over think about Bing and some of his friends:

why does pando in Bing, only wears pants? Why Does Pando keep taking off his trousers?What is the deal with Pando’s trousers?

Whenever you see him in the TV show, the guy is running around in his underwear, except for one moment at the very start when he takes his trousers off. Why doesn’t his carer type character put his trousers back on?

I guess yellow doesn’t look great on him.

On the subject of the carer type characters…

What is Flop from Bing on Cbeebies?What the actual heck is Flop?

The Cbeebies website describe Flop as Bings carer, but where is his parents?

Flop is there when Bing goes to bed, when he wakes up, Bing looks after Flop when he’s ill. If it was just Flop and Bing, I’d suggest that Bing actually had a heart breaking back story, but other characters seem to have similar carer figures. Maybe all the parents have disappeared? Maybe the carers are aliens?

Again, on the subject of the carers…

How do they get Charlie up these stairs?

Bing on Cbeebies

 

They’re not the tallest of characters, do they have extra powers we’ve not seen?

My last question for now is…

Is Everything a “Bing Thing”?

Is Everything a "Bing Thing"?

 

There were my questions, I’m going to finish by quoting someone on the Mumsnet forum who has attempted to answer some of the oddities of Bing Bunny:

I think the adults are little squishy ants because the toddlers are the main characters and subjects of each others’ interest. Adults assist and facilitate. So it’s the world from the toddler’s emotional perspective. (Bit like those diagrams showing a person with body parts in proportion to nerve endings, so relative significance within our brains).

Is there anything about Bing that you cant get your head around?

Does anyone else reckon that Bing is actually about an alien invasion?

Have I over thought this, and should I just watch some Frozen?

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Ello?

It seems I’ve signed up to and made myself a profile on Ello – the new social network that isn’t Facebook. (I signed up for an invite awhile ago, I guess their beta phase is ramping up or something as mine has just come through.)

Describing themselves, Ello has this to say:

Your social network is owned by advertisers.

Every post you share, every friend you make, and every link you follow is tracked, recorded, and converted into data. Advertisers buy your data so they can show you more ads. You are the product that’s bought and sold.

We believe there is a better way. We believe in audacity. We believe in beauty, simplicity, and transparency. We believe that the people who make things and the people who use them should be in partnership.

We believe a social network can be a tool for empowerment. Not a tool to deceive, coerce, and manipulate — but a place to connect, create, and celebrate life.

You are not a product.

Anyway, first impressions are that the design of it seems very clean, very clear, not as cluttered as Facebook. I’ve not had much of a play with its features yet, but the stand out seems to be “Friends / Noise”, a handy way of filtering out the noise from what you actually want to see.

Let me know if you’d like an invite…?

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