I think it’s a wonderful quirk of the English language that we have collective nouns. I mean some of them are completely bonkers! Like a shrewdness of apes or a romp of otters! Years ago I spotted these posters and if it hadn’t been that they were a tad expensive- I would have snapped them up! Aren’t they gorgeous? Anyhow, I’ve linked up with a group of bloggers (would we be called a swarm as well?!) and we’ve been exploring crazy collective nouns of the English Language with children’s craft activities and recipes!
I chose a ‘swarm’ of bees as Orla, my 3 year old has been quite interested in bees since we found some massive honey bees that stayed in our conservatory all day (and confined my elder daughter to the garden!) – and so we read the book ‘Bees Like Honey’ together by
Next, we made a simple toilet roll bee using pipe cleaners.
I hadn’t planned it to be so, but this is actually great for developing little ones fine motor skills, whilst they’re twisting the pipe cleaners round the tube! If you’d like to make a Toilet Roll Bee, you will need….
- Toilet Roll
- Yellow and Black Pipe Cleaners
- Red duct tape
- Double Sided Sticky Tape
- White Card
- Baking paper, gauze, muslin or some other translucent paper
- Cover the toilet roll with double sided sticky tape
- Wrap the black and yellow pipe cleaner around the toilet roll, pressing it gently so it sticks to the sticky tape
- Make two small antennas out of black pipe cleaners and stick inside the toilet roll to make the antennae.
- Make two small eyes out of white card and glue them to your bee.
- Add a small mouth made out of red duct tape.
- Lastly, make the wings and stick them to the back of your bee. These can be made out of any translucent kind of material like, tracing paper, baking paper etc….
Keeping with our bee theme, we made some honeycomb chocolate slice. I’d like to say we made the honeycomb as it’s something I’d love to do- the colour is just so pretty- I could spend a whole day photographing it! However, I also needed something chocolatey to satisfy a certain little six year old on his birthday because we aren’t making his proper birthday cake until his party day. So, honeycomb chocolate slice made with Crunchies it was! These could be made out of any chocolate though – Maltesers work well too. This is a really yummy fridge bake and a ‘bung it all in’ kind of recipe so it’s perfect for making with the kiddos.
Honeycomb Chocolate Slice (makes 15 small squares)
- 100g butter
- 200g (1/2 can) condensed milk
- 300g Milk Chocolate
- 3-4 Crunchie Bars
- 1 small pack digestive biscuits
- Put the digestive biscuits into a plastic bag and smash with a rolling pin until you have mostly crumbs but also some chunks too, add to a bowl and set aside.
- Next, bash the Crunchie bars too and set aside in a separate bowl.
- Melt the butter, chocolate and condensed milk over a pan. Once melted, stir in the biscuits and some of the Crunchie Bars.
- Press firmly into tin lined with greaseproof paper.
- Scatter the remaining Crunchie crumbs over the top and chill in the fridge for at least 2-3 hours.