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Learning with Patrick Petite

08/22/19

Welcome to Nursery

Good morning and a big welcome to the newest, youngest members of nursery! Now, I know that your very first day can be a little daunting but after a friendly hello from the other students you’ll feel right at home!

 

We have three very important values at this nursery, can anyone tell me what they are? Yes? Learning! That’s right! Well done Crème. At nursery we’re always learning something new and fun, like our numbers and words, drawing and music!

 

Can anyone guess another important value? Friendship, that’s right! Here at the nursery we think one of the most important things you’ll do at school is make new friends, who will be there through the fun times and the sad.

 

Our final value is… fun of course! We want everyone to have the most wonderful time at nursery and make memories to last forever!  

 

Now, would you all like to have a little look around? Perfect, everyone buddy up and follow me!

 

Here’s the music corner, which you can see is full of instruments so please don’t be shy! On a Friday, I’ll play the piano and we can all have a sing song together, won’t that be fun? And here we have the art studio, where we’ll make some pretty pictures. We’d love to see your drawings and paintings hung all over the walls by the end of the year!

 

Now, outside is the playground where you can play games to your heart’s content! We also have a lovely nature corner where we grow flowers and vegetables. Nothing tastes quite as good as a home-grown snack! Sometimes on sunny days we’ll even have lessons out here in the sunshine.

 

Does anyone have any questions? No? Wonderful, but do feel free to ask me anything. Now you all know your way around, lets get started with your first lesson. Who’s excited?



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News

08/08/19

New Red Roof Houses

Hello there sweetpea! I’m so glad you called in, I’ve got some very exciting news to tell you!

 

There have been some big changes in the Chocolate Rabbit household, with some exciting additions to our Cosy Cottage. We like to call it the Red Roof Cosy Cottage now as it’s so much better than before! My very favourite addition is the balcony. I love to stand up on it and watch the world go by for a few minutes before I get ready for school in the mornings. The new shutters are pretty too, perfect for keeping out the cold or keeping it cool at this time of year, phew!

 

The Red Roof Country Home is rather impressive, with up to three storeys, a beautiful staircase with vines twirling up the bannister and plenty of variations for making different layouts. When it’s connected to the Red Roof Cosy Cottage or the Sweet Raspberry Home we call it the Red Roof Grand Mansion, and my goodness, there’s heaps of space for all sorts of activities!

 

The Sweet Raspberry Home is perfect for new collectors. I love the way it matches the Red Roof homes, and little Crème has the cutest bed with a ladder to get in and a slide to get out in the morning. The porch is the perfect place to sit with a warm cup of mint tea on summer evenings, and it can even become the downstairs area of the Red Roof Cosy Cottage. 

 

I hope you come and visit soon so I can show you round the lovely new houses!



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Gelato with Georgina Maple

07/31/19

Cookies and Cream Gelato

 

Hello there my lovelies, how are you today? I’ve been so very busy dreaming up new flavours of gelato and trying out the recipes… I think I’ve even found a new favourite! Creamy vanilla gelato filled with chunks of sandwich cookies, it’s absolutely delightful!

 

To serve six people with the most delicious gelato which they’ve ever tasted, just follow my recipe.

 

Before you get started, make sure you have all of the ingredients to hand:

420ml double cream

300ml milk

170g sugar

1/8 tsp kosher salt

1 tbsp vanilla extract

20 chocolate sandwich cookies, quartered.

 

Have you got all of your bits and pieces? You’ll also need a big bowl, a whisk, and a container to put the gelato in the freezer too.

 

Now, here’s the fun part! Whisk together the cream, milk, sugar, salt, and vanilla. Pour the mixture into your gelato maker if you have one and and freeze according to the manufacturer's directions. If you don’t then you can pop it in the freezer and stir the mixture well every 10 minutes until it thickens. While the gelato is churning away, chop each cookie into 4 pieces.

 

Scatter 1 cup of cookie pieces in the bottom of your freezer safe container. When the gelato has finished churning and thickened to a smooth consistency, scoop half the gelato over the cookies in the container. For the next layer, use  the rest of your quartered cookies. I always make sure I  keep a couple outside to sprinkle on top. Finally. Spread the rest of the gelato across the container and top and sprinkle on your crumbled cookies. Freeze until it is nice and firm and hey presto! You have the tastiest gelato in town! 



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Event

07/25/19

Sylvanian Families at CarFest South

Hello my little daisies!

 

I’ve been rather busy recently organising some exciting things for this summer! Would you like to hear what I’ve got planned?

 

Well, I’m going to a very special festival called CarFest South on the 23rd – 25th August at Laverstoke Park Farm in Hampshire. This festival supports lots of UK children’s charities, like The Rainbow Trust and the Teenage Cancer Trust, so it helps lots of poorly children whilst being a fun weekend. There will be live music, cars, fun kids’ activities, a wellness area and lots of yummy food, but most importantly the Good Toy Zone Tent. That’s where I’ll be, so pop in and say hello!

 

Everyone can come and play with the latest Sylvanian Families toys at the Good Toy Zone tent, plus get your paws on one of our exclusive goodie bags, which have colouring sheets, stickers and more!

 

I’ll be doing meet and greets through-out the day so please come and say hello, it would be wonderful to meet you all! I We can take lots of pictures together and I would love it if you gave me a big hug!

 

It’s a very busy weekend so I’ll be popping out every day at these times:

11am - 11.30am

12.30pm – 1pm

2pm – 2.30pm

3.30-4pm

 

And guess what? There’s a chance for one special winner to get their paws on a prize! To take part, just come take a photo with me and share the photo to our Facebook or Twitter page – don’t forget to tag us so that we can see!

 

It’ll be a fun weekend so make sure you come along! You can get tickets HERE but hurry, they’re selling out fast!



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Unboxing

06/27/19


The Village Pizzeria

Perfect your pizzas with the Village Pizzeria, and let your Sylvanians feast on freshly made, stone-baked pizzas!

 

Inside the pizzeria, you’ll find a counter top, rolling pin and pizza tray for preparing the tastiest pizzas from scratch. There’s a selection of delicious toppings and plenty of cheese to make them extra scrummy!

 

Pizzas can be cooked in the traditional pizza oven, and there’s even a handy pizza peel for getting them out – watch your paws now, it’s super-hot in there! Your Sylvanians can enjoy a few slices or if they’re extra hungry, a whole pizza to themselves! Don’t forget to season with a sprinkle of freshly ground pepper from the pepper grinder.

 

The dark green table and chairs make a comfy spot for Sylvanians to sit down, peruse the menu and enjoy their meal. If the sun decides to pop his hat on and make an appearance, the building can be rearranged to create an outdoor terrace; the perfect place for Sylvanians to enjoy the sunshine while sharing a delicious meal.   

 

The Village Pizzeria can even be joined with the Grocery Market to create a high street!

 

Get the Village Pizzeria HERE.



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Dressing up with Tiffany

06/11/19

Dress Up Set in Light Blue & Yellow

Hello my little ones, it’s so wonderful to see you again! Oh, would you look at that, just as the sun comes out too! Gosh you must be warm in that, you’re still wearing your winter clothes!

 

So, you’ve come looking for some new clothes for spring? You’ve certainly come to the right place! I have so much for you to choose from! Wait here, I’ll be back in  flash.

 

I have the perfect outfits for you, one for warm summer days and another fancier dress for all the upcoming birthday parties you’ve got! This is the Dress Up Set in Light Blue & Yellow, what do you think? You like it? I knew you would, you have such a good eye for pretty details!

 

Take a closer look at each dress; the yellow, polka dot dress is perfect for every day, whether you’re baking something tasty or off on an adventure. Would you look at that sweet turquoise bow? It’ll bring the colour out in your twinkly eyes! Now, the evening dress really is a showstopper. Just look at the beautiful charm at the top there and the matching gold trim will really make you stand out from the crowd. You’re going to be the talk of the Town!

 

Let me just wrap these up for you, neat and tidy. You must be extra careful with them, they’re extra special after all. There, now I’ll let you be on your way - stay cool out in the sun, dear!

 

 



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In the Woods with the Buttercups

05/30/19

Spring Scavenger Hunt

Hello my little primroses, how have you been keeping these last few weeks? It’s starting to warm up in Sylvanian Village and the seasons are changing. I think I can just about see the sun peeking out from behind the clouds, so that means it’s time for another scavenger hunt. What a treat!

 

This time I have some spring goodies for you to go out and look for. Make sure you get outside exploring throughout May, June and July to find these items. Let me know how you do!

 

Dandelions

The beautiful yellow petals of this flower turn into dandelion puffballs that you can blow to make a wish! Can you blow them away with one breath? You should make as many wishes as you can, they won’t be around for long! Now if you don’t mind me asking… what did you wish for?

 

Peas

These little veggies look adorable cuddled up together in their pods! Can you spot any growing in a vegetable garden? If you’re with a grown up, you could even collect some to have as a yummy snack!

 

Bluebells

Watch as the forests are transformed into an ocean of beautiful blue flowers in early spring. Can you guess where they got their name from? They’re like mini, blue church bells! Don’t pick these little guys though, because they’re very special. You’ll find them out on woodland walks - how many can you spot?

 

Bees

These clever little insects fly around flowers to pollinate them. Then guess what, my lovelies, they produce sweet honey back in their hives! But the poor bees are in danger and you can help them by planting some flowers with the help of a parent, so you can keep eating honey on your toast and cereal!

 

Deer

You might be able to see these magnificent animals out and about in the woods. You’ll have to be quiet to spot them as they’re quite shy, so be careful not to startle them! Spring is when their babies are born so if you’re very lucky you could catch a glimpse of a fawn. Do tell me if you do!

Doesn’t nature look so beautiful in the spring! How many of the items did you manage to discover on your scavenger hunt?



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Introducing

05/16/19

Maple Cat Sister & Marshmallow Mouse Sister

Have you met Miranda Maple and Stephanie Marshmallow, the new Town older sisters?

 

Miranda the Maple Cat Older Sister is a florist at the lovely Blooming Flower Shop in Town. She loves creating extravagant flower arrangements and spending time with her little sister Millie, who she is teaching about all the different types of flowers.

 

Miranda’s favourite flower is a simple daisy, but she loves anything that’s colourful! She even dresses from head to toe in a beautiful floral dress, with a flower bag to match!

 

Stephanie is the Marshmallow Mouse Older Sister and has a wonderful eye for detail. She’s an interior designer and nothing makes her whiskers tingle quite like a well decorated room. She helps her mother and father, Bianca and Bernard with the triplets when they are causing trouble, and is currently designing a brand new nursery to keep them entertained!

 

She wears a fashionable mint-green dress, and a belt which features a marshmallow motif. She always carries a camera, sketchbook and pencil in her handbag, ready to note down any ideas on the go!



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Mother Chocolate’s Recipes

05/02/19

Fairy Cakes

*Nibble, chomp* Oh, hi there! We didn’t see you come in… we were just testing the decorations to make sure they are tasty enough. We can confirm they are delicious! All we need now are some cakes to put the icing on. Would you like to help us? Mother Chocolate’s recipe is top secret, but she’s going to teach us today because we’ve been extra good!

 

 First of all we need to gather together all the ingredients.

 

Here’s a list of everything we need:

110g/4oz butter or margarine, softened at room temperature

110g/4oz caster sugar

2 free-range eggs, lightly beaten

1 tsp vanilla extract

110g/4oz self-raising flour

1-2 tbsp milk

 

For the icing

300g/10½oz icing sugar

2-3 tbsp water

2-3 drops food colouring

hundreds and thousands, or other cake decorations

 

And don’t forget the equipment:

A large mixing bowl

Fairy cake cases

Fairy cake baking tray

A wooden spoon

A large metal spoon

 

Now we’re all ready to make the yummiest fairy cakes in Sylvania! Even the Village Cake Shop will be impressed by our cakes.

 

Before you start mixing together the ingredients, you need to preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. It’s also a good idea to line 2 x 12-hole fairy cake tins with paper cases before getting messy!

 

Now, cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until it is light and fluffy, just like Ralph’s tail! Beat in the eggs, a little at a time, and stir in the vanilla extract.

 

Fold in the flour using a large metal spoon. Folding is a little bit different to stirring, all you have to do is scoop around the bottom of the bowl and fold the mixture in half, almost like helping with the washing! It makes the cakes fluffy and light.

 

Add a little milk until the mixture is a soft dropping consistency (this means it doesn’t stick to the spoon if you turn it over, but make sure it’s not too runny either) and spoon the mixture into the paper cases until they are half full.

 

You’re now ready to bake your delicious treats in the oven for 8-10 minutes. You can tell they are ready when they are beautiful golden-brown on top. If you poke the cakes with a skewer it should come out clean – if there is any cake mixture left on there, you’ll need to bake your fairy cakes for another couple of minutes.

 

Now, this is the hardest bit. Set the fairy cakes aside to cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the tin and place on a wire rack. It can be hard to keep your little paws off the hot cakes, so we always play a game to keep busy while they cool!

 

Next is the second best part, icing!

 

Sift the icing sugar into a large mixing bowl and stir in enough water to create a smooth mixture. Stir in the food colouring in any colour you like! Drizzle the icing over your cakes and decorate while it’s still soft. Just a few more minutes while the icing sets and they’re ready to eat! Yum!



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Introducing

04/18/19

Woolly Alpaca Family

The Woolly Alpacas are new to Sylvania, and are some of the most creative, craftiest Sylvanians around! They have the softest yarn which they take great pride in, and wear clothes in a gorgeous vintage style.

 

Andre can knit the warmest, cosiest garments out of the most beautifully coloured yarn. He sometimes spends so long poring over the samples, that Ariana wonders where he is.

 

Ariana is Andre’s beautiful wife with a singing voice to match. Her favourite season is winter and she practices Christmas carols all year long to sing to her neighbours. She also loves to wrap up warm in Andre’s cosy knitwear. 

 

Just like her parents, Fiorella is imaginative and artistic. You’ll usually find her creating something beautiful. Recently she has taken to embroidery and adds beautiful details to all of her clothes. Her latest project is with her father - they're making a beautiful scarf for her mother, which Fiorella will decorate with delicate embroidery.

 

Gabriel is the youngest of the Woolly Alpacas and, although he is the smallest, he certainly has the biggest smile. He loves the colour green and exploring the meadow is his favourite thing to do. 



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