Top tips for autumnal fun this October half-term

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Leaf printing

Leaves come in all different colours, shapes and sizes and at this time of year, they can be seen falling to the ground in abundance. The kids will love searching through all of the different varieties. Collect them and bring them home to use for leaf printing. Make pictures, cards or even create wrapping paper ready for any upcoming birthdays!

Collages

Autumn collages are by far the best, as there are so many different objects to choose from. Search for russet-coloured leaves, conkers, pine cones, twirly twigs, berries and more! When your bag (or two or three!) is full to the brim, bring them home and create beautiful collages and scenes out of your treasures!

Hedgehog homes

With recent reports suggesting that there are less than one million hedgehogs left in the UK, creating a hedgehog home is the perfect way to help encourage these loveable critters to set up camp in your garden. A home is relatively simple and cheap to produce, in fact, the RSPB website has some great tips for creating the perfect hedgehog home. Take some photographs of the children busy at work so that they can share their achievements with the class on their return to school.

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Go on a mystery walk

Wrap up warm and make the most of the crisp autumn air by exploring your local surroundings while spending some quality family time together. There are many free mystery walks available online, so find a route, check out the clues and start searching for hidden landmarks!

Stained glass leaves

Why not use the autumn shapes as inspiration for some beautiful stained-glass leaves for your windows? These lovely designs can transform your window and could also make a lovely gift for grandparents or other family members!

Conker creatures

Hours of fun lie ahead with the creation of fabulous conker creatures! Let their imagination run wild and as they create a whole village of little creatures. Decorate them with cocktail sticks for legs, piping for the hair and sticky eyes on their faces.

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Do you have any plans for October half-term? Let us know at @ACECLEANUK on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Don’t forget to pick up a bottle of ACE in Morrisons, The Range, Tesco (and lots of other retailers!).

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Top 5 Halloween costumes you can make from home

With Halloween just around the corner, the kids are already likely to be planning their next spooky look. Trouble is, most of the character-themed creations on offer come at an extortionate price, particularly when you consider they are likely to be worn for just a few hours and will probably be too small by next Halloween! If you’re keen to help the kids look fantastically scary without breaking the bank, here are some fabulously creative ideas for costumes you can make from home!

The traditional ghost

It’s an old classic, but it’s a favourite. Using a white bed sheet as the base, your child can be as creative as they like, from cutting out eyes to adorning with spiders, chains, glitter or other spooky creations. Fabric pens are great for this, but your normal felt tip pens will also do the trick.

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The zombie

Put your child’s worn out, old dressing up costumes to good use by repurposing them for Halloween! Transform any beautiful princess dress, nurse or doctors’ outfit, cheerleading costume, or even a beloved old onesie into a gruesome extravaganza by cutting or ripping the sleeves, adding some dirt and a splash or two of red dye or tomato ketchup! Absolutely anything goes in Zombie-land, so your child can choose whatever clothes or costume they like and transform it into a spooky delight. They may make quite a mess in their excitement, so be sure to keep your ACE stain remover spray handy!

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The vampire/vampiress

Thanks to the popularity of Vampirina, Hotel Transylvania and the Twilight Saga, vampires now come in all shapes and sizes. This provides kids with the perfect opportunity to create their own unique vampire look but be sure to include the trademark fangs! Check out this great Dracula Vampire Makeup tutorial we found on YouTube.

The black cat

Dressing up as a black cat can be achieved very simply just by selecting all-black clothing. From a leotard they use for dance class through to a plain t-shirt and leggings, you are likely to have everything you need to complete this look at home. Add a nose and whiskers with makeup and create the ears by attaching a black card to a headband. For the tail, consider stuffing some old fabric into the leg of a pair of tights. Easy!

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The robot

For those who fancy being a little more creative with their costume, robots would make the perfect Halloween craft project! From choosing the colours to personalising each robot with its own gizmos and gadgets, the possibilities are endless. You can view the tutorial on how to make both the child and adult versions here.

What’s your favourite homemade Halloween costume? Let us know at @ACECLEANUK on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Don’t forget to pick up a bottle of ACE in Morrisons, The Range, Tesco (and lots of other retailers!).

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Back to school stain guide

The kids are back to school – hurrah! Each day they set off in crisp clean uniforms and return with a whole rainbow of stains that testify to their busy activities: the splatter of paint from art class, the grass from the playing fields, and the drip of gravy from lunch. As the washing mounts up and you feel the panic start to rise, fear not! ACE’s brand ambassador – the UK’s biggest cleaning blogger, ‘Queen of Clean’, is here to help you tackle some of the most common school-induced stains!

Paint

The days of wearing dad’s old shirt have gone in schools as many now claim to use washable paint. Sometimes this is not the case and a simple wash isn’t always enough to banish those annoying paint stains from a white polo shirt. Apply ACE for Whites directly to the mark to get your kid’s shirts stain free!

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Pen Ink

Ink can be one of the hardest stains to remove if not treated straight away, and whether it’s leaky pens or accidental felt tip marks, your child is likely to come home with at least one of these marks on a regular basis. Apply ACE Stain Remover Spray to the stain and leave to work for 15 minutes, rinse and wash as normal to banish the annoying ink marks.

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Grass

Grass stains show up even on dark school uniform, and with all the playground games this type of stain will inevitably turn up on your little one’s school uniform. Grass is one of the easiest stains to tackle when you have a bottle of ACE in the cupboard. Chuck all your grass stained items into the wash with a capful of ACE and the annoying green marks will be gone.

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Mud

Kids always manage to get covered in mud – particularly if you have a child who likes to knee slide or drag their belongings along the ground! Use ACE to banish mud stains from their school uniform and bag. Leave mud to dry before picking off large clumps, soak items in cold water with a capful of ACE for Colours before washing as normal.

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Blood

Grazed knees and nose bleeds often result in a marked school uniform, and blood can stain quite quickly. Queen of Clean always advises to turn the clothing item inside out before running the stained section under the cold-water tap. Add a drop of ACE directly to the stain, leave it to sit before rinsing and washing as normal.

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What’s your favourite trick for getting rid of troublesome stains? Let us know at @ACECLEANUK on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Don’t forget to pick up a bottle of ACE in Morrisons, The Range, Tesco (and lots of other retailers!).

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If your kids are struggling to know what to get you or your partner for Mother’s Day, why not suggest they help with a few jobs around the house? This present won’t cost them a penny and will probably mean more to you than another scented candle! Not only will the gift of cleaning help you, it will also help your little ones realise that making the bed or unloading the dishwasher isn’t as hard as they may have first thought. ACE has listed some jobs your little ones can do at a whole range of ages. They may only be small things but we’re sure they’ll make a big difference to your day, and you never know, it may become the gift that keeps on giving!

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The dark nights have been around for a few weeks now and it seems to be colder and rainier as each day comes. All these factors can make it difficult to think of activities and things to do on the weekends, so the team at ACE have listed a few ideas that are perfect for filling the festive weekends. With the help of ACE you can remove any stains without removing the memory of an amazing Christmas season!

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Christmas can be an expensive time of year with buying presents, food and decorations. It can be a lot more affordable, and more meaningful to the receiver, to give cards and gifts that are a little bit more personal. The team at ACE have put together a list of ‘do it yourself’ Christmas activities that the kids can also get involved in! When you’re cleaning up after, ACE will be there to help remove the stains but keep the memories of the festive family activities.

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We are sure that by now most of you have the costumes, the face-paint and the sweets ready for the trick-or-treaters – but what about the decorations? The team here at ACE have put together a few easy-to-make Halloween decorations that will make your house the spookiest on the street. Remember that when you have a bottle of ACE in your cupboard, there is nothing scary about a stain!

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June the 17th is the day to celebrate the special father or father figure in your life. Day to day a father will provide, care for and cherish you and your little ones so this is the time to give something back. Whether he’s football mad, loves a round of golf or into sports cars, ACE has pulled together some breakfast in bed ideas that you and the children can surprise him with. When creating these delights in the kitchen, make sure ACE stain remover is on hand to ensure the day is all about him and not about stains!

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As the queen celebrates her official birthday on Sunday 9th June, we reflect on the wonderful royal occasions that have taken place this year. We have seen the birth of Prince Louis on 23rd April and the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on 19th June, leaving us bursting with national pride. What better time to get your nearest and dearest involved with some regal inspired activities? And of course, keep royally clean while doing so with ACE’s fab products, meaning you can remove the stains whilst keeping hold of the precious memories.

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Spring has officially sprung and what better way to spend a month with not one, but two bank holidays AND a half-term than with some fun-filled family time? As this week (30th April – 4th May) is Children’s Activities Week in the UK, ACE has investigated the top outdoor activities that you and your little ones can enjoy together. Spending time outdoors is not only enjoyable, it’s also proven to be great for the respiratory system whilst vitamin D rays boost the immune system and nervous system. Get stuck in outside this May with ACE, safe in the knowledge you can remove the stains but keep the memories.

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