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Bug Hotel

Bug Hotel

    Welcome to Rainbow Towers! Our bug hotel was an amazon find, the basic wooden box arrived flat pack and had to be glued together which didn’t take too long at all. Then is was just a case of doing a little bit of interior design. I set up a nature tuff tray and we set to work. The straw, pine cones and bamboo sticks all… Read More »Bug Hotel

    Plants and flower hunt

    Plants and flower hunt

      Another scavenger hunt activity inspired by the success of our recent Mini Beast hunt and chase the rainbow treasure collecting activities. We used the Twinkl Plants and Flowers Hunt sheet. I printed this one twice and condensed it down to one page of A4. This worksheet is fabulous as it has all sorts of really common flowers that you can find on a walk outdoors… Read More »Plants and flower hunt

      Mini Beast Scavenger Hunt

      Mini Beast Scavenger Hunt

        You will need: A list of things to find It’s as simple as that really. I used another twinkl printable resource but you could easily create your own list without a printer. I laminated our list so we can use it with a dry wipe pen during our daily exercise walks but we practised first at home – Arlo went hunting for all his little… Read More »Mini Beast Scavenger Hunt

        Bubble Socks

        Bubble Socks

          You will need: An old bottle Scissors Sock Hair tie or elastic band Washing up bowl Fairy liquid I saw a viral video from The Dad Lab on Facebook and thought this was worth a go….. Arlo was getting under our feet very early one morning and so I set him up with this and to my surprise it actually worked really well. All you… Read More »Bubble Socks

          Colour Mixing

          Colour Mixing

            Arlo is lucky enough to have a mud kitchen, but you don’t need an elaborate set up for this. In fact I couldn’t find any of his usual tools so had to ‘make do’ You will need: Water based paints 2/3 squeezy water bottles (or pipettes if you have them) Washing up bowl Unscrew the lids from the bottles and add a small amount of… Read More »Colour Mixing

            Washing up

            Washing up

              It seems crazy to add this in as an activity but trust me on this one….. add bubbles to a plastic bowl in the garden and children seem to suddenly want to complete chores. You will need: Washing up bowl Washing up liquid Sponge Cloths Brushes After my messy dinosaur themed tuff tray Arlo was very disappointed that his dinosaurs were covered in slime and… Read More »Washing up

              The Eden Project

              The Eden Project

                What a beautiful place. This is a “must do” if you’re visiting Cornwall. It’s hard to describe what it’s all about because the experience is so breathtaking, but to put it simply it’s a huge project set up in a reclaimed China clay pit with two huge biomes (large greenhouse type domes) and surrounded by an outdoor garden interspersed with art and informative exhibitions. This… Read More »The Eden Project

                The Fairy Tale Forest

                The Fairy Tale Forest

                  We decided to conclude our May Day bank holiday mini break with a trip to Rays Farm, set in the Shropshire Countryside. With four children to amuse it’s sometimes difficult to satisfy all of the different age ranges, but here there really is something for everyone. As we arrived we purchased tickets and animal food and headed to the farmyard to meet the animals. Arlo… Read More »The Fairy Tale Forest

                  Easter Eggstravaganza

                  Easter Eggstravaganza

                    We love to celebrate in our family… any excuse for a gathering and we will all get together and start planning the food. Easter is quickly becoming as commercial as Christmas, and I don’t see this as a bad thing. We aren’t religious as a family but having been bought up in a multi cultural city I think it’s important to acknowledge all cultures, (we… Read More »Easter Eggstravaganza