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John Adams Play Stuff Review

John Adams Play Stuff Review

    I was given products free of charge to review on Instagram. It’s been a challenge trying to get hold of flour to make my own dough during this lockdown – and to be honest once I’ve added in food colouring and other ingredients it all adds up, which is why I was delighted when I was asked to review some “play stuff” which is currently… Read More »John Adams Play Stuff Review

    Sugar Cookie Solar System

    Sugar Cookie Solar System

      After commencing our salt dough solar system project Arlo seemed disappointed that the planets were not edible and so whilst waiting for our paint to dry we set about making a batch of sugar cookies. This is an extremely simple recipe and one which can be adapted with all sorts. You will need: 150g plain flour 100g butter 50g caster sugar A few drops of… Read More »Sugar Cookie Solar System

      Salt Dough Solar System

      Salt Dough Solar System

        Go big or go home is how the saying goes…. so when I decided to whip up some salt dough for Arlo we had to make the entire solar system. It’s not quite as challenging or daunting as you might imagine – all the pieces are circular shaped! We love salt dough and to make sure our pieces get to have a decent display time… Read More »Salt Dough Solar System

        Floral Sun Catchers

          We are still playing with collected flowers from our daily exercise (and also from the garden). Arlo loves the colours and the smell and is starting to recognise specific flowers and learn their names. For this activity you will need: Laminator Laminated flowers Scissors Collected flowers Hole punch Scissors Circular template We collected flowers for this in our own garden one evening – grandad has… Read More »Floral Sun Catchers

          Frozen flowers

            During our flower themed scavenger hunt we collected some beautiful flowers, and so we have been putting them to good use. For this activity you will need: Small collection of flowers Ice cube tray Tupperware container Calpol syringe Paint brush Tooth brush Cup of warm water All you need to do is place a flower or two in each compartment with water and freeze overnight.… Read More »Frozen flowers

            Chase the rainbow Scavenger hunt

            Chase the rainbow Scavenger hunt

              This is another super simple scavenger hunt, printed from the amazing Twinkle Arlo really enjoyed hunting for bugs the first time we tried this on our daily exercise. I don’t have many bugs indoors but our home is full of random little objects so I needed a new idea. Scavenger hunts help develop observational skills and build problem solving skills too. Along side looking for… Read More »Chase the rainbow Scavenger hunt

              Egg Box Caterpillar

              Egg Box Caterpillar

                You will need: Egg boxes (the long ones which hold a dozen eggs) Red, green and yellow Paint A purple Pipe cleaner In keeping with our Very Hungry Caterpillar theme because we are watching out insect Lore Caterpillars grow bigger – we tried some more craft activities today. I’m hoping that Arlo is learning to understand the life cycle of a butterfly with all of… Read More »Egg Box Caterpillar

                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

                  Salt Painting

                  Salt Painting

                    You will need: Salt PVA glue Printable worksheets Watercolour paints (home bargains) I chose to print some colouring pages from twinkl to fit our caterpillar theme because our Insect Lore Caterpillars arrived this week. This is a really simple idea and creates lovely image effects. STEP ONE: Paint a background colour with your water colours and then apply PVA glue generously. STEP TWO Sprinkle salt… Read More »Salt Painting

                    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