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Counting to ten

Counting to ten

    I purchased these wonderful boards from an Etsy store we represent on Instagram – Mimis Makes – you can use code ARLO10 for a discount. I love wooden toys and supporting small businesses run by working from home mums. Miranda has helped me to create some wonderful and useful play resources and can paint them all to your preferences. I opted to keep ours blank… Read More »Counting to ten

    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

        Water Play

        Water Play

          I’m trying to resist the urge to put up our swimming pool and have the novelty wear off or the sides burst before the really hot weather arrives. Playing with water outside is a really simple concept. Use whatever you have lying around the house. For example here Arlo is using a set of stacking cups which he has had since he was about six… Read More »Water Play

          Planting seeds

          Planting seeds

            We have been spending a huge amount of time in the garden. Grandad is obsessed with his lawn and has lots of random bits and bobs lying around, and naturally Arlo likes to follow him as he potters around. To include Arlo we bought a children’s gardening set from amazon but this isn’t essential. You will need: Seeds Compost Pots (recycled yoghurt pots are great)… Read More »Planting seeds

            Cool chicks

            Cool chicks

              You will need: Ice cube tray Water spray bottle Salt Toy hammer Mini chicks (or small toys) Small oven tray Ice excavation activities have always been a firm favourite in this household, but we have very limited freezer space at the moment and so I had to find something small enough to fit inside the ice cube trays. I provided Arlo with a a spray… Read More »Cool chicks

              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

                Arley Arboretum

                Arley Arboretum

                  What a beautiful place. It was my sisters idea to take all of the kids for a little mini break, so we booked a hotel, packed up the cars and headed off on an adventure for the bank holiday weekend. Arley Arboretum is in Worcestershire, not too far from the beautiful banks of the river Severn where there are plenty of beautiful rest stops for… Read More »Arley Arboretum

                  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