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Osmo: The little Genius Starter Kit - Review

Osmo: The little Genius Starter Kit – Review

    Disclaimer: We received the product featured in this blog free of charge Introducing kids to technology is a divisive parenting choice. Finding the right screen time for children is such a difficult challenge, and there are many parents out there who understandably want to avoid it as much as possible. I think Play Osmo have developed an innovative new product which addresses the need to… Read More »Osmo: The little Genius Starter Kit – Review

    beans&sparks book review

    beans&sparks book review

      This book was gifted for the purposes of the review – all thoughts and opinions are my own. “Do you think we’ll live in space one day?” The homesick astronaut asked This beans&sparks book was kindly sent to us to review – and what a delight. First things first you use the website to create an avatar with your child’s likeness. This is a fairly… Read More »beans&sparks book review

      Messy Play - spaghetti

      Under the Sea Tuff Tray with Spaghetti

        I often use spaghetti for messy play. It’s great to add texture. I always felt safer using edible foodstuffs when Arlo was tiny because everything would always end up in his mouth. You will need: Spaghetti Food colouring Vinegar Olive oil I’ve tried various different methods and this is the one which works best for me. Boil and drain off the pasta as normal, before… Read More »Under the Sea Tuff Tray with Spaghetti

        Experimental Rainbows

          I decided to try out a little science experiment with Arlo after seeing the idea float around Pinterest and this captured his attention for an hour – a parenting win! You will need: Food colouring Bicarbonate of soda Vinegar Baking tray Pipettes To prepare all you need to do is add a few drops of colouring to each section of the baking tray and then… Read More »Experimental Rainbows

          FireMan Tuff Tray

          FireMan Tuff Tray

            This is the most simple idea which I have seen doing the rounds lately….. and requires minimal set up compared to our recent tuff tray set ups like our car wash, construction and dinosaur swamp so worth trying out: You will need: Water based paint Paint brush Tuff tray Hose pipe Water spray Fire characters So here’s a time lapse of me creating the set… Read More »FireMan Tuff Tray

            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

              Tuff Tray - Construction

              Tuff Tray – Construction

                Here’s another really simple set up using bits from around the garden and more of our favourite toys. Items I used: Sand from the sand box Compost Gravel Stones Toy diggers A really simple and quick activity to set up and another one which keeps a busy little toddler occupied for quite a while. Just add in random textures which match their favourite toys (like… Read More »Tuff Tray – Construction

                Tuff Tray Dinosaur Swamp

                Tuff Tray Dinosaur Swamp

                  I set this one up first thing in the morning so that when Arlo came downstairs and couldn’t find his favourite dinosaurs he knew something was up. He tentatively approached the tray and wasn’t quite sure what to do because some of his favourite dinosaurs were sticky. He did eventually get his hands dirty and started doing some role play with dinosaurs, this kept Arlo… Read More »Tuff Tray Dinosaur Swamp

                  Creative Tonie guide

                  Creative Tonie guide

                    How to add content to your first creative tonie Once you have set your tonie box up it’s time for you to create and upload your own content to a creative Tonie and make the experience even more wonderful. This is the simple guide to using a creative Tonie. This process is nowhere near as daunting as you think it will be and once you… Read More »Creative Tonie guide

                    tougH Girl

                      Hyperemesis Gravidarum Pregnancy. Every blogger out there has a nemesis of a story they want to share. I never intended to share this one because it’s not a fun and positive experience – I am known for being optimistic and enthusiastic, full of energy – but in all honesty there is not much I enjoyed about the experience of pregnancy. I went from posting copious… Read More »tougH Girl