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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

      Wood Painting

      Wood Painting

        We love doing this because the finished items are small and beautiful, we’re running out of display space for our masterpieces on paper but can always find space for little wooden shapes which have play value too. You will need: Newspaper Paint palette (a plate will do) Brushes Wooden blanks Paints Mum Tip – To avoid the inevitable toddler brown splodges only provide colours from… Read More »Wood Painting

        Decorating cookies

        Decorating cookies

          You will need: Writing icing Sprinkles / sweets Biscuits Flat oven tray Ice cube tray This is a really quick and simple activity – especially if you don’t particularly like baking because you could use something as simple as a digestive – all of the things you need can be added to the supermarket food shop if you don’t have them in your cupboards already… Read More »Decorating cookies

          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

                Me time

                Me time

                  In response to my “what issues do you face as a mother in 2020?” question a friend of mine on Instagram shared: “I feel as though I am shamed or looked down upon for wanting ‘me’ time” I felt it was appropriate to share this immediately (anonymously) to open up the opportunity for women to share their feelings, experiences and advice and I have decided… Read More »Me time

                  Umberslade Adventures

                    Tucked away on the very outskirts of Birmingham is this lovely little outdoor adventure playground. My sister invited us out one Sunday morning – she sent me the postcode and told me to pack a lunch, we had no idea where we were heading, but we were looking forward to a day with the wildlings (aka the cousins). I put the details in my satnav… Read More »Umberslade Adventures