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West Midlands Safari Park

    This week we visited the safari park – Arlo is learning new sounds and animal names every day and we’re really keen to encourage this whilst he seems so interested. The challenge is there’s only so many animals you can see on a day to day basis “in real life” and I’m getting a bit bored of ducks and dogs. We do as much as… Read More »West Midlands Safari Park

    Magic mess free painting

      I can’t remember where I first saw this idea – probably a Pinterest board or another mum blog but it’s certainly one worth sharing! We love mark making – I used to be happy with paint when we had laminate flooring and Arlo didn’t move quite so fast but with cream carpets and my little Usain Bolt on the loose this is the next best… Read More »Magic mess free painting

      Creating a masterpiece

        I thought I’d share a quick “how to” – this is such a simple idea, and if you get a couple of the steps right you can create something to treasure forever. First things first – head to The works for your materials. You don’t need to spend huge amounts on things for arts and crafts, and their basic canvases come in all shapes and… Read More »Creating a masterpiece

        Ice Excavation

          This is such an easy prep activity it’s worth storing in the memory bank for summer. All you need to do is add some small colourful items to a container, fill it with water and freeze it. Add the frozen block to a washing up bowl or a Tuff Tray and provide some tools to experiment with. In this block we added brightly coloured ribbons… Read More »Ice Excavation

          Feeling Natural

            Sensory baskets are such a good way to start encouraging independent play. Arlo was seven months when he got his first basket. I decided to create a natural themed basket as up until this stage he had mainly experienced plastic and brightly coloured toys.In this basket I chose to include: Wooden spoons Cotton flannel Sponge Leather chamois Wooden curtain rings A pine cone A dolly… Read More »Feeling Natural