Category Archives: Child Activities

Valentine’s Notebook

Valentine's Notebook

 

We had a little crafting session this week. As Valentine’s Day is fast approaching we used the theme of hearts to inspire us.   We bought some notebooks from Tiger. At £1 for 3 it was a bargain. We used a pencil with a rubber on the end as our printing tool. We mixed a number of different shades of pink. And we were off.

Valentine's Notebook 1

A sweet notebook to offer to your loved ones or a place to write love notes.

Have a fun Valentine’s

naomi x

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Valentine’s Notebook

Valentine's Notebook

We had a little crafting session this week. As Valentine’s Day is fast approaching we used the theme of hearts to inspire us.   We bought some notebooks from Tiger. At £1 for 3 it was a bargain. We used a pencil with a rubber on the end as our printing tool. We mixed a number of different shades of pink. And we were off.

 

Valentine's Notebook 1

 

A sweet notebook to offer to your loved ones or a place to write love notes.

 

Have a fun Valentine’s

naomi x

Father’s Day Art

canvas drawing1

In celebration of Father’s Day this year the Minou set about capturing the thing she most likes doing with her papa – “going to the park”. Who doesn’t love those round-bodied people with wonky smiles. She took delight in drawing one for her papa and one for her grandpapa.

canvas drawing 2

There was a Range near us (think Ikea without the stress) so we wandered around the shop until we found the perfect sized flat canvas and little frame. I think the canvas gives an extra dimension that makes it look worthy of art gallery presentation, smudged ink and all.

Canvas drawing 3

Have a lovely weekend

naomi x

Exploring Bath Caves and Discovering Glowing Bounty

Being an Explorer is a full time play career. No cave, lagoon or bath tub should be left undiscovered. Plus all Explorers need to practice their numerous abilities: opening locks; eating blueberries in sonic speed and deep sea glow stick diving.

Bird Decoration Key

So to enchant and exercise your little Explorer’s skills try the wondrous bath cave.
To join us you’ll need:

– a bath

– glow sticks (optional)

– bath dryer rack

– towels

– an adventurous spirit

Bath Cave Fun 1

If you cover your bath rack with lots of towels it will be dark enough inside your cave to have the bathroom light on and still see your glow sticks glow  – bonus.

Bath Cave Fun

We went exploring and deep sea diving together to find glowing treasure at the bottom of the lagoon. My little Explorer insisted we actually dive under the water to retrieve the bounty. She ran a tight ship. Her exploration involved hunting under water for treasure of a particular colour whilst pretending to be a baby. I admit at times I was confused and if I forgot the baby voice my finds were deemed unfit for the ship. It was certainly great for encouraging her ‘head under water’ confidence and umm well, my skills in keeping my contact lenses in place whilst trying to locate the blue glow sticks.

If you want to stay dry and leave the exploring to your littlie just keep an extra eye on their expedition in the cave as their imagination may be greater than their skills.

Have fun Explorers!

p.s Here is our first glow stick bath

p.p.s remember to tell your littlie not to snap or bend the glow sticks as you don’t want fluorescence children at the end of bathtime. Glowing in the dark children can never be a good thing when its bed time.

naomi x

 

 

Scavenger Hunts

Toddler/littlie walking can be very s.l.o.w. They love to notice every new bud, pebble and earwig. I have to remember to enjoy this gentle pace. I naturally enjoy a fast pace of life so if I’m not careful I’m rushing and hurrying my littlie along and miss out on those moments. Plus we like walking. Good for the soul, good for the body.

The park is a 10-20 minute walk from our home depending on the fun to look at on the way. To embrace this journey we made a scavenger hunt of things to look out for along the way. I have since seen many elegant and sophisticated scavenger ideas on pinterest involving print out photos and egg cartons. This was not that. It is not a work of art. It is not even pretty. But it worked. Sometimes creativity is about an idea and making it work for you, in that moment.

So to join us:

Scavenger Hunt Card

This bad boy has lasted a year! I am impressed by the hardiness of that weed!

– grab a piece of card from the pizza takeaway box or the minutes from your last work meeting

– get a roll of Sellotape

– run outside whilst your littlie is grappling with their coat and pluck a weed, some grass, a pebble or piece of gravel and anything else in easy reach, run back inside to find coat on stairs, shoes on wrong feet and that littlie has found your chocolate stash.

– eat a chunk of chocolate whilst you tape down items from outside

– put your A’level art skills to the test by drawing an odd shaped bird, plane, car, clouds and tree. Living in the city I could have added a crane and digger, if you live in the country ummm err you could add other things…a duck, a tractor, the scent of healthy air?

– Add some shapes to extend the hunt as all items may be found in the first 5 minutes if you have a child with hawk eyes like my child

– find a bag (for all your finds, otherwise how will you hold and drink your coffee?)

– take your thermos of coffee and head out the door, bag and card in hand

Off you go. Hunt those beauties out.

Enjoy the stroll, sip your coffee and stare back nonchalantly at passer byes who look slightly frightened after you yelp in excitement at the sight of a ‘circle’ headlight! or “bird!, birdy! Look!”

Scavenger away

naomi x