All posts filed under: Messy play

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Truly Lovely Potions

When my children were smaller, largely before Miss J started school, we spent a lot of time engaged in messy and sensory play activities. I invested in a Tuff spot not only to try and contain some of the mess but also to invent small world scenarios. We had such fun, making moon sand, conducting simple science experiments, painting with trains, tracing letters in all sorts of substances (our favourite being Angel Delight powder), and so much more. With the boy not so keen on getting wet and messy, once Miss J was spending her days at school, the fabric of our play changed. The boy and I would mostly play with trains, with a few diggers, dumpers, and wild animals thrown in. I tried to introduce messier aspects, hiding his trains in jelly and ice, but this more often frustrated than delighted him. One activity that really did work for him though were our autumn tracks in the Tuff spot.   We spent the morning collecting colourful fallen leaves at the park then constructed …

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Roald Dahl Day – Golden Ticket Costume

My children adore Roald Dahl stories. It all started with the audio books – bought primarily in the hopes that they would encourage the boy to stay in bed instead of getting up ten times before settling (they work pretty well). Quickly, my children realised that they love the stories and the music that goes with them, the voices of the readers and everything else. We bought the books to go with them and read chapters before bed and listening to more. On top of this, Miss J has spent a term at school learning about Roald Dahl – not just the stories but the man behind them. So, this Roald Dahl Day, we were keen to make an effort.  Year 2 (Miss J’s year) are dressing up today, as characters from Roald Dahl stories. Weeks ago, when we heard about the opportunity, Miss J wanted to go as an Oompah Loomah and had seen the costume she wanted online. However, as we had three other dress up days this month, including World Book Day …

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Mother’s Day Activites at Squires Garden Centres

I am never really sure what to say when my children ask me what I would like for Mother’s Day, but continue to ask they do (particularly Miss J who is keen to make a fuss of me, thoughtful lass that she is). I am not one for material gifts as such, not from my children anyway. I far prefer the homemade touch – a card they’ve made themselves without prompting trumps any lavish gift picked up in a mad panic the day before. I think that is why I so love the Mother’s Day activity that Squires Garden Centres have come up with this year – a container of flowers that your little ones choose and put together all by themselves.    We were invited to preview this activity last weekend and I now have two beautiful tubs of flowers on my windowsill, for which I am very grateful. The children’s experience began with a mooch round the garden centre to choose their own ribbon and flowers. The boy wanted blue-ish colours whilst Miss J …

Guest Post – Sensory Fun for Babies

As we are away this week, I am honoured to share a series of lovely guest posts from some truly great bloggers. First up, we have Hannah from Budding Smiles, who is sharing with us some sensory play ideas for babies: “Toby is nearly 9 months old and sensory play is something I’ve always been really keen to do with him because not only is it loads of fun but it also provides stimulation for his senses and helps to develop loads of cognitive skills such as vocabulary and understanding patterns. When we’re playing, I’m constantly talking to Toby about what we’re doing and whilst his vocabulary is currently limited to “Abababa”, “EEEEEEEEEH!” and “Bubu” – the last one being coupled with excited waving – he will be slowly taking on board the things I’m saying to him. I describe the textures and colours of objects, I let things go quiet then tell him to listen as I shake a bottle of rice somewhere out of sight and the joy of watching him develop from looking …

Messy Play with Roald Dahl and Chocolate Gloop

A while ago, we’re probably talking years now, I picked up a Roald Dahl 4-CD audiobook set in a charity shop for a couple of quid.  I kept meaning to buy the children a CD player for their bedroom so that they could listen to the stories before bed, but never got round to it.  Then we bought Miss J one for Christmas and, a couple of weeks into January, I found the CDs.  I wasn’t sure what the children would make of them.  The only Roald Dahl they had been introduced to prior to this was the film of Matilda, and even that hadn’t held the boy’s attention.  Happily, the audiobooks were different and they quickly became enamoured.  Their favourite of the four is, without a doubt, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  So much so that we now have the book and both versions of the film.  We are reading the book before bed at the moment – I always say a chapter a night but it is more usually three, or four. Then, …