Halloween Jelly Hand

Halloween Jelly Hand

After spotting a fantastic hand mould  in PoundLand I knew it would be perfect for a sensory Halloween activity. We reused the spiders that we added to our Halloween Spider Sensory Bin which was featured on Building Blocks and Acorns. After our jelly digging failure last year I had learnt the lesson to add extra gelatin  to the jelly for it to set firmly. It worked in our second attempt at jelly digging and our edible jelly worms so hoped that it would work again. Our Halloween jelly hand turned out perfectly. I also used the Halloween ice cube tray that has featured in...
BeWILDerwood – Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade

BeWILDerwood – Glorious Glowing La...

When we won tickets to BeWILDerwood from the fantastic blog Mud Mud Marvellous Mud I knew we had to go this season. The perfect opportunity came during October half term so we could experience The Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade.  We had been concerned that it may be too scary for Adam but it turned out to be a magical experience. BeWILDerwood has always been a brilliant day out but taking Adam turned it into a fantastic experience.  We had an action packed day. We arrived at 10am and Adam did stop running, climbing, sliding and laughing until we left at 5.40pm. He never...
Halloween Sensory Bin

Halloween Sensory Bin

After discovering a witches cauldron in PoundLand I wanted to create a Halloween Sensory Bin. I found black and orange straws that I could cut up and use as the sensory bin base. The straws were cut into segments that were different lengths. I purchased some soft centred green and red eyes from PoundLand and hid them in the straws. Finally, I decorated the sensory bin with cute purple bat pom poms. I knew that Adam would start transferring the sensory bin’s contents straight away so I gave him a Halloween ice cube tray. At first he took the straws out one scoop at a...
Ghost Balloon Busters

Ghost Balloon Busters

In preparation for Halloween we have been reading ‘The Haunted House’ by Kazuno Kohara. A little girl, who turns out to be a witch, lives in a haunted house but manages to catch all the ghosts. She turns them into curtains and blankets. When I was replacing some net curtains I realised they would be perfect to recycle into ghosts – opposite to what the little witch did in ‘The Haunted House’ book. The same day Adam used a fly squatter to hit a single balloon around the living room. The idea of Ghost Balloon Busters was formed. The ghosts were...
Pumpkin Car Tunnel

Pumpkin Car Tunnel

After our wonderful pumpkin picking experience last week, we brought two pumpkins home. I knew from last years experience that I am hopeless at carving a pumpkin so wanted to find a way that Adam could play with the pumpkin – hence we made a pumpkin tunnel. First we needed to scoop out the pumpkin meat. We placed the pumpkins on our Tuff Spot. Adam got involved, although he was still hesitant about touching the pumpkin meat with his hands. At either side of the large pumpkin I cut out two holes for the tunnel and used Tip-ex to write on the pumpkin. To form the road...
10 Sensory Bins Using Food

10 Sensory Bins Using Food

Here at Adventures of Adam we love sensory bins. They are a great way of getting the benefits of sensory play, such as cognitive, language and physical development, with no mess involved. As the resources are kept in a small container, cleaning up afterwards is quick. Food makes a great base for a sensory bin. Most items are already in your kitchen cupboard making it a cost effective play activity. Here are our top 10 sensory bins using food: 1. Edible Dinosaur Sensory Bin  Everything in this sensory bin is edible – even the dinosaurs! Broken rice cakes, biscuits...
Pumpkin Picking – White House Farm, Norwich

Pumpkin Picking – White House Farm...

I have never considered going pumpkin picking before. However, when I realised you could pick your own pumpkin at White House Farm in Norwich I thought it was an opportunity we couldn’t miss. The farm is near my childhood home in Thorpe St Andrew. It is located just off Blue Boar Lane in between Tesco and the Sprowston Garden Centre. Driving down the lane to the farm it felt like we were in the middle of the countryside rather than a couple of miles from Norwich city centre. Luckily there were several signs reassuring us we were on the right track! The car park was...
Harvest Sensory Bin

Harvest Sensory Bin

It is hard to believe it is Autumn already and that the harvest has come and gone. As we live in the countryside Adam regularly sees tractors carrying different loads. What better way to celebrate harvest than with a harvest sensory bin using different cereals from the kitchen cupboard. We used Shreddies, Weetabix and Cherrios. In the box I placed our fake grass mat as a base  and added a farm house and a variety of tractors. At one end I stacked toilet roll tubes to represent hay bales. Adam’s play focused on the Weetabix. He transferred them from one side of the...
Mumsnet Book of Animal Stories

Mumsnet Book of Animal Stories

We were delighted to be asked to review the “Mumsnet book of Animal Stories.” It is a delightful hardback book of ten animal stories. However, these are not just ten stories picked at random. They have been chosen from hundreds of entries in the Mumsnet, Gransnet and Walker Books children’s story competition. The book showcases new writing talent and has created a book that is uniquely by parents, for parents. The difficult task of chairing the judging of the competition was down to Anthony Browne. He says “the ten we eventually selected are a...
Bird watching at Burlingham Woods

Bird watching at Burlingham Woods

Recently Adam’s Pre-School invite the children to take part in a bird watching competition. The children were given a bird chart from the Woodland Trust and a sponsor form. We were to look out for and identify birds that we could see at a particular time. Although Adam rarely stays still long enough to see birds, we set off on our first bird watching adventure. Armed with our binoculars, bird watching sheet and our wellies, we visited Burlingham Woods. We regularly visit Burlingham Woods as it is only a short drive from home. We started going when Adam was a few...