June’s Adventures 2015

June’s Adventures 2015

Our monthly round up posts have come full circle. We started a year ago today with our June 2014’s round up just after we returned form BritMums Live. Things may have been a little quieter on the blog but behind the scenes we have had an incredibly busy month. It started off when we found out we were finalists in the Mad Blog Awards for Best Pre-School Blog. A month later and the news still has not sunk in. We were also in the local newspaper raising awareness of Hyperemesis Gravidarum and the Pregnancy Sickness Support charity. You can read the full article here....
Tuff Spot Tuesday Mud

Tuff Spot Tuesday Mud

Welcome to our third Tuff Spot Tuesday. We have teamed up with the wonderful Playful Learners to bring you a weekly Tuff Spot challenge. Don’t know what a Tuff Spot is? Click here to find out more and how to get your hands on one.   What is Tuff Spot Tuesday?  Every Tuesday we will be setting you a #TuffSpotTuesday challenge based on a weekly theme. It is up to you how you interpret the theme. Don’t worry – we will share some ideas to get you inspired. The Tuff Spot Tuesday challenge runs weekly with a new challenge every Tuesday. You can link up your post...
International Mud Day Tuff Spot

International Mud Day Tuff Spot

As June 29th is International Mud Day we had to celebrate with our own International Mud Day Tuff Spot activity. (This post contains affiliate links) It doesn’t seem five minutes ago we celebrated last year by creating Adam’s Mud Kitchen. One year on and it is still going strong. It now even has a microwave. Today’s Tuff Spot activity was simply an extension to Adam’s Mud Kitchen – a different way to use the same resources. I filled our blue Tuff Spot with soil from the garden, a variety of plastic containers, several tools from the Mud...
Basic Maths with Bottle Caps

Basic Maths with Bottle Caps

Today we are participating in the Math Made Fun with Everyday Manipulatives Blog Hop hosted by School Time Snippets. Our chosen manipulative is bottle caps. These may be recycled milk bottle tops or drink bottle caps – we used a mixture of both. Best of all – the manupulative is free! Here are 5 ways you can use bottle caps to aid your little ones mathematical development. 1. Counting The bottle caps are great to practise one-to-one correspondence. They can either be moved across, turned over or simply touched when counting each cap.   2. Number...
Indoor Play Ideas for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Indoor Play Ideas for Toddlers and Presc...

Do you have a child under the age of 5? Then these indoor play ideas for toddlers and preschoolers are for you! Cabin fever will be a thing of the past with over 180 ways to entertain your little ones. From fine motor skills development to arts and crafts and learning activities, there is something for every child under 5.   This post will be updated regularly so be sure to keep checking back.   If you are looking for outdoor play activities for toddlers and preschoolers click here.   Do you enjoy our toddler play activities? Please vote for us to win...
Outdoor Play Ideas for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Outdoor Play Ideas for Toddlers and Pres...

Tuff Spot Tuesday Food

Tuff Spot Tuesday Food

Welcome to our second Tuff Spot Tuesday. We have teamed up with the wonderful Playful Learners to bring you a weekly Tuff Spot challenge. Don’t know what a Tuff Spot is? Click here to find out more and how to get your hands on one.   What is Tuff Spot Tuesday?  Every Tuesday we will be setting you a #TuffSpotTuesday challenge based on a weekly theme. It is up to you how you interpret the theme. Don’t worry – we will share some ideas to get you inspired. The Tuff Spot Tuesday challenge runs weekly with a new challenge every Tuesday. You can link up your post...
Cotton Bud Play

Cotton Bud Play

In our continued search for HG friendly play activities we turned to the bathroom for inspiration. Our HG activities must not involve food or odours, must not require any preparation and are designed to promote independent play. After the success of playing with straws and Pipe Cleaner Posting I decided to experiment with playing with cotton buds (affiliate link). Obviously your child will need to be supervised throughout this activity, especially if they have seen an adult use a cotton bud in their ears before. Adam was too distracted by the concept of pushing cotton...
Peg Butterfly from The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Peg Butterfly from The Very Hungry Cater...

18 months ago Adam created a Very Hungry Caterpillar made from pegs, based on the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (affiliate link). The caterpillar is proudly displayed in our dining room. (This post contains affiliate links) After the wonderful experience of our Butterfly Garden from Imagido we were inspired to extend our very Hungry Caterpillar into a peg butterfly. To create our butterfly’s body and wings I used soft twist plant ties purchased from the garden section of B&M (also available from Amazon). The wire was easy to manipulate and any...
Tuff Spot Tuesday Shaving Foam

Tuff Spot Tuesday Shaving Foam

Welcome to our first ever Tuff Spot Tuesday. We have teamed up with the wonderful Playful Learners to bring you a weekly Tuff Spot challenge. Don’t know what a Tuff Spot is? Click here to find out more and how to get your hands on one. Tuff Spot Tuesday Every Tuesday we will be setting you a #TuffSpotTuesday challenge based on a weekly theme. It is up to you how you interpret the theme. Don’t worry – we will share some ideas to get you inspired. The Tuff Spot Tuesday challenge runs weekly with a new challenge every Tuesday. You can link up your post anytime until...