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...
Sticky Apple Tree

Sticky Apple Tree

After creating our Sticky Christmas Tree last year I vowed I would avoid making another tree with contact paper. I have a love hate relationship with contact paper! I love the possibilities it provides but hate setting it up. Somehow I always manage to get tangled up in the contact paper – it appears to be quite a skill. However, I wanted to make Adam an apple tree – specifically a sticky apple tree.  I realised there was no getting away from using contact paper. I immediately came across the same problem I’d had when making our Sticky Christmas Tree...
Yesterday’s World Great Yarmouth

Yesterday’s World Great Yarmouth

Yesterday’s World is hidden amongst the arcades along Great Yarmouth’s Golden Mile. This gem of an attraction is one that I have never visited before and knew very little about. We had passed it many times throughout the summer and looked enviously at the customers enjoying a cream team in the busy tea room. One Saturday I visited with Adam, Nana and Grandad. Unfortunately I had not checked the opening times on their website and we arrived too early.  Yesterday’s World does not open until 11am. With a toddler who thinks 5.30am is the perfect time to...
DIY Car Track Busy Bag

DIY Car Track Busy Bag

We are excited to be joining 9 other Kid Network Bloggers in The Busy Bag Blog Hop. For the activity we have created the DIY Car Track Busy Bag. As my blog motto is “play activities that won’t cost the earth but will mean the world to your little one” I wanted to create a busy bag from items found in PoundLand. All of the equipment in our DIY Car Track Busy Bag was bought from PoundLand – including the car! The car track was created by cutting two rubber mats into strips. The door mats had dots on the underside so I could use them as a guide for...
Hyperemesis Gravidarum – The Definitive Guide

Hyperemesis Gravidarum – The Definitive ...

Before I was pregnant with Adam I had never heard of Hyperemesis Gravidarum. It sounded more like a spell from Harry Potter than a medical condition that would leave me bed bound for 9 months. Little did I realise that I would soon be vomiting 20-40 times daily, suffering from crippling nausea 24 hours a day and in need of constant care. This went on for 245 days. During my pregnancy all the advice I could find was geared towards an America audience. At the time Pregnancy Sickness Support (PSS) did not have a website and any literature I could find only talked about...
Playing With Cup Cake Cases

Playing With Cup Cake Cases

With the launch of Hyperemesis Gravidarum – The Definitive Guide I thought we should celebrate with a Hyperemesis Gravidarum friendly play activity. Nana has been collecting yoghurt drink pots and Adam enjoys lining them up then before knocking the recycled pots down. During the activity Adam put one half of a Fisher Price egg on top and told me it was a hat. However, there weren’t enough eggs to put on top of each pot. So Nana got out a packet of cup cake cases. Adam took off the eggs and replaced them with the cup cake cases. I love taking a step back and...
Hole Punch Fun

Hole Punch Fun

Although I knew the toddlers wouldn’t yet be able to use the hole punches independently, I thought Beth and Adam would enjoy seeing the small duck and rabbits that the hole punch created.  Time for some hole punch fun! I gave the cousins a variety of coloured paper and 4 small hole punches each. The equipment was placed on a tray to try and contain the small pieces of paper. Nana and I helped by placing the paper into the hole punch as the gap was extremely narrow. The cousins had great fun pushing the hole punch down. It was a great activity to develop their fine...