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Playful learning (2-5 years)

Farm themed sensory small world

farm themed sensory small world

This farm themed sensory small world provides a wonderful opportunity for open-ended imaginative play, and is perfect to fit with our home preschool On the Farm theme. Tray set-up Tray Farm animals and food troughs (£11 farm play set from Sainsburys) Popping corn Easter chicks Lego barn Kitchen roll tube pig sty Scoops I usually set up sensory trays in advance for Rosalie, but because this was more of a small world, we did it together. I added the corn…

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Baby Play (0-2 years),Playful learning (2-5 years)

Pigs in mud messy play

pigs in mud taste-safe messy play

This is a super fun taste-safe messy play activity for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, anyone really! I set this up for Rosalie to fit with our On the Farm theme this month. Messy play set-up Tray (we love the Ikea smula tray, it’s cheap and great for all sorts of play set-ups) Chocolate angel delight Oats Pigs (our farm set came from Sainsburys and was really good value) Troughs (these came with our farm set, but you could use any small…

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Eight weeks old {Matilda’s Diary}

Matilda's Diary - 8 weeks

It’s predictable, but I’m going to say it anyway. How is my baby girl eight weeks old already? The time has raced by and I feel like she’s changed quite a bit over the past four weeks; she’s much more alert and can stay awake for a period of time before needing to sleep, and she doesn’t always wake up screaming for food anymore, thankfully. The past four weeks has also been a month of firsts, with a first bath…

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Playful learning (2-5 years)

On the Farm and Easter {playful learning}

on the farm play setup

Our Playful Learning home preschool theme for April is On the Farm. Spring is a great time to learn about the farm as we will hopefully get to see some baby animals! We’ll also be doing some Easter crafts, activities and baking. Our theme poster is already stuck up in Rosalie’s play space, to remind us what our theme is. If you’d like to join in and use it too, simply download the free printable On the Farm theme poster* then print it out and…

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Me & Mine – March 2017

me and mine project - march 2017 family portrait

Well March flew by didn’t it?! I can’t believe our little Matilda is nearly two months old! Time always goes faster when you have a newborn I think, but also this month the weather has been fantastic which makes the days fly. We’ve had some really lovely spring days and some so warm they were verging on summer – getting out and about more and spending time in the garden is what March has been all about for us. We…

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Playful learning (2-5 years)

Elephant Mosaic: easy toddler craft

elephant mosaic craft

Another rainbow themed craft for this week – a colourful elephant mosaic, inspired by our patchwork friend, Elmer. Download the printable elephant mosaic activity for a really easy toddler craft – all you need is a printer, scissors and glue! When I designed this craft I thought I would have to cut the mosaic tiles up for Rosalie, but when she saw the sheet she wanted to have a go herself. Ultimately I did cut them up for her, but…

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Playful learning (2-5 years)

Spring themed tracing & pre-writing activities with FREE printable

spring themed tracing and prewriting activities

I have just created Rosalie this set of spring themed tracing activities for some pre-writing, pencil control and fine motor practice to keep her out of mischief (hopefully!). There’s a sheet with kite shapes to trace and another with flowers. I have also created some fun join the bee to the flower and join the rabbit to the carrot tracing activities.   To do this activity with your toddler, simply download the free spring themed tracing printables, print them out* and laminate back-to-back.…

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Welford Park Snowdrops {Adventures in Berkshire}

Welford Park Snowdrops

This post is a little late, since we visited the Welford Park snowdrops several weeks ago, but as it was our first proper outing as a family of four, I wanted to write it up for posterity. Matilda was only three weeks old and it felt rather exciting to be venturing out with our new tiny person! She did sleep through the entire outing though… Welford Park Welford Park is a private home, but they open for a short period…

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Playful learning (2-5 years)

Painting with nature

painting with nature

I could not have planned for better weather for our little alfresco painting with nature activity yesterday. The sky was blue and cloudless, the sun was beaming down on our garden, and the air was still. Perfect for getting creative, and messy! Supplies Paper Paint (we used Crayola washable paint) Paint pots or tray (we used the Baker Ross flower paint palettes) Natural items collected from the garden Easel (optional, ours is from Ikea) Paint brushes (optional, ours are from…

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The first four weeks {Matilda’s Diary}

4 weeks old

I’m a little late posting this, since Matilda is now five weeks old, and I’ll probably say this every month, but I really can’t believe how fast the time is going. Having a newborn again has been a pure delight, but already we’re seeing changes that show she’s growing and developing. Sleeping Matilda has been happy to settle in her carrycot from the get-go and sleeps for around three hours at night before waking for a feed. It takes a…

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Playful learning (2-5 years)

Elmer and the Rainbow: Paper Plate Rainbow Crafts

Elmer and the Rainbow paper plate rainbow craft

I was inspired by these paper plate rainbows from The Resourceful Mama to put together an Elmer and the Rainbow craft for Rosalie, to fit in with our Spring, Kites and Rainbows playful learning theme this month. Who doesn’t love the patchwork elephant? Rosalie always picks up an Elmer book in the library if she sees one, and our copy of Elmer and the Rainbow is actually a library copy that was withdrawn, so we got it for the bargainous…

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Playful learning (2-5 years)

Spring Sensory Tray

spring sensory tray

Last week, to get us in the mood for spring, and to kick start our Spring, Kites and Rainbows theme for March, I put together this Spring Sensory Tray for Rosalie. It is super simple to set up and really bright and fun for toddlers to explore. We dyed some new rice in extra bright colours to make this tray. Follow my really easy instructions on how to dye rice, and make sure you pick several bright spring colours! Dye your rice the…

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Matilda’s Birth Story {an unassisted home birth}

unassisted home birth using CUB for upright birth

This is the story of Matilda’s birth. An unassisted home birth thanks to my rapid labour. Preamble I knew, even before I was pregnant again, that I’d choose to have a home birth because of the circumstances of Rosalie’s birth. I delivered Rosalie at home, with assistance from an ambulance crew due to a fast labour. As I knew the chances of me having a rapid labour again were pretty high, and the risk of giving birth on route to the…

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Me & Mine – February 2017 – now we are four

February has been a very exciting month in our house, as on the fourth we became a family of four! We all adore our baby girl and have been enjoying finding our feet as our little family has grown. We didn’t manage to take any ‘proper’ family portraits this month, but we did get a few snaps of the four of us all together, one on the day Matilda was born, another on our first wander outside, and another on…

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