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Eight months old {Matilda’s diary}

How has it been five months since I wrote a post for Matilda’s diary? So so much has happened in terms of her development, I feel a little sad that stages have come and gone without me recording them here. The baby days really do zoom by. Still, better late than never I suppose. She’s nearly nine months, but I’m calling this her eight month update. Sleeping Matilda has been sleeping through the night since she was a few months…

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My family

Life lately…

kite flying

It’s been quite a while since I wrote a blog post. I didn’t intend to take a break from blogging, but life sort of got in the way and I couldn’t seem to find the drive to get back into it. But since I primarily blog for myself, and as a record of my growing family, I felt a bit sad that I had abandoned Picnics in the Rain. Not least for the photos – blogging forces me to edit…

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Playful learning (2-5 years)

Minibeast Suncatchers {toddler craft}

minibeast sun catchers - fun toddler craft for a bug theme

Rosalie and I have both been enjoying looking at bugs this June – she’s taken a real interest in the creatures that share her outdoor play space. We have a wonderful ceanothus right next to her sand and water table and the bees have been frequenting it. She also has play logs which we up-turned to explore what might be hiding underneath – mostly slugs and woodlice if you’re interested. We have been spending much time outside but in true…

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Kids in the Kitchen,Recipes

Cheesy Ladybird Biscuits {Recipe}

cheesy ladybird biscuits - easy toddler recipe from Picnics in the Rain

We kicked off our Bugs theme last week by making these Cheesy Ladybird Biscuits! They’re so simple to make, Rosalie is 3.5 years and was able to do much by herself. She weighed the flour (I told her when to stop), cut up the butter, squished it together with the cheese to form a dough, helped me roll it out, cut out the biscuits and arranged them on the tray. She was able to spread the topping but found it a…

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Sixteen weeks old {Matilda’s diary}

Matilda's Diary - 16 week update

I’m a week late writing this, life just seems to be so hectic at the moment! But I didn’t want to just skip over Tildy’s 16 weeks update since the past four weeks have been tremendous with lots of new experiences for Matilda and we have seen quite a few changes in her too. We took her on holiday where she had her first experience of the beach; we’ve also been swimming as a family and she seemed pretty unfazed…

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Playful learning (2-5 years)

Summer and bugs {playful learning}

summer

A change in season always provides lots of new play opportunities, and summer means hopefully most of our time will be spent outdoors, and the garden will become an extension of the house in terms of play space. Summer bucket list I’ve put together a bucket list for our summer 2017, to ensure we make the most of the season. Here’s what we’re planning to do: I’ve turned it into a printable which you can download for free* if you’re…

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Me & Mine – May 2017

My little family in May - me & mine project 2017

May has been a really great month for us. We kicked it off with a little caravan holiday in Dorset and it was just what we all needed – a total break from routine and being away from home meant all those niggling chores weren’t staring us in the face. Instead we came back with a renewed vigor to continue our decluttering mission which we started over a year ago. We’ve also had some wonderful developments from Matilda, and although I…

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Vacations

Five days in Dorset

Avon Beach, Christchurch, Dorset

A few weeks ago, at the beginning of May, we took a trip down to the Dorset coast for a little caravan holiday. Having read about the wonderful antics Deborah and Teddy Robinson got up to in their caravan, Rosalie was quite excited to be staying in one herself. Monday We were travelling down on Bank Holiday Monday, but by the time I’d packed the car (no easy task), we missed any traffic so had a smooth run through to the New…

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Playful learning (2-5 years)

Pigs in the sty numeracy activity with FREE printable

pigs in the sty numeracy activity free printable

Here is a simple, fun numeracy activity for your home preschool farm theme – it will help with both counting and number recognition. Simply print out the Pigs in the Sty FREE printable, cut out the number labels, and have your preschooler count the piggies in their sty, then stick on the matching number label. To make this activity more durable for repeated use, you could laminate and use adhesive putty or velcro dots to secure the labels. Additionally, numbers…

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Twelve weeks old {Matilda’s Diary}

Matilda's Diary - 12 weeks old

Where has my newborn baby gone? Matilda is far from newborn now; at nearly three months old she’s so alert during the day, sleeps through the night, is super nosey during feeds and is generally such a happy, smiley baby. I absolutely adore watching her change and develop each day, but I did shed a tear whilst putting her newborn sleepsuits away! Sleeping The majority of nights Matilda will sleep through – we put her to bed around 8pm, in…

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Me & Mine – April 2017

me and mine april 2017

Another month gone in a blur. It seems ages ago that we took these photos under the beautiful blossom tree in our garden – we’re all enjoying the glorious spring sunshine; I’m not too sure where that warm weather has gone, the past few days have felt like winter again. We took some impromptu family portraits on a trip to the common when we saw how fantastic the gorse looked – a sea of yellow bathed in sunshine. We had…

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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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