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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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Days out

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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My family

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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Playful learning (2-5 years)

Spring, Kites and Rainbows {playful learning}

spring

In anticipation of some warmer weather, our Playful Learning theme for March is going to be Spring, Kites and Rainbows! As always, I’ve created a theme poster to be stuck up in Rosalie’s play space, to remind us what our themes are. If you’d like to join in and use it too, simply download the free printable Spring, Kites and Rainbows theme poster* then print it out and stick it up! March’s playful learning activities This post provides an outline of what we plan to do in…

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Playful learning (2-5 years)

At home word/picture match game with FREE printable

at home word/picture matching game

To continue our Homes and Houses themed play, I made Rosalie a little at home matching game*. We turned this into an I spy matching game using dyed rice – Rosalie really enjoys playing with rice, and her dyed rice is still going strong after two years of play! How to play Download and print the picture matching game. Laminate the sheet to make it durable and reusable (optional). Cut along the red lines to split the game page into pictures and…

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Playful learning (2-5 years)

House Tracing Activity with FREE Printable

house tracing pre-writing activity

Since Matilda was born on the fourth of this month, I am sad to say that, despite my best efforts to be prepared, our Homes and Houses themed activities have fallen by the wayside a little. But this week, with Jim back at work, I created Rosalie this house tracing printable for some pre-writing, pencil control and fine motor practice to keep her busy. To do this activity with your toddler, simply download the free house tracing printable, print it out and…

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Food

10 tips to achieve a successful bake

Walnut Teabread

I love to bake, and since embarking upon my Baking Bible Challenge (a personal challenge I set for myself to bake all 219 recipes in Mary Berry’s Baking Bible) I feel like I’ve picked up some new skills, learnt a few things about what not to do, and definitely baked some recipes that I would otherwise have flicked past in the cookery book. I am not purporting to be an expert, but I wanted to share a few tips with you…

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Our Rainbow Baby: Matilda Alice

our rainbow baby

Just a short post, introducing Matilda Alice, our beautiful rainbow baby, who was born at home on February 4th. I’ll share a full birth story on the blog in due course, but for now, here are some photos of her taken on day three. We are thoroughly enjoying the newborn bubble at the moment, and getting used to being a family of four. Now if only we could crack the feeding… Welcome to the world Matilda!…

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