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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an Elmer book in the library if she sees one, and our copy of Elmer and the Rainbow is actually a library copy that was withdrawn, so we got it for the bargainous…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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My family,Pregnancy

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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My family

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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Books,Reviews

Listening to stories and literacy learning with eBookadabra

eBookadabra app

Collaborative post* Rosalie is a big fan of books; we have read to her from birth and I am a massive advocate for books and the role they play in early speech and language development. We take regular trips to the library, and Rosalie has many of her own books, on shelves in her bedroom, and distributed around the other rooms of the house! Every night we find her with books in her bed where she has fallen asleep ‘reading’!…

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My family

Me & Mine – January 2017

Me & Mine Family Portrait Project January 2017

January has been a month of waiting. Waiting for our baby girl to arrive. I wasn’t sure whether or not she would arrive in time to take our family portraits for the month, so on the 27th we decided to cut our losses and head to the Common for some quick snaps. It was mighty chilly, but after a short while the sun made an appearance, so we hastily set up the tripod and took some photos. Afterwards Rosalie had…

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Pregnancy

Breastfeeding anxiety

breastfeeding anxiety

I am 40+3 weeks pregnant now; this is the point in my pregnancy with Rosalie when she decided to make her rather swift arrival into the world. The baby’s position, planning my home birth, fretting about the speed of my labour and whether Jim will get home from work in time, and whether Rosalie will be ok with our friends, have been monopolising my worries for the past month. But now I feel I am prepared as I can be, and…

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Playful learning (2-5 years)

Homes and Houses theme {playful learning}

homes and houses themed play

Our Playful Learning theme for February is going to be Homes and Houses. I partly chose this as I felt with a newborn in the house, a large portion of our days might be spent at home, but that I could make this fun for Rosalie if I planned it right. As with last month, I have created a theme poster which I’ll stick up in Rosalie’s play space, to remind us what our themes are; you can use it too if you…

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My family

An icy stroll and waiting for baby

icy lake

This proper winter weather is beautiful isn’t it? I love it when it’s cold, frosty and icy but so bright and sunny. We just had to get outside and enjoy it this morning, so we headed to our local nature reserve for a sedate icy stroll. With being 39+4 weeks pregnant, we haven’t been venturing too far from home, but you know, you don’t always need to go far or somewhere new to have an adventure! We had no idea that…

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