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Snow and Snowmen themes {playful learning}

Winter & Snow Themed Play

With 2016 behind us now, I have been planning January’s Playful Learning activities to do with Rosalie, and this month they will be around winter, snow and snowmen, with a bit of New Year thrown in too. Our festive playful learning in December was really successful, Rosalie and I did loads of fun activities together and she enjoyed having new things to do. I am hoping that by planning out our activities for the next few months I will be able…

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Me & Mine – December 2016

Me and Mine family portrait December 2016

December has been a wonderful month, Rosalie and I have done lots of fun crafts and activities as well as festive baking. We have also celebrated Rosalie’s third birthday, which was a relaxed day of present opening, playing with toys and eating cake. And of course we’ve had the big day itself which was amazing this year as Rosalie really understood what was happening, and it was just perfect hearing her find her stocking on Christmas morning then drag it…

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My favourite posts of 2016

fresh blog layout for spring

My favourite posts These are some of my favourite posts from 2016 – click the images to read the posts! Toddler Curiosity and Embracing Simple Things One of the best things about having a toddler is the way they make you slow down, stop even, and take notice of so many tiny things that you would otherwise overlook, walk past, or maybe sometimes consider an inconvenience. Rosalie is so curious, noticing everything, collecting, touching, smelling. Aren’t toddlers great for helping us enjoy the…

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Dear Baby Girl: now you are three

Rosalie in the leaves

A letter to my daughter on her third birthday Dear Rosalie,  So today you turn three; how did that happen? I can’t believe you’ve been in our lives for three years, the time has gone so fast, yet in that time you have changed so much. Probably the biggest moment for me was when you dropped your nap, and this combined with giving up nappies meant that my baby girl you were truly growing up. Over the course of this year you…

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Another twelve months of Rosalie {year three in pictures}

Rosalie’s third year, in pictures, starting from 25 months old in January, through to 36 months old in December. Still cheeky as ever, and beloved Teddy featuring in nearly half of these photos, but look at her hair! Her curls are really growing now! You can still see traces of baby at the beginning of the year, but we’ve got a proper little girl now, and she’s the most amazing little girl a mummy could wish for. Watch a little…

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A fairy tale Christmas at Hughenden

A fairy tale Christmas at Hughenden

At the weekend, despite the rain and fog, we decided to head to the Fairy Tale Christmas at Hughenden manor. It was worth the hour of travelling as most of the displays were inside the house, so we were able to keep dry! On the path from the car park there were lots of little chalkboards with notes about the Brothers Grimm tales, building up the suspense and magic… until we got to this wonderful gingerbread cottage which Rosalie loved. We continued…

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Playful learning (2-5 years)

DIY Bird Feeders {how to}

DIY bird feeders

It’s important to make sure that the birds are fed, especially in winter, and a fun way to talk about this with toddlers and preschoolers is by making homemade bird feeders. I included this activity in our festive playful learning plans, so Rosalie and I set to and made some seedy fat tree ornaments for the garden. Ingredients 375g lard 100g oats 100g wild bird seed 50g sultanas You could also use cheese, cake crumbs, peanuts. Method Melt the lard in…

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Our top 5 family Christmas movies

top five family christmas movies

I absolutely love Christmas movies; when it’s cold outside it’s so cosy to be indoors snuggled under a blanket with a hot chocolate watching a festive film. Along with Christmas songs, movies really help to get me in the Christmas spirit and this year is the first that we’ve introduced Rosalie to our favourites. So I thought I would share with you our top five Christmas movies, and maybe you will enjoy some of them with your family this holiday season too. Elf…

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Playful learning (2-5 years)

Winter sensory tray {playful learning}

winter sensory tray

I set this winter sensory tray up for Rosalie on the first of December, with the intention of bringing it out as and when we had a lull throughout the month. She was thrilled to see something new and different in her tray and spent a good hour exploring and playing with it, and she returned to it periodically throughout the day. Here’s what I used to put together this winter sensory: Tray (actually a cat litter tray, but it’s…

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Books

On the bookshelf in December

on the bookshelf in december

Books play a really large part in Rosalie’s life; we regularly borrow books from the library and have a growing collection of children’s books that we own. We sit down and look at books every afternoon, and of course she has a bedtime story too. I like to get books that tie in with things such as the seasons, holidays or celebrations, as I think it can be a great way for toddlers to engage with the world around them.…

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Me & Mine – November 2016

eliot family - me & mine project nov 16

November, you’ve been a good one! We’ve enjoyed so much autumn fun, as well as lots of indoor crafts and baking. My bump is beginning to get in the way a bit – there’s not so much room on my lap at story time – and I’ve been getting out of breath a lot more, but generally I’m feeling really well and am managing the pelvic pain so that it hasn’t worsened. We had a little break in Somerset to…

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Twelve Days of Christmas at Mottisfont {a family day out}

seven swans a swimming - Mottisfont Christmas trail

We woke up on Saturday to grey skies and chilly temperatures and could have easily written the day off, but instead we decided to pack up some warm food and head off to Mottisfont for the first day of their Christmas trail. We have done several trails at Mottisfont, including the Halloween trail in October, and last year’s beautifully done A Christmas Carol trail. We visit National Trust properties fairly regularly as we are members and have done a number…

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Books,My family

A book advent calendar

book advent calendar

This advent we decided to make Rosalie a book advent calendar – she loves books, and toddlers can’t have too many books anyway, can they? I didn’t want to give her lots of Christmas books which would only be read for one month of the year, so instead I chose a mix of winter themed books alongside other topics which she would get value from throughout the year. I got 24 books fairly inexpensively from the Book People, but if…

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Playful learning (2-5 years)

Winter and Christmas themes {playful learning}

december playful learning themes

It will come as no surprise that our December Playful Learning themes are going to be Winter and Christmas. There are so many wonderful things to do in the run-up to Christmas that it really isn’t going to be hard to fill our days! December Playful learning themes This post provides an outline of what we plan to do in December. I’ve included links to resources where appropriate, and to products where I thought it would be useful. I’ll share more details…

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