Camping with a toddler…

Fact number 1. We are the WORST campers in the world!

We take everything and nothing. Take hours to put the tent up and argue over putting the tent up.

Camping with a toddler was, we’ll, an experience. The fact we were on a slope made it very hard! Every time we stepped into the tent we felt ill. Then the rain! Oh my, the rain! In the end we had to abandon the tent and come home! The hubby then returned later on for it.

Then somewhere in between we find time to relax and enjoy.

The tent has now been stored away for the year… or maybe a few years 😂

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Cooking with a toddler…

When you see lots of lovely ideas about what to do with toddlers, you think to yourself, yes, I can do that, I can be that mum… 😂😂😂😂😂😂 Nothing but messy, yet very, very entertaining!

Excuse the state of the kitchen.. .one of those toddler days.

Attempting to make banana and BlackBerry porridge sticks. This is the part of the recipe that says put the mixture in my cup, pretend to eat and then put back in the bowl…

Transferring said mixture… Oiling paper for cinnamon and honey biscuits (with added raisins as we decided to throw our snack in too). Not sure what we’re doing here… Come back next week where we master puff and choux pastry. 🙈

Pumpkin Carving

We carved the pumkin that we picked at Bellis Brothers

So at nearly 10 months old piglet can’t really help carve a pumkin! 

However she can watch! And I can talk to her about what I’m doing. This is just as important. Talking to your baby,  describing what you’re doing ,  asking them questions and modelling the correct answer is important .  They need to hear good English.

I popped piglet in her highchair so that she was out of arms reach and just talked! 

I need to draw the eyes first. I want them to curve round. That bit is a bit tricky. What do you think?  I like it. Next let’s do the nose. I want it to be pointy. Finally lets draw the mouth. Shall we give him some teeth ?  

Etc… 

I cut the top of the pumpkin and taking an  idea from Tiny Tales I let piglet put het hands in and let her have a good feel!

Again I thought about the language I wanted her to hear. How does it feel?  Is it slimey? Does it make your fingers sticky? We need to clean your hands now! 

Just be careful that they don’t put any of the seeds in their mouths!!

Next I carved the pumkin, again talking to piglet about how careful I needed to be with the knife and how tricky it was. (Pumkin carving is definitely not my thing!)

This was the final result… not too shabby!

We then made piglets room  as dark as we could and lit it for her. This was done under complete adult supervision . Don’t be a twerp and leave a baby and a lit pumpkin alone together! 

Piglet was quite mesmerised by the light and was quite shocked when I counted to 3 and then blew it out! 

This was very much an adult led activity,  however by me talking to piglet and telling her what I was doing she gained something from it too.

Have a go! 

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Tiny Tales

http://www.tiny-tales.co.uk/

Tiny Tales is one of the amazing baby groups we have been going to whilst Ive been on my MAT Leave .
We’ve been going to these sessions for a few terms and Piglet really enjoys going.

I thought I’d write about the last session we went to because it had a Halloween theme and I got to dress Piglet up.

The sessions are set around a story. Sophie, who used to be a primary school teacher, tells us about what the story is about and the possible skills that the children will be gaining.

Piglet loves stories and so these sessions are brilliant for her. Plus it is so important to introduce books to children as soon as possible.

This weeks session was based on Room on the Broom.

This is an old favourite of mine and I’m a big fan of these authors.

So in honour of todays theme I magically turned piglet into a pumpkin!

Sophie started the session with her hello song and we also say hello to her owl Hooty! Hooty comes to say hello to all the babies and it’s lovely to watch the babies react to this cute puppet. I like how Sophie welcomes all the babies individually,  it’s nice to watch.

Sophie then read half of the story and then we stopped to look at some props from the story. Babies love to look at things and touch them (and of course put them in their mouths! )

Sophie then read the rest of the story and we all joined in with the repetitive phrases. I like how Sophie encourages the mums to join in too.

Today Sophie had prepared some lovely sensory activities for the babies. Each week is different. Sometimes we dance, sometimes it’s a lovely craft activity,  but you can tell that a lot of thought and care has been put into the activities .

Today we were hunting for creepy crawlies in pumpkins… I love watching how the babies react to these sensory activities !

And searching for spiders in spooky webs!

There was also some Halloween play dough to explore.

Next we all got to pick a treasure to put in the cauldron.

We all said the magic words and Sophie pulled out the magic purple sheet from her cauldron.

We all gather round and sing Incy Wincy Spider, whilst boucing the spider on the fabric.

We always have a lovely time at Tiny Tales. Sophie is such a beautiful person and is lovely with all of the babies and mums.  She really makes you feel welcome.

There is also chance afterwards to have a cup of tea and have a chat with other mums… which is just as important!

Sophie runs her Tiny Tales sessions in Mold, Hawarden and Upton. So if you are in any of these areas it’s definitely worth signing up to.

Thank you again Sophie for helping to make lots of lovely memories during my MAT leave.

Find Tiny Tales on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/TinyTalesUK/
Or go to the Tiny Tales Website

http://www.tiny-tales.co.uk/

Autumn Leaf Viewer!

I’ve no idea if this has got a proper name… so this will do for now!

What you need:

A selection of autumn leaves

A laminating pouch

An iron

A towel/tea towel.

What we did:

During an autumn walk we collected lots of beautiful autumn leaves.

I really love red leaves… as you can probably tell!

Pop them in a laminating pouch. I used an A3 one today. But any size will do.

I used an iron to seal the pouch as I didn’t think it would be a good idea to put it through a laminator!

Put a tea towel on top (a must or it will melt onto your iron!).

Then iron.  This takes a couple of minutes as you’ll want to make sure it’s properly sealed.

Once done you know you can give it to your baby without the fear of them eating the leaves!

I’ve displayed ours in piglets bedroom window now.

Which I think looks fabulous!  For older children you could cut out the leaves and you them for sorting. 

You could draw on them using permanent markers.

Put magnets on the back and make a picture on your fridge.

Make a mobile out of them and you could add some conkers to this.

Lots and lots of ideas.

Have a go

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Maes Y Pant

We’ve been walking around this quarry on and off for a few years now. My husband grew up on its edges and therefore spent many days… and evening of his childhood down there.

We now get to share this place with our daughter. 

Maes y Pant used to be an old quarry and has now been developed into a really wonderful area. It is suitable for all ages, and especially enjoyed by fellow dog walkers. It is also known as the Gresford/Marford Quarry. 

Ted loves it down here and just goes wild. Sometimes I wonder if he thinks he’s a squirrel as he has a good go at climbing the trees after them!

There are lots of different routes to take and lots of wild life to see.

Here are just a few of the things I pointed out to piglet…

These beetles had such a bright blue shell on them!

Lots of mushrooms…not sure if they’re edible though so we left them where they stood!

Then brightness of this green tree really stood out in the woods.

Overall we had a lovely family walk.

Even Granny Ange joined us!

So if you’re near the area, pop over. It’s definitely worth a visit.

http://www.maes-y-pant.com/about-us.html

Autumn sensory bottle

I like the idea of sensory bottles. They are inexpensive, homemade and it stops the little darlings from eating things they shouldn’t! 

Plus they get to look at things, possibly smell and shake things safely!

I had planned to make a bottle with conkers in it… but could I find any when we went out?… no! 

Never mind!

Instead I collected lots of lovely things that I wanted to show piglet but that I couldn’t let her touch.

We picked…

Hawthorn berries

Slough berries

Elderberry berries!

Plus a couple of other things I dont know the name of!

Holly would be a good one to put in there too. 

I used a water bottle that was given to me at exercise with baby  (bit of recycling! ). Popped everything in and made sure the lid was on tight. You could super glue it on just to make sure.

At the moment piglet has been putting it in her mouth and giving it a good shake. But that’s just what babies are mean to do!

Love this little piglet!

Have a go at making one!

Enjoy

Jo

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