Monday, 18 May 2015

Welcome to the Parenting Pin it Party. This is actually our last week hosting - but don't worry other hosts JB Mum of one, Kiddy Chart's, Mummy Alarm and Romanian Mum are still carrying on so the fun will continue!
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This week two posts have caught our eye,


I love this post from Dancing in the Rain, a holiday in a land where dinosaurs walked, followed by playing with dinosaurs.


How gorgeous is this Monet inspired art from A little pinch of perfect.

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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Loom band puppets



Although the loom band craze seems to be declining ( I keep seeing them on special offer) my children still love playing with them. 



They both love looping them onto craft sticks like this.



The Fairy decided that they would make a great addition to a craft stick puppet (she makes dozens of these with various adaptations– we have so many its like we have a craft stick person city!)


She went to our craft draws and decided the pipe cleaners would make great arms (she poked them into the loom band clothes) and added a face and legs with a felt tip.




The final puppet makes a great prop for pretend play and/or retelling a story

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Colour changing flower science experiment

Why not investigate some science by doing this simple child friendly experiment and develop using language to predict at the same time.

The Frog currently at the midst of the 'why' stage and was asking 'Why plants need a drink?'. So I thought it might be a good time to do this experiment to show him that they do drink (I am aware that that it didn't actually answer his question but after a day of 'why' it seemed a welcome distraction!). I remember clearly do this experiment with my Dad (although we used celery not flowers).

Using language to predict what might happen next is a useful skill. Some children find this hard and hands on science is a great way to practice this skill.


We added food coloring to water, placed some flowers in the water and waited. We asked questions to help us think through what might happen, 'What colour is the water?', 'I wonder what will happen?' etc These are simple questions but help to encourage higher level language skills such as reasoning and prediction.


The results were clear after a few hours. We did the experiment just before bed and by the morning the flowers had changed colour. You can find more details about the science behind the experiment here at Science Sparks a fab kids science website. There are tonnes of other great experiment there too why not try some out- don't forget to ask 'I wonder what will happen....?'

Monday, 30 March 2015

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This week we've chosen to feature two fun sensory activities. The first is this easy to assembly sensory activity from The Reading residence. What I love about it is they have chosen to use things that they had at home (they do you use a tuff spot but that is optional- I've not got one but would love one if I had more space as they are great for keeping play tidy).

Whilst planning lots of elaborate creative play can be fun it's not everyone's cup of tea nor is it always practical - due to time and money. So it's a idea to use things that you have easily to hand.

http://www.thereadingresidence.com/easy-tuff-spot-activity/

One thing you are like to have to hand over the next few weeks are eggs. This sweet creative activity from  Mosswood connections uses coloured egg shells to make a picture. Again its a fun way to use materials you may have at home to play with in a sensory way.

http://mosswoodconnections.com/egg-shell-sensory-art-project/


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Monday, 9 February 2015


Welcome to the parenting pin party. This time we are getting all romantic with some ideas to celebrate Valentines Day.


This heart valentines button decoration from There and back again- a Mother's tale, is super pretty - I love buttons. An older child would be able to thread the buttons themselves working on fine motor skills at the same time as having fun.


These valentine paper decoration (a guest post on Truly Madly Kids by All Mama) would be a great way to engage younger children in making decorations. Do you celebrate Valentines with your children - how do you do it? I'd love to hear- add a comment below!

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Monday, 22 December 2014

Welcome to our Christmas edition of Parenting Pin it Party - pull up a chair and grab a mince pie and browse through some great parenting posts. This week we've choose two posts to share with you.

Christmas is a great time to make 'family traditions'. Having a 'Christmas eve box' Is something that we do - we usually included some Christmas pajamas (meaning the kids are wearing new PJ's in the Christmas morning photo) and a film to watch together. Pop over to Mum in the Mad house to see what they have included in their (and do comment below to let us know what yo put in yours).

I also love this idea for a eye spy bottle - easy to create and great for quiet play - so important for this time of year. Dabbling Momma has made a Christmas themed eye spy bottle.

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Thursday, 4 December 2014

Child made snow flake decorations

Making Christmas decorations with children is a great way to get in the festive spirit and make memories.

Reading the poem 'Snow'by Walter del la Mare with it's beautifully chilly words inspired us to make some easy paper snow flakes. If you would like to check out the book you can find it by clicking on the affiliate link in the picture

Making the snow flakes is super simple.

First cut a circle (I helped the Fairy and the Frog by doing this step). We found tissue paper worked best.

Next fold your paper in half 4 times.Again I did this step (as its important to be exact to get a good result)

Then get cutting. The Fairy wanted to do more delicate designs so we drew a design for her to cut out.The Frog just liked cutting! It gave lots of learning opportunities to talk about symmetry and predict what the snowflake might look. 


You could hang the flake from a tree or stick them on the window to make it look like it's snowing outside.

This post is part of a series of 10 days of child made ornaments which features 70 + book inspired Christmas decorations, find out more by clicking here.