Kids Activities

Scavenger Hunts for PreSchool Learning

Little Man and I have been having some fun learning and cementing a few preschool basics. Along with plenty of free and imaginary play when we’re home, as these are the things he happily gravitates towards, we’ve been working on a few of the basics that will help to ease him into school life this September. As with most learning, he takes it in much better when he can move and run about and turn it into a game, in this case, a scavenger hunt. As you can see from the picture, we have a handily coloured rug that means Read more >

Scavenger Hunts for Preschool Learning

Why A Betta Fish Is The Perfect First Pet For Kids

Why A Betta Fish Is The Perfect First Pet For Kids

  Fish are awesome creatures to have in your home, which is true even if you aren’t a big fan of animals. Well, maybe your child has been begging you for their first pet, or maybe you think that a pet will do them some good. You may have thought about getting a dog or cat, but those can be boring and overplayed. So, what is the right first pet for your kids? It’s been suggested that a great first pet to get for your kids is a Betta fish. So let’s talk about why a Betta fish is the perfect first Read more >

20 Great Musicals for Kids

We are starting a new tradition here, and I for one, cannot wait! We have decided that every weekend, my daughter and I will watch a different musical. Yes, I love my musicals and it seems right to ensure that I am passing that love on to my firstborn. So far she shows every sign of taking after me as the ones that we have watched so far together have gone down very well. I can’t quite remember when I fell in love with musicals, and I’m not entirely sure where I get it from as my parents aren’t huge Read more >

Christmas Ideas & Inspiration

Today I am delighted to be joining in with a gorgeous group of talented bloggers as we share a little Christmas inspiration for you. For my part I am going to be talking kids Christmas craft activities, all of which are nice and easy to do and have been big hits with my two. For full details of each activity, simply click on the link or image and it will take you through to the original blog post. First up, you could try making a Christmas centrepiece… This was so lovely to do with my daughter a few years ago, and Read more >

Button Activities for Kids

If you saw my vlog a couple of weeks ago you’ll know that I randomly picked up a bag of buttons, thinking I could use them with the kids for….something. Yes, you see whilst I could see that they could be fun, that’s about as far as my thoughts had got. I was determined to then find some button activities for kids. The biggest thing I have learned since having kids and doing crafts and activities with them is that they rarely actually go the way that I plan them. Very rarely. I can spend ages scrolling through Pinterest for Read more >

Easy & Affordable Kids Activities

With half term just around the corner, I thought I’d share a few easy and inexpensive ideas for keeping the kids entertained during their time off. I had a little look back over some of the things that we have tried and enjoyed, and I’m really glad that I did as I had forgotten a fair few of them! Thanks to writing this, I can now see us having a full and fun week, without it costing the earth. So here are a few suggestions that you might like to try, just click on the activity and it’ll take you through Read more >

Brilliant Educational Toys for Preschoolers

With Little Man about to go into his preschool year at nursery, I am thinking about ways in which I can support him and get him ready for school next year. I want him to be off to a good start there, simply because I think that if the basics come easily to him, he can concentrate more on the social side and getting used to being at school all day. I do want to keep all learning fun and not be pushing him, my son is definitely not one to be pushed! So with this all in my mind, I Read more >

Mysteries in Time Review

I spotted Mysteries in Time on Twitter recently and it immediately grabbed my attention. With a daughter with a thirst for knowledge, me as a history student, and both of us loving books, activities and exciting post, it seemed to be right up our street. I’m pleased to say that I wasn’t wrong, as Boo has received her first box, so here’s our unboxing vlog of it along with our review. What’s it all about? Mysteries in Time is ‘an adventure through history’, created by a primary school teacher to encourage a passion for history. Mysteries in Time is a monthly Read more >

Water Beads Surprise!

Water beads are new to us. I’ve seen them before of course, I am on Pinterest a fair bit and not a day goes by without a sensory water bead pin popping up! With the summer holidays on the horizon, I bought a few bits and bobs for the kids to enjoy over the break and a bag of water beads was one of my smallest and cheapest purchases, a random addition to my shopping basket. It was time for the water beads surprise! So what’s the surprise? Just how much they fascinated my kids and how long they occupied them Read more >

10 Brilliant Board Games for Kids: Every Family Home Should Own These!

10 Brilliant Board Games for Kids

We love our board games here. I enjoyed them as a child and that has stayed with me to this day. It’s a rare few months that go by here without a new board game arriving. Now for the purposes of this post, I’m calling them board games, though strictly speaking, they don’t all have a ‘board’, but I’m assuming you catch my drift. These are not apps or PS4 games. I firmly believe that playing board games is good for children. It teaches them so many things whilst they are having fun. The need to take it in turns Read more >

Pipe Cleaner Learning for Pre-Schoolers

Last week I stumbled upon the idea of using pipe cleaners for a variety of pre-school learning activities totally by accident, and then I was so pleased with how it worked out that I thought I’d best share! Little Man and I are currently having fun learning about shapes, so we were decorating a card that he’d made for his sister with little shaped gemstones and in doing so had the craft supplies scattered all over the table. Amongst them were some brightly coloured pipe cleaners so we decided to use them to make some shapes, too… As you’d expect, Read more >

Easy Easter Crafts

With the children back at school after half term, I realise that Easter is fast on its way, as it falls quite early this year. It only seems timely then that I share with you a few ideas of Easter activities for kids… Make an Easter Chick card Ah, this one is so sweet! We did this one a couple of years ago actually, and now that I’m looking back on it, I’m thinking that I should do the same thing again this year but getting Little Man to do it. It is such an effective card, and if I Read more >

A Squash and A Squeeze Small World Play

A Squash and A Squeeze, by Julia Donaldson, is a firm favourite book here. The story is brilliant, the repetition makes it enjoyable to read and very memorable, and the illustrations by Axel scheffler are fabulous. I thought it’d be fun to bring the tale to life for the children with some really simple small world play. This has been one of the fastest activities I think I’ve ever set up and they did enjoy playing with it. You’ll need: Farm animals – hen, goat, pig and cow A figure for the old lady Lego/Building Blocks The Activity: The children Read more >

Making Kids Christmas Placemats

Last weekend the kids and I made a handprint Christmas tree, and while doing so, we created lots of paper with handprints on, as you would. We used several for our tree but still had some left over and I felt a bit sad to throw them away. Then the idea struck me that we could make something else with them. Christmas placements. This will be the first year that we are hosting Christmas, and I’m looking forward to setting the table. Boo and I have been out and chosen a festive table runner, candle, crackers and napkins, and now Read more >

A Handprint Christmas Tree

With Christmas approaching, yesterday the kids and I decided to give a handprint Christmas tree a whirl. I love the idea of crafts with hand or footprints involved, as I see it as a way to preserve a moment in time, a memento to keep. I toyed with doing footprints initially, but the logistics of that seemed a lot trickier and messier than handprints, so the hands won out! Thinking it through, I decided to get the children to do lots of handprints on paper for me, so that we could then choose the best ones and cut them out for Read more >

Bonfire Night Crafting

With Bonfire Night fast approaching, I thought it’d be fun to get crafty with Little Man and create some fireworks inspired art. At just turned 3, anything that involves glue and glitter has my son very excited! It’s also a fun way to craft, as I can pop the glue in the areas he directs which allows us to make some sort of recognisable scene. Ish. So we got going, and all we needed for this one was black paper, shredded orange paper, glitter, sequins and glue… First up, Little Man decided where to place his bonfire, popping plenty of paper on Read more >