I’m a strong believe that the things we fill our minds with, inform who we become. So if you fill your mind with rubbish, rubbish is what your mind is full of. If you fill it with good stuff, good stuff is what it is full of. This belief steers my parenting decisions a lot of the time, so that I really try to provide positive and uplifting resources along with the stories and make-believe and games in my girls’ lives. It’s because of this that I was quite excited to find a children’s story for the Suffragettes, especially with this year being the 100th anniversary of (some) women’s right to vote. When 8 year old Ameli started reading My Story Suffragette I was really thrilled that she read it because she wanted to, rather than because it was something I’d ‘set’ for her to read.
We’re having our first decently warm day in absolutely months, and I’ve already enjoyed a walk on the cliffs and a cycle today. Bring on the warm days of summer! If we’re lucky, it won’t be a terribly rainy one, and we won’t have to resort to “hey kids! let’s do some [more] arts and crafts!” On the likely chance, however that rainy days do abound, here are some fun, creative ideas to keep the children entertained indoors and away from their screens and devices.
Printing and Stencils
A great idea for creative endeavours is to use printing stamps and stencils to create something amazing. One idea is to create a DIY family tree with all of your family members on it. All you need to do is draw the tree using pens or a stencil and then ask all your family members to stamp their finger on the branches in different shades of green. It will then look like leaves, and you can put the name of the relative by their fingerprint. If you are especially clever, you can have each branch for a different family. You can even create a variety of stamps using a potato to make cute artwork together.
The latest in the world of collectables are Moj Moj from MGA – the same people who brought us NumNoms and LOL Surprise. Moj Moj are cute, squishy, animal themed little toys that come in blind bags perfect for fans of unboxing. The first series of Moj Moj is named – that’s right… a smiley emoji. They’ve broken away from numbered series and will be using different emojis instead.
I don’t want to say it too loudly, in case I frighten it away, but this week, for a moment, I was pretty sure spring was finally here! We’ve been making flower crafts for our Bostik Bloggers box this month and wanted to show them off in the sunshine with a spring picnic. In true British style, it was still really cold, and windy, but we had a good go at it anyway!
It’s always happy post for us when the post includes collectible toys, and especially when the package contains a LOL Surprise , and doubly so when there’s two LOL Surprises! This time round I didn’t tell the kids what was in the package, so they didn’t know a thing, which was extra fun!
They were very excited to open the postage bag and find the biggest LOL Surprise e.v.e.r! (Watch the video below. The excitement is real, folks!) Read more: Lol Surprise – Pearl Surprise Review
If you’re looking for something that’s a little Easter themed, but not exclusive to the season of chocolate Eggs, there’s a fab new book out that fans of Where’s Waldo style books will just love. Where’s The Easter Bunny? – Around the World by Louis Shea is a superb ‘around the world’ themed book with over 500 things to spot.
It’s natural to feel a good deal of nerves during your first pregnancy. After all, there’s no definitive guide to motherhood –– and without experiencing it for yourself there’s only so much you can do to prepare yourself for raising a child. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to better position yourself in the meantime. Indeed, identifying problems you can address before your baby is born can save you quite a few headaches down the line.
A few weeks ago we were sent a fun new game, perfect for spring, to review – unfortunately spring hasn’t bothered to show thus far, so instead of popping the kids out in field of wildflowers with a bubble game to enjoy, we had to put a sheet down in the kitchen and get them to play Gazillion’s Bubble Pong Game there! It was fun, anyway, but I might have been smarter about this and left the sheet out – the kitchen floor would have had a deep clean out of it!
Giving a child some paper and something to draw with has been a parenting standby for hundreds of years, whether it’s to keep them busy when you’re visiting relatives, to while away a rainy day, or to occupy them when they’re stuck in bed unwell. Over time this activity has evolved into a retail industry that offers assorted products designed to achieve the same effect – colouring books, magic painting, dot to dot, sticker books, all variations on a theme. Now that so much entertainment is provided via the Internet and electronic devices, is there still a place for the humble paper and pencil?Read more: Using Online Resources to Get Creative With Kids
We are halfway through Fairtrade Fortnight in the UK – with World Fairtrade Day being in May – and the kids and I have been talking about Fairtrade and what it’s purpose and value is. There’s a wealth of information around Fairtrade online, so I’ve worked through it and pulled out the bits that my children would respond well to.
I also wanted to do a little lapbook for a Fairtrade study unit because Ameli responded so well to our Mexico lapbook, but I couldn’t find anything suitable ready made – so I made one. It took me all weekend, and it’s not very big or complicated! But I’m happy with it.