Monday, 31 August 2015

Provoke imaginative play - fairy garden

fairy garden role play

All of the fairy clothes and tools above were made using art and craft resources from the home.

Felt for the dress and shoes, tights for the tights, matchsticks for the tools (with false eyelashes for the broom and a piece of foiled plastic from old packaging - all painted with pink glitter nail varnish).

Toadstool seats were a mini salt and pepper shaker painted with nail varnish. 

Stimulate your child's imagination by leaving these outside or placing a magical fairy door in their room! 

To stimulate their writing, why not leave 'fairy pencils' (glue a mini bell onto the end of a pencil) so that the fairy is able to 'hear them write'. Leave little notes from the fairy so that your child/children are able to reply.

Why not have a look at some of my other activity ideas:

Learning through play posts

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Ice cream role play for little people

ice cream role play with playdoh recipe and playroom ideas

You don't need to spend lots of money on commercial products for little ones when it comes to role play scenarios such as this - especially if you want a decent amount of play-dough and made from ingredients that you know will be safe (although a bit salty!) if your little one decides to explore by putting it in their mouth (highly likely!)

Depending on how you use this activity, it can cover so many areas of development and learning for young children. Working alongside other/another child(ren) will allow them to build up their relationship making skills, speaking and listening skills, turn taking etc.

If mummy or daddy joins in - you can extend the challenge by giving prices for different ice creams and paying with real money - allowing your child to count, add up, find a total, find the difference, give change (depending on their age and ability) and you can introduce order forms and receipts to help with their reading and writing skills (young children can still 'make marks' and say what these marks represent even without the ability to read and write actual words and sentences).

Play-dough is great for physical development - squeezing and kneading the dough builds up the muscles in the hands which are needed in order to be able to eventually hold a pencil and become a great writer!

Obviously, role play activities of this nature also help your little one to build up their imagination skills, to explore and use different media and materials and helps them to understand different people within the world and their community by pretending to work at an ice cream parlour or on an ice cream van!

Here is how I made the materials in the photo above:

Arthurwears visits Friends of Ham, Ilkley

Friends Of Ham Ilkley
Friends Of Ham IlkleyFriends Of Ham Ilkley

Last week, Arthur (plus Mummy and Daddy!) visited the new Friends Of Ham Bar and Charcuterie in Ilkley - based in the old Ilkley Gazette offices. 

Normally I like to give a new establishment a few weeks to settle in before giving it a try, but we were tempted over by a lovely young man insisting that we try a sample of "cheese with serious notes of caramel" (it really was like a mouthful of mini cheesecake) and after that we were so close to the entrance, we couldn't help but give the place a try!

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Fine motor activities for toddlers

fine motor activities

Although Arthur is still too young for these activities (he is busy working on those gross motor skills and large muscles needed before he can master the fine motor skills) it is worth thinking ahead to the next steps - or for activities you can do with an older sibling to keep them busy!

Arthurwears sensory play activity - rainbow spaghetti

rainbow spaghetti

Rainbow spaghetti - great for little hands to explore and safe to eat!!

Simply choose your food colouring and add a generous amount to the water in your saucepan (a separate pan for each colour!), add the spaghetti once the water is boiling and leave to cook. Once ready, drain and mix together in a bowl! Here is Arthur is enjoying some ninja turtle green spaghetti: 

rainbow spaghetti

Why not have a look at some of my other activity ideas:

Learning through play posts

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Arthurwears a grey cardigan and cap ...

baby grey cardigan
Grey wool flat cap-mamas and papas

Grey wool cardigan

Grey "Arthur" cushion - The White Company

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Arthurwears dungarees

baby dungarees
Overalls/dungarees - Carter's
Bodysuit - H&M

Arthurwears #Daddywears...Revive bath / shower oil Aromatherapy Associates

Aromatherapy Associates Revive oil

Okay, so all Mummies and Daddies know that little guys and girls can mean little sleep - Arthur is no exception!

Arthurwears baby blue shoes

baby blue shoes
Baypod baby shoes

We bought these shoes for a christening and they come in lots of different colours and styles. The shoe material is soft and malleable - great for little feet, with breathable puncture marks across the top. The button is easy to fasten and undo and they looked lovely on Arthur's feet....although he did kick them off rather too quickly for my liking! Babies eh?!

Monday, 10 August 2015

Arthur wears vintage christening gown

baby vintage christening gown

Friday, 7 August 2015

Arthurwears shoes - baby brogues...

baby shoes brogues
Brogues - Moshi Babies

We love a brogue shoe here in the Arthurwears household, and so these were a must have! The material is so soft and malleable it is perfect for tiny toes and feet with a bit of grip on the sole. These look great with shorts or trousers  - the only thing I would change are the laces: they are quite long for baby shoes and the thickness takes away from the shoe detail. A thinner, more delicate lace would look better ... Which is fine with us- we were planning on trying different colours depending on the outfit!

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Arthurwears a cheeky face...

Clothes from h&m