Wednesday, 30 September 2015

10 fat sausages number activity

I have had a couple of people message and ask me about the sausages in the photo on my last blog post about Maths (click here), so I thought i would do a quick post to explain the activity so that you can use it at home or in your own setting:

10 fat sausages number activity10 fat  sausages number activity
(Sorry about the photo quality - it is the only one I can find at the moment! I definitely have a better one somewhere! i'll keep looking)

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Maths for boys (and girls!)

maths for boysmaths for boys

Boys. And weapons. Particularly guns. Hmmm...

What really happens when you tell a group of boys "no guns allowed" ?

Writing for a purpose...accident reporting station

EYFS writing station accident reporting
EYFS writing station

If you've ever spent time with children, then you will know just how often they manage to 'hurt' themselves! 

I'm not talking about actual, serious injuries, but those minor little accidents that need your full attention RIGHT NOW! For example (I few I've come across):

Arthurwears stripes

baby fashion romper
Pure cotton striped all-in-one - Marks and Spencer

It has been much cooler at home for the last few days so I wanted to dress Arthur in something slightly warmer - without the need for a cardigan indoors whilst he is zipping around! 
This was the perfect choice as he is able to wear an extra layer underneath to stay warm, but it isn't too bulky or too thick - the perfect 'cosy inbetween'.

Of course it helps that he can't pull these up, down or off himself - unlike those pesky socks (that are nowhere to be seen!)

Today's thought

children love quote

Sunday, 27 September 2015

When you're trying to tidy up and...

...your baby has other ideas!!!


8 month old victory dance

bareMinerals Blemish Remedy Foundation | review | Before and After

Bare Minerals blemish remedy foundation review before and after

Like most Mums, I don't have a lot of time in the morning for makeup - ironic, as now is the time in my life when I feel I need it the most! (Friends and family if you are reading this, just buy me shares in the production company for under eye concealer for xmas!)

I have suffered with 'problematic' skin for years and have used a range of bareMinerals foundations for a long time. I have always found them to be pretty fail proof. Being non-comedogenic they don't seem to cause any out-breaks for me and give that 'natural' look to the skin which is a huge plus.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Dealing with colic and reflux in babies

The two don't always happen together, but for many, the symptoms are incredibly similar (usually including inconsolable crying) and equally as distressing  - for the baby AND for the parents.

Dealing with colic and reflux in babies

Like many parents, we suffered the effects of both colic and reflux, and tried almost everything we could to remedy the situation. 

Included in this blog post are some suggestions and some information which you may find helpful if you are an expectant or new parent going through a similar situation. 

(Addition: Since writing this post, I have had another child who also suffered with Reflux, but not colic, and have another blog post here with 6 products which help with Infant Reflux the second time around)

NB: I am not a medical professional, and any information or advice given in this post should not be deemed to be of a professional standard, or used as a substitute for seeking medical advise from your GP or HV. The information given is simply our own personal experience of different solutions.

Here is our story...

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

He's cross because...

cross baby

I took my hair out of his mouth...


Monday, 21 September 2015

Arthurwears joules cheekychomper neckerchew

baby fashion neckerchief

Perfect for teething, dribbly babies!

These photos were possibly the only time whilst wearing the neckerchew that the chewy end wasn't in his mouth - he LOVES it! 

Other styles are available. 

Baby Sensory Toddler Sensory activities to develop speaking and language

baby toddler sensory activities to develop speaking and language
Baby Sensory Toddler Sensory resources

Now the first question you may ask is "why is everything green?"

The purpose of these resources is to encourage Arthur to use his senses to choose and explore the different  materials.  I have noticed in the last few months that Arthur often has a particular interest in the colour green, therefore, I already know that Arthur is using his sense of sight to distinguish between resources based on the colour he can see - choosing a toy because it is green.

I want to encourage him to explore the materials using some of his other senses:

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Magic Fairy / Elf door 15% off

If you read my post on provoking imaginative play with a fairy garden (here) then you will know just how excited I was when 'MY ELF DOOR' arrived from The Magic Door Store. ( They also sell magic fairy doors, both in a choice of colours!).

First of all, let me tell you, the packaging for this product is wonderful - wrapped in coloured tissue paper which you peel away to reveal a lovely illustrated box with cut away pieces displaying the door itself and the 'magic dust' - if you are buying this as a gift for someone else it really wont disappoint.

The back of the box inspires ideas of how to encourage imaginative play for children by suggesting how exciting it would be to discover "tiny magic dust footprints on the floor, little gifts and messages left by your elf friends" and the box even includes a letter welcoming the fairies and elves to their home with a space for your child to sign - its no surprise then, to find out that this company is a small family business run by a mum of two- and one who clearly has inspiring imaginative play and creativity at the heart of what she does!

magic fairy elf door

My initial worry was how I would fix this to the wall without causing any damage - no problem! The door comes with a pack of 'mounting putty' which does an amazing job of sticking the door to a surface without ruining the paintwork:

Anticipation box-learn in a fun way! Activity to aid phonics and maths

anticipation box eyfs literacy and maths activity

Whilst teaching this was hugely popular and a great activity to help your child learn in a fun way.

In the morning the children in my class would put a secret object inside the anticipation box and it would stay closed for the rest of the day until home time. We would anticipate all day what could be inside! Not only do the children really enjoy this activity and look forward to the end of the day when we finally open up the box and see what is inside - it is also a brilliant way to help your child with their speaking and thinking skills, as well as exposing them to mathematical language and giving them an opportunity to practise their phonic skills.

Friday, 18 September 2015

Arthurwears mock braces...

baby fashion braces

Did you like Arthur's braces post but need something suitable for a smaller baby, or perhaps a little warmer for the coming months?

M &Co have launched some 'mock braces' which may be more a more wearable choice for you.

Click here to view.