DIY High Contrast Cards for Babies

I wanted to add some high contrast black and white images to Benjamin’s movement area to help develop his eyesight. There are some great sets online that you can download and print for free but I packed my printer away when I went onto maternity leave along with all my school stuff. I was about to buy some, when I decided that I could save my dwindling maternity pay and get Sophie to help me to make some instead. We already had everything we needed: white card, black paint, brushes, stampers and rollers.  Continue reading “DIY High Contrast Cards for Babies”

Movement Area

Since having children, I have discovered the Montessori approach and love reading blogs about how people incorporate it at home. I have started to introduce some of the principals at home but I don’t follow it strictly. We have recently set up a Montessori inspired self service snack station in the kitchen and a tooth brushing station in our bathroom – I will blog about these when I get chance!

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Introducing Benjamin…

Benjamin was born on Friday 14th July at 3.19am. I had a few complications towards the end of my pregnancy, including high blood pressure, low platelets and low iron. I plan to write up my birth story at some point but basically, at 38 weeks, the consultant diagnosed me with pre-eclampsia and decided to deliver him via C-section. I couldn’t have an epidural due to my platelet levels, so I was given a general anaesthetic.

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Big Sister Gift

Sophie seems to be really excited about becoming a big sister and has bought her baby brother a present. She wanted to buy him a Sophie the giraffe teether just like the one she has so we took her to the shop to buy it and choose a gift bag for it. It is all wrapped and ready for her to bring to the hospital when she comes to meet him.

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Disney Store 30th Anniversary

I was recently invited to participate in celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Disney Store. I was challenged to recreate a famous movie scene using a prop from the Disney Store. The Disney movies and trips to the Disney Store played a big part in my childhood so I definitely wanted to join in.

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DIY Water Table Tutorial

I put a photo of our new water table on Instagram and a few people contacted me to ask if I would be doing a blog post about how we made it. I did take some photos as we made it but my husband just made it up as he went along so I don’t have any measurements but this is how we made ours.  Continue reading “DIY Water Table Tutorial”

Easter Chick Cards

I spotted some yellow feathers in Hobbycraft for £1, while I was buying the foam eggs for our easel activity, and thought that they would be perfect for Easter cards.  I already had yellow paint, googly eyes and orange foam so I thought that Sophie could make some chicks. I bought a set of Kraft paper cards and envelopes which were only £1.50. Because we already had some supplies, I only spent £2.50 which seems like a bargain for ten cards and gave us something to do over the Easter holidays.

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DIY Magnetic Water Wall

The weekend we built a water table for Sophie’s gazebo. The gazebo already had a water wall which we made by attaching pipes and bottles to some trellis using cable ties. However, I wanted to make make it more interactive by creating something she could position herself so I decided to make a magnetic water wall. Continue reading “DIY Magnetic Water Wall”

DIY Outdoor Easel

The sun has started to shine and I have started on my to-do list for the garden (much to my husband’s dismay!) I’ve wanted to build an acrylic easel for ages so I searched on Pinterest for some inspiration. I came across a blog called ‘Tried and True’ which had a tutorial with FREE PLANS! So I printed them off and convinced my husband to take me to Homebase for supplies. While we were there, we also picked up some extra wood to make a water tray and a catapult! Although everyone (including my husband) thinks that building a catapult for a garden full of stones, with a greenhouse and a house with sky lights is a disaster waiting to happen… so maybe that project won’t actually happen!

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