When we did our garden makeover last year, I started to pin ideas for the white wall. I wanted to create a wall hanging full of succulents or a pallet with jam jars to hold… More
Sophie loves to look in the garden for birds so I thought we could make some bird feeders to encourage more birds to visit our garden.
Last year, we read this a book called ‘Rupert and the Runaway Robin’ which came with a packet of bird seed. We followed the instructions at the back of the book and made hanging bird food balls using the seeds and some lard. However, I found that they melted because it wasn’t cold enough outside.
This year we read the book again, but made bird feeders using cheerios, pipe cleaners and ribbon.
I looped the end of the pipe cleaner to stop the Cheerios from falling off.
Then I showed Sophie how to thread them onto the pipe cleaner.
She did really well and got the hang of sliding them along to the end so that she could fit some more on.
Although, I think Sophie ate more Cheerios than she threaded!
When the pipe cleaner was full, I twisted the two ends together and bent the wire into a heart shape.
I tied some ribbon through the loop so that we could hang the bird feeder up.
We took the bird feeders outside and Sophie chose where to hang them.
Unfortunately, it started to get dark so we couldn’t watch to see whether any birds came to eat the Cheerios but when we checked the bird feeders the following morning all of the Cheerios had gone! Although, I suspect that a squirrel might have eaten them. So we are going to make some more and hang them outside in the morning rather than the evening.
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I have been making a list of things I would like to make for baby number 2, although I am not sure I will ever find the time to make anything with a toddler in tow! I made this cot mobile for Sophie before she was born and it is still hanging in her room now. Continue reading “Hot Air Balloon Cot Mobile Tutorial”
Things have been a bit quiet on the blog lately but I am back with some exciting news! It looks like 2017 is going to be a busy one for us, as our family will be going from 3 to 4! Baby number 2 is due in July 2017. Continue reading “A little announcement…”
A couple of weeks ago I set up an activity linked to the Gruffalo story. I decided to place the Gruffalo in Sophie’s mud kitchen for her to discover when we went out to play. As soon as she saw it, she went running over. Continue reading “Cooking a Feast for a Gruffalo”
I wanted to have a go at the classic toilet roll firework painting activity with Sophie as she has really enjoyed watching the fireworks this year. She never turns down a chance to paint and was ready to choose her paint colours as soon as I opened the lid!
I can’t believe that it was Sophie’s third bonfire night this year! Now that she understands what is going on and talks about her experiences, I wanted to do some activities linked to bonfire night after the event rather than before. I decided to make some pretend sparklers with her.
When I tidied away the fireworks sensory box, I had left the foil blanket, a black scarf and some sparkly pom poms out as an invitation to play but Sophie completely ignored them! She loves making small worlds so I decided to add some figures and create a bonfire night small world.