When I was little, I used to get really excited about Christmas. The lights, the foods, the TV specials and (of course) the prezzies. But at some point, I think it was in my mid-teens, the anticipation and magic of Christmas faded, and it became more a source of stress than blissful joy. Last year, … More 24 Activities to Enjoy with Your Child this Advent!
As part of our home education, we do a ‘make or bake’ activity on most days, meaning we either make something or bake something. With Halloween just around the corner, our ‘make or bake’ activities are themed with that in mind, and yesterday we made a pumpkin pie scented playdough. It was fun to make … More Homemade Pumpkin Pie Playdough
Although it’s officially the beginning of autumn now (here in the Northern hemisphere) according to the calendar, I’m not ready for summer to end quite yet! Today is a beautiful, warm and sunny day, just like yesterday, and I’m sure there will still be a few more of these to come. So while the sun … More Frozen Flowers: An Early Learning STEAM & Sensory Activity
We’re very much into baking together. I find it’s a great way to practise things like counting and measuring, naming/recognising various ingredients and utensils, using bilateral coordination etc. And on top of that it’s always a sensory rich experience, which is a big plus in our book. These Chocolate Cake Cookies are currently one of our … More Baking Together: Chocolate Cake Cookies
As you may already know, Penguin is very keen on Shaun the Sheep and Big Cook, Little Cook. Another favorite show since toddlerhood is Teletubbies, and one of the clips he enjoys the most at the moment shows a group of kids making bubble prints. Perhaps you’ve seen it, too? The action of blowing is … More Oral Motor Fun: Making Bubble Prints
In my previous post, about making our Real Lemon Playdough, I promised to follow up with a post on the Easter themed playdough mat that I made to go with that squeezy ball of sunshine. So here it is! I drew a simple picture with some daffodils, a couple of chicks, and a shiny sun, … More Happy Easter Playdough Mat
The other day we made this bright and wonderfully lemon scented playdough! As you might already know if you follow us, Penguin loves the taste of lemons, so I thought this should be a hit. Also, the scent of lemons is a great spirit lifter, and I think we can all do with one of … More Homemade Real Lemon Playdough – Instant Sunshine!
I actually didn’t think we’d be getting any snow this year, in our corner of the English South coast. We’d just about got to the end of February without more than one light dusting, but then we were hit! ‘The Beast from the East’ struck, with snowfall and cold temperatures, and to Penguin’s delight we … More The Snow is Melting… Let’s Make Our Own Snow (safe to eat & coconut scented)!
We are still loving the orange-coloured Christmas scented playdough we made earlier this month, but I thought it would be nice to add a few more scents and colours. So for day 20 of our advent activities we made three different ones: Gingerbread (brown), cinnamon (red) and mint (green). All recipes are included at the bottom … More Scented Playdough: Gingerbread, Cinnamon, and Mint!
Today’s advent activity was first making and then playing with this lovely lump of playdough! Penguin wasn’t involved hands-on in the making, but he kept checking on my progress throughout, and was very keen to get stuck in as soon as the dough came out of the saucepan. To give this playdough a scent of … More Christmas Scented Playdough