Monday, June 27, 2011

In the bag

On the weekend I finally got around to doing a little bit of sewing. I have been planning this project forever and once I started it really took no time at all - in between the meals, nappy changes and refereeing squabbles between three little boys.
I made this as a lego sack using this tutorial but it really is a bit small for the volume of lego we have in our house. This one is being used for Puggles blocks and I will make a bigger one for the lego.
Hope you found a little time for your own projects this weekend.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Slow cooking

This winter I'm very grateful for the slow cooker I bought last summer in the sales. It gets used a couple of times a week and is ideal for hearty winter soups and casseroles!

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Winter Solstice

Yesterday was the "shortest" day for us in the southern hemisphere and we enjoyed some beautiful sunshine. A perfect day for pottering in the garden and drinking cups of tea on the patio. Now I'm looking forward to a bit more sunshine and the end of the "cold and flu season". Might have a few more months of it yet!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Playing with Rice on a Rainy Day

It has been quite wintry here for the last couple of weeks with lots of days stuck indoors out of the rain. Rascal is a real outdoor type of boy so we tend to play outdoors a lot and nearly all of the messy, sensory play we do together is outdoors. If I let him lose with markers, chalk or paint inside we tend to end up with marker all over the wall, chalk all over the furniture and paint all over the dog!
Being stuck indoors I have been at a loss for some new play ideas so last week I set up a container of rice for Rascal to play with.
I then put that container inside our paddle pool in the middle of the living room to contain the inevitable spills.
I added a few different sized cups, a spoon or two and a funnel and then let him explore.
He was very happy to tip, pour and stir to his hearts content and then added a few of his duplo zoo toys who "grazed" on the rice for a while.
Success - I had found some indoor sensory play which kept him entertained for quite a while and I didn't have to worry too much about the clean up! What sensory play do you turn to when you are stuck indoors?
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Taking a break

I have been very quiet on the blogging front lately. I don't really have any particular reason for being absent apart from life being a bit hectic and me needing a bit of down time from the computer. Now I'm looking forward to catching up on some reading and writing a few more regular posts.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Washing line

At two and a half Rascal loves 'helping' around the home and mimicking everything that Mum and Dad do. He enjoys helping me put the washing out but he often wants to be lifted up to put the pegs on the line which can be a little frustrating for both of us (especially when his baby brother is crawling around helping himself to all the dirt and compost he can get his little hands on in the veggie garden while I'm trying to rush to get the washing out).
So today we made Rascal his very own washing line at just the right height so he can peg away to his hearts content. Naturally this wasn't nearly as long as I had hoped but it did keep him entertained for a while.
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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Water Painting

After a family holiday away last week this week has been a bit hectic catching up with washing, cleaning and getting back into the school routine. Art activities have been a little basic this week so on a sunny winters morning we opted for a spot of water painting.
We usually paint with water on the back fence but this week we have been using the chalk board instead - sometimes with chalk but mostly just water on its own. What simple activities do you rely on to entertain your little ones on those days you just don't have time to set up much? “Come over and play at the Childhood 101We Play link up”
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