A finger puppet show

This weekend has been all about being outdoors. After all the excitement yesterday, the girls had an afternoon nap and then we decided to do something a little bit calmer.  We were lucky enough to be sent some gorgeous crafting materials by Sykes Cottages and invited to make some finger puppets. They have the instructions on how to make them on their blog, and they’ve been kind enough to share them with us as well, so here they are: Now as you’ll notice, the penguins are incredibly easy to make with quite basic materials. Libby and I were assisted by some…

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Do we really need it?

Everywhere I look, I see children with the latest gadgets and technology.  There are television series especially for young children to help them learn. There are apps, websites and games to keep them entertained and assist with their development.  Occasionally, my girls watch the TV or a film. Libby enjoys nursery rhymes on YouTube and Lia likes to watch as well. They both dance and sing along. Libby knows all the words and Lia joins in with some of the actions.  And yet, I can’t help but feel that they learn more from actually doing things the old way, tech…

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No I’m not a pretty girl

This afternoon, Libby said the words that no parent to a little girl wants to hear. I brushed her hair, put a clip in it and put her glasses on before she went to the park. She asked me why I’d put a hair clip in and I said, “Because it looks lovely. You always look lovely and now your hair is nice and tidy as well. Shall I show you in the mirror?”  She nodded, so we went to the bathroom mirror.  She looked in the mirror and I said, “Look, what a pretty girl.” She said, “What a not-pretty…

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Betrayed by a family member

Yesterday, we had one of those incidents you hope will never happen.  I suppose when you mix babies, toddlers, dogs, cats and adults together in a confined space, something is bound to go wrong.  Someone who has been part of the family for years lets you down in the worst possible way. Yesterday, when my back was turned for a moment, I heard a blood curdling scream from the baby. By the time I got back into the room, she was crying. It was that awful, serious sort of crying where she was so upset that she couldn’t actually cry.…

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Easter craft for toddlers

I very rarely blog about crafts I do with my children, it’s just not that sort of blog. To be honest, I’m not that sort of mum. But Libby does love craft, and I feel guilty that because I’m so bad at art myself, I rarely do anything with her. I’m feeling particularly guilty at the moment, because she is getting on so well with drawing and writing since getting her glasses. So, against my better judgement, we embarked on an Easter craft project. It’s gone remarkably well so I thought I’d share both the process and the results. Making an Easter…

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