Chinese New Year sensory box

Last year we got seriously into Chinese New Year. With it rolling around again, I thought I’d share the sensory box I put together for Talitha to enjoy when she was three-and-a-half. At going on one, this really wasn’t suitable for Ophelia at the time so I put it up on the table whenever Talitha wanted to play with it. I had some rice I’d bought cheaply from an Asian grocers, which I coloured with red and yellow ready mix paint by mixing the colours in separate bowls and laying it thinly in baking trays to dry. Then I added…

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Argos Christmas Toys – Chad Valley 3 Storey Summer Winter Dolls House

Argos has revealed their top toys for Christmas 2015 and we were one of their toy testing families. We chose to try out the Chad Valley 3 Storey Summer Winter Dolls House. Talitha immediately made the connection with Frozen and said it reminded her of Queen Elsa’s ice castle. In fact, her Elsa plush doll and Sylvanian family rabbits moved right in. This house is actually sized for Barbie-sized dolls, though, I’d say. We were toying with the idea of giving her a Lottie doll, which would work well in this house. I think we were all a bit blown…

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Pumpkin drilling and more pumpkin fun

Talitha is recovering from a pretty nasty cold (that’s not her ill face above; she just likes pulling faces!) so although she was in good spirits today, we opted for a quiet one at home. The fact that she neither protested nor even asked about going out tells me she really needed it. We started off with a to-do list of things we needed to get done. She loves ticking things off a list. Just like her mama. “Bake bread, stew apples, carve pumpkin…” I realised this was starting to look like the most autumnal day ever. So, we fully…

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Fun early night ideas for families

The clocks go back tomorrow (I actually had to look that up because I keep getting confused which way it is) so, we’re headed back into the darker portion of the year. I used to really struggle with this. Growing up in the tropics, I mentally prepared myself for cold seasons when I moved here but nothing could have prepared me for the dark. After ten years of living here, though, I’ve realised that even the early nights have their own charm, especially when living with a four-year-old who’s intrigued by the changing seasons. Here are a few really simple…

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Wooden pirate ship

You can’t deny the aesthetic and sensory appeal of wooden toys. I’m no toy snob but I doubt we’ll be holding on to plastic toys for our potential future grandkids other than some Lego. So I was delighted when The Wooden Toy Shack, based in Brighton where we used to live, asked me to review one of their toys. Taltiha’s big on pirates at the moment so I chose this glorious Barbarosa pirate ship. Pros: It is absolutely beautiful, capturing the lost-at-sea imagination. We’ve been taken in by all it’s little details, like a door to below deck, a wind…

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Then she was four – Octonauts party

Two revelations surprise me every time one of my children has a birthday. One, I actually do not care about my birthday anymore. Much. Two, every year the prospect of their birthdays gets more exciting. Talitha turned four on Thursday and I did the usual getting teary-eyed while wrapping her presents the night before. How could she be turning four already? I still so clearly remember giving birth to her. And now we’re having full-on conversations. My days are full of her chatter. She’s busy dancing, making up stories, singing to herself, balancing on things, zipping off on her scooter,…

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Our dressing up box

I’ve recently been spending a lot of time trying to organise our playroom. Talitha gets so much more out of it when she can see where things are, it’s easier for us to tidy when everything has it’s place and I don’t lose my mind looking for things. Since she’s heavily into dressing up, I dearly wanted to sort a dressing up box for her. We’ve repurposed a blue vintage suitcase, laying it on its side. It’s perfect as she can open it herself and fit quite a lot in it. She also loves giving me a fright by hiding…

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