This week started really well. Monday was bank holiday and I got 8 loads of laundry washed, dried and sorted. That makes me one happy person! I hate having laundry hanging round the house drying, so fantastic days like Monday are great. Plus, nothing beats the smell of laundry that has been hung out to dry in the fresh air…bliss! We also went car hunting as one of our cars has died.
In the afternoon we had some fun in the sun at home. More on that another day, but here’s a little photo.
Yesterday (as it’s now after 3am on Wednesday) was a good day too. We were up, breakfasted and washed and dressed by 7:30am. In an hour and 15 minutes, I had vacuumed, mopped and cleaned the bathroom (the joys of my routine to keep me focused as, before, this could have taken all day). Miss E went down for a nap again at 9am. I finished up our Abel & Cole order for the week and did a bit of crocheting in the sunshine. Miss E woke up at near 11am and we got ready to take the dogs for a walk. They enjoyed that immensely and were so well behaved. Usually, we have issues of them pulling quite a bit in excitement. Once home, Miss E had a snack and I prepared the sauce for the homemade pasta we were going to have later in the day. Mr P had made the dough the night before, so I just had to run it through the machine. I then set up an invitation to play outside. We were supposed to do arty things and I was just going to set up some paper and crayons etc inside, but as the weather was so nice, we went outside to do “art”. After she was done with that we read some stories outside too.
invitation to whisk up some soapy bubbles and do some mark making with water
concentrating so hard on her mark making, bless her
After our lovely time in the sunshine, we came in and I made our pasta while Miss E took gerbil food out of its bag to place on the shelf above, which of course ended up all over my nicely vacuumed and mopped kitchen floor. Thank goodness for two dogs who clear up pretty much all food stuff! Miss E then had free play inside til it was her bathtime and bedtime. So it all went pretty well, until about 3pm when I started to get the worst headache. Since Friday I have had a sore chest which developed into the starts of a cough by Sunday and yesterday morning I woke up with a pretty bad chest and a cold as well. That has now developed into the flu. Poor Mr P had to go up into the loft to get the desk fan down as I was sweating away in bed. I have since got up as I can hardly breathe lying down. So I am sat aching and sweating and feeling generally miserable on the couch while blogging at 3:30am….that’s a first! Miss E is also having some very unsettled sleep I can hear, so it looks like Wednesday is set to be a very low key day!
This week, I wanted to get on with planting some more vegetable seeds as time is slowly but surely ticking away (how is it May already?!). I have a huge stack of egg cartons sat on a shelf in the kitchen and knew these would make perfect little seeding trays. I separated the lid from the bottom, pierced holes into the bottom of each little egg section for drainage and then set that back into the lid. We took our tuff spot outside along with the egg cartons, compost and some spoons etc and we enjoyed some fun in the sun. It was just what was needed after an extremely hard morning.
filling the carton with compost
it’s serious work
abandoning the spoon in favour of using her hands
I wonder what will happen if I just tip this carton upside down
hopefully lots of lovely veg will come from this
As always, click on the link button at the top and check out what other fun children have been having this week.
We love a good bit of messy play in this house, and so we are linking up to share our messy play photos in memory of little Matilda Mae. x
Where our messy play began
homemade baby safe finger paints
yoghurt painty fun
scooping and pouring with cornflakes
digging in the veg plots
Why not click on the link badge at the top of this post to meet some other people who linked up and see what they are doing that’s very messy and playful.
Miss E loves her Schleich animals, unfortunately her lovely pig had an incident with one of our dogs and lost a trotter and her ears, so we used the donkey instead. I had read somewhere about using tea from tea bags for sensory play. Once the hot water hits the tea bag it sterlises the tea, of course if you add milk before removing the teabag then it doesn’t work. So we kept a tub by the kettle (I drink a lot of tea) collected the tea bags and emptied their contents out to dry. I’ve had them in a pot and decided to set up a little small world farm scene for Miss E. I put some of the tea in there for the field, two of her tree blocks (she’d already removed one at this stage) a pine cone and of course the donkey seeing as our pig is out of action! She loved running the tea through her hands and taking the loose parts out of the tub and back in again. It was lovely to watch. Do your children enjoy small world play?
Whoever wants to understand much must play much
Last night I made the playdough for the party and my husband helped me colour it all. I used this recipe from The Imagination Tree. I have used it before and I love it because it’s so easy, and there’s no cooking involved…brilliant! I made a double batch and we then divided it into 6. Unlike in the original recipe, I did not add the colouring when I added the water. I did everything but the colouring and kneaded the dough before dividing it and then we coloured each ball individually. All but the purple batch was coloured using Morrisons natural food dye, the other was Dr Oetkers gel dye and we actually needed more of that (by more I mean the whole tube) to get anywhere near a colour we wanted. The little plastic tubs came from Asda. They are only smartprice ones but are great. We already had 3 as I used them to put paint in for the potatoe prints and yesterday we got 3 more. We got some colouring pencils and crayons; the pipe cleaners, pom poms etc came from a crafty joke present my husband got me a few years back for Christmas…..glad I held onto them 🙂 So now we just need some more playdough tools and some paper and we’re all set for the bigger kiddes on Saturday 🙂
It has taken a good few months to get to this point. Any time I have set out paper and drawing implements before and demonstrated their use, I have been met with a daughter who takes the crayons and markers and either throws them on the floor or tries to eat them. Today, I brought all the stuff out again expecting the same reaction, but it was as if today it all clicked. I just left them out and Miss E picked them up and started mark making on the paper. She really loved watching the colour appear on the paper. I think her first picasso is also pretty good and it now takes pride of place on the fridge door 🙂