At the end of August I ordered the very first My Little Workshop from Woodland Children. They do a My Little Atelier box for older children, but decided to see if there was any interest in one for younger children. I always want to do crafty seasonal activities with Miss E, but I just never get the time to sit and plan, purchase all the materials etc. So the My Little Workshop sounded like a great idea. You get all the materials needed(when i say all i mean all, if something requires a paintbrush or glue and a spreader you get it in the box) along with a little booklet of activities to make and other suggestions to do as well. There were also some added extras including play dough and water beads which I have always wanted to try, and now we get the chance to use them. It was a little bit slow of coming due to waiting for stock to arrive etc, but it finally arrived a few weeks ago.
nice little extra touches
supplies for lots of lovely crafts
Here are some of the crafts we have done so far:
sponge leaf printing
leaf sun catchers
felt leaf sticker
These are just a few things that came in the box, and we still have so much left to do. The whole thing cost £30 which seeing as we’ve had it a few weeks and there are still so many activities we haven’t even got to yet is well worth the money. If you live in the UK and, like me, want to do crafts with your toddlers, but find it hard to put ideas together, I’d encourage you to give the My Little Workshop box a try.
*This is my own opinion and I am receiving no form of reward for writing this. I paid for this box myself, and Woodland Children are unaware that I have written this piece.*
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?
For her birthday, one of Miss E’s little friends got her a Suttons grow your own sunflowers set (Not entirely sure that was the correct name!). We planted the sunflower seeds in the pot and followed the instructions. Eleven grew, and, as happens with sunflowers, very quickly needed new homes. My husband and I aren’t very good at following through with tasks like repotting plants and often things die. And, for a while, it looked like these sunflwoers might be facing the same fate. I was determined they wouldn’t and finally we remembered to get compost and pots.
I could have done the task while Miss E was having a nap, and it would have been quicker and cleaner, but they are her sunflowers, and I wanted her to have the experience and start learning about plants and caring for them.
checking out the flower pots
Miss E took this taskvery seriously indeed. She is currently developing her skills of transferring objects from one container to another, and so this gave her the opportunity to transfer to her heart’s content. She was very serious and engrossed throughout apart from when we were patting the compost down around the sunflowers after placing them in their homes. Then sh ewould break out into giggles and pat down the soil with a “bat, bat, bat!”
Miss E did need a change of clothes at the end of us as the compost clung to her and my kitchen floor needed sweeping, but the sunflowers got repotted, and we had a lovely time together.
A few weeks back I reblogged a post about making your own tree blocks for open ended imaginative play and said we might have a got at making some. And we did! A few weekends ago we collected some fallen tree branches while out on a walk and left them to dry out in our porch. This weekend, my husband kindly sawed some of them into tree blocks(we still have a few more of wider diameters to create with). Here they are waiting to have all their sharp sawn edges sanded off.
I’m looking forward to these being played with for many years to come. Have you made any DIY kids toys recently? Please share your ideas if you have. If you decide to have a go at making these take your child’s personality into account….if they still like to investigate everything by mouth then small tree blocks would be unadviseable.