Friday, 18 April 2014

Chocolate Easter Nests

To get ourselves truly ready for Easter, today was the day to make crispy nests!  I am loving how capable Ethan is now and that he can help with all of the steps of making them.  Looking back at last year, Ethan helped to make crispy nests, but this year he did it all!  He broke up the chocolate, watched as we melted it, mixed it all up and scooped it into the cases.  

This year I definitely couldn't stop him from eating the chocolate, he certainly knows what it is now!  He is going to be bouncing off the walls on Sunday, I can't wait!

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Easter Play Date

Today we had some friends over for a pre Easter play date.  We are loving being able to have friends over at our new house, and it was a beautiful day today so we were able to sit out in the garden!  Of course we also wanted to give some little Easter pressies to Ethan's friends, without much time to get things ready while Ivy napped, we just put some little things in an Easter bag.  

Ethan really enjoyed getting the bags ready for his friends and making them little cards.  In the bags we put; Easter play dough that we made the other day, little fluffy chicks and ducks, a pop up flower, Easter stickers, and a few plastic eggs with raisins in them (we were going to give them chocolates, but I changed my mind when I saw how much Ethan was snacking on the raisins as we filled the eggs!)

Monday, 14 April 2014

Getting into the Easter Spirit

Things have definitely changed since becoming a family of four, we are still just as festive, but it's not quite as easy to do crafts and baking.  So with less than a week until Easter, we've just decorated and started to prepare today.  I hadn't really thought about it, but even though this will be Ethan's third Easter, he didn't really know who the Easter Bunny was or remember how to do an Easter egg hunt from last year.  So as we decorated today we talked about what's to come this weekend.  Then I made him a special lunch with an Easter Bunny crumpet!

Needless to say, he can't wait until Sunday now!

Friday, 11 April 2014

Fisher Price - Little People Lil' Movers School Bus - Review

This may just be the most exciting thing that we've received to review so far, it's the Little People Lil' Movers School Bus from Fisher Price.  Ethan absolutely loves every type of vehicle, but he became quite taken with school buses on our last trip to Canada.  I'm not sure if it's the bright yellow colour, or the fact that they were full of school children who would wave at him, but he was always excited to see a school bus.  He was thrilled when we opened up the box with the Little People school bus inside and wanted to play with it straight away.

The bus has loads of fun features, it comes with one child and a driver (but can hold a few more Little People if you have them), the door opens and shuts, the stop sign can be pulled out and pushed back in, several of the seats make a sound when you push the person down, and the bus itself plays the song 'The Wheels on the Bus' when you push it along.  Ethan loves every single one of these features.  I know that I sound like I'm gushing, but it is as if someone watched Ethan and saw what all of his favourite things are and put them into this one toy!  

The Little People Lil' Movers School Bus can be bought from Amazon for £23.53 (there is an older model available for £19.99, which looks fairly similar).  You can also buy more Little People from Amazon if you'd like to fill up the bus.

Ethan has not stopped playing with this bus since it arrived last week, it is his new favourite toy. It is great for his Knowledge and Understanding of the World as we can use it to learn about road safety, having the children come safely off the bus and having the other cars stop when they see the sign.  It's also great for his Creative Development as he can make up little stories to go along with it.  The second day that he had it, he got out his little school house (completely unprompted, I had actually forgotten that we had a school!) and drove the bus to the school to drop the children off, then had them play for a little while, before putting them back on the bus to bring them home.

I can not recommend this toy highly enough, it's fantastic and a great addition to our collection of small world toys, I can't wait to get some more Little People toys for Ethan to play and learn with!

* This has been a review post, Fisher Price sent me the Little People Lil' Movers School Bus and some extra figures to play with and write an honest review about.  For more about our review process, please click here *

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Double Play Date

Today we went to a lovely friends' house for a play date.  It's so perfect because she also has a little boy who's Ethan's age and a little girl who's about 4 months older than Ivy.  Ethan and his friend play so nicely together, it's really quite incredible as they play in such similar ways that they never fight over a toy or anything, it makes for quite a relaxing time for us.  And now that Ivy's a little bit older she's able to have a little play as well.  It's great for both of their Personal, Social and Emotional Development to interact and share toys and space with other children.

It also happened to be a beautiful day today, so Ethan and his friend ran around collecting stones, playing on scooters, kicking the ball and making up their own little games.  While the girls were able to lay down on a mat in the shade, playing with squeaky toys and watching the world go by.  Not every play date is this relaxing, but it was so wonderful to be able to sit back and watch both children enjoy themselves without (too much) fuss, it was a lovely day!

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Can We Make Something?

Today my little darling Ethan uttered the words that every crafty Mama loves to hear, "Can we make something Mommy?"  It was incredible, I went to get him from his room after his nap, and after he told me about his dream (" was too cloudy to see the airplanes") he asked if we could make something!  He has never asked before, I'm always suggesting things to make.  He is always excited to do it, but this was still a first.  

I asked him if he wanted to make something with paper, like a drawing, or to do mixing with a bowl and spoon.  He said that he wanted to do mixing, so we came downstairs and made some Kool Aid Play Dough.  It's such a quick and easy thing to make (click on the link for the recipe) which made it easy to put Ivy down for a couple of minutes to stir up all the ingredients. We also just happened to find Kool Aid in the world foods section of Tesco the other day for only 30p a pack, so there will be a lot of Kool Aid play dough creations in our future!

Then after we made it, to give it a bit of an Easter twist, we rolled it into balls and put it into some Easter eggs and we'll share some with Ethan's friends.  Ethan loved putting the play dough into the eggs, this could be an activity on it's own.  Rolling it up, squishing it in, opening and closing the eggs, such fun!

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Another Successful Play Date

As of today, things are very different in our house...the Grandparents have all been and gone, we've had lots of visitors and helpers over the past few months, but now we're on our own!  It's time to get into our routines and for me to figure out how to manage with two little ones on my own most days.  I'm feeling completely outnumbered already, so it was the perfect day for friends to come over for a play date (who were of course very helpful as well, made my job a lot easier!)  I was able to pass Ivy over for cuddles with the other Mums, which is great for her to get used to other people, and enables me to get things done.  She's not quite ready to play on the mat with the other babies, but I'm sure that's not far off.

I am sure that every play date will not be such a success, and they're still a novelty for us to host as our previous house just didn't have the space.  Ethan just impresses me so much with his sharing and letting his friends play with his toys.  He happily watches them play, sometimes just observing and sometimes trying to join them.  Mostly I think he just enjoys showing off his toys and watching how others play with them.  He also sat really nicely with them at his little table for lunch, which I find very impressive as he won't sit still for two seconds when it's just us (he still has his meals in his high chair to prevent him wandering off).  It's so nice to have friends over so that he can pick up these social skills from them, feeling very proud of my little boy today!