Thursday, 27 November 2014

Do You Want to Be a Snowman?

Ethan is getting very creative, and now when I ask him if he wants to make something, he often comes up with his own ideas of what to make, then I just add to his idea.  So today when I asked him, he said that he wanted to make Ivy!  So we got out the big roll of paper and traced around Ivy (which wasn't easy as she didn't stay very still!), then decided to make Ethan as well.

The next step was to draw and colour our snowmen.  First Ethan did his own, he chose to use crayons (but I think that painting the snowmen would have looked really nice).  I helped him to draw some of the features, and he coloured them all in.  He was also able to tell me what else the snowman needed.

When it came time to do Ivy's, he decided that she should be a gingerbread man instead!  I love that he came up with the change all by himself, and already had a plan of how she should be decorated.

When we finished I cut out Ethan the Snowman and Ivy the Gingerbread Man, and we decided that they needed some accessories.  I was just going to cut them out of paper, but Ethan went and got their own hats, scarves and boots instead!  We love them!

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Amigami - Review

We have been sent a brand new toy that hasn't even been released yet!  First of all, that in itself is very exciting!  We love new toys, so the opportunity to try something out before it's even for sale is really fun for us.  

The toy is from Mattel and it's called Amigami, I suppose it's a mix of a toy animal and origami.  It is recommended for slightly older children, but we decided to give it a try together.  The set that we received was a polar bear and a penguin, which Ethan loved and is perfect and wintry for this time of year.  

Included in the set are the two figures, paper cut outs, plastic pegs, a curling tool and stickers.  The first thing that you have to do is to press out all of the paper shapes to use (which you may want to do first, rather than with an impatient child!) Next you choose which shapes you want use and where to put them.  Ethan was able to make all of the decisions, but he did need a little help with the pins and clipping the paper on.  (I'm sure that an older children wouldn't have any trouble with this.)  There are also long strips of paper and a curling tool, so that you can make fun curly additions to your animals.  The last step is the stickers, which can be stuck all over your little creatures.

Ethan had lots of fun making his Amigami in different ways, taking parts out and changing them around.  He thought that it was hilarious that he could move the penguin's wing and make it the polar bear's ear.  Such a fun toy to play with!

* This is a review post, we were sent the Amigami set from Mattel to play with and write an honest review. *

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Making a Rag Rug Wreath with Ragged Life

One day last week I had the pleasure of spending the day learning how to make a rag rug wreath with Elspeth from Ragged Life and some lovely bloggers (Maggy from Red Ted Art, Ali from Kids Chaos, Liz from Me and My Shadow and Emma from Mummy, Mummy, Mum).

The supplies
I won't go into too much detail about how to make a rag rug wreath, because Elspeth does a much better job of explaining it on her website.  But I will say that I had a lovely time learning how to make it, it was not difficult to do, and it was just nice to make a grown up craft for a change!  (I don't even remember the last time that I did that!)  

Making a start
Saying that, with two kids at home I clearly have not had a chance to finish it.  All of my good intentions of spending some time everyday doing a bit more have not worked!  So instead of waiting until next Christmas to tell you about it, I'm showing you now so that you might have a chance to have one done in time!

The finished wreath!  (Not mine, lol, this is one that Elspeth made!)
You can get all the supplies and follow the directions from Ragged Life, or you can sign up for a workshop and have a crafty afternoon like we did.  I highly recommend this option (especially if you have children at home!) as you'll get some dedicated time to learn and get a real start on your project.  And be sure to show me what you make!

* This is a review post, we were invited to a Ragged Life workshop to make a rag rug and share our experience. *

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Our Sunday Storybook - Baa Baa Black Sheep

We've been reading a really cute little book from Parragon this week, it's another little finger puppet book, and this time it's Baa Baa Black Sheep.

Ivy absolutely loves these little finger puppet books!  She likes to grab onto the little sheep as I read her the story, and even dances around if I sing it to her.  Ethan likes to join in the fun too, and because the story is just the song, he can pretend to read the story to Ivy too, which he loves!

* This is a review post, we were sent Baa Baa Black Sheep from Parragon to review and write our honest opinion, it also contains an affiliate link to buy the book. *

What have you been reading this week?  Please link up and join in the fun!

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Writing a Letter to Santa

Today we wrote our letters to Santa!!!  It is definitely an important tradition in our house, and it was lots of fun to involve Ivy in the fun for the first time.  I printed out some letter templates from Sparklebox and let the kids have fun 'writing' their gift requests to Santa.

Ethan has asked Santa for a set of Frozen figures and Ivy is asking for a pram for her doll. We will be posting our letters through Royal Mail here in the UK, see here for more details. You must send your letters with a stamp and all of your return address information for a reply from Father Christmas.

If you would like to write to Santa Claus in Canada, be sure to send your letters by December 16th to this address.  For more details from Canada Post, read the information here.

In the USA it's a slightly more complicated system of writing the letter from Santa yourself (he is just a bit too busy to write them all) but sending it off to get a postmark from Alaska. Please have a look at the USPS website for all of the details

If you're in Australia and you would like to send a letter to Santa be sure to put your return address on the back of the envelope and send it to the address below.

If you're in France I believe that you all have to do it all on La Poste website but that you will get a reply from Pere Noel in the post.  

Please let me know if there are other countries that I should add to my list!

* This post contains affiliate links to Amazon, so you can get a start on your Christmas shopping too! *

Friday, 21 November 2014

Oaty Snowman Sensory Play

I'm always looking for ways to get Ivy involved in all the fun that Ethan and I are having. The other day Ethan made snowmen with play dough, which Ivy couldn't really take part in as she is still putting everything in her mouth.  I much prefer for her to play with edible materials, just in case she does get a big bit in her mouth (though I do discourage her from eating any of it!)  

So I had a search around the kitchen and decided that some regular porridge oats mixed with water would have a nice squishy consistency, and could be rolled into balls to make snowmen.  I set it all up in our builders tray and held Ivy back while I showed her how to roll the balls to make a snowman and added a few accessories.

Then I set Ivy free and she went straight for the oats, ready to explore.  She loved it, she was picking it up and squishing it through her fingers right away, and of course she was trying to taste it as well!  I did manage to make a few different sized "snowballs" with her before she ate too much of it!  It is a great sensory material though, hopefully next time she'll be more used to the process and we'll be able to play a bit longer!

Thursday, 20 November 2014

A - Zebra Toddler Trampoline - Review and Giveaway

Ethan has been having lots of fun playing with his A-Zebra Toddler Trampoline from Worlds Apart.  It's a small indoor trampoline with a handle to hold on to while he jumps up and down.  But what makes it unique is the zebra on the front of it, and the fun sounds that it makes whenever you jump on it!  You can buy it for around £40 from Amazon, which makes it really good value for money.

Ethan loves to bounce up and down on it, and the sounds that it makes always make him giggle.  It's a great way for him to get some exercise in the house on those cold and rainy days as well.

The recommended age for the trampoline is 12 months and up, but as Ivy is already standing quite steadily and loves to bounce, she's been having a go on the A - Zebra Trampoline as well!  She has the biggest smile on her face and she bounces up and down just by bending her knees the littlest bit.

The A-Zebra Trampoline would make a great Christmas gift, and lucky you might just be able to win one!  Enter below and tell me what you're planning on buying your little ones for Christmas?  

Open to residents of the UK only.  

* This is a review post, Worlds Apart sent us the Zebra Trampoline to try out and to write an honest review.  This post also contains an affiliate link to purchase the trampoline on Amazon.

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