Activity Time. Play Dough Butterflies Creation Station

The monsters are currently crazy for butterflies, so we have had a jiggle around of our plans for my toddler learns and our after school mats and instead of horses last week we have gone back to caterpillars and butterflies! The monsters keep asking for the playdough so I thought I would prepare a playdough creation station as an afterschool invitation to play.


This was a great activity to explore symmetry, which is what Evie has been doing at school and as Elsie is obsessed with anything that matches it worked well!

You can generally use any bits and bobs you have, you could also make your own playdough, this no-cook version from Clares Tots is great.

Set up your invitation to play using the following as a guide:
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shop bought play dough (we bought a pack of 4 mini tubs for £1)
craft sticks
pipe cleaners
gems
chip and dip tray, like these from Amazon.








Why not make you own play dough butterflies, and share your creations with us on our Facebook page or tag us in your Instagram pictures (@3princesses1dude)

PLL, Kisstory and Food Styling! #LittleLoves April 2016

One thing that is helping me adjust to life with anxiety is remembering, or at least trying to, the good things. So when I can feel myself getting anxious I try to think of the good things from that day, something from yesterday. April was particularly tough for me, especially the first couple of weeks being half term, so I started writing this blog post to get me through it. I got through the end of half term, of course, but only just. I am lucky to have good friends I can message at a moment's notice who will reply instantly and help me calm myself down.


Reading.

Let's Talk Mommy blog. I got the bug for Jenny's blog a month or so ago when I started joining the Share With Me linky, then a couple of weeks ago I watched her food styling 101 video and it kind of sparked something inside of me and now I literally can not stay away from her blog, as I look through her posts and all of Jenny's photography I feel a little fire of inspiration burning away!

Which leads me onto my next read...I am working my way through my food styling tips pin board, soaking in every bit of info I can find.


Listening To.

Kisstory. No word of a lie, I am pretty much obsessed! I have even got the monsters loving it! If I am feeling a little bit shitty I just hit channel 714 on the Freeview box and I and the kids have a little boogie whilst I remember some good times with friends...oh wait...did I just say boogie? That is it, I am definitely turning into my Mother!


Watching.

Pretty Little Liars. I have been getting plenty of early nights in so that I can snuggle down into my duvet and have PLL marathons before I fall to sleep! But shhh don't ruin it! I've just started season 3 and whilst I have a thousand questions and want to google spoilers, I also don't want it ruined!

Wearing.

This month I have been LOVING my grey wrap, perfect for the warm one minute, baltic the next April weather we had! Secondly, I am mad for my new cream cowl neck oversized poncho jumper. It looks great with a pair of black skinny jeans and a tan coloured long sleeved top underneath. I am also madly in love with my new leopard print boots! So comfy and actually they look great with anything, they definitely brighten up a black outfit!


Lastly, my fave outfit of the month was definitely the pinafore dress and long sleeved stripe top that I wore to BlogOn! I was really worried about being too old for it, but I went for it and I am so glad I did! The whole outfit cost me less than £20...what a bargain!



Leopard print boots - Lunar £49.99
Black Pinafore - New Look £12 in the sale, still available online
Striped top - Charity Shop £2.99
Black Tights - Tesco £4

Made.



I made the most amazing spaghetti dish just last week! It was so soooooooooo good! All of the monsters demolished it so that must be a good thing! One of our afterschool craft sessions led to this super cute butterfly wall hanging been made. I love it so much! And it  still has pride of place in our hallway!

I got my craft on for #BostikBloggers and made this miniature fairy garden windchime for the monsters playhouse. It hasn't quite made its way to the playhouse though as the rain has stopped any outdoor play (our garden gets very waterlogged!)  Lastly, we got our bake on this month for the Kids Make and Bake Club, we made these delicious looking (and tasting!) strawberry cupcakes

And lastly...

My biggest little love this month has been our YouTube channel. I really love our little corner of the internet, and our YouTube is currently my favourite place to share. If you haven't already we would love for you to come and check us out, don't forget to subscribe if you like what you see!

#ToddlerApprovedTuesday #73

Welcome to Toddler Approved Tuesday, the weekly link-up for you to share everything your littles ones, 0-5, have been loving! Have you enjoyed a day out recently and your little one loved it? Maybe you made something awesome and your little tot enjoyed it? Maybe you have a fussy eater and you made a recipe that got them eating their most hated food! Come and share your posts with myself and Clare, from Clares Little Tots, we would love to see your posts, old posts welcome too. 


My favourites last week came from Tuff Spot Play and Let Them Be Small. Tuff Spot Play linked up with this super cute Princess Tea Party Tuff Spot...


and Let Them Be Small shared a fab book review. Be sure to go and check them both out if you haven't already!


On to this week and I am sharing our butterfly wall hanging that we all made together! Elsie absolutely loves it and shows it to everyone...including inviting the postie in to come and see it!!! (True Story!)


Clare is sharing rainbow pasta necklaces!

Now it's your turn...

Remember (a few changes, please read):

Link up to 3 posts, remember to copy and paste the #ToddlerApprovedTuesday badge on each post you would like to link up.

Try and pop by and comment on as many as you can, let's aim for at least one host post and the 1 behind you. Can't comment? Why not Pin It, Tweet it or maybe share on Facebook instead? It only takes 2 seconds to click on the share button!

Remember to share your post and the linky party using the hashtag #ToddlerApprovedTuesday on your social media, I will Retweet all your posts via Twitter (make sure you mention us in your tweets @3princess_1dude and @clarestots for us to be able to Retweet).

We will also pin as many as I can to the #ToddlerApprovedTuesday pin board.

Grab your badge:

#ToddlerApprovedTuesday

And link up below...



http://www.inlinkz.com/new/view.php?id=630008" title="click to view in an external page.">An InLinkz Link-up


Family Meals. Chorizo and Cherry Tomato Spaghetti

I love chorizo...like REALLY love chorizo. The spicy smokiness adds a great flavour to pasta and as it is finally becoming a family favourite I can use it as the star of the show instead of sneaking it in here and there! I think with this spicy spaghetti sauce and the cherry tomatoes it all works together to become a really yummy dish...


Activity Time. Butterfly Wall Hanging

We are always making bits and bobs, I'm not sure why I am stating this because, of course, you already know this. But what you probably don't know is that once we have made something it usually gets put in a scrapbook or our project box never to be seen again! These multi-coloured butterflies are perfect for brightening up a blank wall and they are easily displayed using a stick and some yarn too! 


This wall hanging has really brightened up our teeny tiny hallway. And the monsters have enjoyed showing every single person that comes into our house, or even knocks at the door, their work of art!

To make a wall hanging of your own you will need;

Pegs
Washi tape
Tissue paper 
Bostik Glu Dots
Pipe Cleaners
Stick
Wool

You can find a photo tutorial just below, if you try it be sure to share your photos on our Facebook page, we would love to see your creations!










Sorry...

Sorry, things are a little different around here at the moment...I'm having a mini makeover and will be back on May 1st with a new look, in the meantime here are ten favourite posts from the blog and our YouTube channel...


1. One of our most read posts, according to my analytics apparently my readers in the US went CRAY for this one in February,with it receiving almost doubling its hits of 1 year in a week!!!!!


2. One of our most popular YouTube videos and also one of my faves, the This or That challenge...KIDS VERSION!!


3. This one went crazy on Facebook with almost 4.5k views to date! Such a simple thing to make, why not give the Loom Band Stick Dominoes a go...


4. A great idea for a rainy day...and let's face it lately there have been plenty!


5. Playdough, made from Nutella that you can eat? Need I say more...


6. Possibly the cutest spiders you will ever see...


7. I love cooking with the kids, our favourite is these fishcakes.

8. Our Spring Garden Sensory Bin was shared on The Imagination Tree Facebook page where it received so many shares and so many lovely comments that I *may* have cried!


9. One of our first craft videos, and Jenson's first solo video, this Spring Chick Paper Plate was chosen as a featured  video on the Channel Mum website last month...again...I may have cried! Jenson looks so small and I love his opening line, I hope he doesn't hate me when he is older!



For number 10 I would love you to tell me in the comments below which of our post is your fave! I would love to know what your favourite kind are so that I can try and do more so make sure you let us know in the comments below....



More Lollipoppers? Churchill Says 'Ohhh Yes!'

There is currently an on-going argument in our house, that is probably happening as you read this, it involves Ellie and the school run. She thinks, at 11, that she is old enough to go by herself. I think...well I believe she could get to school by herself. I mean sure she has the knowledge and the know how to cross a road, but I am not sure the roads are safe enough. There is just 1 road on her journey that doesn't have anywhere safe for her to cross. This one road happens to be one of the closest to the school...



But there is no safe crossing place. No point in the road where she can get across safely. Vans parked on the roadside blocking views, teens on their way to the high school in their boy racer cars, keen to 'impress' their friends, parents who are running late for school, late for work all who are, possibly, veering the wrong side of the speed limit make me anxious about letting her go alone!

If only the school and council had the funding for just 1 extra lollipopper, on a road where when I was a child there was a lollipopper, I would feel safer, and less anxious about Ellie doing the school run on her own.


And I am not on my own. 95% of parents of 5-11-year-olds and 88% of children would feel safer if there was a lollipopper present on their route to school. 

But the fact is that following UK legislation in 2000 lollipoppers are no longer a legal requirement of a school and therefore, an increasing number of the iconic lollipop men and women have been taken off the road in recent years, and 61% of parents say that no alternative has been put in place!


Commenting on Churchills research and findings, Kelly Cook, (head of motor claims at Churchill Insurance), said: 

"The safety and well-being of children during the school run is so important to schools and parents with road crossings a critical part of the daily journey. With child pedestrian casualties during the school run still an issue in the UK, we wanted to gather the opinion of both parents and children to investigate what they see as being the safest option. Although no longer a legal requirement for schools, it is great to see that the apparently evergreen Lollipopper is still valued as the safest option for parents and children but concerning that many have noticed their numbers diminishing in recent years."

This is why Churchill want to help redress the balance and make this safeguard around our nation’s schools stronger than ever by giving funding to 50 schools to have their own Lollipopper. But first, people, parents like you and me, need to nominate their school for funding! These nominations will be whittled down and 50 schools will receive funding for a ‘Lollipopper’ for one year from September 2016.

I've nominated our local school, will you nominate yours?

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