Activity Time. Moshi Monster Number Sentences. Maths Fun For Kids

The monsters love their collection of Moshi Monsters, and after recently sharing a photo on Instagram we got asked what we do with them. So I thought I would share some simple play ideas that get the kids learning as well as playing. This number sentence activity was something Jenson came up with by himself, although we have done similar in the past.


What you need:
Paper
Pen
Moshi Monsters 

Jenson collected some paper, then found a little tray and put some of his Moshi Monsters on it and filled his empty cup with a selection of pens (not sure why!) 

Then he asked me to write him some number sentences and he set about working out the answers using the Moshi Monsters to help him.

He went through so many pieces of paper as this kept him busy for about an hour, longer than his toy cars had, longer than he played out on his scooter, longer than he had spent playing on his Ipad. 




Activity Time. Money Recognition Busy Bag

All of my monsters are OBSESSED with pennies! If you leave coins laying around and then can't find them the chances are you will find them in a play purse or bag in the toy box! Jenson has also been learning about coins at school so is obsessed with asking us 'what's this?' 'what money is this?' 'how much is this coin?'...you get the idea! Anyhow to enhance their learning I came up with this simple busy box.

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To make your own money recognition busy box you will need:

Coins (plastic or real)
Wallet/Purse
Sticky tape (or a laminator)

Box or bag to keep it all stored together

Start by laminating or sticky taping the tissues so they can't be ripped, I also sorted through the snap game to find all cards with just one or two of the same coin on.

Together we talked about the coins and matched them up to the cards. The monsters loved filling up the purses with the notes and coins, and would you believe by the end of the week we had double the amount of coins we started with!







#ToddlerApprovedTuesday #84 Summer Edition

Welcome back to Toddler Approved Tuesday, the weekly link-up for you to share everything your little 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 spend half term week doing something really awesome and want to share it! Come and share your posts with myself and Clare, from Clares Little Tots, we would love to see your posts, old posts welcome too.



This week sees us enter the first week of the summer holidays for the most of us, its going to be a busy one for me and Clare so we have decided to have a summer link up, meaning this link up will close on 6th September, it sounds so far away but we all know it will be here in the click of a finger! You are still welcome to link up 2 posts per week and we will try our best to get around each week to comment and as a thank you I will share every relevant post linked up on my Facebook page as well!

My favourites from last week were So We Did's Perfect Pink Lemonade Pops and Let Them Be Small shared their There's A Tiger In The Garden book review

Pink Lemonade Lollies - Perfect Pink Lemonade Pops - ...so we did!

Remember the #TAT community this summer! 
If you are a blogger we want to see your posts below in the linky and your insta pics!! If you are a Mum, Dad, childcarer or Early Years Worker we want to see your photos on Instagram too, you can join in by using the hashtag #ToddlerApproved Tuesday and why not give myself and Clare a follow too? You can find our accounts @clarestots and @3princesses1dude and we will try and repost a couple each week too, you can use the hashtag as many times as you like! We would love it to become one of your regular hashtags!

Bloggers remember you can link up to 2 posts each week this summer, link up below, it would really be appreciated if you could copy and paste the  #ToddlerApprovedTuesday badge onto each post you would like to link up, if you cant do that at least try and pop by and comment on as many as you can. Let's aim for at least 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 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).

Now it's your turn grab the badge and link up below.


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Review. INNOVO Pelvic Floor Treatment

If you are reading this I am presuming you have kids, so you will know how much your pelvic floor exercises after birth are drummed into you via your midwife and health visitors during those 1st few weeks, when I first had Ellie I kind of ignored all that helpful advice, adamant that it would do it all itself...how very wrong I was! And 4 kids later my pelvic floor was a shadow of its former self!

Jumping on the trampoline? Out of the question!


Watching my favourite comedy film and laughing from start to finish? Better muffle those laughs! 


Got to sneeze or cough? Best run to the loo before even contemplating letting it out!


I finally realised something needed to be done when one evening I decided to hide behind the sofa and 'scare' the kids with a dinosaur roar and a chase around the living room. Except they took a while to come downstairs and I was starting to need the loo! Did I get up from my hiding place and go straight to the toilet? Did I heck! I thought I could hold it for 5 minutes, so less than 2 minutes later when they started down the stair's I prepared myself to scare! The time came to 'roar;' at them and as I did, it happened. I wet myself. Me, a 32 year old Mum, wet my pants! I hadn't even needed the toilet for 2 minutes, that is when I knew it was time to do something about it.


Now, it has always been a joke between me and Dean that I 'wee myself a bit', but going to the doctor about it kind of doesn't come easy, it's embarrassing and let's face it a bit of a taboo subject. Which is why when a couple of weeks later an email dropped in my inbox to review the INNOVO Non-Invasive Urinary Incontinence Treatment, I still hadn't made a doctors appointment so I decided to reply to the email and as luck would have it I was chosen as one of the reviewers. 




What is INNOVO and how does it work?




INNOVO, is a non-invasive way to restore your pelvic floor, treating the primary cause of urinary leaks rather than just masking the symptoms. Using a hand held controller that is attached to a two part garment, Innovotherapy sends targeted impulses via a set of conductive pads (attached to your upper thigh and buttocks) to safely and effectively activate all the muscles of the pelvic floor or to calm your bladder. It is a proven technology which has been designed to optimally strengthen your pelvic floor with 180 perfect contractions per session, allowing the device to do your pelvic floor exercises for you.  


Innovotherapy, already used by thousands of women, and 93% of users found a significant improvement after 4 weeks, 86% of users were defined as dry or near dry after 12 weeks and a massive 90% of users would recommend the therapy to others. With these success rates in mind you can see it it was definitely worth a try. 


INNOVO recommend you use the equipment for 5 days a week over 12 weeks, slowly increasing intensity as you feel necessary. The optimum intensity to reach is between 70-75 (or higher if you feel you need to). 


I personally started at 25 but after about a week and a half I had got up to 50. INNOVO say that the intense feeling shouldn't ever hurt and if it does you should go back down a little and try again after a few days. after around 4 weeks I had reached 65 and I stuck with around 70-80 for the rest of the 12 week treatment time and it was never painful, you could just feel the contractions. After the 12 week period is up INNOVO recommend you continue to use the treatment once or twice a week to keep your pelvic floor strong. 


Is it worth the price tag?


OK, so I'm not going to lie the price tag of £249 is a pretty hefty one, but let me tell you it is worth every single penny! 12 weeks ago I was hiding my laughs, crossing my legs when I sneezed (damn hayfever!), and watching my kids play at our weekly bouncy castle stay and play from the sidelines. This summer though? I'm the Mum bouncing with the kids, I'm going to sneeze without the fear of leaking, I'm not going to have chase my kids through the front door for the toilet anymore, and me and Dean have booked to go and see one of our favourite comedians, something we have wanted to do for ages! And we have even ordered a trampoline for the garden!


INNOVO is priced at £249, payable in one go or via 5 installments of £41.50, find out more about INNOVO here: www.restorethefloor.com.



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A-Z Cooking With Kids (Summer 2016 Edition) Blog Hop and Link Up

One thing my little monsters love is a good old cooking session! They love getting in the kitchen for some baking fun, lots of our inspiration comes from the fab kids blogs that are out there so I thought what better time to host a blog hop, hopping through an A-Z of great kids recipes to try out this summer.

So why cook with kids? Well first and foremost because it's fun! What bigger reason could you need! On a serious note though cooking with kids combines science, speech, counting, weighing, ordering, measuring, problem-solving, concentration, sharing, taking turns, fine motor skills, and so much more!

Bear in mind that the sooner a child learns how to cook the sooner they will have gained a really important life skill.  And picture that proud as a peacock expression as they offer around the fruits of their labour? Classic! What a way to boost self-confidence!

If you are a blogger and would like to join in the cooking with kids fun, add your links to the linky at the bottom of this post, and be sure to pop by and check out some of the awesome recipes and blogs listed below. Now let's get on with the show...

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Ice Cream Sundae Monkey's Rainforest



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Zesty Orange Salad - Kid Gredients


We would love to see your favourite cooking with kids recipes, why not join the linky below? Be sure to add the badge so people can check out the rest of the linky too.


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Cooking With Kids. Weetabix Chocolate Brownies (Yes, Weetabix!)

The mini monsters have currently gone crazy for baking! We have literally baked every day for the last week and a half, I have been had this recipe sat in my drafts for ages as we just hadn't gotten around to making it, but with my A-Z Cooking With Kids Blog Hop this week I thought this would be perfect  for Elsie to help me make whilst the monsters were at school/poorly on the sofa! And who knew you could use Weetabix in a cake! They went crazy for these Weetabix Chocolate Brownies an they were demolished and an empty plate with in just a few hours!


What you need:

2 Weetabix Chocolate 
100g sugar
100g self-raising flour
2tbsp cocoa powder
100g chocolate drops
100g butter (melted)
1 egg (beaten)







Before you go why not head over and check out the A-Z Cooking With Kids for lots more ideas to get you and the kids in the kitchen this summer. And be sure to let me know in the comments below what your favourite recipe is too make with the kids.

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Cooking With Kids. Easy Oreo Fudge

This week saw the start of my mini monsters summer holidays, meaning, of course, it was time to get busy making the teachers gift, as they had all been poorly, I didn't get a chance to make what we had originally planned and was thrown in at the deep end to make a gift with less than 24 hours to go! As the teachers seemed to love the gifts of chocolate and candy popsicles at Christmas we decided to go down the food route again with this yummy Oreo Chocolate Fudge.


This is one of the easiest (and yummiest!) recipes EVER! To make your own Oreo fudge you will need:

1 can of sweetened condensed milk
50g unsalted butter 
350g milk chocolate
1 packet of Oreo biscuits

Now when I told you this recipe was easy I really meant it! This took less than 10 minutes to make (although unfortunately, you have to wait for it to set so there is no nibbling straight away!) and Jenson and Ellie did some great team-work to get this made quickly, we made this at 8pm the night before the last school day, nothing like last minute, huh!

The first step is to put the condensed milk and butter in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on high, in the microwave, for 2 minutes. Whilst this is happening set about breaking your chocolate into cubes and crush your Oreos, you want big chunks, so don't go too mad and remember to save some WHOLE to top your fudge with. 

Once the butter has melted, add the chocolate to the bowl, we did this 1/3 at a time and stir until all the chocolate has melted. Then fold the crushed Oreos into the fudge mix and pour into a greaseproof paper lined tin/square dish (yes ok...we use foil because I couldn't find our greaseproof paper anywhere!), using the back of a spoon smooth down the fudge mix and top with the remaining halved oreos.

Pop in the fridge for 2-4 hours, although we left ours over-night. To keep the fudge at its best store in the fridge in an air tight container.  


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