See It, Say It, Spell It with Glow In The Dark Stars

My little guys love to spell and sound out words, if it includes letters then its always an activity that is going to get lots of use from my mini monsters. Especially Evie, she loves anything to do with sounding words out and spelling.

A fun spelling game perfect for first readers. With a fun space theme to engage young children

5 Gadgets To Make Live Easier For An Older Loved One

Independence, the one thing I think,  I'm sure you will agree, is one of the things that are most important to us. But also one that we probably take for granted the majority of the time.  Unfortunately though for some as they get older and head into the later years of live some have to fight to remain independent. For those who care for an older loved there are lots of gadgets out there to help their loved ones keep some independence. I've found 5 gadgets that will help older loved ones keep their independence in some of day to days most important situations.

Activity Time. Galaxy Sensory Bin

My mini monsters love a sensory bin and with our theme of space this fortnight I thought a galaxy space bin would be an awesome idea! I had never tried to colour rice before but thanks to the help of Clare and Emma I gave it a go and it came out amazing!

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Chad Valley Favourites! #ChadValleyPlayPanel

Back in October I announced we were part of the Chad Valley Play Panel, as our stint comes to an end I thought I would share some of our favourite toys from the last few months...

Easter Popcorn Mix

Its no secret that my kids love a themed popcorn mix they love me to make them for all occasions and as movie nights are our favourite way to spend time as a family, let me tell you, I have made many a mix! Some end up on Instagram, some just get eaten, and some end up here on the blog. The monsters have been bugging me for an Easter mix since they spotted Hop on Netflix (or similar!) a few weeks ago and this weekend they finally got there wish, an Easter popcorn mix perfect for an Easter themed movie night!

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Precious Family Time with Jord Wooden Watches

Time. Precious Time. Family Time. Time that seems so limited, time that seems to fly by so fast. Time that we waste. We all do, not purposely, of course, but we do.  Hours wasted in front of a computer, days wasted doing, basically, not a lot. This week Dean decided to take a couple of days off work. The bigger kids at school just me, Dean and Elsie for 2 whole mornings. A rarity and something we didn't want to waste. We took ourselves of on a little adventure, making sure we had our camera to remember the little things and Deans unique watch to ensure we were home in time for pre-school!

Activity Time. Dinosaur Inspired Letter Formation Station

I have already spoken about how Elsie is obsessed with letters and as she always has a pen and paper in her hand I thought it was time to add a little letter formation into the mix. This little writing station went down really well, she was forming 'd's' in just a few tries and has since become more and more fascinated with letters which has ended up in letter hunts around the house. And us playing lots more sound and letter games too! Keep a look out for more ideas for play if your child loves letters and sounds too!

Activity Time. Dino Word Hunt (& Free Word Printable)

As you know (or at least may have gathered!) we have been focusing our activities on dinosaurs this last couple of weeks, I have been trying to find activities for Jenson too, which is way out of my comfort zone. I am, by 'trade', a nursery nurse, a preschool teacher, and so I wont lie, I find it really hard to come up with activities that will focus Jenson and encourage a little bit of learning. At 5 years old he is obsessed with words, all we hear is 'how do you spell ___' or 'I can spell ___'! So I wanted a fun spelling game for him, we had lots of rice left over from a mark making tray and it came in very handy for a word hunt in a sensory bag.

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Activity Time. Post It Note Letter Hunt

Elsie is currently obsessed with letters and sounds! We have to stop at every sign we pass so she can tell me which letters she knows! We played this letter hunt together activity together whilst we were having our dinosaur week and she hunted around the house for other D words and stuck post it notes to everything she could find...

Sands Alive Cake Shop Review

Just before half term I received an email asking if we would like to review the new John Adams Sands Alive Cake Shop set, knowing how much the kids LOVE Sands Alive I said yes and we waited for our package to arrive. Every time the postman came up the path, the mini monsters got excited! Would today be the day? Eventually the day came and they were so excited, they couldn't bare to wait!  And whilst a rainy half term day they grabbed their dolls and teddies and prepared a teddy bears birthday picnic....

Thinking Ahead and Preparing For Hay Fever Season

As we fastly head into spring I have one thing on my mind (well two if we count getting the washing on the line!), hayfever hits me bad twice a year, once around mid April to May and then again in October, it goes on for around 3 weeks, starting with a mild sneeze, and climaxing in sinusitis, before it disappears as quickly as it appeared! This is a relatively new thing for me and has only affected me for the last few years.  I you are reading this I am assuming you suffer badly too, so what can we do to prevent the symptoms before they get too bad?

Family Meal Plan #21

This week I am opening up my meal plan board on Pinterest, I would love for you to be a contributor too! Just make sure you follow me on Pinterest then drop me an email and I can add you to as a contributor and you can add your own meal plans to the board for over 600 followers to see.

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coming soon... Slow Cooker Cowboy Pie, Sweet Potato and Lentil Curry

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10 Must Have Books For Kids.

Books are one of our most favourite thing, we have hundreds of books, they fill every spare space, from the storage pouffe in the lounge, to the book shelves and boxes in the bedrooms. There are books in the car, books in back packs...literally books everywhere! The Works is a great place to buy crafty bits, stationery supplies and, of course, books! I thought I would share 10 of our favourite books that I think are must haves for a children's book shelf! (All of the following books are available at The Works and all other good book stores)