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Day 7 – Shaving Cream Cupcake Painting

12 Nov

I just never learn 🙂 The photos in the blogs where I find these activites from always make the activites look so cool, calm and professional. Well, as professional as you’re going to get when it comes to toddlers… and then, drum roll my toddler… or maybe it’s the mom, either way, our activities never quite end up as I imagine. But you know what – isn’t that just one of the best lessons our little people teach us on a daily basis.

Anyway, we really did have heaps of fun with this activity this morning with just using some of Dad’s shaving cream, some food colouring and of course some paper….. which we didn’t use, but instead she painted ALL over herself. My monkey clearly doesn’t have a tactile problem and isn’t afraid of making a bit of a mess either! Nothing that a 10am bath can’t sort out though.

A great, quick and easy (and messy) activity that your toddlers will love!


In the spirit of Movember…



Toddler activity – Day 6: Spray painting

9 Nov

It’s been raining here for what feels like months, so when we woke up this morning and the sun was shining I knew it was going to be a fun day!

I have to admit that I’m a little nervous of hauling out the paints – it always seems to end up with more paint on both my monkey and I, than on the paper, and of course today was no exception!

Anyway, I saw this idea on Pinterest a while ago and have been wanting to give it a try – today was the day. Easy peasy to do, I just used some paint we normally use (Dala wet paint), chucked some in the spray bottle that I got from our local plastic shop, added water and let the fun begin. It took a few minutes for my monkey to get the spraying part right, but she soon had it and just loved spraying the paint on the paper (and later on the flowers, drive way, cat and wall!!!!!, and the morning ended with her chasing me around the garden.)

I know it’s probably not the most responsible parenting, and  at the time kind of felt I should be telling her off and not letting her chase me trying to cover me in paint, but we were both laughing so much that I let her get away with it! I’m hoping they don’t try this activity at school next year and I have to explain to the teacher why she’s spraying the kids and not the paper 🙂 Just for the record I did draw the line when she decided to add some colour to the wall and to our cat!


Public announcement from our cat to yours: Stay clear when toddler is armed with spray paint


Running after mom, armed and dangerous!



Have a fun filled weekend with hopefully heaps of special moments with your kiddies x

Day 4 and Day 5 of Toddler Activities: Love Bubbles and Salt Rainbow art

23 Oct

We’ve had such fun with these two activities, thought I’d share them in one post though as I’m not getting to my computer too much at the moment.

Day 4 we did some rainbow salt drawing

that I first saw over at Learning 4 Kids. Mom had fun sticking the coloured paper together and drawing in the salt before handing it over to my monkey for some fun. I used a big paint brush for Layla to draw with and she’s loving it, and such an easy activity! (the trick I think is not to use too much salt otherwise the lines don’t appear so well..)

And next up was growing ‘love bubbles’ which turned into great sensory play for my little monkey. I’m not sure what the official name for ‘love bubbles’ are, but basically you get them from a florist and they are used to decorate vases that you put flowers in. They start off as tiny little balls and after they’ve been in water for an afternoon or so, they grow to be the size of marbles, but are soft, squishy and a little slimey, but so devine to put your hands through, trust me… and my toddler who has carried her bowl of love bubbles around with her for a few days now…

This is what the ‘Love Bubbles’ look like when you buy them… these are red ones obviously and not the clear ones we used below!


And this is what they look like once you’ve put them in water and they’ve grown



And this is what a happy little girl looks like playing with them 🙂



Have fun xx

Day 3: Ice Ice Baby

16 Oct

Well I certainly don’t win any prizes for being the most consistent here do I, having not posted my day 3 of activies in about two weeks. Family visits, sick babies, reflux, and me generally trying to get this ‘being a mom to two kids’ right, are a few of my excuses…

Monday morning brings a whole new week and a whole new start. The sun was shining beautifully earlier today and we spent most of the morning out in the garden together. The activity for today was my monkey playing with ice, which she loved.

Basically I got some little plastic animals and froze them in ice cubes a few days ago. I added some food colouring in to the water before they froze and today we enjoyed seeing the animals appear as the ice melted. Which kid doesn’t love playing with water on a hot, spring day.



Enjoy your special time with your little ones today 🙂

Day 2 Activity with my Monkey – Salt Dough hand and foot prints

1 Oct

Day two’s activity was making salt dough hand and foot prints, and we had great fun. It’s been raining for most of the day, so we set up camp on the kitchen floor where the mess could be swept up. My monkey loved measuring and pouring the salt and flour into the bowl, and of course adding the water, and then all of a sudden she become a little bit of a princess and wasn’t keen when her hands got a bit messy. She’s normally quite good with messy play, bet we’re all allowed our princess days aren’t we!

The recipe I used was half a cup of flour, half a cup of salt and a quarter cup of water. Mix it all together and baked in the oven for 3 hours at 100 degrees Celsius. Now here’s the school girl error I learnt…. and should have read the recipe better… remember to put the dough onto some baking paper before going into the oven, otherwise you get a great footprint, but can’t get it off the baking tray, which happened to me 🙂

Some pics from the morning..

Making and mixing…


The final product after the baking…




30 Days of activities with my Monkey: Day 1

28 Sep

Life’s been beautiful, crazy, time zapping, confusing, frustrating, but most of all a real blessing. Our little guy is growing nicely, new born niggles and all (read: help! I often have no idea what’s wrong and feel like I should!), and the big sister monkey is adapting like a super star all things considering.

I have to admit that one of the biggest issues since Miles has joined our family is the guilt I feel not having as much time with my biggest monkey. We’re so incredibitly lucky to have the most amazing Gogo to help out in this regard but I still have days of feeling desperately guilty of not being able to split myself in pieces for Miles, Layla and of course my man.

Any way, it is what it is, and instead of feeling guilty about it I thought it would be a good idea to come up with some ideas of quality time that I can spend with Layla for the next 30 days. Instead of finding myself with half an hour of free time and then not knowing what to do with it, I’ve written down a few ideas and will see how we goes.


(Image source: Pinterest)

Day 1 tied in nicely with our ‘stand in’ Granny coming over for some tea and because I’d kind of missed her birthday last week we decided it would be good to throw her a tea party… with us decorating Marie biscuits for the tea (I was going to do cupcakes but ran out of time and the biscuits were perfect actually). Hats off to Vicky for actually eating one of these biscuits covered in too much icing and pretty sprinkles).

Layla loved this activity. It was just long enough to hold her attention, and of course the yummies that went with it were an added bonus, testing the ingredients as we went.

All we needed was some marie biscuits, icing sugar, sprinkles and smarties. We put the table outside because of the stickiness factor and the fun started..

Here are some pics of us having some fun… (pics taken with my phone!)




Love the chubby little fingers with all that colour!




Decorating…So much concentration…



Hmmm I think I’ll just test one before the tea party starts 🙂

Not quite how ours turned out, but couldn’t resist posting the pretty colours of these cupcakes (plus the recipe of course)!