Clangers planet

As you probably know by now the Clangers are back on Cbeebies

For Tim’s 3rd birthday he had a set of Clangers and both boys then saw on the back of the packet that you could get a Clangers planet.

I decided that they love using their imagination and that if I bought them the official planet at some point, that there would be little need for imagination, so we started a project, it took a few weeks to complete, but we now have our own planet and somewhere to store the Clangers when not being played with.

We started with an empty shoe box


Cut the sides down, ensuring that they would be able to be folded up and the lid put back on for storage


Then the boys set to work adding rocks, doors for the bedrooms and a soup well


Now came the very sticky and messy part


Then we had to leave it almost a week to dry, the boys were very generous with the glue!

and finally the Clangers had somewhere to play and live


The boys have had loads of fun and at some point we are thinking of adding something into the lid as well.


Learning to understand allergies

I don’t know about anyone else, but before we had Tim and had to deal with allergies first hand, I knew that anyone with an allergy would be covered in rashes, probably be violently sick, worse case scenario anaphalytic reaction.

Then came Tim which definitely changed our views as he had none of those symptoms.

The other thing that I am sure people not dealing with allergies are unaware of. They can have different reactions to different things, again something that we are slowly learning.

We are now starting to understand that reactions to soya affect his eyes, causing conjunctivitis looking reaction.
We think it still affects his stomach and mood as we had a few days of him seeming generally unhappy and reached the stage of him becoming inconsolable one afternoon, finally resulting in a dose of piriton. But the main visible reaction is the sticky eyes.

Using their imagination

Most children have more toys than could possible be needed, this isn’t about to be a lecture on not buying things for them, that is up to each individual to decide what is right for them and their children.
This is just a reminder about what children can do when they are left to their own devices.

Last week I spent the morning being assisted by Tim in wrapping some presents, unfortunately this involved getting through a lot more paper and sticky tape than planned, but led to a fun afternoon with the inner tube from the paper!

So a challenge to you the reader, what is Sammy doing in each picture?

Then Tim came to join the game

playing with a tube

He knows exactly what to do with something that looks like a stick, yes that’s right, hit things!

Positives from negatives

duckling(1)At the moment I am still restricted on what I can do, I am still unable to drive or lift things, so Daddy is still having to help out a lot. This meant that yesterday both of us took Sammy to his swimming lesson.

I like to try and look on the positive, and on this occasion it was really easy!

If Mummy had not been into hospital and had an operation and was therefore able to drive as normal, then Daddy would not have come to the swimming pool with us.
If Daddy had not come to Sammy’s swimming lesson yesterday then he would not have seen him get his first ever swimming badge.

Such a proud moment for both of us.

Making a treasure basket with just one item!

As you will know by now we have been taking part in the Hinckley Summer Challenge

Our latest challenge from this has been making a treasure basket, for anyone who doesn’t know what a treasure basket is, it is a collection of everyday items that your child can explore, it is important to ensure that all the items are safe for your child as if a baby is going to use it, there is a very strong chance that most of it is going to end up in their mouth at somepoint.

We decided to put together a very simple one using just one item, this probably doesn’t sound quite right as for anyone who has seen treasure baskets before they will know that they come with all sorts of different shaped objects in them normally.

So why did we choose to use just one item?

Well we thought that what we chose was good for Tim as there were all sorts of different textures for him to investigate, but would also be good for Sam as discussions could be taken a lot further as you will see.


So as you can see we have 8 different balls, there are different sizes for Tim to investigate, some that he can hold in one hand, some that he needs 2, others that he struggles to pick-up.

And for Sammy we have already been able to spend time putting them into different orders, smallest to largest (and vice versa) heaviest to lightest, which then leads to discussions on the fact that one of the lightest is definitely the biggest one. We have discussed colours and textures, and we have had to talk about NOT throwing them around in the house!

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Have you made a treasure basket?

or are you planning to make one?

Why not comment below with your suggestions and ideas, maybe someone who doesn’t know where to start will be able to get some good ideas.

What have we been learning this week?

I wrote a post the other day about ‘Y’ everything in life can be a lesson

Since then I have been thinking about what my boys have been learning and what I have been teaching them.

The more I think about it, the more I believe that just about anything can be turned into an educational experience.

The weather has been very bright and sunny around here, which has led to a lot of outdoor play.

This has meant before we can go outside having to slather the boys in suncream, a perfect opportunity to start teaching Tim about the different parts of the body, Sam loves to help with this telling Tim to sit still (which unfortunately never happens!) while we apply suncream, yes it is another ‘we’ task as Sammy likes to rub it in to Tim, to his

  • arms
  • hands
  • legs
  • feet
  • knees
  • head
  • cheeks
  • nose
  • neck
  • chin

even toes and fingers can be talked about

This picture shows Tim doing something that he has now been doing for a few weeks, just not very reliably, and that’s WAVING he often waits until either him or someone else has left the room, but he is getting there and today even waved down the phone to Nanna when she said goodbye.


Today we visited Scalliwags  in Earl Shilton, where I had fun telling Tim the colour of the balls that he was picking up, I did decide that this game wasn’t as much fun when I became a target, it seems Tim has a very accurate aim!


Sammy has been learning all-sorts of things as well.

We’ve used cooking to learn about different ingredients, from ones he recognises like egg and sugar, to ones he isn’t so sure of like flour.

He has helped to weigh, reading numbers on the scales, sieve, mix, count out the cake case, then make sure there were the same number of cakes at the end.
Then the cake decorations involved lots of discussions as they were animal shaped, so we talked about the shapes and the colours of them, I was informed how the colours weren’t right, since when was an elephant green? He told me what the animals were doing, making up strange and exciting stories.

AND spent a lot of time asking when it would be ready to eat.

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After nursery this afternoon Sammy spent time helping to water the plants, he has loved helping to plant things and watching them grow, I think we have finally taught him that if he keeps picking things like the apples from the tree just to show Mummy or Daddy that we have small apples, then we are never going to actually get big apples!

It has taken a while for him to learn how to turn the tap off for the waterbutt, he learnt how to turn it on very quickly, but for some reason turning it off has been more difficult. Unfortunately although he has mastered this skill, today he dropped his watering can, which really upset him, as one thing we are really having problems teaching him is that it isn’t naughty when something goes wrong accidentally.


In preparation for Nanna’s birthday at the weekend we have been wrapping presents, Sammy has had to learn more patience as he wants to stick the sellotape down before there is anything to stick it to, and he has been trying to master working out which way up to stick it, ensuring the sticky side is down.


This photo was taken at bedtime when Sam was telling Daddy the letters in his book and trying to read the words, when the words became too much, he moved to looking at colours, shapes and counting pictures.1015012_10151498546382478_763616732_o


But I think the most exciting thing that Sammy has learnt recently was when he saw Mummy pouring the icing on to the cake.


So why was this so exciting?


Sammy tried to stop me pouring it on because he thought it was milk.

‘Mummy it’s milk, NO milk, Timmy can’t have milk’

I am soo proud of my little boy that even at his young age he is already understanding that his little brother needs watching out for and can’t have milk.


I find being a Mummy a really exciting job, and just can’t wait to see what they are going to learn next.

I would love to hear from others what their little ones have been learning and what they find most exciting about being a Mummy or Daddy.