Friday, 18 May 2012

Great singing everyone!

We went to a family wedding on the May Bank Holiday Weekend.  It was a wonderful day with wonderful people.

It was C's first wedding - first church service in fact.  After the first hymn finished, there was a brief second of silence before a little cheer of "yay" and clapping from our small girl perched on Grandad's lap.  So funny.
 
And I get food afterwards too!

Spring Chicks


Welcome to the world little chick
We had 4 chicks hatch out in the incubator a couple of weeks ago.

One was fantastically timed as C actually got to watch it hatch - it was the quietest and most absorbed I have seen her for a long time.  Mind you her 23 year old uncle was fairly transfixed too!  This hatching malarkey can take AGES I'm telling you.  She has been talking about the eggs in the incubator for weeks and loves the "pio-pios", so I thought it fitting that I set up chicken-based invitations incorporating her favourite things which at the moment are building/magnets and hide and seek.

1.   Hide and seek
Wood shavings

Hubby bought back a sack of wood shavings from his workshop as bedding for the chicks.  I "hid" some plastic eggs with little chicks inside, in the shavings for her to find.  She then had the additional activity of matching up the coloured egg halves and chicks if she wanted.

Verdict:  She LOVED it.  She was very unsure about the texture of the shavings at first and used the  spoons and scoop but then she dug right in there wit both hands.  We had two little boys visit whilst this invitation was out and one of them in particular loved it too...driving his car/train through it and generally having a good dig.

2.  Building/magnets
The house that Nanny built

I was very luck to get some translucent magnatiles from America; we used translucent because of the light table but any magna tiles are great.  C LOVES LOVES LOVES them.  They are robust enough to stay standing up despite her cumbersome toddler handling; which means she can comfortably take off and add pieces practically anywhere (because of the magnets) without the whole structure collapsing.  I added the chicken and built this house to give her the idea of building houses.  Which she now loves doing.  Daily.

Verdict:  Still an ongoing activity weeks later.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Play invitations

I have written about "play invitations" before but as another blog that I sometimes dip into (The Imagination Tree)  have bought up the subject again, I thought I would expand on it with my own experience.

Firstly, I am not particularly crafty nor am I a Early Years aducator or expert, which is why I use a lot of the ideas from other blogs.  I particluarly like PAHM (the Play At Home Mom blog).  The trouble is that most blogs are based stateside and the materials and toys they have we just can't get here in the UK.  Well there is always the Bundlebox option but it does cost an extortionate amount of money in shipping.

Setting up invites to play works brilliantly in this house, it's fun for me to think up things and it gives me an opportunity to see what C really enjoys doing.  I have decided to follow The Imagination Tree example and blog about some of our "play invitations" from a "normal Nan" perspective.  I know every child is different but I will try to mention things like how long C played and what she did as I think it is worth knowing that the acitvity I spent 15 minutes setting up was "done" in 15 nanoseconds; an dis comforting to know that your child isn't the only one who prefers to pour a bottles content's out instead of using the caefully set up pipette.

I hope you find it useful.  First post coming up.


 

Monday, 7 May 2012

Never Forgotten

A year ago today I lost Mr Bumble my 3 yo Norwich Terrier.  I have rewritten this post many, many times trying to adequately write how I felt about him but words are inadequate.  I miss you Mr B.



Wednesday, 2 May 2012

The Internet

It's amazing really.  Quite staggering.  My hypocrisy knows no bounds.

Don't be late Simon.
C doesn't watch TV - hell, we don't watch TV (except when I have my 'date' with Simon Baker for one hour on a Friday evening).  We don't do Wii/Xbox or all the other techno stuff either.  Not because we are old, I hasten to add, but because we wanted to get away from the whole screen time thing and lead more productive lives spending time doing "other" things like photography; reading; and playing with C.  We don't want C to fall into the "screen trap" where life revolves around TV programmes or game levels (one holiday in Spain had a significant amount of time spent trying to prise 11 year old son away from Gameboy).  Screens are addictive - technology is addictive.

Sigh.  It's all very well having the best intentions but I need to practice what I preach.  I still spend far too blooming long in front of my PC - and there isn't as much banking; shopping; and photo-editing going on as I tell myself.

Evil book
Facebook is was my demon.  Bananagrams another.  Scrabble before Bananagrams and Flickr before Facebook.  Jeez, I have it bad.  Maybe Blogger will take over soon and I'll be needing to post every half hour!

So what to do? Step 1 was to delete my Facebook account.  Step 2, well I'll deal with step 1 first.  If you log on one day and I have suddenly disappeared then you'll know that step 1 isn't going well and I have to go internet cold turkey - a bit like taking the batteries out of my gameboy half way through a level.

I'll leave you with this funny which sums it all up:

"Honey could you order a pizza? I have been too busy pinning healthy recipes on Pinterest to make dinner."

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