Autumn Bucket List 2016

Autumn is my most favourite season! I love the cooler days, crunchy leaves, cable knit cardi’s and Halloween. I also love a good bucket list to make sure we make the most of the season and make wonderful memories with my babies, the Mr , friends and family.

Here is what we plan to do over the season.

-Have a baby, y’know, no biggie!!

-Go on a hunt for The Gruffalo at Westonbirt Arboretum.

-Collect conkers

-Pick blackberries

-Walk through crunchy leaves

-Carve a pumpkin

-Visit Longleat at Halloween

-Halloween sensory tray with lentils

-Do Bowood scarecrow trail

-Play in the leaves

-Jump in puddles

-Watch Room on the Broom

-Visit a farm

-Make Popcorn

-Put together a Halloween Activity Basket

-Watch Halloween treats

-Take an autumnal walk

-Go to a bonfire display

-Eat hotdogs and watch fireworks.

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Sensory Sunday

We spend most Sundays at home, having a chilled out, relaxing day. The Mr works every other Sunday so I’m always trying to find ways to fill the day. We love doing sensory/messy activities so I’ve decided to make Sunday…Sensory Sunday! It might encourage me to do more of these activities with E and also a great way to spend some time with each other.

Today I made a blue themed sensory tray.

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I coloured some rice blue last night as I find it can take a while to dry, so it’s best to leave it over night. I will pop the method for colouring rice below. Then I scouted the house for a variety of blue coloured items that had different shapes and textures and are safe for E to use (she’s 16 months and tends to put things in her mouth still!) and that was it. So simple and quick but E got so much enjoyment out of it and we were sat with the tray discovering for about an hour which is unheard of around here! She usuallly plays with something for 5 minutes before throwing it back into the toy box.

She enjoyed taking all of the items out and putting them back in again. Scooping up the rice with her hand and letting it fall thorugh her fingers. She was particularly taken with the pom poms and by the end had her feet in the tray!

How to make coloured rice

-Fill a ziploc bag with rice

-Pour a tea spoon of white vinegar into the bag and a splash of food colouring.

-Zip the bag and rub the mixture around in the bag so the all of the rice gets covered in food colouring.

-Place on some grease proof paper and allow to dry and let the colour absorb.

Thanks for reading

Amy x

 

 

 

Baking valentines biscuits

Evie and I had a go at baking some biscuits for valentines day today. I say Evie and I but it was more I. As Evie is only 13 months she was limited to how she could help but I wanted to get her involved and start to enjoy the process of baking!

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We found a super easy recipe in an old cookery book…

Ingredients-

  • 100g Butter (softened)
  • 50g Caster Sugar
  • 170g plain flour
  • Vanilla Extract

For the decoration-

  • Red royal icing
  • Icing sugar
  • Pearl balls
  • Pink food colouring

Method-

  • Firstly, pre heat your oven to 180 degrees/Gas Mark 4 and line a baking tray with grease proof paper.
  • Beat the sugar and butter together until creamy
  • Add a drop of vanilla extract
  • Slowly sieve in the flour and work into the mixture. A dough should form.
  • Sprinkle some flour onto your work surface
  • Roll the dough out and use heart shaped cutters to make the hearts.
  • Place on the baking tray and put in the oven for around 12 minutes.
  • Once cooked, place on a wire rack to cool.
  • When cool, you can decorate. You can let your imagination run wild.

Evie really enjoyed manipulating the cookie dough, squishing it and rolling it. She helped me to cut the shapes with the cookie cutter and was very nosey about what went in the oven! She was also able to sprinkle the pearly balls o. We both really enjoyed baking together and the best bit was eating the biscuits which didn’t taste too bad. I’m looking forward to making some shredded wheat nests near Easter time.

Here are our finished biscuits. Apologies for the poor quality in the photo, I blame the overcast weather!

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We are joining in the #LittleAppetites linky over on Raising Emily and Baby Pebbles blog. Go on over and take a look at all the other fab recipes for you and your little person/people.

Amy x

Sensory bottles

 

The internet/Pintrest is full of sensory bottle examples with ‘how tos’ and different ideas of what to fill them with. I first had a go at making these about 10 years ago when I was training to be an Early Years Teacher. I made them when I had a placement in a baby room and they went down a treat.

We drink a lot of bottled water in our house as the tap water is really hard and can taste like chlorine. I recently noticed that E is picking our bottles up and watching the water swish around in there. She particularly likes it if one of us has squash and the colour has changed. Observing this made me think back to the sensory bottles I made years ago and thought I would make some for her.

Like I say there are hundred of tutorials for these online but I thought I would share how we made ours.

What you will need.

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Step One

I raided my craft room for materials that I thought would work well in the bottles. I found glitter, sequins, pony beads, jingle bells and silver foil. Have a look around your house and see what you could use. If you don’t have any materials handy, Wilkos, Poundland and Home Bargains sell glitter etc quite cheap. You could also use buttons, pipe cleaners and gems to name but a few.

Step Two

I found a couple of bottles that we were going to recycle. I tried to use different sized bottles to encourage grip and fine motor skills. I washed out the bottles, took the labels off and let them dry.

Step Three

I filled the bottles with the resources.

Step Four

Next, I filled the bottles to the top with tap water. I would advise using a funnel if you have one handy. I don’t have one so I just went for it but made a bit of a mess!

Step Five

Now you will need to add glycerine. I picked this up for about 90p in the bakery aisle of Sainsburys. You only need to add a couple of drops but the glycerine will help the items move smoothly through the water and not all gush to the other end when tipped upside down.

Step Six

I used a hot glue gun to seal the lid onto the bottle to make sure there are no accidents. If you do not have a glue gun you could use superglue. I ran some glue around the lid and screwed it back on.

Step Seven

Explore and play! Evie has been fascinated by the bottles. She loves rolling them, handling them and watching the items move through the water. I plan to make some more with different items inside to evoke different senses.

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