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Toilet Roll Giraffe Craft

Toilet Roll Giraffe Craft


Toilet Roll Giraffe Craft


We really enjoyed crafting last year celebrating World Giraffe Day. It wasn't until last year that I even knew about this event so I did make a little note of it in my diary ready to mention it to the children again this year.

This year we have been saving our toilet and kitchen rolls ready to start crafting. It was during a late night tossing and turning that I came up with the idea of using them to create adult and baby giraffes.


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Amy Louise
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Worm Theme Activities

Worm Theme Activities


Worm Theme Activities - Gardening Topic for Early Years

Summer is officially here! The weather has been rather delightful so there has been lots of outdoor play. The doors are left open and children have free flow from indoors and out. 
Outdoor play is a great way for children to excersie and connect with the world outside. Whether they are enjoying Gross Motor Art, Water Wall Play, Mud Cafes or Creating Giant Supersized bubbles there is lots of fun and adventure to be had! 


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When you need Someone to Listen

When you need Someone to Listen




Since becoming a parent the journey has been what I can only describe as a roller coaster. 
There are many many highs, but all of a sudden the dips come out of no where!

You try with all your might to give it your all and most days you feel the love! You're content that the job you're doing is a pretty good one. Life is full of laughter and smiles. Could it get any better?! Then BAM a stinker of a day comes along from no where and often all you need is an understanding ear and a shoulder.
Over the last 5 years my personal journey as a parent has been an interesting one. Most of the time our days are fabulous, yet some days I honestly don't know how we get through them. But we do..

It's in these dips, we can sometimes approach others for some support. The reactions of others have the power to make or break the situation. Do they listen or do they respond? Big difference between the two. The responder is a complete arse hole who will never take on board what you are saying because they are too busy thinking about their own experiences. Their own views. Me, me, me, me, me. Their response is unhelpful and not supportive.
The listeners are the people who are open. They never judge. They dont take every opportunity to turn things around to be about them. They take time to listen and support you. Just be being there and listening alone, they bring you comfort. You feel understood.


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Bee Week Tuff Tray

Bee Week Tuff Tray


Bee Week Tuff Tray Bee Activities for Kids


Bees play a vital role on our planet and their numbers are in fast decline. Bees help us to grow lot of different foods and beautiful flowers. 
Ask your children if they know what special jobs bees do? Are they able to tell you?
Whether we are on holiday, playing in the garden or visiting a local park we see bees buzzing around yet some children might be unaware of the important jobs they are busy doing. There are a couple of dates throughout the year that are well worth a talking topic at very least....

A couple of dates to pop in your diary are:
Bees Needs Week - 9th to the 17th of July 
National Honey Week - 23rd to the 29th October

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Mark Making Mirror Tuff Tray

Mark Making Mirror Tuff Tray



Mark Making Mirror Tuff Tray using Shaving Cream, Paint and Nature.

I honestly can't tell you how good this activity was for my soul! Throughout the last 4 years we have always loved sensory play. If you have been following our journey and activity ideas you will already know this. With my daughter starting school, the day doesn't allow for such free messy play as we used to do. I miss it. Her school was closed and I asked what she wanted to do. Her response was like music to my ears "I would like to do some painting or messy play with you Mommy".


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Wooden Cake Stand Shape Sorter Toy

Wooden Cake Stand Shape Sorter Toy



Where I can I strive to offer toys to the children that are made from wood rather than plastic. Wood is a natural product and is more durable. Usually the attention to detail is more visible on the decoration of wooden toys too. I much prefer the painted details to stickers that don't take long to become damaged.

Today I want to invite you to a tea party. Where there are lots of delicious cakes. At your service my beautiful 4 year old with a great big smile.

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Dinosaur Swamp Sensory Play

Dinosaur Swamp Sensory Play


Dinosaur Swamp Sensory Play


No matter what the time of year, no matter what the setting - sensory, small world activities are unbelievably valuable for children. They allow them to explore so many concepts first hand for example:
Acting out and making up stories, using stories to aid their play, getting lost in their imagination, creating, mixing, filling, exploring texture and cause and effect to name a few. 
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Unusual Gifts for all the Family

Unusual Gifts for all the Family




When I have a loved ones Birthday coming up, I love to think outside the box and buy items that are not the obvious thing to buy. I like products that are quirky, fun, different and practical. So I must admit I did spend a considerable amount of time looking on Uncommon Goods. This is why I really love my bedtime browsing sessions. After the super busy days, this is MY time of day, where I get to zone out a little and do something for me. 

It's often at this time I discover some pretty fabulous things. From products, to people to follow on social media and websites.

Today I want to share with you a list of 9 fabulous out of the ordinary products:

Unusual Gifts for all the Family


Created by Britta Ambauen from Texas, this beautiful locket is enclosed by tree branches on the front and encased are a set of gem stones that link to your loved ones Birth dates. Inside the locket the quote 'from deepest roots, tallest branches grow'. This would make a wonderful gift for a person who holds their family very dear. With almost 100 reviews you, why not come and read all the lovely feedback relating to this item and read about all the happy receivers!

Made by Heather and Myles Geyman, both artists from Pennsylvania. They have a passion for creating products that are beautiful and functional. 
This vase is exactly that and is a great space saver too! So if you know someone who enjoys the pretty things in life, someone who perhaps enjoys cuttings from the garden, fresh flowers through out the year - then why not treat them to a lovely vase to add to their home.

Selling out like hot cakes, this is a creation by John Harrison and Vanessa Whalen that is all about love from the early days of creation to when it lands in your home. 
Keep a lamp at home and gift the other to a friend or relative. Through wifi you connect your lamps with one another - no matter how far the distance. A simple touch omits a colour to your loved one to let them know you are thinking of them. What a lovely way to show someone they are in your thoughts!

Unusual Gifts for all the Family


We can never record or document too much about the ones we love the most. These books  are well organised and have a brilliant range of questions you may not think to ask. Not only are they lots of fun to fill in together, they can be past down through the generations so they can get a good feel and knowledge of who their Grandparents were and what they achieved in life.

I find it quite difficult at times to buy for the Men in my life so their Gifts for Men section was fun to look around.

Weaning can be so much fun! Exploring new food, tastes and textures is very exciting for little ones. It can be a super messy time too with parents worried that their children aren't quite getting all the food and nutrients they should be getting because too much is ending up on the floor. 
These bowls have a suction cap on the bottom which sticks to the table preventing spills. A great parenting hack!

If you have a Baby Shower coming up there are a fabulous range of gifts to browse.

The Gym is a big part of many peoples lives these days. Often the 4 items that accompany people whilst at the gym are their keys, a drink and some money/bank cards their mobile phone. This clever water bottle holds your mobile phone, notes and credit cards within the bottle. Keeping your items together and with a headphone port accessible on the bottom you can still enjoy listening to your music whilst you work out!


Unusual Gifts for all the Family


Children will love the opportunity to colour their very own pillow cases! Whilst exploring the world children will enjoy learning the names for different countries, what different countries are famous for (landmarks/animals) and also their shape and position on the globe! The pens are washable and once the pillowcase has been washed there will once again be a fresh canvas to get creative onto. 

Very popular with a very impressive review count! Created by husband and wife inspired by their son who loved playing with his construction toys. This plate set (with utensils available to purchase also) is a great way to encourage healthy eating that is fun and engaging!

Did you know that each month of the year has its very own flower assigned to it? These beautiful keepsakes make the perfect Birthday gift! Created by Shari Dixon from Tennessee, her work often incorporated flowers and leaves, making her work timeless. 


I could honestly keep going and going! I could have done a post alone on Personalised Wedding Gifts. Not only does this website sell thousands, upon thousands of unique items.... I love how you get to read about the people behind the product. I have spent hours discovering products that I love and then being drawn in to reading about the makers and creators. There are often links to their blogs and subsequently social media channels so you can follow along to see what other products become available.

I have read about families developing items together, people supporting charities and recruiting people in rehabilitation programmes, artists that are inspired by nature and travelling. Its been very fascinating to see how different people become inspired and how they move forward with their dreams. This was exactly why this website was created. To share with people not only a fantastic set of items to purchase but to make it much more personal and be able to find out about the people behind the product.

If you are someone who is passionate about sustainability you will be pleased to know this is all part of this brands ethos and a plus that they donate to non-profit organisations as part of your orders.

So if you are looking for something fun and unique to gift or treat yourself to, this is the place to look at - with delivery available world wide.

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You may also like:

Nursery Rhyme Crafts - Once I caught a Fish alive    St Patricks Day activities for kids    Process Art Drip Painting


Space Themed Sensory Play    Easter Activities for kids    Three Little Pigs sensory play


Spring Themed Sensory Bag    Easter Activities for kids. Cross Suncatcher Craft    Duck Themed Activities. Duck Tuff Tray.




Literacy Ideas for the Classroom. Story Chair.    Creative Area ideas for the Classroom.    Shirt and Tie Fathers Day Card Creative Area ideas for the Classroom.

We were delighted to work with Uncommon Goods and share with you the fabulous range of products that are available to buy.
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LEGO Sea Rescue Plane

LEGO Sea Rescue Plane


LEGO Sea Rescue Plane


After our recent enjoyment building and playing with the Snow Resort Chalet that we got from Tesco I was really keen and excited to try another LEGO product. We decided to go for the Sea Rescue Plane 60164.

Lego is not far from hitting its 100 year anniversary. It's not a toy I have brought or played with since I was a child myself, but now my children are getting a bit older they have really been enjoying playing with the LEGO I played with as a child. Almost 30 years old the LEGO is still in perfect condition despite being played with lots. 

After all the fun we had with the Snow Resort I have been taking a look at Tesco Direct and viewing their large range of LEGO Products - there really is so much choice! 

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Ramadan Tuff Tray

Ramadan Tuff Tray


Ramadan Tuff Tray - Ramadan Activities for Kids


Ramadan is a month long fast. It is a time considered for intense prayer and devotion to the religion of Islam.
Ramadan is a spiritual journey to help followers empathise with the less fortunate and makes them feel closer to God. It is based on the lunar calendar so the fast lasts for 29 or 30 days depending on the sighting of the moon. During the festival - Muslims fast from dawn till dusk (which can be up to 16 hours this time of year!) and enjoy eating during the evenings.
People often give money to charities to help feed the hungry. You will also find people reading the holy book The Quran.

Not all people fast. The elderly, children under the age of 14, travellers, the sick, breastfeeding or expectant mothers are all exempt. 
Fasting is one of the five pillars that form the foundation of Islam. Other pillars include a pilgrimage to Mecca, Faith, Charity and Prayer.
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