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The Lorax Dr Seuss Craft

The Lorax Dr Seuss Craft


The Lorax Dr Seuss Craft


Children can learn so much from books making them essential as part of their childhood. As Dr. Seuss said himself - The more you read the more things you'll know. The more you learn the more places you'll go. I try and include them in our play as much as I can. We also use them often to inspire our crafts and activities. I dont share ever set up we do on the blog but I do share them all on Instagram. Today's inspiration comes from The Lorax!
We love anything by Dr Seuss. It's not the first time we have been inspired by his work. We have created Cat in the Hat Puppets and Grinch Wood Slice Decorations.

This craft comes with a Free Downloadable Printable that can be found at the bottom of the page.

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Amy Louise
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Spring Flower Oobleck

Spring Flower Oobleck


Spring Flower Oobleck Recipe Activities for Preschool


You may have seen my videos on this activity on my Instagram videos. After recently sharing with you a fabulous Daffodil Ice Sculpture, I wanted to share more Spring themed fun with you. One min I was cleaning up from dinner yesterday the next we were exploring a brand new sensory media for the twins. It took 5 minutes to make and set up and amazingly took even less time to clear up! 

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The Reality of Starting School

The Reality of Starting School


The Reality of Starting School


With lots of talk at the moment about school placements being confirmed, it has made me reflect. 

8 years I worked with children, before becoming a Mother. The years rolled around fast. Really fast. I watched as parents brought their children to school in the playground holding it together before walking away with tears rolling down their face. I understood it was a big step - leaving your child in a new place with new people. But until I became a Mother myself I didn't understand how this new chapter made you feel, fully. 

I didn't appreciate the heartache, the sleepless nights, the worry. 
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Dinosaur Sensory Swamp Tuff Tray

Dinosaur Sensory Swamp Tuff Tray


Dinosaur Sensory Swamp Tuff Tray


I have been loving sharing with you on Instagram some of our recent set ups. It's been great to have your feedback and I look forward to sharing lots more with you over the coming weeks and months.
It is a real joy to me to be building a fabulous community of people who are passionate about children's play. In our closed group on Facebook (come and join in the fun here) I was lucky enjoy to start talking to a lovely lady called Hayley. Hayley has been really busy setting up some brilliant set ups for the children and today she is with us to share a Dinosaur Tuff Tray. Welcome Hayley!

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Amy Louise
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Spring Ice Ornaments

Spring Ice Ornaments


Spring Ice Ornaments Spring Activities for Preschoolers

We've had quite a bit of snow this year, compared to other years. So the fact Spring is on it's way is rather refreshing. I saw the first tulips last weekend. It always gives me that warm fuzzy feeling when I start to see signs of Spring. Everything is starting to wake up after the harsh Winter freezes. Outdoor play becomes more enjoyable for longer!

I always like to have a bunch of daffodils in the house as Spring unfolds. I know I'm not alone with this so today I am sharing a little something you can do with your flowers once they start to turn. 

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Amy Louise
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Easter Sensory Tray

Easter Sensory Tray


Easter Sensory for Preschoolers


One of my most favourite play invitations to set up is one that links to a particular topic or celebration. I love teaching children about whats going on in the world. About religions and respecting and understanding the faith of others. Did you see the Ramadan Tuff Tray? From the youngest of ages you can begin to introduce these things. I used this tray for Chinese New Year, so here it is again but this time for Easter

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Woodland Animals Egg Craft

Woodland Animals Egg Craft


Woodland Animals Egg Craft


This week I shared some pretty impressive Farm Animal Eggs. You have been LOVING them over on Instagram. Well today we have some more lovely eggs, but this time they are the cutest Woodland Animals. Great on the lead up to Easter but fabulous to use afterwards too. As the interests start flowing through various books, television programmes or woodland walks - you can use these to bring play to life. 

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Shape Rocket Craft

Shape Rocket Craft


Shape Rocket Craft - Rocket Printable

Throughout the year the Space topic creeps in here and there. Whether its something that has been seen on the television, a late night walk under the stars or a book we read - the interest ignites. We often enjoy some Space Sensory Tray activities. Today I am sharing with you a Space Rocket Craft which comes with some free templates for you to download and use. The link to download is at the bottom of the page. 

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Farm Animals Egg Craft

Farm Animals Egg Craft


Farm Animals Egg Craft


With Easter just around the corner now my news feeds on social media have been full of wonderful Easter/Spring Sensory Bins, Egg activities and lots of wonderful new books to accompany these set ups too! Leading up to Easter you have no doubt prepared lots of lovely crafts and activities for the children but what about after Easter? Suddenly you have hundreds of eggs. Eggs that the children have loved playing with over the last couple of weeks, it seems silly to pop them away until next year. So today I want to share with you a lovely way of using eggs on the build up to Easter and afterwards too. 
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Scrape Easter Egg Craft

Scrape Easter Egg Craft


Scrape Easter Egg Craft


Spring is officially here! Yipeee! Although we apparently have more snow on the way the weekend? 
I'm here today to share with you a lovely technique - scrape painting. 

With only a few days till Easter your settings are no doubt preparing for the Easter Bunny arrival and Easter Bonnet Parades. I'm sure you have had some lovely activities set up in your homes and classrooms. Today is a super simple craft that you will be able to set up within a minute and the outcome of this process is simply beautiful!

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Oreo Cookie Quest

Oreo Cookie Quest


Oreo Cookie Quest


Yesterday I asked in our Learning and Exploring Through Play Group who had snow. I couldn't believe how many people have and from all the different locations world wide! If you shared your pictures with us - thank you! There really is something magical about snow! It makes everything so crisp and clean. Its like a magical winter wonderland. It was a downpour I didn't think we would see as the day before we were all out in the garden without coats running around like headless chickens, excited to see a bit of Spring-like Sunshine. If you follow us on Instagram you will have seen us out having fun in our Instalive stories.

Today I want to share with you a really fun activity we enjoyed as part of, and supporting The Great Oreo Cookie Quest Challenge. With the snow on the ground again we headed off outdoors on our very own Cookie Quest Challenge, which is all about spending time together as a family.
Oreo is celebrating this Quest right now which means anyone can pick up a pack and be in with the chance of winning some fabulous prizes! 


Carding Mill Valley Oreo Cookie Quest


Although I am a big lover of snow I am ready for Spring now. But it just wouldn't be right to not make the most of what could be our last snow fall! 
We headed out to a wonderful spot out towards Ludlow. We've been in all weathers, but this was our first visit there in the snow. It was freezing but wrapped up warm we headed out the car to have some fun together. 


Carding Mill Valley Oreo Cookie Quest


The boys waddled around with their wellie boots, while I set challenges for Neve along the way. I asked her to find specific things such as a sheep, a frozen puddle, a robin. I also changed it a little and gave her letters where she had to find something she could see beginning with that letter. This challenge as we walked in the snow together was music to her ears! Children could play these games all day couldn't they!? 


Carding Mill Valley Oreo Cookie Quest


Me and Neve walked hand in hand for most of our trip out between our sledging fun and spontaneous snowball fights! It really was so lovely!

Carding Mill Valley Oreo Cookie Quest Hunter Wellies


We went sledging up the steepest of hills and panicked as we reached the bottom, as we approached the little stream of freezing water! Luckily we stopped before reaching it! Our wellies did a fabulous job at keep our feet comfy and warm. I swear by them!
The giggles coming from all 3 of them were priceless and it sure is a day I will hold in my heart forever! I have some of the photos on order and can't wait to have them in a frame!


Carding Mill Valley Oreo Cookie Quest


Once we were frozen to the bone and craving warmth we headed to their cafe for some TLC. We had warm drinks and dunked Oreos! It was a welcome bit of comfort. 
Neve who had already clocked me packing Oreos as part of our 'essentials' sneaked one on the way to the cafe! I also enjoyed a couple with her on the way. Oreos are a fun and tasty occasional treat for the whole family.


Carding Mill Valley Oreo Cookie Quest


So what are you waiting for? Come and share your joyful, wonder-filled moments alongside Oreo
But before I finish this post I have my very own challenge for you:

How many times has the word Oreo featured in this blog post? 

This post is an entry for BritMums #OreoCookieQuest, sponsored by Oreo.




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St Patricks Day Tuff Tray

St Patricks Day Tuff Tray


St Patricks Day Tuff Tray


St Patricks Day is celebrated each year on or around the 17th of March. We recently shared a colourful Shamrock Suncatcher with you and today we are sharing hands on learning in a Tuff Tray.
St Patricks Day is a global celebration of the Irish culture. It celebrates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity to Ireland. There are often public parades, festivals and people wear green and shamrocks. 

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