3 non-messy play ideas for toddlers

I'll be honest: I hate messy play. Slime, gunge, anything like that - I'm out. I force myself to let my 3 year old get messy every now and then, because I think it's good for her, and can teach her all sorts of things... but 90% of the time, I'm all about non-messy play! My anxiety can't take it when I see her sticky hands grabbing at my furniture, or something gross being flicked onto my patio, or gunk being rubbed into her hair... yuck! We recently bought a Tuff Tray, which really lends itself well to messy play, but I'm finding it brilliant for non-messy…

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Playing with pipe cleaners

One of my favourite places to buy stuff for my kids is Poundland. I don't tend to buy toys from there, but I do buy loads and loads of craft supplies. You can't go wrong with a pack of pom-poms or pipe cleaners for a pound! And things like that seem to entertain my 3 year old a lot more than a 'proper' toy anyway. She loves how open-ended this type of play is, and it allows her so much creativity. This time, I bought three packs of pips cleaners, for a grand total of £3 - one pack of bright colours, one of pastel colours, and…

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Ice cube drawing

I'm always trying to think of fun activities I can do with my 3 year old that don't require a huge amount of preparation, and don't create huge amounts of mess. I love some of the messy play ideas I see on Pinterest, but in reality, there's just no way I'm ever going to be organised enough to spend an hour setting up an activity! (nor would I want to, considering half the time it would only keep her occupied for 5 minutes anyway!) One of my favourite things to play with is ice. I keep a couple of ice cube trays in the freezer at all…

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Painting apples

This week, we painted apples. For no other reason than - we were out walking in a local orchard, my daughter found a few slightly manky apples on the ground, and asked if we could paint them. Who am I to argue with a 3 year old? We don't do painting too often, as it takes so long to set up, protect the dining table, get all the paints ready, etc. We tend to stick to creative activities that cause less mess, like using chalk or paint sticks. But when she's really excited about something, I try not to quash that, so painting it was! This time,…

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Review: Playcolor paint sticks

*This post contains affiliate links* If you haven't yet discovered paint sticks, get some now! They're truly amazing, and so much fun. Paint sticks are basically a thick poster paint, squished into a stick. They're easy to use and don't create any mess, so if you're like me, and the amount of faff puts you off painting too often, paint sticks are perfect for you! No need to wear an apron. No need to protect your table (if your child can use pens and crayons without making too much mess, they'll be able to use paint sticks!). No need to wash any brushes afterwards. It's painting, without…

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Review: Tobar Owl Grasshead

*This post contains affiliate links* It was my daughter's third birthday a couple of weeks ago, and since we didn't need a heap more toys (our playroom is already fit to burst!), we requested not too many presents. One of the things we did ask for was something crafty - she loves making things, and at least if she's making the toy herself, we get an extra activity out of each present! This owl grasshead was such a brilliant gift! It's the Tobar Owl Grasshead (currently £6.54 on Amazon*), and considering how simple it is, it's brought her so much joy already. All you do is fill…

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Making chalk rainbows

Whenever the weather is nice, one of our favourite activities is to get our big bucket of chalks out, and draw on our patio. My daughter absolutely loves having the chance to be creative. I probably shouldn't admit it, but one of my favourite things about using chalks is that there's absolutely zero prep work required. I don't need to get anything ready in advance, I don't even need to think about it until the moment my daughter asks 'can we play with the chalks?', and that's that. Just hand her the bucket, and off she goes. We love painting together too, but by the time I've…

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WIN! A rattan garden sofa set worth £540!

I have a great post for you today! Keep reading if you fancy winning a beautiful rattan effect sofa set for your garden. It's an incredible prize! The set contains two armchairs, a sofa and a coffee table, and it's worth over £540! It could be all yours - just scroll to the bottom of this post to find out how to enter. With all the beautiful weather we've been having lately, this sort of garden furniture is just the sort of thing I've had my eye on - we've been doing some building work in our garden, and I've been dreaming about ways we can make…

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Claim a free Graze box (healthy snacks through your postbox!)

*This post contains affiliate links* I love Graze boxes - I've been getting them for years! In each box, you get 4 tubs, each containing a healthy and delicious snack. If you're the type of person who finds yourself reaching for a bag of crisps or a chocolate bar when you feel peckish, read on to claim a FREE Graze box*! What are Graze boxes? Graze boxes are boxes full of healthy snacks. They get posted through you letterbox as often as you like, and each box contains a few different delicious snacks. Can you choose the snacks you get in your Graze box? Sort of! If…

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How to make handprint paintings

This is a craft that I've been wanting to do with my girls for ages now - handprint paintings! The girls are currently 9 months old and nearly 3 years old, so this seemed like the perfect time to do this sisters' craft. The baby is old enough that she can make paint handprints (with an awful lot of help, of course!), but still young enough that she has cute baby hands, and you can easily see the size difference between the two girls' handprints. Although it looks like this handprint painting was done on one day, we actually did each girl's handprints separately - it seemed…

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