Rescuing frozen animals

This is one of my toddler's absolute favourite activities, and it's one we've done many, many times. We freeze her small plastic animals in ice cubes, and then 'rescue' them by melting the ice and setting them free! My daughter is always asking if we can put her animals in ice cubes - on more than one occasion, I've gone to look for some ice cubes to make a drink, and I've opened the freezer to find a load of plastic animals staring back at me! It's actually pretty great to have a fun activity ready to go at the drop of a hat - especially one…

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How to improve your cooking in one easy step: Simply Cook review

*This post is not sponsored by Simply Cook, but it does include affiliate links* Read on to find out how to get a free Simply Cook box with 4 amazing recipes! I love cooking. It's really important to me that my two daughters have a healthy diet, so I love to cook them a wide variety of foods, exposing them to all sorts of different flavours and cuisines. However, even though I cook fresh meals for my family on a daily basis (well, nearly daily - I'm not too proud to admit that we do eat nuggets and potato waffles as well!), I often get stuck in…

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How to make kids’ Pimm’s

When the sun is out, the first thing we Brits do is to make a big jugful of Pimm's. It's a really refreshing thing to sip on in the sunshine. If you didn't know, Pimm's is an alcoholic summer punch made with Pimm's liqueur and lemonade. And, the all-important final touch - plenty of fresh fruit! It's a must in Pimm's. I made a jugful of Pimm's the other day so my husband and I could enjoy a glass in the garden. My daughter was a little upset that she wasn't allowed to have any (for obvious reasons!), so I decided to make her a special kids'…

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How to make Play-Doh penguins

Play-Doh is one of my toddler's favourite activities. We usually play with it during her baby sister's nap time, as I'm still not quite comfortable letting the baby play with Play-Doh. So nearly every morning at the same time, the Play-Doh comes out! Usually we pretend to make biscuits - she loves to put them on the 'baking tray' (the plastic moulding tray) and put them into the 'oven' (the cardboard box!). But sometimes something fun will happen naturally and we like to go with it! This time, I made a little penguin out of some of the mixed up Play-Doh. After a few months of playing…

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Building our house out of Duplo

My toddler loves playing with Duplo, and usually she's happy to get on with it on her own. It allows her to be creative and come up with her own designs and models, so if she's busy building something cool, I try not to interfere too much. But sometimes, it's fun to play together on something a bit more structured. This time, we built a model of our house out of Duplo. We made sure we included every room in our house, including the living room, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. She even told me we needed to build a separate office, like we have in our garden!…

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Playing with aquafaba

I've seen lots about aquafaba online, so I thought we'd have a play with it. This was a fun activity that both my toddler and baby could get involved with together, which was really nice! If you're not sure what aquafaba is, it's basically the liquid that you get in the bottom of a tin of chickpeas. Sounds like a really strange thing to play with, I know, but when you whip it up, it goes all bubbly - it ends up looking a lot like bubbly washing up liquid water! Whipped aquafaba is usually used in cooking as a vegan egg replacer (I've often seen it…

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How to make Roman mosaic collages with tissue paper

A while back (when we were still allowed to leave the house!), I took my girls to a nearby museum all about the Romans. Of course, with my oldest being aged only 2, they're still too young to really understand who the Romans were, or to have any concept of the fact that they lived thousands of years ago. But it got us out of the house, my husband and I enjoyed looking round the museum, and the girls liked looking at all the broken pots, the models of people enacting Roman scenes, and best of all - the mosaics! With plenty of pretty colours and patterns,…

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How to make stick pictures with foraged sticks

I love going for long walks with my family. My husband comes too, and we bring the dog for a good run around! As well as using our walks as a good way for us all to get a bit of exercise, I love to have some sort of activity to do while we're walking too. It keeps my toddler engaged, and gives us something to talk about - a good distraction so she doesn't notice quite how far we've walked! In the past we've done scavenger hunts, collected wild flowers, talked about all the colours we can see - all sorts of fun activities that don't…

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