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Round Up: Easter Play Activities

Hi there,

First of all I just wanted to say a quick thank you to everyone who is reading my blog. You may have noticed a little badge over in the side bar. I'm lucky enough to have been chosen as one of MyBump2Baby's favourite bloggers. MyBump2Baby is like the Trip Advisor of the parenting world, it's a really helpful website.

With the long bank holiday weekend looming I thought I would post a quick round up of the Easter Activities we have been enjoying this week. Hopefully it will give you a bit of inspiration if you're going to be spending some time at home.

Tactile Tray Marnie has been loving her Easter Tactile Tray.

In it I put lots of bits that we got in Tiger. I bought a set of pipe cleaners and pom poms. I cut the pipe cleaners into four shorter bits so they would fit in the tray. I also got some foam Easter stickers and some wooden beads. For more information on how to create a tactile tray click HERE. It's such a simple activity that provides hours of fun!

Mess Free Window Painting

Hi there,

Apologies for the lack of blog posts lately, we've been battling with poor Polly's bronchiolitis and colic along with her waking every two hours at night so I've not had much of a chance to write. I've also been so tired and using any spare minute I can find to rest.

While Polly has been poorly I've been all for a quick and easy activity for Marnie! I've updated her tactile tray so it is now Easter themed using items I bought in Tiger.

As before, it has given her hours of fun! You can find my post on how to make your own tactile tray HERE.

Another really easy activity that Marnie has been enjoying is Window Painting. You may see the words window and painting put together and think 'oh no, definitely not for me!' but trust me it is largely mess free!

You will need:

Sandwich bags - we used large Ikea onesPaint Tape

All you need to do is fill the bags with paint, this is something your child may be able to help with. Then make sure they are proper…

Let it snow... again!

Hi there

Down in Basingstoke we've woken to another covering of snow, so I've quickly written a post with a few snow activities to give you some inspiration of things to do today! 
Marnie is actually staying with her Nanny and Grandad this weekend so I won't be able to do these with her so I'd love to see your pictures! If you post any on instagram or twitter use the hashtag #haymanssnowplay so I can have a look!!
Last time it snowed I had a tray of ice which I put snow on and put Marnie's Frozen characters on for her to play with.

You could put anything on it, maybe plastic animals that live in the cold (or warm even, Marnie would find that funny!). 
How about using bowls and spoons and making a snow kitchen? Serve up your favourite ice cream treats, just made with snow!
Fill up all those calpol syringes you have lying about with a bit of food colouring and water and use them to paint the snow. This is great as it can be done inside or out.
Go out on an adventure…

How to create a Tactile Tray

Hi there,

Marnie is a huge fan of fiddling with little bits and bobs so I decided to make her a little Tactile Tray. It's such a simple thing to do so I thought I'd put a little post together to share my ideas.

Firstly you need to get yourself some sort of tray. The one I used was one Sam picked up from Poundland ages ago. It is one meant for storing screws, nails and things like that so it has handy dividers which you can move around. If you don't have one of these you can use any sort of tray, Tupperware or plastic container you have lying around the house.

Then you need to fill your container. You can fill it with anything you like. As you can see from Marnie's it is a random mix of things:
Two different types of pasta - tubes and bows (or butterflies as Marnie calls them)Green lentilsWhite riceBeads These are all things I had in the cupboards at home. Other items you could use could be:
Different types of rice - how about trying some wild rice, or you could dye ric…

Baby Essentials: 0-3 Months

Hi there,
Polly is now 3 months old and I thought I would write a post about my newborn essentials. Polly is my second baby and what I would consider essentials this time are very different to what I would have said for Marnie.
Obviously 'essentials' vary from family to family depending on your needs, however these are the things we have found useful.
Baby Carrier With Marnie I always put her in her a pram when we went out but I didn't have a two year old to chase after then. It's so much easier just to pop Polly in her carrier (we have the close caboo) than to have to figure out what I should do with a pram when Marnie runs off! Polly definitely prefers being in her carrier to being in the pram.

Angel Care Bath Seat We used this for Marnie but I don't think we bought it until she was about 3 months old. With Polly we have used it from her first bath and she loves it! I don't think I've ever seen someone so happy about bath time!
Baby Bouncer Chair Polly lo…

Cloud Sand

Hi there,
Polly is currently poorly with bronchiolitis (again!) so is requiring a lot of my attention therefore I wanted to make something quick and easy for Marnie to play with. I decided to make some Cloud Sand for her. It's such a simple recipe.
You need 8 parts of flour to 1 part oil. I used 4 cups of plain flour and half a cup olive oil. You can use any type of oil - vegetable oil, coconut oil or baby oil are other alternatives.

I gave Marnie a few kitchen utensils, some bowls, straws and pasta to play with in her cloud sand.
She has really enjoyed it. She's made breakfast, lunch and dinner using it. She's spent time moving the sand between the different spoons and containers I gave her and she's used the pasta and straws to make shapes and marks in the sand.
This is a really simple activity you can do with things that you most probably have lying around the house!
Apologies for the lack of pictures with this post, I was mostly dealing with an unhappy baby whilst…