Tuesday, 18 April 2017

SILLY, FAT DADDY PIG. YOU ARE SO NAUGHTY! What are we teaching our children?

What is Peppa Pig teaching our children?

I am not saying that all tv should have an educational quality. I grew up on drug induced kids tv. "Jamie and the magic torch" and "magic Roundabout", so I fully appreciate a good 10 minute program of silliness. But Peppa Pig is something else.

She is not just a bossy little know all that quite honestly does nothing for her brothers self esteem, but she is down right rude to her dad. What does mummy pig do when this happens? She joins in! They actually bully Daddy Pig!!

He is called Silly. Naughty and Fat on a daily basis and laughed at. He is so down trodden that he just accepts his lot in life and the domestic abuse continues.

Our very influential 2 and 3 year olds do not distinguish reality and fiction in the same way adults do. They take what they see and mimic it. So what Peppa is teaching our little ones is how to be a spoilt, rude and disrespectful brats, who shouts at their friends and parents, sticks their tongue out when they can't get what they wants and to shame every person they see who is overweight.

I know this is just a bit of fun and a tv show...... but we underestimate what our children take in. It is worth a bit of thought from us adults I think. I am sure there are better programs out there that children could enjoy!

Friday, 14 April 2017


Practice is making perfect! Painting large letters on the patio in water, marking letters in the mud when out on walks. Mark making and threading activities, and now tracing over the letters with a pen.

All this has led to some pretty awesome attempts at managing to write her name by herself!

I think she made a pretty good job of this!


A real fun and simple, cheap activity to do with little ones is to cut out pictures of animals and then pictures of their young. laminate them if you wish so that they can be used over and over. 
The children love to look at the pictures and recognise the animals. They can make animals sounds for the picture they select or you can make a sound (if you are good at that sort of thing) and see if your child can find the matching animal.
 Introduce your child to the sets of animals. The babies that match each parent. 
Use the correct language for each baby animal. For example "lamb" or "calf". 

Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Understanding the world
  • Mathematical 

Thursday, 13 April 2017


Stickers a great tool for little artists. Peeling off the sticker backs and placing them on the paper is a great fine motor skill and gets little hands working in a very controlled way. Many little ones need some support initially but soon get the hang of it!
The end art work is bright and vibrant. No wrong or right way. No end product that the adult manipulates to achieve. This is all their own work, all about the process and always looks amazing when they finish!

Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Physical Development
  • Expressive Art and Design

Tuesday, 4 April 2017


Chocolate crispy cakes for Easter! A must for all children. Easy mixture of rice krispie's and melted chocolate. mix together and pop in cup cake cases. Add little chocolate eggs and refrigerate.

You can't trust the kids to brake the chocolate in to the bowls though..... one for the mouth.... one for the bowl.....

 Ready for a little snack!

Wednesday, 29 March 2017


The children have been using nature as inspiration for their painting today. They used different brushes and rollers to make marks on their paper that reminded them of the plants we have been seeing in the garden and on our walks. They talked about the colours of the leaves and petals. It was a lovely recap on our recent daily walks. 

It was interesting to see how they used the green as a background and then added little blobs of colour for the flowers. They really seem to have taken in some observations of the plants growing around them.

Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Physical Development
  • Expressive Art and Design
  • Understanding the world

Saturday, 25 March 2017


A trip in to Oxford, Pokemon hunting, turned in to a visit to the Botanical gardens. Somewhere I have never been but fancied visiting for a while. We even ended up getting a years membership.
It is a lovely spot along the river. There are pedalos and punts for hire on the other side of the bridge if you fancy it!

The ducks were super friendly and if we had planned this visit we would have brought them a little treat.

Not a huge place to visit but that in itself makes it special. A little piece of heaven to enjoy for a morning or an hour. Little hidden treasures to find.

More tropical plants and palms are in the green houses.

This stinky plant was in flower when we visited. We were told we were very lucky as it only flowers for a couple of  days a year! We just followed our noses. A strong smell of rotten meat which the bugs love apparently!!

I would recommend you take a look around if you are in the area. Take a picnic and enjoy it by the river. They also do activity mornings for pre-schoolers.


This evening was spent with a very good friend and her son. We took a walk up on to the chiltern ridge above Watlington. The views are stunning from up there and on a clear day you can see across the county for miles. Red kites flying over head and the signs of rabbits on the hill tops. 
I remember my parents bringing us for walks up here as children.
We are very lucky to have this on our doorstep. I look at this picture and try to pick out my village........ still can't see it. We must be in a dip!

Tuesday, 21 March 2017


Loving seeing the first signs of Spring in the gardens and on our walks. New life popping up all over the place. The children and I  go on little treasure hunts to see what new flowers we can see!

The scent as we walk around the village is an experience in itself. Different blossoms great us with a new smell. It's a real sensory experience!

Saturday, 18 March 2017


Everyone elses pond seems to have been alive with frogs for weeks now. They even have frog spawn. I have seen nothing in my pond yet :-(

But tonight we have action!!! This is looking promising. Fingers crossed these guys leave me some spawn.

Although there seems to be a rival male in the pond waiting.... so there could be issues. Or maybe it's another female and the man frog will have a busy evening! I have no idea how you sex a frog? I have read it is something to do with colouring around their eyes?!


The playroom is in the middle of a re-vamp. I want the children to still have free access to the toys but as my boys get older I would really not like to look at every toy we own on open shelves. On top of that, the constant change in weather has started to damage items in the play room. Strong sunlight and damp have taken their toll on my books and games boxes in particular.

So this is the new set up! Pretty pleased with it. The units are Ikea and not a bad price for the amount we bought. The door hinges however are an unbelievable PIG to use and put on. My partner is bruised from the force of trying to screw them in and we were up till 3am in the end just getting the doors on. Ikea..... you need to look at this issue!

The next job on the list is to buy a couple of strong storage ottomans so that all the playmobil and happy land have a home and also to provide the room with some more seating/ lay down and chill out spots!

Friday, 17 March 2017


Nearly a full set of the 2017 Red Nose Day noses. We are trying very hard to get a Frankenose but suspect we will struggle to get him. He is a limited edition one. Not a bad collection so far though! All money raised goes to a very good cause as well so I don't mind paying for his collection.


My boys were lucky enough to take part in a cartoon drawing workshop this week. They are both in to cartoon style drawings and have a massive collection of vintage and current Beano annuals. The workshop was held at our favourite SEN play center, Thomley Hall. 
The chap running the workshop was an Illustrator and Author, Clive Goddard. He has a series of books out about a lad who turns out to be the worlds worst explorer! We bought a signed book from him today so looking forward to reading it with the boys and seeing what we think! 

He started the session with exploring how faces can be drawn using a simple basic template and then how we can change the face with small detail to give different expressions. It is much easier than I first expected!

He was such a fun chap to watch and listen too and we all had a great time trying out the different drawing techniques. Even the grown ups! And we all produced some pretty good drawings!

Sunday, 12 March 2017


Today we took a very muddy walk to my parents house and back again. They live in the next town over which is about 4 miles away. It was a drizzly but very warm morning. Brendan has a similar view to walk as I do. Good for the mind and body and once you are in a rhythm you can just keep going. This is quite something from a boy with Hyper mobility, who has been in constant pain with his joints for as long as he can remember. But it is great to see him do this despite the pain. Kenzie is not quite so keen bless him and finds int much harder. i am hoping he will soon find long walks just as enjoyable. He managed to walk all the way there, but complained quite a bit and daddy had to come a nd pick him up in the car as he could not face the walk home. Brendan and I enjoyed the journey home despite Brendan's severe "Poo foot" problem towards the end!

We stopped at a chocolatiers in town for a nice hot chocolate treat! We were a little soggy!


 The fields were quite flooded in parts and rivers and streams very high after all the rain fall we have had recently.

So close to home and Brendan told me this bit was "easy"! .......... Cue "Poo foot"!

I love this old barn. It looks like it will topple over at any moment but is actually quite sturdy. It has so much charm and character.

I really want to build up our family walks and do more of this. Walking is so good for the body and mind. Nature really does fix my heart and brain!


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