Wednesday, 29 March 2017

PAINTING A GARDEN WITH TODDLERS.

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

OXFORD BOTANICAL GARDENS

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.


CHILTERN HILLS ON A SUNNY EVENING.

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

SPRING IS NEARLY HERE 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

FROGS HAVE ARRIVED!!

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?!



PLAYROOM RE-VAMP 2017!


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

RED NOSE DAY 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.

CARTOON DRAWING WORKSHOP!

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

MUDDY SUNDAY WALK

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!


Thursday, 9 March 2017

WELLIE WEDNESDAY!


Mud rocks and thankfully living in a village in the countryside means we have lots of it to hand on a wet day! This was at the start of the walk and everything got a lot messier from here on in. In fact the washing machine was put on as soon as we got home!

Such a great opportunity for language development. Talking about the sounds the mud makes and how it feels under foot. Or even in your hands if you are feeling brave enough.

We have a very clay based soil here which makes the mud a smooth and slippy texture. We often dig it out of the ground and use it to make clay faces and creations. Crafting straight from the Earth!


Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Understanding the World

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

DOCTORS IN THE HOUSE!

After seeing Kenzie on his crutches this past week, the girls were inspired to find a new use for a golf club! I love it when children change the use of toys and create something new from them. Dr's being called and coming to fix the patient. Funny how the Dr always knew where the patient lived and what was wrong before she got there! Dr's of the future are psychic beings!




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

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

PAINFUL SUNDAY!

Please tell me.... how does a child kick the same door frame, with the same foot, twice in one day? TWICE!!
It's not like the house has changed in any way! It didn't jump out on him! But never the less he did kick the frame twice and so we ended up in A&E Sunday evening having x-rays and getting strapped up. It was very quick compared to previous visits (I have 2 boys.... say no more) and the worst part was trying to find a parking space for the fracture clinic the next day. 



Can you see the brake? It had to be shown to me too lol! I would never make a Dr!


So 2 days on crutches and a funny shoe and buddy strapping for 3 weeks. Then back for an x-ray.
This time we will make sure we leave plenty of parking time!


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