Recycling Fun for World Earth Day

We have been having lots of fun with rubbish at Victoria Dale Childminding recently to celebrate World Earth Day which was on April 22nd.

One activity that has been particularly popular with the children was a sorting activity where I gave them a “bin” (a laundry basket) full of different safe items that they could sort into three different boxes marked “paper”, “card” and “plastic”. Depending on the ages of the children you could also add “tins” to the sorting activity but I wanted to keep our little fingers away from anything sharp.

The children loved this activity so much that they kept placing the objects back into the bin and re-sorting them all. Once all of our objects were sorted for the last time, we then put our recycling in a bag and went to the nearest recycling bin in our local area so that we could actually recycle our rubbish!

A simple activity to set up that can keep your little one occupied for ages whilst also teaching them about different materials, recycling and the environment.




Animal Stories at The Burrell

If you’re looking for something to do with the family this weekend why don’t you go to the Burrell Collection on Sunday (22nd April) to hear some animal stories from around the world?

They will be telling stories that relate to lots of the different animals that appear on the objects on display.

This event is on from 2pm – 4pm and is family friendly and free. If you would like more information and directions please go to the Glasgow Life Events Website 






Merry-Go-Round Glasgow

I was taking a stroll up Nithsdale Road in the Southside of Glasgow this afternoon and noticed lots of activity at number 32-34 ….. a new children’s shop called Merry-Go-Round is about to open and they will be selling quality pre-loved children’s goods at a fraction of the price they retail at in the shops. They open their doors on Saturday 14th April and I hope to make it along to check it out especially as they also have a toy library that I am sure the children in my childminding service would really benefit from.

If you are looking for more information about the shop, why don’t you like their facebook page or visit the Merry-Go-Round Glasgow website.





Sensory Eggs

Did you do an Easter Egg hunt for your little one? Do you have the plastic eggs left over? Don’t put them away just yet…. here’s a fun sensory activity that you can do with them first.

To create this activity simply fill the eggs with a number of different objects such as the ones pictured below:

When I did this activity with the children that I mind, I used some bubble wrap, a small wooden ball, a picture of a daffodil, a yellow pom pom, a red feather and some green ribbon. (Always supervise the children when handling small objects)

Once the eggs were filled, I placed them in a basket with some shredded paper and then let the children pick the eggs out. They had great fun shaking them and opening them and then playing with the various contents. Each object was different to the others and gave us the opportunity to talk about what colour they were and what they felt like. The feather and the ball were the most popular!








Once all the eggs have been found you can always try a quick egg and spoon race too…….

If you think of any other activities to do with your left over eggs I’d love to hear from you at:

Have an Eggsellent Easter

We haven’t only been hopping about like little bunnies to celebrate and talk about Easter. We have also been making Easter eggs…..

Inspired by the sunny weather that we had last week, we made some very lovely egg sun catchers. A simple activity that the children all managed to achieve with only a little intervention.


To make your own you will need:

  • Assorted squares of tissue paper
  • PVA glue
  • A piece of plastic film (I used some sheets of acetate that I had lying about the house but you could always cut some out from the plastic trays that fruit come in or something similar)
  • Some black paper
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon

Here’s what to do:

WARNING: This activity can get messy!!!

  • Give your little one the sheet of plastic film and the glue and let them cover the plastic with glue.. told you it was messy!
  • Hand over the squares of tissue paper and let them stick them on to the sheet wherever they like (you may want to clean their hands a little bit from handling all that glue as the paper sticks to their hands and they can get frustrated trying to pull it off!)
  • Now distract your little one whilst the glue dries. I put an extra layer of glue over the top of their pattern to make sure that everything was stuck down for them but this might not be necessary
  • Cut an egg shape out of the black paper and then cut the inside of the egg out to leave you with an egg shape outline with an egg shaped hole in the middle
  • Get your little one to position the egg shape on top of the pattern where they think that it looks best and stick it down
  • Cut around the outside of the egg
  • Punch a hole at the top of the egg and thread the ribbon through
  • Display your egg in a window where the sunlight can catch it



Paws at Prestwick – for CLIC Sargent

If anybody is at a loose end on Easter Sunday and you fancy a day trip then why don’t you head along to this fundraising event in Prestwick. There will be allsorts of Easter related fun for all the family… dogs too!

Details as follows (I did have the lovely poster that the organiser sent me but for some reason it won’t upload so you’ll have to put up with my typed version instead!):

Sunday 8th April – 12pm – 4pm on Prestwick Prom

  • Easter Bonnet Parade
  • Sponsored Walk
  • Face Painting
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Storytelling
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Fun and Games

and for your four legged friends:

  • Fun novelty classes
  • Demonstrations
  • Agility
  • Pet Stalls
  • Micro-chipping
  • Doggie Nail Bar

Follow, “Paws at Prestwick for CLIC Sargent” on Facebook for up to date information


Hoppy Easter!

Excuse the pun but we have been having a great time doing lots of bunny related activities as part of our Easter and Spring celebrations here in my childminding service.

We have all been hopping about like little bunnies and learning new bunny songs including the ones below:

Ten Little Bunnies (to the tune of Ten Little Indian Boys)

One little, two little, three little bunnies,

Four little, five little, six little bunnies,

Seven little, eight little, nine little bunnies,

Ten little bunnies going hop, hop, hop.

Hop, hop, hop go ten little bunnies,

Hop, hop, hop go ten little bunnies,

Hop, hop, hop go ten little bunnies,

Ten little bunnies going hop, hop, hop.


Five Little Bunnies (to the tune of Five Little Monkeys)

Five little bunnies in a flower bed,

One hopped up high and bumped his head.

Along came mummy bunny and to them said;

“No more hopping in the flower bed.”

Four little bunnies……………………………

Three little bunnies………………………….

Two little bunnies…………………………….

One little bunny……………………………….


Little Peter Rabbit

Little Peter Rabbit had a fly upon his nose,
Little Peter Rabbit had a fly upon his nose,
Little Peter Rabbit had a fly upon his nose,
And he flipped it and he flapped it and the fly flew away.

Floppy ears and curly whiskers,
Floppy ears and curly whiskers,
Floppy ears and curly whiskers,
And he flipped it and he flapped it and the fly flew away.


We’ve also been making little Easter Bunnies to stick on our Easter cards to send home too.

If you’d like to make your own, you will need:

  • Cardboard
  • Coloured Pens
  • Scissors
  • PVA Glue
  • Cotton Wool Balls
  • Googly Eyes

Here’s what to do:

  • Draw a simple bunny shape on the piece of card and cut out
  • Cover the bunny shape with the glue
  • Let your little one place the cotton wool balls on the bunny shape after they have had some time feeling the cotton wool whilst you describe it to them
  • Cut out some pink inners of the bunny’s ear, a bunny’s nose and some whiskers for your little one to stick to the front of the bunny’s face
  • Stick the googly eyes, or eyes that you have drawn onto card and cut out, on the bunny’s face
  • Stick the bunny onto the front of a folded piece of card and let your little one write their Easter greeting on the inside