What’s On Wednesday (this week’s post!)

Hi there,

This week’s “What’s On Wednesday” is more for the grown ups rather than the little ones but I came across this event and thought that it would be useful.

If you are free on Thursday 23rd August from 17:30 until 19:30 (someone else will have to be on tea/ bath and bed duty for your little one that night!!) then you might want to attend a free Baby and Child First Aid Course. It is a 2 hour course that is held by the British Red Cross for parents, grandparents and carers of babies and young children and will help you learn what to do if your child starts to choke, becomes unconscious or swallows something harmful.

The course is held in the Albany Learning and Conference Centre at 44 Ashley Street, Glasgow, G3 6DS. To guarantee a space call the centre on: 0141 3546521 or email: outreach@gcvs.org.uk

For more information go to the Albany Learning and Conference Centre website.


A slightly late What’s On Wednesday

Sorry for the lateness of this post but I’ve been away with my two boys for a wee break. I took my laptop with me thinking I’d get my posts done whilst away but hadn’t factored in that I might not have reception or wi-fi to do such a thing! Anyway, without any further ado here is last week’s “What’s On Wednesday” for you……………………….

On Sunday 19th August from 12pm to 3.30pm Tollcross Children’s Farm will be holding an Open Day for all of the family. There will be crafts, balloon sculptures, face painting and a whole lot more fun for everyone…….. don’t forget your wellies!!

For more information go to the Glasgow City Council website page for Tollcross Children’s Farm 

Fun Day Monday…… going for GOLD!!!

Have you been bitten by the Olympic Bug yet? At my childminding service we have been talking about different sports and have been busy getting ourselves ready for our own mini Olympics. We have been making our own Olympic Rings to display in the playroom and we have also made our own Gold medals that we shall be awarded with at our games (as we’ll all be gold medalists I’m sure!).

If you’d like to make your own Gold medals then this is what you need:

  • Some card (I used an empty cereal box)
  • A plastic cup
  • A black pen
  • Scissors
  • A length of ribbon that will go around your little one’s neck and hang down their front
  • Double sided sticky tape
  • Sticky tape
  • Yellow paint
  • Gold glitter
  • A paintbrush
  • A small dish for mixing the paint in
  • An apron

and this is what you do:

  • Draw around the cup on your card twice so you have two circles and cut them out with the scissors
  • Give the circles to your little one with the pen so that they can draw on it  (older children can write on “Gold/ 1st”)
  • Now mix up some yellow paint with gold glitter (the children loved doing this!)
  • Let your little one paint over the top of their writing with the paint
  • Allow the circles to dry
  • Place the ribbon on the back of one circle in a loop and fix with sticky tape
  • Now cover the whole of the back of that circle with double sided sticky tape
  • Stick the two backs of the medals together so that you can only see the two gold sides
  • Award your little one with their very own Gold medal!!!



Fun Day Monday….. time for a boogie!

Hello and Happy Monday…. are you ready for some dancing fun?

Today’s Fun Day Monday suggestion is a very simple one and all that you need is some music, some chiffon style scarves and your dancing feet!

All you need to do is put the music on and give your little one a scarf and let them dance with it. I like to do allsorts of things with our scarves like throw them up in the air and watch them fall, twirl them around and up and down, hide behind them  and our absolute favourite thing is for the little ones to lie down on the floor as I run the scarves along them. This is great for calming them down after a really good boogie (providing they’re not too ticklish!)

Have fun!

What’s On Wednesday

Today’s “What’s On Wednesday”  is about an outdoor event to tie in with this week’s Fun Day Monday post.

On Saturday 4th August from 10am until 5pm Pollok Country Park is holding a family day.

There will be several arenas throughout the park with a range of entertainment and activities suitable for all of the family.

Learn more about bees, butterflies and blooms and how you can help declining species in the Countryside Rangers marquee.

Contact: 0141 276 0924 for more information




Fun Day Monday…. let’s take it outside!


I went to an event today called, “Enough’s Enough… Ditch the Stuff” which focused on the wellbeing of children and how the time that your children spend with you and other family members, especially outside, has such a positive impact on their wellbeing and development. We were told that children in the UK came bottom in a recent Unicef report on child well-being as they are spending too much time in front of screens and are surrounded by material “things” that their parents feel pressured to buy them.

I’m not here to preach to you about that but inspired by the event I am going to suggest that for this week’s Fun Day Monday that you try and get outside with your little one and have a go at ticking something off the list below that has been put together by The National Trust for children to try before they turn 12.

(The image above was taken from the Daily Mail Online’s article about the National Trust Campaign)

Today we had a family day and made a mud pie, balanced on a fallen tree and hunted for bugs and had so much fun even when it began raining! I hope you have as much fun when you get out and about…. Have a fun day this Monday!


What’s On Wednesday


Another date for your diary today……….

Help your kids catch the reading bug and go to The Big Read at St. Enoch Shopping Centre from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 21st July (just outside Boots)….. ideal if you’re in town doing some shopping and need to give your little one a break from the shops.

There will be a host of storytelling sessions packed full of excitement and fun.

From there you can head to the St. Enoch’s foodcourt for some free face painting which is on from 12pm – 4pm on Saturdays (and Sundays too).


Fun Day Monday – water safety!!

Just a quick update to today’s Fun Day Monday post about wet play….

I am sure that it goes without saying but please don’t ever leave your little one playing with water unsupervised.

Have fun!

Fun Day Monday…….time for some wet play!

What a horrible week we’ve had weather wise….. I think everytime I have gone out with the children I have got wet!! So I’ve decided that we should just embrace it and do some wet play for this week’s Fun Day Monday idea.

For this activity I simply filled up one of the drawers from our toy unit with water, bubbles and some of our plastic fish. I put the tray on a plastic sheet, aprons on the children and then let them go for it! What fun we  had splashing and feeling the water.

To make this activity more interesting you could pre-freeze some ice cubes with drops of food colouring in them and let them melt in the water so that your little one can see the colours mixing. If you can’t face a watery mess on the floor you can always have a fun bath instead and fill it with toys and bubbles and the coloured ice cubes.

Whatever you decide to do have a fun day this Monday :0)


What’s On Wednesday

Hello! Welcome to my first What’s On Wednesday feature. I hope that I help you to add some dates to your diary for family fun days out.

Have you made it to Glasgow Museum Resource Centre yet? They are running some pre-5 sessions through the summer holidays that sound like lots of fun. The events are free but you have to book a space to attend.You can book by phone: 0141 276 9300 or by email: gmrcbookings@glasgowlife.org.uk

Over the summer, GMRC are offering two sessions for pre-5s every Friday

Morning sessions – 11am to 12 noon

Afternoon sessions – 2pm to 3pm

Each week’s sessions will have a different theme:

6th July – Wee Beasties: Explore a world of big bugs and wee beasties in the natural history store

13th July – Flutter by Butterfly: See the butterfly collection then make your own fluttering butterfly

20th July – Wee Knights: What would you wear to fight a dragon? Come and see armour worn by knights long, long ago and feel how heavy a real sword is!

27th July – 5,4,3,2,1…Blast Off! Become a space explorer to take an interactive tour of the store, then make your own rocket.

3rd August – Oh, I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside: Come on a multi-sensory trip to ‘the seaside’. Dig in the sand to uncover some seaside creatures.

For more information visit the GMRC page on the Glasgow Events website