What’s On Wednesday

Are you at a loose end next weekend (Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September)? East Renfrewshire are holding a food and drink festival (FEASTREN) and as part of this there is going to be a free event for all the family in Eastwood Park, Giffnock on both the Saturday and Sunday.

There will be the following:

  • Whole Foods Producers Market
  • Whole Foods Market Craft Beer and Wine Marquee
  • A pop-up Festival Restaurant
  • Kids’ Kitchen
  • Live music
  • Livestock
  • Puppet show
  • Jugglers
  • Stilt walkers
  • Clowns
  • Quirky arts and crafts
  • Art exhibition

Check out www.aplacetogrow.co.uk for more details

Fun Day Monday

Hello and Happy Monday to you all, I can’t believe that another week has passed and we’re back at Monday again!

We’ve been having a great time in my childminding service all week sharing our book of the week which was, “Driving My Tractor” and doing lots of tractor and farm related activities.

If you don’t have a copy of the book you can always download the animated version from You Tube ….. we had a watch of this and it really got the children dancing and trying to sing along…. it amazes me how quickly they can pick up the words to songs and stories already.

To accompany our dancing and singing fun we also made some shape pictures of tractors.

If you want to have a go you will need the following:

  • Coloured card or paper
  • Piece of white A4 card or paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick

and this is what you do:

  • Cut out 1 x large square, 1 x smaller square, 2 x large circles, 3 x medium circles, 2 x small circles, 1 x large rectangle, 1 x oval, 2 x small triangles
  • Sit with your little one and show them the shapes and give them the glue stick (if you want to extend this activity, you can talk about the shapes and their colour)
  • Get your little one to glue the shapes onto the white piece of card or paper making up a tractor shape with a trailer that has a pig in it

(see the picture below to see where the pieces go – you will notice that I have drawn in a line between the tractor and the the trailer to connect the two!)

If you want to have a go at this activity and want a template for the shapes just email me at: hello@victoriadalechildminding.co.uk and I’ll send you the one that I made.

Have fun!


What’s On Wednesday

Do you love a bargain? I know I do and where better to pick up some new toys, books and clothes for your little one than the Baby Booty Sale at Kelvinhall in the West End this Saturday from 10.30am until 1.00pm.

Choose from a huge selection of nearly-new clothes, toys and many other items, all at a fraction of the high street price!  It’s a fun and thrifty way to spend a Saturday morning!

Admission: Adults £1, Children – Free

For more details check out the Baby Booty website


Fun Day Monday….. reading together

There’s something really special about sharing a book with your little one…. we just love storytime here at my childminding service and are often visiting the library to get new books out to share.

As part of Bookstart’s 20 year celebration, I have pledged to share 20 books with the children in my service in 2012 (although we’ll actually share many more than that!) and I thought that for today’s Fun Day Monday you  might like to see our booklist…have you shared any of these books with your little one? Which is your favourite?

  • Where’s Spot? – Eric Hill
  • Sometimes I Like To Curl Up In A Ball – Vicki Churchill & Charles Fuge
  • The Pig In The Pond – Martin Waddell
  • Driving My Tractor – Jan Dobbins & David Sim
  • Shark In The Park – Nick Sharratt
  • Hugless Douglas – David Melling
  • Each Peach Pear Plum – Janet & Allan Ahlberg
  • The Tiger Who Came To Tea – Judith Kerr
  • We’re Going On A Bear Hunt – Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury (see my previous blog post on some activities for this book)
  • The Loon On The Moon – Chae Strathie & Emily Golden
  • Peace At Last – Jill Murphy
  • The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters – Janet & Allan Ahlberg
  • One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish – Dr. Seuss
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle
  • Giraffes Can’t Dance – Giles Andreae & Guy Parker-Rees
  • Paddington – Michael Bond
  • The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? – Bill Martin Jr & Eric Carle
  • Doing The Animal Bop – Jan Ormerod & Lindsey Gardiner
  • Owl Babies – Martin Waddell & Patrick Benson

Have a fun day this Monday and happy reading!

What’s On Wednesday

Does your little one like to draw and doodle? If they do you might want to check out the Curious Doodle Day at St Mungo Museum of Religious Art and Life this Saturday (18th August) from 1pm until 4pm

Go along and help create a huge piece of artwork with friends, family and others. Be inspired by objects, music and each other.

This event is free and open to all ages and abilities. Paint, pens and protective clothing will be supplied.

For more information, visit the Glasgow Events website.

If you can’t go, why not get the pens and paints out and have a big doodle at home instead!

Fun Day Monday

Well, after a busy weekend sometimes we all need a nice quiet activity to keep our little ones amused and ourselves sane!

Today’s activity is one that keeps my little boy happy and quiet for a little while and will hopefully keep your little one amused too!

All you need for this activity is a little basket or bag that is safe for your little one to have (no plastic bags) and some tins and cartons of food  (nothing too heavy – you can always use empty cardboard cartons if you’d rather).

I set this up by putting a few things in the basket and placing the basket on the floor in the kitchen and then just let my little one pick the tins up, look at them and put them in and out of the basket. To extend the activity we talk about what is in the tins/ cartons and what colours they are. We also count the tins and cartons into and out of the basket. Amazingly something as simple as this can keep your little one quiet and engaged for quite some time.

Have a fun week…..

If you have any ideas for fun activities that you would like to share with me please drop me an email at: hello@victoriadalechildminding.co.uk

What’s On Wednesday

If you have no plans for this Saturday (11th August) you might want to pop along to the West End to attend a Free Entry Gala Day Fundraiser for Yorkhill Hospital for Sick Children, specifically the Children’s Cancer Ward.

The event is on from 11am until 2pm and is at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 35 Julian Avenue, G12 0RB (a 10 minute walk from the Botanic Gardens)

There’s going to be lots of things for every member of the family to enjoy including face painting, a bouncy slide, homebaking, secondhand stall, a barbecue, games and lots more.

For more information about the Yorkhill Children’s Foundation visit their website at: www.yorkhill.org





Fun Day Monday

Hi all,

I hope that you have had a lovely weekend and that you are ready for a fun time this week.

We have lots on at my childminding service this week but thought we’d share one of our current favourite activities with you for this week’s Fun Day Monday…..

We just love getting out the crayons and drawing! I give the children large pieces of paper on the floor and they have wax crayons and pencil crayons that they draw with. They love choosing different colours to draw with and enjoy being able to get onto their tummies and draw away. It’s a great activity to help your little one improve their fine motor skills and get used to handling pens and pencils. To extend the activity further, you can also talk to your little one about the colours that they are using and ask them what they are drawing.

Have a fun day this Monday…..