Fun Day Monday

It’s well and truly Autumnal out there so we have been doing lots of Autumn related activities here in my childminding service.

Something that we did last week that was popular with the children was some tree pictures that we painted using corks! The children had so much fun dipping the corks in the paint and stamping them around the branches and trunk of their tree.

If you want a go at making similar pictures with your little one you will need the following:

  • Brown paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • Corks (I used champagne corks, one for each colour)
  • A container for your paint
  • Paint (I used red, yellow and copper)
  • White sheet of A4
  • Apron

and you need to do the following:

  • Firstly draw around your little one’s arm and hand on the brown piece of paper to make your tree and the branches. Cut this out and stick onto the middle of your white piece of paper
  • Place blobs of paint in the container (not too much!)
  • Place the corks on top of each coloured blob
  • Put the apron on your little one and then show them with one of the corks how to stamp a “leaf” onto their tree
  • Let them go for it with the corks and paint!!

Warning: This activity can get pretty messy but they really do have so much fun stamping out their trees….. if you don’t manage to do an Autumn tree you can always change the colours of your paint to green, white and pink and do a tree in blossom in the Springtime!

What’s On Wednesday

Hi there….. have you discovered The Children’s Wood on North Kelvin Meadow yet? It’s a wonderful space which parents and children can access any time for some outdoor playtime. It is situated between Clouston Street and Kelbourne Street and this week’s What’s On Wednesday is all about an event being held there this Sunday (30th September)

Between 3pm  and 5pm,  The Gruffalo and Gruffalo’s Child re-visit the Children’s Wood and your child can go along to meet them. Tam Dean Burn will perform both books and songs along with a unique reading of The Gruffalo in Scots.

With both humour and entertainment from Tam, it will be a wonderful afternoon for all of the family.

This event is free although donations are appreciated.

For more information go to The Children’s Wood website.

Here’s hoping for good weather for the Gruffalo’s visit!

Fun Day Monday

Today’s post is a little late as the fun that I am writing about actually took place today!

My little one likes to help out in the kitchen but trying to think of toddler friendly things for him to do can sometimes be hard. Well, today we came up with something really easy for him and I to do together and he had so much fun.

We made some cheese and onion pastries together which he then munched his way through for lunch!

If you fancy a go at doing this then you will need:

  • An apron
  • Some puff pastry (I use one that you can buy in the chiller cabinet in the supermarket)
  • Some cheese – grated
  • Some onion – pre cooked in a little bit of oil
  • A dusting of plain flour
  • A splash or two of olive oil
  • A rolling pin
  • A circular cutter
  • A  pastry brush
  • A tin like a large muffin tin

and this is what you do:

  • Wash your hands and your little one’s hands and put on an apron
  • Place a dusting of flour on a hard surface and place the puff pastry on top  (I used a board and put it on our little table)
  • Get your little one to squish the pastry a bit so that they can feel it (my little one said, “ooo, play doh!!”.
  • Dust the rolling pin and then show your little one how to roll out the pastry

  • Now get the cutter and cut out some circles and put to one side (we only did 4 as that was all of the pastry that we had)
  • Put some oil in the muffin tin and get your little one to “paint” the tin with  the pastry brush
  • Place the circles of pastry into the muffin tin and prick each one several times with a fork (this was a good counting exercise!)
  • Get your little one to put a spoonful of cooked onion onto each circle of pastry
  • Now give them the grated cheese to put on top of the onions

  • Place in the oven at about 180c for about 20 minutes or so (until golden)
  • Take out of the oven and allow to cool before serving them…. ENJOY!

What’s On Wednesday

Hi…… a bit of a personal What’s On Wednesday this week…. I hope you don’t mind!

The event that I’m going to tell you about is the Baby Booty Sale at Hutcheson’s Grammar School (21 Beaton Road, Glasgow, G41 4NW) which is taking place this Saturday from 10.30am until 1pm. Nothing unusual there as I have told you about the Baby Booty Sales before but this time I am taking a stall and I’d love it if you could spread the word amongst your mummy and daddy friends and encourage them to attend.

The reason I’m taking a stall is to raise money for a very worthwhile charity called, The Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity who support families with a child who has a life threatening or terminal illness. This amazing charity supported my young cousin Ted and his family before he sadly lost his life to Leukaemia in April this year. I have been collecting donations of clothes, toys and other baby related items to sell at the sale this Saturday and Baby Booty have very generously donated the stall to help make the money I raise go further.

So, if you are at a loose end on Saturday morning and fancy seeking out a bargain or just want to come for a chat then you’ll find me at Hutcheson’s Grammar school selling all the wonderful things that have been donated.

For more details of this Baby Booty Sale event please go to their Facebook Page.

Fun Day Monday

Today’s activity idea is something that we haven’t done yet in my childminding service but plan to do this week so I thought that I’d share the idea with you to see if you fancy doing it too!

You may have noticed that the nights are drawing in earlier and that the leaves are starting to turn and fall…..Autumn is starting to make itself known! I love this time of year and get so excited as there are so many fun Autumn themed things that you can do with your little one.

Today’s Fun Day Monday idea is all about collecting leaves and making pictures with them…. the perfect Autumn themed activity that little ones really seem to enjoy.

We’re planning to go on a nature walk this week and look for allsorts of natural objects along the way, (if you want a copy of my list please email me at and I’d be delighted to share it with you) but will also collect lots of leaves so that we can make these adorable hedgehog pictures.

I can’t take credit for the idea or the templates as they have come from a Bulgarian website called If you would like to download a copy of the hedgehog template then click here. You simply get your little one to glue the collected leaves onto the template where the hedgehog spines should be.

So… why not get the wellies on and get out and about this week and collect some leaves to make your own hedgehog picture.

Whatever you do this week, have fun!



What’s On Wednesday…. Doors Open Day

Have you ever fancied peeking into buildings around the city that aren’t normally open to the public? Well, Doors Open Day allows you the opportunity to do just that. This free event is all about celebrating the architecture, history and the people of Glasgow. Over this weekend (15th/ 16th September)  more than 100 buildings in and around the city are opening their doors for everyone to pay them a visit . You can participate in walks, tours and talks and find out more about where you live.

There are too many events for me to list here but if you go to the Doors Open Days website you can see what will suit you and your family the most; some events will require you to book, please check the website for details………………

……… I think we shall be heading to Cowcaddens Fire Station for our “nee-nah” mad little boy!! Where do you fancy going?




Fun Day Monday

Well hello! Are you ready for some fun today?

Today’s activity suggestion is extremely simple but fun for your little one to do.

All you need for this activity is a colander and some soft and fluffy pipe cleaners.

Thread some of the pipe cleaners through the holes in the colander and then leave the rest next to it to invite your little one to do the same.

(excuse the photograph… something was obviously distracting the children when I took it but it gives you an idea of what to do!!)

This is a great activity that is good for your little one’s motor skills, easy to set up and mess-free.


What’s on Wednesday….. on a Friday!

Hi there,

Apologies for the delay in this week’s “What’s On Wednesday”, I’ve had family staying this week and we’ve been busy entertaining! It has meant that I have been out and about though and discovered a few places to mention on my blog!

So, it’s not so much as a “What’s On Wednesday” this week as a “Where To Go Wednesday…… on a Friday!”.

We visited Calderglen Country Park today and went to the children’s zoo and conservatory as well as the adventure playground and we had a wonderful time looking at the animals, running around the park and playing in the adventure playground.

Calderglen is on the boundary of East Kilbride and it is free to enter the park. There is a cafe there if you fancy a cuppa but there are also a lot of picnic tables and a bbq area for sunnier days so you can take your own picnic. There is a small entrance fee for adults to enter the children’s zoo (£1.15/adult on 07.09.12) but it’s worth it to see the owls, marmosets, wallabies and meerkats to name but a few.

For more information visit the Visit Lanarkshire website.


Fun Day Monday… fun with play doh

Happy Monday to you all…. I hope that you have had a good week and that you are ready for more fun and games this week.

We have been having fun with play doh in my childminding service recently which has been a great sensory experience for the children. If you don’t have pots of the play doh that you can buy you can always make your own with this simple play doh recipe:

  • 250g plain flour
  • 50g salt
  • 140ml water
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons of cooking oil
  • Few drops of food colouring (optional)

and all you do is:

  • Mix together the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl
  • Add the water and oil
  • Knead well until mixture is smooth (this may take 10 minutes and you might need to add a bit more flour or water until the consistency is smooth but not sticky)
  • Add food colouring and knead until the colour is fully blended
  • Store in a plastic bag in the fridge until chilled enough to use
We got out lots of cookie cutters and different bottle caps and cut up straws to encourage imaginative play with the play doh…. the children were making birthday cakes and using the straws to make candles!
You will note that there is a mat underneath the table…. play doh is sticky stuff that can get everywhere so it’s worth taking precautions if you don’t want to be clearing it up for days!!