What’s On Wednesday

Are you free this Saturday (3rd November)? If you are you might want to take your little one along to a sound workshop at Scotland Street School Museum.

As part of the Sonica Festival you can attend this free workshop to explore the possibilities of weird and wonderful noise-makers by making an instrument to use at other Sonica events throughout the city in November.

Pre-5s can attend from 2pm to 3.30pm

5-8 years can attend from 3.30pm to 5pm

This workshop is free but you will be required to book which you can do by sending an email to: engage@cryptic.org.uk

For more information about the Sonica Festival visit their website: http://sonic-a.co.uk/2012/


Spooky Cobwebs… More Halloween Fun!

We have another Halloween activity to share with you today. Inspired by the beautiful spiders’ webs outside in my garden we decided to make our very own webs and spiders. This activity, whilst fun, did turn out to be a little bit too complicated for my 2 year olds and should maybe be for slightly older, more dexterous  children. However, if you’re looking for something that you can do together collaboratively this might be a nice activity to do.

To make the web you will need the following:

  • Paper plate
  • Scissors
  • Yarn
  • Sticky tape

and you will need to do the following:

  • Using the scissors, cut small slits all around the edge of the paper plate (approx 18 slits)
  • Cut a long length of yarn
  • Take one end of the yarn and stick it to the back of the plate
  • Now bring the yarn to the front of the plate and take it backwards and forwards catching it in the slits as you go along (I sat the children on my knee and held the plate whilst they held the yarn and showed me where on the plate they wanted to put it as they found it quite tricky to do this themselves)
  • When you come to the end of the yarn take it to the back of the plate and stick it down with the sticky tape. You will end up with a web that looks a little bit like this:

Now you need to make your spider and for this you will need:

  • A plastic milk bottle top
  • A black permanent marker pen
  • Black card cut into 4 lengths
  • Sticky tape
  • Googly eyes

and you need to do the following:

  • Colour the milk bottle top black using the permanent marker and allow to dry
  • Fold the lengths of card in half and then fold up the ends slightly to create the legs
  • Stick the legs onto the underside of the milk bottle top. I did this one at a time to make sure that each one was stuck in place
  • Stick the googly eyes into place
  • Your spider is now made and ready to be placed into its web

We have put our spider and its web up on the door into the playroom and there has been much excitement about it! Tomorrow I’m planning for us to make Halloween lanterns… I’ll keep you posted!



Fun Day Monday – Getting Ready for Halloween!

Hi there, I hope that you’ve had a good weekend and have been getting up to lots of fun things with your little one.

We have started to get ready for Halloween here in my childminding service and at home with my little boy too. I have a few ideas up my sleeve for us to do this week so I shall try to update you as we go so that you can join in the fun too.

At the end of last week we started to make our ghostly garland which was lots of painting fun.

If you want to make a similar garland you will need the following:

  • Black paper
  • White paint
  • A flat tray to put paint in
  • Potato
  • Knife and potato peeler
  • Apron for your little one
  • Googly eyes (optional)
  • Length of string or ribbon
  • Hole puncher

and this is what you do:

  • Firstly you will need to prepare the potato by cutting it in half and then  cut out 2 circles for eyes by using the potato peeler. You will then need to cut out a zig zag pattern along the bottom of the potato to create the bottom of your ghost
  • Pour some white paint into a shallow tray
  • Put the apron on your little one and let them dip the potato into the white paint and then stamp it onto the black paper
  • We made several sheets each but you can do as little or as many as you like
  • Once the paint has dried you can embellish your ghosts by adding googly eyes
  • Cut the ghosts out and then punch a couple of holes at the top of your ghost close to the edge
  • Thread the string or ribbon through the holes of each ghost until they are all threaded on and are ready to hang
  • Hang up your garland

I found that one of the younger children struggled with holding the potato (it was quite a big potato!) so we just did handprinting instead!


This looked like far too much fun for my little boy who decided that he wanted to do a spot of handprinting too…..

What a fun time we had! I hope you do too if you decide to have a go.

I must credit this idea to the blog, No Time For Flashcards which has some brilliant fun ideas for little ones… go check it out here

What’s on Wednesday…. time for a cuppa!

Do you sometimes get through the day and realise that you’ve not actually sat down and had a cup of tea?! I know that I sometimes do because I’ve been too focused on the children and forgotten all about myself!

Well, why don’t you start the week with a scheduled cuppa?

Wholefoods Market in Giffnock host a Mummies’ Morning every Monday from 9am to 10am (in a previous life I may have considered that early but let’s face it we’ve already been up for a good few hours by 9am these days!!). It’s a free event where the tea, coffee and cake is on them and you even get a drink and a bite to eat for your little one.

So why not head down and meet up with some other mummies and make a little bit of time for yourself!

For more information visit the Whole Foods Market website.

Fun Day Monday

The boys in my childminding service are all tractor and digger mad so we combined their love of diggers with an activity that’s great for their fine motor skills.

For this activity I did the following:

  • Cut up lots of coloured paper into small squares
  • Printed off a picture of a digger
  • Gave the children a glue stick each and a pot full of the paper squares

The children really enjoyed being allowed to use the glue stick and “colour” in their picture using the paper squares.

For any non-digger mad children you can print off any other picture that will appeal to them….. colouring pages are a good way to get a picture outline.

What’s On Wednesday

Pop! Goes the Incy Wincy Spider…… no I haven’t got my nursery rhymes all muddled….. “Pop! Goes the Incy Wincy Spider” is the name of this week’s event.

If you and your little one are free on Friday 26th October at either 11am – 12pm  or 2pm – 3pm you could head down to Glasgow Museum Resource Centre for this fun and interactive trail that explores some of the centre’s collections through traditional nursery rhymes.

This event is free to attend but you need to book ahead by calling 0141 2769300.

For more information go to the Glasgow Life GMRC events page



Fun Day Monday

As the leaves continue to fall outside I have decided to post up another leaf activity for you….. leaf painting and printing. I hadn’t really anticipated how much fun the children would have doing this activity but it was definitely a winner here at my childminding service.

If you want to do this activity with your little one you will need the following:

  • A collection of leaves of different shapes and sizes
  • Paint – we used green, orange, red and copper
  • Paintbrush
  • Paper
  • An apron

and this is what you do:

  • Put the apron on your little one
  • Get them to paint directly onto the leaf
  • Turn the leaf upside down on the paper and pat it down – the children loved to pat their leaves
  • Peel the leaf back – this is the point where we got lots of “wows”!!
  • Repeat the whole process with different leaves and print all over the piece of paper
  • Stand back and admire your little one’s handiwork together

What’s On Wednesdays

Did you know that the Creative Mackintosh Festival is on in Glasgow starting next week? There are quite a few kids’ activities that are happening during the festival but I wanted to bring your attention to a free event at Scotland Street School Museum called, “Return of the Mack!”

This is a creative event specifically for pre-5s and school-aged children and is on the following days:

  • Saturday 20th October – 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday 21st October – 1pm – 5pm
  • Sunday 28th October – 1pm – 5pm

For more information please telephone 0141 2870500 or go to www.glasgowmackintosh.com 

My Inspection Report is now online

Hi all,

This is just a very quick post to let you know that my inspection report is now online and available to read. My inspection took place on August 23rd and I am delighted to inform you that I was awarded with “Excellent” for each area inspected. It’s such a great feeling to be told that you are doing a good job and that the children you look after really are getting a great experience. I am fortunate to have wonderful children and families to work with and I am grateful to them for their support.

Anyway… enough of the gushing! If you fancy a wee nosy at my report it is available on the Care Inspectorate Website.


Fun Day Monday

Happy Monday to you all, I do hope that you have had a good week. We have been doing lots more leaf activities here in my childminding service and have been having lots of fun!

Last week we made some salt dough leaf decorations to hang on a tree and we thought we’d share what we did with you.

To make some salt dough of your own you will need:

  • 2 cups of plain flour and some for dusting
  • 1 cup of table salt
  • 1 cup of water
  • A big bowl
  • An apron
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie cutters
  • Baking sheets with greaseproof paper on them
  • Chopstick or drinking straw

(It doesn’t matter what size cup you use as it’s more important that you get the ratio of salt/water/ flour right, just make sure you use the same cup for each measurement)

Here’s what you do:

  • Put an apron on your wee one… this activity can get messy!
  • Measure out the flour and salt and let them mix it up in the big bowl.
  • Add the water gradually until the dough is soft but not sticky.
  • Knead the dough on a flat surface for about 10 minutes….. this is a great sensory activity for your little one to do.
  • Let the dough rest for 20 minutes.
  • Roll the dough out on a floured surface to the thickness of a pound coin.
  • Let your little one cut lots of shapes out of the dough and place the shapes onto the baking sheets.
  • If you plan to hang the decorations use the chopstick or straw to make a hole at the top of your shape.
  • Now place your decorations in the oven at 200F/Gas Mark ¼ for about 4 hours. It is important to keep the oven low as a higher temperature will make your decorations bubble and warp.
  • Once your decorations are cool you can start to decorate them. We haven’t done this yet but plan to use acrylic paints to paint ours and we’ll be threading ribbon through the holes to hang them on a branch to make our own Autumn tree.
You can use this salt dough recipe to make decorations all year round… Christmas ones work well and look great hung on a tree.
Have a fun week :0)