Fun Day Monday

Hello, Happy Monday to you! How has your week been?

We’ve been having fun exploring sounds in my childminding service and want to share one of our fun activities with you. We have been learning that the sound “a” is for “ant” and we made our very own ants to reinforce our learning.

Cute little chap isn’t he?

If you want to make your own you will need:

  • An egg box
  • Scissors
  • Black paint
  • Paintbrush (or in the case of my little one… fingers!)
  • An apron
  • Coloured pipe cleaners
  • Stickers for eyes
and this is what you do:
  • Using the scissors, cut out 3 egg cups in a row from the egg box
  • Let your little one paint the egg box with the black paint (with their apron on!) – this is the ant’s body
  • Allow the ant’s body to dry
  • Once the paint has dried poke holes along the side of the egg box (I poked three holes down each side).You also need to poke two holes in the top of the front egg cup
  • Cut each pipe cleaner in half
  • Now thread the pipe cleaners through the holes to make the legs
  • Poke a pipe cleaner of a different colour through the two holes on the top and curl them to create the antennae
  • Add the stickers (I used hole reinforcement rings) to make your ant’s eyes
The children really enjoyed making these and have enjoyed playing with them since we made them too. I hope you have fun if you have a go at making one too.


What’s On Wednesday

A date for your diary!

The Tramway Family Day: The Big Idea is coming to the Tramway on Sunday February 17th from 12pm until 4pm.

The Family Day includes an afternoon of workshops, performances and installations for the whole family. There will be opportunities to get involved for babies, toddlers and primary school-aged children and the adults that accompany them.

This event will feature brand new works in progress by a wide range of artists and performers.

For more information visit the Tramway website here.


Fun Day Monday

Well hello! I feel like it’s been some time since I’ve shared some fun with you all…. I do hope that you are well.

We are back to our fun ways here in my childminding service and this week coming is no exception! As it’s Burns’ Night this Friday we are going to be doing lots of fun Scottish themed activities.

I thought I’d show the children my husband’s kilt (not with him in it!) and that we’d look at the tartan pattern before making our own paper collage kilts like the ones on the blog called Domestic Goddesque

We’re  also going to get splattering with some paint and make our own haggis like these which are also featured on Domestic Goddesque

We shall be sharing  a few Scottish books including the Scottish version of one of our playroom favourites, The Gruffalo, and we may even attempt some haggis, neeps and tatties for lunch!

Are you doing anything to celebrate Burns’ Night? I’d love to hear what activities you are doing with your little one.


A bit late but…………Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all! I hope that you had a wonderful and fun-filled Christmas….. ours was busy but full of festive joy with friends and family. Our little boy was old enough this year to enjoy himself and consequently we had a lovely time. The phrase, “WOW! what amazing!” was used a lot in our household…. I didn’t have the heart to correct him as he was just so enthusiastic about everything!

Anyway, we are all back to normal in my childminding service and are up to our usual fun activities which we can’t wait to share with you. We have already celebrated the first anniversary of my childminding service since coming back after Christmas…… how time flies when you are having fun!

From next week Fun Day Monday and What’s On Wednesday will be back to normal too…… Have you made any new year’s resolutions? It’s not too late…. we’re still in January afterall. I asked my little one what he wanted to do more of in the New Year and he said, “More painting please mummy!”…… Watch this space!