What’s On Wednesday

Do you have any football crazy kids in your household? If you do then the following event might be right up their street…

Discover! Fitba’ Crazy

On Saturday 4th May and Sunday 5th May you can drop in to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum between 1.30pm and 4pm for an afternoon of games, crafts and activities for all the family all of which will be inspired by the football exhibition that is currently on, “More Than A Game – How Scotland Shaped World Football”

For more information contact Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum on: 0141 276 9599

Fun Day Monday

Good Morning to you… how are you today? Are you ready for some fun? I hope so!

Today’s post is a continuation of our caterpillar theme but is also covered by “Springtime” and “Things That Grow” which are areas that we have also been looking at here in my childminding service.

Can you guess what we did yet? We made hairy cress caterpillars!

First of all we made our caterpillars and to do this we needed the following:

  • An egg carton
  • Scissors
  • Paint (we used green)
  • Paintbrush
  • A pipe cleaner
  • Foam shapes (2 x ovals and 2 x small circles)
  • Glue
  • Apron

and we did the following:

  • Firstly, I cut up the egg carton into strips of three to make up the caterpillar’s body using the scissors
  • I then popped an apron on the little ones and gave them the green paint and a paintbrush/ foam brush each to cover their caterpillars in paint
  • Once the caterpillars had dried we made some eyes from the foam shapes by sticking a small circle of foam onto the ovals and then we stuck them in place on the front of our caterpillars
  • We then made some antennae out of the pipe cleaners and put these in place by threading them through two small holes above the eyes

We then added our cress and for this we needed the following:

  • Cress seeds
  • Cotton wool balls

and this is what we did:

  • We put a ball of cotton wool in each egg cup of the caterpillar’s body
  • We then soaked the cotton wool in water so that it was moist
  • We added a pinch of seeds onto each cotton wool ball and then put our caterpillars into a light and sunny spot

We are now watching our caterpillars grow hair and once it has grown we shall be adding it into our sandwiches for lunch! The children are keeping an eye on the cotton wool balls and making sure that they stay moist to let the seeds grow.

This is a great activity to talk to your little one about how things grow and as cress grows so quickly they don’t have to wait too long to see a result.

I hope you have lots of fun creating your own hairy caterpillar!

What’s On Wednesday

Fancy heading to the beach this weekend? If you do and the weather isn’t beach weather (and let’s face it , that’s pretty likely just now!) then why don’t you head down to the RSPB event that is being held in Kelvingrove on Saturday 27th April and Sunday 28th April between 1pm and 4pm?

Join them in their activities to discover the different creatures that live in the rock pools and on the sand.

This event is a drop in event that is FREE (although donations to the RSPB are always welcome) and is meant for all the family.

For more information visit the RSPB website or email: sarah-jayne.forster@rspb.org.uk

Fun Day Monday

Hi all,

How are you? How was your week and weekend? Well, Monday is upon us again…. let’s have some fun!

For today’s post I thought I’d share a very simple activity that my little one got up to at the weekend and that we plan to repeat in the playroom this week as it was so much fun!

All you need for this activity is a box! A nice big box and some scrunched up paper and an excited toddler!

(please check your box for staples before letting your little one play in it)

What’s On Wednesday

Fancy going to some Highland Games? You’re in luck! East Renfrewshire are hosting the first National Highland Games of the season in Rouken Glen Park on Saturday 20th April.

Activities will start at 11am and the full games start at midday with traditional sports such as  caber tossing, hammer throwing and shot putt and if that wasn’t enough, the Commonwealth Games mascot, Clyde, will be there too! There will also be children’s entertainment and activities, a Farmers’ Market, historical re-enactment, food stalls and an arts and crafts fair… something for all the family and it’s all for FREE!

For more information go to: www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk

Fun Day Monday

Can you believe that Monday is upon us again? I hope that you all had a fun weekend… we had a lovely one with a family day in the garden on Saturday and a day out with friends on Sunday…the perfect weekend!

Well, as promised here is another Spring activity for you to do with your little one this week. Here in my childminding service we have been taking a real interest in all of the flowers that we can see around us when outdoors and we have noticed that some of the trees on my street are starting to blossom. I have to admit I love this time of year when everything starts to come out and all the trees are covered in colour. We decided that it would be fun to make our own blossom trees and this is what we did:

If you want to make a blossom branch of your own you will need the following:

  • Small sticks with branches (we went to the park and collected ours)
  • PVA glue
  • A glue spreader
  • Pink or white tissue paper
  • Apron

and this is what you need to do:

  • Put the apron on your little one first
  • Tear the tissue paper into squares of about 5-6cm
  • Hand your little one the squares and get them to scrunch them up into small balls
  • Now give your little one the glue and glue spreader and get them to place dots of glue onto the branch where they’d like to stick a flower
  • They can now stick the scrunched tissue paper into place (you may have to give the paper an extra squeeze in place to ensure that it will stick)

  • Leave the branch to dry and then display (we have put ours on the wall with our chicks and lambs to make a Spring display)

Have fun making your own blossom branches

What’s On Wednesday

Here’s a date for your diary for all the vehicle mad children in your house!

The Riverside Museum have got a special themed session which includes stories and interactive activities based on their trains, trams and even the horse-drawn taxis! This session is taking place on Saturday 20th April from 11am – 12pm and is especially designed for younger visitors to participate in. This event is FREE.

For more information please call the Riverside Museum on: 0141 287 2660

Fun Day Monday

Hooray…. Spring is finally here and we are celebrating in my childminding service by doing lots of different spring crafts. We went to see the Easter animals at Queen’s Park last week so they were a good starting point to talk about baby animals like lambs and chicks and we got crafting and made our very own lambs and chicks to put into a little Spring display that we are working on.

The idea we used to make our lambs is a very simple  handprint activity and easy for everyone to do…. it is also a good sensory experience as it involves lots of soft cotton wool!

I got the idea from DIY Home Crafts although I’ve seen several different versions on various other websites and blogs.

If you want to create your very own wooly lamb you will need the following:

  • Black paper or card
  • White chalk
  • Scissors
  • Cotton Wool balls
  • Glue and a spreader (I used PVA glue)
  • Apron

and to make one you will need to do the following:

  • Firstly trace your little one’s hand with the white chalk onto the black paper
  • Cut out the hand shape
  • Put the apron on your little one as the glue is coming out now!
  • Get your little one to cover their hand shape in glue (only cover the hand part, not the fingers or the thumb… you may need to guide your little one to do this)
  • Give your little one the cotton wool balls and get them to stick them onto the hand
  • Allow the cotton wall balls to dry and then draw a face onto the thumb using the chalk (the 4 fingers need to face downwards as they are the legs).

An alternative to cutting out a hand shape is to simply print one onto some card first and then stick the cotton wall balls on.

To make our cheepy chirpy chicks we used this lovely idea I found on Granny Goes To School. I liked it as it could be a simple craft for little ones to do or I could extend it and make it a maths activity for the older ones and talk about the shapes that made up the little chick. To make a chick of your own just follow the clear instructions on the Granny Goes To School website.

This week we are going to be looking at different flowers that come out in spring and doing some flower related crafts…. all being well I’ll post them up for you next week!

PS. If you want to tie this in with seeing some real animals why not take your little one to Hamleys in the St. Enoch centre this Wednesday (10th April) from 12pm – 4pm as they have got a mobile petting farm with baby goats, lambs, pigs, chickens and even a snake and a tortoise! This is a FREE event.


What’s On Wednesday

Follow the yellow brick road……………… all the way to Braehead!

Braehead and Xscape are hosting a free event for the spring school holiday with a Wizard of Oz theme.

There will be storytime with Dorothy, singing and dancing workshops, arts and crafts and games all between the 1st and 7th April from 11am and 4pm. Braehead’s very own Brae-liens will also be getting in the Wizard of Oz spirit!

For more information telephone Braehead directly on: 0141 885 4600 or go to their website here