Fun Day Monday

The sun may have disappeared outside but here at my childminding service we have been making our own big sun to cheer us up on rainy days!

We made our sunbeams together as a colour matching activity and then put them all together to make our cheery sunshine.

If you want to have a go at making your own sunshine with your little one you will simply need:

  • A paper plate
  • Yellow card
  • Orange card
  • Scissors
  • Scraps of yellow foam, paper and card
  • Scraps of orange foam, paper and card
  • Glue stick
  • Yellow paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Apron

and all you need to do is this:

  • Firstly get your little one to paint the paper plate yellow all over and then put to one side to dry
  • Cut the yellow and orange card into strips
  • Give your little one the strips, the glue stick and the scraps of foam, paper and card and get them to colour match the scraps to the strips and stick them on
  • Once the strips have dried you simply stick them onto your paper plate to make your sunshine and put it up on the wall to brighten up  your room.


What’s On Wednesday

Hiya! It’s that time of year again when Eastwood Park Theatre host their Early Years Festival and we are very excited about it here in my childminding service.

From 3rd July to 7th July there are all sorts of fun events happening at Eastwood Park Theatre, Eastwood Park, Rouken Glen Road, Giffnock.

The programme is full of events for young children, some of which are free and some of which you have to pay a small fee for. Virtually all events are ticketed so you will need to contact the theatre for more details.

You can telephone the box office on: 0141 577 4956

To see the programme click here.


Fun Day Monday

Is it Monday again already? How did you like Mr.Potato Head last week? He’s proving popular in our house!

For today’s entry I thought I’d share another activity idea for when you’re on the road with your little one.

This activity is simpler and doesn’t involve any sewing!

Today’s activity is a magnetic play tray and you can adapt it to suit the likes of your little one.

Firstly you need a baking sheet and that is your play tray! You then need to make your games. I made an “I SPY” game for my little one to look out for various vehicles and things on the road. I simply used clipart and dropped the pictures into a 3×3 grid which I then printed and laminated although you could print onto some card. For a copy of my I SPY game click here: I spy sheet – vehicles.

I then made some simple counters for my little one to use to put on top of the vehicles once he had spied them. I made the counters using plastic milk bottle tops and simply sticking a magnet (available in all good craft shops) to them. In the picture below we used the counters for a game of Tic-Tac-Toe.

To add to this game I have also bought some magnetic letters and have got some magnetic animal pictures for my little one to play with whilst on a long journey.

(As with all small items please make sure that your little one cannot choke on them – especially if they are in the back of the car and you can’t get to them)

What’s On Wednesday

Yippee! The holidays have started and you can kick-start your summer holidays with a weekend of activities looking at………………………………………… summer holidays and how people spent their leisure time in years gone by. You will even get to make your own souvenir to take home.

This free activity takes place at The Riverside Museum on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June from 1.30pm until 4pm on both days.

For more information call The Riverside Museum on: 0141 287 2660 or visit the Glasgow Life Events website.



Fun Day Monday

Hiya, how are you? apologies for the late entry for this week’s Fun Day Monday, I’ve had trouble with my wifi connection! Anyway…… here it is, hope you like it & maybe even get inspired to create something fun by it.

Have you noticed how the summer holidays are fast approaching? For some families that means trips away so for my posts over the next couple of weeks I thought I’d share some things that I have made for my little one to keep them busy on our next road trip.

This week’s entry is dedicated to Mr. Potato Head!

This is not so much an activity to do with your little one but for them. I got the idea, and the template, from a blog called “Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows”. They had created a Mr. Potato Head page in a quiet book. I decided to make my potato head as a toy instead.

What I needed to make my potato head:

  • The template from Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows
  • Felt in assorted colours
  • Scissors
  • Threads in different colours (to match the felt)
  • Toy stuffing
  • Velcro
  • A potato bag (I bought mine in a shop called B&M for £1)

What I did:

  • I used the template to cut out the various felt pieces – cutting 2 for each item
  • I then sewed a small piece of velcro onto one of the pieces
  • Using a matching thread I sewed around the edge of the 2 pieces in a simple running stitch and then stuffed the piece before closing it up with more stitches
  • I did this for each item
  • For the main potato I sewed pieces of velcro in various positions for the eyes, ears, hat, nose, mouth and shoes (see picture below) and then sewed around the edges

I had planned to make my own drawstring bag to put the pieces into but when I spotted this potato bag in a local shop I knew it was perfect for keeping the game together.

So there we have it……. A felt Mr.Potato Head toy which is safe enough for little ones to play with in the back of the car when on a road trip.


What’s On Wednesday

Saturday 15th June and Sunday 16th June are the dates for this year’s Mela. Held in Kelvingrove Park, this free event is “Scotland’s biggest multi-cultural festival”.

The Mela is always an extravaganza of music, dance and performances alongside delicious food and eclectic stalls. This two day event is open to all the family and includes a programme of kiddie friendly activities.

If you want to find out more information about this event and take a look at the programme of performances and activities then go to the Glasgow Mela website.


Fun Day Monday

Father’s Day is on its way (Sunday 16th June) so here in my childminding service we have been busy making some lovely trophy cards for all the daddies.

To set up this activity we talked about important people in our families first of all and then focused our attention on our daddies and spoke about what we like about them and what they do to make us feel happy, safe and loved.

We then set about making our cards.

For this activity you will need the following:

  • white card
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • pva glue
  • lentils, split peas and macaroni
  • gold paint
  • paintbrush
  • apron
  • coloured card

and this is what you do:

  • Firstly draw a trophy shape onto the white card and cut out with the scissors
  • Put the apron on your little one and give them the trophy shape, the pva glue and the lentils, split peas and macaroni and let them cover the trophy all over (please supervise your little one doing this as sometimes the lentils etc end up in their mouth!)
  • You now have to leave the lentils, split peas and macaroni to dry onto the trophy

Once your trophy is dry you can start stage two of your card making:

  • Put the apron back on your little one and give them their trophy and the gold paint and let them paint all over the lentils, the split peas and the macaroni
  • You have to let this bit dry now too!
  • Once the trophy is completely dry, take your coloured card and fold it in half
  • Stick the trophy onto the centre of the card and there you have it…. a lovely 3D trophy card to let the daddies know that we think they’re number one!


What’s On Wednesday

Are you looking for something to do this weekend? Well, how about a free Family Fun Day at Calderglen Park?

On Sunday 9th June from 12 noon until 5pm you are invited to attend this family friendly fun day in Calderglen Park.

There will be:

  • Stunt team
  • Entertainment
  • Live music
  • Craft fair and other stalls
  • Giant inflatables including an inflatable golf driving range!
  • Hoot owls

Why not pop along and have a fun day

For more information visit the South Lanarkshire Leisure & Culture website.

Fun Day Monday

Hi there! Today I have a very quick and simple activity for you that the children keep asking to do here at my childminding service….. they love it!

For this very simple activity all you need is play dough, some cars and a play mat to put the play dough onto.

All you need to do is give your little one the play dough and the cars and let them make tracks!

If you want to make your own playdough then check out this play dough recipe from a previous Fun Day Monday entry