What’s On Wednesday

Do you fancy a relaxed and creative morning with your little one? Why not pop along to “The Play Cafe” at The Bridge cafe bar (1000 Westerhouse Road, Glasgow, G34 9JW) on Wednesday 9th October?

Share some stories and make music – as well as enjoying a delicious lunch –  in the Platform’s Play Cafe from 10.30am to 12.30pm as part of Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. The Play Cafe welcomes family members of all ages to enjoy some creative, de-stressing time together.

This activity is free but booking is required. Please call 0141 2769696 for more details.


Fun Day Monday

You’ve probably guessed that we are looking at the five senses in my childminding service at the moment and last week we spent some time looking at the sense of taste.

We did two different tasting activities which the children enjoyed (although they weren’t too keen on tasting lemon!!)

First of all we did a tasting plate on which I had placed sugar (sweet), salt (salty), cocoa powder (bitter) and lemon (sour). We had a plate each and licked our fingers to dip them into the different substances and then licked them off to taste them (we all washed our hands before and after this activity and we had our own plate of things to lick!!). We spoke about how we taste using our tongues and that we have little cells called “taste buds” to do this (one of the children I look after called them “taste bugs” which I thought was a much better name for them!)

We talked about each taste and what we thought it was. We also put sugar on the lemon to show how it can make sour things sweeter…. although that still didn’t make the lemon very popular!

Another tasting activity that we did that didn’t involve lemons was making some flapjacks together. We made sugar free flapjacks to show the children that other things, like fruit, can make your food sweet.

The recipe we used for the flapjacks was from the online Delicious Magazine and can be found here. We had a great time making them together and, of course, tasting them at snack time!!

If you decide to do some tasting activities with your little one this week have fun!


Please note….. next Monday is a Bank Holiday here in Scotland so I shall be taking a break and won’t be writing a blog entry!

If you are on holiday too  have a fun day off too!


What’s On Wednesday

Unesco City of Music Family Fun Day

Saturday 28th September 2013 from 10am to 5pm at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Come along to see the hall transformed into an enchanted world filled with free performances and activities, suitable for ages 0-12

“TV’s Chris Jarvis tells the classic tale of Peter and the Wolf, performed by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, to headline. a day full of musical treats for the family, including a winter wonderland presented by Owen and Olly and Children’s Classic Concerts and a trip up a beanstalk with the RSNO. Plus facepainting, storytelling, singing, meet the musicians, arts and crafts, workshops and lots more…

Come dressed up as your favourite character – yes, the grown-ups too!”

Sounds the perfect day out for any fairytale and fantasy loving little ones especially if they get to wear their favourite character costumes too!

Fun Day Monday

It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring………………………

Today is going to be a rainy day but don’t let that get you and your little one down… why not make your own cloud and rain mobile to match the weather!

If you want to make your own mobile you will need the following:

  • Apron for your little one
  • Card (we used blue and white A4 card)
  • Scissors
  • PVA glue
  • Glue spreader
  • Cotton wool balls
  • Scrap pieces of blue paper (we used an assortment of wrapping paper)
  • Cotton

and you do the following:

  • Firstly cut a cloud shape out of the card
  • Put the apron on your little one….. this activity involves glue!
  • Let your little one put the glue on the cloud and stick on the cotton wool balls
  • Whilst they do this cut out some large raindrop shapes out of the card
  • Now give your little one the raindrops, the glue and the pieces of scrap paper and let them cover the raindrops in the paper
  • Once everything is dry pierce a hole in the top of each raindrop (we did about 4 raindrops each) and thread through the cotton
  • Make some holes along the bottom of the cloud and attach the raindrops to the cloud

To extend this activity further why not talk about different words related to the rain.

When we did this we came up with:

  • wet
  • splash
  • plop
  • drip
  • pitter patter
  • puddles
  • wellies
  • umbrella



What’s On Wednesday

It’s very nearly Doors Open Day again….. from the 16th September to the 22nd September many buildings across Glasgow are opening their doors for you to take a sneaky peek inside….. There are going to be lots of free events that are suitable for all walks of life and some are specifically aimed at the family and children.

There are too many events for me to mention them all but you can get more information about what’s on by visiting the Doors Open Day website.


Fun Day Monday

Hi there, we have been busy exploring our sense here in my childminding service and last week we focused on the sense of smell.

I set up a very simple activity for the children to explore different smells and we talked about whether the smell was nice or not so nice!

If you want to do something similar with your little one you will need the following:

  • 6 pots – preferably with lids (I used my puree pots from when my little one was weaning!)
  • coffee grounds
  • garlic clove – slightly crushed
  • slices of ginger
  • ground mixed spice
  • slices of orange
  • mint leaves

and all you do is place each item in a pot and let your little one smell them. Talk about the smells as they do it and let them decide if the smell is nice or not!

To extend this activity you could put a blindfold on your little one (providing they are comfortable with it) and ask them to guess the smells after having previously identified them with the blindfold off.

Have fun if you explore the sense of smell with your little one this week!



What’s On Wednesday

Hi there… it’s Wednesday already and time to put another date in the diary.

On Saturday 5th October from 12pm to 4pm there is an open day at Linn Park Adventure Playground (145 Netherlee Road, G44 3ST).

This sounds like a fun day for all the family with the following free activities:

  • Pony Rides
  • Balloon Artist
  • Cake n Candy
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Facepainting
  • Animal Man’s Mini Zoo
  • Fire Engine

There’s also a secret garden, giant Snakes and Ladders, climbing frame, sandpits and a butterfly garden.

Here’s hoping it’s one of those lovely crisp Autumn days!

Fun Day Monday

Hello! Happy Monday to you………… how are you all? Yet another week has passed and we have a new activity to share with you.

We have started to look at our senses in my childminding service and last week we focused on SIGHT. We did quite a lot of activities to support this but one activity that the children really seemed to enjoy was looking for things in a discovery bottle.

If you want to make a discovery bottle of your own you will need:

  • A small plastic drinks bottle with a screw cap (cleaned and dried)
  • Rice
  • Corn kernels
  • Small objects (I used the following: foam heart, star beads, googly eyes, small figure, artificial flowers, buttons, pompoms and a toy traffic cone)

and you need to do the following:

  • Put in a few of the objects and then some of the rice and the corn kernels
  • Repeat until almost full (leave a bit of a gap at the top to allow the objects to move about in the rice and corn)
  • Screw the lid on tight
  • Let your little one look at the bottle and see what they can see (remember to supervise them just in case they can get the lid off)

Have fun making your own discovery bottle :0)