What’s On Wednesday

Do you have any budding percussionists in your family? If you do why not get down to GMRC on Saturday 9th November for a session they have called Clap to the Rhythm.

This session is aimed at pre-5s and is on between 11am and 12 noon and then again between 2pm and 3pm.

Enjoy some rhythmic activities with this African inspired workshop. Try your own rhythm clap and dance game.

This session is free but you must call ahead and book. To secure your space please contact GMRC on 0141 – 276 9300 or email them at: GMRCBookings@glasgowlife.org.uk

Fun Day Monday

Halloween’s Coming…. Halloween’s Coming…. Skeletons will be after you….. or is that ghosts, monsters and pumpkins?

We’ve been busy making some very sweet Halloween treat bags here in my childminding service that we thought you might like to have a go at too.

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

  • Some craft foam in your chosen colour and bits in black and white for the features
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Yarn
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Glue (I used Bostik all purpose glue)

and you will need to do the following:

  • Firstly you will need to prepare your foam by cutting 2 pieces into a square with a handle on the top (here is the template that I made: trick or treat bag template)
  • Using the hole punch, punch holes all around the edge of the bag so that your bag pieces look like this:


  • Cut a piece of yarn tie a loop at the end to look like this:

  • Now make your needle by hooking the pipecleaner through the loop and securing. You can cut the pipecleaner down to make a short needle like this:
  • Put the two pieces of the bag together and push the needle through the top holes and knot the yarn
  • Now give your little one the bag and the needle and thread and show them how to push the needle through the holes and pull the thread through one hole at a time (this may require some adult help – for some of my children I ended up getting them to simply push the needle through the hole and pull the thread and then I set up the next hole for them)
  • Once your little one has reached the end you can knot the thread
  • For the features on the face, you can either get your little one to draw them and you can cut them out or you can pre-cut the pieces yourself
  • Give your little one the facial features and the glue and get them to stick them in place
  • Once the glue has dried you can use your bag for some Halloween treats

Have fun if you make your own bag and have a fun Halloween

What’s On Wednesday


Do you and your little one fancy some Halloween Happenings?

If you do, head on down to the Glasshouse at Queen’s Park from Monday 28th October to Thursday 31st October (from 10am to 3pm) for a free Halloween event.

Go along and visit the “Scary Tunnel”

For further information call Queenspark Glasshouse on 0141 2761476

Have a scary time!!

Fun Day Monday

Autumn is well and truly upon us and we have been doing allsorts of fun Autumn themed activities in my childminding service.

We have been collecting leaves, doing leaf rubbing art, painting  trees, making leaf shaped sun catchers to name but a few activities!

Why don’t you have a go at painting your own trees too:

You will simply need the following:

  • Brown paper
  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Mixed colours of paint (we used red, yellow, green and bronze)
  • Cotton buds
  • Apron

and you do the following:

  • Firstly cut out a trunk with branches from the brown paper and give it to your little one to stick in place on the paper
  • Put the apron on your little one as they’re about to get messy with paint!
  • Let your little one paint different coloured dots all around the trunk and branches using the cotton buds – explain to your little one that they are painting the leaves. You can use this as an opportunity to talk about the colours of leaves at Autumn time and how the trees change

Another activity that we did was put together an Autumn sensory tray for the children to explore. In our tray we put the following:

  • Different shaped and sized leaves
  • Conkers
  • Pine cones
  • Pieces of bark
  • Sycamore leaves
  • Acorns

We had a great time feeling all the different things and trying to find words to describe them. We also did a bit of maths and put the leaves in order of size.

So far, Autumn has been a really fun season!!

What’s On Wednesday

The Big Draw is back….

If you want to participate then why not attend “Squiggley Doodley Dandy” on Saturday 26th October from 1pm – 3pm at GMRC.

Go along for an afternoon of unusual, fun and wacky drawing activities for all the family – also includes a short family tour.

This event is free but you will need to book in advance by calling GMRC on 0141 276 9300


Fun Day Monday

Hey there…. can it really be Monday again?! I hope that you have had a good week and that you are up for a fun activity to do sometime this week.

As you know, we have been learning about our senses here in my childminding service and the last one that we talked about is the sense of touch. We had great fun exploring different objects and describing them with words such as soft, hard, bumpy, rough, smooth, cold, warm etc. To bring it all together we made some texture hands and below are the instructions for you to make some too.

You will need the following:

  • Card (I used pink but you can use any colour)
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Glue or double-sided tape
  • Cotton wool
  • Sticky tape
  • Sandpaper
  • Pasta
  • Bubble wrap

and you need to do the following:

  • On the card use the pen to draw around your hand
  • Cut the hand out
  • Write the words: soft, hard, rough, smooth, bumpy on the fingers (leave room to stick each thing on at the finger tip)
  • Get your little one to feel each thing and identify how they feel before sticking them in the correct place on the hand using the glue or the double-sided tape (you won’t need any for the sticky tape as this can be stuck straight down in place)


What’s On Wednesday

THIS SATURDAY………………………….
Commonwealth Family Festival – An Underground Adventure with the Subway
“Have you got children under 12? Then why not kick-start the October school holidays with Glasgow Arts annual children’s festival, which this year takes place on Saturday 12 October.

The festival includes events happening throughout the day in three great venues across Glasgow”

For more information click  here

Sounds like lots of fun… if you go along, have a good day.

Fun Day Monday

Hi there…..It’s Monday again and time to have some fun!!

We’ve been having lots of fun in my childminding service making our very own instruments. We made some shakers which were great fun to make and even more fun to shake and dance with!

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

  • 2 x paper cups
  • Sticky tape
  • Split peas, lentils or rice
  • Spoon
  • Glue
  • Glue spreader
  • Sequins and foam shapes
  • An apron

and you need to do the following:

  • Put the apron on your little one…… this could get messy!
  • Give them the spoon and get them to put some split peas, lentils or rice into one of the cups
  • Now place the other cup on top of this one (upside down) and stick in place with the sticky tape….. I wrapped the tape around several times to make sure that the cups won’t fall apart when being shaken
  • Give your little one the shaker, the glue and the sequins and foam shapes and let them decorate it
  • Let the glue dry before shaking the shaker and making lots of noise!!

What’s On Wednesday

If you’re at a loose end this Saturday you might want to pop along the the Family Fun Day at the Kinning Park Complex (40 Cornwall Street) from 1pm to 5pm.

Activities throughout the day include:

  • Storytelling and Bookbug sessions
  • Jewellery and craft-making
  • Film screenings
  • Face-painting
  • Outdoor games
  • Free tea and coffee, as well as yummy fruit smoothies will be available to re-charge any flagging adults (and exhausted kids)!


Babies, toddlers, kids, mums, dads, grandparents and everyone else are all welcome and the best part is, it’s free!


For more information see the poster: SMHAFF Family Fun Day Poster (2)