Merry Christmas To You All

Well folks, that’s my service shut for another year and we’re now busy making preparations for our family Christmas so all that’s left for me to say is Merry Christmas to you and your families. Thank you for following my blog and I look forward to sharing plenty more ideas with you in 2014.




Fun Day Monday

Today’s activity is a messy one but it’s simple to set up and it kept the children in my childminding service occupied for ages!

For this activity you will need the following:

  • Shaving foam
  • Assorted toys (we used some cars and various Christmas shaped cookie cutters)
  • Apron
  • A table

and all you need to do is:

  • Put the apron on your little one
  • Squirt lots of shaving foam all over the table
  • Place the toys in the foam
  • Let your little one get stuck in…. we pretended it was snow and had lots of fun

Remember to rinse your little one’s hands well afterwards.

Have fun!

What’s On Wednesday

If you and your little one are free this Friday then why not pop along to join the Hidden Gardens Parent and Toddler Group with their Christmas Storytelling Session.

It’s on from 10am in the Boilerhouse at The Hidden Gardens and Mrs Claus and Bookbug will be there too.

For more information please go to the Hidden Gardens website:

Fun Day Monday

There’s something rather special about receiving a card made by a little one so here is an idea that we wanted to share with you to inspire you to make some cards to give to your loved ones this Christmas.

For these cards you will need the following:

  • Coloured tissue paper – torn into pieces
  • White card
  • PVA glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Coloured card – folded into cards
  • Pens
  • Stickers – stars are good
  • Apron

and you need to do the following:

  • Firstly put an apron on your little one as this bit can get messy!
  • Give your little one the pieces of torn tissue paper, the glue and paintbrush and the white card and get your little one to stick the tissue paper on the card. Encourage them to cover it
  • You will now have to let this dry…. why not go and sing some Christmas songs!
  • Once the tissue paper has dried, use the scissors to cut out a number of triangles (big enough to look like a tree!)
  • Stick the triangles onto the front of the card (one per card)
  • Get your little one to draw a tree stump underneath the triangle
  • Now let your little one stick the stickers on the front of the tree to make it look like it has been decorated
  • Write your card to someone special and give it to them for Christmas


What’s On Wednesday

Is your little one super excited about Christmas yet? If they are why not take them to Glasgow Museum Resource Centre on Saturday 14th December for their “The Long Wait ’til Christmas” event. You can sing some Christmas songs and create some festive costumes…. sounds like fun!

It is on for under 5s and is either at 11am to 12 noon or from 2pm to 3pm

Please note that unless stated otherwise, all events are free but must be booked in advance.To secure your space please contact GMRC on 0141 – 276 9300 or email at


Fun Day Monday

Hooray….. advent is here which means that Christmas is only around the corner!

For today’s fun activity why not share the smell of Christmas with your little one. For me cinnamon is a smell that I associate with Christmas so why not get your little one to do some drawing with cinnamon.

For this activity you will need:

  • Sandpaper
  • Scissors
  • Cinnamon sticks

and all you do is:

  • Cut the sandpaper into Christmas shapes like stars, bells or a Christmas tree…. maybe your little one can choose what they associate with Christmas
  • Give your little one a cinnamon stick and show them how to rub it on the sandpaper to make a pattern and to release the lovely smell of cinnamon

You could extend this activity by talking about other smells that you associate with Christmas such as cloves, pine needles, oranges etc and letting your little one smell them.

Have fun evoking memories, I hope that today’s activity will start to get you in the mood for Christmas.

PS. You may remember that last year I did the A-Z of Christmas through the month of December. Due to other commitments this year I won’t manage it but don’t forget you can always look through my blog archive for the ideas that I shared with you last year.