In our house there is no such thing as junk or rubbish. Since I became a Mum, I’m constantly looking for ways to reuse our rubbish and things destined for the bin to entertain my toddler. I’m a stay at home Mum which means money can be tight, and the days can be long! Don’t get me wrong, I love being home with my little boy but keeping him entertained without the use of Paw Patrol can be easier said than done. I like to do lots of new activities and games with him, and I’m a firm believer that that doesn’t need to cost a ton of money. So, here are just a few ways you can reuse things you already have around the house to entertain your little ones.
As far as family days out go, you can’t get much more frugal than a walk in the woods. Last week we decided to follow the Forestry Commission’s Highway Rat Activity Trail. We had a lovely day out, got some fresh air and exercise, and Ollie even learnt some new skills.
For those of you who don’t know, The Highway Rat is a brilliant Julia Donaldson book about a mean rat who steals all the food from the local animals. Ollie loved the animated version that was on TV over Christmas, so when I saw there was a Highway Rat activity trail, we had to give it a go! The trails are in forests and woods all over the country, and you can find your closest one on the Forestry Commission website.
Making your own bird feeders is a lovely way to introduce some birds into your garden, teach children about nature and it’s even a great sensory activity for little ones.
Ollie loves animals and really likes watching birds but recently we haven’t had many in the garden. At this time of year, the trees and bushes are bare, and it’s so cold that the ground is pretty hard too so there isn’t much food around for the birds. I bought some bird seed to try and invite them in, but rather than just sprinkling it on the ground or buying a container, I thought we’d make our own feeders as a way to keep Ollie entertained for the afternoon.
Christmas might be over but winter is definitely here to stay a bit longer! I’m already longing for summer and Ollie has started climbing the walls after being trapped in the house all week thanks to bad weather and illness. Keeping him entertained without hours of CBeebies has been a challenge!
One of our resolutions as a family is to reduce screen time this year. While I don’t mind the kids watching TV or playing on consoles some of the time I don’t want them to be glued to their screens every second of the day. But, on cold and wet wintery evenings, it can be hard to think of ways to keep them entertained. So, I asked some fellow parenting bloggers for their favourite family activities:
Christmas is my favourite time of year. I love getting in the festive spirit as early as possible, so over the past few weeks Ollie and I have been doing lots of Christmas activities and crafts. When you’ve got a toddler at home, it can be hard to think of ways to entertain them. Especially if you get snowed in like we did last week and they start climbing the walls! All these activities are easy to prepare and can be done with things you already have around the house.
Salt Dough Ornaments
I love making salt dough for Ollie because you can use ingredients from the kitchen and it only takes a few minutes to prepare. We printed his hands into the salt dough and used cookie cutters to make ornaments for the tree. It’s a great sensory activity for toddlers and you get a keepsake at the end.
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Making salt dough ornaments is a great Christmas activity for kids of all ages. It’s easy to prepare using just a few ingredients from your kitchen, so it’s very frugal too. I also love the fact that it only uses natural ingredients, so it won’t be a problem if your little one decides to taste it!
How To Make Salt Dough
1 Cup Of Plain Flour
1/2 Cup Of Salt
1/3 Cup of Water
Just mix the ingredients together in a bowl, and knead it for a few minutes. I’ve found it works best if you use lukewarm water and mix it in slowly. You want it to be firm enough to work with and not crack when you roll it out. If it’s too sticky just add a bit more flour, or more water if it’s too dry. You can also add a few drops of food colouring if you like to colour the dough.
Last week we went on a very special trip to see Santa. We took a trip to Wansford in Cambridgeshire to ride the Nene Valley Railway Santa Special train. It was a great day out and it really got us in the festive spirit. I went with Ollie, my Mum, sister and 1 year old nephew. We all had a lovely time and it’s a perfect way to spend a day together as a family this Christmas.
You need to book online in advance, and get a time to board the train. They recommend you arrive at the station about an hour before so you can have a look around and see Santa before you board.
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Since becoming a stay at home Mum, I’ve been constantly on the lookout for new ways to make extra cash. I’ve tried loads of different ways to make money from home so I can spend my days with my son and Matched Betting is without a doubt the best. I’ve seen it mentioned so many times online before when researching money making ideas. So, I thought I’d give it a go and see what all the fuss is about. Since I started a few weeks ago I’ve made almost £1000 in tax free cash! I really recommend giving it a go if you’re looking for a new way to earn extra money from home.
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Books are a huge part of our home life. I’ve been obsessed with reading and books since I was a kid and Ollie seems to be the same. I love cuddling up on the sofa and reading a book together before bedtime. It’s the perfect way for us to get some quality time together while he winds down for the day.
I also love how cheap you can find books these days. I find the best places to buy are Amazon, The Works, supermarkets and charity shops.
At 2 years old Ollie’s already got a pretty impressive book collection but there are certain books he’ll choose time and time again. So today I’m sharing our favourites:
Black Friday is undoubtedly one of the best times of the year to grab a bargain. I’m sharing my best Black Friday tips to help you save big this year!
A lot of people think Black Friday deals might not be all they’re cracked up to be. Yes it’s true some retailers do use sneaky tactics to increase their profits, but it is still possible to get some great bargains. Personally I think if you do it right you can save a fortune…just make sure you’re not dragged into the madness and end up buying things you don’t need!