Fruit And Vegetable Printing

Fruit and vegetable printing

This week we’ve been getting crafty with some fruit and vegetable printing. It’s a nice simple activity but always goes down well in our house. As always, it’s an activity that can be done with items you already have at home making it very thrifty!

I dug some fruit and veg out of the fridge and laid them out in our tuff tray with some bowls of paint.

The fruit and veg we used was mostly yellow and orange, so I used yellow and orange paint too for a nice autumn feel.

What To Use For Fruit And Vegetable Printing

You can use pretty much any hard fruit or vegetables. I chose peppers, apples, celery, a mini ‘munchkin’ pumpkin and sweetcorn. Potatoes, carrots and squash all work well too. read more

Why Baking Is My Favourite Frugal Activity

Why baking is my favourite frugal kid's activity

We’ve been inspired by the return of Bake Off and have been spending lots of time in the kitchen lately. Both Ollie and I have really enjoyed it. I love that as he’s getting older he’s able to do more grown up activities. I think baking is my favourite thing to do with him and here’s why:

It’s Cheap

Baking can really be as cheap or expensive as you want it to be. It all depends on what you’re making and what ingredients you use. All the recipes I bake with the kids are very cheap as they only use a few basic ingredients. I buy all our baking staples such as flour, food colouring and baking powder at Aldi where they are really cheap. Fairy cakes, biscuits, rice crispy buns and even banana loaf are all very cheap and easy to make. read more

Mark Making With Coloured Salt

Mark Making with coloured salt

Mark making is an important activity for toddlers. It  lets them practise the skills they will need for writing in the future. Mark making can be done with all sorts of different materials – not just pens and paper! It helps develop fine motor skills, lets children express themselves and can be lots of fun!

We’ve been doing a lot of mark making lately with glittery sensory bags and mess free painting, but this week I thought we’d try something a bit different.

Coloured salt is good for mark making as the texture and colour of the salt provide an interesting sensory experience. Children make their own marks with their fingers, or with different objects. Plastic cutlery, wooden spoons and even paintbrushes work well too. read more

Fizzing Messy Play – George’s Marvellous Medicine

George's Marvellous Medicine - Fizzing Messy Play

Today is Roald Dahl day which is basically a big celebration of all things Roald Dahl related!  It’s celebrated every year on 13th September – Roald Dahl’s birthday. As he’s my favourite children’s author, I thought we’d get involved with a themed messy play activity!

I’ve loved Roald Dahl’s stories for as long as I can remember. As a child I would read them over and over and never get bored. I loved the magic, the nonsense and the horrible characters. I can’t wait until Ollie is old enough for me to read them to him at bedtime! read more

Make Your Own Lavender Sensory Bin

How to make a lavender sensory bin

As summer seems to have rapidly disappeared and we’re getting more rainy days, I’ve been thinking of new activities to keep Ollie entertained indoors. This week I made him a lavender sensory bin which we had great fun with.

A sensory bin or sensory box is basically a container filled with objects that stimulate a child’s senses. You can put anything you like in them, so it can be a very thrifty activity. Just use objects and toys you have around the house! I use food in a lot of sensory play. Firstly, because it doesn’t cost me anything as I use items we already have in the kitchen. Secondly, because I think playing with food is a great way to get kids to become more interested in trying foods with different textures. read more

How To Make Glittery Sensory Bags

Make your own glittery sensory bags

Sensory bags are a fun, easy to prepare, free kid’s activity. They only take a few minutes to make, and all the mess is contained so the clean up is even quicker!

Not only are they a great sensory activity, but you can use them to practice reading, writing, mark making, colours, shapes, numbers….the list goes on!

As with all the activities on my blog, these sensory bags can be made using simple household items. And if you don’t have the items at home, they’re all very cheap to buy. I truly believe entertaining your kids doesn’t have to cost a fortune. read more

Tin Foil River – Outdoor Play Activity

This week we’ve been spending a lot of time in the garden…making the most of having an actual summer for once! As much as I’m loving the heatwave, it can be a bit much for little ones. This Tin Foil River is a great outdoor play activity that gives them chance to cool off!

It was really easy to do, totally thrifty and lots of fun. It’s a great sensory activity, as well as encouraging imaginative play.

This idea came from a picture I saw on Play Hooray’s Instagram last week. It’s a great account full of ideas and inspiration for new activities. They also have a website full of ideas! read more

10 Places To Take Toddlers Out For Free

10 Places To Take Toddlers Out For Free

If you’ve got a toddler you’ll know some days you just need to get out of the house. Whether it’s to keep them entertained, or for your own sanity. But, all these trips out to soft play, cafes and swimming add up quickly. If you’re on a tight budget, there are plenty of ways to entertain your toddler without spending loads of cash. So I’ve compiled a list of places you can take your toddlers out for free!

MUM AND BABY GROUPS

Mum and baby/toddler groups are a great way to get out of the house, entertain your little one and meet new people. I know it can be daunting to go into a group of people for the first time, but I’ll bet most of those Mums felt the same way the first time they went. See if your local library runs any sessions, or join local parenting groups on Facebook. read more

Fun With Food – Sensory Toddler Activities 

Sensory play ideas - toys set in jelly


Over past few weeks Ollie and I have been doing all sorts of sensory activities and messy play with different types of food.

He’s been having a pretty rough time teething (7 at once!) and has really gone off food. Getting him to eat anything at all has become a real battle and we all dread mealtimes. I really don’t want this to start becoming a big issue for him and I don’t want him to start associating food with being unhappy. I know that negative feelings around food can often start in childhood and carry on through to adulthood. So, I thought I’d take the pressure off a bit and make food more fun for him. read more

Pasta Threading – Fine Motor Skills Activity

Pasta threading - fine motor skills activity

Pasta threading is a great way to entertain kids of all ages. It helps develop their fine motor skills and concentration without spending any money.

If you’re looking for a good rainy day activity, pasta threading is really simple but so effective. It is a great activity for toddlers to develop their fine motor skills, hand eye coordination and concentration. You can also use it to work on counting, colour recognition, or sequences and patterns for older children.

You can use plain pasta, or dye it using the same method I used to make my Rainbow Rice. It takes 5 minutes to prepare and is best left to dry overnight. read more