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 Visit Top UK Attractions For Free

How to visit top UK attractions for free!

I love a family day out as the next person, but they can be pretty pricey – especially if you want to head to one of the UK’s top attractions. However, there are ways to visit them for free – or at least very cheap! Some take a little planning but could save you a small fortune.

Here are my top ways to visit the UK’s top attractions for free:

LOYALTY POINTS

If you read my blog regularly you’re probably used to me banging on about Tesco Clubcard Boost. But honestly it’s amazing for saving money. read more

50 Free & Frugal Things To Do As A Family

50 Free and Frugal Things To Do As A Family

The summer holidays are upon us once again. Love them or hate them, they always mean one thing – kids that need entertaining.  For me, summer is a great opportunity to spend quality time together as a family. The only problem is, 6 weeks of activities and big days out comes at a price. But, there are plenty of free family activities you can do both at home and out and about.

I wanted to share my ideas for frugal and free family activities that you can all enjoy together. I asked fellow parenting bloggers for their suggestions and these are my 50 favourites: 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

London On A Budget – Frugal Family Days Out

Everyone knows London can be expensive, but with proper planning and a few money saving hacks, you can enjoy London on a budget!

A few weeks ago we had a family trip to London. We took Ollie’s big bro for his birthday. It was his first trip to the City and he’d been asking to go for a while, so we really wanted to make it special. Being a Tightwad Mama, I organised and planned the whole thing in advance to make sure we could have fun in London on a budget.

From getting cheap travel to free things to do, here are my top tips for a frugal family day in the city: 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

How To Stick To Slimming World On A Budget

How to stick to Slimming World on a budget

I started Slimming World a few weeks ago in an attempt to lose my baby weight…. and I’ve just lost my first stone! I’m loving it so far but a lot of people have asked me if it is possible to stick to Slimming World on a budget.
The short answer is yes! I’ve already found ways to save money on our monthly food shop and I’m not spending any more now I’m on Slimming World.

I feel healthier, I’ve got more energy and I’m losing weight without that much effort! 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