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

Rainbow Rice – Sensory Toddler Activity

Rainbow rice - sensory toddler activity

Rainbow rice is a fantastic sensory activity for children of all ages. It’s cheap and easy to prepare and can be used again and again.

I made it for my toddler recently and it went down so well! He loved the sound it made and the bright colours. He practised scooping and transferring as well as working on his pincer grip to pick the little grains up. We used it as a free play activity and I loved watching him explore different ways to play.

I’ve been doing a lot of sensory and messy play involving food lately, but this was probably our favourite. One reason for using food in sensory play is that Ollie is going through a fussy eating phase. So I’m trying to take the pressure off and make food more fun. The other reason is these activities are easy to prepare and totally thrifty because they just use things I already have in the kitchen! read more

Frugal Family Days Out – Woburn Safari Park

Frugal Family Days Out - Woburn Safari Park

There are tons of ways to spend time together as a family without breaking the bank. Family days out don’t have to be as expensive as you think!

Last week we went to Woburn Safari Park. We had a lovely family day out. We saw lots of animals up close, and best of all it was totally FREE! I used our Tesco Clubcard vouchers to buy our tickets so it didn’t cost us a penny.

Tesco Clubcard Boost is amazing for days out. You can get up to 4 times the value of your points to spend at various attractions. Just log in to your account, pick the deal you’d like and swap your points for vouchers. Some are emailed and some are posted out so check the offer details. read more

The Benefits Of Toy Rotation

The Benefits Of Toy Rotation



Toy rotation is a great way to make the most out of your child’s toys and decrease the clutter in your home at the same time! Rather than spending money on new items, it encourages your child to play with what they already have.

If your kids are anything like mine, they have far more toys than they actually play with. Especially after birthdays and Christmas! Even after having a post-Xmas clearout, 2 weeks later toys have once again taken over THE ENTIRE HOUSE. They’re scattered around every room – in cupboards, under sofas and beds, and falling out of the toy box. read more

The Best UK Product Testing Websites

The best UK product testing websites


Product testing is a fantastic way to save money by bagging a few freebies.
It also gives you the chance to try products you might not have considered before without having to spend any money.

Since I’ve been product testing, I’ve had free nappies, baby products, food, wine and even makeup!

Here’s a list of my top product testing sites:

SAVVY CIRCLE 

Super Savvy Me is a good site for any money saver. They regularly have printable coupons and run loads of competitions. Their Savvy Circle is a product testing community for P&G products. read more

 Mother’s Day Crafts For Kids

Mother's Day Crafts For Kids


Mother’s Day is only a couple of weeks away. If you’re looking for gift ideas, why not get the kids involved, get creative and make something unique. Here’s a few frugal Mother’s Day crafts for children of all ages!

VEGETABLE PRINTING
Vegetable printing is something I always loved doing as a kid. It’s really simple, and lots of fun. You can use items you have at home so it’s very also very frugal! It gives children the chance to investigate colours, shapes and textures. read more

Mother’s Day Gifts For Any Budget

Mother’s Day is only a few weeks away (11th March to be exact) so I thought I’d share my ideas for Mother’s Day gifts that can work on a budget.

Personally I think the whole point of Mother’s Day is to show your Mum you love and appreciate her. It’s not about how much money you spend. Whether you’re on a tight budget or not, gifts that come from the heart are often appreciated a lot more!

So here’s a few ways to show your Mum you care without breaking the bank: read more

Water Painting – Mess Free Activity

Water Painting - Mess Free Activity


Water Painting is a great sensory, mess free activity for children of all ages. It entertained my little one for ages, didn’t cost a penny and best of all, there was no cleaning up afterwards!

Ollie loves scribbling with coloured crayons but I wanted to try something a bit different so he doesn’t get bored of doing the same activity all the time. I’m not ready to let him use paint as he’s in a phase of throwing EVERYTHING he gets his hands on at the minute! So I decided to let him do some mark making with water instead. read more

Posting and Threading – Fine Motor Skills Activities

Posting and threading - fine motor skills activities for toddlers

This week we have been working on Ollie’s fine motor skills with some posting and threading activities. They’re all easy to set up using items you already have around the house.

He’s loved them all which is great as we all know how hard it can be to entertain a toddler for free!

Ollie is very into sorting, organising and posting things at the minute. I’ve lost count of the times he’s emptied the washing basket only to put the clothes back in. Or the weird and wonderful items I’ve found stuffed in my handbag or boots. read more