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This category is all about learning and development and things to trying with your baby or toddler. I’m learning too so if you have any suggestions, send them my way.

Another milestone to independence

04 Feb, 2016

Reuben seems to be doing nicely in his 3 year old development. In fact he seems to surprise me every day with what he’s able to do.

The theme of Reuben’s development at the moment is independence and I feel like I’m walking a bit of a tightrope!

I never know when help is required and when I need to back off… the sanctity of peace is constantly in peril!

3 year old development – learning to dress

His latest trick is dressing himself.

It has been both awesome and distressing in equal measures!

3 year old development - learning to dress (more…)

03 May, 2014

Babies all around us have turned into toddlers and we seem to be a bit behind the times when it comes to thinking about when to move from cot to bed…A little while ago on the Mums’ Days Facebook WallCatherine asked the group about her then 18 month old, Henry, and when to move from cot to bed. He had just learnt how to escape his cot! The responses were great but I was literally shocked about how many toddlers way younger than Reuben have made the big move!

Since then I’ve been doing some thinking, commonly known as over thinking, about it from the Montessori Bed (Our Montessori Bed Experience is an awesome introduction to what it’s all about) to admiring big boy beds (I did look in IKEA but the quality isn’t amazing, so when I was having a look on www.bedstar.co.uk I quite fancied something like this!) but ultimately…

At almost 21 months, Reuben doesn’t seem ready for a move! Or is it that I’m just not ready for it? (more…)

12 Apr, 2014

With being at home with Reuben most of the week, I’ve started to think more about what to do with him. Activities that might challenge him but be enjoyable. It’s quite hard though because I basically don’t know much about toddlers! I know Reuben, and the things he likes. But then he’ll surprise me. He spent an hour and a half one evening last week playing with his new cooker, pretending to pour ‘hot teeeeeeea’ into the little cups. So he’s definitely able to concentrate for a while on one activity but I’m unable to predict what it would be. Since we’re coming up to Easter, I thought it might be fun to hunt out some Easter Activities that we could try this week!

As a guide to doing activities/anything with toddlers I highly recommend you read Hands on as We Grow’s toddler activities advice as it’ll help you get in the right head space and hopefully prevent you getting too frustrated!

Half a dozen Easter Activities for Toddlers! Sensory play for little ones http://www.mumsdays.com/easter-activities-toddlers/

Half a Dozen Easter Activities for Toddlers

1. Spring Sensory Box – By No Time for Flash Cards

I’ve done quite a bit of reading today about Montessori education  (thank you Wikipedia). Fascinating! And what an amazing woman. I just assumed Montessori was a man but it’s totally a woman in the early 1900s revolutionising education. Anyhoo, this kind of sensory box embraces the Montessori ideals and is fascinating to a toddler, lots of little things to try and find, and in theory they should be happy playing independently with this box for a while!

2. Bunny ears hat – Spoonful

I think I would have to do most of this activity but it looks really easy and I think if I put a little mirror somewhere for him so he could see himself, he’d enjoy wearing the ears and playing with them for a while. They also mention using easter stickers and I think Reuben would enjoy doing that bit.

3. Egg decorating part 1

My thought for this is to literally give him some eggs and some felt tips. I think he would enjoy actually holding the egg whilst colouring. Again stickers would probably be popular!

You can get 10 fake eggs on EBay for £2.23 and as ever Paperchase have some lush stickers for £1.50.

4. Egg decorating part 2, sparkly eggs – Parents

If I’m feeling brave and the weather is nice, I recon we could do this…I could do glue dots on an egg, and then Reuben could roll the egg in some glitter in a tray. This would all have to happen outside though and I guess I should expect him to throw the glitter everywhere if he’s not interested in rolling the eggs in it. The garden could look really pretty with glitter everywhere though!

5. Easter baskets – Pretty Little Party Shop

Reuben loves things with handles. Buckets, bags and baskets are all popular for carrying around. This idea from Pretty Little Party Shop is so simple and easy, that it wouldn’t matter if he wrecked it with his usual style of rough play! I think he’d enjoy taking things out or collecting up the eggs he’s been decorating.

6. Family Tree Egg Hunt – No Time for Flash Cards

I’m using No Time for Flash Cards’ idea of a family tree peak-a-boo but instead I’m going to stick family pictures on eggs made from old birthday cards. I’ll then ‘hide’ them around the garden and see if I can entice Reuben to go hunting for them with his baskets. I think the pictures will be the key for him to get engaged with this game…I’ll do a post about this once we’ve done it to let you know how it went!

What Easter Activities are you going to try with your little ones? Feel free to leave your links in the comments section!

Child development stages


Is it time to learn?

16 Jan, 2014

Child Development Stages - Can Lazy parenting be good parenting? Click here to investigate the pros and cons! http://www.mumsdays.com/child-development-stages/ ‎


Quite some time ago, I borrowed Reuben’s childminder’s notes on child development stages and early learning. I diligently read through and took photos of the relevant pages about what Reuben should be doing to fulfil the child development stages for his age. I’ve since done very little with it. It was going to take a lot of effort fully digest what on earth it was talking about and what all the jargon meant! So, I pushed it to the back of my mind to “pick up” in the New Year.

child development stages

Child Development Stages

Well, here we are and I’m still less than tempted to look back at my notes filled with child development stages ‘stuff’. I had written in my list of blog ideas that I should plan activities for Reuben on our days together that would match a certain development stage so I could then write about it. And, while this is a lovely idea, I can’t quite bring myself to do it!

Then I read an article clipping by Hattie Garlick, that my mate Cath had ripped out of her newspaper for me. Remember Hattie? I wrote about her this time last year in free games for kids as she embarked on a year of no kiddie spending and striving for simplicity. I really related to what she was trying to do. And, almost a year on, Hattie was writing her pre-Christmas tale in The Times.

The main anecdote that is stuck in my mind from this article was after Hattie had spent hours preparing an elaborate dragon hunt for a group of toddlers. What were they really interested in? The dog poo they had walked passed on the other side of the park.

This has got me thinking that perhaps all my future efforts at this stage are a little bit futile and will potentially be unappreciated. What Reuben wants more than anything is for me to stand in a bus station for half an hour so he can shout “B-BUS” at all the buses or occasionally “B-BAN” at the odd passing van. He wants to roll around in some soggy leaves, or poke a puddle with a stick. With that in mind, I’d quite like a take-away latte, a park bench and potentially a book from my reading list…so, in theory, it could be happy days for both of us. As Hattie says in her article, the dog poo incident made her realise “sub-section A of the simplicity rule: lazy parenting is often good parenting.” Amen sista. (more…)