Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Incy Wincy Spider Play Set

Well, you should have seen the enormous spider that came scuttling across the floor the other morning in our house and a glass was not enough to cover it.  

I even had to call on hubbie for assistance and a cereal bowl, to cover it.  Gosh they are HUGE this year.






So, in-keeping with the recent spider theme, here is the latest creation....an Incy Wincy Spider play set.







Super easy to make from felt: I cut a drainpipe, sun, rain cloud and of course a cheery little spider with eight ribbon legs.  



And as we have looking at and talking about webs so much recently, I also added a sparkly web made from silver ribbon, which the spider apparently likes to hide under.



We've had great fun playing with this little set, I wonder which rhyme I could tackle next?

Sunday, 14 September 2014

DIY Art

I was looking for a picture a while back for our bathroom and couldn't find anything in the colours I wanted that I liked so I decided to create something of my own.

Being a bit of a collector of hearts, it funnily enough turned out to be a picture with hearts in different shades of beige, pink and greys and worked nicely with the colour scheme.



More recently I was looking for something for the lounge and remembered creating the hearts before so I looked them up on the lap top and just played around with the colours and this is the result.  It's not anything wow, but it's simple and the colours are cheery and I like it.  

And it was free which is always a bonus!




I created it using Smart Notebook software which is really easy to use and (I think) free to download. 


Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Spider Playground

It's that time of year when you are cosied up in the evening with a cuppa watching something interesting and suddenly out of the corner of your eye you see a HUGE spider scuttling across the floor.


They all manage to somehow sneak inside at this time of year and even when you put them out, they find their way back in pretty quickly.



We've been spotting spider's webs all over the place recently - in the garden and playpark that is...hopefully not toooooo many inside!  

And did you know if you touch the web really gently with a little leaf the spider will come rushing out to see what he has caught?  
A bit mean to trick the spider but very interesting for little ones!

Anyway, we made our own little spider playground recently with fallen leaves, pebbles, sticks and plant pots and we've hidden our pretend spiders in amongst it all, I wonder if the real spiders will come to play too?


Saturday, 6 September 2014

Spooky Water

Ok, so I know it's a bit early for Halloween but my little one has recently developed a real fascination with water and is constantly pulling over a step or little chair to play at the sink.

This isn't always ideal so instead of playing at the sink (and flooding the kitchen) I put some water in a shallow tray and tipped in some spooky creatures and confetti that I usually save for Halloween time.



You can see different sized spiders, mice and other creepy crawlies and I also put in a couple of plastic shot glasses for pouring and filling.


This experience is great for imaginative play as well as developing pouring skills and let's face it, playing in water is just great fun!

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Colour and number play mat

Using buttons to sort and match colours
My little one is just beginning to talk about colours and knows some colour names, although is not yet applying them appropriately, instead he usually calls everything green!


However, he is very good at colour matching so I've made this play mat so he can collect and sort coloured objects and in time he will be able to name them correctly too.

He loves playing with buttons as most little ones do and this selection of different shapes, colours, tones and sizes is perfect for lots of sorting activities.

You could also try a random selection of bits from around the house and put them together in a little basket, like this.....

Provide a selection of colourful objects


Sort the objects onto the appropriate coloured square















So that's one side of the mat but what about the reverse side?  



It seemed a shame to have just a plain backing on it so I thought some numbers might be nice to provide counting opportunities.


I cut and stitched numbers 1-5, each in their own box so we can count out objects.  


In the photographs you will see we used discs for counting but you could easily use buttons, cars, shells, pom poms etc, whatever you like!




We used discs for counting but you could
use shells, buttons, pom poms,
 cars....anything!

To make the mat I cut and stitched colourful scraps cut into squares to make a mat roughly A3 size and then cut a large plain piece for the back.

Onto the plain piece I stitched some ric rac ribbon to divide the mat into 5 sections and then appliqued some bright numbers.




To complete the mat, stitch right sides together, turn through and slip stitch the opening closed.