I have always tried to do lots of crafting and activities with Amelia, but now that Wills has joined our little family the time that I used to have to devote to crafting and playing with her has significantly dwindled. I make a point of carving out time in the day for her, but there are times when it just isn’t possible. It felt awful to keep having to tell her “Mummy’s busy right now”, “I just need to sort William out”, or “Not right now, I’m making dinner”. So I have put together a few activities for her that I know will keep her busy for those short periods of time when I can’t interact with her fully. As well as being fun and distracting, most of these activities also have an educational value, which is something that is important to me.
As you will see, none of these activities require any special kind of artistic skill (check out my not-so-brilliant puppets!), and I literally managed to throw them all together in one evening. So instead of telling the kids “I can’t right now” why not try “Would you like to choose a busy bag?”
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Since January, my not-even-three-year-old has been handed no less than 6 birthday party invitations from children at nursery, and we also have her own party coming up at the end of March.
The nursery that Amelia (and soon Wills) attends happens to be located in a particularly affluent area of Surrey, and as a result I always feel just a little bit conscious about our offering of a present. As a family on a fairly tight budget, when I started adding up the tenners here and there that I was spending on getting just the right present, I soon realised that at the current rate of payday:party we just weren’t going to be able to keep up.
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This week, Amelia and I have been getting messy with Valentine’s themed crafts. I’m usually pretty anti-Valentine’s to be honest, I can’t stand the hype and I hate all that cutesy, cringe-worthy crap (much to Mr C’s dislike! Sorry babe, it’s not you, it’s me…)
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Originally I was going to title this post something generic like “Kids Crafts for Rainy Days” but I would be lying to you if I said we only ever stayed in and utilised ‘Mum’s Craft Days’ when the weather is shit. In fact, we do this quite often, especially since the arrival of Wills.
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