Look out for the little things

As a mum of 4 children I’m not allowed to have off, hormonal days. But like everybody else I get them every now and again.

Today I feel like crying, hiding in my bed and not moving.

I have left Izlles and Posy at school very upset. Izlles even refused to go through the door, I had to leave him standing outside with his teacher. Izlles hasn’t been like this going into school since he was 4!!! I know he was probably fine 10 minutes later but that doesn’t really help today.
On the way home I pushed the buggy through dog mess, great.
Then when we got home Puppy made a huge mess in the living room, when I asked her to tidy it up I got “no, teddy did it”. Deep breath, count to 10.
All this is happening while I’m trying to phone the hospital to sort out Posy’s scan.

When days get like this I find it best to look for the little things.

•The photo I took of Puppy yesterday warring her red nose.
Mama and Pappa sent my children 3 red noses for Red Nose Day. They all love them and find it funny when they fall off.
•The way Jakey feels in his new coat.
I was hoping I didn’t have to buy Jakey a new all in one coat but with the weather still trying to snow I had it. Well it’s made off fleece so he feels like a warm cuddly teddy bear.
•The way Puppy came running up to me and gave me a big kiss and cuddle.
The best thing about this is it was for no reason and unexpected. I love it when my children do nice things for me or others which is unexpected.
•Izlles got all happy and excited by his packed lunch.
Izlles doesn’t normally want packed lunches but would rather have school dinners instead. Problem is he is going through a fussy stage at the minute so doesn’t really like the choices the school offers. Well today I made him cheese and cucumber wraps and I also gave him a Fruit Shoot (he very rarely has these). Anyway before we left for school he had a peek in his lunch bag and gave me a big hug.

As a parent it’s so easy to get caught up in what is going wrong and how your children are misbehaving and what they are not doing. Every parent feels like this at some point, even the best of us. When we get to this point we have to remember how lucky and blessed we are. I love my children more than anything. So what I have a messy house. I have happy children who will learn (eventually) how to tidy up. But for now I am going to enjoy my time with my children rather than panicking about the state of the house. Right now I have Jakey fast asleep in bed and Puppy sat on my knee having cuddles while watching Fireman Sam.

These are just a few of my little things, what are your small thing that make you smile?

Izlles age 6
Posy age 4
Puppy age 2.5
Jakey age 11 months

Please excuse my spelling but I have dyslexia and do my best. Please don’t hesitate to correct me.
Thank you.

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Hot cross bun recipe

With Easter coming up why not get in the kitchen and bake some hot cross buns. With this recipe you don’t have to rub in the butter or knead in the dried fruit.

You can find the recipe at the bottom.

We had fun measuring the ingredients and mixing.

Puppy had great fun kneading the dough (with my help). She especially liked it when some if the fruit escaped and she got to poke it back.

Puppy was amazed how the dough “grew” and how it felt different when we knocked it back.

Once it had finished rising again Puppy had fun making the dough into balls for the buns.

Here are are finished hot cross buns. And this one is Puppies.

We enjoyed hot cross buns fresh from the oven, and they was delicious.

Hot Cross Buns

For the buns
300ml Milk
50g Butter
500g Strong bread Flour 75g Caster sugar
1 1⁄2 TSP mixed spice or
(1 TSP Cinnamon
1⁄2 TSP Nutmeg)
150g mixed dried fruit 50g mixed peel
For the cross
5 TBSP water 75g plain flour
For the glaze
1 TBSP golden syrup

Heat the milk in the microwave or a pan until it just reaches a boil. Add the butter and set to one side to cool.
In a bowl add all the dry ingredients for the buns and mix.
Once combined make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients.
Once the milk and butter mixture is hand hot add it to the dry ingredients along with the egg. Mix well until you have a sticky dough.
Turn the dough out onto a well floured surface and knead for 5 minute until its stretchy and like elastic.
Place the kneaded dough into an oiled bowl and cover with oiled cling film Place in a warm place for 1 hour or doubled in size.
Once risen turn out onto a floured surface and knock it back. Return to the bowl and cover with cling film and leave for a further hour until doubled in size again.
Divide the dough into 12-15 and roll each into a ball on a floured surface. Place the balls onto trays lined with baking paper leaving room for the buns to expand while cooking.
Cover with a clean tea towel then leave again for another hour. Heat the oven to gas mark 7 or 200c.
Mix the water and flour together for the cross adding 1 TBSP of water at a time to prevent it from becoming to runny, you need a thick paste, spoon into a piping bag. Uncover the buns and pipe a cross onto each.
Bake the buns on the middle shelf of the oven for 20 min until golden brown. Once baked remove from oven and immediately brush with warm golden syrup. Leave to cool then enjoy.

Here is the recipe for you to printout and keep hot cross buns. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did

Izlles age 6
Posy age 4
Puppy age 2.5
Jakey age 10 months

Please excuse my spelling but I have dyslexia and do my best. Please don’t hesitate to correct me.
Thank you.

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Easter egg pre handwriting practice.

After last night I wanted a quiet day today as we are all tired, thanks to Jakey. He is teething so is not happy at nights and likes to let me know about it!!!
So for the first time I am going to post about a printable I have made for Puppy. Free printable available at the end of the post.

As she has shown an interest in writing, mainly thanks to her brother and sister, I have made her a pre handwriting worksheet.
She followed the lines with a crayon a lot better than I expected. She enjoyed tracing the lines so much she did it again and again.

When she had finished with her tracing she finally coloured her egg in.

The only problem I have now is she is requesting more sheets. I think I’m going to be busy making more for her.

You can download the worksheet on the link below.

handwriting practice easter egg

Izlles age 6
Posy age 4
Puppy age 2.5
Jakey age 10 months

Please excuse my spelling but I have dyslexia and do my best. Please don’t hesitate to correct me.
Thank you.

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Gruffalo face mask

Today for world book week I’m joining in on my very first blog hop with 2 other fantastic bloggers. Why not visit them for more world book day fun. They are Here come the girls and Making boys men.

So for world book day today I thought it would be nice to involve Puppy by her making her own Gruffalo mask. If you read the blog you will know that my girls love the Gruffalo, it was only last week we did lots of Gruffalo activities.

As Izlles and Posy are doing lots of activities at school for world book day Puppy is feeling a bit left out. But she soon cheered up when she saw what I lay out in the table for her

What you need is
•paper plate or a circle of thick card
•card cut into the ears, horns, tusks, teeth and whiskers (if your child is able they can cut them out themselves).
•brown tissue paper, paint, crayons, we used material.
•green pompom or paper for wart.
•brown crayon.

I started by pre-cutting the card the night before as Puppy is not able to do this herself. As well as cutting the brown material into squares. I also used her glasses to draw around and cut out the eye holes

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Puppy started by spreading the glue all over, and I mean all over!! She liked how it fell from her glue spreader.

Puppy periodically placed the material on the glue but she defiantly preferred the glueing.
Once covered in the glue, cover your mask in the material or what ever your using until completely covered or until your child get fed yp

When we had finished that Puppy glued on the Gruffalo’s tusks, teeth and poisonous wart at the end if his nose.

Since this was covered in glue we left it to dry and I hoped it would dry soon.
Puppy used so much glue and couldn’t wait for it to dry, I resorted to trying to speed the process up with a hair dryer!!!

While I was blow drying the Grullalo Puppy got to work colouring in the ears.

Once the mask was suitably dry (the hair dryer worked) Puppy stuck on the ears and horns (this time with pritt stick).

You can now either just hold this in fount if your face. But a craft stick/lolly stick at the bott

Or you could make holes either side and attach elastic, string or ribbon. We used pink ribbon as its what I already had.

I also got my glue gun out and added some glue to the holes in hope that it would make it harder to tear but you don’t have to do this.
And here is my happy Puppy in her mask.

Sorry about the photo but she wouldn’t stand still for me to take a picture.

We even gave her purple prickles.

Izlles age 6
Posy age 4
Puppy age 2.5
Jakey age 10 months

Please excuse my spelling but I have dyslexia and do my best. Please don’t hesitate to correct me.
Thank you.

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Letter stamping

While I was sorting out my craft things yesterday I found a lot of things I was hoarding but never using so I decided to give them to the children.

Within my craft items I found stamps and ink pads so this morning I presented Puppy with this.

I explained to her she needs to match the stamps and stamp them in the correct column.

Once she had chosen a stamp and found the correct column, I told her the sound if the letter and she repeated it while stamping.

Puppy was doing really well with this do I left her to put some washing in. Big mistake as this is what I came back to.


And these hands have been scrubbed!

At least she had fun and hopefully learnt a few things, like you don’t use the ink pad as a stamp!

Izlles age 6
Posy age 4
Puppy age 2.5
Jakey age 10 months

Please excuse my spelling but I have dyslexia and do my best. Please don’t hesitate to correct me.
Thank you.

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Gruffalo activities for world book day

Posy and Puppy absolutely adore the Gruffalo so when Posy found out her class was doing the Gruffalo for world book day she was ecstatic.

To make the most out this excitement I quickly found some printable’s to keep my girlies busy.

Our first activity was order sequences for the story of the Gruffalo’s child. I found the activity here. When I printed these out there was quite a lot but I thought I will help her so it won’t be so big a job. I presented her with the Gruffalo’s child book, a scrapbook, the printouts, scissors and glue.

I gave her the book to help her put the pictures into sequence and the scissors to cut out the picture.

As I have said there was a lot of pictures to sort out but Posy wouldn’t let me help!! She sat there for about 1.5 hours if not more sorting cutting and glue

She enjoyed this activity so much that she didn’t even want to stop for lunch.

For our second activity for both Posy and Puppy I found this worksheet (no 2).
I helped Puppy to do this worksheet by reading the word and asking her where the picture was.

Puppy really enjoyed this activity as it made her feel like a big girl.

Our 3 activity was just for Posy. Here is the worksheet. Labelling the parts of the Gruffalo helped Posy with her writing in away which she was interesting to her (she is not keen on literacy).

Our 4 activity was also just for Posy. Sorting out the alphabet. I got the worksheet from here (pages 5-13)
I first gave Posy the capital letters and asked her to stick them in her scrapbook in the correct order down the side of the page.

Once she had completed this I then gave her the lowercase letters and asked her to match them up to the capital letter and glue it next to it.

Posy had fun doing this, turning the pages of her scrapbook trying to find the match.

Our 5 and final activity was a nice and simple colouring in. I found colouring pages here as well as at Twinkl.

Both girls loved colouring in the Gruffalo, it is also the first colouring page Puppy coloured in rather than just scribble on.

The snake was especially good for pen control.

Please not we did not do all these activities on one day.

Izlles age 6
Posy age 4
Puppy age 2.5
Jakey age 10 months

Please excuse my spelling but I have dyslexia and do my best. Please don’t hesitate to correct me.
Thank you.

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Easter Egg, Easter Cards

With Easter coming up we have already started to make our cards.


What you need
•A4 card
•coloured paper, crepe or tissue paper can also be used.
• scissors, sellotape, glue and pens.

To make the card I helped my children first fold the card in half. I then gave them glue and coloured paper, asking them to rip the paper into pieces to glue on the front of the card.

While the children where glueing the paper down I cut out egg shapes from card. Not forgetting to cut notches out of the sides of the egg.

I cut a length of wool and sellotaped it to the back

I then handed an egg to each child and asked them to wrap the wool around the egg.

My older children managed this fine but Puppy needed some help.
Once fully wrapped with wool we sellotaped the end of the wool on the back and glued this on top off the card.

My children loved making these cards and I think they look fantastic.


Izlles age 6
Posy age 4
Puppy age 2.5
Jakey age 10 months

Please excuse my spelling but I have dyslexia and do my best. Please don’t hesitate to correct me.
Thank you.

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Pipe cleaner bird feeder.

As its still cold here today we decided we would make a bird feeder out of these items.
This is another super simple activity which my children loved.

What you need
•pipe cleaners
•cereal liked Cheerios

All you need to do is thread the cereal on to the pipe cleaner.
This is great practise for their fine motor skills. You can also count the pieces of cereal which Puppy loved. She also arranged them into different shapes
Once you have enough pieces of cereal on the pipe cleaners you can make them into shapes to hang outside.
Puppy thought hers looked like superworm (Juila Donaldson book) so we used hers to attach the other t20130228-160811.jpg
Puppy loved hanging this on the tree fo20130228-160907.jpg
And I think it looked pretty to.

As a family we all love watching the birds in the garden.

Izlles age 6
Posy age 4
Puppy age 2.5
Jakey age 10 months

Please excuse my spelling but I have dyslexia and do my best. Please don’t hesitate to correct me.
Thank you.

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Learning to tell the time

My son has recently been learning to tell the time. He has been fine on the whole, quarter and half hour but that’s it.

To help Izlles with this we made him a clock.
What you will need is
•2 paper plates or round pieces of card
•cardboard (I used a toilet tube)
•Scissors, glue and a pen

First you or your child needs to mark the numbers on your paper plate the same as a clock face.

Using the scissors make slits between the numbers so they can be folded down.
Glue the centre of the paper plate onto the second. Fold the “1” tab over and write 5 past.

Continue to fill in the appropriate time not forgetting to write quarter past/to and half past.
Once completed you need to make hands for the clock. For this I used a toilet tube. I first flattened the tube and then cutout an arrow shape on the doubled cardboard. I left the first how it was and cut the second to make the smaller hour hand.

Write the words hours and minutes on the appropriate hand and either place them on the clock or use a split pin to secure it to the clock.

Now it’s already to help your child to tell the time.

Izlles age 6
Posy age 4
Puppy age 2.5
Jakey age 10 months

Please excuse my spelling but I have dyslexia and do my best. Please don’t hesitate to correct me.
Thank you.

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Scrap jigsaws

I don’t know about you but my daughters love jigsaws but Puppy is not very good at doing them and gets frustrated when the pieces don’t fit together. To help solve this problem I did the following activity.

For this activity I used one of the old children’s magazines

The children choose a picture that they w

For Puppy I only simply cut it up. I have her the picture and asked her to place the pieces together before glueing them.

Once they had been placed correctly she glued them down.

For Posy I cut the pieces up a bit more

The girls had great fun sticking these pictures as using glue with anything is a favourite with them at the moment.

You could also glue the pictures onto cardboard before you cut it up to make it a longer lasting activity.

Izlles age 6
Posy age 4
Puppy age 2.5
Jakey age 10 months

Please excuse my spelling but I have dyslexia and do my best. Please don’t hesitate to correct me.
Thank you.

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