Friday, 24 October 2014

Guest Post. Learn The Letter Activities.

We had loads of fun this week with our "I" related activities so let's get stuck right in!

Insect Hotel.

I don't know about yours, but my toddlers LOVE anything creepy crawly, they also love being outside so this activity was perfect!

You will need;
A 2 litre plastic bottle
Wood and sticks
Cardboard tubes

Step 1) cut the top and bottom off the plastic bottle so you have an open ended cylinder

Step 2) the really fun part - go out in the garden or local wooded area and collect small sticks and pieces of wood

Step 3) any toilet roll tubes you have saved for craft projects comes in handy now, take a tube and wet it under the tap (insects like damp!)

Step 4) go and pick a nice spot to set up your hotel, and place all the sticks and cardboard inside the plastic bottle, and now just wait for your guests!

We went back to ours a few hours later and had a few visitors, both boys were so excited! They have regularly gone out to check it since we built it, and it's definitely one of the most successful things we've made!


You will need;
An iguana print out
Pipe cleaner
Plastic clothes peg
Sticky tape

Step 1) cut out your iguana in 2 halves lengthways from the mouth

Step 2) using the sticky tape, stick the iguana onto the clothes peg, so when you pinch the peg it's mouth "opens and closes"

Step 3) taking your pipe cleaner, wind it around the pencil to make it "curl" and stick onto your iguana to make a tongue. Done!

I made a few of these which my boys had lots of fun playing with (until the fighting ensued and they were destroyed in the crossfire!)

Ice lollies.

You will need;
Plastic cups or ice lolly moulds
Lollipop sticks
2 bananas
1 tsp Honey
4 tbsp Natural or flavoured yoghurt
Plastic fork
Plastic bowl

Step 1) place the bananas in the bowl and hand your toddler the fork and let them get mashing (they may need showing what to do at first but they soon get the hang of it!)

Step 2) add the yoghurt (we used apricot flavour) and honey and let them give it a good mix

Step 3) tip the mixture into the plastic cups (this was enough to half fill 2 cups) and pop in the freezer

Step 4) after 30-60 mins go and put the lollipop sticks into the ice lollies, they should be part set so the the sticks won't move around. Leave to freeze

A massive hit! The boys absolutely loved them and there's absolutely all sorts of flavours you could make!

Thanks for reading!


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Oh No!! Kids Say The Funniest Things!

I don't condone children swearing, OK, BUT I do swear. Accidentally, of course!

So this morning after putting Elsie down for her morning nap, I came downstairs to tidy up and of course the little shits monsters wouldn't help! So 15 minutes later the room was tidy...I go to the loo...

And came back to them throwing toys in the air, basically emptying every box I just filled...

So as you imagine I stood their gawping at them and said...

''You gotta be taking the piss!'' no one in particular. Jenson continued to empty boxes in some crazed manner. 

Evie stopped. Looked at me. And in her sweetest most caring voice...

''No Mummy...We arent taking the piss.''

...deadly serious. 

I dont know if it was funny or not. Well what I mean is, it wasn't funny that she swore...BUT it was funny how she said it so sweetly, so caring!

#wickedwednesdays #14

Sorry Jenson...Just sorry! It's all I have to say, but to be fair you did do it to yourself!



You Might Be More Feminist Than You Think...I Certainly Am!

Yep I said it...the 'F' word, you may (or may not) have seen this post by The (Mal)Contented Mother. (if you haven't seen it go read NOW!).

I was drawn to the post through the Good Read's feature on the Tots100 site I regularly read and this photo (below) was the one to represent the blog post...
Photo Courtesy of The (Mal)Contented Mother

I reluctantly clicked the link with a ‘what shit is she writing about’ kind of attitude. Now I have never read this certain blog and I thought it was going to be one of those with a no boys toys in this boys house sprinkled in for extra effect which infuriates me as I imagine that these children will grow up thinking men cant be firefighters, police officers etc etc, because these parents are so busy making sure that they know woman do these jobs...hope that makes sense…it does in my head!! BUT anyway having read it, more than once. I am glad I did, it has a powerfully positive statement to make in the way's we teach our children.

And it made me think...Maybe I'm more feminist than I would class myself. I mean I am never going to be demonstrating down at Parliament with a placard in the air but I'm all for equality, and that is the same kind of thing right? No, really, am I right?.......Well this is what I get from feminism anyways, so I shall continue...

I mean for starters my monsters have all sorts of toys, they all equally play with everything. Evie will dress up
as a cowgirl in the same outfit Jenson wears to be a cowboy. They both have dolls and prams (well we have one pram but they use their shopping trolley as a pram too!) They choose what they want to play with when they want (I do believe once they were playing with their babies and Evie was a Daddy too!), the car box is as big as the dolly box and they are bought books etc on their interests, not on their genders.

In fact Evie has always been a bit of a car and dino lover, it has only been recently that her interests have changed and she is crazy about princesses, I mean don't get me wrong she isn't totally ''girlified'' that girl wets her self in excitement when a motorbike goes by....if she was to ever see a princess riding a motorbike then wowzas I think her head would explode! Jenson has always been a car and bike lover, but get him in that kitchen and he would give Katy ''I Can Cook'' a run for her money.

And then there's nursery's I have worked at I have made songs etc as inclusive as I could. ''Right we are on the bus (singing The Wheels On The Bus)...who's on the bus guys? I would regularly ask! You know, using their experiences, what they know, to sing a song...Sometimes the Mummy's would chatter chatter chatter BUT sometimes Mummy drove the bus...Mummy forgot the shopping, Mum's car was in the garage, SOMETIMES Daddy drove the bus, SOMETIMES Nanny handed out snacks, ONCE Grandad fell asleep, ONCE baby stole the man in fronts hat (ha ha ha!) and my most favourite SOMETIMES Daddy says 'stop picking your nose and sit down please'. HILARIOUS!

We all wear what we want, I mean I'm not going to say I will allow Jenson to go out wearing one of Evie's dresses anytime soon, but if he wants to dress up as a princess in the house who am I to stop him (BTW before any trolls think they can run with that comment...If, in the future Jenson decide's he want to wear dresses and skirts...then so be it, BUT seeing as he is a toddler he will wear what I buy him!) If Ellie wants to wear a pair of jeans and converse, fine go ahead...If she wants to wear a dress and paint her nails? That's fine too.

You see what I don't agree with is sexism, in any way, towards females or males. Equality is what I teach my monsters but I don't and won't go out and make a point of making sure I only buy dolls for my son, nor will I only buy cars for my daughter. Instead I choose equality without them realising, because that is when it means nothing, when it is normal, when no big deal is made over what Fred and Jane are doing!

 My monsters will have what they want (within reason) and they will do what they want (within reason) because it is 2014 and actually I am unsure why this is even still something we still talk about, Its almost as though we have gotten to the point where some people wont be happy until all men of the world are, erm I don't know erm, in the kitchen and all the women are driving forklift trucks or such. I mean there was a story on the news a few years ago about a Mum and Dad (I'm sure Dad was the female and Mum was the male!) who had completely gone against the grain and only bought their son ''girls'' stuff...he wore skirts and nightdresses he played with dolls and a kitchen. He didn't own any ''boys toys'' nor any ''boy clothes''...I mean really? I don't mean to offend anyone but what are they, crazy nuts? What result do they think they are actually going to get at the end of his childhood?

Lets just be happy that I don't know people have jobs! That people have clothes! That our children have toys! Does it matter what they are? Does it matter what we do? We are all human beings, lets just try and get along.


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

#ToddlerApprovedTuesday Week 3.

I cant believe how fast the last week has gone! So many great posts linked up with Leandra last week, so thanks to all who linked up! May I also take this opportunity to apologise for how long it took me to read everyones link up's! Must try harder this week!

There were so many great entrys I'm finding it hard to choose 2 for this weeks showcase, but I'm going Halloween themed (we all know I love a Halloween post!) with these Halloween Outfits over at Lamb and Bear ....

Photo courtesy of Lamb and Bear.

And these Halloween window clings from Leandra are THE BOMB! Guess what we are making next week!

Photo courtesy of Larabee-uk

Now on with the show!

We would absolutely love it if you would join us, linking will open every Tuesday through to Thursdays and give us a good few days to see what your little ones have approved! We will share your posts on Twitter (make sure you follow me (@3princess_1dude and Leandra @larabeeuk) and every week we will each pick our fave two for a #ToddlerAprrovedTuesday Showcase!


1. Link 1 post per week, Remember to paste the #ToddlerApprovedTuesday badge on each post you would like to link up (code below – paste it into the HTML option of your blogging platform).

2. Pop by and comment on a couple of other's link up's...Its nice to share the love!

3. OPTIONAL: Share your post and the linky party (using the hashtag #ToddlerApprovedTuesday) on your social media, Leandra and I will retweet all your posts via Twitter (make sure you mention us in your tweets @3princess_1dude/@larabeeuk) and also share on our #ToddlerApprovedTuesday Pinterest board.

The Badge.

This week my little monsters have been getting all excited about Halloween, or helloeen as Jenson calls it, we have been searching Pinterest for stuff to give as treats, 5 have made the short list...keep a look out to see which make it to the final cut!!

Check out the In-Linkz tool below for the original post!


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