Monday, 28 September 2020

Exploring nature and getting outside { The Ordinary Moments }

 It already feels like the time we are spending outside is greatly reducing, school is back and we are now finding our own daily rhythm again. This autumn I don't want to forget about how much we love being outdoors this autumn, We get out so much in Spring and Summer so there really isn't any excuse! 

We have only managed to get out once a week for a good proper walk but that is okay, I think a minimum of once a week will be fine for us. We managed to take a lovely walk over to a nature reserve where we got to feed the ducks, run around and just enjoy each other's company for a while. All three children loved it! 


Scarlet enjoyed being allowed to stand on the railings with Simon so she could feed the ducks this time. Usually they come much closer for bread but they stayed back further. She didn't seem to mind at all!



Avery on the other hand was much less concerned about feeding the duck and more concerned about why he couldn't have all the bread! He rather enjoyed playing a game of one bit for me, one bit for the ducks with a wonderful amount of giggling in between. 



We ended the walk by taking the longer route home, it let us enjoy more time alone since it isn't as busy as the other walking path. With much less footfall Dylan and Scarlet get more freedom to run and play together without being right beside us. They really loved holding hands and running ahead, I think the more we get out in autumn the more they will have fun running around again. 

I have already prepared for the colder weather now, we have wellington boots in for almost all of us, big warm winter coats, extra blankets for the pram, good flasks for nice hot drinks on the go and waterproof over clothes. Hopefully paired with our autumn/ winter wardrobes we will feel better about venturing out as the chill comes to the air. 

Do you find you are less inclined to get outside as the weather grows colder?


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Sunday, 6 September 2020

DIY space themed felt play set with free PDF template { & giveaway }

 Back at the beginning of lock down I shared the beginning of a felt play project that I had been planning and working on for the better part of this year. I had planned to share more felt play set PDF's and ideas regularly since then however life with 3 children during a lock down was hard and blog work went to the side. Now that Dylan has gone back to school and Scarlet started nursery I have found more time in the day. Which means I can finally share the second felt play set that I have created!


The second felt play set is space themed, I wanted to create a set that was imaginative and could be the scene of an imaginary space adventure to the moon or distant planets. However I also wanted the set to have a beginning base for space themed learning too. Which in the end I think I managed to achieve although I do think it's a set that could potentially be built upon to add better opportunities for learning too. 

To create this space themed felt set you will need:


As you can see the template includes pieces to make astronauts, planets, plant rings, stars, a whole selection of pieces for a rocket ship, a flag and a landing planet/ moon shape. I decided to include the pieces for two astronauts in case anyone wanted to separate the bodies and helmets to make colour variations in their project. You can also see that the bottom planet shape has an open ended bottom which will allow you to choose how deep you want the landing planet to be. I make mine the size drawn and cut a straight line across the bottom.

To get started on the project you just need to download and print out the Free PDF Space Felt Set Template in the link and cut out each piece. Once your template pieces are ready you can cut each piece from your felt. My only advice for cutting the felt out is to not use any pins. Hold each piece of the template in place and move the piece around in your hand as you cut. By keeping the scissors still and moving the felt with the template as you cut your able to avoid pulling the felt out of shape. It's easier to do than it sounds. I promise!



 Choose whatever colours and combinations you like while being mindful of pieces that will later be attached together like the rocket ship and astronauts. You can see I went with lots of bright colours, I decided they would look best when used with our black felt board. 

Now for something a bit more fun. When you have all your pieces cut from the felt you can decide which colours are going together and glue them all together with the glue gun. 



It was at this gluing stage that I decided to add a little something more to two of the planets. I cut out some island shapes from green and white felt for an earth inspired planet and also cut out wavy strips from yellow felt to add to the orange planet I had made for a bit of variation. You can add any shapes or pieces to your planets if you are feeling creative too. I quite like the result of the Earth inspired planet!

Once your pieces have been glued together you are pretty much set to put the set together for playing with. You now have a space felt play set for felt play that you made yourself. The sets are really simple to make and I think you could easily include older children in the process with you if you wanted. It's really that easy and both Dylan and Scarlet have already been enjoying this set after school this week.

I'm really enjoying making up these sets and getting creative with them so you can expect more in the future, maybe a Halloween or autumn theme for October. I may have to also start making something for storing each set in too!

Is there a theme for one of the felt sets you'd love to see me create?


Now for the giveaway! 

Since it's been a while since I shared the first initial felt board and the cupcake building set, I thought it would be a nice to giveaway some felt.It means that you can try making your own felt set if you don't tend to have some laid around like me. The giveaway will be for this felt set which has 45 pieces of coloured felt in 15cm squares. They are perfect for small sets like the ones I am creating.

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Thursday, 3 September 2020

Dear daughter, your starting nursery!

Dear Scarlet,


It's such a big day! As I sit here typing it's just hours away from morning and your very first day at nursery school! I can't quite believe it's already time for you to go. Your excited and a bit nervous about the idea of being left at nursery without us. It's harder for you than for others because this year is different for all of us but your being so brave. Your really looking forward to seeing other boys and girls and about making new friends, especially now you've been home for months. 

I on the other hand don't feel quite ready. I have a whole bundle of emotions but most of all I am sad, I feel a little scared about how tomorrow will go because it will be harder for you than it was for Dylan. You see you've not met your teachers, you haven't ever been inside your nursery and tomorrow you will do it alone. You will say goodbye at the door and you will go into this new world without any idea of what to expect. We've talked all about the other children, your teachers and that there will be toys and games to play but the truth is I don't really know what will be there now. I only know how it was before and I hope not much has changed, I hope tomorrow is fun for you and I hope you don't feel all alone entering this new unknown world.



Either way everything is sat out waiting for the morning, your uniform is set out with your new shoes and your very special bows. It's all sitting right beside Dylan's waiting for you to wake up. I have your requested breakfast ready to be cooked first thing and the camera is on standby for those all import first day photographs to immortalise this momentous occasion because today will only happen once.


It's happened now! Your off to nursery, I've added all our photographs into this post now. Your morning went really well, you had cheerios for breakfast before having a little morning boogie and getting your super smart looking uniform on. We took lots of photographs and got your coat before we left for the walk to nursery. It was just you and me holding hands the whole way there, I could see your excitement growing the whole way. When we arrived you waited in line holding my hand for your turn to meet your teacher and go into nursery. You didn't turn back and off you went for the first time!



It may have only been for one hour today but you had so much fun, you ran out the door to me the minute you could and told me all about it.You made new friends and played with toys and met your teachers. We talked about it all the way home, your so excited for tomorrow when you get to go back! 

I'd call that a complete success! 

Lots of Love, 

Mummy.

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Beginning another school year after 6 months at home

  School has officially begun! Every year I say that the beginning of school is pretty emotional but this year has been even more emotional than ever before. Having 6 months at home without interruption from the outside world has shown me just how different life is without school and real routines. On the flip side, I'm so ready for school to bring back that routine we so quickly lost at the beginning of lockdown. 



Here is to the new normal of school years. Dylan was both excited and a little apprehensive about going back the last few days, the school have been fantastic and very adaptive to this new school year. We've had fantastic communication in the last 2-3 weeks after a long and silent summer period. 



Yesterday we spent some time talking about going back, how things have changed and about what his teacher will wear in terms of PPE. We had a nice video sent from his teacher explaining how he will get into school, what to do when he enters and where to go to his classroom. I think this really helped, it was a tool we could use to explain things more and to show him that while some things have changed, other haven't. 


I will admit that last night was just a little strange to be sat labeling hand sanitizer instead of pencils and school supplies. I shared on Instagram that if you'd told me a year ago what I'd be doing that I'd have called you crazy and even now it still feels so alien to have labeled hand sanitizer to send to school! 



This morning started just like every first day does for Dylan with a nice early wake up, breakfast, getting dressed and taking some photographs before setting off for school. It was just Dylan and Simon who took the walk this year since only one adult is allowed at the school for each child and social distencing so we said a goodbye just before they left. I'm not going to lie that was a sad to say goodbye and see him go. 


Just like that the school year has began for Dylan. His first day was going really well, for 2 hours, he saw his friends, did one lesson, had outside time and was sent home. He has a cough, a cold which we have all had for over a week. I called, I checked with the school it was okay and they told us as long as he had no temperature then it was fine. They checked his temperature themselves this morning and there was no problem. So now he's home and after disrupting his first day, stopping it before it really started he's now going back tomorrow. Hopefully it will go more smoothly than today has! 


Have your children started back to school yet? 

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