Our Tropical World

Recently we visited Tropical World. Our trip really captured Little Mr’s imagination and he was keen to create somewhere to live for the insects that he bought from the gift shop.
 
 
 
Together we planned what he wanted to include. He thought of most of the ideas himself as he could recall what we had seen the previous day. Though he was adament we had seen cows and pigs, I must have missed those. He was also very keen to have a car, not very tropical but he wanted to be able to drive around his small world scene.
 
We have a large round tray, which we have used for many small world play themes. It is perfect as can be easily moved around. We then began to collect the other items we needed.

 
Little Mr eager as ever to start headed outside to collect some sand to start his Tropical play scene.



 

We have already had lots of play generated from such a small collection of objects. From track making in the sand, to insects hiding an needing to be found. I am sure that we can eek out a few more days of play before changing it over.

Some of the activities we will do with this small world play scene are:

Scientific Knowledge & Understanding – Identifying the names of the toy insects, looking after plants, naming parts of a plant.

Literacy – Role play opportunities & story telling

Numeracy – Counting insects, ordering insects by length, counting legs and simple problem solving.

We have lots of fun making small world play scenes. Have you made any? I would love to find out about yours.

Spring is on its way!!

Recently we had some visitors for a play date. One of my oldest friends from university and her little girl. It’s not often we get to meet up as we live over 70 miles apart but it is always lovely when we do. It’s great to see our children play together – very different to our party hard university days.

                         

As it is officially spring I thought I would used springtime as the theme for the days activity table.  
                                

      

Little Mr has a cute yellow suitcase that was perfect for making a spring treasure chest. It actually belongs to Little Miss as we received an outfit in it when she was born. The case is just as great as the outfit and I have used it for many many things.
                                  
I made the case up the evening before. Filled it with shredded green paper, fluffy chicks, soft multi coloured balls and some plastic eggs which ad hidden surprises inside. I bought some daffodils too to add a delicious springy smell.

  

                                  
Little Mr picked out these two teddys before bed to add to the spring time theme (with a little help as we may have ad Buzz and Woody from Toy Story).

   

I also laid out a sticking activity using some Easter from stickers. Little Mr loves stickers at the moment but still needs a little help with these as the back are tricky to get off. So not a great independent activity.

After a morning full of fun and play we had set of lunch and then headed to the park.  It had been. A lovely day when we set off but started to throw it down so we took shelter in the local shop. A great idea with two hyped up children (NOT, see photo evidence, ha) but still better than getting soaked. It was a great day  and lovely to catch up with old friend especially when they have very exciting news to share 😉 I haven’t got many pictures of the actual day, I am always too busy enjoying the moment I forget half of the time.

Here Little Miss as with all the excitement with the older two she missed out on her usual activities and play. We had lots of cuddles to catch up later though which was great.

Friday Night = Party Night

What better way to celebrate the start of the weekend than with a party. Now little Mr had been just perfect all day so we had a super treat. He loves baths, he loves music and he loves painting so I combined all three for a party bath. I had seen something similar on Pinterest before and decided to pinch the idea. We had a great time and it was so easy to do.

I mixed up some shaving foam paint, a definite favourite in our house at the moment. Little Mr loves the extra control he has over where the paint goes and they seem to be less messy than normal poster paint.

This is Little Mr special ‘say cheese’ face. 

We had loads of fun painting the shower door, the balloons and best of all our selves. The great thing about doing this in the bath is all the mess is contained and showered away after.

Little Miss had a special sink bath tonight. I think the bath party may have been sensory overload for her just yet but can’t wait until she can join in too.

Fish Play

Inspired by our visit to the deep and Little Mr’s current obsession with the Octonauts I created a small invitation to play. It’s certainly not one of my best and was cobbled together very quickly but little Mr spent ages playing away.

I made a quick deep blue sea with blue water, a plant intended or our fish tank, some flower heads, a couple of sea creature we purchased yesterday on our visit to the deep and some glitter for extra sparkle.

I turns out today Little Mr was not a fan of the glitter so we had to refill and get rid of the sparkles. I think it was more to do with his Octonauts toys getting covered in glitter.

I also made cut out some fish and let Little Mr work his magic. He created a two beautiful pictures.