Last weekend I ended up with a rare chance to spend some time on the farm alone with my daughter. The older boys were helping Dad with the train track, the middle one had a friend over and were playing out on the farm while the younger 2 were at a football match leaving Clio and I with time together. We decided to do something girly that the boys wouldn’t enjoy. I remembered as a child spending hours collecting flowers and mashing them down to try and make perfume. Clio thought this was something she would enjoy too so armed with washed jam jars we set off collecting on the farm.
Surprised to find buttercups we had to hold them under our chin’s to see if we both liked butter. Do you remember doing that one as a child? It was a definite yes for us both!
Having filled our jars with daffodils, primula, daisies, camellia, buttercups, snowdrops and some rosemary and sage from the green house we set to work.
I brought out a jug of water, chopping board and knife and some food colour. Clio separated the petals while I chopped then she had a go with the chopping, a good time to remind her how to hold a knife and which way to chop just the same as if it were vegetables in the house.
Then for the fun part: smelling the flowers and deciding which to mix together to make our perfume. Clio was in charge here organizing them into the jars. We added water from the jug and a drop of food colour for effect.
Clio took some sticky labels from the office and created names for her perfumes and graded them on smell and appearance out of 10.
A few days later we went to check how they were developing. We found that the mixed varieties were not so pleasant but the camellia on its own, which Clio had named “Red Joy”, was really rather good. This was taken up to her bedroom. Now we are looking forward to the bright summer flowers to have another go.
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These are some of the posts that I really enjoyed from last week: Wishing Rods from I’m a teacher get me out of here; I really want to make these at Coombe Mill. Mini Peppas from Nicola at Fab Forty Mum for the simple love of muddy puddles and The White Woods from Liz at Me and My Shadow which makes the latest snow fall look so magical.
Country Kids from Coombe Mill
As a parent taking a trip out to a local park, canal side or beach is not as simple as it sounds. You have to remember a whole multitude of items that will help you manage any circumstance and any weather; balled up gloves and woolly hats jostle for place with sun cream and umbrellas in every Mother’s Mary Poppins bag. Then there is the pressure of ensuring they are dressed appropriately in mini trainers, sponge bob scarf and duffle coat; all of this is before you’ve even begun the battle with the pushchair.
For younger children and babies a trip out would not be possible without a pushchair as invariably even toddlers will spend some of the time seated, tired out from chasing ducks and the like. But as a parent, particularly if you are tackling the trip alone, this can be a rather daunting prospect. Taking a pushchair means you have to be able to collapse it and reassemble it at the drop of a hat, lift it with ease and of course fit in all of the afore-mentioned essentials.
So what should you take into consideration when picking out a new stroller or pushchair? Firstly it has to be appropriate for you as a parent. Think about the answers to questions such as: Can you work it? Can you carry it? Does it have enough pockets for all of your personal effects? How does it collapse and set up? Is it sturdy enough? What kind of wheels does it have? Is it safe and secure?
Once you’ve considered all of these practicalities next, it is of course, time to consider the child who will be using the pushchair. Questions to think about are: Is it an appropriate size? Is it comfortable? Is it adjustable for when they grow? Is there a sun visor and rain cover? Is there room to attach toys or store books?
With so many things to think about it is advisable to do your research online before going into any specialist stores who may just recommend expensive or designer prams without consideration for your needs. To avoid this, write a clear list of what you want and then check out a few different ranges online. Try looking at these lightweight strollers and pushchairs from Britax maybe they will suit if you are after a lightweight and travel-friendly purchase?
Remember that a bit of time spent on researching will make life much easier every time you want to go out with your child/children in future. So take your time and choose wisely for happy strolling ahead!
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Everyone with a child in primary school will have heard of the horrible histories books. Loved by teachers, kids and parents alike they captivate the young with fun facts from history in a way that is fun and engaging, just as learning should be. All of my children will happily recite the words from the Henry the 8th song, yet no one made them learn it. I am the biggest fan and wish more subjects could be given the horrible histories treatment.
New to the shops in March are some lovely Horrible Histories Toys to support the books. They come in handy starter packs of Roman and Egyptian figures for £14.99 and battle sets for £9.99 complete with Action cards, instructions and all you need to start to play. If your children have some Easter Money to spend this could be the answer; available to buy from John Lewis, Amazon, Smyths and Toys R Us.
For building up a collectors set there are individual characters to purchase. These retail at just £1.99 and I can see becoming the latest playground must have with pocket money savings. There is a childish excitement to opening the shiny packs and assembling the characters.
My children were quick to open up the sets and set up a battle ground in the garden with twigs laid out as the dividing line between armies. There are handy Action cards to create battle scenes from the most basic to more complex games depending on the age of the child. Mine took a cursory look and soon it fired up their imaginations for how the battle would be played.
The range is aimed at six to eight year old children and I would say this is about right. My triplets are eight and certainly didn’t feel it was in anyway beneath them, even the 10 year old came over to join in for a while. The pieces of armour are a little fiddly to attach for less dexterous children but the base and the figures are very simple to construct and arrange. Catapults and pigs are all ready to go so it is just a case of open and play! Hours of fun with some good team work, negotiation, some heated discussion and imagination. The sort of play I am always keen to encourage.
Horrible History Toys get the thumbs up from us.
Check out the official web site at www.horriblehistoriestoys.co.uk for more information, sign up to their newsletter and see the characters at play.
Disclosure: Disclosure: I was given my Horrible History Toys to review for this post. However, the views and opinions expressed are entirely my own.