Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Mud pies, car slides and toy fishing

On a recent visit to our local national trust site for a day event, Arthur was introduced to mud pies as part of their 50 things to do before 11 3/4 campaign.  He loves cooking and had great fun with this, so I thought I would do it again for him at home, it's fantastic for imaginative play and doesn't cost a penny!  My favourite moment was when he added the mud to the water and looked shocked and said "*gasp* water turn 'rown (Brown)" It really is fun giving them a bowl of water, some mud and some optional extras like leaves, herbs, flowers or candles, and seeing what they come up with!

An other play area currently set up in our garden is the car slide, as I've mentioned we are remodelling and for some reason there is a small piece of guttering in our garden, so I rested it on a garden chair and voila a car slide!!  This can also be used indoors, and even  things like a piece of card on the stairs can work.  Sometimes it's the simplest things that can entertain a child!  Water slides are also also an option, but our pool is tiny and made sense not to keep it there for very long.  Although the pool still got plenty of use, washing toys, general splashing and toy fishing using a seive, excellent for hand eye coordination, and fine motor skills, and also helps concentration.  I also added some shaving foam for a bit of extra fun, which was greatly enjoyed when his lion got covered! "Oh dear, me wash off!"

Unfortunately poor Alyssa has really bad eczema and couldn't join in, but enjoyed watching!


Cake anyone?

Wash wash wash

Fishing or should it be toying??

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