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Washing Dolls

This activity is a fun one to do now that the weather is getting warmer.

What you need:

Dolls

Shampoo/bubble bath

Face washers

Towels (I used hand towels)

Large container to use as a bath.

1/3 Fill the large container with warm water and add the bubble bath, put the dolls in and they are ready for their bath! Once they are all clean dry them off with the towels. This activity can also been done with a tea set or to get the kids involved with washing their toys.

Ensure this activity is always supervised and once you are finished empty the container of any water.

   

Group Drawing

After a big morning of pizza making with a few friends and their kids (8 kids 4 years old and under!!)  I had my girls and my nice Emily to entertain for the afternoon. We needed an easy activity to do that they could all do and meant that I wasn’t run off my feet so painting wasn’t an option!!  So we got out some big paper, covered the table and the girls got creative.

What you need:

Paper – I have big sheets that you can get from art shops and newsagents. Or in you have a local newspaper printers nearby (we do!) you can buy rolls of newspaper that hasn’t been printed on, (kind of like butchers paper) Or you can tape together A4 sheets to make one big sheet

Tape – Masking tape

Crayons, pencils, chalk or textas

Tape the paper on to the table and put the crayons in the middle and get creative!

Today this activity kept the girls occupied for about 30 minutes. Then after my girls left the table Emily continued to fill the page with colour.

This is a great activity for not only the benefits of drawing but also allowing children to share a common space, learn about personal boundaries and sharing materials.

Get creative in the Garden

I love getting out in the garden and my girls both love to help as well. The girls help me with planting, picking flowers and weeding.
They love to pick flowers and I have a few plants that I grow especially so they can pick away and I still have some flowers left in the garden!

 Liv loves to dig in the garden and has her own set of gardening tools (spade, gloves, awheel barrow and a rake) to help in the garden with.

To encourage their interest we bought a strawberry plant. Liv helped me plant it and look after it. With great pride we picked our first
strawberry. It was huge so we cut it into four pieces and we all got to enjoy it.  Sadly for us a possum ate the rest of that year’s crop, after he finished eating most the figs on our fig tree!!

 This year we bought a few pots and some herbs –basil, parsley and rosemary to grow. They were going so well we
expanded our little herb garden and added thyme, garlic, rocket, tomatoes, mint and snow peas. So far so good!  We have
used the rocket on homemade pizzas and we had snow peas with dinner tonight.  We love the girl’s enthusiasm to help harvest
the herbs and veggies and they both are willing to taste what we have grown.

We aren’t Don Burke by any stretch on the imagination so I am learning along with the girls about what works and what doesn’t.

The basil we grew at the beginning of the year worked so well we decided to sew some seeds in a little “glass house”  with the aim of adding it to our herb patch this spring.  It’s been a fun activity to do and the girls love looking at the seeds and watching their progress.

 I have been most happy with my self and the invention of my little strawberry punnet“glass house” that seems to be doing the job!

What you need:

Strawberry punnet

An egg carton

Seed raising mix

Seeds – we have used basil.

Start by cutting the egg carton into four compartments and place them in the strawberry punnet.

Fill the compartments with soil and give alight water. Add the seeds then a little more soil and water again. Leave these
in a sunny windowsill, and lightly water every few days – its important not to let them dry out.

    

 Also important to put a saucer of some kind under the punnets as most of them have holes in them and leak out onto the windowsill.

Once the seeds have grown to the top of the punnet, break the compartments in to four
pieces and plant in pots or straight in the garden.

Happy Gardening!!