Bathtimebuddies

We are all a bit under the weather high temperatures, chills etc so a soothing bath seemed a fabulous idea. I was sent these fabulous bathtimebuddies Alphabet set to review. We would love to be a product ambassador.

Follow the link to see their extensive range of toys.
http://www.handa-uk.com/product/kids-bathtime/bathtime-buddies/

Firstly some music to set the mood http://youtu.be/4KmKkV3ddAo

The set comes all packaged in a sturdy plastic container which acts as a storage tub when not playing with the letters.

The letters are brightly coloured and tactile. Ideal for little hands. http://instagram.com/p/yokbHpw1Ai/

At first there were just letters amongst the bubbles. The children had great fun touching them and gathering them up with a plastic sieve.
We then introduced some other bath toys boats, ducks and frogs. My pre schooler -aged 4 and Primary one – aged 5 enjoyed sounding out ‘b’ for boat, ‘f’ for frog etc

My 5 year old enjoyed finding the letters to make up the word to match the object. A great hands on learning tool in a very different learning environment.

We also sorted the letters into different colour groups and practiced our colour recognition counting them as we went.

One of the features I liked best is the very well designed draining aspect on the storage tub lid. Children are able to play with their toys, join in the tidying up of the activity then tip the tub upside down and watch the water drain away till next time.

We have owned bath letters before and these are so much easier to use and enjoyable to play with. As the tub serves as a fantastic storage vessel the letters are kept neat and tidy. I can see these letters being used a lot during summer in the water trough.

As we went downstairs after bathtime my 4 year old shouted ‘ I loved those letters’ – straight from the mouth of babes happy, happy children.

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Mark making in the snow

Yesterday I was the grumpiest woman alive, a combination of testing toddlers and general coldness. I started today in a positive manner putting the darkness of yesterday behind me.

So obviously we had scones for breakfast. I always keep a few scone mixes in the cupboard and we had ran out of bread and not enough milk for cereal. Tesco delivery coming later.

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Once our teenager has gone off to catch the school bus it’s a quick throw on of clothes and tidy up for me and off to school we go. Today I’ve pinched my husbands under armour top he uses for cycling to wear under a jumper dress. Warm Mum =Happy Mum

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Once children deposited at school we have a leisurely stroll home exploring the surroundings.

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There is always a plethora of twigs and no toddler can resist a stick. So we all picked a stick and decided to play in the little snow there was.

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Our two year old was happy creating any mark swirls, squiggles enjoying seeing her action creating an imprint in the snow.

Our 4 year old however was able to create an ‘H’ for his name, and some ‘x’ marks the spot for treasure and kisses like in a card. He could not quite decide.

It was rather chilly and we knew our food delivery would be here soon so we dug our sticks in deep to the snow on the path and made a trail all the way home.

Christmas sensory play

If you have children you are bound to have a craft cupboard full of shiny paper paints etc.

This morning after our #elfontheshelf had fun with our button stash we decided to play too.

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Your craft cupboard need not be expensive shop bought crafting materials most of ours are salvaged ribbons, birthday present bags and decorative wine carriers. Squirrelling them away saves a fortune.

I wanted to create a wintery sensory experience. We have a variety if materials and mediums to use.

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*christmas buttons in red, green and white
*christmas tree and star shaped buttons
*holographic card
*glitter white card
* silver ribbon
* silver thread
*feather boa pieces
*silver metallic shred
*a few snowflake adornments removed from a wine bag
* and some white paper to place items on

I decided against gluing as we can package the materials up and play again rather than fixing them down. The materials available providing a tactile play experience during the run up to Christmas.

I will leave this activity open to my 2 and 3 year old all morning.

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I sat with my 2 year old and we created a little Angel.

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