Outdoor Classroom Day 2017

This Thursday, 18 May 2017, sees the return of Outdoor Classroom Day. Outdoor Classroom Day is a global event set to encourage parents and teachers alike to take the classroom into the great outdoors. After all, it is the greatest classroom that there is. Children can learn and experience so much through outdoor play, the possibilities really are endless, which is why we will be taking part in Outdoor Classroom Day this year. If you want to join in too be sure to sign up for Outdoor Classroom Day here where you will find plenty of information and resources.

This Outdoor Classroom Day we plan to escape the hustle and bustle and instead visit a local farm, at the farm we will learn a wide range of things, from animal names and sounds through to counting and hunting.

outdoor classroom day activities for a toddler - an educational visit to the farm - black and white cow

We can learn many things from animals, for example, this is a cow, the cow is black and white, the cow goes moo, there is one cow. Already we have covered animals, colours and counting, just with one animal.

If you can’t get to a farm there really is no need to worry, the activity that I’ve described above can be transferred over to pretty much everything (well, maybe bar the sound) including sticks, stones, flowers and even cars.

Aria is still at the stage of learning her words, so we don’t go confusing things by naming individual flowers (which is a relief, as I don’t know what the majority of them are called!), instead Aria practises the word flower and enjoys a sensory experience, both through touch and smell.

The activities can be tailored to any age and go into as much depth as you like. With the animals you could talk about where milk and cheese comes from, and even meat (at what age is it acceptable to inform your child that sausages come from Peppa!?). With the flowers you could go into depth about planting and looking after flowers, and maybe even plant some seeds of your own.

toddler playing with flowers - outdoor sensory and learning activity for outdoor classroom day

The only limit with outdoor play is your imagination, and there are plenty of resources available to help with that. The great outdoors really is the best classroom.

If you’re still stuck for ideas but you want to join in with Outdoor Classroom Day feel free to right click and download my free ‘At The Farm Treasure hunt’.

 

Hopefully by now you are feeling super inspired and want to make sure that your child isn’t the 1 in 10 that never plays outside. That’s right, 1 in 10 children never play outside and 90% of life now is spent indoors, it is time to buck this trend, it is time that parents and teachers encourage children to get outdoors and explore. What better prompt to start it than Outdoor Classroom Day, this Thursday, 18 May 2017. Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to celebrate the benefits of outdoor learning and play in a bid to change these sad statistics. Teachers around the globe are signing up their schools to take at least one lesson outdoors as part of the school day. Will you join in and buck the trend of staying indoors?

It’s time to get outside and get educating so be sure to sign up for Outdoor Classroom Day here for inspiration and resources.

 

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#TearsIntoSmiles with Elastoplast

Aria was a late walker which meant that we had almost two years of parenting without having to deal with the over exaggerated strops and tantrums as a direct of falling over and ‘hurting’ herself. In recent months we have seen Aria become more and more confident with her walking, and even running, which has resulted in more and more trips and slips and pretty much permanently grazed knees.

toddler's yellow hunter wellies and pink tutu

Of course we know that outdoor play is SO important and that wrapping Aria in cotton wool isn’t going to do anyone any favours in the long run; and so, we need to be on hand to quickly turn the tears into smiles following a fall.

turning tears into smiles with elastoplast character plasters

So how do we turn tears into smiles? With mammy’s magical kisses of course!

We always try to ignore the fall at first, running over and checking on Aria straight away is pretty much a way to guarantee tears. Ignorance really can be bliss and if no one reacts sometimes Aria will just bounce back up and carry on.

If this doesn’t work then mammy simply kisses the ‘wound’ better and covers it with a fun character plaster. Whether necessary or not these cheerful colourful plasters from Elastoplast are almost guaranteed to put a smile on your tantrum-ing toddlers face. In case of a ‘serious’ accident I have to tell the offended floor/grass/ball that it is naughty too. This tends to results in Aria gently hitting the offended article while giggling, and most importantly, forgetting all about her stresses and woes.

turning tears into smiles when your toddler falls over

What are you tried and tested methods for turning tears into smiles following a toddler tumble?

This post is an entry for the BritMums #TearsintoSmiles Challenge, sponsored by Elastoplast. http://campaigns.elastoplast.net/plastermoments/uk

#MyTrendyTot Round Up 8 – Featuring Huntleys

As ever I am late with my round up for our fabulous Instagram community, #MyTrendyTot, why break the habit of a life time hey? I am going to start with my trendy little tot who is currently loving her cute little outfit from Huntleys*. This stunning two piece outfit and shoes are adorable and look fab teamed with these little knee high fox socks. The shoes came with a matching bow but, in true Aria style, Aria decided that she wanted her hair to hang free when we were taking these photos! Those of you that have been following this blog for a little while will know that Aria is a teeny tiny two year old which is why this 18-24 month old outfit is slightly too big for her. The elasticated waistline on the shorts combined with Aria’s slow growth means that they will last us a long time!

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Aria’s cute outfit aside, let’s check out what the other cuties have been wearing on our hashtag lately, all with a splash of yellow simply because I am loving splashes of yellow at the moment.

 

Now I know eyes don’t make you trendy but those beautiful eyes are what drew me into this picture, and while I was there I fell in love with this cute and colourful striped top. See more from Abbey over on her blog, The Son and The Moon and don’t forget to visit her instagram – warning – the cute newborn photos will make you crazy broody!

 

How amazing are these wellies? I wonder if they do them in adult sizes… Kudos to mamma Becca for taking such a stunning Bluebell shot as well as providing awesome clothing. Don’t forget to check out Becca’s instagram and visit her blog, All About Her.

 

Now I know you can’t see much of an outfit here but I just love the little peek of the yellow raincoat. As I said, yellow obsessed. Be sure to check out Tasha’s Instagram and her bog, Mummy & Moose.

 

Matching yellow raincoats everyone! They have matching yellow rain coats! I’m a little in awe of this and a lot jealous too. Aria and I have matching yellow wellies and I’m now thinking that we need to add some matching yellow raincoats into the mixture! Be sure to visit Nadia’s Instagram where you will see lots of yellow splashes, and also visit her blog, Scandi Mummy.

 

Chantele and I are loving seeing all of your trendy tot photos, so please keep them coming! Simply post a photo of your child in an adorable outift onto Instagram and use the hashtag #MytTrendyTot for a chance to be featured. Be sure to check out the previous round up on Chantele’s Blog.

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#MyTrendyTot Round Up 6

My trendy tot is currently loving her comfy yet adorable Blade & Rose Clothing*. Now that the sun is shining and we aren’t hiding our clothing away under layers and big coats it is the perfect time to wear a unicorn on your bum, don’t you think?

Unicorn bum print striped toddler leggings from Blade & Rose - Blog review

rainbow stripe colourful toddler leggings with cloud and colourful rain from Blade & Rose

If unicorns aren’t your thing then how about these amazing colourful rainbow leggings and matching tee? Perfect for both little boys and girls, with the only flaw being that the cloud is slightly see through, just pop a pair of white pants/knickers/plain white vest on and they are perfect. Do not pop a pink polka dot vest on underneath like someone did…

My trendy tot aside, let’s have a look at what the other trendy tots have been wearing over on Instagram.

I’m loving the bright colours and prints here, and the photo is adorable too! See more of Alana’s perfect clothing and photos on Baby Holiday.

Prancing with the daffodils. #lookoutdaffodils

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Aren’t this hat and coat just the cutest? Beauty all around on this one with this very trendy tot and the daffodils! Check out mummy’s blog – Baked By Mummy Iris.

That hair is just amazing!

How adorable is this nine month old bum shuffler? I am loving this capture from Bex of Mummy Adventure.

Check out #MyTrendyTot round up number five over on Chantele’s blog. Don’t forget to link up using the hashtag on instagram for your chance to be featured.

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The Six Stages of Toddler Induced Sleep Deprivation

1.Denial

It’s just a phase. It will pass. She must be teething. Maybe she’s having night terrors? Yep, it’s a one off, a one off year maybe, but a one off all the same.

2.Woe is me

“My baby has never slept through the night, not once, so I’ve been sleep deprived for *insert years/months/days here*.”
“My baby slept through the night from six months and only started waking during the night again at 1 & 1/2 years. I had a taste of the good life, I knew what sleep was and I got used to it. Now it has been snatched away from me. At least you’re just not used to it full stop, you don’t know what you’re missing by now and I do. I’m much worse off.”

3.Solidarity

The parents of the sleep thieves come together. We laugh, we joke, we share funny memes on facebook. We eat cake. If we don’t laugh we will break.

4.Optimism

It will be easy to crack, we just need to settle her back down instead of giving her a bottle. If we persist we can easily crack this and she will be sleeping through the night again in no time at all. Night one, 4am toddler alarm sounds. I’m exhausted, I’ll just give her a bottle this once so that she goes straight back to sleep. I’m too tired to start tonight. We can start refusing from tomorrow.

5.Loathing

You deal with the night feeds because your husband has to get up to work in the morning, you’re on maternity leave so it’s only fair. You hate him. You deal with the night feeds because your husband dealt with them last night and you take it in turns. You hate him. Your husband snores. You hate him. Even though he does his fair share of wake ups he falls asleep as soon as his head hits the pillow, you can’t switch off. You hate him.

6.Fear

Will it ever end? Will I still be giving her a bottle during the night when she is sixteen, will I???? Really???? I NEED HELP!!!