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Beach Themed Invitation to Play – Small World Play and Sensory Play

Beach themed Invitation to Play - Sensory and Imaginative Play- Our Little House in the Country #invitationtoplay #sensoryplay #imaginativeplay #summer

A Beach Themed sensory play activity was on our 100 Days of Summer Bucket List and this week we had we had the opportunity to cross it off our list and have a whole lot of fun doing it! So, what is an invitation to play (you may have seen this term used on this blog and elsewhere before)? Simply,

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How to Make a Fairy Tale Castle – Outdoor Summer Fun for Kids!

How to Make a Fairy Tale Castle - Outdoor Summer Fun for Kids - Our Little House int he Country #outdoorfun #summer #kids #fairytalecastle #pretendplay #artsandcrafts

I don’t know about you, but when I was a child I absolutely loved to build houses, tents, dens, castles, clubhouses etc.  My two monkeys are exactly the same and when our chickens and their coop arrived last Sunday (more about that later!) they were far more excited about the two huge cardboard boxes the flat pack chicken coop came

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Summer Butterfly Collages: An Invitation to Create – using materials as a stimulus

Summer Butterfly Collages, an invitation to create, using materials as a stimulus - Our Little House in the Country

  I love to wander around “Euro” or “Pound” shops looking out for bits and pieces to use in art projects or play activities. On one such trip recently I found these card butterfly cut outs.  I’m not a huge fan of using templates and cut outs but I find if they are used in the right way they can

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Messy Play Madness – A Spur of the Moment Messy Play/Sensory Activitiy

At lunchtime today Doodles and Oodles asked me if they could make Gloop.  I agreed immediately and started to get out the cornflour and paint etc. (see here for our gloop recipe). They then began shouting out other things that they would like to add to it. So today we are sharing our spur of the moment messy play fun.

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Our Big Blue Activity Box, aka “The What To Do When I’m Bored Box” – 15 activity ideas

Today, I have decided to share the contents of our “Big Blue Activity Box”. Back in early January I found that both of my children were grouchy and irritable and weren’t playing with toys or anything for that matter. They would not play independently and I was completely worn out plus we were battling colds and sore throats etc.  I

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(Kids) Rainy Day Survival Plan (and a little moan!)

Just when I thought Spring was well and truly under way, the storms returned.  It is dark and dreary, very wet and windy outside!  We got soaked running from the house to the car and car to school on the school run this morning!  Doodles and Oodles were delighted as they got to use their Mickey Mouse and Peppa Pig

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(Books for Children) Our Top 5 “Story” Board Books for Toddlers

Board books are such an amazing way to introduce little ones to books.  We have lots of them, I keep them in little baskets in each room for easy access as well as displaying some on our kitchen book rack and the book rack made from an old cot side in O’s room. Board books are so much easier for

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(Kids) Green Gloop Messy Play – St Patrick’s Day Fun

Messy Play Alert! Sticking with our St. Patrick’s Day theme we decided to enjoy some outdoor messy play with Green Gloop today! Spring has finally arrived after months of horrendous storms and we have been making the most of the good weather and getting out as much as possible.  We even managed a trip to the beach yesterday.  It was

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