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Marble Painting – More Rainy Day Messy Art Fun!

Marble Painting - Messy Art Fun, perfect for a rainyday - Our Little House in the Country #kidsactivities #marblepainting #rainyday #messyplay #kids

Another rainy day meant another afternoon of messy art fun!  Today we used our marbles to create fantastic works of art and most importantly had a lot of fun doing it! What we used: marbles paint trays (we used a printing tray and a lid of a shoe box – couldn’t find my 2nd printing tray!!!!) card cheap and cheerful

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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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Miniature Gardens – Outdoor Summer Fun!

How To Create A Minaiture Garden - Outdoor Creative Summer Fun For Kids - Our Little House in the Country #summer #outdoorfun #kidsactivities

This morning while lazing in bed in true Sunday morning fashion I came across a tweet from Nicola who blogs at Multicraftingmummy.  She had tweeted a link to a recent post she had done for MumRx. (I love Nicola’s blog, we blog about similar things, have similar aged children and she lives along the east coast of Ireland too, so

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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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Bubbles Play – Our Top 5 Tried and Tested Recipes

I don’t know about you bu I have spent a fortune on bubble mixture and bubble machines over the years.  My kids are bubble crazy, so crazy that I regularly have to hide the bubbles!!!!  Anyway, recently I said enough is enough and I am not buying bubble mixtures anymore, especially as they invariably get spilled within minutes of the

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Fun Pre Writing Activities – Early Literacy & Fine Motor Skills Development

Over the past few weeks we have been having quite a bit of fun developing our fine motor skills, in particular we have been working of prewriting activities.  Doodles is starting school in September and is very eager to do homework at the moment (let’s hope he maintains that enthusiasm in the years to come!!!). Activity 1 – Writing Trays

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Construction Play Outdoors – Using Garden Cuttings!

My 4 year old son Doodles is absolutely obsessed with all things building and construction related.  I f he’s quiet then I know not to worry as he is probably playing with Lego or bricks or pieces of recycled rubbish and building some sort of a contraption!!!!  I even had to ask his preschool teacher to discourage him from playing

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