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Keeping Toddlers Busy in the Garden – A Guest Post by Building Blocks and Acorns

Keeping Toddlers Busy in the Garden - A Guest Post by Building Blocks and Acorns

Hi, I’m Louise and I’m so excited to be guest-posting here at ‘Our Little House in the Country.’ My usual ‘home’ is Building Blocks and Acorns, where I share the activities I do with my two year old son, on my days off as a Primary School teacher and nursery worker. Often, the activities we do have a nature or

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5 Autumn /Fall Books for Preschoolers

5 Autumn Fall Picture Books for Preschoolers and Toddlers - Our Little House in the Country

These 5 beautiful picture books about Autumn are my little girl’s favourites at the moment.  We have a book rack in our kitchen that we use to display seasonal books and since I took out all of our Autumn and Halloween themed books last week she has been fascinated by these five in particular. Our 5 Favourite Autumn Picture Books

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Finger Print Autumn Trees – Fall Art Activities for Kids

Finger Print Autumn Trees - Fall Art Activities for Kids - Our Little House in the Country #autumn #fall #fingerpainting #artactivities

This is another quick and easy autumn art activity perfect for younger kids, similar to our Autumn Tree Collages, but using finger painting this time instead of collage work.  What we used: poster paints paint tray blue card paint brushes What we did: We each painted a tree trunk Using our fingers we printed lots and lots of different coloured

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Cloud Dough with a Fizzy Surprise – Sensory Play with a Science Twist!

Cloud Dough with a Fizzy Surprise -Sensory Play with a Science Twist - Our Little House in the Country #semsoryplay #clouddough

We love to experiment with sensory play, recipes and doughs.  Doodles loves doing experiments and he asked if we could do a fizzy one today.  Oodles wanted to make dough so I decided we could try and combine both. What we used: 1 cup of flour 1 cup of baby oil food colouring 1 tbsp bicarbonate of soda vinegar What

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What’s Inside the Ice-Cube? – Outdoor Summer Fun!

What's Inside The Giant Ice Cube? - Super Outdoor Fun - Our Little House in the Country #iceplay #kidsactivities #gianticecube #summer

Number 81 on our 100 Days of Summer Bucket list is “Discover what’s inside the giant ice cube!”.  Doodles and Oodles have been dying to try this out since I showed them a number of similar activities on other blogs and Pinterest!  Doodles actually did this at nursery when he was 2 or 3 years old and has often referred

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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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Ooooey Gooooey Slime! – Simple Indoor Rainy Day Messy Play Fun

How to make Ooey Gooey Slime - Rainy Day Messy Sensory Fun - Our Little House in the Country #messyplay #slime

On Friday it rained!!!!!  Shock, horror :O !  Having been away in sunnier climes for a few weeks and a number of weeks of hot, sunny weather here since our return we had almost forgotten what rain was like! Over breakfast Doodles and Oodles discussed with me what they would like to do for the day!  First on the agenda

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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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