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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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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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A Fabulous Spring Morning at Ardgillan Castle, Skerries, Co. Dublin, Ireland – A Great Place to Visit With Kids

This morning was a gloriously clear and sunny Spring morning, a little chilly at first but perfect for getting out and about.  Ardgillan Castle in Skerries Co. Dublin is only a short spin from our home and we regularly head to the playground there at the weekends.  It is a beautiful 18th Century house, stunningly beautiful gardens and parkland overlooking

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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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2 Super Easy and Quick Last Minute Easter Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Happy Easter!  This morning Doodles and Oodles were dying to get outside to play but couldn’t as Mr G is cutting all the hedges with a supersized power tool of some description.  So for health and safety reasons and in order to maintain my sanity while struggling to keep two very outdoorsy children indoors I suggested we have some more

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Easter Holiday Adventures Part 2 – Fun and Free Frolics!!!!

I haven’t had much time to blog this week.  My son is on holidays from preschool so we have been havibng great fun getting out and about.  The weather has also been amazing so we have been outdoors all day, everyday.  We are all sleeping like logs and appetites have improved and everyone is in good humour – yaaaaay! Today

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10 Fantastic Spring/Easter Books

There are so many beautiful children’s books with Spring themes available, we have so many of them I wasn’t sure where to start with this post.  With the help of Oodles and Doodles, I have put together out top 10 Spring themed books! 1. The Velveteen Rabbit – not strictly about Spring but a gorgeous, timeless story . 2. That’s

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Easter Art for Toddlers and Preschoolers

We finally got around to starting our Easter artwork today.  I’m sure that we will manage a few more seasonal projects over the next week or so.  Today we have 2 to share with you. Potato-print Easter Chicks: These were so much fun to do.. Doodles and Oodles love printing so there was great excitement when I handed them potatoes

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