Does your tongue match your eyes in colour?

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No, nor mine usually- though I must admit that the bloodshot tint is fairly close in colour some days, it’s not quite what I mean.

We were busy making biscuits for Father’s Day (more on that another time) when I got out the food colouring pens to do some decorating. Typically, I turned my back for 2 seconds to find this:-

Blue eyes, blue tongue

‘Look Mummy! My tongue is blue to match my eyes.’ Well,  you can’t argue with that, can you?

Bridget Jones – eat your heart out

Jasmine's journal, travel
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Those of you with children at nursery may already be familiar with this concept – the nursery has a stuffed animal which you are invited to take on your travels and write a diary for.

In our nursery, Jasmine the giraffe is very popular and has to be booked out months in advance – the stuffed equivalent of an A-list celebrity (though Jasmine has more personality that some of the real ones…)

The first couple of entries in her diary were short and sweet. Parents had saved boarding cards and stuck them in her ‘passport’ – that kind of thing. Then it was my turn. Boarding card? Pah! I saved our ski pass and put a photo of Jasmine on.

The bar was set.

Other parents added Jasmine’s photo to the boarding cards.

The bar was raised.

It comes to something when you get back from holiday and find that you have more pictures of a cuddly toy than of your own children! The whole family take turns in trying to find more amusing poses for the jolly giraffe…

Jasmine discovers Happy Hour

Jasmine discovers Happy Hour

Jasmine after Happy Hour

Jasmine after Happy Hour

Not necessarily entirely suitable for a journal for pre-schoolers, but hey, we have great fun doing it 😀

Being safe doesn’t need to cost a fortune

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Not another article verbalising about the sheer recklessness of the McCann family. Nope, this one is about kiddy-proofing your home for a lot less than you might think.

There are some things in life that you know are going to cost an arm and a leg – such as anything to do with the ‘W’ word (wedding) and next in line if you follow the traditional route, the ‘B’ word (babies). It’s the latter one I’m concerned with here. How many times have you seen some gadget or other in an irresistible baby catalogue and thought ‘blimey – how much?? How do they sell enough of those at that price to keep trading?’ (or words to that effect) Yet there’s an increasing proliferation of things you never thought you needed but can’t possibly live without. It’s the guilt thing.

Well, I have a handy tip for even the tightest budget to help childproof your home. Rather than spending £20+ on tailor made hearth edging, take a trip down to the local DIY store and buy some foam pipe lagging. Then cut a wedge out down the length so that the remainder fits against the edge of the hearth and mitre the corners. A smidgeon of double-sided tape helps it stick in place – all for a fraction of the cost.

The same pipe lagging is also a handy double for door closer safety guards. By that, I mean if you live in a house that has door closers fitted for fire safety (often new 3 storey houses have these as standard), you’ve probably already had a few close scrapes where your little one has tried to stick a finger or two between the door frame and the edge of the door nearest the hinges. It’s the same kind of solution – simply buy lagging a bit bigger, cut out the same wedge, and stick the lagging to the door and the door frame so fingers can no longer find their way into crevices and cracks.

 Job’s a good ‘un!

Pirates ahoy – hunting for hidden treasure

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With all the hype about the latest Pirates of the Caribbean film, you can bet your little Captain Jack Sparrow will want to be hunting for hidden treasure at some point over the next few months.

So today, we played at pirates. A game suitable for indoors or outside, depending on the weather, it works best with 4 year olds and over (IMHO).

Start with deciding what the treasure will be. Cap’n Jack decided he’d like some snacks and drew a picture of what he’d like hidden (exhibit A below)

Drawing of treasures to be hidden

Namely:-

  • 1 banana, 1 apple, 4 cherry tomatoes, 5 grapes, 3 pieces of chocolate, some apple juice (I cheated and used an apple Fruit Shoot), 15 raisins, 1 babybel, 1 jelly baby and 1 pot of fromage frais.

Quite an eclectic mix! Rather than looking for gold, I covered the ‘treasure’ with tin foil, so it was pieces of silver instead.

Then, I drew a very basic plan of the garden. You don’t need to be Picasso as you’d be amazed what kids will be able to interpret. In true pirate fashion, X marked the spot.

Treasure map

And finally, the map was rolled up and put inside an empty toilet roll cardboard tube (which later doubled as a telescope!)

Land ahoy!

Custard self portrait

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Another quick and easy pudding that your budding Gordon Ramsays can help with. The pic should be a giveaway, but for clarity it’s just a tub of ready made custard with some chocolate strands for hair, chocolate buttons for eyes and ears. Then a grape for a nose and some more strands for a mouth. Easy peasy!

Roo’s face made in custard