The theme for Julys Bostik Blogger challenge was nature, I decided to kill two birds with one stone (pun intended) and recreate one of my favourite childhood memories with Luisa. When I was small my parents used to make us play-dough all the time. We loved playing with it and I can remember thinking my Mum was just magic the day she produced a bright pink batch. In keeping with the nature theme, and because I had no food colouring, I decided to try and colour my play-dough with spices from the kitchen cupboard. The basic ‘recipe’ couldn’t be simpler, I didn’t want to make a huge amount so I combined 8TBSP of flour with 1 of salt, 1 of oil and 1 of paprika. I then slowly added 2.5 TBSP of warm water and mixed until combined. If it’s a little sticky add some more flour. Simple! I repeated…

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If you’ve been keeping up with my Bostik Blogger posts you’ll know I started out with the intention of using this experience to do more crafting with Luisa. Our first make were some Valentines cards that weren’t very impressive – Luisa was fully involved and had a lot of fun but i’ll not be getting emails asking to buy them anytime soon! My second post was a floral springtime wreath which I think looks pretty epic but Luisa didn’t have a look in and it left me with a second degree burn. This month I’ve found a happy medium producing two crafts, one with my toddler and one without. We were assigned the theme ‘birds and flying’ and sent a blind box of goodies to use as a starting point for our creations.   Our first make is a super simple little bird feeder using pipe cleaners and cheerios. I…

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This Bostik Bloggers post is delayed for good reason – In the process of making this wreath I managed to give myself a second degree burn which has rather hampered my progress with the write up! Moving swiftly on… today I’m showing you how to make a floral spring wreath. This pretty piece of decor is perfect for Easter and can brighten up your home well into the Summer. Don’t be phased by my tragic accident, just make sure to wear protective gloves when working with hot glue or ask a responsible adult to help!     The starting point for any wreath is the circular frame. You can buy convenient polystyrene or foam ones in most craft stores but I wasn’t too keen on the idea of a trip into town with a teething toddler. I made my ‘base’ using a piece of cardboard from a discarded Amazon box.…

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This year Lu & I are taking part in the Bostik Bloggers programme which means we’ll be doing a different craft every month and you are obliged to look at our creations. This month we were sent a box of valentines themed paper and craft goods.   You might think 20 months is pretty young to be crafting and doubt that Luisa could be showing any real artistic flair. You’d be right, she gives no thought to composition and less is never more. Nevertheless, the whole reason I got involved in the Bostik Bloggers project was so that we could both try new things and watch less Bing Bunny. I decided decorating some valentines cards was an achievable craft for Luisa so I showed her how the glue worked and taught her how to shakey shake the glitter and off she went. It was really tough to get photos of the little artiste…

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  A few days ago I was struggling for ideas for things to do with Luisa in the house during the afternoon – there are only so many times I can read the same books or roll a ball back and forward! I was really keen to try some baby sensory activities as I love the idea of messy play and I thought she would too – given that she’s obsessed with textures at the minute. The problem was I needed an activity that she could put in her mouth without breaking it or making herself sick. I decided to make some edible play dough for her to make a mess with and enjoy the sticky texture. It only took about 5 minutes to make and I laid it out on a tray with some crunchy cornflakes and cold blueberries for her to explore.     I have two recipes…

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