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3rd July 2014

Activity Idea: Batting Bubbles

If you have a little boy as active as mine, you will be looking for ways to wear them out in the garden this summer – and this simple idea is the perfect activity for sunny days.

All you need is a bubble machine (or willing bubble blower with lots of puff!), bubble mixture, and a fly squat. Send the small person outside, arm them with a fly squat, and start the bubbles – the idea is for them to pop as many bubbles as they can. It kept my crazy little person busy for far longer than other activities in the garden, so we will probably be setting it up every sunny day for the rest of summer!

I apologise for the strange appearance of my child in the pictures below. His outfit is composed of half pyjamas and half day clothes. What can I say; it was one of those days when a toddler decides what he’s going to wear and I didn’t have the energy to argue.

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And if you are looking for a good homemade bubble mixture recipe to pour into your bubble machine (or empty bottles for the manual method), here’s a really simple one that we will be trying soon:

  1. Pour half a cup of fairy liquid (or other dish wash) into a bowl.
  2. Add 1.5 cups of water to the bowl.
  3. Add 2 teaspoons of sugar into the bowl
  4. Gently stir your mixture.

Have fun!



30th May 2014

Painting with cars

If your boys are car obsessed, they will love this activity (and it only takes seconds to set up, which means it’s a good one for us too!)

You just need paint, a selection of different cars, and paper. Simple as that.

Stanley loved painting with the cars, rolling the wheels through the paint and creating a pattern of tracks on the paper. It kept him occupied for much longer than I expected and he asked to do it again that afternoon.

I think this task could be even better if we had a garden. I’d lay out a long roll of paper on the lawn (or use a large bit of cardboard if one was hanging around) and line the cars up. I’d also use different colours of paint, so he could crate a crazy pattern of track marks. That’s one to save for the summer when we’re back in the UK!

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Some tips:

1) Use water-based, washable paint. Very important if you don’t want your little people and their cars splattered with paint permanently! I used this one from ELC (£1 per bottle, bargain!)

2) Use a flat plate for the paint so the cars can be rolled over easily.

3) Choose different sized cars so the tyre tracks are different widths. This creates the best patterns!

Let me know if you give it a go!