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Day 15: 365 Day Activity Challenge

Story Sunday

This week Jack & Mikey have been enjoying the story: The three little pigs.

It goes like this:

Once upon a time there were three little pigs and the time came for them to leave home and build their own homes.

The first little pig built his house out of straw because it was the easiest thing to do. The second little pig built his house out of sticks. This was a little bit stronger than a straw house. The third little pig built his house out of bricks.

One night the big bad wolf, who loved to eat little piggies, came along and saw the first little pig in his house of straw. He said “Let me in, Let me in, little pig or I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house down!” “Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin”, said the little pig. But of course the wolf did blow the house in and ate the first little pig.

The wolf then came to the house of sticks. “Let me in ,Let me in little pig or I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house down” “Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin”, said the little pig. But the wolf blew that house in too, and ate the second little pig.

The wolf then came to the house of bricks. ” Let me in , let me in” cried the wolf “Or I’ll huff and I’ll puff till I blow your house down” “Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin” said the pigs. Well, the wolf huffed and puffed but he could not blow down that brick house.

But the wolf was a sly old wolf and he climbed up on the roof to look for a way into the brick house.

The little pig saw the wolf climb up on the roof and lit a roaring fire in the fireplace and placed on it a large kettle of water.

When the wolf finally found the hole in the chimney he crawled down and KERSPLASH right into that kettle of water and that was the end of his troubles with the big bad wolf.

And he lived happily ever after!

The boys loved this story, especially the “I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house down” parts, they liked joining in. It really helped with increasing Mikey’s eye contact and it made the story fun where the boys could join in and read a long.

I have a feeling the three little pigs will be the boys new favourite bed time story.

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Day 14: 365 Day Activity Challenge

Saturday 14th January 2017

So today was supposed to be Sensory Saturday but the boys have just wanted to be outside today and how can I deny them the enjoyment of playing outdoors?

So today we played bouncing…on a trampoline!

Ok, it’s a pretty simple activity, but there’s nothing kids love more than to jump around and since this is a safe piece of equipment they can use rather than jumping on my bed (which they do and it scares the life out of me).

So here they are at Nanny’s house playing on the trampoline.

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Day 6: The 365 Day Activity Challenge

6th January 2017

Today is Food Friday, so we made homemade Bolognese from scratch with wholemeal pasta. I love getting the boys involved with cooking!

I didn’t get any pictures of the prep unfortunately but I’ll be sure to make it again next week and take more pictures, it turns out cooking with toddlers means you need both hands at all times, ha!

So we started with a 250g pack of Mince, I always personally feel there’s too much fat, so I brown it and drain the fat off.

We then wizzed up tinned tomatoes, fresh tomatoes and tomato puree (it was very tomatoey!) I added in fresh garlic, onions, 1 beef oxo cube, a touch of salt & pepper and a smidgen of Mustard! Jack loved measuring out teaspoonfuls of each spice and food we added, Mikey preferred pressing the button on the food processor.

Once the the mince was browned, I added the sauce and let it heat on the stove for a while, when I dished them up, I added a little touch of ground up Almonds, I mushed them up with a pestle and mortar and Jack enjoyed helping me crush them.

Here’s the finished results:

The boys loved it! It’s amazing how much more they enjoy their food when they help to make it.

 

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Day 4: The 365 Day Activity Challenge

4th January 2017

The fourth day of our 365 day activity challenge and today is Wacky Wednesday, so today we’re being wacky with hats!

We picked out different hats that belonged, to Jack, Mikey, Daddy, Mummy and even Baby Nicole!

Mikey wasn’t interested so Jack was happy to be model and we had lots of fun trying on different head wear, even a pair of underpants!

It was a really fun, silly half an hour we spent pulling funny faces with the hats on, here’s the results:

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Why not join?

We do activities every day and tomorrow is Thoughtful Thursday!

Don’t forget to use the hashtag: #ymbactivitychallenge

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Day 3: The 365 Day Activity Challenge

3rd January 2017

The third day of our 365 activity challenge and today is Toy Tuesday!

So we use the toys we have at home with our imagination to make our own games up.

We used all of Jack & Mikey’s “friends” to do a Teddy Bear’s Picnic! Jack dressed up as The Gruffalo and Mikey dressed up as a dog.

They got so many interactive and cuddly toys for Christmas, we thought it would be fun to put them in some sort of circle and feed them the “fruit” that the boys recieved in a basket from Santa and we read Mikey’s favourite book “Little Train’s Big Journey” to them.

We also sang some nursery rhymes and had cuddles while we read the stories and gave all the teddies their names.

 

We’re looking forward to tomorrow’s activity for Wacky Wednesday!

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Day 2: The 365 Day Activity Challenge

2nd January 2017

The 2nd day of my 365 Day Activity Activity Challenge today and it’s Messy Monday!

Considering we’ve just gone into a new year, we decided to do some painting! Painting fireworks! We made it extra creative and used dish brushes.

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The shape of the brush makes perfect fireworks and we added glitter to make it a bit more messy and pretty!

I bought the brushes for 50p each from ASDA and the paint from our craft box at home which has been bought for 99p each.

Jack loved making fireworks! Mikey wasn’t so interested so I’ll try at another time when he’s more interested in sitting still for more than 30 seconds.

Happy New Year Everyone!

 

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The 365 Day Activity Challenge

The 365 Day Activity Challenge

I always plan to do great daily activities with my kids and I’ll stick to it for a while, but we end up getting caught up doing other things, so I’ve set my self a 2017 challenge as a new years resolution and I’ve put it on my blog so I can inspire other people and also not give up because lots of people are reading, ha! A challenge to do daily activities with my kids and post it on my blog!

So I’ve dedicated a day of the week to a theme of activities, using Pinterest for a lot of inspiration, but STEAM Ahead for kids also had lots of great activities and also the 5 Minute Fun website, so I’ll be using a combination of the three to decide what activities I’m going to do and I’ll post daily updates with the hashtag #ymbactivitychallenge

I’m going to do my best to stick to daily activities, but if they get really inspired some days we’ll do two or three and they can allow for days when we aren’t up to it, let’s face it kids get poorly so there are going to be days off but I’ll do my best to post daily activities for people to follow and I’d love my readers to join in and take part in doing one activity (or more) a day for the whole of 2017!

Post your own ideas and I’ll schedule them in to do them and I’ll repost your activity pictures!

So this is the daily plan to mix it up a bit:

Monday – Messy Monday

(Doing messy activities, so get your aprons and baby wipes handy)

Tuesday – Toy Tuesday

(Imaginative play with your kids own toys)

Wednesday – Wacky Wednesday

(Dressing up and being silly)

Thursday – Thoughtful Thursday

(Using our imagination to make our own adventures)

Friday – Food Friday

(Baking and cooking)

Saturday – Sensory Saturday

(Sensory games, toys and activities)

Sunday – Storytime Sunday

(Time to relax and listen to some stories)

I’ll be starting it on the 1st of January and would love to see people join in and share your pictures, make sure you use the hashtag  #ymbactivitychallenge and tag @yummymummysblog so I see your posts!

Let’s do the 365 Day Activity Challenge! Who’s in?

Here’s the link to:

My Pinterest page: Yummy Mummy’s Blog Pinterest

STEAM Ahead for Kids Book: STEAM AHEAD For Kids

5 Minutes Fun: 5 Minute Fun