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Water Gun Activities for Summer Fun

We recently acquired a set of water guns because the girls love a water fight. On a hot day a water fight is great fun but it isn’t always warm enough. When a water fight isn’t the best option, here are … Continue reading

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Free Resources for Play and Ideas for How to Use Them.

We have recently joined a wonderful group called Buy Nothing. The idea is that people in the local community share, via a Facebook group, the things they no longer need and offer them to others for free.  It is a great way … Continue reading

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America’s Most Playful Family?

  We have recently received some very exciting news.  Our family have been selected from over 700 applicants as one of 50 semi-finalists in America’s Most Playful Family Contest. To enter we were asked to answer a number of questions … Continue reading

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For my children…

Originally posted on memsandbeingmum:
I was asked to write a guest post (re-blogged below) for the lovely http://www.stumblinginflats.com. Do take at look at her site. She connects with many other MS bloggers/survivors and is keen to network with others. Thanks to…

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Outdoor Play: Springtime

Springtime in Seattle is as unpredictable as springtime in the UK.  Today we have glorious sunshine, yesterday we played in the ice and frost and a week ago we were playing in the rain. Whatever the weather the girls are drawn … Continue reading

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How to Make Hot Cross Buns

I love Hot Cross Buns.  Years ago there was a bakery near my flat that baked the very best Hot Cross Buns, huge, glazed and sticky. I am yet to find anywhere here that sells them, so we decided to try making our own.  … Continue reading

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Preschool ‘Art’- Process Versus Product

What is Children’s Art? As adults, artists are generally referred to in terms of the product they create – painters, sculptors, musicians or dancers. When we create ‘art’ we might think about what we are going draw or make before we begin. When … Continue reading

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Winter Olympic Themed Play

My regular readers may remember that during the London 2012 Olympics we staged our own Olympics in the garden.  Record low temperatures have arrived at the perfect time for us to stage our own Winter Olympics. We built skis and … Continue reading

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Playing in the Dark

My 5-year-old was petrified of the dark when she was younger.  She couldn’t even bear to have the curtains open and see the blackness outside. Only later did we discover that she had really poor eyesight and her fear gradually decreased once … Continue reading

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Do You Get Email in Heaven?

Hi Mum It’s been 13 years since we lost you and I was just wondering if email had reached Heaven yet? I know you’ve never had an email address or the internet at home but I’m sure there are people … Continue reading

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