Fun motor skills for tots

5 Fine motor skills activities for tots

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Toddlers and preschoolers need time to develop motor skills – whether they are gross motor, walking, climbing, jumping or fine motor that will help with writing in the future. Here’s 5 fun motor skills activities for tots this week featured from last weeks Tuesday Tots link up and our archives.

First off using some water beads (please use these with care and only with children who no longer put everything in

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How to make a wormery to explore what happens underground

Exploring worms and what they do with kids - make a wormery from junk

Understanding what happens beneath the soil is fascinating for kids – just like outer space and the deep sea it’s something that they can’t see easily but unlike either of those they can touch it and they get a glimpse at what is happening as they dig, garden and harvest vegetables from the garden. We’ve been reading Underground by Denise Fleming for this months Virtual Book Club for Kids and have decided to make a wormery to explore what worms actually do underground and learn a little more about why they need to do it.

Underground by Denise Fleming

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Fairy Home Birthday Cake

Fairy Toadstool Birthday cake how to

I love making birthday cakes for my kids – I’m not great at it but I like how they can be tailored to their interests at the time and the themes for their parties. This year T had a Fairy Tea Party so along with the Butterfly Fairy Cakes that she and I made together I baked and decorated a Fairy Home Birthday Cake for her main birthday cake. Looking really effective it was relatively easy to make so I wanted to share a quick how to with you so you could recreate if you wanted to.

How to

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Butterfly Fairy Cake Recipe

Butterfly Fairy Cakes

We recently hosted a Fairy Tea Party for T’s 3rd birthday and one of the treats that we served were some Butterfly Fairy Cakes that T and I made together, they are really easy to make and very pretty.

Butterfly Fairy Cakes Ingredients

Makes 12 Butterfly Fairy Cakes

4oz Margarine 4oz Golder Caster Sugar 4oz Self Raising Flour 2 eggs 2 teaspoons Baking Powder 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Ready to roll fondant icing Food Colouring Paste

Butterfly Fairy Cakes Method

Line a cupcake tin with some colourful cupcake cases (we use fairy cake cases the smaller size not muffin

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Egg fun for Easter

Crafts and Activities for some Egg Fun this Easter

With Easter just around the corner it’s time to share some Egg themed fun – crafts, activities and learning opportunities for all that were linked up from last week’s Tuesday Tots.

First off we have our own how to dye Egg Shells and then making egg shell collages – great fun especially if you have a little bit of a disaster when you get trying to blow eggs to decorate them with the kids.

I love ideas that encourage picky eaters – this Easter Egg Picnic idea from Toddling in the Fast Line looks a fantastic idea and once

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Cork Printed Flower Tote Bag – Creative Gift for Mums

Cork Printed Tote Bag for Kids to Make for Mothers Day

Sometimes I see activities on other blogs and I love what they have created and instantly think of an adaptation to the craft or activity that solves a problem that I have or I am so inspired I have to do. This happened last week when Jackie from Happy Hooligans linked up her Cork and Button Print Flowers on our Rainy Day Mum Facebook Page I was inspired to create a gift for my Mum with the kids based around the idea with a little variation to it.

Our adaptation is a shopping bag using the cork printing and

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Egg Shell Collage

Dyed Egg Shell Collage

Collages are great for children to express their art with different media – today’s collage we’ve used dyed egg shells to create a textured collage that gives you an opportunity to talk about colours with your preschooler as you work together. To find out how to dye egg shells check out our previous post they are really easy and the colours are vibrant and fun.

Materials for Egg Shell Collage

Dyed Egg Shells Paper Glue – School Glue (PVA glue) Bowls

Creating Egg Shell Collages

I left this as a creative process art project for T (3 years old)

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Easter crafting with Yellow Moon

Easter crafting kits from baker ross

Easter can be a busy time for families with visiting relatives, DIY projects, garden season started and family coming to visit as everyone has time off for the long bank holiday in the UK. So having some fun and simple craft kits stored up for kids to do whilst you are busy or if the heavens open can really help.

Baker Ross (Yellow Moons) Easter crafting collection is full of fun kits for kids of all ages to do with you and independently.

Threading fun for Bunny and Chick key rings

These are great little kits –

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Simple Parenting and Play Planner- on tour

Daily SPPP on tour 3

I am really pleased to welcome one of my fellow bloggers and an amazing mum to Rainy Day Mum today to introduce her fabulous new Simple Parenting and Play Planner to you as well as offer a copy up to Rainy Day Mum readers.


Thank you Cerys for kindly letting me stop by and share a tool that’ll help you get more play and kinder parenting in the family.

I’m Melitsa from When our children are little it’s hard to think further to when they are school aged and beyond. There’s a lot of pressure, mostly from

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