Monthly Archives: January 2014

Messy Pay – Winter Tough Spot

Winter play with the Tough Spot.


Gibby named this the North Pole, but I’m reluctant to title this post “North Pole Play” as there’s bound to be someone who points out the inaccuracies of the animals that live there. (No – I didn’t research it.)

What we used:

White tissue paper.


Ice mixed with food colouring that had been frozen in various shaped containers the day before.


We used this fake snow from Hobbycraft which was fab, but baking soda and water makes a good substitute. In fact if you google “messy play fake snow” there’s tons of home made recipes out there.


And of course some figures to play with.


This one went down very well and was played with on and off all day. We talked about:

– The different names of the animals that live in cold climates.
– What we like best about the snow and the cold.
– What happens to ice when it melts, and how we make it in the first place.





Now here’s hoping for some real snow 🙂 x

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you and yours – lovely people reading my blog! Has it got off to a good start? Mine got off to a sore-headed one. For the first time in a few years, we actually stayed up and drank in the new year with friends and family. This was fun.

Got woken abruptly by a daughter who had chosen that particular day to re-discover her toy microphone, and stand by our bed shouting “WAKE UP BANANA HEADS” through it. This was not fun.

Bleary eyed and hair askew I was then dragged in to her room and made to reprimand the “cheeky ghost” that had apparently pulled the bobble out of her plaits during the night. (Things veering smoothing from ‘not fun’ to just plain weird.)

But God bless paracetamol and rehydration sachets! (Top hangover tip there folks: you’re welcome) and we spent a lovely day with family, involving the burning of a solstice Yule log, haggis, The Sound of Music and chocolate. (I never said my family were normal…lovely, but definitely not normal.)

This year, I will not be making any resolutions but I will be pinning this -my new mantra for 2014 – up somewhere:


It pretty much covers it. Do you do resolutions?


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