I think I should start by saying – I do like Peppa Pig.
Miss 5: MUM! You have to see this. It’s weird. And cool. M-U-M!
Me: I think that’s a cicada nymph. Can you see the shell underneath? We sometimes find empty cicada shells, don’t we? It looks like this little guy didn’t quite make it out. Continue reading
My kids are energetic. Very energetic. I think most happy, healthy kids are – but it’s good to slow them down sometimes and help them to notice life’s little things. One way we like to do this outside is to go on a bug hunt. There are interesting insects and other small creatures all around, but often we don’t notice them because we are too busy. Open your child’s eyes to the wonder of bugs! Continue reading
To say the Octonauts have captured my kids’ imaginations is an understatement, and I don’t think my children are alone! I’ve overheard mums talking about the program, and kids role playing their favourite characters. The Octonauts follows a team of adventure heroes who dive into action whenever there is trouble under the sea. In a fleet of aquatic vehicles they rescue amazing sea creatures, explore incredible new underwater worlds and often save the day before returning safely to their home base, the Octopod. Continue reading
We took a spontaneous long weekend away to the Sunshine Coast, which is only an hour from home for us. All four of us really needed the time away from everything, we shared some lovely moments on the beach together:
The boys learned about water and waves.
We explored the rock pools (one of our all time favourite family activities).
We discovered new and interesting creatures: hermit crabs, fish, molluscs… and check out the amazing Spotted Sea Hare we found! (No, I didn’t know what it was without googling, though I guessed sea slug.)
And at the end of the day, we wandered the sandy shore together. Happiness.
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Holidays with under 5s are full of beautiful moments, but you have to find them. Holidays with under 5s can also be tiring, challenging, and an organisational nightmare!! I spoke on radio this week about my top 3 tips for holidaying with toddlers.
- #1 = make bed times familiar
- #2 = work in with toddler routines
- #3 = take basic kitchen plastics (2 x plastic fork, spoon, plate, bowl, sippy cup)
Click the following link to hear the podcast if you’re interested: