Entertainment Ideas For Kids On Bank Holiday Rain Outs

Its bank holiday half term and yes it is most likely raining outside, it always is on bank holidays right? All plans of getting the kids outside for the day are ruined and now you've got bored antsy children that need entertaining. Don't panic is rule number one, if they sense your stuck for ideas then they will most likely panic and cause utter carnage throughout the household. I have put together a list of  just a few ideas that you could rustle up at short notice to keep  your babies/toddlers pleasantly distracted. 

Thanks to Travel Bag who came to me and asked me to write this post, encouraging me to come up with ways that will aid even me in the future. Do go and check them out they specialise in taylor made holidays all over the world. They look amazing! I need a holiday myself. 
Rice Pits

This activity is great for the younger baby and older toddler. The babies will love the sensory play of the rice and toddlers love pouring the rice in and out of the cups and tea pot. It's a simple idea but gives plenty for the imagination. You can sit and really interact with your kids making up all different scenarios having your own rice tea shop. 

Colour sensory pits
I have done this many times with Penny over the last two years and now she's nearly two I can ask her to come round the house with me picking up colour themed objects. We put them into the pit and then afterwards when we have plenty of items. We talk about the colour and go through what we found. With babies it's great for them feeling different objects and is a great source of sensory play. It's amazing what great things you can find laying around the house. 

Edible Sand pits
This activity is similar to the rice pit but instead it's more a sand pit. You can add all sorts of toys to it and create your very own building site adding differs, cars, spades and buckets to it. It is edible and safe to eat as it's made from just dishes rice biscuits. It's such a simple idea and really does look like sand! You could add oats to this also.

Here are a few others to try out:

- Make your own indoor cinema, Make your pit for the day get the kids involved setting up their favourites blankets and soft toys. Grab some snacks and snuggle down for the afternoon. Kids don't tend to sit still for long so here a tip I use. I try to put on films we have the toy characters for so when the film is on and they loose interest try talking to them about the character and play. It brings their interest back to the film.

- Crafts, yes it might be messy and a chore to clean up but your'll be making some great keepsakes and its such great bonding time to sit down and really let your children express their creativity. It doesn't matter how young or old. Just let them explore its great fun.

- Build a fort, don't you remember building these when you were young? I do, they are great fun they feel so secretive and special. I didn't do one with my parents so imagine the delight your kids would have playing dens with mum and dad. Get involved. Why not have a picnic lunch in your new found secret place?!

I hope this post may inspire you to keep your little ones busy over the half term! Have you any activities in particular on rainy days in, leave a comment below letting me know what you get up too?

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Long Time No Sentiment | Penelopes 22 Month Update

Ahh it has been such a long time since I've blabberd on about how much I love my daughter. Since it's long over due I felt the need to be my usual soppy mum self and let it all out. God since I last updated you on Penelope she has come on so well. She is 100% character at all times, and is most definitely well into her terrible twos.

It's quite funny actually one minute she is this loving, clingy, mummy or daddies girl and the next minute she's shouting 'No!' at us for absolutely no reason and wont let us near her pouting out her lips at us. They really do have the most rapid mood changes at this age. Its all part of the fun and games of course, she is a pure pleasure to have around.

Communicating with a toddler at 22 months old in one way makes parenting one so much easier, as they can express what they would like in varied ways. You start to feel like you've cracked this parenting lark as you understand your childs wants and needs. On the other hand it becomes alot more demanding because they start to realise you understand them and what they want. Toddlers tend to take advantage of that new skill and practice trying to express things to you. Its not a bad thing by any means but it does keep you busy being asked to immediately rescue the Teletubbies from behind the TV countless times in a day. That requires wine by 7.30pm.

Talking of Penny being able to communicate better now. As she is saying more and more words, I'm starting to hear how her little voice is coming together. Everyone has there own pitch and way of talking. She sounds just angelic and sweet when she speaks. I adore it. When she says 'I dont know' when trying to find things in a search and find book... it just melts my heart.

We took a walk to the shops recently without the buggy, it went amazingly well. This was the first time doing so as usually she would get too tired or frustrated. I had tears walking back from the shop as I had just imaged this moment of walking to the shops with my little girl for a packet of sweeties all my life. It was a beautiful day, we were in shorts, and Penny was so chuffed over her chocolate buttons I was so utterly happy. She walked the entire way without giving up.

I love that the cuddles are real cuddles now, she puts her arms under mine and squeezes me in tight patting me on the sides. I have this odd habit of patting anyone I hug, turns out my daughters picked up the same habit, much to daddies delight, it bugs the heck out of him when I do it.

Other Updates:
- No new teeth
- Thicker longer hair, can now put in pony tail and pig tails
- Takes her own nappy off, and it trying to learn to pull up her pull ups
- Is doing great with colours, numbers, and knowing her objects.
- She loves dancing, and is starting to sing along
- She is saying key words in short worded books. She remembers them.
- Is still napping, if she doesnt nap she gets really over tired during the afternoon
- Plays fetch with the dog, she adores Pippin. They are peas in a pod.

Having things on her head
Playing in the garden
Her new nappies, pull ups. Its changed out lives as shes always hated nappy changes.

Being told no
Mummy and daddy leaving
Waiting 1 minute for her milk
When her songs stop on my phone mid song because of our stupid internet

That's all for now folks! When do toddlers stop having naps? I dread this day as sometimes its the only time I get work done or house bits done. What happens to life after naps vanish?!

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Hello Stranger.

Where to begin? I suppose I should say Hello, its been so long I feel like I need to greet you all. You feel like strangers; crazy that I've let that happen. I cant dwell on the fact I've missed out logging our lives for the last few months, while we've seen Penelope blossom and grow into her now 22nd month of life, if I'm completely truthful life has been tough on our family lately.

These past few months have been manic for us. We've had alot of sickness all round this household, try thinking of anything that could make a human being poorly and I can tell you its been a problem for one or all of us.

For two weeks, time dragged by far to slowly for my liking, we were worried sick for my mum as she was undergoing investigation for the big C word. She underwent a procedure and thankfully the doctors took a few biopsys but all have come back okay. The problem doesn't end there though, while thankfully she doesn't seem to have cancer. My mum is still not well. Shes had diabetes her whole life since she was 3, her body seems to be slowly letting her down after so long of not being able to look after her health well enough. She isnt well, and it frightens me. Seeing a lady thats done her best raising us by herself starting to struggle hurts my heart. For her these past few months have been hellish. 

Reese and me have been up and down for a while now, being in a relationship is the hardest thing in the world. Staying happy takes alot of work especially as parents. We have so many issues to work through but I have faith that in time we can work through them.

I've felt so consumed by life that I feel we've been fighting to stay a unit, trying to keep going and to hold on tight while the road has been bumpy. Our problems are not gone, but we are surviving.

The one person that has all of us tripping over our hearts is Penelope. She can put a smile on our faces in any situation. Many times I've had tears ready to poor from my eyes, and then I hear 'Mama' and a tear or two will fall but its because I'm so bloody greatful to have her there. She stops my sadness in its tracks. Instead my heart fills with love and I stare into her loving eyes. Just imagine feeling at your lowest and seeing your near two year old running open armed to give you the warmest hug you so desperately need.

I need to do a much needed update on her really, as so much has changed, she is doing so so well. She is nearly a whole two years old. You can completely see it too, the personality on her is huge, sometimes she knocks me for six giving me attitude and I'll pause and think...'Oh know she didn't?!'.

I'm going to leave it there for now, I hope we can catch up and get rid of that 'stranger' feeling quite promptly. I have so much to get out to you that I dare bombard you all in one post so ill have to space things out a little. It feels good to blurt my feelings out again. Thanks Babyy Pebbles, you really do help me for someone who struggles to express myself, this is the most effective way I can feel free from my own mind sometimes.
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