This picture was taken on a fantastic family day out just after our move to Cornwall. It was a beautiful sunny day and we took a boat trip to St Mawes. The boys had a wonderful time exploring the little beaches and best of all St Mawes Castle. We have been doing lots of castle play inspired by our trip - def a future post :) We are hoping to go on more Cornish adventures each weekend. Please give us tips if you know of any secret hideaways we can explore :)
November was the month of the big move :) We are loving our new house and it feels very cosy already. We have made good use of being near to my family too. Arthur is always so excited to see which family member will knock at the door next.
*The sea air
* Grandma and Grandad (my little helpers)
* Our Seaviews
*Playing football again
*Standing up on boats :)
*Crawling on all fours ( a step on from commando crawling.... he is extremely fast)
I am so excited about next months Me and Mine. I love Christmas and it is Billy's first Christmas, is it too early to whack up the decorations? We have already started singing Christmas songs :)
As we are fast approaching the festive season I thought it was the perfect time for some snow play. Arthur has experienced real snow when he was about 17 months old and was fascinated by it. I was about 8 months pregnant at the time and doing my best to keep up with my very excited tot! We did manage to enjoy a fabulous snow day together, finished with a cosy hot chocolate watching The Snowman...good times!
One of Arthur's favourite stories is 'Say hello to the snowy animals' by Ian Whybrow and Ed Eaves. We have read it many times since he was a just few months old.
On each page you 'say hello' to a new snowy animal and make the accompanying sound. Arthur nearly knows the story off by heart and loves to join in as I tell it. I decided to create a 'snow' world for him and Bill to explore complete with his snowy animal collection.
I used fake snow, white pom poms ,assorted in size, cotton wool balls and tinfoil. Arthur was delighted to discover his snow world after his nap and dived straight in with bare feet.
We read the story together as Arthur explored the feeling of the 'snow' with his hands and feet. He made footprints and took handfuls to sprinkle over the animals. As we shared the story he found the accompanying animal and joined in the sounds.
He also began to make up some of his own play scenarios and told me 'polar bear's chasing penguin' .. 'oh no husky's fallen over' (as he proceeded to throw him in to the snow!) We used the tinfoil as ice and pretended the animals were ice skating. This was inspired by another snowy story 'Penguin Pete' by Marcus Pfister.
Soon Bill woke up from his nap and was eager to join in the fun. We had a 'snow storm' which involved waving scarves and throwing the snow at each other..... somehow Billy got a thicker covering than Arthur? Mmmm very strange!
I hope you are all having lots of wintery fun with your little people and are managing to stay warm. Brrrrr it's cold outside!