When Emma was born, everyone said how much she looked like my other half, and also my stepson. In my hormonal state at the time, I was utterly crushed…how could she not look like me at all? Then as time went on, she changed a little and looks more like me when I was a toddler. Toddlers are ever-changing and she can look like Mummy one week and then Daddy the next. But personality is a whole different ball game and we have been spotting traits in her that are very much from her Dad’s side of the family.
In particular, she has begun to show a real artistic streak and we discovered this as soon as she started going to nursery. She loves painting and colouring in, which is something we hadn’t really introduced at home until we found out how much she adores it. These days, she walks over to her chair in the kitchen, climbs up herself and starts colouring, which always seems like her ‘me time’ after a busy day at nursery. It’s fantastic that she’s found something she really loves and we try to encourage this as much as we can at home.
The problem we have is that she isn’t yet old enough to use colouring books as she really only wants to draw ‘bubbles’ (circles) so they feel like a bit of a waste. But we were introduced to a fab company called Twinkl who provide a whole host of educational printouts for young children. On their website, we found some great printouts for colouring and have been enjoying using them for Emma to doodle on and practice colouring within the lines.
I was so impressed with the range of resources there is on the website – separated by age and key stage. There was everything I could think of listed; from counting to ABC’s and also activity sheets for upcoming events such as Mother’s Day. I’m trying to drop a few hints to my other half so they can make Mummy a Mother’s Day card together! I think it’s such a useful thing to have at your fingertips not just for parents, but also cafe and restaurant owners and teachers too.
So we decided to print a few off for Emma to try and she absolutely loved it. I’ve been finding lately that as we enter the height of frustrated tantrums, having something to hand that works her brain is really helpful. It certainly distracts her but it also means she’s not bored at home. I’m still not sure if this is a factor with the tantrumming but I’m beginning to think it could be. It only took a few moments to see how much she loved the colouring and it made it so much more interesting than scribbling in Daddy’s notepad. I’m sure he is also grateful at not having to bring a very colourful notepad to his meetings too!
Twinkl is the home of unique, teacher-created educational resources and we were given a subscription for the purposes of this review. Subscription prices start from £2.50 per month.