Emma has now been at nursery since mid-September and as I expected it has opened up a new world of things she loves to do. I discovered this in the form of a Tapestry notification showing me the fun she has when she’s at nursery, all things I have never tried with her because I don’t want paint splattered over the walls of my kitchen. And more to the point, there is just no room left. Our house feels full. It is already wall to wall with Vtech plastic and Happyland toys, that the painting, water table and will have to be at nursery. I often wonder who are these people with big play rooms?!
So here are the new things in Emma’s world that are making her smile and feel proud of herself. In fact, when I was sent the pictures below, my heart melted a little with pride for my little baby who is most definitely growing up.
Every day at 9:30am Emma’s nursery do some form of messy play…so some days it’s with water and other days with shaving foam or paint. I couldn’t believe it though when I saw this picture of Emma painting a purple dinosaur, sat at the table concentrating. There are lots of messy play groups around Brighton I could take her to try this too, but always though it was for much older kids and had no idea she loved it this much. We also have to thank the nursery as their water-based play has evoked a sudden interest in helping us with the washing up, YES! You can never start them too young, as they say…
Quite a while ago I tried to introduce Emma to crayons and colouring in, but she ended up eating half a blue Crayola while I had my back turned. This made me very worried but Google told me it would be okay. So since then, I hadn’t really re-visited the idea until I picked Emma up and she was holding a Rainbow coloured pencil in each hand…those pencils that have multi-coloured lead. She absolutely loves them and they tell me she has great fun colouring in. So we’ve now brought that new revelation home and decided to put the crayons away for the moment!
Magazines (aka Supermarket Entertainment)
It all started out very well with our supermarket visits – Emma loved going to Asda and see the bright green labelling and strip lighting. But these days her patience for it is wearing a little thin, so the magazine aisle is our friend. Her favourite is the Bing magazine but we’ve tried out Mr Tumble and Teletubbies for size too and this girl just loves to turn those pages. It’s instant entertainment and stops her from trying to gnaw her way through the block of cheese as I try to put it in the trolley. One of our current favourites though is a new magazine called Okido, which at £4 is pretty well priced, considering it has 46 pages of activities, games and stories for the kids to read through. We were sent one by the lovely guys at Okida and Emma absolutely loved it; our edition was all about the human body with lots to read and she still enjoys getting it out to have a look. I’m also planning on taking it to Australia with me next week, as it’s the perfect little distraction!
So little Emma is not so little any more, she’s growing fast and getting stuck into all these new things, far faster than I realise. Have you discovered any new things your little ones like as they approach toddler age?
Disclosure: Okido kindly sent us their fantastic magazine to try out for the purpose of this review.