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Magazines, Colouring & Messy Play

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 ย will have to be at nursery. I often wonder who are these people withย 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.

Messy Play

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…



14560217_1206704352753437_5127579978777692460_oColouring In

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 ยฃ4 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!

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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.

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  1. November 21, 2016 / 11:38 pm

    ‘Google said it was ok’ made me chuckle. She is adorable! Those pictures are lovely. Magazine looks like it has fab illustrations and plenty of bright colours too. #marvmondays

  2. November 22, 2016 / 6:05 am

    I dreaded art when I worked with the Littles in the one year old room, but I always slapped a smile on my face because it’s such an important exploration. #DreamTeam

  3. November 22, 2016 / 6:47 am

    It’s such a great idea to give her “messy” time each day! She is freaking adorable too BTW! #DreamTeam

  4. November 22, 2016 / 6:57 am

    I’ve also stayed away from too much messy play at home out of fear of the mess – and like you, I don’t really have the room for big activity tables either! The Popple is really big on water play these days – she could spend hours running her hands through the bathroom tap! #DreamTeam

  5. November 22, 2016 / 7:21 am

    I can’t wait to try these sorts of activities with Josh! Emma looks like she’s having a whale of a time bless her. If Josh is anything like his mother he’s going to love magazines ha ha xx #dreamteam

  6. November 22, 2016 / 8:30 am

    Messy play is certainly best done at nursery! It looks as if she’s having great fun in her life right now – so lovely ๐Ÿ™‚ Alison x #DreamTeam

  7. November 22, 2016 / 8:56 am

    Lovely post on how children progress at nursery and I think most Mama’s can relate to the desire to avoid messy play at home. You are so right about the house being rammed with Vtech and Happyland – I can completely relate. How many Ikea storage units can one house actually hold?!?!?!

    My little girl (also called Emma) absolutely loves colouring in and at only 4 she is neater than her 7 year old brother. It’s fab when you find something they love and can keep them occupied for big chunks of time x

  8. November 22, 2016 / 9:31 am

    I sooooo would have googled too ๐Ÿ™‚ That magazine looks fab ๐Ÿ™‚ #DreamTeam

  9. November 22, 2016 / 9:39 am

    This messy plays are the best – for kids especially;), done in nursery, even better! And yes, our kids grow up so fast, it seems that when they reach the age of 5 they are all grown up! So, injoy this toddler years with her – the development is incredible, you’ll see!;)

  10. November 22, 2016 / 10:14 am

    My little girl is exactly the same shopping. We spent a good 10 minutes in front of the magazines trying to distract her while my husband paid for the shop. Edith has also tried to eat half a crayon. Haha.


  11. November 22, 2016 / 10:50 am

    My children LOVE all of these things but I have to admit, I find it quite stressful! It’s alright when there’s just one of them doing it but when I have all three of the little ones doing crafts or messy play, it’s an absolute nightmare! I’ve promised the children we will do some painting this afternoon and I’m half hoping they won’t remember! No such luck though! #dreamteam

  12. November 22, 2016 / 11:15 am

    When we went to Camp Bestival, Okido magazine had a stand which was brilliant. It was a space themed edition and I still have it in my bedside table drawer. It’s a great magazine and so funky! #DreamTeam xx

  13. November 22, 2016 / 11:54 am

    Oh wow I love a bit of messy play and love crafty afternoons with little man. My big lad never liked to get messy LOL! Glad Emma is settling into nursery well hun #DreamTeam

  14. November 22, 2016 / 12:56 pm

    Evie does love a good magazine, ideal for train journeys that’s for sure! I think drawing and colouring is Evie’s favourite thing to do at home, both before and after school! #MarvMondays

  15. November 22, 2016 / 1:37 pm

    Messy play sounds so much fun. They offer it at a local church which I think is a great idea. Keeps the mess away from home.

    Sally @ Life Loving

  16. November 22, 2016 / 2:07 pm

    I DEFINITELY put it off with the twins- now we are fully immersed- they are loving it and I am hating it!

  17. November 22, 2016 / 2:13 pm

    They really do grow up so quickly. My eldest has discovered a love for messy play too!


  18. November 22, 2016 / 2:14 pm

    I love seeing children being messy and getting mucky, it’s what childhood is for! Hope the new job is going well Bridget?! hugs xx

  19. November 22, 2016 / 4:24 pm

    Tapestry is brilliant isn’t it! We love it and we find that Mouse does so much more at pre-school than she admits to at home, it’s a great way of spying on how good they are at certain activities so you know what to expand on. I’m not surprised that’s she’s a curious, creative little lady at all Xxx

  20. November 22, 2016 / 5:00 pm

    looks like something that kids enjoy:) and you little one is so lovely:)

  21. November 22, 2016 / 6:12 pm

    Magazines and messy play – sounds like my daughter’s ideal day! Thanks for the ideas! #dreamteam

  22. November 22, 2016 / 7:52 pm

    Messy play can stay at nursery, my kids loved to get painting but not at home unless it was a sunny day and we could take the mess outside. #dreamteam

  23. November 22, 2016 / 8:07 pm

    Bless her, so cute! I know what you mean about messy play though – I avoid it at home for the same reasons. But my LO does it during her 3 days at nursery and loves it. So I have recently been a bit more adventurous at home and made play dough. We also do a lot of colouring with wax crayons and colouring pencils; Like you, we had an eating ‘incident’ (although with a water soluble colour pencil – cue VERY blue mouth, eek!) so we went to normal colouring pencils for a while. They are also safer if she’s roaming free! Hope you make it to a messy play session soon too x #DreamTeam

  24. November 22, 2016 / 8:47 pm

    Awww Emma! Shes growing up so quickly isnt she ๐Ÿ™‚ Nursery is amazing for helping them discover exciting new worlds that they may not have seen at home. It looks like shes having so much fun and its great that you’ve been able to bring some of that home too. My little one suddenly discovered the magazine aisle some time ago too and every time we go to a supermarket now we usually end up buying one. I had no idea that there was an Okido one out now, we will have to look out for that as Ella loves Okido! Emily #DreamTeam

  25. November 22, 2016 / 9:20 pm

    She looks in her element in the messy play photos bless her! So adorable! #dreamteam

  26. November 22, 2016 / 10:34 pm

    I need to try some more of these things with Baby Lighty too, who is a similar age to Emma. Hadn’t even thought about magazines, so I shall have to give those a whirl! #DreamTeam

  27. November 23, 2016 / 12:58 am

    Wow! You are a brave mama! My kids love art, but sometimes the mess is too much! She’s adorable and looks like she is having so much fun!

  28. November 23, 2016 / 6:57 am

    Wow Emma looks to be doing so well! I love the photo of her doing the washing up. My kids also love washing up (it was one of their favourite things about the camping trip we went on over the summer because we were washing up outside so they didn’t have me badgering them about being careful!).

    I remember I tried doing painting with my daughter at home but she was never interested. She’d get bored really easily and wander off. But when we went for parents evening at nursery, they told me that the painting corner was her favourite bit and apparently she spends hours there! Obviously just doesn’t like painting with mummy! Haha. #DreamTeam

  29. November 23, 2016 / 7:33 am

    I’m discovering new things about my 16 month old all the time. When we go to playgroup she plays with things and shows skills that I didn’t know she could do or was interested in. #marvmondays

  30. November 23, 2016 / 8:45 am

    My daughter loves all of this too – despite the cleaning up, it’s lovely to watch (and palm off her “creations” on rellies!) #dreamteam

  31. November 23, 2016 / 10:23 pm

    This magazine looks great. I must watch out for it in the shops. #MarvMondays

    • November 25, 2016 / 10:07 pm

      Stopping by again. Thanks for hosting #DreamTeam

  32. November 24, 2016 / 12:41 pm

    Every time we go to the shop I get “Mummy can I have a magazine?!?” I wouldn’t mind but some are nearly ยฃ4 a pop!! It’s amazing what they learn in those first few months at nursery. I’m glad she’s enjoying it! ๐Ÿ™‚ #dreamteam

  33. November 24, 2016 / 2:20 pm

    I hate the dreaded messy play to and avoid it like the plague. L is really into colouring and drawing and we take a pad of paper and crayons everywhere with us now x

  34. November 24, 2016 / 4:59 pm

    Know what you mean.. where’s the space (and patience!) for messy play at home? That magazine looks interesting, haven’t seen that one before ๐Ÿ™‚ (found you via #marvmondays)

  35. November 24, 2016 / 7:52 pm

    I’m all for water based play at home and mine love to help me “wash up”, but otherwise I wasn’t so keen on the messy play at home. I volunteered with a local children’s centre over the summer holidays though and we organised a series of messy play sessions which were absolute carnage (think baby baths of angel delight, jelly and rainbow spaghetti, and paint trays to walk in and then run onto a white sheet). The cleaning up was epic but goodness me the kids all loved it! The magazine looks great hon. Have a wonderful time in Aus! xx #DreamTeam

  36. November 24, 2016 / 9:04 pm

    So lovely when they discover all of these wonderful new things isn’t it? I love that the nursery do messy play so I don’t have to, haha. Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

  37. November 25, 2016 / 10:32 am

    The magazines are a big hit in our house too. And the messy play, although, admittedly, I don’t do it as often as I should. Shaving foam is a fun idea! #DreamTeam

  38. November 25, 2016 / 1:17 pm

    We have found exactly the same thing with Alfie since he has started nursery – things I have tried with him in the past and not been interested in, he is now excelling in. As someone who loves arts and crafts myself, and I so excited that he is now interested in painting and colouring! Although he does still occasionally try to eat the crayons….#MarvMondays

  39. November 25, 2016 / 8:24 pm

    I think they just change and grow so quickly that one day they could hate something them the next day they love it! Toddlers are strange sometimes haha #MarvMondays

  40. November 26, 2016 / 8:41 am

    Visiting again from #DreamTeam

  41. November 27, 2016 / 3:24 pm

    I agree that nursery or playgroup opens up their little worlds so much. It’s lovely to hear that Emma has been enjoying her time so well. You say you distract her from gnawing the cheese by offering a magazine? *thinks to self.. why didn’t I think of this! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for co-hosting the #dreamteam with me xx

  42. November 27, 2016 / 9:56 pm

    Visiting again from #MarvMondays

  43. November 28, 2016 / 5:45 pm

    Lovely to hear your little one growing so fast? Time flies doesn’t it? Crayons are okay to eat, who knew? Still think I’ll skip trying it anyways #dreamteam

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