Our April

Our April

I’ve recently seen a few people do the month in review Blog Posts and I love the idea. It’s so nice to have a record & see all the things you have got up to. All the little days out get forgotten so it’s lovely to look back on.

We started the month with Easter Sunday, we had dinner at my Mum & Dad’s and a park trip to burn off the millions of eggs Finn had ate.

We then had an amazing swimming lesson from Finn, which was a big turning point. He was really nervous and held onto his teacher when he first started but this was the point he slowly began to make progress and gain confidence m.

We had a trip to Bents Garden Centre in Warrington which Finn loved, there’s a fab park & a lovely cafe.

I then ended up in hospital for 2 nights with tonsillitis, I think though I was really run down. I’d been working loads & doing a lot of late nights & early starts. Luckily a few days later we went on our Amazing holiday to Costa Teguise in Lanzarote. We stayed at the HD Beach resort which you can read about here.

When we come home we met my Mum & Dad in Chorlton & went for food & a play in the park.

Another day another park visit, followed by Finn’s favourite coffee & cake.

We went to Messy Mallie’s which is about 20 minutes away from us in Buckley. It was brilliant and Finn loved painting his own money box.

After the Easter holidays we were entitled to more hours at nursery. I was sad in one way as Finn stared doing more days so we lost a day in the week together. It’s meant though that I’ve gone from doing 4/5 late nights a week to 1/2. I’ve loved the little things like us having tea together as a family & doing bath, story & bed time.

Finn’s first go at Crazy Golf, followed by a Wagamama’s.

A visit to Little Al’s Urban farm in Eastham. We love it here.

Yet more amazing swimming from Finn, he’s managing to swim now with just the woggle & not holding on to his teacher.

Finally a zoo trip, we are members of Chester Zoo so we go all the time. This time Finn played in the sand & water for over an hour.

Edible Mud & Worms 

Edible Mud & Worms 

We recently made this Edible mud & worms it was so much fun! Finn loved it.


It was really easy to make, I just combined a few different methods I found online. I just guessed the amounts as well and mixed until it was the right consistency but below is roughly what I used. 


I used, 

  • 3 X packets of chocolate angel delight (but you could combine flour and coco powder if you prefer) 
  • About 3 tablespoons of baking powder 
  • About 8 tablespoons of flour 
  • A cup of water – just add gradually and stir until it’s the right consistency. Thick like wet mud but not too runny. 
  • About 3 tablespoons of cooking oil just to thicken it up. 


I mixed all the dry ingredients, then slowly added the water and oil mixing well. 

For the edible worms I  cooked spaghetti and added black food colouring. 

We also recently made this Cloud Dough Finn loved playing with it. 


Messy Play 

Messy Play 

One of the Toddler  Groups we love is Messy Play , Finn absolutely loves it and has developed so much since we started going. When we first started he just used to put his hands in the paints but now he will hold the brush and crayons more confidently. We have been going for about 7 months now and he is so excited when we walk in the room and he can’t wait to get involved. 

First Class
Finn’s first class

The company is called Splat Messy play and I definitely recommend these if there is a group near you. Here’s the link if you want to take a look Splat Messy Play

Finn’s first class
Finn’s first Class

Sarah who runs the group we attend is brilliant, she always helps out with all the baby’s and is really imaginative with the different stations. Each week is a different theme ranging from circus, teddy bears picnic, Mother’s Day etc.. There’s usually about 6 stations with a craft to take home. 

Loves getting messy
Planting Carrots

We love it and one massive plus is we can make all the mess we want else where. 

Playdough
Play Dough

Does anyone else  go to messy play classes? How do you find it? You can read all about other groups we attend here Baby Groups.

Food Play
Water Play
Gloop
Sensory Play
Painting
Craft Activity
Colouring
Painting
Planting
Mother’s Day Activity
Food Play

Cloud Dough 

Cloud Dough 

I recently found a few Posts on Pinterest for Cloud Dough or Moon sand so I thought I would give it a go. Finn loved it. It’s easy to mould together but returns to a wet sand like consistency. 

before mixing

You need 

  • Plain Flour 
  • Vegetable Oil 
  • Food colouring (optional) 
  • Glitter (optional) 
  • A large tray preferably with a lid 
  • A whisk 
  • A bowl to mix it 

with yellow food dye
Adding Blue Food Dye

Cloud dough is really simply to make all you do is mix 1 part vegetable oil to 4 parts flour, I used a small cup. I stirred it with a whisk then pressed it all together with my hands. To get the coloured effect I made 4 lots separately  with red, blue, green and yellow food dye then mixed it all together in a large tub. I then sprinkled glitter on it all and pressed it together. The food dye and glitter are optional but I just really liked the effect it gave. 

Finn loved pressing it, scooping it up and driving his cars through it. If you keep a lid on it when you aren’t using it it should last a week or 2 as well. 

mixing it together
Red food dye

mixed together
mixed together