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Easter gifts from nursery…

I love it when Little Miss brings home something she’s made at nursery. It feels like one of the small perks of being a working mum and it doesn’t really matter what it is. The other week she presented me with what was essentially just a splodge of purple on a piece of card – there was as much paint on her leggings as there was on the ‘painting’ – but it still took pride of place in our little ‘mini gallery’ in the kitchen, AKA the side of the fridge.

Anyway, this time of year is especially fruitful in terms of nursery keepsakes. Last year’s Easter offering was the card pictured below, affectionately titled ‘Fire Bunny’ by me and the hubby! Hopefully you can see why. We loved it but it still makes us giggle.

Fire Bunny

And this week has seen a new masterpiece created, which we’ve dubbed ‘Disco Chick’ due to the volume of glitter involved. Again, hopefully you can see why. He’s currently taken up residence on my bedside table.

Disco Chick

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My top five posts at 50

So this week saw me reach my first big bloggy milestone, 50 posts (read more about it here). So I thought I’d have a look at my stats – something I should probably do more often (I’m a words more than numbers girl!) – and see what’s been happening and which posts have been most popular.

Here is …

Top five blog posts

1. Twin your toilet – easily my most-read post so far and one I hope has inspired others to help a special charity. Here in the UK we take our loos for granted but 40% of the world’s population, 2.5 billion people, don’t have this luxury and those who suffer most as  a result are usually women and children. We’re currently raising money to twin our lav with a new facility in the developing world.

2. Help change children’s lives on World Book Day – another charity post and a cause that really appeals to me as Little Miss and I love reading books. Book Aid sends sends more than 500,000 new books a year to sub-Saharan Africa, over half of them for children.

3. Toddler art: painting a hand print rainbow – It’s lovely and very fitting to see my 50th post actually make it into my top five! This one sees Little Miss, with a bit of help from Mummy, create a beautiful picture – dare I say work of art – which I just had to frame. And I also threw in some tips for ‘toddler art essentials’ for good measure.

4. Ten tips I learnt from reading I Don’t Have Time to Write – As a busy mum it can be tricky finding time to tend to the blog while keeping all those other balls in the air. This post shared some advice I learnt from reading this fab book.

5. Really easy toilet roll crafts for toddlers – My first crafty post and one that was great fun to write. I’m thrilled so many other people enjoyed it too. All hail the humble loo roll tube!

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Toddler art: painting a hand print rainbow

Little Miss loves getting her hands on paint – quite literally! I must admit, I’m not always a huge fan of messy activities but I do try and put that to one side and indulge her artistic urges once or twice a week. Sometimes the results are better than others but her latest effort turned out particularly well so I thought I’d share it. We like it so much we’ve actually framed it and put it up in the living room! I’ve titled this slightly abstract piece Hand Print Rainbow, for reasons that I hope are fairly obvious to not just her ridiculously proud parents! Read on to find out how we did it and our toddler art essentials.

Hand print rainbow

Making a rainbow…

I can’t say that she didn’t have a little bit of help but much of this painting session’s success came about purely by chance. I’d basically squirted three blobs of paint – red, blue and yellow – onto a piece of paper and had been encouraging Little Miss to make hand prints with it, which she was, of course, more than happy to do. Before I knew it I realised the three colours together were creating a nice rainbow effect, so then I helped Little Miss spread the prints out into a bit of an arc and voilà!

My toddler art essentials…

Crayola Beginnings Washable Finger Paints

Our favourite toddler-friendly paints

Non-spill pots

Essential non-spill paint pots

Prince Lionheart Catch All Floor Mat

The ideal mat for catching both food and paint!

I have discovered a few essentials for painting which make it much easier not to worry so much about the mess. My top find has to be Crayola Beginnings Washable Finger Paints. They come as a pack of three primary colours in handy, non-spill, squeezy bottles. And best of all, the paint is really easy to wipe or wash off skin, surfaces and clothes, just as the blurb promised! In fact I’ve been pretty amazed at just how easy it is to clean up afterwards and even the bright blue paint washed out of a top without leaving any tell-tale traces. We got ours for £5.99 from Sainsbury’s, which is perhaps a bit more expensive than some of the other paints you can get, but I think it’s worth it. And they’re currently on offer for £4.50 on the Hobbycraft website

My other essentials are non-spill pots (we found ours in Tesco), chunky toddler-friendly brushes, a long-sleeved wipe-clean bib and our trusty circular Prince Lionheart Catch All Floor Mat, which we’ve used since we started weaning. So far this kit has protected us – and our cream living room carpet – from the worst paint-related excesses!

If you want a quicker, easier and even cleaner artistic activity, my other recent discovery, via my mum, has been magic painting books. I remembered these fondly from when I was a kid. They’re the ones where you just need water and a brush and when you paint over the picture the colour appears. Perfect for occupying a spare half hour. Only problem is I have to stop myself from doing all the painting as they’re a bit addictive!

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