Mark making

I would never ask my two year old to sit down and write. There is no way she would stay interested and it would be a waste of time. But that doesn’t mean she can’t practise holding a pen, crayon, chalk or pencils. Or even simply use her finger to make shapes and patterns. She won’t be able to form letters yet but I use any opportunity to get my daughter to ‘Mark Make’. This is basically just making shapes and patterns; it could be in wet sand, flour, on paper, in gloop or even making patterns in the mud. Normally she would just use her finger but today she asked to use a pen.

Here my daughter was sticking tissue paper shapes onto some contact paper on the windows and making birds and flowers. She asked if she could use a pen to draw on the eyes, mouth and feathers. I jumped at the chance for her to practise drawing dots and lines.

 

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Baby Led Weaning-Puccanesca Pasta

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A firm favourite with my two children is pasta and this is their favourite. It has added anchovy fillets but don’t let that put you off, it’s  a great source of oily omega 3 and it doesn’t add a fishy taste.

Click here for the simple recipe

This is a messy one so why not try eating it outside like I used to in Summer.

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I always get asked, ‘is baby led weaning messy?’ And the answer is yes, but click here for some brilliant tips on containing that mess.

Make your own stick Christmas Tree

My daughter loves to collect sticks on our walks out. Here is a great crafting idea to use them.

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What you will need:

  • A selection of different sized sticks
  • Paint (white, red and green)
  • pva glue
  • glitter
  • string or ribbon for tying
  • brushes for painting

Method:

Make sure all your chosen sticks are dry and clean. Get your toddler to paint them white, red or green.

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Let them dry. Get your toddler to brush on plenty of pva glue. Let them Sprinkle on the glitter. Allow the sticks to dry. Tie the sticks together in length order with the longest stick at the bottom.

img_1519Add a loop at the top so that you can hang on your wall for Christmas. Why not also add any small christmas decorations for added sparkle.

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Baby Led Weaning – extremely easy pancakes

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This easy recipe is taken from Jamie Oliver and since discovering it I have never made them any other way. There is no weighing and a lovely, warm breakfast can be made in minutes.

Ingredients

Makes enough for 2 adults and 2 children

  • 1 mug of plain flour
  • 1 mug of milk
  • 1 egg
  • Oil or butter for frying

Examples of Favourite toppings: lemon, sugar, raspberries, maple syrup, bacon, or why not add ground cinnamon and grated apple to the batter.

Method

  1. Simply put all the ingredients into a large bowl and mix well together.
  2. Your batter is ready! Put your oil or butter into a frying pan on a high heat. When it is hot, ladle in your batter.
  3. Leave to cook for about 3 mins and then next flip over and cook for another 2 mins on the other side.
  4. Eat straight away with your favourite toppings.
  5. Remember that babies under one shouldn’t eat honey.

Make your own dressing up rail

 

Upcycling from items I already have gives me a Incredible buzz. I saw this idea on Pinterest and quickly began to think of what I already had lying around at home to build this.

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I started with my daughter’s toy box that I had made for her before she was born, this does get used but I felt she had enough places to store her toys. I found two old planks of wood leftover from a playhouse we built and happened to have a rail that we had taken out of a built in wardrobe.

I simply screwed it all together and added a couple of old hooks from a blind I took down and hey presto! I had made a dressing up rail! I even used some leftover tester paint to bring it to life and changed the label from Maddie’s toys to Dressing up.

 

Baby Led Weaning -Pizza Wraps

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I made these for my two year old tonight and couldn’t believe how much my 6 month old loved them.

Ingredients:

  • Tortilla Wraps
  • Passata
  • Grated Cheese
  • Favourite toppings (mushroom, spinach, olives and tomatoes)

Method:

  1. Spoon two tablespoons of Passata onto a wrap.
  2. Sprinkle over grated cheese.
  3. Sprinkle over your favourite toppings.
  4. Cook at 200 C for 10 mins.
  5. Slice up and serve.