Welcome to my Blog

Hello, I’m Niamh,  thank you for visiting my blog!

I became a mum at 16 and whether that was the right decision or not, the fact is it happened so I was determined to stick two fingers up at anyone who doubted my ability to be a teenage mother.
Fast forward 5 years and I now have two beautiful little girls. Life goes on and it’s never easy being a parent at any age so I thought I’d share some of the things that actually make me feel proud to be a mum and the ups and downs that got me to where I am today.

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The Blog bit

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With Margot only being 2, it’s a lot harder to keep her interested and I didn’t want to start an activity with them both that she wouldn’t be able to get involved with because of her age and one that I’d feel like I was doing it all.

Easy Kids Activities

Throughout Lockdown, I have been more creative with my girls; it’s been hard to think of activities that both of them like to get involved with and won’t lose interest after five minutes. So here I will be adding easy activities for your kids (or you; there’s no age limit!) where they will be able to get stuck in and take part, you don’t need complicated activities to keep them happy and occupied!

 

Sock Bunnies

How many times do you have to buy a new pair of socks because the dryer eats them or they disappear into thin air? Well make good use from them now by creating cute sock bunnies!

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All you need is rice, an odd sock (!), rubber band (although we used string as I couldn’t find one!), and a pen or glitter glue to draw the eyes and mouth on.

1) Fill the bottom half of your sad, odd sock with rice
2) Shake the sock so the rice is sitting at the bottom and tie with the rubber band.
3) Put more rice in (not as much) for the bunnies head, then repeat the step as above
4) You will have a loose bit of sock, these will be the ears! Cut this in half to create two ‘ears’ , you can leave it how it is (I did) or cut more to shape to look more pointy.
5) Draw on your ears/mouth and add a ribbon!

Enjoy your cute little bunnies!

Symmetry Painting

A great way for your kids to learn about symmetry, patterns and mixing colours; whilst having fun!

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Such an easy activity that all the kids will enjoy!

All you need is paper and paint! 

Fold your paper in half so your child(ren) can paint on one side (This is a good way to teach them about symmetry as they only need to paint half of what they want to paint and on one side)

Once they’ve finished their masterpiece, fold the paper again, make sure the paint was wet enough to transfer onto the other side and open back up!

You can also use this activity to teach them about patterns and fine motor skills by holding the paint brush!

Fairy Door

Make your own fairy door in five easy steps!

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All you need is lolly sticks, card and glitter glue!

1) Glue lolly sticks on a piece of card (or cardboard) backing, use as many sticks as you like depending on how big you’d like your door but I used 6 (small) 
2) Once dried, cut and shape the sticks into an arch shape, this creates a ‘door’ shape.
4) Cut one stick in half and stick both side horizontally in the middle (See picture)
5) Again, once dried cut to size and shape coloured card for the door frame and ‘doorstep’, then you can add your own choice of decoration!

Hope the fairies enjoy their new door!

This activity is better for older kids (8+) but you will need to help with the cutting.

Peg Butterflies

We recieved the items to create two peg doll butterflies from our Toucan Box subscription but they are easy enough to make!

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All you need is:
~Wooden peg
~Coloured foam (cut to shape like butterfly wings)
~Pipe cleaner
~Beads
~Googly eyes
~Stickers/ anything for decoration!

1) Fold your pipe cleaner in half, wrap around the ‘head’ of your butterfly and twist to secure; make sure there’s one side of pipe cleaner each side of the butterflies head to create anntenae and twist at the top

2) Slide your foam wings into the bottom half of your peg, this should be symmetrical on both sides

3) Bead your pipe cleaners any way you like, same colour, patterned – amazing way to get those little brains using their imaginations, fine motor skills and creating their own patterns!

4) Decorate as you like, add googly eyes and there you have a beautiful butterfly!

Check out Toucan Box, for a monthly subscription (suited to your child’s age) you get two activities per month with EVERYTHING you need in each box! We love it, and we recieve boxes we wouldn’t have thought to do before!

You can also use NIAMH-AVRK for 50% off your first box!

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