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30 Fun things to do with your children

As the mom of many I was always looking for new ways to keep my home schooled brood entertained.

While looking for a specific post on my Fun Mamma S.A. Facebook page I came across this list I first shared in 2012 of 30 Fun things to do with your children.

We as a family have personally done each activity at least once, some a few more times. I thought I’d share it with you.

1.Make fresh lemonade

You will need:

2 lemons that are cut in half

a juicer

spoon

jug

1 cup of sugar

and 1 litre of water.

To make the lemonade, squeeze the lemons,add the juice and the sugar to the water and stir.

2. Splatter painting

Each child needs a large piece of paper some paint and a toothbrush . Have the child put paint on the brush and rubbing your finger on the toothbrush splatter the paint onto the paper.You could also place objects down first and then remove them after splattering the paint to reveal the shape.

3. Apple star prints

Cut an apple in half width ways. You will notice the star design where the seeds are. Dip your apple in ink or paint and print.

4.Listening walk

Each child takes a walk and writes down or describes the sounds that they hear.

5.A bubble fight.

Mix a bubble solution in a bucket
A quarter cup of dish washing liquid to 1 litre of water. Add a few drops of food colouring for different teams.Make a wire blower for each child.
The object of the game is to see which team pops the most of the other teams bubbles.

6.Say it in letters

This is a letter writing activity so those of us who remember snail mail can reminisce. Relatives beware you have been warned many letters are coming your way……

Let your child write or draw letters to your family. Put these in envelopes and take them to the Post office to see how a letter is sent off.

7.Opposite day

Declare it opposite day and do everything opposite, say everything opposite.

8.Music looks like this

Play a piece or several pieces of music and have the child paint what they think the music looks like. Use a variety of music styles.

9.Pin the tail on the donkey

I loved this game and honestly do not think that many children today have played the traditional version. We would make our own game and pin the tail on.

10.Foil rubbings

This is an activity that my gran told me about many years ago . It bought back such fond memories of my crafting days with her. On a piece of A4 card place several items..a key, coin,string,ect. Place foil on top, covering the entire picture. Gentle rub over it with your fingers . Your picture is now complete.

11.Me Box

Help your child to decorate an old shoe box and start filling it with items that reflect your child. So , if your child likes to draw you could put in a favourite picture, or if they like sport a small ball, ect

12Gardening in a tire

This will lead us to hunt down an unused old tire or two this week. I think a nice bunch of Sunflowers growing in each should look amazing. You could also allocate each child their own tire and let them grow vegetables.

13.Sun prints

For this you will need dark construction paper , rocks to hold the paper down, a few small objects like a spoon/coin/key/ect and obviously the sun.
On a very sunny day place the construction outside, weighed down with the rocks ,and place your small objects randomly on the paper.
After several hours the sun will cause the paper to fade and when you lift up your objects the paper will appear darker to highlight the object.

14.Rock person

This is an old one and I am sure many moms will remember making rock pets and people.
Use yarn for hair (super glue works best to glue the yarn on). Paint your features with poster, pva or acrylic paints.

15.chocolate leaves

For this you need to melt chocolate and dip a non poisionous leaf in.I have mint growing outside my kitchen in a pot and so we will often use those leaves. Leave the dipped leaf on wax paper to set. Gently peel off the leaf from the hard chocolate when set.

16.Obstacle course

“For this we will have the older Sunflower brood set up an obstacle course in our back yard that the younger children can run through. I see several puppies following.” These were often made from climbing over or under the garden furniture.

For Hamish I set up inside obstacle courses using pillows, his tent and the couches.

17.BEAN BAG TOSS

On a large sheet of card write the 26 letters of the alphabet. Use bean bags to toss at the letter.

Little ones can identify the letter.Older children could hit the alphabet in sequence from A-Z or Z- A, they could only hit vowels or only hit consonants.
Allow them to hit the letters of their name or use for spelling…hit the letters of a word.Try to call out a letter and have the child hit that letter,

18.Bug feast

Set out in your garden some salt, sugar, oats, syrup, seeds, crumbs and potato peel.
Sit quietly and watch which bugs eat what.

19.Cloud pictures

This is one of my favourite activities. As a young girl many of my happiest hours were spend lying on soft cool grass or sun warmed beach sand watching the clouds and imagining the mystical creatures, waiting for a glimps of my unicorn in the bright blue sky above.

Enjoy lying on the grass with your child and prehaps bring back a little of your own childhood magic.

20.Saving ideas

Use this as an ongoing saving idea to teach your children how to save their money .

Lable coffee cans, that have a slit cut in the lid, with:
5c
10c
20c
50c
R1
R2
R5

Have the child place the coins in the correct can.Exstend this to counting activities by counting the totals of the can, ect,

Also good for estimation, adding, subtraction, and working with change.Use the contents of the full cans to treat your child to a day out or an for an ice-cream treat.

21.Learn to hula hoop

Did you know the first hula hoop came out in 1962? Why not grab one for you and the kids and teach them to hula?

22.Build a block tower .

How high can you go? Be as creative as possible. You can use a variety of different blocks. Hamish loves to make towers with his soft blocks but you could also use wooden blocks or plastic construction blocks.

23.Have a family picnic

These were always a favourite in our home. Just lay down a blanket and fill it with snacks. Our favourite time to picnic was when it rained and the children would have a large indoor picnic.

24. Paint or draw

Drawing and painting kept my children busy for hours. We had a special drawing box full of different crayons, pens, markets, stamps and stencils. They were able to go to the art box whenever they felt inspired.

25.Make a family scrapbook

This is really easy. Take a large exercise or scrapbook and paste in photos of your family, drawings, momentous from an outing or special event. Place them low enough for the children to page through.

26.Play a game from your childhood

I love introducing my children to games I played as a child. Often it’s new to them and they are usually captivated by them.

Try:

Rock, paper , scissors

Tic, tac, toe

Eye spy

Clapping games

Jump rope with elastic

Egg and spoon races

Potato sack races

Bopping for Apple’s

Charades

27. Have a board game evening

What are your children’s favourite board games? Give each child a turn to pick which game to play.

28.Make potato prints

Cut a potato in half , carve out your shape . Dip in paint and print.

29. Go on a family nature walk

You don’t need to be in a park or a game farm to do tjis. You could just walk around your neighbourhood. Take notice of the leaves, trees, bugs and animals around you.

30.Make a popcorn string

Pop a pot of popcorn and thread onto a long string of thread .

Most importantly, which ever activity you do … Have fun !

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5 minute tales – explorer stories

This book review is in collaboration with Kids Book Club

Title:Explorer Stories

Published by :Igloo Books

About the book

5 captivating stories of adventure that will keep your preschooler engaged and entertained.

Join each of the children on a new fun adventure from zooming off to Jupiter to discovering glittering treasure under the ocean.

Nigel goes on safari but is dissapointed that the animals are so quiet until a cheeky monkey changes all that and Nigel has the best day ever.

Bonny and her dad have a fun adventure planned with the hot air balloon man but the wind has other plans. See how dad navigates the skies and Bonny gets the best birthday gift.

Ed and Ella are exploring the old space rocket at dad’s work when they roar off into space. A space dog named zog helps them get home safely but not before showing them around Jupiter.

Sally and grandpa set off to discover the lost treasure under the ocean. They see so many beautiful creatures but will they find the treasure?

Ally is sleeping over at her Aunt but is afraid of the dark. Aunt Jane takes her on a magical night time adventure to show Ally just how much fun night time can be.

Recommended reading 2-7 years

The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Books supplied by Kids Book club

Photos : Funmammasa
Posted in Brands we love

MOMMY WELLNESS MOTHER’S DAY BREAKFAST

On Friday morning I was treated to a seat at the Mommy Wellness Mothers day breakfast at Sanctuary mall in Sommerset West.

We arrived to a beautifully decorated area where we were hosted by Pulp Kitchen. To one side stood a pamper station where the expert staff from Mommy Wellness day spa sat ready to give your hands a massage.

Each guest was greeted with a goody bag, lucky number and welcome drink of ‘champagne’ and orange juice sponsored by JC leroux

The first thing that caught my attention were the flowers. Simple but stunning. Each small bouquet a statement on its own.

I attended with Nicole ( Raising K Squared), Simone (Mamma to the power of 4) and Nadine ( Nadine Smallberg blog) . I’m quite convinced we were the loudest group – you just can’t take us bloggers anywhere.

The food was scrumptious. I had a healthy breakfast bowl and enjoyed the not so healthy cup cakes served later.

There was a lovely guest speaker and we enjoyed an entertaining fashion show sponsored by Earth Angel clothing.

The goody bags had some really terrific sponsors and we were well and truly spoilt.

A wonderful way to start my Mother’s day weekend 💖

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Cape Town #instamamameet – A day of fun and spoils

Saturday saw Cape Town host their very first #Instamamameet at the Backyard Cafe in Diep River.This sought after event was coverted by 20 Cape Town bloggers all eager to share the pre-Mothers day spoil.The attention to detail was the first thing I noticed as we were greeted by beautiful signage at the door.Inside we were lead to a small room decorated for the function as side tables groaned with goody bags and boxes holding the generosity of the brands that had sponsored this event.The beautiful tables, were almost too pretty to touch with floral place settings that complimented our feminine name tags.As soon as we were seated coffee orders were placed and platters of foods began to circulate.Delicious morsals of fruit kebabs, mushroom puffs, salmon bites and mini savory scones…each tastier than the one before.Once the introductions were done the guest speaker, Salome from Brush Salon spoke.Her story touched me deeply and you can read about that here.After this dynamic woman had finished a make up tutorial teaching us how to apply make up, the sweet treats began to arrive.Mouth watering chocolate brownies and miniature cup cakes.Our spoil for the morning was a facial buffet from Elixer Fusion and not being a spa type of person I wasn’t looking forward to this part of the event at all.This looked like a lot of work and a lot of products.Each of us had before us a mirror, bowl for water, headband, face towel, little gift and facial menu.We placed our headbands on and got to ready to treat our skin.One treatment after another and very soon I found I was enjoying the giggles with fellow bloggers and my face felt cleaner than it has in months.We worked through each step and soon came to the face mask. Each half of our face was a different mask. I think this is my favourite photo from the event.After we washed off the mask, added eye creams and other products I was shocked to see just how healthy my face looked.Throughout the event there was a series of random draws and I won a lovely bottle of Durbanville hills sparkling wine.And then it was time to grab our goody bags and head off home.A stunning box tied with lengths of gorgeous ribbon, personalised for each blogger.And a gift bag decorated with a laser cut keepsake coaster from Smudge-itAs a self confessed memory keeper, this little keepsake is one of my favourite items from the event.There were so many brands who contributed to this enjoyable event and while I can’t show them all here, I have unpacked them on Instagram.Below are the items we received…..And some useful vouchersThank you to the brands for spoiling us and the organisers for a wonderful event.

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The beautiful bottoms club , spreading lingerie on everyone’s hips.

In today’s modern lifestyle with mom’s having very little time to themselves, the Beautiful Bottoms Club helps you shop for those delightful delicates.

This is the only subscription service discreetly delivering designer lingerie in South Africa.

Saving you both time and money while delivering you a gorgeous pair of panties each month, which are hand made in Cape Town.

Every month you receive a surprise design after you have selected your size (xs to xxl) and your style ( brief, thong or surprise me)

You can also shop here online for past pairs.

My pair

I was delighted to find a pair of Lingerie letters panties in our #instamamameet goody bag.

I couldn’t wait to open the luxurious package that was personalised to me.

Inside was a delicate little beige and black pair of panties and I fell in love with the place immediately.

Now, a little secret about me is that I absolutely love lingerie. The sexier the better.

I like to know underneath my messy bun, paint stained outfits and food wiped jeans I’m looking and feeling sexy and gorgeous.

The cut is comfortable and delicately soft. The style is one I would have personally chosen and the pattern is appealing.

The entire presentation was so exciting and luxurious that this would make an awesome gift for my daughter’s hen party later this year, or as a birthday gift.

Thank you Lingerie letters for this awesome spoil.

DISCLAIMER

This product was gifted to Fun mamma S.A.

This blog is not sponsored

Posted in Family Life

Organise Baby’s cupboard with TatiTots clothing dividers

From the moment you realise you are expecting the first items you look to buy are baby clothing.

From soft rompers to little bibs you need it all. Your baby shower will see older moms gift you larger sizes clothes, knowing just how fast that little baby is going to grow and if you have other children you may have hauled out the boxes and started unpacking many of the items you’ve used before.

Piles of clothing that you can hang or fold to store neatly but how do you make sure you grab the right size without upsetting an entire pile or sifting through all the hangers when dressing baby ?

Getting organised

TatiTots have developed a beautiful range of acrlic clothing dividers available in either English or Afrikaans.

These hang in your wardrobe before the clothing on hangers to divide baby’s outfits into ages for simple, easy storage and access. Keeping your wardrobes neat and organized.

The colours are soft and the variety of designs are appealing. There is a style to compliment every nursery.

I wish I’d had these for Hamish as a baby as I just love how organised these are.

I was gifted a set of the grey bunnies at the Instamamameet on Saturday that I will be gifting to a friend for her son’s baby shower. To me they are a beautiful practical gift to give a new mommy.

Coupon code

TatiTots have offered all my readers a wonderful discount of 10% off of any of their products until the end of May.

Why not take a peak at their gorgeous range here and use the coupon code FUNMAMMASA to dress up baby’s nursery.

Disclaimer

The products was gifted to Fun mamma S.A.. This blog is not sponsored.

Posted in Family Life

Mothers day with Starke Ayers

Dearest Mammas

A very Happy Mothers day to you all.

I hope that you’ve been spoilt with hugs and smoochy kisses and blessed with all the handmade crafts so loving made by tiny hands.

Hamish made me a lovely handprint flower pot card at school. He spent quite some time telling me just how they made it and he painted it.

Yesterday he went with me to Starke Ayers and we planted our own little pots of flowers.

Starke Ayers have a promotion that for every weekend in May you can go plant flowers free. This was really the heart of my mother’s day gift, getting to share this experience with my little gardener.

First he needed to choose a pot colour, which when dealing with toddlers is much more difficult than it sounds.

Hamish settled for a white pot which he filled with potting soil.

Next we chose a flower and pushed it into the sand. Hamish loved this part because he got to moosh his hands in the soil.

Lastly we watered our flowers and here Hamish truly took the lead. First finding someone to fill the watering can and then proceeding to water every flower, stone and path.

What a wonderful Mothers day initiative. This is such a wonderful way to introduce children to gardening.

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Mother’s day gifts for the sentimental mom

Mothers day ….

A day to celebrate and honour the woman who loves you unconditionally. This year I have found some unique products to gift the sentimental mom.

Beautiful keepsakes and meaningful gifts that she can treasure for years.

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Gift guide

1. PAINT YOUR OWN TEA TOWEL

DISHY DESIGNS

These high quality tea towels sell as a kit which includes 1x tea towel, paint brush, fabric paint and paint palette.

A blank canvas for you to create a masterpiece for mom, write a special message or let her create her own memories by painting this with you.

The options are endless.

Lovely to create a gift for a mom or grandma who may live far away.

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2. COLOUR YOUR OWN MANDALA CALENDAR

HEART OF GIFTING

A 12 page A1 size calendar which can be used on your desk to doodle or hung in a family area to note everyone’s activities.

Each page is beautifully designed with a loving scripture verse and an assortment of mandalas to colour.

If your mom is a creative she will love the concept of colouring her month with her hearts colours.

The calendar blocks are large allowing you the freedom to reside how to use this calendar.

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3. LULU SHOPPING BAG

LULU BAGS

Lulu bags are bright and stylish shopping bags that folds up into an attached pouch, allowing you to keep it in your handbag and never need to purchase a plastic bag or ugly retail shop tote again.

These bags have a large capacity and mom could also use it when going off to the beach, visiting the library or to store her crafts.

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4. BOTANICAL RANGE JEWELLERY

MUGA MUGA

Muga Muga are a range of affordable,unique handmade jewellery.

Their botanical range is made from delicate little flowers cast in resin and encased in a wooden casing.

The range consists of necklaces, wrap around bracelets, earrings and rings.

These brought back the fondest memories of my young children picking field flowers for me and will be a hit with any nature loving mom.

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5. PLANT A POT OF FLOWERS

STARKE AYERS

Mothers day doesn’t need to be costly and often the smallest gifts take up the most room in our motherly hearts.

Why not take mom down to Starke Ayers and plant a pot of pansies with her? This is a memory she will cherish and a gift that will survive long past Mothers day.

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6. GIFT BAG

HEART OF GIFTING

Each gift needs a beautiful wrapping and Heart of Gifting have designed these gorgeous gift bags just for mom.

Handmade and printed with your choice of verse or quote at the back. You could also add a special heartfelt message to mom if you preferred.

The front is able to be personalised with mom’s name because nothing says I thought of you more than personalizing a gift.

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Spoil mom this year with a gift wrapped in memories to remind her all year just how much she means to you.

Happy Mothers day 💖

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What your child learns at preschool

Going to preschool is a big adjustment for little people and it may take some children a whole lot longer than others to adjust to the routine of a structured day, learning to share both time and toys with others and navigate big emotions.

I think as a society more parents are slowly beginning to understand the importance of Early childhood education and the thousand and one hidden lessons behind what looks like play.

But what exactly is your child learning during a day that looks mostly like play?

I decided to show you…

  • Story Time:

Just by listening and watching the teacher read your child is becoming familiar with basic literacy concepts, like reading left to right, and what words and letters are.

If you walk past the book corner, you may see preschoolers “reading” by turning the pages and narrating what they see — a great precursor to real reading.

  • Puzzles:

Puzzle time is my favourite in any class. Children improve their fine motor skills, concentration, and hand-eye coordination when they play with puzzles.

Working independently also gives them practice problem solving. And their self esteem grows from creating an image and completing a task.

  • Sand/water table:

Sand and water tables help teach science concepts like cause and effect and introduce early maths concepts.

Since there’s no right or wrong with these materials, children feel a sense of success when they play with them.

  • Science projects:

The class pet or growing beans are great ways for children to observe living things and learn what they need to grow.

Other science tools like scales and magnifying glasses allow children to examine, experiment, predict, question, and problem-solve.

  • Circle time:

Learning to sit patiently, saying good morning, and talking about the day’s events is a key part of your child’s day.

These are the foundation blocks to introducing new concepts , learning colours, taking turns and learning to listen.

This is a time where a teacher may introduce a serious topic like bullying or how to make friends.

  • Art area:

Crayons, markers, safety scissors, glue, and paintbrushes are all great tools for mastering fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

Children love to talk about their artwork — this gives them practice with language and self-expression.

  • Block area:

Children gaining basic math skills when they counts blocks, identify their shapes, and compares their sizes.

Building houses, roads, and forts helps a child hone spatial skills that will be helpful for geometry and physics later on.

  • Outdoor play:

It often looks like chaos, but all that activity helps children learn what their bodies can do.

Children need to move and experiment to master balance, improve coordination, and develop their muscles.

Group activities on the playground also teach cooperation

There’s a multitude of learning happening all day long and your children may be exhausted at the end of a long day of play.

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Celebrating the older mom – Judy from Fun Mamma SA

Lastly as an older mom I thought I’d add myself to the CELEBRATING THE OLDER MOM series. I really wanted to highlight the older mom. As the mom of 7 of my own children I know that raising my older 6 was completely different to how I raise my toddler, Hamish, now in my 40’s.

A little bit about me …..

How many children you have.

I’m Judy and I’m the mom of 7 amazing children. My eldest daughter is 26. My boys are 24, 23, 21 and 18. My youngest daughter is 15 and Hamish is 2 and a half.Having a big family people always ask if any of the kids are multiples …. No, each child was an individual natural birth pregnancy.Secondly they ask if all my children are from the same father ( why this matters will always remain a mystery to me) … No! My first 6 children are from my first marriage and Hamish is from my second marriage.

Why you chose to have a baby after 40.

We went on the most amazing December holiday and were living a pretty busy social life when I discovered I was pregnant with Hamish.I was more than a little shocked.The first question. I asked myself was do I want to do this again? Next could I parent alone if this wasn’t what Brent wanted… when I didn’t hesitate to answer Yes on both those questions I realised this was the next part of our journey. My age just happened to be a number.

How this affected your health, if it did.

My pregnancy was certainly a lot harder than when I was younger. I was still able to have him naturally but I was put on bed rest at 32 weeks and was much more anxious than I remember being with my other children.

How you feel being an older mom has it’s benefits.

I’m much more patient. I’ve ironed out all my ideas and theories on my older children so I’m much more confident in the choices I make. I don’t sweat the small stuff. Also because I’m aware of how fast the kids grow I tend to be more in the moment with Hamish and enjoy our time together much more than I did the busy days of my youth rushing after 6 small children.

Have you come across any negativity being an older mom?

Not much that I’ve noticed. I think making mom friends is harder as we are in a different space to our friends and as I often only have Hamish with me people assume I’m a first time mom so I get mountains of advice I’ll never take.

Something you would change this time round ( if you have other children)

I think having more patience through the harder moments is making me a calmer parent than I may have been with my older children.

Words of wisdom to younger mom’s.

Make memories. Take time to slow down. Enjoy the small things.Thank you for reading. I’d love to hear more about your experience as an older mom.