Potty training

So we’ve been working hard and focusing on potty training for the past few months.

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We’ve been extremely lucky with little bee and he’s taken to using the toilet really quickly.

We weren’t actually planning on potty training until Christmas time when little bee will be closer to 3. However he had different ideas and decided he quite fancied using the toilet.. declaring ‘nappies for babies’. I was really surprised because he was only 2 yrs and 4 months.

He had his nappy off one Sunday afternoon and decided he was going to use the potty so we just ran with it, not wanting to discourage his efforts. We stayed at home for 4 days after this with little bee running around with no clothes on and he really seemed to enjoy his new found ‘freedom’.

We decided to use pull ups the first few times when venturing out, however he was coming home dry so we quickly scrapped that. We still have the occasional accident.. especially when he goes to nursery because he gets so involved and engrossed in playing he often forgets to go but overall he’s doing so well!

He’s still in nappies at night time and I have no idea when I should think about keeping the nappy off at bed time! Does anyone else have tips or advice about this?


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Our 10 favourite dairy and egg free breakfast recipes.

I’m always on the lookout for new and exciting recipes to cook for little Bee, whether it be breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack ideas I always have my eyes peeled.

As I’ve mentioned before he has an egg and dairy allergy and therefore I need to look for specific recipes or adapt them to his needs. He is also unable to have nuts as this kind of allergy is closely linked to egg allergy and going by his reaction to egg, its safer to stay away from them for the time being.

I find baking recipes quite difficult as most contain eggs which I feel are difficult to substitute effectively. I also find that a lot of vegan recipes are so packed with sugar that I probably wouldn’t eat them myself, never mind give them to little Bee.

I have compelled a list of our favourite allergy friendly breakfast recipes:




  1. banana oat bars – by us
  2. This banana toast always goes down well – by One handed cooks
  3. We are forever making these oaty cups – by Bramble bites
  4. We love this green smoothie – by Sweet as honey
  5. overnight oats – by us
  6. Banana pops are delicious, we sometimes use non peanut butter too – by Chocolate covered Katie
  7.  Fruit salad with yogurt, seeds and honey is always a winner
  8. These Granola layer pots are delicious and we use nut free granola to make these – by  Shades of Cinnamon
  9. We often make oat based smoothies similar to this one over on – This girls life blog
  10. And last but not least, this one isn’t quite a breakfast recipe but we enjoy this chia seed jam on toast in the morning, and its much healthier than shop bought jam.


I hope this list has given you some recipe ideas and inspiration .. especially if you have a little one with allergies like Little Bee.

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Easy toddler activities

Sometimes you just need a quick and easy activity to keep the small human in your life busy while you get on with dishes or cooking! I often find myself throwing activities together to keep Little Bee busy while i tackle the mounting chaos in the house! Sometimes i just need 5 minutes to hoover or fold clothes but he has other ideas most of the time.

I’ve put together a small list of our go to activities to keep Little Bee busy for 5, 10 or 15 minutes.. (its amazing what a parent can get done in 5 minutes!)

veggie printing

  1. Vegetable printing  : This one may require a little supervision, however i find he can get on with it himself at least for a short time before he starts painting everything else but the paper. I think when you introduce something other that brushes it keeps their attention for a while longer. Just make sure there are plenty messy mats or in our case.. shower curtains to cover the surfaces.

water beads

2. Water beads :  These are one of my favourite sensory materials to use with Little Bee. I just pop them into a container, add a few utensils and he’s kept occupied for a long time. He always ends up adding his own resources too.. more often that not he goes off to find a dump truck or a lorry to transport them around. But spoons, scoops, cups and other kitchen utensils work a treat.


rice krispies

3. Cereal construction yard : I first put this activity together for Little Bee’s 2nd birthday but on a much smaller scale. Its easy to throw together when you’re busy and is really effective. I use a large clear under bed box, throw in half a box of cheap rice krispies and a bunch of diggers.. He really loves this activity but probably has more to do with it doubling up as a snack!


letter matching

4. Letter matching : This is a a good activity to introduce letters to little ones, it’s not about recognising letters but just making them familiar. This activity could be put together an endless number of ways but i used some foam bath letters and drew around them, then asked Little Bee to match them up.


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5. Colour matching : This is a great activity to introduce basic mathematical concepts, by helping little ones recognise colours and categorise them into groups. We use colour plates or bowls and a set of different coloured items (in this case we used dinosaurs). Ask your little one to put all the same colours together.


colour hunt

6. Colour hunt : This activity is very similar to the previous one, however this one tends to be a little more fun because your little one is able to go on a hunt for colours on their own. Again this encourages colour recognition as well as categorisation. This one always keeps Little Bee busy for a while.


car wash

7. Car wash : This is one of Little Bee’s all time favourite activities! however this one needs to be done in the garden! so if you’ve got some weeding or grass cutting to get done, this is a winner. We’ve had a car wash, train wash, digger wash, lorry wash….. generally a vehicle wash. I’m pretty sure Little Bee would spend a whole afternoon washing his trucks and things if i let him. We just use an under bed box for this one too, add water and soapy bubbles and its good to go.

I hope this gives you a little inspiration and helps you get on with those  pressing jobs that need done!

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So we have been so so busy the past two months and I’ve not had time to even turn my computer on let alone compose a post!

We’ve been attending lots of weddings and I’ve been fulfilling (or trying to) bridesmaid duties!

We’ve not had a lot of time for sit down activities recently but we have been enjoying exploring all the different places we’ve been visiting. We’ve also been working more on life skills.. One of those being POTTY TRAINING! I’m not going to mention too much about it at the moment as i don’t want to jinx it but it seems to be going A-OK!

Anyway.. just a little update on whats been going on and here’s a cute photograph to say sorry….

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Exercise and movement

We recently got started on our tot school journey and the first topic we embarked on was exercise and movement.  With some help from the simply learning website we got well on our way to lots of fun and learning.

I made a list of activities, videos, songs and books related to the topic of exercise and movement and printed these out. I felt by doing this I had a clearer picture of what we were doing and where we were going next.

Heres what we did:


  • Rainbow walking (see below)
  • Balloon tennis
  • ABC action cards (see below) from Home school share
  • Animal action cards
  • Water bead balloon
  • Chalk shape hopscotch (see below)
  • Tickle chase round the house
  • Visit to a play park
  • Tunnel games



  • Sleeping bunnies
  • Heads, shoulders, knees and toes
  • If  your happy and you know it


Videos – you tube

  • 5 a day fitness (see below)
  • Get sporty – jumping (Nina and the neurons – Cbeebies)
  • Toddler yoga









Our next adventure is all about gardening and growing.. We cant wait to share our fun!

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Learning shapes

Shapes are one of the earliest mathematical skills that kids learn about and there are a whole load of fun and interesting games and activities out there on the Internet.

We’ve been looking at shapes a lot recently and we’ve done a few fun activities. A lot of the shape activities I found can be done by using bits and pieces from around the house and are really simple to put together.


Foam shapes – this one went down really well with little bee! the shapes have been going for a good few weeks and he’s still interested  and enjoying using them.



Masking tape shapes – He enjoyed this activity for a little but quickly got bored with it. He was able to identify the simple shapes though.

image Shape soup – this was really simple! I just threw some water beads and the shapes from little bee’s shape sorter into a box of water and gave him some bowls and a ladle and he had a ball.. mostly emptying the water out onto the grass!


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Shape snacks – Its really easy to use shape cutters to cut out breads and throw together a shape snack.



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Tot school

I’ve been reading a lot into tot school recently and have become more and more interested the more I read and look at ideas.

In essence tot school is a mini curriculum for toddlers and lets you introduce new ideas and topics in a fun way. I am intrigued by the idea of introducing little Bee to lots of new topics and subjects which we may only touch on otherwise. It allows you to look at a topic in depth for a week or two by providing lots of fun activities, games, books, songs and experiences.

Although I work with a curriculum in a pre-school setting, I have never thought to try one with little Bee until it caught my eye on Instagram recently. Simply Learning have a tonne of fabulous resources which includes a ready made tot curriculum which includes lists of activities, songs, games and resources. Their web site is full of information and is definitely worth a good look.

I absolutely love this idea and have already got started on our own personalised curriculum. I have used some of the ideas and resources from the Simply learning web site as well as including many of our own activities based on what I have at home. We are starting with the next Simply Learning topic which is exercise and movement and after this we have a different topic every two weeks to fit around work and nursery.

We’ll keep you updated with our progress!

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Little hands helping in the kitchen

I’ve been asking Little Bee to help in the kitchen a lot more recently and he loves it. Whether it’s getting items out the fridge for me or baking biscuits, he gets really involved and seems to really enjoy it.

This is what I get him involved in:

1. Getting milk, butter, cheese and other items out the fridge.
2. Cutting up bananas (with a butter knife).
3. Making simple biscuits or bakes (he enjoys stirring the mix)
4. He ‘measures’ out dry items when baking (I get him to put one spoon in at a time until we have enough)
5. Washing the dishes (he likes to stand on a chair and wash his own plates and cups)
6. Washing fruits and vegetables before we use them.
7. Looking at cook books together and asking what ones he would like to eat/make.
















Although it’s a relatively short list of things he helps with in the kitchen, he’s only just turned 2 and I feel these things are within the safety limits. As he grows, so will the list and I hope he enjoys food and cooking as much as his mummy and daddy do.

Even with these small tasks and activities there’s a wealth of learning going on in his little mind.

1. His listening skills are developing
2. He is following simple instructions.
3. He is developing his fine motor skills.
4. He is developing his concentration.
5. I’m introducing early math and numeracy skills (even if he is too young to understand          measurement).
6. It promotes independence and responsibilities.
7. He’s learning about different foods and what is healthy.
8. His vocabulary is extending and developing.


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The Good Dinosaur movie night

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Little Bee is still a little young to sit through a whole movie but we thought we would have a movie night anyway and he actually did really well. He was a little distracted most of the way through but watched a lot of it. He was just delighted at all the snacks on offer!

We pulled the duvet and pillows down from our bed  and used all the cushions from the sofa and made a big ‘bed’ in the middle of the living room. Little Bee seemed really excited at this new novel experience.

I put some snacks and activities together while Little Bee was having a nap in the afternoon. I brought out his dinosaur small world toys, a book and a colouring book, as well as Arlo the dinosaur he got for his birthday. I figured he would need some things to keep him occupied when he got bored of sitting.



These shortbread fossil cookies were made by pressing some of the small world dinosaurs into the dough before baking. The finer details faded out a little during baking.






We’re now looking forward to our next movie night… as I said before, Little Bee is still a little young but we still had lots of fun and he enjoyed it loads!

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Fossil Shortbread


I made fossil shortbread for a movie night recently and they are super simple to make and tasty too. I don’t usually use refined sugar in cooking and baking but I feel its OK to have a little now and again.

Fun for a movie night or themed activities too.






  • 50g golden caster sugar
  • 100g butter (we used dairy free)
  • 150g plain flour


you will also need

  • spoon
  • baking tray
  • baking parchment
  • some small world dinosaurs



  1. Place sugar and butter into a bowl and beat well until pale and fluffy.
  2. Slowly mix in the flour. tip out onto a lightly floured surface and work together into a thick paste.
  3. Pop into the fridge for 2 hours
  4. Pre-heat oven to 160c/gas3 and line a baking tray with baking parchment.
  5. Remove dough from fridge and break into small balls, then flatten with a spoon.
  6. Press a dinosaur into each biscuit and place onto the baking tray.
  7. Sprinkle will a little extra sugar (optional).
  8. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden in colour.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  10. ENJOY



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