If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, or you follow me on Instagram, you might know that I’m pretty shocking at doing craft or messy play or any of that shiz at home with the twigs. Unfortunately the twigs didn’t get the memo and bloody love all that stuff. And occasionally I do like to be slightly less crap and will force myself to whack out the old craft supplies on a rainy day. When I do though, I need simple ideas. And you all know I love rainbows, so I thought I’d pull together a selection of easy rainbow craft activities for toddlers. You know, just in case any other mamas out there are a bit lacking in the old creativity department too! So here you go 😀
I feel like there’s a lot of stuff swirling around in my head at the moment and I’m in the mood for writing some of it down… So here we are 😂
Back when the twiglets were babies, whenever I met a mum with older twins, one of the main questions I’d end up asking was ‘when does having twins get easier?’ Always spoken with a slight undertone of crazed desperation, meaning ‘please tell me it gets f**king easier, please, PLEASE!” 🤣 The other day, as I got the twiglets out of the car and they walked, both sensibly holding my hands, into their playgroup, it suddenly struck me that maybe we were actually there… Has it finally got easier?!
I remember vividly the first time the twiglets came home from nursery and started singing a song that I didn’t know. They were about 19/20 months and hadn’t been going there long. Their speech was nothing like it is now, but they were clearly attempting to sing a song and I had no idea what it was.
It was such a weird feeling hearing words come from their mouths that I knew for a fact had not been learned from us. That was the moment I realised that it was no longer just me and the husband (and our close family) who were responsible for shaping their little minds.
Up until then, pretty much everything they’d experienced in their lives had been with one or both of us. We were trying to teach them right from wrong, trying to explain things in a way they could make sense of, trying to encourage them to be kind and caring towards others, above all trying to ensure they were happy. All obviously guided by our own views, opinions and experiences and how we wanted to parent our children.
So that singing moment felt significant to me because it was when I had the realisation that other people, with different views, opinions and experiences to ours, were now really starting to influence our twiglets.
Last week, we had a fab little break away at Drayton Manor Park. We visited Thomas Land, an attraction for younger visitors and Thomas the Tank Engine fans within the main theme park. I thought I’d write a little review of Thomas Land, to share our experience and tips for visiting the theme park and accommodation with toddlers.