Baby/Toddler stuff, Playtime

Autumn Invitation to play

Tuff trays are great for the summer outside, but when we’re stuck inside I love making smaller play trays.

If I left Dorothea to it, she’d probably only play with her Duplo and her babies; but setting up a tray like this encourages her to play with different thinks in more creative ways.

Today’s play tray was made up of

  • A pumpkin ‘lid’
  • Conkers
  • Green play doh
  • A faux grass sample (companies will send for free)
  • Oats
  • Quinoa
  • Chia seeds
  • A cut up gift wrap tub
  • Grimms rainbow pieces
  • Wooden forest animals
  • Autumn coloured beads
  • Autumn colours pegs/pots
  • Orange cutters/ roller
  • Wooden spoon
  • Paper straws
    Autumn leaves
  • Our favourite activities using this tray were
    • Rolling conkers down the tube
      Pressing seeds and oats into dough
      Making fields for the animals and feeding them
      Fitting the beads onto the straws
      Stacking the rainbow/beads/animals
      Blowing the leaves/seeds/oats using the straws
  • I love making random play trays- they truly are ‘open ended’ play and you’ll be surprised at how your little one plays and how long it keeps them entertained.
  • Guest Blogs, highlighton other fab ladies, Life of a Mum, Other fabulous ladies

    Colourful Soles- Guest Blog

    I’m a mum of 2 wonderful and spirited children, from the minute my daughter was born my perspective on life changed completely. This changein me inspired the opening of our Independent Children’s shoe shop in Lutterworth, Colourful Soles.

    Our mission is to support the development of children, support our local economy and communityand for me personally I want to be able to read a story to my children, Ella and Thomas every night. 

    Colourful Soles is a Children’s shoe shop, inside we are a team who are trained to measure feet and fit shoes correctly. We want shoe shopping for children (and those with them) to be an enjoyable experience and for them to go away with a pair of shoes that fits their individual and unique feet and personality.

    Up until November 2012 I had spent all my working life dedicated to a large ‘Blue Chip’ business and became accustomed, if not somewhat addicted to, the long hours, travelling the world, discovering new experiences, the people (not all of them particularly nice) the salary and the rush of landing new contracts. On the 22nd of November my daughter, Ella was born and from that moment on I knew I had changed. 

    I went through the motions for 5 years, going back part time after maternity leave, working long hours, answering e-mails @ 1am, being away from home for numerous nights, knowing deep down though that my heart was not in it. Being a mum was my priority and the compromise was getting too much for me. 

    When my son Thomas was born, I decided there and then that I no longer wanted to be number in a big business, I wanted my family to come first.  I started training and learning about the development of the foot inspired by the fact that I couldn’t find the right shoe for my daughters’ narrow ankle and foot. Re-enforced by my sons’ wide foot and high step and inclination to pronate I decided I wanted to offer shoes for children that I couldn’t find.

    Finally 2 years later the perfect unit turned up and we made an offer, I handed my notice in and started contacting companies that I trusted and believed in. 6 months later the icing on the cake I found the perfect partner, Sarah, to work alongside me who has experienced a very similar journey. Now I love coming to work and I love what I do, I like meeting new wonderful customers and having time for family and friends without secretly checking my phone for an e-mail or message. It’s fun! Don’t get me wrong it doesn’t come without worry but it is absolutely worth it. My family and friends have been more supportive that I could’ve hoped for and without making you want to reach for the sick bucket, couldn’t imagine better.

    Couple of facts you might not be aware of…

    By the time a child is 8 years old they’ve already walked, on average, 11,500km which is the distance from London to New York and back! The right shoes for all that walking is so important, allowing room to grow and supporting those soles!

    The bones in the foot don’t stop forming until 18 years old, the right shoes will help those bones form properly.

    Loving life…loving work and of course loving shoes! X

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