The last couple of weeks we've been taking it in turns to feel a bit poorly. Isla is just starting to get over the bug now and Evie is almost back to her normal self. We've been doing a lot of things at home. Everyday we've been listening to 'Bend and Stretch' by the Sticky Kids which has Isla's favourite songs 'Funky Monkey' and 'Stir Up the Porridge'. She dances around the room to them and Evie joins in. Nursery rhymes are another favourite to put on - here they are both rowing their boats:
We've been out for a couple of walks nearby.
Andrew made a chocolate cake one weekend, then I made one the following week. Lots of cake beaters to lick. I also made a new chocolate mousse recipe from my Nigella Express book. It doesn't use raw egg and is very easy and delicious.
Isla came back from pre-school one day to say that she hadn't been able to play with the gloop there because there 'weren't enough aprons'. So we decided to make some ourselves. It is just cornflour with some water added. It is really fun to play with because it behaves like a liquid and drips off your fingers but then if you squish it together it becomes like a solid. It was quite messy but fun too.
We did a few pirate things this week. Andrew made the chairs into a pirate ship and so this was a daily event, along with me being tic toc croc when Isla stepped off the ship! We also made a treasure chest and some chocolate treasure coins.
Isla made a cafe using the blocks and lots of little creatures:
We played a new game with the lego blocks. One of us had to make half a creature using the blocks, like a butterfly or ladybird. Then the other person had to complete the picture by finding the right coloured blocks and putting them in the right place.
I've been getting some ideas from nurturestore.co.uk, a website with lots of things to do at home with young children. I've printed out snowflakes and other shapes to do a treasure hunt, which Isla loves. We made some yellow lemon rice by putting yellow food colouring and lemon essence in with some rice and then leaving it to dry. Evie played with this for ages in a big box with some spoons and tubs. Luckily our vacuum cleaner has finally been fixed so cleaning up was easy!
This morning we went to the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. We had the double buggy so Isla could be pushed as she is still poorly. We saw some dinosaur skeletons, lots of fossils and different animals. I had a look around the 'BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year' exhibition there with Isla. Highlights were a colourful squid photo, turtles nesting, a hummingbird, and whale sharks. There was a play area at the museum for the little ones to dress up which they both enjoyed. Isla completed a 3D jigsaw puzzle of a jug.