After what feels like an eternity of wet weather I'm starting to feel like there are very few indoor activities that Little Miss C and I haven't tried recently. She's now been struck down by chicken pox so I'm trying to come up with even more things to do and am very grateful that I've got a couple of copies of Creative Steps to review which are packed full of great ideas for things to do. A full review including some of their projects will follow, but I'm going to start with one of the more simple things we've been doing.
All that was required for this was a glue stick, some coloured card and pictures cut out of magazines. LMC loves all things nature related so a couple of old copies of the RSPB Birds magazine provided me with plenty of pictures. She's not yet competent enough to be let loose with a pair of scissors so I did the cutting out whilst she napped and left everything on her activity table for her to find when she came downstairs.
She was delighted to find the pile of pictures and initially spent a very excited five minutes ignoring the glue and card and just shrieking with delight at the squirrel and butterfly pictures. It wasn't long though when she got stuck in with the glue stick and she was soon creating a lovely collage with the pictures I'd provided.
She enjoyed herself so much that as soon as she'd finished with the nature pictures I'd provided she went and found one of her magazines, brought it to me and asked me to cut out more pictures for her. We ended up with a couple of nature collages, an In the Night Garden one and a couple or Mr Tumble ones too.
A wonderful 40 minutes in which she was completely absorbed in the activity and not even distracted by the postman bringing us a parcel – amazing. Definitely something worth trying if you have a little one and a wet afternoon in which to entertain them. You really don't need much at all to do this as I'm sure all of us have a selection of old magazines (or even catalogues) that won't be missed.