Thomas & Friends special 70th birthday celebrations

School to win chance to record a new Thomas & Friends song in special 70th anniversary year!

This year it’s Thomas & Friends 70th birthday and to celebrate they are launching a competition to get schools involved. To mark the iconic brands birthday they are asking Primary school classes across the country to enter a singing competition for the chance to record a new song for the upcoming film which is to be released this Autumn.

Judges are looking for the best, most creative singers in the country to be in with a chance of scooping the top prize package for their entire class, which includes…

  • An all-expenses paid trip to a recording studio to sing and record the Thomas & Friends theme tune which will feature on a special anniversary DVD
  • A half-day musical experience run by a music specialist
  • £200 worth of musical instruments
  • A visit from The Fat Controller

All schools who register for the competition via the National Schools Partnership website will receive a free downloadable resource pack, full of fun and simple activities linked to numeracy, literacy, PE and art and design, to help engage and inspire children to make their entry stand out.

Register today at http://www.nationalschoolspartnership.com/thomasandfriends.php

Thomas the Tank Engine was created by a father for his son 69 years ago and today is enjoyed by families in more than 185 territories and in 30 languages. The little blue engine and his friends invite children to enter into a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story.

All three of my children have adored Thomas & Friends. The youngest can recite which colour, number and name the trains are, he builds tracks around the house all the time and makes up his own little adventures, his imagination runs wild.

To find out more about Thomas & Friends visit their website.

Good Luck!

 

 

Settling into Nursery

Oliver is now 3 years old and just over a month ago he started in the school nursery, where he attends every afternoon from 12:20-3:20.

We talked about him starting all over the summer and when September arrived and his older brothers were going to school every day he couldn’t understand why he wasn’t going, after 5 weeks he had his first day. We had bought all of his school uniform at the end of the summer at the same time as when i bought his siblings, he had it all folded and stored on the bottom shelf of his wardrobe just waiting for him to wear it.

Oliver is quite small for his age and is still wearing age 18-24 months clothes, so we had to search around for navy bottoms and jumper to fit him, also we ordered his white polo shirt online in his size. They fit him perfectly and he is so proud to be wearing a uniform. He even has a school wooly hat that once belonged to his older brother, that he runs round the house in the morning looking for before we head off to the childminders house.

He was excited on his first day, I met him and his childminder at the school gates during my lunch time so that i would be able to help settle him in. He was jumping around and full of beans at the gates but as soon as we started to walk along with the other parents and children towards the nursery door he began to hide behind my legs and be a bit clingy. As we entered through the Nursery doors we walked along the corridor looking for his coat peg, he quickly found it as it had a picture fo him above it. He found this funny as he could not remember his teachers taking the photograph on the home visit back in September. He seamed to be eager at this point to get through thr main doors into the Nursery but as we got among the other parents and children he became a little overwhelmed by all the other people around, maybe he thought that he would be the only child starting as he kept looking at all the other children. I walked him into the Nursery room and the first thing he said was that he wanted to go to the toilet, we was pointed into the right direction and off he went. I quickly noted that Oliver was smaller than the other children, which isn’t a surprise as so are his older brother with their class mates. I showed him where to was his hands and he no trouble reaching forward to turn on the taps at the sink.

I told him that Mummy would have to go and that he should go and find some friends to play with, we walked over to the other children. Some were playing on the floor with some building bricks. Oliver seemed a bit anxious and was getting a bit upset, I asked him what was wrong and he told me that he wanted to go on the bikes outside. His teacher told him that the outside area only opened up once all the adults had gone and the main front door was closed, he seemed to chear up a bit at this. I bent down to give him a big hug and explained that all the adults had to and leave the children with their teachers and go, he gave me a big hug and a squeeze. He told me he would be a good boy.

His first day was good but for the rest of the week he was a bit upset about going, I think it all got a bit too much for him. He is still quite young, only turning three at the end of July. He is struggling with not having a nap every day, as before he started nursery he had about an hours sleep at aroung midday. I have tried to introduce bedtime a little earlier now, which he is happy to go to his bed and puts himself a sleep.

Oliver has been going to School Nursery for 6 weeks now and has settled in really well, abit too much probably as I have been told he needs to slow down inside and stop running around. Oh dear! He likes to go to every area and try and fit all of the activiities in, He is over his shyness and had made lots of friends. He comes hime every day telling me about what songs he has sung, what toys he played with and who his friends are.

It is so cute seeing him run along the road to see his friends, shouting out their names. He has a favourite teacher and always talks about her.

He knows all of his numbers up to 20 by sight, knows his alphabet and sounds, can write his name, draw people and knows his shapes and colours.

I am so pleased he has settled in well and that he loves to learn.

 

Are you going through a similar experience? How has your toddler coped?

Explora Snack N Go Review

Do you have children that eat on the go?

The Tommee Tippee Explora Snack N Go allows your child to dip into their snacks whenever they want but also stops the food from spilling out all over the place. The design of the pot makes it a classic travel pot, excellent for children that are on the go, picnics, buggy’s and car journeys (no more mess)

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The snack pot is perfect for little hands with an easy access soft lid, which is especially designed for little hands to slip through yet stopping the snack from falling out. The pot has a little angled handle which is ideal for children to hold onto whilst snacking.

Key features:

  • Clever snack pot with easy-access soft lid
  • Mess free snacking
  • Ideal for travel
  • Available in two colours
  • Suitable for babies 12 months +
  • BPA-free

My son is 3 years old and I have found this snack pot perfect for him, we filled it up with strawberries and grapes and it managed to hold quite a lot. It fits perfectly into his pack lunch box, with the added bonus of knowing, because of the lid, that the contents will not be found squashed all over the rest of his lunch after it has been swung around a few times on the short walking journey that we make every day to the childminders house.

He had no problem finding room inside the pot to move his hand around to search for the biggest grape nor did he say that it felt too tight or uncomfortable for him to remove his hand from the lid.

The Snack N Go is available in two colours: blue and yellow or orange and purple.

Available to but in shops now.

We was provided with a snack pot for the purpose of this review, no payment has been received.

Two going on Teen

Time goes by too fast when you have children, one moment they are tiny little helpless babies who need your help every second of the day, then comes the toddler age when they are becoming more independent and want to try out everything by themselves and then it’s not long before you are waving them goodbye at the front door as they head off to their new senior school, not relying on you for much and lastly they are teenagers, when all they want to do is sleep, answer back and think that they are older than what they are.

In just under 4 weeks Oliver will be turning three years old but he acts more like a teenager.

He’s got the Kevin mannerisms spot on, minus the rudeness and abuse!

When Oliver gets told off and his shoulders sink towards the floor, arms fling from side to side, his bottom lip pokes out further than his feet, he lowers his head and shouts ‘That’s not fair!’

It’s quite funny to watch but obviously I don’t show him hilariously silly he looks as he may start to think that it’s ok to act this way. He can stay sulking for ages, swinging his arms around, walking up and down, stamping his feet and mumbling away to himself. Most of the time he will act like this if he doesn’t get his own way, which can happen quite a few times a day, but others times it happens when he is told off or when his brothers don’t let him join in with what they are doing.

Another thing is that Oliver loves his sleep, he will lay in his bed all morning if he was left to his own devices. It’s highly impossible to wake him in the morning without him pulling up his covers over his head, telling me to leave him alone as its still dark.

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I can pull the covers away from him and all he will do is get up, grab it from me, lay back down on the mattress and pull it back up over him. It can take him a good 10 minutes to wake up properly and if i try to take him from his bed when he isn’t fully awake he will sill just strop all morning, refusing to eat his breakfast and fight with me when i am trying to get him washed and dressed.

Oliver knows what he wants to wear as well! He will turn his head away from clothes that he doesn’t want to wear only co-operating with me if i dress him in the clothes that he chooses, even down to his underpants! We don’t bother if it doesn’t match especially at 7:45 in the morning when i have to be leaving the house in 15 minutes time to get to work. Oliver likes his sleep that much that he still has an afternoon nap of around 1-2 hours, if he doesn’t get his rest then he can be really crabby and rather impossible to cope with.

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Oliver won’t go to sleep early neither, his brothers have a set bedtime at 8pm (sometimes later if they have after school clubs or are on school holidays) but Oliver thinks that he can just go to sleep when ever he wants to, mostly when i attire.

I am hoping when Oliver turns 3 he would have passed the teens stage and turned into a lovely little boy who never strops, never argues back and doesn’t mind spending the day away sleeping, Who am i kidding????

Thank you for reading my post 🙂

Learning to Ride a Bike

Over the past couple of weeks, my son Oliver who is 2 has been learning to ride his bike with stabilisers. Oliver is quite small for his age, with little legs so it has only been lately that he has been able to reach the pedals.

Oliver has a balance bike and also a scuttle bug which he is very good on, but as he has grown his legs are just a little too big to be running along and pushing himself so we dug out his older brothers first bike for him to have a go on.

The bike is very special, it was bought 9  years ago for his eldest brother Jak for his first bike and then it was passed down to Joseph, who also learnt to ride on it and now it is Oliver’s turn to learn to ride on the same bike. It’s lasted well throughout the years as we have looked after it, it has very little rust and still looks new. We have lowered down the handle bars and seat as far down as it can go so that Oliver’s feet can now reach the pedals as they go all the way round.

At first Oliver turned the pedals with his feet backwards but he soon learnt that it wasn’t going to get anywhere by doing that so with a bit of guidance on how to push the pedal he was off, slowly, very slowly but he was definitely making ground.

 

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First time

Last weekend I took him on his bike to the local shop which is only about 5 minutes walk away, it took us about 20 minutes to get there and back but we made it with only one little accident, and after a little magic kiss on the knee he was soon back on and riding his bike.

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Oliver does tend to not look where he his going as he is concentrating on pushing the pedals with his feet, he keeps looking down and not forward but he is learning fast. He understands that he needs to turn the handle bars when he is close to a hedge and also not to go near to kerb. As he cycles along he says to himself  ‘Ooh there is a fence there, must turn away, I have to turn my bike’ Bless him!

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Are you teaching your child to ride a bike? How are you getting on?

Thank you for reading my post 🙂

 

Goodbye Nappies……Hello Underpants

He’s only gone and done it!

After my last post about how hard i was finding it to potty train Oliver, he has decided himself to grab the bull by the horns and go for it, not only has he been dry for the past two weeks during the day but he has also been dry throughout the night too!

I’m so proud of my little boy, I really thought we wouldn’t be able to be dry by the time he started nursery. He was being very lazy when he was wearing underpants and would almost always wet himself in them, I think I was changing him about 3 times in one hour on some days. We still use a nappy for night time but they have been dry, he is even waking me up in the middle of night asking for me to take him to the toilet.

A few weeks ago It seemed like the days of not washing out wet clothes was never going to end! During the week, I used to drop Oliver off at his childminders in the morning wearing his underpants with a liner in them and when I picked him up at the end of the day the childminder would always hand over a bag full of wet clothes, telling me that he had an accident and she had to put him into a nappy because he had run out of spare clothes to wear. At the weekend, we used to have the odd accident when he had a nap but I would constantly ask him if he wanted to use the potty but we still had a few accidents, where he was just too lazy to pull down his trousers and pants and go on the potty. He never even used to tell me that he wet himself either, I would only find out once i picked him up or noticed that suspicious wet mark around the groin area.

During the February half term, I decided as I was off work that it would be the best time to just go for it! No more nappies! As soon as Oliver woke up I would put him on the toilet, then I would get him dressed into clothes that he chose, especially his own choice of underpants. The rest of the day I asked him every half hour if he wanted to use the toilet, he soon got used to the idea of using the toilet and soon began to unlike the feeling of walking around in wet underpants. We spent a few days away in a hotel and at Nannies house and we forgot to take the potty, so now Oliver has got used to using the toilet like the rest of us, he won’t even sit on the potty no more.

Oliver now asks to use the toilet when we are out and about, during the night and just before bedtime, it has now become a routine for him rather than weeing in his nappy.

We carry a bag that Oliver packs himself, inside it are 3 pairs of underpants, spare trousers, socks, wipes and some dry like me liners. The bag goes everywhere with him, to the childminders, to the park, to the shops and it even goes into the car if we are going for a drive.

I am no longer picking Oliver up from his childminders and receiving a parcel of wet clothes and my washing pile has gone tenfold, now I can buy a new carpet that was promised to me, by Paul, once Oliver was dry 🙂

Thank you for reading my post 🙂

I’m going Potty

For the past few months we have been potty training Oliver, he is now 2 and a half years old and will be starting Nursery in September so he needs to be out of nappies by then. Oliver knows how to use a potty and has done since he was a year old but has become too dependant on wearing a nappy.

When he isn’t wearing a nappy or any underpants then he is perfect at using the potty but when he is wearing something then he will not ask to use the potty, he has become lazy and will just use the nappy. My other two children were dry by the time they were 2, maybe it’s because I am now in full time work and am not at home during the week days to get him into some sort of routine, but whatever the reason we now need to buckle down and get him used to asking for the potty when he is wearing his clothes.

He has a potty at his childminders house and whenever we are indoors we take off his clothes so he doesn’t need to take down his pants and he doesn’t even have to ask for a toilet as he can just go off upstairs to where his potty is kept and use it. He has become very good with using it this way but I now need to get him wearing underpants and to asking when he wants to go.

What we have done so far:

  • Bought two potties, one for upstairs and one for down stairs
  • Praise him for whenever he uses the potty
  • Given him stickers
  • Encourage him to go first thing in the morning and whenever he has a drink
  • Bought Dry Like Me pads to line his underpants (absorbent gusset shaped liners)
  • Let him chose his underwear (he particularly likes Thomas the Tank engine ones)
  • Cut down on his Milk so he’s not drinking so much of an evening and first thing in the morning
  • Bought him a special bag that he can carry on his back which we put his nappies into so he carries them himself
  • Take a spare set of clothes with us everywhere for those little accidents
  • Use Mio Bambino reusable training nappies for indoors and on short journeys
  • Use pull up pants when on long journeys
  • A potty at the childminders for him to use
  • Encourage him to get himself undressed, so that he can get used to pulling down his trousers and pants

These are all things that i have done with other two children, but with Oliver it seems that the process of potty training is going on a bit longer! I introduced a potty to Oliver at a young age and he has always been interested in using it, but sometimes he screams to be able to wear a nappy.

As I sit and write this, Oliver has just stopped playing on his tablet and ran over to his potty saying “I need my potty!” He does this independently quite often, more and more each day, but it’s getting him to take off his pants to do this when he is wearing his clothes.

Any ideas on how to progress in his potty training would be appreciative, thank you.

Hopefully my next potty training post would be a completely dry post 🙂