First day at preschool

Oliver hit a milestone yesterday, at 29 months old it was his first day at preschool.

I had been looking for a preschool that would take Oliver on In January and after emailing a few that was near by I received an email informing me that they had a space open on an afternoon session, starting at 12:30 and finishing at 3:00. They had two spaces available and offered him them but as I wasn’t sure how he would fit in I just decided on him attending just one session to start with.

Oliver has spent the last year and a half with a childminder and he has settled in with her very well although he does still cry for me in the morning when I drop him off, but I do think it is more about just wanting to be with Mummy all the time rather than wanting to stay with her. He especially cries for me just after a half term or a long weekend, he sometimes screams the whole way to the childminders shouting “Go back home Mummy”. Although I am at work, the childminder does take him to playgroups, as he is the only young child that she looks after he gets her all day to himself. He does mix with other children at her house, but they are at school age, So I thought that him attending a preschool now would be a good way of him to learn how to play with children of the same age as him. Oliver struggles with sharing and really doesn’t know how to play well with other children of a similar age, his brothers and the other children at the chilminders are all older than him and give him anything that he wants. On the odd occasion that he has mixed with other two year olds I have seen him push them, but not in a bad way (if that makes sense) He doesn’t show anger in his face, he is smiling as he does it which makes me think that this is the way he thinks how to play with other children. Playtime at home can get quite rough, with two older brothers they are always playfighting and pushing each other around, hopefully mixing with other young children at preschool will teach him how to play nicely and to share.

Oliver settled in really well yesterday, I got there early (during my lunch time at work) to sign a few forms, we met his playleader and other adults that work in there, Oliver went straight off to play with the cars and the garage and seemed to be enjoying himself. He kept asking me if he could go to the other table, one of the play leaders took him over to the other tables that were set up with magnets, paints and jigsaws and that was the last he spoke to me. His childminder left before me just so that he didn’t see both of us leaving at the same time, but I don’t think that it would have bothered him at all. When it was time for me to leave I asked him for a kiss, he ignored me and carried on playing so I took this as he was going to be O.K

His childminder picked him up at home time and she said he came out with a big smile on his face, I am so happy that he liked it! He keeps saying that he goes to big boy school and he lots of best friends.

I am just hoping that next week goes just as smoothly!

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Top Secret Tickety Toc Event at Hamleys

Last Sunday the boys and I boarded the underground train to make our way to Hamleys Toy Store for a very special event for Tickety Toc, the Toy store was to be closed to public and only open to invited guests only and guess what, we was VIP’s.

We was greeted at the door by Hamleys staff and given our very special VIP badges and also a token to receive one free milkshake. We made our way to the top floor where the boys had some fun dancing away along with the Milkshake presenters Kemi and Olivia and then they were joined by the one and only Tommy and Talulah from Tickety Toc.

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After tiring themselves out with all the dancing we went downstairs for story time, the boys got comfortable and grabbed a copy of the story ‘Mystery Time’ so they could read along with the storyteller, Jak even got called up to help out and read out Talulah’s part in the story.

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The boys and I had so much fun trying out the new range of Tickety Toc toys, making headbands, listening to stories and meeting Tommy and Talulah. It wasn’t easy pulling Oliver away from the toys especially the Chime Time playset.

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It was thirsty work all the dancing and playing so we ordered a nice refreshing milkshake each, Joseph and Oliver had a strawberry one, Jak had a chocolate one and I opted for a vanilla one, I must admit they were very tasty and certainly hit the spot.

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A fun day was had by all, we laughed, danced, sang songs, listened to stories, made crafts, played with lots of toys and met some lovely people. The boys came away with a goodie bag which had their very own Tommy character in it, Which Oliver now sleeps with and kisses all o the time. He has also learnt a new word and walks around saying ‘Toc Toc’ .

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If your little one is as mad about Tickety Toc as my boys are then why not look at the new range of toys availanle. Preschool fans of the animated TV programme, Tickety Toc – currently showing on Nick Jr and Channel 5’s Milkshake – can now play with their favourite characters from the show, thanks to a brand new range of toys and games launching in the UK.

Suitable for 18months+, the range includes talking soft toys of the show’s main characters, Tommy and Tallulah, a musical Pufferty Train, plus a Clockhouse Playset. Available from 27 July at Argos, The Entertainer, Smyths, Amazon & all good toy shops.

Based in the town of Tickety, the series revolves around twins Tommy and Tallulah as they race against time to keep the Tickety Toc Clock ticking. Through their madcap adventures they explore concepts of teamwork, social responsibility and problem solving along with their friends, including Hopparoo, McCoggins and Pufferty.

The New Ticket Toc Toy Range comprises:

1. Have fun with the twins at home with Talking Tommy and Talking Tallulah (RRP £14.99 each), which see our favourite Tickety Toc twins immortalized in 10 inch talking soft toys, just perfect for cuddle time with little Tick Tocketeers! Each character includes seven recognisable phrases from the TV programme including “Easy peazy, lemon squeezy!”

2. Kids will love the Musical Pufferty Train (RRP £22.99). Press his funnel to play the Tickety Toc theme tune and push him along to see Tommy and Tallulah play on their see-saw, and watch Tooteroo spin on his perch. Don’t forget to make sure the twins back in time for Chime Time!

3. Tick, tock, it’s all about the clock – with the Clockhouse Playset (RRP £29.99). This set represents the heart of Tickety Town. Complete with train track and push along Pufferty train to take the Tommy and Tallulah figures back for Chime Time, this set has everything a Tickety fan needs to recreate the magic of Tickety Toc at home. Turn the key to open the kitchen door and rotate the cog to open the Chime Time doors for the Twins.

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4. Take the twins wherever you go with the Tickety Toc Soft Toys (RRP £6.99 each). Collect Tommy and Tallulah and take on the road with you on your own Chime Time adventures; perfect for Tickety Toc fun around the clock!

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The Tickety Toc range is available from Argos, The Entertainer, Smyths, Amazon and all good toy shops/online.

Thank you for reading about our amazing day with Tickety Toc

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