Gingerbread men the 'Lucas way' (Trains, cars, aeroplanes and more!)
Usually it's 'Mummy can you play cars with me?' but this afternoon it was 'Mummy can we make biscuits!'
I had mentioned to Lucas earlier in the day that we should try out the new Transport Biscuit cutters that we are now selling. ( Available HERE ) We are making biscuits for his birthday in a few weeks, so I thought we should do a practice run.
Here is the fun we had in pictures.
Step 1 - Wash your hand (no photo!)
Step 2 - We had to open the package and look at the lovely shapes.
Step 3 - Gather all the ingredients.
Step 4 - Make a mess!
Step 5 - Yummy cooked biscuits.
Step 6 - decorate (yeah Mum did these ones.)
EVERYTHING HAS A PLACE.
Boxes Boxes Boxes! I am mad for shoe boxes!
Seriously! I can't throw away a shoe box - ever! It took my breath away when my Mum bought shoes the other day and told the lovely lady 'I don't need the box'. What? Umm...hang on....what? What do you mean 'you don't need it'? It's a nice black and white one. It has a separate lid! Are you crazy woman?
So of course I end up with a stack of shoe boxes and no idea what to do with them. (What a dilemma!)
Since having a little car crazy boy ( AKA Lucas ) my shoeboxes have been put to use! One shoe box was used very early on as our Lightning McQueen 'home' for all the CARS toys. We had some Lightning McQueen contact that I used to decorate the shoe box. And now when we are looking for Guido we know to look in this box.
Then the other day we were bored. Lucas wanted to play and I was really over driving cars around in circles, round and round and round. 'Let's race again Mummy!' So we went to the trusty computer and printed out some free printables. You know - the sort from Kidspot.com.au or huggies.com.au.
We decided to colour in Planes, and of course, Dinosaurs! Hang on....what? Not cars? You guessed it - Mummy had a hand in making that decision! While searching through the images I came up with an idea which would 1) keep us busy 2) use my shoe boxes and 3) tidy up the toys!
Can you see where this is going? We printed out a plane and a dinosaur and enjoyed some time together colouring them in.
That night I laminated the pictures and the next day Lucas helped me to tape each picture to the top of a shoebox. It really was that simple.
Now we have a home for our planes (and rockets) and one for our dinosaurs (we have 4 now!). When they are being put away they are 'going home for the night'.
On another quiet day I cut a rectangle in one of my beloved boxes and now it is our post box.
We are lucky enough to have friends and family who send Lucas postcards and we keep them in the box and play postman with them. It's also a great place to keep our special product information forms too. Like the card that lists all the Automoblox cars that you can get. It's a very important piece of literature for Lucas, he spends hours looking and telling me which ones he has and which ones he needs. He is determined to have everything on that card. (Good Luck with that kid.)
When you have toys that need to be put away we think it is easier to teach the kids to put the toys away when they know where they go! This is a simple storage solution that helps teach kids to put their things away and might even save you from stepping on cars that have been left all over the floor. (that has never happened to me....well not today!
P.S. - If you still have Nappy boxes they work just as well! And they are perfect for bigger toys and they even have handles. We have one for books and one for our coloring-in things
Let the Destruction begin! (and end)
This week the house next to us was pulled down.
It was a dream come true for Lucas who, of course, loves trucks and diggers. Even the adults found it hard to drag themselves away.
I took some photos of the event because it was stunning to see just how big the digger was and how fast the house came down. Also I wanted Lucas to be able to look back at the photos to remember this time in his life.
Here are some of the better pics.
We got home just in time to see the Digger coming down the street on the back of a huge truck.
The 30 TONNE digger in action!
And when it was all over a few days later...everything was ALL GONE!
That's enough now Mum!
- Helle Warming
- Tags: Construction
NOT JUST BATH TOYS
We have an old house and we don't have a bath. For a long time Lucas was washed in the laundry tub, then he outgrew that and we put a plastic bath at the bottom of the shower for his bath time.
Now he is really good at having a shower and he mostly enjoys it. Usually he takes a car in there to drive around the walls. The colour changing cars that change with the water temperature were the best thing to get him into the shower for a while.
Sending some love.
We all want to spoil that special little someone, but what if the car crazy little boy in our lives lives in a different state or country?
Don't let that stop you from spoiling him. There are plenty of things that you can send him (via Snail Mail) that he will love.
Look at the inspiration sheet below and pick the one that he will love the most!
And don't forget the wonderful Playspaces at the Garage which comes apart and is packaged in a reusable cardboard envelope with string closure. This one is also great to throw into a suitcase and take on holidays when your car crazy little guy might need somewhere to play while away on holidays.
Hope this helps you find stuff your little boy will love.
That's our aim.
- Helle Warming
- Tags: Travel