Stocking fillers for teenage girls

Hello readers!
Can you believe that two weeks today, Father Christmas will be back home enjoying a well-earned rest?!  Me neither.  Sorry there wasn’t a post yesterday, but I was travelling from India to the UK.  Today’s post is continuing with stocking fillers, and this time for teenage girls.  Please excuse the different layout, the software package I normally use to do these kind of posts is unfortunately only installed on our Mac Pro, which isn’t very portable!
Teenage girls stocking fillers

Black lace purse, £8 from Accessorize

Handcuff ditsy bracelet, £6 from ASOS

Touchscreen gloves, £7.95 from Prezzybox.com

Lipgloss set, £10 from Topshop

Crystal dot nail varnish strips, £8 from Harvey Nichols

Mushroom mug, £10 from Topshop

Daisy-dip candle, £8 from John Lewis

Toffee & fudge hot chocolate, £8 from Harvey Nichols

Chocolate smiles, £3.99 from Thorntons

Zebra glitter nail files, £3.75 from Accessorize

I’ll be back tomorrow with some stocking filler suggestions for teenage boys.

And if you haven’t entered the giveaway yet, you only have two more days to enter!
With much love
The Domestic Princess
xoxo

Stocking fillers: Young girls & boys

Earlier in the week I gave you stocking filler suggestions for the older generation & mums & dads, so today I’m focusing on the younger ones:  little girls and boys.  Once again, everything is less than £10.

Stocking Fillers for Young Girls

  1. Fairytales finger printing set, £7.99 from The Pea’s Knee’s
  2. Double strand Alice band, £3.00 from Accessorize
  3. Twinkle toes chocolates, £5.00 from Hotel Chocolat
  4. Star beanie hat, £7 from John Lewis
  5. Butterfly stretch bracelet, £2.50 from Accessorize
  6. Russian doll tissues, £1.60 from Heals
  7. Hello Kitty purse, £3.50 from Marks & Spencer
  8. Glittery owl stickers, £2.99 from Kidsen
  9. Glitterbabes Sparkle Bath Fizzer set, £4.00 from Boots
  10. Pippi Longstocking book, £5.59 from Amazon

 

Stocking Fillers for Young Boys

  1. The Nibblatrons chocolates, £5.00 from Hotel Chocolat
  2. The Lego Ideas Book, £8.50 from Amazon
  3. Dino hand transfers, £3.95 from The Pod Company
  4. Mini kite, £9.95 from Rigby & Mac
  5. Science Museum 3D drawing pad, £5.00 from The Science Museum
  6. Rearview spy glasses, £4.50 from Cotswold Trading
  7. Junior jokes, £4.80 from The White Company
  8. Monster finger printing set, £7.99 from The Pea’s Knee’s
  9. Whoopee cushion, £3.00 from John Lewis
  10. Soldier egg cup, £8.25 from Heals

And if you haven’t left a comment yet to be eligible to win the super goody bag, then get commenting!

With much love
The Domestic Princess
xoxo

Favourite Children’s Books

I think I’ve said in a previous post how the Domestic King used to read to me when I was little, which then led to me being an avid reader.  The books that I read as a child have stayed with me over the years and I have strong allegiances to many of them.  I quite often end up buying my absolute favourites for the various children in our lives, in the hope that they’ll get as much pleasure from them as I did.  I read an article recently about people’s favourite childhood books and it caused quite a debate amongst the readers and prompted me to think about mine.  Here are five of my all time favourite books from my childhood (in no particular order).  I’ll be sharing some of the others with you over the coming weeks.

Just seeing the cover on this book can take me back to being about two or three.  The Snowy Day was first published in October 1976, and I think it was one of my Christmas presents that year.  It beautifully captures the magic and sense of excitement of the first snowfall. Do you remember seeing snow for the first time when you were a child?  Well for me, this book recreates that excitement and feeling beautifully.  I remember this book taught me how to make snow angels!

 

Nobody who knows me will be surprised that I’ve included The Very Hungry Caterpillar in my list.  I don’t know what it is that I love so much about this book.  It’s a true classic.  Even now I really enjoy reading it.  I love the illustrations, and the final metamorphosis at the end.  It’s a great book for helping little ones to understand days of the week and counting.  I don’t think I’ll ever tire of this book.

 

I loved ballet; it consumed many, many hours of my childhood.  So, Ballet Shoes resonated strongly with me.  It’s the story of the Fossil sisters, who are orphaned at birth.  Pauline, Petrova and Posy, are taken in by Great Uncle Matthew, “GUM” and initially live a privileged life.  However, when times get tough, their guardian, Sylvia, GUM’s cousin, takes in lodgers to help with the finances.  Some of the lodgers decide to send them to stage school, so they can eventually earn their own money.  Pauline dreams of becoming an actress, Petrova hates acting school, and Posy dreams of becoming a dancer. Noel Streatfeild exquisitely brings the girls to life, I felt I knew Pauline, Petrova and Posy and loved the yearly vows they pledged to each other.  Ballet Shoes is a truly enchanting story that has most definitely stood the test of time.

 

This was one of my set books for my English Literature GCSE exam.  I remember the sinking, oh no feeling, when my English teacher announced that this is what we’d have to study.  However, I couldn’t have been more wrong.  Within the first few pages, I was completely gripped by the tale of George and his big childlike friend, Lennie, and the story of them trying to find work to help them live the American dream.  I think I read it in one sitting, so enthralled was I.  It’s a beautifully written piece of literature, that has stayed with me ever since, and which I’ve re-read three or four times.  I think my fifth will be very soon.

 

I adored reading Milly Molly Mandy, the girl in the pink and white candy striped dress.  Milly Molly Mandy is a collection of heart-warming stories about a little girl in the country and her  adventures: life in the village, going to school, running errands, fishing, picnics with her friends Susan and Billy Blunt, blackberrying – just normal country life things.  The stories are simple, but somehow end up being quite special.  I would find it hard to believe that any little girl under the age of 8 or 9 wouldn’t be enchanted by Milly Molly Mandy and her adventures.

Did you enjoy reading as a child?  Which are your favourite childhood books?  I’ll be back in a few weeks to share some more of mine.

With much love
The Domestic Princess
xoxo

Great Apps for the over 12s

Today’s post is my final installment on apps for children and young people.  The over 12s category is probably the hardest to narrow down to just five apps, as there are so many available for this age group, especially the 15 – 18 year olds studying for their GCSEs and A Levels.  I only wish the iPad had been around back in the early ‘90s!  

DK The Human Body App – £4.99 for the iPad 

Human Biology was one of my favourite subjects whilst studying for my GCSEs.  If the whole tablet / smartphone phenomena had been around then, I would definitely have bought this award-winning app.  It explores the amazing human body, offering hours of learning, entertainment and enjoyment.  It is in the form of an interactive book containing in-depth material, including articles, videos and 3D graphics.  Many teachers and educators have recommended it as a “must-have app” for anybody studying the human physiology.  DK The Human Body App isn’t available on Android, but I felt that Human Body Anatomy was a suitable option from Google Play for £1.23.

Shakespeare in Bits:  Hamlet, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth – £10.49 per book from iTunes.  This is a universal app – pay once and it’s on all your Apple devices.

This app brings Shakespeare to life for youngsters studying the Bard’s work.  The developers wanted to make Shakespeare’s plays more accessible, which I feel they have wholly achieved.  Each play is divided into easily digestible parts, with fabulous cartoon animation (don’t be fooled into thinking it’s childish, it’s not) and voiceover acting for each scene.  The Shakespeare in Bits series feature the full un-abridged works with the original text.  There is in-line translation to help readers understand some of the difficult words and phrases.  The app is a combination of text, coupled with side-by-side animation, with the facility to access biographies of the characters and to see a character relationship map.  I only wish that I’d had access to something as brilliant as this whilst I was studying Romeo and Juliet, as I’m sure I would have aced my GSCE with an A* instead of an A!  Julius Caesar will be released shortly.  Unfortunately this app isn’t available for Android and there wasn’t a suitable alternative.

Slice It! – £0.69 from iTunes and free on Android

This is a challenging puzzle game, with a maths-geometry slant to it.  The basis of the app is to slice different shapes into a specified number of parts, but to complete it in the required number of slices, making sure the pieces are all of the same size.  It starts off very easily:  slicing a square into two halves and splitting a triangle into three and so on, but as you progress through each level it gets more difficult.  There are 200 stages within the game and as you progress, you’ll encounter different types of obstacles.  A perfect score is achieved if you slice the object exactly into equivalent pieces; after each slice, your slicing abilities are graded one to five stars.  Stars earn Hints that can be used to unlock tips at any level, and these can be banked for use when you get stuck.

Revision App – The Ultimate Revision Tool – free from iTunes

This app covers the following levels:  University, GCSEs, A-Levels and SAT.  GCSEs and A-Levels are UK exams, whilst SAT are US ones.  It is a great revision aid, especially since it’s free!  Each level contains different subjects and within those subjects are flash card questions.  Having this kind of app on your iPhone, iTouch or iPad is a great way to be able to revise when out and about – no more wasting time on the bus!  There are University, A-Level and GCSE revision notes pre-installed within the app and there is the facility to get many more at just the tap of a finger in.  Students can create their own flash cards and can track their progress to see how they’re doing versus previous answers.  All in all, a great little app to support the revision process!  This app isn’t available for Android and there wasn’t really a suitable alternative – sorry!

Exam Prep by Andrew Johnson – £1.99 from iTunes and £1.90 for Android

If you read the post on Health & Fitness apps, you’ll know how much I love the Deep Sleep app by Andrew Johnson.  So, when I discovered he had an app called Exam Prep, I was extremely intrigued.  The Domestic King will tell you I was a basket case when studying for my exams (and the Domestic Prince can corroborate that nothing changed 6 years on and the same applied when I was taking my investment management exams.)  So, had this app been available during these testing (no pun intended) times, I would have been a definite buyer of this app.  This app will help the listener focus, improve concentration and overcome test or examination nerves.  You’ll still need to put in the hard-work with revision, but if his Relax and Positivityapps are anything to go by, they should help anybody studying for a test or exam to feel much better going into the exam room.

This post concludes the series on apps for children.  I hope you’ve all enjoyed it and found some useful ones for the little and young people in your lives.  There will be more posts in the app series over the coming weeks, but I’d love to hear from you if there are any categories you’d particularly like me to cover?  Or, if you’ve downloaded an incredible app!  Please share!

With much love

The Domestic Princess

xoxo

Great Apps for 9 to 12 years olds

Friday was all about apps for the 5 to 9 year olds, so in the third post of the series on apps for children, I’m focusing on the 9 to 12 year olds.  Without further ado, here we go!

Whale Trail – £0.69 from iTunes and £0.99 for Android

This is a great game, with gorgeous animation featuring a cute whale called Willow.  You have to guide Willow around the skies, whizzing through a magical rainbow trying to escape the evil clutches of Baron von Barry.  The user manoeuvres Willow by tapping the screen to make him fly upwards, following a trail of bubbles to sustain his flight, all the while trying to avoid the angry clouds that weaken his energy.  He can collect stars on the journey that allows him temporarily to attack his enemy clouds.  The game flows well and has wide-appeal, and like most of these games is extremely addictive.

Music Theory for Beginners – £1.99 from iTunes

This is a great app for making learning music theory fun!  An owl guides you through 22 lessons that cover the major theory concepts or ideas:  reading notes, rhythm, harmony and so on.  Each topic comes with an interactive quiz, so you can test your knowledge of what you’ve learnt.  If you do well on the quiz, you’ll receive an achievement badge, which allows you to progress to the next level.

This app will help youngsters acquire the knowledge of music theory that may be part of their schools’ curriculum, as well as becoming a better musician if they’re learning to play an instrument.  Unfortunately this is only available for Apple products and I couldn’t find a suitable alternative for Android.

Body Organs 4 Kids – £0.69 from iTunes

If your children are starting to show an interest in how the human body works, this app is exactly what you’re looking for!  It covers 18 different body organs, with each section beginning where a particular organ is located within the body.  They’ll learn lots of interesting things including facts about each organ, how to keep the organ healthy, and what problems can arise if the organ doesn’t function properly.  This is a fairly basic app, but it does exactly what it says on the tin!  Again, there’s not really an app for Android that comes close.

Inside Nature’s Giants – £1.99 for the iPad

This app is the official companion from the Channel 4 show of the same name.  It explores the anatomy of some of the largest animals on our planet, revealing how these incredible creatures truly function.  The app is beautifully presented with interactive elements, lots of video clips, including some pretty gruesome ones!  Using this app, you’ll find out why giraffe’s don’t faint all the time, despite having very high blood pressure and a heart the size of a human’s, why crocodiles are terrible at chewing, despite having the strongest bite of all animals and why a squid has three hearts and passes food through it’s brain!  By exploring these giants, you’ll discover answers to these and many more questions!  The photographs and video are not for the faint-hearted, so it’s definitely an app more appropriate for older children.  You probably won’t want use this straight after supper!  This is not available for Android I’m afraid.

Scrabble – £0.69 for the iPhone & iTouch, £1.49 for the iPad and free for Android

This is a great app to help children build vocabularies and improve their spelling, whilst having fun!  The app is a true replica of the traditional board game with great graphics.  The app has many tools that make discovering words an enjoyable experience for youngsters.  You can play against the computer or choose the pass ‘n’ play option to play against friends and family.  The “teacher” feature is excellent and can be clicked on after each turn to recommend the word which would have achieved the highest score  – so the more you play the better you’ll get!  And just like the Monopoly championship, I’m up 3-1 against The Domestic Prince in the Scrabble series!

Do you have any suggestions for apps for the 9-12 year old age groups?  Have you got any of these apps?  And if so, what do you think of them?

With much love

The Domestic Princess

xoxo

 

 

 

Great Apps for 5 to 9 year olds

Yesterday, I wrote about my five favourite apps for the under 5s, so today, I’m moving up an age group to the 5 to 9 year olds.

Cut the Rope – £0.69 for the iPhone & iTouch and £1.49 for the iPad; £0.62 for Android

This game involves a cute, but ugly monster called Om Nom who you have to feed by solving puzzles using tools such as pulleys and catapults.  It starts off with a mysterious parcel arriving that is labelled “feed with candy”.  From then on you have to figure out how to catapult the candy into his mouth by cutting the rope!  Along the way you gain stars for the fastest time, minimum rope cuts and to gain access to new levels.  It’s a physics based puzzle game, which is straightforward but can be challenging and is incredibly addictive!

Rocket Math – £0.69 from iTunes.  This is a universal app – pay once and it’s on all your Apple devices.

This is an award winning educational game app based on arithmentic and basic maths, requiring children to undertake 56 maths missions.  The object of the game is for children to earn money by completing the different maths missions to build rockets.  This app covers:  numbers, fractions and decimals, counting, telling-time, dealing with money, 2D and 3D shapes, patterns, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, square roots and much more.  The app has quite a long age span, and would probably appeal to 10 / 11 year olds (depending upon their ability), as well as younger children .

Since this is a US designed app, the money element of the game is in US Dollars, but the concept of working out how to deal with money is still relevant.  This app really turns learning maths into a game and is suitable for both boys and girls.  Rocket Math isn’t available for Android, but I found Math Number game as a possible alternative and as a bonus, it’s free from Google Play.

Barefoot World Atlas – £5.49 for the iPad (quite pricey, but so worth it!)

This is a fabulous, interactive children’s world atlas.  Although designed for children, I have really enjoyed playing with it over the last few days.  This app is a delight to use and explore, and has wonderful animation that brings the world alive for little ones.

The app works as an interactive 3D globe, where the child can spin, zoom or fly around the globe with a swipe of their finger, zoom in and out on countries, or search for specific continents, oceans and countries.  The app shares with the user some amazing information about our world including wildlife, landmarks, famous buildings, live data for every country and the most up-to-date weather readings!  Using this app, children of all ages will love learning about the world they live in!  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find an alternative for Android that came anywhere close to this app at all – sorry!

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore – £2.99 for the iPad

This is a fantastic, creative and interactive book that evolved from an award winning short-film.  The app is part story, part animation and part game.

The story is about Mr Lessmore’s love of, and obsession with books, which is always a good thing to celebrate!  The app has beautiful artwork, and children will enjoy having the book read to them, or reading it themselves as well as exploring the interactive element.  Children of all ages will thoroughly enjoy this book; avid readers will struggle to put this down.  The reviews on the iTunes store are overwhelmingly positive, and as one reviewer of the app says: ”a revolutionary use of the iPad!” – I couldn’t agree more!  Since this is such a unique book, there really wasn’t a suitable substitute available for Android.

Monopoly – £0.69 from iTunes and £2.99 for Android

I’m pretty sure everybody is familiar with the Monopoly board game that has universal appeal.  This app is a great translation of the traditional game into an electronic setting. You can play in single-player mode against the computer or play against up to 3 other players and can adjust the difficulty of the game depending on the age group of the players.  This app hasn’t strayed too far from the original game and the familiar pieces and board look great in digital form.

We love this game….well actually, I probably love it more than the Domestic Prince, whom I bankrupted during our last two games!

 

Do you have any of these apps for your children?  Do you think they’d like them?  Would you like to see more posts on app suggestions for children?  If so, any specific categories that you’d like me to look at?  Appy downloading!

With much love

The Domestic Princess

Xoxo

Great Apps for the Under 5s

These days, smartphones and tablets aren’t just for adults.  I’ve seen children as young as 12 months adeptly manoeuvring around the touch screen.  Many an iPad has been purchased for the adults of the family, only for it to be commandeered by the little ones in the roost.

Well, in light of this growing trend, I thought I’d turn my attention to the apps that have been designed specifically for the younger generation.  There is a plethora of apps available for children, so I’ve restricted my choice to the ones that I would be happy for any little ones in our lives to use.

The decision on whether to let your children use electronic gadgets is such a personal one, and not for one moment am I advocating that you should be allowing your children to use smartphones and tablets.  It’s your choice, and your choice alone.

The focus of my most favoured apps, is definitely more educationally orientated than games focused, as most children are already more than familiar with the games available, such as Angry Birds etc.  However, most of the educational apps, are structured as a game.

I’m splitting today’s post over four posts (yes there’s extra posts this week!), as I was struggling to only select one or two per age group.  So today will be apps appropriate for 6mths – 5 years and tomorrow will be for the 5 – 9 year olds.  With the 9 – 12 and 12+ age brackets following on Friday and Monday.

Peekaboo Barn – £1.49 from iTunes and £1.89 from Android

This is a very sweet app, aimed at the 6-month+ age group.  It’s a cause and effect app, whereby the child touches the screen and something happens.  The premise of the game is for the child to touch the door of the red barn, which opens the door revealing an animal inside that then, barks, moos or quacks etc.  It’s a pretty simple app, but is great for helping little ones hone their fine motor skills.  There are other “Peekaboo” apps that use different animals:  Peekaboo Wild, Peekaboo Forest.

Peppa Pig’s Party Time – £2.99 from iTunes

As Clare mentioned in her post on Rainy Day Activities for Toddlers, her two little ones love Peppa Pig, so I’m sure they’d enjoy this app.  The app offers either single player or multi-player mini-games.  Your little ones will get to help Peppa design the party invitations, create the party bags, bake and decorate cakes and play traditional party games.  A must for all Peppa Pig fans!  Peppa Pig’s Party Time isn’t available on Android, but Peppa Pig – Polly Parrot is available from Google Play for £1.99.

Wheels on the Bus – £0.69 for iPhone & iTouch and £1.49 for the iPad; £1.27 for Android

This is a great entertaining and very interactive app, based on the popular nursery song and created by parents.  Each screenshot shows a different part of the song.  The child touches the arrows at the bottom of the screen to move forwards and backwards through the song.  They get to swish the wipers, open and close the doors, spin the wheels and so much more.  One of the great features of this app is the ability to record your child signing the song and then play it back. 

My Very First App – £1.49 from iTunes

This app is based on Eric Cale’s artwork from his series “My First Books”.  I love Eric Cale’s books, especially The Very Hungry Caterpillar, so when I discovered this app, it absolutely had to feature on the list!  The app is separated into three levels of difficulty:  Easy (ages 1-3yrs), Medium (2yrs+) and Difficult (3yrs+).  The Easy level requires the child to match the colour to the items of the same colour.  The Medium level is a memory game where the child turns over to cards to match-up colours.  The Difficult level combines the two previous levels, whereby you have to match the colours on the cards with the objects.  A great app, showcasing Eric Cale’s gorgeous artwork.  Unfortunately My Very First App isn’t available on Android, but a good alternative for the memory element of the app would be Animals Memory Game available for £0.60 from Google Play.

Pop Out! The Tale of Peter Rabbit – £3.17 from the US iTunes store and £3.09 from Google Play

I adore the charming Tale of Peter Rabbit, which is so reminiscent of my childhood and was thrilled when I found out it was available as an interactive book on Apple and Android products.  It takes the beautifully illustrated original book and brings it to life in digital form with brilliant clarity.  Your little one may find wheels to spin or tabs to pull and some images seem to leap out at you.  There are over 50 pages of text in this app; nothing has been omitted from the original story and the narration fits perfectly.  Definitely worth buying in my opinion!

A tip from the Domestic Prince:

The Domestic Prince has an app called Free App Magic on his iPad that gives you the option of downloading three free apps everyday.  It’s hit and miss with regards to the quality of the app, but some have proven quite good.

Have you got any of these apps?  Is there a fight in your household over the use of your smartphones and tablets?  What are your children’s favourite apps?  And do you agree with children using smartphones and tablets?  I’d love to hear from you.

With much love

The Domestic Princess

xoxo

Rainy Day Activities for Toddlers

Today’s post is by my lovely friend Clare.  Clare is a mum of 22-month-old twin girls and is sharing with us some ideas and suggestions on what to do with little ones when it’s practically a monsoon outside.  Over to you Clare!

While the Domestic Princess has been basking in the Indian sunshine, those of us in the UK have been plagued by rainy weather (which, if we’re to believe the forecasters, is set to stay for the rest of the month).  Wet weather isn’t much fun for anyone, especially those with toddlers who suffer easily from cabin fever.

I’ve listed 10 of the activities that have proved winners with the girls once they’ve tired of their toys.  As they have quite short attention spans (butterfly minds as my Mum would call it!), each activity might last around half an hour so I do a mixture of them each day.

1.  Play-Doh

This is always a winner with my girls and they’ll quite happily sit for a while rolling and cutting out shapes.  I’ve been a bit lazy and never tried making my own, but to be honest you can get the Play-Doh Big Barrel for a reasonable price and that includes everything you need to get started – including two animal moulds which have proved very popular!

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2.  Cookie baking

The girls aren’t showing too much interest in the whole mixing process yet, preferring instead to fast-forward to sampling the end product!  (Who doesn’t like doing this?!)  However, after the success of the Play-Doh, I’ve found that they enjoy rolling and cutting out shortbread; as the recipe is egg-free it doesn’t matter that they eat some of the raw mixture along the way! I tend to halve the batch and keep one lot in the fridge for another day.  Lakeland do some lovely ranges of cookie cutters, which are perfect for little hands.

3.  Gluing

Keeping on the creative theme, gluing is very popular in our house and also inexpensive. Just equip yourself with paper, non-toxic glue and a load of pictures, flowers, sequins etc. and you are all set to make a collage.  I cut pictures out of magazines and find that the local pound shop is a good source of glittery bits and pieces.

Image by phizics from Fotolia.com

4.  Chalk board

This idea came from our recent holiday at Center Parcs, where there was a chalk board in our lodge, combined with my daughters’ persistent desire to colour on our walls rather than on paper.  So my hubby painted a section of our kitchen wall with blackboard paint, bought some chalk and hey presto!  If you’re after a less permanent chalk board, these can be bought from Early Learning Centre as well as other retailers.

5.  Dressing up

This is just starting to gain popularity, several weeks after me leaving out sparkly winged fairy dresses around the house in the hope that they would pique the girls’ interest.  I have to admit that they seem to have as much fun with blankets, sheets and a pair of their Dad’s shoes – anything that gets their imagination going!

Image: Alice Ray Photography http://www.alicerayphotography.com

6.  Chase / hide and seek

Being indoors doesn’t necessary mean there isn’t a chance to get active, and the girls love tearing around after each other, or getting me involved in a game of hide and seek.  But you can also introduce a pop up tunnel, balls and cushions to climb over and they’ll soon burn off some energy.

7.  Music

All children seem to love music, and the girls now mime the actions to the song they want me to sing (our version of charades I guess!)  It doesn’t always have to be nursery favourites; they’re partial to a bit of Bruno Mars as well!  Bring out a box of instruments (tambourine, maracas, drum etc.) and you’re ready for a fun (and noisy) half hour!

8.  The box game

What child can resist a box?  It can be a boat, a den, a house for their cuddly toys….add in some of the vast amounts of paper packaging that the online retailers seem to use with their deliveries these days, and my little ones can be entertained for ages.

9.  DVD Time

I’m sure some people might think this is a bit of a cop-out,  but there is definitely a welcome place for a Peppa Pig DVD in our house (usually at the point where toys are being bickered over in tug-of-war style ; the mere mention of Peppa’s name brings an immediate end to hostilities).  It also gives me the chance to grab a well-earned cup of tea!

From Amazon.co.uk

10.  Puddle Splashing 

Unless the rain is lashing down, why not venture outside?  The girls are quite happy to don their wellies and rain macs and head over to the park in search of some nice big puddles to jump in.  I’ve found one essential item of clothing for this activity is waterproof trousers, and I can highly recommend JoJo Maman Bebe’s pack away ones.  The girls love sitting down in puddles and these trousers save them from having to be changed when they get home.  Tip: as the reviewers say on the site, the trousers come up quite small, so you may need to buy a size or two up.

So, there you have it – 10 excellent rainy day ideas for entertaining toddlers; thank you Clare!  Look out for some more guest posts from Clare over the coming weeks.  How do you entertain your little ones?  What are their favourite rainy day activities – we’d love to hear about them!
With much love

The Domestic Princess

xoxo

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