It seems quite apt that Isabelle is all over this book at the moment as she is absolutely pickled in Chicken Pox but maybe that’s why she’s picked this book out.
So this is another one of Julia Donaldson books ticked off the list as we are such big fans.
Belle’s Bedtime Reads – Princess Mirror Belle and the Dragon Pox is perfect at the moment as we’re counting down the days for our Princess Belle’s pox to disappear.
So there’s a girl (Ellen) who meet’s Princess Mirror Belle in her bathroom mirror when she goes to scratch her chicken pox. Princess Mirror Belle is identical to Ellen except she has Dragon Pox rather than Chicken Pox.
They get up to lots of mischief with Princess Mirror Belle telling Ellen about fairies that brush teeth and birds living in her father’s beard. All is going well until Ellen’s mum come into the bathroom and Princess Mirror Belle is nowhere to be seen. She did leave something behind though.
With fantastic illustrations and glitter this makes a fantastic bed time read.
Entertaining your little ones can be tricky sometimes and the abundance of colourful plastic can be overwhelming for your baby or toddler.
Hands up if you’ve bought a present and the box gets more attention than the actual gift. Babies and children have the most amazing imaginations and the simplest of things such as emptying the pots and pans and a wooden spoon can give hours of fun.
Not all play things have to be conventional ‘toys’ so we’re going to bring a series of ideas for sensory play and crafts to keep your baby, toddler or pre-school child/ren entertained.
Baby Sensory Bottles
What you will need:
Clear plastic bottles
Oil (can be whatever edible oil you have in the cupboard)
Food colouring in colours of your choice
Sparkly Craft Items
Shaky Sensory Bottle
Before you start you will need to colour the rice. All you have to do is measure out how much rice you will need to filling the bottle you will be using so that it’s about three quarters full and then separate it into bowls and add a few drops of food colouring. You may need to leave this for a little while so that the colour doesn’t transfer onto the bottle.
In the meantime you can choose what you would like to add to your bottle. We added a selection of coloured glitters, pom poms, coloured plastic beads and a selection of craft sequins and shapes.
Once the rice is dry, using a funnel (I used a jug as I don’t have one) add the rice to the bottle and with a bit of superglue screw the lid on. We finished this off with some coloured tape to make it extra nice.
Water Sensory Bottle
For this bottle you need to fill up your bottle to about a third of the way up and add a few drops of food colouring of your choice. We added some coloured glitter to make it extra pretty. Then fill the bottle with the cooking oil of your choice leaving about an inch gap at the top. Again add a bit of superglue before screwing on the lid, and we added some coloured tape for prettiness.
AND Shake…… the water and oil will separate giving a lava lamp effect.
We’d love to see your Sensory Baby Bottles so either leave a comment with a pic or pop over to our Facebook Page and upload one.
Inch Blue Shoes are the perfect choice for pre-walking and toddling babies. Made from soft leather with soft non-slip suede soles. Elasticated ankles for a snug fit and recommended by Christina Redfearn, Chiropodist and Reflexologist.
AND how cool are they!
My Fave are the Superhero Lilac & White and my special super power would be glitterizing dazzle bombs. Not sure what I’d do with them but they could come in handy for a party emergency.
All of our Inch Blue Range come in sizes 0 – 6 months, 6 – 12 months and 12 – 18 months.
Belle’s Bedtime Reads – The Three Billy Goats Fluff.
Belle’s Bedtime Reads – The Three Billy Goats Fluff. Being at pre-school attached to a primary school, Isabelle gets the chance to bring home a different book each day that she is there and they have a great selection. Thank god that times have moved on and the reading books for children are far more exciting and appealing to children to encourage them to read.
So The Three Billy Goats Fluff is a modern adaptation of The Three Billy Goats Gruff with great illustrations and humour injected making these a great bedtime read.
So we have three Billy Goats, a small Billy Goat, a medium Billy Goat and a Big Billy Goat who like to cross the Troll’s bridge to get to the lush green grass on the other side.
How do they overcome the problematic Troll and avoid being turned into Billy Goat Stew? Well let’s just say that Mother Goats ace knitting skills have something to do with it……..
A huge thumbs up from both Belle, Mummy and Daddy.
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What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson is one of Isabelle’s absolute favourite books. We bought it for her when she was two and we took it to France with us and by the end of the two weeks she could recite the whole rhyming chorus word for word and never tired of it.
So What did the Ladybird Hear?
Well I won’t spoil the story, but it involves two Robbers, a Fine Prize Cow and friends and a Ladybird…..in a singsongy way with fantastic illustrations.
We have the book in hardback and as well as the story which can be read in a singsongy way, each page features the ladybird with glittery bits on it. We like the repetativeness in the books as these are well remembered and Isabelle joins in with reading the sort.
Both of us were amazed when we saw What the Ladybird Heard at the Northcott Theatre, Exeter not so long ago and thoroughly enjoyed it, with many of the children in the audience reciting the chorus part of the story.
Like many we have a fair few of Julia Donaldson books and whilst all of the stories are well written with fab illustrations, Isabelle loves finding the characters of the other books within the pages which overlap.
Reading Age – Toddler – Hmmm, Isabelle is 4 and I would say we have plenty of reads left in this book.
A Megawatt Huge Thumbs up for this book!
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