Shh… the turtle is sleeping!

We spent the weekend down in the New Forest last weekend. When we booked it we thought March would be lovely and Spring-like, how very wrong we were! Rain rain and more rain was the order of the day, which meant we needed to be inventive with activities to keep an active 2 year old entertained.

The pool where we were staying was a BIG hit – we bought a noodle (long foam thing!) and he loved gliding around the pool holding on to it. There was also a jacuzzi-type pool (though it was the same temperature as the main pool so fine for kids) and he loved that too. We taught him how to blow the surface of the water, and he was really good at kicking his legs and “jumping” in from the sides.

On Saturday we went to Bournemouth Aquarium, which was busy (as expected) but still very good. Elliot loved the fish swimming over our heads, and kissed the glass by a pufferfish!

The funniest part of the weekend (of which there were a few if I’m honest!) was as we left the aquarium. Elliot was quite sad to leave and wanted to go back in to see the turtles. I told him they had gone to sleep so we had to go, to which he replied: ” turtle wake up? Eat breakfast and a yoghurt?”, before adding “and a man” Elliot has a bad habit of having a gingerbread man after most meals, so I guess it’s only right that Mr Turtle would have one too!

I think we’ll be visiting aquariums a bit more regularly from now on! It was a big hit (though to be fair the simple pleasure of jumping in puddles was also worth standing around in the rain for!)

(Apologies for poor quality of the photos – apparently rain didn’t agree with my phone!)

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Fun with a two year old

I’m beginning to realise the many good things about having a 2 year old around. Elliot is so much fun right now, and picking up things like a sponge – he knows all his letters and we’re having fun trying to teach him the phonic sounds that go with them. He loves to get them wrong on purpose and make us laugh.

After nursery today, Elliot was enjoying counting raisins back into their box and it made me think of a good game we could play.

I took a piece of card, an espresso cup (to draw around) and some colouring pens and made a counting game for the numbers 1-5. (The card wasn’t quite big enough to get up to 10, and by that point our raisin supply was being depleted rather rapidly!)

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The best part was the eating at the end!

I’m thinking this game will be used again and again, with pennies, little stones, beads or even daisies (if we ever get some sunshine!)