Petits Filous are asking how we put the magic into play dates, and my answer is with imagination!
Lamb has a wonderful imagination, and a surprisingly good memory. He is a fan of many TV characters who play a huge part in our play dates. Tree Fu Tom comes along with us to the woods, the Mister Maker shapes always make an appearance during arts & crafts, and well, Mr Tumble is ever present (in the form of a spotty bag!)
Lamb loves role play and always wants to help mummy around the house; he loves doing ‘grown up’ stuff. He regularly makes me a cup of tea in his kitchen, and often cooks me a ‘bapple’ with his frying pan. Who doesn’t love a fried apple? Of course, he dresses for the occasion. No tea and fried ‘bapple’ should be served to his ‘guests’ without the correct attire…
I’m a working mum, but only part time. I get 2 days a week just me and Lamb; those days are my fave. Tuesdays are usually spent with our friends. AM at play group, PM at the zoo or our local soft play. Wednesdays are usually just the two of us; a day of quality time.
Depending on the weather (and my mood) we will either jump in the car to somewhere fun or spend the day indoors in our pjs. Whatever we do we like to be imaginative.
If we are walking to our local supermarket Lamb takes his shopping trolley and pennies. He is just so independent! Off he goes armed with everything he needs to pick up a few bits from the shop.
Even our lunch is imaginative. Lamb chooses the shape of his toast or sandwiches. At the moment he likes them to be in squares, but sometimes it’s triangles. If he’s been good I’ll treat him to a packet of hula hoops which are most likely to be eaten from the ends of his fingers!
Lamb loves yoghurt, so we were obviously very excited to try the new Petits Filous Magic Squares. The packaging is super fun and very attractive to kids. It’s also nice the pots are bigger, as I normally give Lamb 2 if not 3 yogurts after his dinner. He can’t get enough!
The flavours are really yummy (yes, I had a sneaky taste). Mixing the strawberry and raspberry with vanilla is a really great touch. It makes them more of a dessert and ‘treat’ for the little ones. Healthy and full of vitamin D and calcium, but super yummy!
In our house we even like to make the housework fun. I turn everyday household chores into games. Lamb carries the laundry outside and helps me peg it to the washing line. He puts away his clean and nicely folded clothes (which are no longer nicely folded once he’s done with them). He loves emptying the dishwasher too (no idea why) and is so good at putting his toys “back” once he’s done with them. I still don’t understand why my house is such a mess?
In our opinion ‘magic’ can be put into any play date with a pinch of creativity and a dash of imagination.
“This post is an entry for BritMums #MagicSquaresPlaydates Linky Challenge, sponsored by Petits Filous.”