Better Bedtimes: Balancing growing up and creating a sensory space

The bedrooms have always been my favourite rooms. I spent ages creating a nursery for my first son. My ‘little man’ is now 4 years old and it’s time for a ‘big boy bedroom’. He’s growing up and changing from the toddler/preschooler stage into an almost ‘school child’. J has his own interests and fascinations…

Family Day Out to Kentwell Hall: Tudor Reenactment Fun

We love going on family adventures, especially ones we can learn new things. Today is May Day and to celebrate we went to Kentwell Hall, Long Melford for their re-enactment weekend. It’s a day where they show us life in Tudor times. It was a great opportunity to talk about the differences between time periods,…

Our Favourite Easter and Spring Activities for Kids…

Spring time is one of my favourite times of year. We have the return of sunshine, baby animals being born and colour returning to the garden. For children the best part of spring is usually opportunity to be back outside more, and the joy of Easter chocolate. It’s an exciting time for some fun activities…

Encouraging play skills through book themed activities

We are definitely a book family in this household. Between myself, J and my husband our house has a lot of books in every room. J has a ‘book nook’ upstairs and a book shelf downstairs, as well as books in his bag and the car! He reads everything from rhyming books to classic kids…

Days Out: Our trip to Banham Zoo

It’s half term and I was determined to enjoy the week off with little man. We found a ‘free child’s entry’ voucher for Banham Zoo so headed down for a visit (saving £10.85 per child). The only downside to the voucher is that you can’t book online with it. I had a read on social…

A Visit to the Moon…exploring space with under 5’s.

J has a fascination with space thanks to his love of Star Wars. It started as just an interest in the Star Wars planets but it then began to bring in our own universe too. He started to want to know about Earth, the moon, our planets etc. We’ve been spending time exploring our world…

Using a sensory tent to support better sleep…

J has never been a great sleeper. He never slept through as a baby, or a toddler or a preschooler. However we had a routine and bedroom environment going that was minimizing issues. Although J would wake ups he had visuals that reminded him not to get up and to go back to sleep or…

Days Out: Sea Life Centre Great Yarmouth

Today we went to the Sea Life Centre in Great Yarmouth. J has been watching YouTube videos of various sea life centres and was eager to see some Rays. The centre was easy to find and there was easy parking nearby (no parking onsite). A big plus is that it’s right by the beach so…

How to cope with a difficult eater…

Food and eating has always been a challenge for us. It started as a baby with allergies and the stress of finding the right formula, and then got worse at 18 months when he just stopped wanting to eat all together. Now he’s 4 and his social and sensory needs play a huge part in…

Autism: Surviving a visit to Santa

Today was a day that I’ll remember for the rest of my life. We went to see Father Christmas…something I didn’t think would happen. The last time J saw Santa was when he was 1, and he cried his eyes out. When he was 2 he wouldn’t go anywhere near a grotto, when he was…