Well half term has been and gone and I hope it was fun filled for you all. Highlights for the Rice family include; a surprise 5th birthday party for the Ricicles’ cousin, a trip to the Bradford Media Museum for Ricicle #1 to loose herself in the Scooby Doo extravaganza (she is possibly his biggest fan) and hosting our first Halloween party!  

I love this time of year in the space of a few weeks there are a host of occasions to celebrate – Halloween, Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day and the clocks going back (who doesn’t want to celebrate an extra hour in bed?)  With this, comes ample fodder for the knowledge hungry brains of our little ones as we explore all things spooky, think about colours, noise and things that go BANG, look at the change of seasons and for those old enough to understand enough we talk about the importance of Remembrance Day. As a childminder and Mummy to both preschool and school age children the knack is in finding activities which  follow our themes but are age appropriate yet challenging for their different  level of comprehension. So whilst both have made their own poppies, a trip to  the War memorial is on the cards for the five year old to her lay her poppy down  as a mark of respect and lesson in symbolism where as our two year old runs  round the house with her poppy on a stick and when out and about will carry it  in her trusty Dora backpack.

And you know what my favourite thing about this time of year is?  Once all of the above have passed my attentions to CHRISTMAS!!