Topsy and Tim and the 3 little pigs

We are big Topsy and Tim fans in our house (well I might not really include myself in that last statement!)

We watched the episode where they act out the story of the 3 little pigs last week (series 1 ep 19) and it really caught J’s imagination. 

So today when we came across two empty card board boxes he was away! 

J gave me very specific instructions on how to make the house costume that Tim wears in the episode. 

We came across issues such as how do we keep the chimneys on his head, so J decided it would be a good idea to use hair bands. I’m now 4 hair bands down. 

He was also insistent on smoke coming from the chimneys. So after a short hunt for the cotton wool we now have smoke. 

To say that craft isn’t J’s most favourite activity he did brilliantly. He had the chance to do some sticking and cutting and I was so impressed at his instructions. 

We all then had to act out the story of the 3 little pigs after. 

We had such a lovely time together! 


Tile Art

J goes to a great nursery that is the Emilio Reggio approach to learning. In their nursery setting they have a number of different artillier spaces, which encourage children to use materials to create and learn. The areas are so beautiful and use natural and lovely materials. 

The nursery helped me to set up my own at home. I loved doing it and after I wondered why I hadn’t done it earlier. 

It’s a simple space where J can initiate his own creations. I’ve slightly broken the rules by using play dough and not clay and I’ve used plastic cotton reels and not wooden, but I managed to create this all from bits I had at home. 

One thing I wish I could do is add a washing line somewhere near his play space (we’ve re named it at home) so I could hang up his works of art. 

The nursery gave me a few extra bits a few days after these photos were taken. And in the bits they gave me were some tiles. We’ve had a lot of fun with tiles. He’s made patterns, laid a floor and we bought some large ones to draw on. 

I bought some dry wipe pens, and it’s the perfect surface. J loved drawing – I’ve found that he prefers drawing on surfaces that aren’t paper!! We bought the white large one from Wickes for 99p. We also have different coloured tiles large and small. We’ve drawn round them, talked about the different colours and felt the different textures.

Who knew tiles could be so fun!