Category: Toddler Play

How to make chocolate scented play dough

How to make chocolate scented play dough

We are big play dough fans here. It’s my go to activity for when I need the children to play independently while I get something done and it’s something I know that both of them love to play with. This weekend I made a big […]

A week of Flower Play

A week of Flower Play

With tighter restrictions on who can leave the house and when, the children and I have been making the most of the resources we have at home and truthfully I’ve fallen back in love with organised play. When Florence was a young toddler, we used […]

5 Room on the Broom inspired play ideas

5 Room on the Broom inspired play ideas

After a pretty magical Halloween with my littles, I’m back with yet another Room on the Broom inspired post – this time I’m sharing some of our favourite ways to play out our favourite story.

Dress up

Florence dressed up as the Witch for her first ever Trick or Treat trip and loved it! I put together her costume myself – a red top, some black leggings and a purple tutu from our dress up box combined with a black top of mine tied around her shoulders for the cloak and a witches hat with plaited orange hair which I bought in Tesco.

We’ve had a hard time getting her to wear anything else since and she loves to play flying around on her broom stick acting out the story.

Wand crafts

This super simple craft activity was a favourite with Florence. All you need is a purple striped straw, a stat cut from yellow paper or card & some sequins or pom-poms. Stick them together to make your own wand just like the Witches one and you’ll be ready to iggety ziggety zaggety zoom!

DIY Matching Game / Pairs

I printed out a bunch of pictures from the Julia Donaldson website and cut them out, making sure there were two copies of each image. First I laid them out in front of us to match up the pictures and then after a while we turned them over and played pairs.

Puppet Play

Again, using images from the resources on the website, I stuck a picture of each character to large lolly sticks to make puppets! Together, we retold the story with the puppets as prompts and while we both now know it off by heart it was a really nice way to change things up a bit.

Florence also uses these independently, making the different characters talk to each other using different voices and I loved watching her imagination really take off with the little game she’d thought up.

Scavenger Hunt

As the story goes the bird found a twig, the cat found a cone, the frog found a lily and the dog found a bone and so what better way to recreate this part of the story with a scavenger hunt! I hid a pine cone, a paper bone, a twig & a wooden toy flower around the living room and sent her off to find each of them promoted by an image of each animal. Once she’d found them all, she popped them all in her cauldron and acted out the spell.

Do you have a little lover of Room on the Broom? I’d love to hear your ideas for play activities inspired by the book so please do pop any thoughts in the comments below. While you’re here, you might like to check out my Room on the Broom inspired snack ideas too!


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Lanka Kade Wooden Animals {Review}

Lanka Kade Wooden Animals {Review}

As you probably know by now, Florence loves animals. Last year while looking for birthday presents for her I stumbled upon a range of chunky wooden toy animals that looked like they were more than up for the challenge of surviving a one year old’s […]

DIY Easter Bunny Treat Bag Tutorial

DIY Easter Bunny Treat Bag Tutorial

So you guys seemed to love my DIY reindeer food sack  tutorial at Christmas so much, so I thought I’d try and recreate something similar for Easter. These little Bunny treat bags are just the cutest and add a lovely extra touch to your Easter […]

A Week of Play – 7 Sensory & Small World Tray Ideas for Toddlers

A Week of Play – 7 Sensory & Small World Tray Ideas for Toddlers

With William still so dependent on me at just 7 weeks old, Florence is having to entertain herself quite a lot at the moment – especially when I’m feeding him. We have a pretty set routine in the mornings now but after lunch & nap time things can get s little fraught if there isn’t something in place to keep Florence busy so I’ve turned to our trusty tuff spot to create some small worlds & sensory play activities to bust the afternoon boredom.

Fairy Water Garden Tuff Spot

Nothing captures Florence’s attention like water play! I filled the tuff spot with water and added some happyland fairies, flower petals, leaves & stems along with some toy cups and saucers to use as boats and offer up the opportunity for pouring. I then added some waterbeads for an extra textural element and it wasn’t long before Florence decided to jump straight in herself.

Frog Pond Small World Tray

As this needed to be on a smaller scale, I used a round stainless steel tray instead of the tuff spot for this play. I added some water to the tray before sprinkling some Zimply Kids slime granules into it. This made for a really swamp like home for our plastic froggy friends! I also added some pebbles, a flower head & stems and a handful of googly eyes as tadpoles.

Flower Plot Tuff Spot

We had such fun with this and it lead into lots of other garden themed play too. I’ve written a whole post on this play here. All you need is some plant pots, some soil and some cut flowers! 

Seaside Small World Tray

Again, instead of the tuff spot, I used our round tray for this one. I made up some zimpli kids blue goo for the sea and used couscous for the sand. I hid someturtle pasta shapes (thank you Co-op) under the ‘sand’along with some cups that look a bit like buckets, some tiny spoons for spades and pebbles. We started on a turtle hunt by digging down through the couscous and then placing them along the shore. I later added some sea creature bath toys too.

Turtle Sands scooping tin

This little tin of couscous and turtle pasta shapes kept Florence amused for days! It’s basically the same as the above without the goo. She would scoop and pour to her hearts content and I often still bring this out for her to play with in her high chair while I cook tea or make William’s bottles.

Easter Egg Soup

We’ve had this plastic box full of waterbeads and plastic eggs out for well over a week and it’s one Florence just keeps on returning to. The high edges of the box keep the waterbeads contained a little more than the Tuff Spot would — those things can sure bounce! She has enjoyed scooping them, filling the eggs with them as well as mixing and simply letting them run through her hands.

On the farm

Florence loves going to the farm and has just recently started to really play independently with her little houses and figures so I put together this sensory small world tuff spot filled with animals. Each part of field has a different ‘floor’ made of either artificial grass, cereal or coffee beans adding a bunch of smells, colours & textures to explore. 

 Painty prints

This one got super messy but was great fun! I covered the tuff spot with paper & poured out three blobs of different coloured paint. I then added some dinosaurs, balls & shapes and showed her how to make prints across the paper. She made quite the masterpiece. (Top Tip – I always dress Florence in her all in one puddle suit to protect her clothes for this kind of play.)

And there we have it, 7 tuff spot and small world play ideas to fill your week with.

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Flower Plot Tuff Spot Play

Flower Plot Tuff Spot Play

We had a morning of cancelled plans and grumpy babies this morning so by lunchtime we were all going a little stir crazy. We had to wait in for a parcel so couldn’t head out anywhere so I took some inspiration from my Play Hooray […]

Easter Toddler Crafts: Decorating Chicks

Easter Toddler Crafts: Decorating Chicks

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve really rediscovered my passion for baby & toddler play & planning activities to do with the children. So much so, I’ve planned a whole month of spring related activities from tuff spots to days out to keep Florrie […]