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Days at Grandad’s house. Snuggling under blankets watching Pingu giggling, finding an old shoe box and opening your imagination, tinkling on the piano, discovering a box of old teddies the grown ups in the house had forgotten….

Our summer has been busy, travelling and getting outdoors has been amazing, but I can’t believe we haven’t had time for a crafty day yet. Until yesterday. Torrential rain and a visit to Dad’s, where my brother, his wife and son were also staying. 

You can’t beat getting cousins together. My nephew B is 3 now – where did those three years go? – and has so much to say. There aren’t that many toys at Dad’s – some teddies, our old Lego,  so the kids always come up with more creative ways to play. 

When we arrived this old shoe box was covered in tinfoil. First a treasure box, then a car garage, next it became a hat which my nephew wore while we all tried to score tinfoil ball goals. My nephew kept tipping his hat to pour them out again, to much hilarity. I LOVE this age.

Then it became a puppet theatre. Pair of cuties.


L used the Pop Up Puppets Kit from Baker Ross to do the characters, although without the pop up bits which B discarded. I love the way L coloured them to look like her and B. 

L did a show for B and then they had so many giggles presenting their show together.


Sadly Mr G was asleep on the sofa with a temperature, but he seems back on form today. 

The perfect rainy day of simple pleasures.

We’ve enjoyed the split pin people kits you see above too. L has stuck hers on her summer notebook. We had such good intentions for filling these with daily updates, but to be honest they haven’t happened yet – maybe next week – she does have an extensive birthday party plan in it though  😉 

Hope you are having a lovely summer.


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