5 Minute Fun

Today Martin and I got a chance to play with JJ with using 5 Minute Fun activities. These are simple free ideas to engage children and develop their learning.  I’m quite keen on this concept as some days it can be hard to think of new things to do with JJ, that doesn’t involve money or a new toy.  It’s nice to be able to provide new changes that he can interact with.

Immediately reading some of the activities on the website I knew it was not aimed for young babies.  However this did not stop us!  We adapted some of the ideas or showed JJ how to do them.

The first activity I tried with JJ was under the Maths section.  Play a clapping game together.   Roll a dice and clap the number it lands on.   JJ is 8 months and hasn’t clapped on his own accord yet, but I think this is a fun idea to correlate numbers and clapping.  (As long as he doesn’t go to near the dice and try to eat it, which luckily he didn’t! Hurrah!  Now, it’s making me think if I should get a large sponge dice! Hahaha!) I used a dice from a board game I had, showed JJ the dots, counted and clapped his hands with him.

Within the lets move section the task was You’re both superheroes! Stand with your hands on your hips, run in slow motion, then pretend to fly. Martin altered this and made JJ fly by lifting him in the air.  We love super heroes so this is perfect!

The other task was Get building together! Find some tins or boxes in your cupboard and stack them up to build a tower.  I think Martin enjoyed this more..ahahaha but JJ was watching him using the playmats to create a box. JJ even got to wear the box! Hehehe!

I also downloaded the Sporty reward chart. Again this is aimed for older kids, but we still managed to do some of them our own way.  The idea behind this is to do each task each day but we preferred to do a few all together.  Dance to our favourite song was fun! We do this a lot already but it’s a fab way to get JJ’s legs strength in standing.  As he loves going on the Jumperoo, he does a lot of bouncing to his dance moves.  He’s too cute. When Martin dances with JJ, he holds him which is so enjoyable for JJ. Another one on the reward chart, was Pretend you’re driving a car. JJ tried to eat the ‘wheel’ when I gave it to him! Ahahahahaha! But what Martin did was brilliant!  I loved it.  JJ just looks so cute in the box whilst Martin pushes him around the room.

The ideas  are simplistic, and easy to do.  It saves me of thinking of brand new fun games to play with JJ.  It does not take long to do any of the tasks.  No money involved – perfect as I’m on maternity leave and need to save every penny. I would definitely use their ideas again but use it more often if there was a section aimed for younger babies. However as you’ve noticed, nothing wrong with adapting some of them, especially as JJ kept smiling through them.

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JJ has inspired Martin to get back into drawing, and start a comic.  The concept derives from the many outfits of what JJ wears each day.  It’s still in the making but we would love to get your ideas of costumes that we can use!  Challenge Martin to draw JJ as any character, and if we like it, we will use it!

Here is a few samples so far of JJ’s day as himself and some superheroes…and just totally loving them.  Please get commenting!

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JJ as Superboy

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JJ as Wolverine

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JJ as Spiderboy

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JJ as Batboy

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JJ as himself eating

randomise

Welcome to Randomise

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Hazel Reynolds, inspired by the BBC’s Apprentice show (There was some awful games!), wanted to create a game so that her sister would be pulled away from the iPad.  She certainly achieved it!

A small pocket size game that can fit in your jeans pocket….

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Small enough to fit in your pocket

Slightly bigger than playing cards…..

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In comparison to Pictionary

Randomise is a hilarious fun packed game for all ages – as long as you can attempt to draw, act or describe. In comparison to some of the familiar games we know, this puts creativity to the test.  Some of these words would not be joint in matrimony but Randomise makes it happen! Itchy hippy digging a hole.  Cruel salmon arranging flowers.  Energetic tortoise planting a tree.  Even Alice in Wonderland lacks these eccentric characters.

 

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The artwork illustrations are simple and cartoony by Leelu.  www.leelu.net  A perfect match to the game.  A cute little elephant with a matchstick situated on the card pile A.  A dinosaur selling lemonade on the card pile B and a unicorn riding a bike on the card pile C.

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Randomise

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Pack A equivalents to a description, with pack B being a character and pack C puts the character in motion. The players decide on a number and the level and then get into action – act, draw or describe. The results are hilarious, nutty and full of laughter. Great entertainment with family and friends!  So much so I even played this at hospital, whilst waiting for contractions to appear!

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Packed it in my hospital bag

Highly recommended!  

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Do It Yourself Bump Shoot

Here’s our DIY Bump Shoot a few weeks ago.

The use of a selfie stick, selfies, ourselves, a timer and some friends made this a fun photoshoot. We were lucky it was a beautiful day at Polesdon Lacey. What made me laugh was Martin was adamant he would not do lovey dovey kiss photos. Oh well. I can’t wait to put some of these on our wall!

 

Wheelhouse Pottery Class

The jukebox is playing Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers.  My masterpiece of a pot is then ruined by Martin as he sits behind me, shirtless.  We interlace our hands, making a new one where he then starts kissing me.  I’m feeling a bit tingly whilst the hot romance blossoms in the room.  Oh hold up – that did not happen during this class L .  There was no performance of Ghost with Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze – damn it.

A birthday surprise in December 2015, Martin took me to the pottery class at the WheelHouse, Abbey Mills.  I was so excited when we arrived, as we have religiously been watching The Great Pottery Throw Down. Can I use any of the skills seen on the show?  Um, no!  I was totally crap.  I could not get the hang of anything.  We were meant to throw large bowls but most of mine kept looking like mini dipping bowls.   On the other hand Martin had a knack for this creative skill.  His first one was like he was a pro.  This is why no Ghost scene disappointingly, would not occur as Martin was obsessed with each bowl being right.  Even Stephen Llewellyn the teacher was amazed.  They had the same resemblance in history both being engineers and then naturally having the ability to create pottery.

During the class, you have plenty of opportunity to throw on the wheel.  If you get any wrong they are returned to be reused later.  There is more than enough clay to use.  It is a small intimate class with only for 4 attendees and the teacher but it just meant that Stephen would help those struggling and improve the person’s techniques. Stephens work can be purchased at the wheelhouse and online.  His work with the dragon fly image is simple as he states it was the easiest image to create on the pottery.  Simple but beautiful.

At the end of the session, you get to pick any bowls you want to keep at £4.00 a bowl.  With this, you decide on the available glazes of which he’ll put in the kiln.  A few weeks later you can pick them up!  I was so happy with mine – they were even smaller that I left them, but that’s because they shrink in the kiln.  Martin and I are planning to go again and just maybe I can beat Martin or at least get a little bit of the Ghost Scene.