Potty Training a Boy

I need some help from parents of who have successfully beaten the challenge of potty training a boy.

We’re in the depth of potty training and I’ll be honest with you, it’s not going well. I’m not going to go into details about it now, but I really do need some help and advice.

This post does include some talk about wee and Potato’s toilet use. If that’s likely to offend you, please just don’t read any further.

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Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Much to my chagrin, I missed national cupcake week last week. I thought it was this week instead. So I’m sticking with my planned cupcake post anyway. Happy Week After National Cupcake Week!

I’ve been doing these lemon meringue cupcakes for a while now and I still can’t decide if I prefer them with a meringue topping that or buttercream one. I often do half and half like this.

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

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Binky Linky 26th September 2014

Please no Businesses linking up!

This linky is for bloggers who have been blogging for a year or less. It’s your chance to link up your favourite post of the week. It’s a great way to find new blogs to read and to raise your blogs profile. Binky is the American term for a dummy which babies obviously use. We thought the name Binky Linky would suit seeing as this linky is aimed at newbie bloggers!

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Arnold’s Zoo Sensory Tray

The next in our series of Mick Inkpen inspired activities was Arnold’s Zoo.

In Kipper’s A – Z, Kipper’s friend Arnold has a box which he uses to collect insects and bugs in, as they crop up in the A to Z. It’s called Arnold’s Zoo.

Arnold's Zoo!

I used this as a basis for a bug and leaf sensory tray.

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Egg-Box Beetles

To help Potato overcome his new fear of bugs and insects, we’ve been taking inspiration from one of Potato’s favourite authors at the moment, Mick Inkpen. Following on from our Hunt for Billy’s Beetle at the weekend, we made egg-box beetles.

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Hunt for Billy’s Beetle

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how Potato seems to be scared of bugs and insects and asked for some advice. The most popular responses were doing insect and big art and crafts as well as bug hunts.

One of Potato’s favourite books at the moment is his Mick Inkpen treasury, especially Billy’s Beetle (or ‘Beekle’). He loves spotting the beetle on each page, and the caterpillar too. I noticed that he’d started looking for Billy’s Beetle as part of his imaginative play and it gave me an idea for a theme for some activities to help overcome his bug fears.

Reading Mick Inkpen's Billy's Beetle

We started out this weekend with a woodland hunt for Billy’s Beetle.

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Win an Autumn Woodland Teepee from Beebies

Autumn is here. While I’m totally solar-powered, there’s not denying that there’s something rather magical about Autumn. Along with the changing landscape, there’s a change in the colour of the sunlight. It seems to take on a richer, deeper tone that belies the chill in the air.

It’s a time of year that fires the imagination. A time for playing in the woods, watching fireworks and toasting marshmallows. A time for building dens and telling ghost stories.

What if your little one had their own den? One that they could put up inside or outside, as the weather allowed? Where would their imagination take them?

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