Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 162 – Spring Forward


“No matter how long the Winter, Spring is sure to follow.” – Anon


I didn’t want it, but I needed the reminder, especially for the clock changing. Thanks, Spidey!

And so, Spring is here in every form. The equinox has happened, so it is officially here, the clocks sprang forward, somewhat sneakily at 2am, and the weather outside has been pleasant enough to encourage the first daffodils to bloom!

The frogs were busy in my colleague’s garden, and frogspawn was laid too, so she brought it in for the Nursery class to watch.

We’ve had no luck with the frogspawn in recent years. They hatch then some swim for a bit and then we have nothing. Even more disappointing when some of the other classes even had froglets last year too from the same spawn, but different tank!

Classroom tadpoles are hatching! #tadpoles #spring

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This year though, we have loads of teeny tadpoles already, swimming around and munching on their jelly at the moment. I’m expecting much larger swimmers when we get in on Monday morning!

And so Spring is upon us. (Until the forecast cold snap due to visit us again at EASTER!)

The darkness of Winter is being cast off, and we welcome the lighter evenings and steadily warmer days of Spring, where it is almost easier to be more positive.

Just like situations in life where that tunnel of darkness can swallow you up, it is important to know that there is an end, there will be light at the end.

Try and keep your hopes up if you are going through a ‘Winter’ season in life. Your ‘Spring’ will come soon enough too.

Who or what is your beacon, during times of darkness in life? What gets you through to the other side?

Stay positive 🙂

Happy Sunday Peeps!

Three Ingredient Puffy Paint

You know me, I’m a teacher, and an Early Years teacher at that.

This means a lot of hands-on sensory activities to develop and stimulate young minds, and lots of chances for me to experiment with great arts and crafts ideas I find on the interweb!

This week, we tried out Puffy Paint!

Puffy Paint

Literally, three ingredients!

  • PVA/white/school glue
  • White shaving foam
  • Food colouring

And some containers and old lolly sticks to stir.

  1. All you need to do is pour some glue in a pot and add approximately the equal amount of shaving foam to it. I used around 2 tablespoons of glue then squirted the shaving foam in.
  2. Use the lolly stick to fold these two ingredients together, as if folding sugar into egg whites. You don’t want to lose the air in the foam.
  3. Once at the required consistency, add a few drops of food colouring, and mix again.

And there you have it!

Puffy paint ready for action! #puffypaint #eyfs #creative #artsandcrafts

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I made up 8 pots, including a white one, and the kids loved it!

Puffy paintings looking Good! #eyfs #creative #art #puffypaint

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You can use a brush to blob the paint on paper or card, then once completed, leave to dry, overnight preferably, to get a wonderfully textured finish that is soft and spongy to touch!

The children really enjoyed the different feel of the paint, and they were intrigued by my sample painting, with these foam-like areas that were soft to touch.

They are so excited to be able to take their works of art home after the weekend!

#SoCS Mar 17/18 – Green

Linda’s prompt for SoCS this week…

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “picture.” Write about, or theme your post on the first picture you see when you sit down to start writing. You don’t need to describe the picture necessarily–you can even put yourself in it if you’re not already there. Enjoy!

Well, the first picture I saw, after reading the prompt and getting ready to write was the header from Linda’s blog!

And I’ve written about snow enough recently! Though we obviously haven’t had enough… did you know here in the UK there is apparently another cold snap coming, after all this wonderful springlike weather that we’ve been experiencing… and, so the weather peeps are saying, there may be snow on the EASTER WEEKEND!



It’s bad enough that we’re losing an hour’s sleep with the clocks springing forward this weekend, but to be thinking we are going to experience more cold next week???? I can’t deal with it!

I am the first to want snow usually… during the winter months, though. And I don’t think it’s too much to ask that there be a white Christmas, but once the season has officially changed, and Spring is meant to have sprung??? No thank you!

We’ve even got frogspawn in our nursery, and the tadpoles have hatched..I’d hate if we had to release them to the cold pond, instead of a warm spring temperature pond!

Right, I am off now to nurse my still aching back and shoulders… flossing (the dance) needs a health warning… you should really warm up before attempting it for any length of time!

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Catch ya later Peeps!

Happy Saturday Peeps!


March 22 – Flash Fiction  – Follow Your Dreams

Charli’s prompt this week:

March 22, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story using the theme “follow your dreams.” Bonus points for throwing a badge into the tale. Go where the prompt leads.



I did it mum. I took your advice.
“Follow your dreams, love,” you’d say to me. “Don’t let anyone stop you. I’d hate for your life to mirror mine.”
Born at a time where a good Indian wife and mother was nothing but that, my mum had dreams of being a doctor. Instead she was married off early, and, well, no one was going to encourage their daughter in law to study more, or, God forbid, work.
As I stand here, with my degree in my hand, my only wish is that you were here to see it too…




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