My Sunday Photo – January 22nd, 2017.

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Taking her own photos of the sunrise while dressed as a princess.

The cold mornings have brought with them some amazing sunrises this week and I couldn’t resist taking a billion photos (don’t worry, I’ll only share a couple for My Sunday Photo).

This is the one behind Freya.

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And this was the next day.

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What a busy sky.

Wishing you a brilliant week ahead.

Why not check out what other people have been photographing this week by clicking the camera below.

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Easy Crafts With Children: What Does The Fox Say?

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Our decorations came down on December 27th for a number of reasons – not least because Freya couldn’t really understand that after Boxing Day our Christmas was essentially over for another year (bar eating the 400 mince pies that remain, of course).

We made many of our own decorations this time, including a sun catcher tree, which was a lot of fun, but after I packed them up and put them in the loft, our living room looked rather sad.

“What decorations could we make for the new year?” I asked Freya.

“Hmm, how about a fox?”

A fox? Well, that was a bit unexpected. We’d talked about new year and how there might be fireworks at midnight (or, as it turned out, most of the night) so I thought she might suggest that but, no, a fox.

I looked up a fox silhouette and then drew it on black card and cut it out before sticking it (with masking tape) on a clear plastic wallet. As Freya is so handy with her scissors now, I got her to chop up the tissue paper (the white was wrapping I had saved from a pair of shoes) into small bits and then coat the plastic with a watered down PVA.

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We also glued each bit (which she loved because she likes getting her hands messy) and stuck them on, giving the fox, which Freya decided was a girl, little white feet, tummy, face and ears so she looked like this.

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When she was dry, I peeled her off the wallet and thankfully all the bits stayed stuck together (yay). I added a couple of eyes and then stuck her to the window.

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I’ve been waiting to capture a sunrise through her but ever since we made her it’s been foggy or grey (I hope we haven’t jinxed it).

However, the fox still manages to brighten the room, so much so, I was thinking of making some more animals, maybe even a little garden scene. Freya really seems to like the cutting and sticking so it’s a win win.

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This was at sunset.

What do you think we should make next? Magpie, hedgehog, squirrel? 

Also, here’s a happy video for a Tuesday. I remember this came out when Freya was a newborn and, maybe it was sleep deprivation, but I found it very funny (and catchy). What Does The Fox Say?

Poorly Day Idea: The Post.

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Like most of her nursery class, Freya has finally succumbed to The Lurgy.

While I’m a big believer in fresh air as a cure for most things, I also think she needs rest, especially when she’s up in the night even more than usual, but when you are a lively three-year-old, cuddling up on the sofa doesn’t seem to hold much appeal.

As a result, crafting seemed like an ideal quiet(ish) activity – and since her latest fascination is with the post, I thought that might be a place to start.

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Our postman has been delivering to us since Freya was a baby (he might have been on that route before but I was at work and never saw him) and has watched her growing up. He always takes the time to chat with her, which she loves, and I’m sure he is part of the reason for her fascination with the post.

We’ve been seeing him a lot more in recent weeks because he’s been delivering Christmas parcels, which I quickly spirit away and hide, and she’s been asking lots of questions about how it all works.

My initial plan was to make a post box and some letters but it snowballed to making three doors too (I had to raid the cupboards to find enough cereal boxes).

We started by covering and painting the boxes and then, while they dried, we made the numbers, letter boxes and post while also looking up what a Royal Mail post box looks like.

My plan had been to walk to our local one and let her take a photo with her camera but she didn’t want to go out at that point so we Googled it instead.

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They were simple to make and she really enjoyed playing with them. She hasn’t quite got the hang of matching the numbers and randomly posts them through different doors (a bit like Postman Pat). My plan is to colour-code the letters (for Freya, not Pat) to match the doors to make it a bit easier.

With the painting, cutting, sticking, researching, sorting, matching and playing it covered quite a few different activities – and most of them were fairly peaceful so didn’t set off her hacking cough.

To keep things interesting – and get maximum use from the boxes – I’m going to turn her little cardboard house into a post office. She can use stickers for stamps and I might try and dig out the bathroom scales so she can weigh some parcels (hopefully she won’t try and put them in the post box).

Do you have any poorly day activities you like to do with your children who don’t like sitting still?