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Children’s craft with the letter A

Children’s craft with the letter A

Today’s blog is brought to you with the letter A…

By that I mean a craft with the letter A!

Before Christmas, I was speaking to the boys about starting school.  They asked me what they would do there and I said “learn things, like your numbers”.  D then said: “but I already know my numbers mummy, so I don’t need to go to school.”  Fair point, one of D’s strongest points is his love for numbers.  I then said: “Well you also learn to read”.

That, I thought, was the end of that conversation.

Then a few weeks later, the boys were putting together their Christmas list.  When I asked what they wanted, they both said to learn to read.  I think our previous conversation had got them thinking.

So, I had to get my thinking cap on.

The first thing we did, was ask Santa for some reading books.  I did a bit of research and we found these Ladybird books which looked like a really good deal:

Read it Yourself with Ladybird Collection 50 Books Box Set Pack (Level 1, 2, 3, 4)including moshi monster, peppa pig, charlie and lola, Wizards of Oz, … Heidi, Snow white and the seven dwarfs

Next up I started to do some research.  The kids love crafts, so why not support their passion for reading with some crafts.  I then thought, actually this could also be a good idea for a craft series on the old blog….

The other fun thing about this is that the boys are starting to get really interested in the camera and photography.  I think seeing me carry our camera with us everywhere we go is starting to wear off on them.  So not only can they help with the crafts, they have also helped me with the photography.  In the photos below, the boys were in charge of the layout of the items. I think they did a pretty awesome job!

So without further ado, there was only one place to start: a craft with the letter A!!

Craft with the letter A

Craft with the letter A: glitter pens, stickers, cardboard are laid out ready to be used.

All you need:

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Glitter Pens
  • Glitter Glue
  • Stickers
  • Any decorations you can find, be creative 🙂

The first step in the process is cutting out the letter A, as the boys are only four I had to help them with this bit.  We have safety scissors but the boys are not exactly accurate with their cutting at the moment (and I may or may not be a little bit of a control freak!).

A green letter A cut out and ready to be decorated.

Once cut out, the fun can begin.  Let your kids be creative and decorate what ever way they want.

One of the key things is talking about the letter A throughout the process.  So, as they were decorating and we were chatting, I was asking them what they thought started with the letter A. This was sometimes successful: “apple”.  And sometimes not: “karaoke” (pronounced car-e-ko-kay according to L), so I realise we may have a way to go with this reading malarky!

The boys get stuck into decorating their letters The boys get stuck into decorating their letters

The boys had a great time doing this craft with the letter A.  It was a bit of a mission cleaning up though, which seems to be a common occurrence in this house – thanks glitter glue!  So much so that I had to sit the boys in sink to get cleaned up, they even had paint and glitter in between their toes!

a boy with dirty hands and feet sits in the sink to get cleaned.

Once done and dried the finished articles have been pride of place all week on the window ledge.  I keep referring back to them as the week goes on, to encourage them to keep thinking about it.

Here are the finished articles:

A green and a white A decorated with glitter glue and stickers.

I think this craft is a pretty easy one to start with.

Next up is crafts with the letter B.  I bought googly eyes from the craft shop this week and I have a plan…..

To see more craft ideas from Double the Monkey Business, visit here:

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Quack and Field – #monkeybookreview

Quack and Field – #monkeybookreview

This week we reviewed Quack and Field. We are huge book fans!  The kids love reading and they loved these books.

Quack and Field Review – Premise

Rob Foster writes the Quack and Field series.  Rob’s aim is to inspire children to get involved with sports.  To do this he has created some fun books to stimulate interest and interaction with children.

We reviewed two books from the series which have just been released; Swimming and Trampolining.

Both books centre on a competition, reminiscent of the Olympics.

At the Dog House Arena, competitors (including Duke the dog and Marvin the monkey) are hoping to scoop the Gold medal. The book follows each characters attempts to win, with funny consequences.

The cover of Quack and Field, a duck on a blue background.

Twin Thoughts

The boys loved these books, especially the trampolining one.  The boys giggled as we followed the characters journeys and they compete with one another.

They both loved Marvin the monkey and thought it was funny that he was taking in part in the trampoline event and eating a banana!

The boys loved that one of the books focused on trampolining. They were talking about the books when we were jumping on the trampolines at soft play yesterday and they shouted “it is just like the book mum!!!”

Bob D: “These books were good.  It was really funny because there was a monkey eating a banana and that made me smile.  I liked the swimming pool, I liked it when the dog dived under water.”

Bob L: “They were great, I loved the penguin in the water fountain that was funny. I liked the swimming one as well, I want to read it again and again.”

One of the pages from the trampolining book from Quack and Field

My Thoughts

I love the idea behind the Quack and Field books. I think it is a great idea to encourage kids to take part in sports and this book delivers that, along with giggles along the way.  Rob has managed to make the books fun and entertaining, while getting the message across to his young readers that sport is fun and enjoyable.

I will definitely be looking out for more titles in the future of Quack and Field.  We await the next instalment ‘Wheelchair Rugby’!

The cover of Quack and Field - Trampolining. Duck on a yellow background.











Welcome to 2017!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

We had a great time and I am slowly trying to get back to normal, which is easier said than done.  I think we all enjoyed the holidays a little to much and this has been tricky!

Still the only way is up people, spring is just around the corner – I know clutching at straws here but I have to keep positive!!

We had a little break over the festive period and picking out our featured images was pretty tricky today! So many amazing and fabulous photos to choose from.  What a lovely predicament to be in.

Thanks so much for everyone that supported us with our Instagram hashtag in 2016, we managed to break through the 4,000 mark and we are so chuffed!  We love looking through your pictures every week, so keep tagging us.


I found it really difficult to pick just four this week, so I have cheated and picked eight!

The first pic I loved as Laura’s little boy has fun on a bungee trampoline, I just want to go there and join in the fun.  The next pic sees little Holly from Dear Bear and Beany start preschool this week, this pic is taken on her day off and I love the sun shining down on her.    I love the pic with the padlocks, taken at the Albert Dock, I also love the little girls hat, I want one!

Next row down and I love these simple profile shots of two gorgeous little ones.  Love these simple black and white shots, the kids really steal the show!

Last row and how stunning are those frosted trees from Wes and Co, such a perfect photo.  The middle pic is so lovely, a mum and her little one visit Barcelona.  I had to pick this one as not only is the photo stunning but Barcelona is one of my favourite cities! Last but absolutely not least, I love this saying: “Be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons”, rather strangely I have seen this slogan three times this morning, I feel like I need to take notice!

#capturingtheday Instagram Hashtag eight featured images. A little boy flies through the air on a bungee trampoline. A little girl peers over a fence with the sun shining down on her. A little girl in a yellow hat looks at padlocks, a little boy in B&W smiles, side profile b&W pic of a little girl, frosted trees with a blue sky, a mum and child stand pose in Barcelona, a cup with the slogan "be a flamingo, in a flock of pigeons" with two chocolates beside it.

From top left (clockwise):

  1. Laura, Life with Baby Kicks: Blog & Instagram
  2. Dear Bear and Beany: Blog & Instagram
  3. Betty and Barnaby: Instagram
  4. Soppy Mum: Blog & Instagram
  5. Pinks Charming: Blog & Instagram
  6. Baked by Mummy Iris: Blog & Instagram
  7. Wes and Co: Instagram
  8. Life at Cooks Cabin: BlogInstagram


Pop over to Gemma’s blog to find out more about her week. 


  1. Chocolate Wine and Ill be fine: BlogInstagram
  2. The Culinary Jumble: Blog &  Instagram
  3. Over 40 and mum to one: Blog & Instagram
  4. Coffee Cake Kids:  Blog & Instagram
  5. Rachael Kellett: Blog & Instagram
  6. Hot Pink Wellingtons: Blog & Instagram
  7. Dilan and Me: Blog & Instagram
  8. Soppy Mum: Blog & Instagram


Firstly I want to wish Gemma and her hubby a happy anniversary!  Secondly, check out this pic of her little boy, isn’t he just the cutest!! Such a happy wee face, it really does make me smile.



If you are discovering this instagram hashtag for the first time, it is easy to take part.

We want to see a selection of photos, regardless of the topic! So tag #capturingtheday – we want to see variety!

We didn’t want a hashtag that just represented one niche because we want to see them all!  You don’t have to be a blogger to take part, everyone is welcome!

It is so easy to join, next time you post a photo tag us using: #capturingtheday.


Every Sunday we will do a blog post and every week we will feature our eight favourite photos – four each.

These featured images will also appear on our Instagram account with a tag back to your account.

So what are you waiting for?  Join us as we are #capturingtheday.  

Help us spread the word! We want everyone to join in with our Instagram Hashtag!

I hope you all have a great week, we can’t wait to see what you have for us this week.





January Blues

January Blues

So here we are, 2017!  How on earth did that happen?

Does anyone else have the January blues?

We had a lovely Christmas holiday.  We had family visit us and we had lots of fun trips out.  I cannot believe that it is all over, it all went by so quickly

January blues - two little monkeys sit on a rock as mummy takes yet more photos

Fun and Festivities

We went on some incredible adventures over the Christmas holidays.  I loved exploring a bit more of Germany!

We visited castles, ski slopes, swimming pools and Christmas markets.  It was all so much fun and I hope to share some of the places we visited in future blog posts.

Goodbye 2016, hello January blues…

As we say goodbye to 2016, I am sad to say goodbye to the Christmas holidays.  Although 2017 has lots of exciting things to offer already, house moves, concerts and blogging conferences all in the pipeline!

This week I have probably seemed very quiet but behind the scenes I have been busy busy!!  I have been finalising my goals for 2017 and also have been planning out – day to day – what I will be doing for the quarter.  It is the most organised I have ever been, however I am not sure how long it will last!

I have also started to get stuck into my photography course and I have been having a great time playing around with Lightroom.  My only complaint with Lightroom is that it is a time suck!  I could spend hours playing around with it.To little boys in matching blue jackets stand at a door knocking to get in.

Back to normality

Posts on the blog will be back to normal from this weekend, our #capturingtheday roundup (the Instagram community I run with Life is Knutts) will be back tomorrow and I trying to pick out our featured images!!  With so many incredible photos to choose from it will be hard to decide.

Next week we have some fab book reviews coming up and some January crafts to keep your kiddies busy on these cold days.

I would love to know what your plans are for this year, drop me a note in the comments or on social media.

For now I am off to heat up with a cup of tea, we are at -10 today and it is freezing, brrr….

Have a great weekend 🙂