Sticky blocks

I’m really getting into this whole blogging thing. My favourite part of it all so far is the sharing. Through Instagram and the various links, I’m getting to see so many different and wonderful ideas. This block activity is something I have done before, but in school we always used shaving foam. This works really well for older children as by the age of 4 and 5 the majority of those you tell not to eat it don’t. There is always that one child that just wasn’t listening and then that other one who didn’t quite believe you when you told them it really doesn’t taste as good as it smells. I’ll admit at this stage I once tasted a shower gel as it just smelt soooo delicious and I was curious – so I’m guessing I was once that kid. The squirty cream stroke of genius (one of those – Why didn’t I think of that?! moments) came from @play.hooray on Instagram. She’s got loads of lovely ideas, go give her a follow but read until the end first.

For this activity you will need:

  • Wooden blocks
  • Squirty cream (whipped will work just as well)
  • Something to spread it with
  • A tray
  • As ever, the trusty bucket of soapy water & towel


First thing in the morning Squidge chose to play with the blocks and build towers, I decided this would be a good time to give it a go. The weather was beautiful so out we went. Once I opened the doors her interest in the blocks waned and she was off. It took me a while to coax her into building again with just the blocks, I had planned to wow her with the cream so she could compare with and without, but she didn’t stick around long enough! I left her to play where she wanted for a while, I wanted her to fully enjoy the task.

I’m glad I waited, once I showed her the cream (a little melty from hanging around on the windowsill) she couldn’t wait to give it a go. She scooped up and spread the cream like butter. She enjoyed pressing the blocks on top and watching the cream bulge out of the sides. She took her time over each block. The tower on the left belongs to Squidge, the one on the right is mine – I had to give it a go! As you can see Squidgey’s tower fell over – she was shocked and looked from the blocks to me and back again. I think as she’d been so careful building it, it was a little more upsetting than a regular tower falling. I showed her that I had put cream at the bottom of mine to help it stick. I was keen to see if she would alter her approach on her next attempt.

A little later, armed with a fresh bowl of cream, Squidge built another tower and she started with a blob of cream underneath. Once again she took her time. The best part of this activity for me was when Boo joined in, it was so lovely to watch Squidge encourage and show Boo what to do. She was using a higher pitch in her voice, possibly mimicking me… but I hope not. I’d like to think I speak normally to children. Tiny babies and animals I’ll happily do the gooey, cooey voice, but when children are learning to speak I really believe they should be immersed in excellent vocabulary. They are little sponges and there is no reason not to teach them the ‘long’ words.

Squidge encouraged Boo every step of the way and was so patient. She even cheered when Boo had done it. She helped by stacking the blocks on in between spreadings. Together they added a couple more until Boo had had enough. It’s such a treat watching these two play with one another.


Now this activity definitely passed the taste test, several times! Be warned at least half of the cream will be eaten. Overall I’d say Squidge got a good 30 minutes out of this activity. It may have lasted longer in cooler weather. We shall certainly be doing it again. I’ll also be trying squirty cream in other activities. I still can’t believe it hadn’t occurred to me before.

Let me know what gems you’ve spotted when liking and pinning!

Lots of love, Cat, Squidge and Boo xxx

For a whole host of other activity ideas that anyone can try there’s my Top 10 post here 🙂



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  • Baby Isabella (July 7, 2016)

    She looks like a right little bricklayer! 😉 great post and true that Instagram and Pinterest are a great source of inspiration. We’re here if you wanna pop over @dear_mummy xx #ShareTheBlogLove x

    • Cat (July 7, 2016)

      Ha ha! If there’s a brew (for me) and a glass of milk (for Squidge) on offer we’ll happily build anything you like! 🙂 xx

  • charlotte (July 7, 2016)

    A clever little idea, my little man would love to be a little builder for the day doing this, how cute. #sharingthebloglove

    • Cat (July 7, 2016)

      Go for it! Tag me if you catch a pic so I can see 🙂 xx

  • Laura - dear bear and beany (July 7, 2016)

    What a fab idea! I love the look of concentration on their faces and so lovely that Squidge was helping out boo. My girls would love to do this, I am book marking this for some fun on a sunny day. Thank you for joining us for #SharingtheBlogLove Laura x

  • Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons (July 8, 2016)

    This looks like great fun! I’m a huge fan of squirty cream as well, so I can see a fair amount getting eaten! What a lovely outdoor activity! I’ve been meaning to say too – I love your blog header – so colourful! Thanks for joining us again for #SharingtheBlogLove!

    • Cat (July 8, 2016)

      Thank you! My header is just a picture I took in the playroom – to fill the void as I don’t have real one yet! 🙂
      I’m loving #SharingtheBlogLove xxx

  • Cal at Family Makes (July 9, 2016)

    Such a lovely little activity, and great pictures to go with it too. #SharingTheBlogLove

    • Cat (July 10, 2016)

      Thank you xx

  • Alice Mills (July 12, 2016)

    Oh I love play based learning! A great outdoor activity for in hot weather is melting ice. Put toys in an ice cube tray, or in a box and cover with water and freeze. The children can explore ways of getting the ice to melt faster and use lots of interesting language. Science at it’s best!! Love how you joined in too! What fun! #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Cat (July 12, 2016)

      Ha, it’s so funny you should say that, I just posted a picture of us doing that exact same activity on my Instagram the other day! 🙂 xxx

  • Sharon Rivers (July 14, 2016)

    This is a great idea! Your kids look like they’re having so much fun, I’m definitely going to have to try this 😉 #sharingthebloglove

    • Cat (July 14, 2016)

      Do! It was great fun 🙂 xx

  • Louise | Squished Blueberries (July 14, 2016)

    What a great activity! Im new to your blog but I’m always looking for new ideas for activities to do with my kids so I’m adding you to my bookmarks now #sharingthebloglove

    • Cat (July 14, 2016)

      Thank you, that’s fab! I’ll do my best to keep you and your small people entertained 🙂 xx

  • Lucy (@Lucy_at_home) (July 14, 2016)

    Oooh what a brilliant idea! I’ve never come across this before! My girls and I are DEFINITELY having a bash at this over the summer. #sharingthebloglove

    • Cat (July 14, 2016)

      Is so simple isn’t it! Let me know how you get on xx

  • Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) (July 14, 2016)

    This is brilliant – will have to give it a go with my girls as I’m sure they would love it 🙂 #sharingthebloglove

    • Cat (July 14, 2016)

      It was great fun! Let me know how it goes. I’m certain we’ll be doing it again soon x

  • Karen (July 14, 2016)

    Squirty cream! That’s genius! Love it. I’m thinking of all the things I could do with it now! Insert in to mouth press squirt! #sharethebloglove

    • Cat (July 15, 2016)

      I’m the same, what other obvious things haven’t I thought of?!! Xx

  • Laura (July 18, 2016)

    What a great way to add a new idea to blocks! Think my son would love this and we’re just getting into more messy play at home so it’s good timing. Also, totally agree re speaking to children with good vocab! X #sharingthebloglove

    • Cat (July 19, 2016)

      Thanks Laura 🙂 Get stuck in with the messy play, it’s so much fun – all the more so outside in this lovely weather! Xx


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