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12th March 2017
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12th March 2017

Nothing Compares to Imagination

One thing that amazes me each and every day is how quickly my little one is learning – particularly her imagination. Sometimes I sit silently and watch her and whilst she is completely unaware of me I get to see her talking to herself or having a conversation with her imagination. Not only that, I can already see her imagination delving into basic roleplay with her coming to the kitchen with me when I need to cook. Alyssa brings her pot and spoon and gives it a good old stir like mummy. She then hands me the spoon to taste and exclaims “DELICIOUS!” which has her in peals of laughter. I so desperately want to encourage my little one’s imagination and for her to know that the possibilities are endless…

1 boy and 1 girl dress up in neone coloured suits over their clothes little girl looking at the camera on a play phone and little boy looking at her. alldone outside on grass with trees behind

Well, I am definitely not the only one who wants to encourage and inspire our little explorers to go on big adventures and make memories that will last a life time… Cow & Gate Growing Up Milk have created their Extraordinary Moments campaign which is there to help inspire us as parents to go on these adventures with our little ones and to not only make memories but make “Extraordinary Moments” with them. However, they have also taken the campaign to a whole other level by creating online digital storybooks where parents can upload a picture of their child going on one of these amazing adventures, e.g. “Mission to the Moon,” so that when it comes to story time we can relive our adventures over and over again (I’m not sure who will enjoy this more, me or Alyssa!!) childs feet sticking out from underneath a piece of cowboy material with a sign saying keep out made into a den

We decided that we definitely could not miss out on the opportunity to create some great memories together and with how busy I can often be, it is nice to switch off and just be mummy for a while. So, what adventure did we decide to go on?  Well, a very cute and funny thing about Alyssa is that she loves to whisper and be quiet and go creeping up on places (and then obviously breaks down into fits of giggles at the worst possible moments and thus eliminating the element of sa plate with 4 open sandwiches with lettuce cheese and tomato onurprise) so I thought that we should definitely create our own Secret Den. With suggestions from the Extraordinary Moments site, I grabbed a blanket, decided to use chairs rather than my head as the tent pole, and made us our very own Secret Den!

From the moment she walked into the room after her nap she was curious and intrigued and went running over, whipped back the sides and climbed on in. Inside screen grab showing a preview of the extroadinary moments electronic videoI had put some of her favourite little cooking bits so that we could “play house” and I also popped in a couple of cuddly toys and some books so that we could read a story together…. brilliant! I even got my own mum to pass us through some sandwiches so that we could eat inside our Secret Den and we spent a very happy afternoon playing together.

Once Alyssa was asleep in bed that night, I uploaded a picture of her onto the Extraordinary Moments site and added my email address so that the next night, when it was “quiet time”, we were able to sit and re-live our Secret Den adventure again and again – I think this is fast becoming our favourite story to share.

two children sat in nappies playing on musical instruments

It didn’t take a lot – no real planning, no expense and was so easy to do and yet I have to say, by creating this Secret Den, I have created one of my favourite ever memories with Alyssa, one that I will remember for a very long time and that I hope she loved too.  I think we will definitely be creating even more Extraordinary Moments! Whatever shall we do next…. How about “Our First Ever Sell-Out Gig?!” I feel some karaoke coming on!
*This is an advertorial post in collaboration with Cow & Gate Growing Up Milk.*


  1. Aleena Brown says:

    That sounds like such a lovely activity. I’m always amazed at the stories that Amelia creates in her mind, and watching her imagination flourish makes me feel better about the 10 minute meltdown when I remove the kindle! Sometimes I feel bad for limiting it to very short periods, but I know if I didn’t she’d be on it all day every day!! #ablogginggoodtime

  2. Lucy At Home says:

    Oooh this sounds like a lovely idea, and secret dens are always popular in our house too! #ablogginggoodtime

  3. Tubbs says:

    We love blanket forts! They’re brilliant fun 🙂 Glad to see someone else enjoying them too.

  4. Good idea! I love when the kids use their imagination. Forts are always fun at our house too!

  5. My four are always building forts and dens with the sofa cushions and some blankets. The youngest, now 3.5, also talks to himself, and other imaginary characters. It’s wonderful to watch! x

  6. Such a great idea. I love playing with Peachy. She is just staring to want to involve me in her play. Although most of the time she is just handing me things snd then getting mad when I can’t hold a book, stuffed giraffe, plastic pot, toy train, and about a dozen balls in one hand. #ablogginggoodtime

  7. There’s nothing quite like a good den. Hours of entertainment! #ablogginggoodtime

  8. Nicola says:

    What a lovely idea! I have always been a bit rubbish at playing…I don’t know why, I just struggle remembering what it was like to be a child I think. I do love it when I watch my two really playing though, it’s so heartwarming to see.

  9. Nicola says:

    Oops forgot #ablogginggoodtime

  10. Chloe says:

    What a beautiful idea! #ablogginggoodtime

  11. You just cannot go wrong with a good den! Picnic blankets and clothes airers take on a new life…I like to think that we are encouraging those inanimate objects to have a life of their own too, away from the boring job of hanging up wet and damp clothes to becoming part of something magical for our little ones! ….And us!!

  12. Its amazing, isn’t it? I remember one long car ride when my then 3 year old spent the whole time amusing herself by having her shoelaces talk to each other! #blogginggoodtime

  13. awww this is such a lovely idea, i love personalised books and cannot wait til Ben gets a little bit bigger to enjoy them! #ablogginggoodtime

  14. I so love this age when their imaginations are just overflowing and there is never enough time in the day it seems. Love this Extraordinary Moments campaign. What a great idea to be able to relive a fun day over and over again. I would love to do that for myself! #ablogginggoodtime

  15. Tammymum says:

    Ah I used to love building tents and forts with my cousins when I was little, they’re some of my favourite memories too! What a fab idea this is and so nice to read about your imaginative play xx #ablogginggoodtime

  16. Sounds like fun. I love watching Little Bear come up with new games, all the things going on in his head. Sometimes it’s difficult to understand quite where his imagination is taking him though! #ablogginggoodtime

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