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!!)
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 surprise) 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 I 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.