One of my favourite things about being a mum, is watching the random acts of kindness the boys perform for each other. From the outside, some of them may look unusual, but the thought behind them is always sincere.


  • Wooden forks and spoon
  • Coloured pencil


One of Finny’s favourite ever crafts, was making Forky from Toy Story. Two years on, their wooden forks still gets played with, in puppet shows and imaginative play. I know all three of them can play safely with them, so wasn’t concerned about safety when Finny asked to make some puppets out of them. But, just to be on the safe side, Finny decided to make a spoon for Cian, who is 2 and a half years old.

He decorated the cutlery in secret and this was the grand reveal.

Ioan and Finny have always been really close and are always making things, drawing pictures or writing stories for each other.

Cian was off, dancing round the room, proudly hugging his spoon and singing Incy Wincy Spider by the time we thought to take a picture of the forks!

It goes to show, a gift doesn’t need to be expensive to be appreciated, it just needs to be given with love.

DfES Early Learning Goals (2017)

Personal, social and emotional development

ELG 06 – Self-confidence and self-awareness:

Children are confident to try new activities, and say why they like some activities more than others. They are confident to speak in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas, and will choose the resources they need for their chosen activities. They say when they do or don’t need help.

ELG 08 – Making relationships:

Children play co-operatively, taking turns with others. They take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity. They show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children.

Expressive arts and design

ELG 16 – Exploring and using media and materials:

Children safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.

ELG 17 – Being imaginative:

Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories.