Horsing Around

Horses and I hope you are all reveling in motherhood, whether it’s your first year of being a mother or your little one attempted making you breakfast in bed again. Remember to enjoy the experience, they are the most unforgettable.

My most memorable, non-edible meal was when Derryn was 5 years old and happily presented me with a proudly made cake, created purely from pot plant soil. She was so delighted when she told me how easy baking was. Please feel free to tell me about your first non-edible meal experience, I would love to hear about it.

So today I walked outside into a chilly Karoo day, beside my visiting daughter Bronte, to find Bella and our newest addition Blaze, casually munching away on the green grass outside the house. Blaze is Bella’s foal, tottering behind her mother, being introduced to the world one grass root and two golden Labradors at a time.

I looked at Bronte and remembered when she was 3 and curiously made me explain why horsies ate grass instead of mash potatoes. (“In the wild they don’t have a stove” was my response.)

11 Months of pregnancy and only around 4 years before Blaze is a fully-grown adult mare. Luckily us moms have a little bit more time to teach our little ones as much as we can, before letting them wonder forth into the world.

Let’s go on this journey of exploration and curiosity with our tots, how they see the world as grown-ups is after all dependent on how we introduce them to it. Especially when it comes to animals. Encourage your tot to be inquisitive with everything, especially the lovely things you have in your front yard. Ask them questions even if it’s as simple as “what’s that?” and direct them to potential answers.

In the theme of keeping things Karoo Horsey, here are some activities for you and your little one:


Horse Themed Messy Play Ideas

Idea 1 - Build a Horsie Paddock

What you will need:

  • Plastic horses/ ponies
  • Raw oats
  • Syrup

Simply spread the raw oats on a plastic tray and cover with syrup, so that your toddler can taste the “shavings” and get a feel for sticky textures and let them have fun in their stable.

Idea 2 – Hoof Prints

What you will need:

  • Plastic horses/ ponies
  • Liquid paint on a paper/ polystyrene plate
  • Large sheet of white paper

Allow your tot to dip the ponies’ hooves into the paint and place onto paper, to see the horse foot prints.

Idea 3 – Make your Own Horse Mask

What you will need:

  • Cardboard shaped as a horse face
  • Glue stick/ Pritt
  • Ice cream stick
  • Loose tea leaves
  • Glitter glue

Cut out a pre-painted horse face for your tot. Allow your tot to glue the loose tea leaves onto the mane for smell and texture. They should then glue the ice cream stick onto the back, so that they can hold mask up. Followed by applying glitter glue, to jazz up the ears. Finally mom, help your tot cut out the eyes and let them “trot” around the garden with their new-made masks.

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