Sock slugs

Half term.

A small phrase that sends shivers down the spines of many parents.  Especially at this time of year when the weather is less than clement and you can’t tip the little horrors darlings into the garden and let them burn off some energy climbing the hedge.

Don’t get me wrong.  We are so ready for half term.  It’s been a tiring few weeks for all of us, and my little ones need the break.  It was lovely today not to have to leap out of bed and herd everyone out of the door, but to take it gently with tea/milk in bed and a leisurely breakfast.

Still…they need plenty of entertaining when they are out of school. So today, although the storms skirted us and the most we’ve had is some blustery winds and rain, otherwise known as normal service in these parts, I was really glad to have a lovely, indoor, activity organised for the kids.

Our local bookshop, Ebb & Flo, is a delightful and child friendly place.  


Diane, the owner, is always ready with a great book recommendation, whether for your own child, or a birthday gift. She’s also really good at organising fun events, especially children’s ones for the holidays.  

Today it was a story time and activity session with Fiona Woodhead, author of Once-Upon-A-Slime:

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We had so much fun!


Apart from the subject matter…slugs, slime, and all sorts of things that make children roar with laughter and parents shudder slightly…we transformed old socks into slug companions, that even Boy managed to make with only a little bit of stitchy help from me.


Fiona is delightful…a vivacious and charming lady with an amazing rapport with children…and a passion for these tales which were originally the bedtimes stories told to her and her siblings by their father.  She’s also pretty amazing…she writes, illustrates and self-publishes this small range of books, as well as running these fabulous little workshops.


My two were mesmerised…no small feat…and the whole event was made more delightful as they were joined by their cousins and a school friend.

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This was a lovely morning that included all my favourite things…family, friends, crafting and books.  The slugs are a huge hit and have entertained the wee people far more than I could have imagined.

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I’ve a feeling we’ll need to do this again, sometime soon.  And if you’d like to make your own sock slug, which I highly recommend you do, then visit Fiona’s website for details.  


Have fun!

17 Responses to Sock slugs

  1. Jane G says:

    I used to love doing these sort of things when the boys were little. Their sock slugs are brilliant. Hope you are feeling a bit better this week x

  2. The world needs more Fionas!

  3. Those slug socks are fabulous!

  4. Sounds like a super fun day! How nice you have such a nice bookstore nearby. It’s a great way to entertain and teach kids.

  5. Andrea says:

    Oh my goodness, I may just have to make a slug for myself – they are adorable! I love the fact that your kids go to the bookstore for fun. So much healthier than sitting in front of a computer (not to mention the added bonus of human interaction!)

  6. Shar says:

    I hope you’re feeling better. I’m with Andrea – I need to make one of these for myself and keep it at my desk at work for when I need a pick-me-up (which is quite often these days)!

  7. scriviasole says:

    No half term break in Italy, we have longer breaks during summer though, your kids are adorable, look at those cheeks 🙂 and I love the project they made. Enjoy this half term!

  8. T says:

    I was browsing through the cake patterns red velvet dress options and found your wonderful post. And then I thought I recognised you. We met in the summer in London. Glad to see all is peachy in your world and have to say … lovin’ the sock slugs. Hope you feel better soon and have a happy half term.

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