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The Age of Believing

Bedknobs and Broomsticks - an original disney production 

In our house we believe that everything in moderation is the best way to approach most things and so far it has seemed to work fairly well. For example we don't do TV during the week but we allow for some light watching over the weekend and "movie" night on Sunday as John is a huge cinema and film buff and to deny him the satisfaction of watching a film with the little man would be unfair. It's something that ends our weekend and is quite relaxing and since it's only once a week it's a special time, so when we were asked to take part in the "age of believing" challenge which involved watching the original 1971 Bedknobs and Broomsticks disney film we couldn't wait. I had't seen the film in full before and I wondered if it would be too much for the little man but he absolutely loved it and at various points throughout the film he burst into laughter, which is a good sign.

The boys love film night

I love how young minds don't question reality as adults do and the little mans imagination really went wild after seeing the film. Part of the challenge was for Mr A to paint his own magical bed and a destination he would love to travel too. After talking to Mr A in length about where he would go on a magical bed it was obvious the only place he wanted to go was a Dinosaur world with a "Long neck" and Stegosaurus of course.

toddler crafts
Mr A loves watercolours 

Mr A's favourite medium at the moment is watercolours and it was the only choice for him when it came to what kind of paints he would use to create the magical world. I think perhaps because for a toddler it's fairly easy to use and more flexible than acrylic, plus we both love using watercolours so as he gets on with his painting I can experiment with mine. It's a lovely way to be creative and he needs very little encouragement to join in.

toddler painting
Creating his dinosaur world

He made a four poster bed with a Diplodocus dinosaur riding the bed to Dinosaur world which has mountains, trees and the sun shinning down. Mr A told me a whole story as how they rode through the sky before going back in time and it's great to see that with every week his ability to put what he is thinking down on to paper is amazing.

watercolour fun

The "Age of Believing" challenge was in association with Memory Foam Warehouse who kindly gave us a copy to Bedknobs and Broomsticks and an art box to take part in the challenge, no monetary value has been paid and our thoughts and opinions are completely our own.


  1. Aw lovely family photos! your little boy is so cute.


  2. I need to remember this activity for when my little one is a bit older, it's fantastic!

  3. great idea, my girlies loved that movie! We don't have TV, though we watch the odd movie and some documentaries, and the odd cartoon!!

  4. whoa! A's painting is brilliant! He is such a lovely boy Laura x

  5. Great idea. I need to get Cherry some watercolours actually, she only tends to use the most horrific bight pink poster paint at the moment but it will be nice to make a change! x

  6. I love getting an insight into kids minds, it reminds me that anything is possible (well, almost!). His picture is great!

  7. I'm so impressed with his painting skills! And bednobs and broomsticks is one of my all time favourite films... including the line "what's that got to do with my knob?..."


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