Milly-Molly-Mandy’s Things to Make and Do
By Sam Hay · Reviewed by Anne Mortimer
Milly-Molly-Mandy’s Things to Make and Do by Sam Hay is illustrated with Joyce Lankester Brisley’s beautiful drawings and excerpts from the Milly-Molly-Mandy stories are scattered throughout the book. I distinctly remember Milly-Molly-Mandy being very busy and creative. Now I have a Little Miss of my own and need to find lots of fun, creative things that she can do. This book provides this and more.
It is helpfully divided into sections that cater for indoor and outdoor activities as well as sections to make the most of sunny days, rainy days and the seasons. A lot of the suggestions are very simple in a “why on earth didn’t I think of that” sort of way but it is by no means any less effective because of that. Moreover, they didn’t require me to buy any special materials.
Little Miss is very interested in the weather and sticking so, making our own weather forecast and cloud picture were absolute winners. Indeed, Little Miss was so chuffed with our efforts with the magazines and cotton wool, that she sat down and looked through the book on her own and it was the book of choice for our next few car journeys. Not to be outdone, the OH has also had a good perusal through the book and found some activities that he plans to do with Little Miss too.
The activities listed in the book are really varied. A lot are things that I remember doing but had simply forgotten about. Some of the activities will need to wait until Little Miss is a bit older (particularly the knitting and patchwork projects). There are still plenty of things that we can and want to do now and we know that the book will grow up with us and of course, Little Mister will also get to try out the activities too!
Anne Mortimer is a sometime mum and sometime administrator. Sometimes she also makes handcrafted felt items and will occasionally sell these. Anne has worked for museums, galleries and libraries in the UK and settled in New Zealand three years ago. Currently, she reads lots of picture books and board books and sometimes gets to indulge in reading craft books, which makes her a great armchair crafter.