How to get your toddler into the bath (when mummy wins)

Toddlers at arms length

Toddlers are so much fun but also so much hard work sometimes…

Me: Do you want to have a bath now?

Him: No

Me: How about a shower?

Him: No

Me: What about a bubble whisk?

Him: No

Me: A wishing well?

Him: No

Me: How about a soak?

Him: No

Me: A wash?

Him: No

Me: A water box?

Him: No

Me: A Rinse?

Him: No

Me: Quality time with bubbles?

Him: No

Me: A foam painting expedition?

Him: No

Me: A wallow?

Him: No

Me: An indoor waterfall?

Him: No

Me: A water play date?

Him: No

Me: Nudie time in the bath?

Him: No

Me: A whale show?

Him: No

Me: A car wash?

Him: No

Me: A Suds-up?

Him: No

Me: A miniature deep sea dive?

Him: No

Me: Well I think your whale is very dirty so I am going to go and wash him in the bath.


(So he takes his whale to the bath).

Lesson: Words win.

It might be the English teacher in me, but I kind of enjoyed coming up with more ways to say ‘bathe’ and I am sure this is by no means a finite list… Mummy wins! And I do love words and I hope I am also teaching him to love them too.

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Children keep us on our toes but we just have to keep rolling with the punches. Like a good little button…

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Ten Easy Indoor Activities for Toddlers

I love hanging out with my kids and I especially love coming up with new things to do. 

Here is a little list of my recent favourite indoor activities to keep my toddler busy.

These ideas are brought to you by the Outie Splat Mat.


1) Washi tape shapes on the floor

I made a square, a triangle and a star on the floor using washi tape. My son knows the words for triangle and star but hasn’t yet recognised squares – so the teacher in me wanted to give him a new shape to practise saying and the square is THERE on the floor so we keep using the word as we pass it now.

We ran across them and shouted the names of the shapes as we stepped on them.

We jumped in them.

While he ate his lunch, he directed me to hop from one shape to another.

We put his toys in them.

We talked about ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ the shapes.

We hopped in them.

We sat in them.

He even chose to eat his lunch inside the triangle.

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2) Matching shapes

This is an extension to the washi tape shape idea. Cut shapes from card or draw pictures with the shapes in them. (I.e. a house could have a square AND a triangle in it) and put the cards into the right shape as a giant sorting activity.


3) Indoor bowling

You don’t need a bowling pin set to have fun bowling down structures. You can make towers with blocks to bowl down. I like to use my son’s stacking robots to set out like pins then we roll balls at them to try to knock them over.


4) Toddler petanque

I made some simple bean bags with lentils in them out of some scraps of fabric. Here’s some instructions (they are fun to juggle with too). Put plastic tea cups out as targets and try to throw the bean bags into the cups or onto the saucers. We can play the same game using toys as targets and rolling balls to them. A teacup and saucer stack (make sure they are plastic) is super fun to throw things at to try to knock it down too.


5) Indoor painting

Use a Splat Mat for this one. Squirt paint onto the paper or Splat Mat and let your toddler smoosh it with their hands. Have an old towel handy for the inevitable spills…


6) Bath painting

Add food colouring to shaving foam and take your painting into the bath. (This is a personal favourite because he can paint at my feet and I can have a long shower).

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7. Baking/Breaking/Mashing

I love making weetbix slice with mister two because he gets the job of crumbling the weetbix (use a bowl and sit them down on a Splat Mat) and my second favourite is banana muffins (he gets the potato masher and loves mashing the banana).


8) Button Banking

I made a piggy bank out of an old pop bottle with papier mache and I give my son the piggy bank and a jar of buttons to ‘bank’. (The nose unscrews so he can start again).

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9) Santa sack

This is a great activity for keep toddlers ‘busy’ while you change the sheets. Simply wrap toddler up and carry over your shoulder like a mad santa… I recommend a strong sheet for this one as my toddler likes to be swung about and you need to be sure that they won’t fall out.


10) Kitchen Drum Kit

This is an oldie but a goodie. Sometimes when I am stuck for things to do I ask myself, what would my Grandma do? Tin cups, chipsticks, wooden spoons and whisks with metal bowls or saucepans are a nice and easy noisy play solution.


We have loads more ideas for fun play but ten is a good number to start with. What are your fun play ideas?

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Love Outie.





This is what childhood is about: Simple little things to do

This is what childhood is about: Simple little things to do


Watching my son lick the mixing bowl for the first time recently made me think, ‘this is what childhood is about.’

It made me think – what else should be on the list?

Here’s a few to start with but please add your own as a comment. How many can we come up with?


  1. Pick flowers for someone special
  2. Make bran muffins*
  3. Make card houses
  4. Thread wooden cotton reels onto elastic as necklaces
  5. Blow bubbles with straws in cups filled with dish detergent and water
  6. Bake lemon meringue pie from scratch
  7. Whizz your own ‘super vege’ soup made from ‘everything’ in the garden
  8. Pick flowers
  9. Press flowers
  10. Pick fruit
  11. Stew fruit
  12. Bake
  13. Lick the mixing bowl after baking
  14. Build sand castles
  15. Go puddle splashing
  16. Make a cushion fort
  17. Make a tree hut
  18. Make wishes on dandelions
  19. Test ‘butter liking’ with buttercup reflections
  20. Make a box car for toys
  21. Knit
  22. Crochet
  23. Make your own French knitting reel
  24. Play marbles
  25. Play knucklebones
  26. Skip
  27. Learn and tie knots
  28. Dress up in clothes that are too big
  29. Make butter
  30. Play hopscotch
  31. Draw on concrete with chalk
  32. Collect stones
  33. Rescue worms in the rain
  34. Bake bread
  35. Paddle in the sea
  36. Watch clouds
  37. Fly a kite
  38. Host a teddy bear’s picnic
  39. Make paper planes
  40. Eat candyfloss
  41. Collect buttons
  42. Feed the ducks
  43. Climb trees
  44. Have raindrop races on a window
  45. Walk barefoot in the mud
  46. Throw stones in puddles
  47. Skim rocks
  48. Make pom poms
  49. Rollerskate
  50. Play in an old car
  51. Ride a tractor
  52. Make cards
  53. Play tiddlywinks
  54.  Your turn

 * A lot of things on this list are indebted to my late grandmother who never met my children, but who still plays with them every day through my memory.

Outie: simple is better


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Thank you!

Love Katrina (Outie)




You, Me And Price Decreases: The Truth

You, Me And Price Decreases: The Truth



There have been some extravagant cuts made to a lot of Outie’s prices recently. It feels brave but it also feels right.

Last week I was asked what my customers were like. I thought about it and it didn’t take me long to reply. They are actually kind of like me.

It’s this knowledge that I am building some pretty wonderful relationships with other parents and parents-to-be that has given me the courage to make some price cuts to help them out. They have helped me out so far by supporting my little business in its first 18 months, so it’s time for some pay back.

I might make less profit per sale which definitely feels a bit scary, but I’d like to think that I will be helping out more people like me by becoming more affordable.

In my ‘big’ dreams I would love for every woman to wear an Outie tee in pregnancy, a Batwing dress or top for nursing and enjoy using a Splat Mat as much as we enjoyed inventing them and making them.

It’s because every Outie product has come about because we needed it on our parenting journey and because Outie is a result of a kind of a ‘me to mummy-me’ story that makes me feel like it should be every parent’s right to have something from Outie without breaking the bank.

If we had a need and made something to fulfil that need, then surely more parents would need it too? That’s my thinking anyway. I think we are just not that different – you and I.

Am I right about the you-me thing?

You are like me if you:

  • Worry about loss of income as a result of getting pregnant
  • Struggle to keep a perfect house with kids and pets living in it
  • Want to buy things that are super-good quality that will last
  • Like to wear things that are funky yet versatile
  • Like to support small local businesses
  • Like to make green decisions
  • Like Outie
  • Mostly want to have fun


The truth is outie. The prices are cut. The story will continue with more of you to be a part of it.

Thanks for supporting a stay-at-home mummy of two in doing something brave.

Katrina (Outie)

Check out the new prices here:



Psychic Toddler Predicts Pile Up


Today’s early morning toddler teaching: always give way at traffic lights and railways – especially when distracted by an ice cream van.

(Probably reading a bit much into it…)

Love Outie

P.S. I recommend bath crayons and these foam shapes that stick to the wall for bath-time fun post jammy toast.

Pimp My Paddling Pool

Pimp My Paddling Pool

Hooray for a bit of fun and a bit of industrial madness!

Behind the scenes at Outie: This is what happens when a submersible pump designed for storm water management gets added to a small child’s paddling pool on a hot Summer’s day in New Zealand…

Ah the fun.

We like fun.

Love Outie.

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