Despite the Lilypad being a very personal and craft based website, I have to hold my hands up and say that I am not personally the most "crafty" person with the children. I am not a huge fan of paint and glue (my compulsive cleaning disorder doesn't cope well with the mess) but as a family, we do love a challenge, so when we saw that Mattress Online were asking children to turn their beds into a magical sleigh, we thought we would give it a go!
How hard could it be to get a toddler to create a magical sleigh? Not hard at all ...... so you would think.
She had a roll top cot that converted into a cot bed (and I think it has the makings of a good sleigh). The toddler loves a challenge and gets totally absorbed in lets pretend, so I didn't think we were going to have much trouble, unfortunately for me, all of her teddies needed to come along for the ride in the sleigh - cue much deliberation over who was going to sit where!
The 9 year old didn't want to miss out on the sleigh bed action and as soon as her little sister went off to find reindeers to play with, she started getting blankets for the main sleigh and putting the toddlers toys in.
Apparently, the toddler was not happy about this and had a very specific idea of what she wanted and who had to sit where!
The reindeer teddies HAD to be pulling the sleigh, not sitting in the sleigh ..... obviously!
Then the reindeers needed a little rearranging .....
And Ta-Dah! I asked the toddler if she wanted to sit in her sleigh bed and she looked at me a little perplexed and said " Mommy, Santa rides the sleigh, not me!"
The cutest thing about it all was that when bedtime finally arrived, she looked at her bed and said "bye bye sleigh, I have to sleep in my bed now as Santa won't come if I am not sleeping in my bed properly".
If you want to enter, your child (aged 12 or younger) has to turn their bed into a magical sleigh. You can enter by featuring photos of your sleigh on a blog, or as a post on social media – then email the link and your details through to Mattress Online before midnight on 17th December 2014. You can find full details of the Super Sleigh competition plus the T&Cs on the Mattress Online website at www.mattressonline.co.uk/christmas-competition/terms-and-conditions. Good luck!