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Fun Learning Activities To Help Improve Your Toddler’s Development

Sometimes entertaining a toddler is hard work. After all, they are curious little creatures who roam around your house, putting their hands in and on anything they can find. That’s why parents find themselves in the position of performing tricks to distract them from what they aren’t supposed to be doing, to something that they can be doing.  It isn’t always easy, especially on days with low energy. Take some notes, because we will give you some awesome indoor and outdoor ideas for your job as a master toddler entertainer. 

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Review: Hape Flexistix Eiffel Tower, worth £15.00

Hape Flexistix Eiffel TowerReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Michelle Rose.

My son aged five and I really enjoyed playing with and building the Hape Flexistix Eiffel Tower. It was nice to be able to have some one to one time together making it. I love the fact that it is made from bamboo and is sustainable so does not add more plastic to our house and the colours are lovely and bright.

The pieces are very sturdy, easy to use and hold. The instructions were a little difficult to use on some of the parts when fitting the pieces together with the right gaps but we loved the measuring guide and loved matching the sizes up to the images this was a really big help and clever idea. Continue reading

Review: Hape All-in-1 Easel, worth £60.00

Hape All-in-1-Easel-Review written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Laura Griffiths.

We recently received the Hape All-in-1 Easel through to review and although there are quite a few less expensive easels out there, I feel this one is well worth paying the extra money for. I think where the value for money lies with this product is the fact you can adjust the height so it grows with your child and ultimately this should mean it gets played with for longer. Continue reading

Yummy Savoury Muffin Recipe

Savoury MuffinsRecipe provided by Gemma of Crafty Cooks, Oxford.

These great muffins are so versatile to make with whatever filling you fancy!  From Ham and Cheese to Pepper, sweet-corn and tomatoes, the possibilities are endless!

SERVES: Makes 6 Muffins, TOTAL TIME: 25 Minutes, AGE: 12 months+

Ingredients:

  • 6oz/168g SR Flour
  • 2oz/56g Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 60ml Milk
  • Choice of fillings eg pepper, corn, ham, cheese, tomatoes.

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The Montessori Toddler: The 5 Ingredients For Building And Encouraging Curiosity

The Montessori ToddlerMontessori is an educational approach for young children that seeks to educate by developing natural interests and activities rather than using formal teaching methods. In her new book, The Montessori Toddler, author Simone Davies gives us a practical, step-by-step guide on how to raise self-sufficient, curious, independent toddlers while helping parents become more mindful, easy going and attentive.

Here are her Five Ingredients for Curiosity:

1. TRUST IN THE CHILD
Dr. Montessori encourages us to trust that the child wants to learn and grow, and that they intrinsically know what they need to do to develop. We can also trust them to learn the limits of their
bodies. They may have accidents while exploring the world around them but that is how they learn. We will be there if they want to be held. Are we constantly worrying about our child’s development or whether they will hurt themselves? Can we practice setting aside those worries about the future and enjoy where they are today? Continue reading

Reach For The Sky….. And The Trees, The Soil And Vegetable Patches

Reach For The SkyWritten by Northampton High School.

The digital revolution is very much here. The impact of advancing technology is improving our day to day living and we can see it everywhere we go. But at what cost?

The term ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’ – coined by American author, Richard Louv, in 2005 – has now been widely taken up to describe the detrimental effects, on physical and mental health, of children’s disengagement from nature.  The stats paint a stark and concerning picture – with a third of under-16s being overweight or obese and an ‘epidemic of mental illness’ afflicting the young (leading to around 35,000 children in England being prescribed anti-depressants).  In response, many organisations, such as the National Trust, have taken up the cause of re-engaging children with the Great Outdoors.

Schools and Nurseries are, of course, crucial to the success this endeavour. Forest School is a brilliant starting point.  Much more than an outdoor education programme, it is a fully integrated and structured programme of activities, underpinned by a wealth of research and risk assessment and combining elements of bushcraft, skills-building, adventure, environmental awareness, character education and personal well-being.    Continue reading

Colourful Fruit and Veg Lollies

LolliesWritten by Emily Leary.

These delicious smoothie lollies contain only natural ingredients and can be whizzed up in minutes. Make sure the kids get involved in adding the spinach and watching the lolly mixture turn green. Remember, this isn’t about hiding veg, it’s about celebrating all the ways it can be used, and challenging our perceptions while enjoying our food.

PREP TIME: 10 MINS • FREEZE TIME: OVERNIGHT • MAKES 6 LOLLIES

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons natural yogurt
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • small handful of baby spinach
  • 2 strawberries
  • Granola, to serve

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Summer Fun: Make Your Own Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope CraftMaking a kaleidoscope is a fun STEM/science activity and craft for kids. It’s such a fun way to explore light, reflections and symmetry!

You will need:

  1. A Crisp tube (eat the crisps first!) with a small hole in the bottom
  2. Silver foil
  3. A plastic fruit container
  4. Wrapping paper
  5. Some small scraps of tissue paper
  6. Clear drying glue
  7. Sequins, glitter, stick on jewels
  8. Scissors

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FREE Bank Holiday Weekend Fun at Silverstone Race Circuit!

SpeedMachine FestivalSpeedMachine Festival is returning to Silverstone race track on the 25th -26th May and is offering free tickets to everyone under the age of 16.

The family-friendly event welcomes children of all ages to the DayInsure FIA World Rallycross of Great Britain. Festival goers will be free to enjoy live music, delicious food and the DayInsure Family Zone (including free fun fair).

For the adrenaline junkies amongst us there will be the opportunity to get behind the wheel and test-drive cars around Silverstone’s legendary racetrack. There will also be interactive activities from virtual eSports & RC racing, on track demos, drifting and driving experiences with Formula G, DiRT Rally 2.0, HPIRC Racing, Prodrift and Autosolo. It’s a paradise for petrol-heads! Continue reading

Nature and Nurture: Why Kids Need to Play Outside

kids-playing-outside-2Playing outside isn’t just about getting fresh air and benefiting from physical activity. When kids play outside, they improve the growth and development of the brain, body and intellect. Importantly, playing outdoors has a positive impact on a child’s mental well-being, learning and development.

Playing outside is fun, exciting and important to children in lots of ways. Here’s why kids should be encouraged to play outdoors.

Learning to assess and take risks

Kids who have access to nature are better learners and more in-tune with growth mindset. An increasing number of schools across the UK are embracing the work of Carol Dweck to develop thinking skills and self-awareness. Growth mindset is based on the belief that intelligence can be learned.

The outdoors encourages growth mindset and offers children an opportunity to try something that is just out of reach. Climbing that tree, reaching the next stepping stone to cross a stream, going higher on the swing and so on, can all help children to engage with and assess risks. Continue reading