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Rainbow Town Craft for Children

If you prefer to use print-ready doors and windows, you can download the free printable from www.boxofideas.uk/town

If you prefer to use print-ready doors and windows, you can download the free printable from www.boxofideas.uk/town

Spread joy and help the planet by making a rainbow town full of colourful buildings, shops and homes. A fun DIY kids craft made out of household recycling.

You will need:
* Recycled boxes and cardboard tubes.
* Coloured paper
* Glue or tape
* Scissors
* Anything to add colour (paint, crayons, markers etc)
* A black marker to draw the doors and windows.

Instructions:
1. Wrap the boxed and cardboard tubes with paper.
2. Colour-in and cut-out your windows and doors, then paste then to the boxes or cardboard tubes.
3. For the roofs, tape a piece of paper to the top of your boxes and tubes.
4. Place your buildings on the floor if you want to be able to move them around or glue them to a big piece of cardboard if you want to make them stay in one place. Old pizza boxes are great for this!
5. Use your creativity and whatever recycling bits you have to add any extra details to make your town unique. For example, use milk bottle lids to make decorative plant pots!


Box of IdeasRodrigo Macias is the Early Years Teacher behind Box of Ideas, a website full of fresh activities and inspiration for outstanding Early Childhood education. Check out all the ideas and free resources at boxofideas.uk

Why Yoga is Beneficial for the Whole Family

Why Yoga is Beneficial for the Whole FamilyGuest post by Meera Watts, founder of Siddhi Yoga International.

There is no question, yoga comes with many incredible benefits for everyone. There are special breathing techniques that come along with yoga that can quickly diminish anxiety. Mothers are encouraged to do gentle yoga while they are pregnant. It helps to keep the body calm for the baby and raises awareness within the body. Once you’ve begun a family, the benefits are even more prevalent. Studies have shown the benefits for kids, mums, and dads alike. Here are some of the benefits that will positively affect your whole family.

Better Diet Choices

It seems that in the West, yoga is more popular for women. Traditionally, a mum makes the food choices in the household. When you do yoga, you get more into your body which prompts you to feel any toxicity. The body manifests the food we eat so if you notice yourself feeling inflamed or exhausted, you are more likely to make changes in the diet. There is a diet that goes along with yoga to enforce a healthy lifestyle. You are going to be more inclined to eat healthy foods when you have a yoga practice and you will want your family to get on board with it. Continue reading

Review: Stib Inspirational Colouring Pencils, worth £6.95

Stib Inspirational Colouring PencilsReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Katie Guest.

On receipt of these pencils, the first thing that struck me was the cure, natural looking tube packaging which would attract a variety of ages. On opening the tube, I was surprised to find now only a dinky set of chunky colouring pencils, but there was also a sharpener and a lovely activity sheet.

As stating on the packaging, each pencil is printed with an inspiring word. Each word matches with a ‘Stibler Animal Character’ all of which are printed on the activity sheet. Sadly most of the activities were a bit too advanced for my just-turned 2 year old, but for an older child (probably 3+) I think it would keep them entertained for a good while! Continue reading

Incorporating Music into your Little One’s Day!

Incorporating MusicIt’s no secret babies love to listen to voices – in fact, very early on they will recognise the tone, rhythm and pitch of a familiar voice.

During their first year, children will pick up all the sounds they need to know so that they can learn and develop the ability to speak in their ‘mother tongue’. When listening to music, children are grasping elements of their native language. They will practise making these sounds in preparation for producing their first recognisable words in a couple of months.

The accompanying rocking and jiggling actions are not accidental. Research has shown that when we move and sing at the same time we engage nearly all of our brain, which enables us to translate and store new information very efficiently.

Here we talk to Monkey Music, to give you some top tips on how you can incorporate music into your little one’s day. Continue reading

Scrumptious Slime

Scrumptious SlimeThis slime slows like liquid but can be rolled like a solid – and the best part is that it’s edible!

Here’s what you’ll need:

* Saucepam
* Plastic Sandwich Bag
* 10g (1 tbsp) Cornflour/Cornstarch
* 45ml (3 tbsp) Chocolate Syrup
* 395g (14oz) Can Sweetened Condensed Milk

Instructions:
1) Pour the mil into the saucepan and heat on a low heat.
2) Slowly stir the cornflour into the warm milk. Continue heating and stirring over a low heat for 20 minutes or until the mixture thickens.
3) Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate syrup.
4) Place in a sandwich bag and refrigerate.
5) Once cold, roll and squeeze into any slimy shape you want – and watch it flow! Continue reading

All aboard for the unmissable swashbuckling pantomime adventure – Peter Pan at Royal & Derngate

Peter Pan PantomimeDarren Day, Flawless,The Grumbleweeds and Abigail Dever brought a touch of early Christmas magic to Northampton today as they officially launched Peter Pan, this year’s swashbuckling Royal & Derngate pantomime, with a photo call at Northampton’s Riverside Hub play centre.

Actor, singer and television presenter Darren Day will play the dastardly Captain Hook. Darren has had a varied career having starred in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Grease, Summer Holiday and Godspell and numerous UK tours. He since went on to host You Bet! and Don’t Try This at Home for ITV and appeared in The Bill and Holby City. Last year Darren came third in Celebrity Big Brother, released his album This is the Moment and starred as Tick in the UK tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Last year Darren starred as the Teen Angel in Grease across the UK, joined the cast of Sky TV comedy Stella, and starred in Hollyoaks and Holby City. This year Darren will be seen in the feature films Rudy and Demon Eye. This production marks Darren’s third time donning the infamous hook. Continue reading

Water Playgrounds In and Around Your Area

Water PlaygroundsExplore the Water Parks in and around your area – great fun for kids of all ages and we are sure you’re Children will enjoy them and they are a perfect way to keep them nice and cool on those hot summer days.

Northamptonshire

The Enbankment Splash Park
Open daily. Monday 23rd July – Monday 3rd September. Free Admission.

The splash park sprays, squirts, mists and shoots water and is perfect for children to have fun in the sun on a hot day. It offers everything families could need for a fun-filled day in the sun. As well as the main water feature there are picnic tables, a shelter and regular food and ice cream vans. There is free car parking, toilets and baby changing facilities.

Situated next to the River Nene at The Enbankment, Wellingborough, NN8 1LD. www.wellingborough.gov.uk

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Mister Maker Melon Fans

Watermelon FanHead into Summer and cool yourself down with a gigantic melon slice!

YOU WILL NEED:

  • White paper plate
  • Glue stick
  • Green and dark pink colouring materials (paints or markers)
  • Black dot stickers
  • Wooden lolly stick

Follow our handy instructions to make a Watermelon fan:

1. Fold and glue a paper plate in half.
2. Colour the folded plate to look like a watermelon slice
3. Colour the rim of the paper plate green, to look like the rind.
4. Leave a small border white and then colour the centre of the plate pink, to look like the flesh.
5. Add black dots to the pink section of the melon to look like the seeds.
6. Glue a lolly stick to the back of the plate to make a handle.

 

 

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Simple Feta Frittata Muffins

Feta Frittata MuffinsThis one-bowl recipe is simple, nutritious and perfect for family picnics. The ingredients can easily be swapped to include your  child’s favourite flavours so even the pickiest of eaters will love them.

SERVES: MAKES 6 MUFFINS.
TOTAL TIME: 25. MINS
AGE: 12M+

Ingredients:
• 6 eggs
• 1 medium courgette, grated
• 30g (about a handful) of frozen peas
• 2 spring onions, finely chopped
• 30g cheddar, grated
• 30g feta, crumbled
• Oregano (other fresh herbs optional e.g. parsley or dill)
• Pinch of black pepper

Our top tip: Swap out ingredients to include your child’s favourite flavours!

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Family Festivals for Summer 2018

Summer Events and FestivalsFamily Friendly Festivals, Activities and Entertainment to enjoy this Summer.

Grow Festival:

Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd July

A brand new outdoor arts festival in Corby this Summer. Inspired by the theme of water, the festival will animate Corby’s town centre with performances, experiences and workshops throughout the weekend, creating an imaginary water-filled world of adventure, with storytelling, performances and music. Come and uncover hidden surprises as you sail through the woods to a family area submerged by the Boating Lake – which will also host a spectacular early-evening event.

All around Corby town centre, woods and boating lake. www.growcorby.com

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