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Review: Hape Street Surfer, worth £69.99

Hape Street SurferReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Lauren Cowley.

We received the Hape Street Surfer to review recently and my son was extremely excited when he saw the box in which the scooter was well packaged. He was eager to open it and asked whether it was a present for him. He wanted it set up straight away and immediately started zooming up and down the hallway.

Upon first look, the Hape Street Surfer is a traditional scooter with a wooden base and gender neutral colours. It has many fantastic qualities including being easy to put together making it a quick process, ready to go in minutes for a very excited child.

The handle bars are easily adjustable allowing it to grow with the child meaning it will last longer than your average scooter. The sturdy wide wooden base makes it so easy for my little boy to ride with enough space to safely keep one foot on in the middle of the board while scooting along and is perfect for his balance. 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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Why Will Making Is A ‘MUST’ For Your Loved Ones Sake…and Yours

Why Will Making Is A MustWritten by Tim Mullock from Adept Asset Solutions.

Hannah’s Story

Hannah was in shock. Alan, her father, had died just three weeks ago. He was in his early 70’s, and apparently healthy. With no warning, he’d suffered a fatal cardiac arrest. Naturally, Hannah, her siblings and relatives were devastated by the loss of this wonderful man. Their sense of grief was compounded by worry. For, in spite, of being nagged by his children, Alan had always put off writing a Will. ‘I’ll get round to it soon enough’, he’d laugh. ‘Are you lot trying to get rid of me?’

A large tax bill to pay

As Hannah was soon to discover, Alan’s cavalier neglect would turn out to be no laughing matter. His situation was far from straightforward. Continue reading

Review of Clip ‘n Climb Ipswich

Clip ‘n Climb Ipswich

Clip ‘n Climb Ipswich

Review written by Pia Howe, Toddle About Suffolk

Recently my son and I have been invited to try out the new Clip ‘n Climb in Ipswich.

It only opened its doors to the public in July this year and promises to be great fun for children and adults alike.

Now let me tell you – it is much harder than it looks  and it’s certainly a good workout!  We have never been climbing before so we didn’t really know what to expect but we were really excited to give it a go.

On arrival, we had a short safety briefing and check that our safety harnesses are fitted correctly. The harness felt comfortable to wear and very secure, especially for the children who receive a special harness over their upper body for extra security and comfort. Continue reading

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

Splish Splosh! How Child’s Play Leads To Stronger Brains

Splish SploshWritten by Claire Stead, owner and creator of Oliiki.

Water and children, always a great combination! But is it just fun or is there more to a child having fun and splashing about?

From bath time to playing in the garden, paddling in a stream to swimming in it, children are fascinated by water and they love to play in it.

Water can be an amazing teacher – without your child even realising it, they could be carrying out a science experiment, working on numbers, developing an understanding of capacity, sorting, sharing out, developing language, gross and fine motor control skills, developing their senses all at an early age! So, what sort of games can you play with a bit of water and your little one?

A newborn: Using warm water and a sponge, trickle water on different parts of their body and look for their reaction. Talk about it, this is ‘serve and return’, a brilliant way to start getting them learning. Continue reading

Swimming & Mindfulness

Swimming & MindfulnessWritten by Jo Wilson, Swimworks.

The obvious benefits of swimming have been long understood and recognised. Physically, swimming strengthens the heart and lungs, builds muscles and improves balance and coordination. There are also social benefits as it allows children to observe others, make friends and learn to take turns. From a safety perspective, even babies can practise the skills needed to turn to the side, back float, rotate and pull themselves up onto the edge of the pool.
But swimming can give so much more, both to yourself and your little one. I would like you to consider the powerful notion of mindfulness – learning to relax and live in the moment.

In today’s busy world, swimming could have an even greater role to play in teaching parents to live in the moment and connect with their children. The practice of combining essential life skills with mindfulness focuses on facilitating strong, powerful bonds between you and your child. Continue reading

Top Tips to get your Child Ready for Primary School!

Top Tips to get your child ready for Primary SchoolWritten by Parentkind.

It’s nearly time for your child to start school! You’re probably feeling excited and maybe a little nervous about preparing them for this next big milestone. We asked charity Parentkind, for some top tips to help you get your child school ready this summer…

  1. Speak positively about school

Over the summer, you can focus on helping your child feel happy and confident about starting school by speaking positively about your own experiences, as well as those of their siblings, friends or extended family. Make it fun by sharing pictures of you in your school uniform, or by showing them your old school books, so that they have an idea of what to expect. 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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