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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

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

Holiday at the Farm

North Hayne Farm CottagesWritten by Kym, Daniel and Sydnee – May 2018.

We have been visiting North Hayne Farm since our daughter was 18 months old and she is now 8½. We are on our 12th visit with 13 & 14 already booked for later this year and next year.

What can I say about this amazing place that makes it stand out from the rest.

The main thing is most definitely the team. Cheryl and Roger go above and beyond to make sure your stay is the best it can be. They are hardworking and dedicated and such lovely people. This showed from our very first visit and we knew that North Hayne Farm was somewhere very special that we would continue to visit for a very long time.

There hasn’t been a year gone by since we found the farm that we haven’t visited. We have done weekends, short breaks and full weeks and have visited at all different times of the year. Spring, Summer, Bonfire weekend, Christmas and all have been amazing. 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

Disney On Ice presents ‘Dream Big’ is coming to the UK

Disney on Ice Dream BigAudiences will set sail with the wayfinder Moana as she makes her UK debut live on ice in Disney On Ice presents Dream Big. This all-new production, produced by Feld Entertainment, assembles a collection of inspiring stories connected by a cast of characters with a desire to explore the depths, heights and horizons of their dreams. Alongside Moana and demigod Maui are eight tales of courage and heart, including Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Tangled.

Courage leads the way for Disney’s most daring heroines, in this brand-new ice skating spectacular. Travel to the kingdom of Arendelle with Anna, Elsa and Olaf in a dramatic retelling of the sisterly love that saved a kingdom. Jump into amazing adventures with Aladdin as he seizes his chance to outwit his adversaries in the marketplace of Agrabah. Discover uncharted worlds with Rapunzel and Jasmine. Battle the villain Maleficent in the form of a fire-breathing dragon alongside Prince Phillip, igniting the ice in a blazing spectacle. Dive under the sea with headstrong Ariel as she yearns to explore life above the waves and is willing to risk it all for curiosity and the thrill of adventure. And find the inner strength that comes from kindness and determination with Belle, Aurora and Cinderella. Plus, arrive early to celebrate 90 years of Walt Disney’s true original, Mickey Mouse. High-flying jumps, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends make Disney On Ice presents Dream Big an experience your family will never forget! Continue reading

Review: Little Tikes Fountain Factory Water Table, worth £59.99

Little Tikes Fountain Factory Water TableReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Sophie Holford.

I was really pleased to be given the opportunity to review the Little Tikes Fountain Factory Water Table as my daughter loves water play – and with all the fantastic weather we’ve been having, it has been the perfect summer to try it out!

The water table requires full assembly, which I had anticipated, but hadn’t quite realised how many bits would need putting together. The instructions felt a bit cryptic at times, and when we made a mistake it was quite an effort to take pieces apart again. Some sections, especially the hose that runs from the pump to the centre – which still looks more squashed than it should – were a bit tricky to connect, and others like the pipes and u-bends fall apart very easily. However, with a bit of teamwork during nap-time, and without falling out too seriously, my husband and I managed to get it all up and running. Continue reading

Review: My Little Sous Chef, £22

My Little Sous ChefReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Katie Pavey.

When I first received these cook books I had the initial flick through and was really impressed at the layout and format.  I think they are very engaging and I know my 5 year old daughter was really excited to start cooking.

The adult and children’s book are clever with the corresponding page numbers and I think the ‘little sous chef’ is very apt title and Daisy has enjoyed calling herself that.

The books aren’t for the novice cook/baker which isn’t a problem for me but I was initially struck however with a bit of disappointment over the choice of recipes.  This is in fairness, possibly a more personal opinion but I don’t think I’m alone with a child who, left to their own devices, would choose either Pizza, sausages or something beige 3 times a day and I felt the recipes in this were perhaps a little random and I can’t say there is any main dish I would make for dinner apart from the home-made burgers.  The recipes are more angled towards vegetarians/vegans with very few meat dishes. 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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