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.
You may be familiar with the drill already, you’ve managed to survive getting to the airport, getting on the flight, arriving at your lodgings, unpacking all your belongings and keeping everyone together and alive for the first night. You’re now desperate to do some sight-seeing, after all this is your holiday too and it may also be your first time in a new location, be it Paris, Barcelona or Rome and you want to get some picture mementos. However, the kids aren’t as keen, after all, to them it’s a case of looking at a pointy tower for hours or walking around a dusty building made of old stone.
As most young children aren’t capable of seeing the wonder beyond their immediate surroundings, you need a way to find a balance between your holiday experiences and their child desires. If you are trying to get out to some popular holiday locations this year, consider this playground guide as your cheat sheet to allow the kids a place to let off a bit of steam while giving you a moment’s break to enjoy the scenery. Continue reading
Review 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 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
Recipe 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+
- 6oz/168g SR Flour
- 2oz/56g Butter
- 1 Egg
- 60ml Milk
- Choice of fillings eg pepper, corn, ham, cheese, tomatoes.
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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
Montessori 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
Written 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
Written 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
Making 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:
- A Crisp tube (eat the crisps first!) with a small hole in the bottom
- Silver foil
- A plastic fruit container
- Wrapping paper
- Some small scraps of tissue paper
- Clear drying glue
- Sequins, glitter, stick on jewels