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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

Review: Hape Teepee Tent, worth £64.99

Hape Teepee TentReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Tracy Fagg.

From the moment I opened the package I was blown away by the amazing quality of the Hape Teepee Tent from the printed canvas fabric to the sturdy wooden poles.  I was a little nervous when I saw the instructions but it was super easy to put together and I was able to do it by myself so no need for an extra set of hands.

As soon as I had put the tent up in the garden my son who is 18 months old couldn’t wait to play in it. He was in and out, opening the tent up then closing it and playing peek a boo out of the window.  It’s great to use out in the garden when the sun is out and children need a little shade, it also makes a great addition to a playroom or child’s bedroom and it will encourage their imagination and inspire them to role play.

My son is going to get so much use out of this for many years to come.

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Review: Easy Peasy: Gardening for Kids and Six Little Birds Books, worth £29.90

Easy Peasy and Six Little Birds BooksReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Kirsty Spinks.

I was recently lucky enough to receive two lovely children’s books to share with my children, Easy Peasy: Gardening for Kids and Six Little Birds.

The first thing that caught my girls attention were the bright and vivid colours in each book! My eldest, who’s 4, loved the Easy Peasy: Gardening for Kids book with its bright illustrations and easy to follow instructions. We have already made a seed pot from newspaper and planted sunflowers which are sprouting as we speak. It’s full of lots of good ideas to get kids in the garden growing everything from flowers to spring onions and even their own terrarium! Most activities would need adult supervision / help but this will decrease with the age of the child. 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

Making Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Fun!

Learning about STEMChildren are truly amazing. They are born with a will to learn, they are innately curious, they love to explore, to discover, to create and to understand the world around them. With no bias or boundary.

In their early years, it is therefore very important to provide our children with activities and opportunities to learn all about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). This early involvement will help to prepare them well for school and ultimately their future careers ahead.

Having fun with STEM activities both inside and outside may spark interests that you never knew your child had. Activities in STEM are a great way to develop thinking skills, problem-solving skills, investigation skills and encourage curiosity and creative thinking.

At Northampton High, we always use a variety of multi-sensory opportunities to promote STEM. From using light-boxes, growing food, building with a variety of materials and sorting and classifying objects there are always new ways to learn. Continue reading

The Multi Award-Winning Family Arts Festival Returns

Just So FestivalJust So Festival Announces Biggest Ever Programme for its 10th Year at Rode Hall Estate, Cheshire: 16th, 17th & 18th August 2019.

Now in its 10th year, Just So is an annual, weekend-long, not-for-profit festival for children and families, offering astonishing arts, unique experiences and imaginative outdoor adventures like no other. The festival offers families the opportunity to step out of their day to day lives into a wonderland of world-class literature, arts, theatre, dance, music, comedy and creative pursuits.

This three-day event in Cheshire boasts a wide variety of inspiring talent and family-friendly entertainment including magical storytellers, family comedians and musicians. Festival goers will love exploring the themed areas, including Roll Up, Roll Up, the circus-themed tent celebrating female circus acts; the Flamingo Lounge, encouraging dance and movement; the Ministry of Games, hosting party games and inspiring powers of dexterity and strategy; the Spellbound Forest and much more. Continue reading

Craft Time! Easter Chick and Bunny Cones

Easter Chick and Bunny ConesEaster egg hunts are super fun for little ones, but rather than buying a basket for them to collect their goodies in, why not get crafty and make an Easter Cone with them?

These cute Easter Bunny and Chick cones are easy peasy to make and are ideal for collecting hidden Easter treats and eggs from around the house and garden. Alternatively, you could use them as party bags, or add a hole in each side and hang them up as a hiding place for Easter eggs!

How to Assemble

  • Download a printable PDFs and print your Easter characters on thin card or paper: toddle.club/eastercones
  • Cut carefully around the edge then fold and score the tab.
  • Fold and stick the tab to the opposite side to form a cone. You can use sticky tape to do this so it is ready to decorate immediately.
  • Let your little ones loose with some pens, coloured stickers, felt shapes and pipe cleaners to make the faces of your chick and bunny and make them unique.
  • The cones are now ready to be filled with little treats from the Easter egg hunt!

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Review: Disney: The Simple Family Cookbook, worth £17.99

Disney: Simple Recipe CookbookReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Victoria Wade.

The Disney Simple Family Cookbook was really colourful and easy to follow, especially for little ones which is great. All of the recipes were simple, they only needed a few ingredients and the steps were basic enough to follow. Me and my daughter had a go at making the summer ratatouille and the chocolate mousse, I found both of the recipes were quick and simple to make, as well as fun to do together.

All of the recipes come with a prep and cook time so you know how long you’re going to be spending making each recipe in total which I think is really helpful.

I feel that the recipes were inventive, especially with how they linked to Disney.

I love the fact that the sweets don’t include refined sugar as I avoid it for my child and there were also plenty of meat free recipes as well.

Overall, I think the cookbook contains a lot of really good recipes, it is simple to use and you could make some fun and delicious recipes for all the family.

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REV UP FOR THE FIRST EVER MONSTER JAM® UK TOUR

Monster Jam UK TourOn your marks, get set, go… The larger-than-life sport that always leaves you entertained, Monster Jam®, is roaring into the UK for the first ever tour. Premiering in Manchester on the 4th May 2019 followed by, Cardiff and Coventry the show promises to deliver an unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable experience for the whole family.

The world-famous trucks provide entertainment that promises to keep you on the edge of your seats and filled with adrenaline charged excitement. The Monster Jam event will deliver spontaneous live motor sports action for fans across the country.

Claire Ballard from Monster Jam commented “We are so excited that the first ever Monster Jam tour coming to the UK for fans to experience a show like no other. The audience will be amazed by the skills our world class athletes – you will never forget the first time you saw a Monster Jam truck fly across the air.” Continue reading

Valentines Day Recipe: Shortbread Sweathearts

 

Shortbread SweatheartsHave some fun in the kitchen with your little ones by making these cute and delicious biscuits.

Ingredients: 
* 55g butter, softened
* 30g caster sugar
* ¼ tsp vanilla extract
* 85g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
* Pinch of salt
* 6cm heart-shaped cookie cutter, and another that’s a little smaller
* 40g white chocolate, chopped
* Icing sugar, for dusting
* 1tbsp seedless raspberry jam

Method:
1. Lightly grease two baking sheets.
2. Beat the butter, sugar, vanilla and a pinch of salt, then mix in the flour with a wooden spoon. Form into a ball with your hands. (If the dough is very soft, wrap it in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes). Continue reading