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Review: Hape All-in-1 Easel, worth £60.00

Hape All-in-1-Easel-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

Summer Fun: Make Your Own Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope CraftMaking 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:

  1. A Crisp tube (eat the crisps first!) with a small hole in the bottom
  2. Silver foil
  3. A plastic fruit container
  4. Wrapping paper
  5. Some small scraps of tissue paper
  6. Clear drying glue
  7. Sequins, glitter, stick on jewels
  8. Scissors

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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:
  • 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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Rainbow Town Craft for Children

If you prefer to use print-ready doors and windows, you can download the free printable from

If you prefer to use print-ready doors and windows, you can download the free printable from

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.

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

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

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

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

Mister Maker Melon Fans

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


  • 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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Summer Events for Families and Their Little Ones

Summer-FunMake the most of the Summer Holidays with these great days out.


Outdoor Cinema
Saturday 21st July: 10.30am – 6.30pm

Pack some popcorn in your picnic for the annual Family Cinema Day. There will be two sessions during the day, starting with Paddington 2 at 10.30am, followed by Coco (both PG). The afternoon screening will begin at 3pm with Coco, followed by Paddington 2.

Entry is Free.

Daventry Country park, Northern Way, Daventry, NN11 2JB.  01327 871100. Continue reading

It’s Welly Time: Winter Days Out and Half Term Activities

Whatever the weather, wrap up, go out and most importantly, have fun!

Whatever the weather, wrap up, go out and most importantly, have fun!

Get your woollies and wellies on and brave the winter weather to enjoy these fab days out.


Mini Meadows Farm: Lambing
From February half term.

Bottle-feed lambs and meet other cute newborn animals in the baby barn. Explore the exciting new indoor play area and don’t forget the larger animals will be waiting to meet you! £5 entry (under-twos free). £1 a bottle.

Naseby Road, Northampton, NN6 6HZ.  07824 393517.

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More Than Just A Mess

During messy play, babies and pre-schoolers are given creative freedom.

During messy play, babies and pre-schoolers are given creative freedom.

By Jo Powell, (BA Hons, PGCE), founder of Arty Splats

Messy Play might look like just a chance to play and get mucky, but it is actually a huge educational opportunity.

Messy play can often conjure up negative images and can be seen as stressful and hard work for adults, both at home and in childcare settings. Looking beyond the mess, it is well documented by education experts, such as Bernadette Duffy, that messy play makes a huge contribution to babies’ and pre-schoolers cognitive and creative development.  Engaging in high quality messy play experiences also helps children’s development towards their Early Learning Goals as set out by the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Messy play involves children using all of their senses in the process of exploration in which they use materials to manipulate and mould.  Messy play is unique as it offers all children a chance to explore rich textural experiences regardless of language, age or ability.  There is no right way to engage with the materials on offer so all children can feel part of a group. This type of play benefits all babies and pre-schoolers but is also recommended by professionals such as dieticians to address ‘fussy eating’ and sensory processing issues.   Continue reading