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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

Review: Brik Buster Tower Toppling Game, worth £26.99

Brik Buster Tower Toppling GameReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Lena Chen.

The aim of this game is to built up a tower and then take turns knocking out support columns without making the whole structure collapse. Essentially, it’s like Jenga with Duplo style bricks.

Packaging:

The game comes neatly and compactly packed in a much smaller box than I expected, which is great for saving space when your toy storage is already overflowing. However, the disadvantage is that you have to painstakingly construct all the columns and stack all the base plates in order to put them away again in the original box; try sweeping them all in higgledy piggledy and there’s no way all the pieces will fit. Continue reading

Creating a Safe Space for Kids to Play in

Creating a Safe Space for Kids to Play InGuest post by Ella Hendrix, a freelance writer.

Kids love to hide away in their rooms and play computer games with their friends online. If they are not doing this, there is a good chance they are traipsing around the house, only paying attention to the tablet they are carrying. It’s fine for kids to enjoy this type of fun some of the time, but they also need to spend some time outside.

Running around outside helps kids to keep fit and healthy. At a time when childhood obesity is a major concern this is important. However, if your kids do play outside, you need to make sure that they are safe. Play areas that are not well-planned and that are not created using safe materials, are a risk to any child.

Why is it so important to consider safety?

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Unique and Fun Products for Little Ones: Shop About Autumn 2018

There are amazing products coming out all the time for bumps, babies and toddlers. Here’s our run down of some of the best things available on the market today:

Shop About Autumn 2018

Scootaseatz – £14.99

Conveniently fitting all scooter brands and a selection of bikes and trikes, Scootaseatz encourage little ones to get out and about in the great outdoors – alongside their favourite cuddly buddy! Any soft toy can simply be strapped in and whisked away on a multitude of adventures.

Buy from JoJo Maman Bebe or www.scootaheadz.com

 

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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

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: One Dear World (Book & Doll), £19

One Dear WorldReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Evie Underwood.

I received my ‘Hope’ doll and book last week and my gosh what a gorgeous product!

The doll is made of fantastic quality and the hair is the best I have ever seen on a doll. I would also like to thank Winnie from One Dear World for the personalised note, that was a very nice touch.

I love the multicultural selection of dolls that are available, it means there’s one suitable for everyone and nobody feels left out – also, like me, you could choose a completely different doll to your own race to introduce other races to children at a young age.  Hope has a very friendly face, without it being over the top which is nice as I have found some dolls look too over excited whilst others can look miserable and off putting for children.  Continue reading

Mister Maker Melon Fans

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

YOU WILL NEED:

  • 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.

Northamptonshire

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.  www.daventrydc.gov.uk/countrypark Continue reading

Review: Rainy Days Kids Adventure Book, £9.99

Rainy Days Kids Adventure BookReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Dave Walker.

My first impressions of this book were very good.  The size is convenient for putting into a small day bag, and the printing and binding are excellent.  The photos are bright and sharp, and the text is very clear.

The book itself is divided into five sections: Introduction, Rain, Wind, Snow and Skills and the coloured corners to the pages allow you to flick to the appropriate section with ease. Continue reading