Friday, 19 April 2019

Activities for Toddlers







Finding the right activities for toddlers, the difficult part is finding something that will keep them entertained for more than a minute. 




The problem with any activity for toddlers is that kids are so fickle and can be moody. It really is hard to tell what children's activities will be appreciated and which ones won’t.

Choosing the right activity that toddlers will have hours of fun with, but if you pick the wrong ones, they could become bored, or upset.




The important thing for a parent is to be patient and be prepared with many different activities.

Of course, when selecting an activity for toddlers, you have to remember that many of the things that we have done since our childhood is new to them.


Simply, taking a walk in a pushchair is an activity for toddlers that provides endless amusement and entertainment. Likewise, something like peekaboo for young children is still a source of great amusement.

Of course, sometimes the best activity for toddlers is the simplest and most obvious.

Today at my nephews 4th birthday party, I noticed him and his little friends playing with balloons.

The kids were having great fun chasing and hitting balloons it kept them all amused for ages. Not only was it a great way to keep them entertained, it will also teach the basic principles of hand eye coordination.



One way to find an activity for toddlers is to think back to your 
own childhood.
  • What did you like to do?
  • What did you find fun?
  • What captured your imagination?




           Of course, when you start asking these kind of questions, you eventually find your way to the best activity for toddlers that there is.


Here are a few memories of my childhood activities.

  • Hide and Seek
  • Paper Mache
  • Play Dough - Homemade
  • Cardboard Boxes
  • Reading

     Hide and Seek

Fun games kids love, they hide you find them, you hide they find you, obviously don’t hide too well or they will get bored quickly.

Paper Mache

Absolutely loved paper mache, my mum used to make the glue, using 1 part flour to 5 parts water, boil for about 3 minutes and let cool down, now days you could just buy glue from any art and craft shops.
My dad would blow up the balloons, then we would cover half with paper mache let it dry then pop the balloon, hey presto you have made a bowl, now you could paint it in your favourite colours, use your imagination to what else you could make.



Play dough – Homemade

·        1 cup of flour plain or self-raising
·        ¼ cup of salt
·        1 Tbsp cream of tartar( although not necessary)
·        ½ cup of warm water
·        5 drops of natural food colouring
Let’s start mixing
Put flour, salt and cream of tartar in a bowl and mix it together.
Take a cup half full of water and add a few drops of food colouring.
Now slowly pour the water into the flour mixture, stirring as you pour, once its all mixed together, with your hands just knead it in to a ball, if is still sticky add a little more flour.
Just repeat the above to make different coloured balls
Its now ready for kids to have fun squashing, moulding and shaping into anything they like.

Or of course you can buy Play Doh, I think it’s more fun making play dough and cheaper, you may even have all the ingredients in your cupboard already.

Cardboard Boxes.
Kids love boxes, inspire their imagination, a cardboard box can be a Fire Engine, a Ship on the ocean, a Princesses Castle, let them decide.


Reading.

Kids love books even at an early age, it really is never too early  to introduce them to a lifelong love of reading.

Even before they have a good hold on language, they will enjoy the pictures, and pick up at least parts of the story.

Read to them every day, its great fun and will help them a lot before they begin school.

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Kids Party Ideas





When it comes time for the yearly birthday party, parents sometimes don’t know what to do. There are so many ideas out there, but yet it seems like there is nothing worth doing. 




Children are picky, and they often want different things than their parents might think. 



Kids under five party ideas are usually pretty easy. Most kids are happy with a theme like the Hey Duggee, Peppa Pig, or perhaps Sponge bob, because most kids under five like at least one of these shows. 





When they get older than that though, that is where the problems begin.

There are many places that have kids party ideas of their own, and all you have to do is to book time in their facility and you don’t usually have to clean the mess up.




If your child has been to a party at a certain place and loved it, then check them out for your party. 






You can get your kids party ideas from your friends like I do, and they usually won’t mind that you have used their idea as it shows they held a great party.

There are places like McDonald's for the younger kids. as well, other restaurants like TGI Fridays for older kids.

You can get kids party ideas from others online, as well. 

Many people love to share when they have had a fun and successful party, because they know how hard it is something for parents to think, you need a great idea that the children will all love and remember for a long time to come.

If you are really stumped about kids party ideas, don’t be afraid to ask your kids what they might like to do. If they have a special interest, there may be a way to get that involved with their party. 





If they like magic, you can hire a magician. If they like horses, you may be able to arrange for them to visit a farm with a petting corner, or more adventurous feeding.cleaning elephants in a zoo




Sometimes ideas have to come from the kids.







Just remember that if they give you the ideas, they can’t complain if the party isn’t what they wanted. It was their idea after all

Easter Crafts – Fun for the kids, Adults too.




What kids do not like painting, cutting, sticking and making a real mess, and then there’s the Easter egg hunt.









All the children even some adults running around trying to find the hidden eggs, it’s great to hear the laughter and giggles as they search high and low.


Living in the UK (rainy days)we have adapted to hiding bright coloured plastic eggs, because you just never know if Mr dark cloud is going to appear, but he won’t stop our fun. 


Of course the plastic eggs are all exchanged for the real chocolate ones, and the child with the most eggs, wins the prize of a super huge chocolate egg.



Back to the crafting, we tend to decorate real eggs ( first you need to gently pierce the egg to empty it) and then they are ready to be decorated any way you like.





We also make Easter Cards, and then give them out to each other.
Next we decorate bonnets for girls and cowboy hats for boys.



Next is the judging.


To make it fair, we have 3 judges, who judge the bonnets and cowboy hats, each  item is given points out of 5, then they are added up and we have a winner. who wins a super Super HUGE Easter egg.




Where to find supplies, as we live in the UK we go to Hobby craft, where they generally have a huge section of crafts, we also go to the Pound shops and buy some amazing stuff, but where ever you are I am sure you will have similar stores.

Here’s a small list of crafting’s you could purchase

·      

  • Fluffy rabbits
  • Coloured straw
  • Ribbon
  • Small and big eggs
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Feathers
  • And so on, there is so much to choose



A Nice thing you can do is to make Easter Baskets, decorate them and fill them with chocolate treats and take them to your nearest Retirement home, ( I would ask permission first) but I’m sure the residents would love to receive a basket of treats.



Wrap the baskets in cellophane and pop in a homemade Easter Card, you be sure to bring a smile to some lovely people’s faces.





After all that crafting and the Easter egg hunt, you may have some hungry tummies, so you could have ready a buffet  and refreshments for them all to enjoy, as long as they did not eat too many Easter eggs.

What a great way to bring family together for a day making crafts and having the best time.

Don’t forget the camera to record these amazing memories,

Happy Easter – Have Fun x