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Six week holiday slump. GALT toys solutions

This post is a sponsored post by GALT. Their ideas are in fitting with the themes of this blog and I myself highly recommend their products. We are really keen on educational and creative practices within the home. These fun science experiments can be done at home with the help of their great at home kits. Click here to find out about their great products! Here’s how to make science fun at home

The summer holidays are on their way. For some of us, there will be very little interruption to the daily routine due to children being with a family member, but some of us will almost be dreading the thought of having to come up with enough stimulating activities to keep our kids entertained for the whole six weeks.
Just because they are off school does not mean your child should stop learning though. Learning can be fun if it is presented to them correctly and involves a bit of kinaesthetic involvement. Kinaesthetic learning is learning that involves making and doing, and many children remember things better after having done something that taught them. Here are some cool experiments and activities you can do at home to keep those young brain cells exercised!
The Volcano
This is a classic experiment which is often done in schools to teach children a number of things, such as what a volcano is, or about the reaction between acidic and alkaline substances. You could make this experiment take a number of days, from constructing your own paper mache volcano (making sure you use lots and lots of glue so that it will wipe clean after the eruption and be suitable for using again), to actually executing the experiment. When constructing your volcanic island, simply gather old newspapers, toilet roll tubes (one of which will make the volcano which you will form around it using newspaper) and an egg box. Use one of the compartments in the egg box to pop into the middle of the toilet tube you use for the volcano, so you have somewhere to put your chemicals. Again, use lots and lots of glue so it won’t become soggy. To make the eruption, all you need is some vinegar, sodium bicarbonate powder and red food colouring. Make sure you protect all surfaces. If possible, conduct the experiment outside or in an empty sand-pit type container to control mess as much as possible. The kids will love it and you have just bought yourself a few days of peace!
Growing your own…
Growing your own plants can not only be fascinating for little people as they watch their hard work literally come to fruition, but if you grow fruits, vegetables or herbs, you can use them in your child’s food and it might help you get some healthy extras into their diet. After all, they are more likely to eat it if they grew it themselves. Pick up baby plants to speed things up.
Do-it-at-home Kits
Picking up a kit can be very easy, as it usually contains everything you need to conduct the experiment (except perhaps water!). Some of the exciting things you can find include ‘make your own bouncy ball’, perfume making kits and the fabulous Horrible Science range by Galt Toys. There are kits for all age ranges and interests, so have a look at your local toy store to see what you can find.
Summer doesn’t have to be stressful! Just set the kiddies off on their scientific explorational journeys with toys and experiments that suit them and you never know; you might even find you get five minutes to pop your feet up with a cuppa. Well, we can dream anyway!

About the Author
This article was written on behalf of Galt Toys. Galt Toys have been manufacturing toys for over 175 years, and design toys that encourage children to learn through play…and have fun!

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Wyatt’s First Squiggles and Giggles

Well Mr Landon has definitely missed his squiggles and giggles sessions for the past three weeks. However it was closed for two weeks so we don’t feel like we have missed too much!

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Today was a gorgeous day so we were enjoying the sun again and had plenty of play outside. And even better is that daddy could join us! 🙂

Wyatt was even awake for a lot of the session lapping up the attention and enjoying snuggles.

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Squiggles and Giggles:Dinosaur Edition

True to my obsession for all great things toddler and baby I’m going to rave about our session again from today and Squiggles and Giggles

As you might have read previously each week has a different theme that the creative play is based upon. This week was dinosaurs! We attend the sessions for 15-24 months and my little guy is potentially the youngest in there, but due to him walking at 9 months and his crazy over zealous personality he fits in perfectly! In fact he’s probably the naughtiest liveliest thing there much to he avail of anyone who is going to go near him after time with the paint!!

🙂 loved my session, the groups really lovely. I still feel this is one of the only places he can run around happily in and not be reprimanded for his behaviour. Child centric play is definitely the way forward, in controlled safe environments.

Today’s session included a treasure basket area, boxes and hiding places, crunchy sensory boxes with foliage and dump habitat feeling materials!, painting, a creation station decorating our own dinosaurs and messy dino sand and water play as well as a play doh section with plenty goop! Lots to go at!

Today we had weather nice enough to go outside!!! They have fab all in one overalls and there was plenty to do outside with various apparatus and water tables and sandy muddy boxes to dig in!

Here’s some pics from our time there! :

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