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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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Kids with eczema

There is nothing worse than your child not having super soft pinchable skin, they’re so young and innocent and undeserving of bad itching and potentially sore skin. Babies skin is supposed to be peachy, pinky and super soft and huggable.

I knew when Landon developed some dry patches as a newborn that it was inevitable he would develop eczema. As my mum told me I suffered quite badly with it as a baby.

They recommend that you used olive oil at the time, either a standard household type from the cooking cupboard or the special “skin” kind from the pharmacist for about £8.00, a small price to pay to soothe your child’s skin.

That worked for a little while. I maintained a restricted products stand in our home. Nothing that would set his skin off, that meant all the posh baby toiletries we had were useless. And especially anything by Johnson and Johnson, whilst they smell nice and on mosh children with normal non sensitive skin I’m sure it’s great but on my skin and my children’s it’s a catalyst for weeks of itching and dry patches.

As landon got older, despite attempts to keep things as pure as possible, softest most sensitive wipes for bums and only non-biological washing powder and the ‘pure’ versions of fabric softener, his skin got worse. When a health visitor spotted his skin in the latent healing stages after a bout of eczema she was horrified, we thought his skin was great and healing and she was determined it was “really bad” wait until she seen a bad bout!

His skin can go incredibly crusty scaly and sore in places it can scab and he has a constant collar line where the fabric annoys his skin so he itches the dry patches along the collar which in turn form small scabs. We now can only use prescribed bath emollients, special emollient moisturiser and a few steroid creams.

I recently ordered something I had read about and thought about trying called cetaphil. The products are specially formulated for dry skin sufferers. They have arrived today so I can’t wait to put them to the test and chart the success/failures.

The bath wash is £19.99 and the moisturiser is £15.99

I’m willing to give anything a shot for my babies skin.

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Squiggles and Giggles! Going Fishing

Favourite time of the week again 🙂 messy play! This week the theme was “going fishing” at Squiggles and Giggles.

Fab new things to play with at squiggles today!

Cloud dough! Cloud dough is basically a sculptable goop, it’s not sticky when it’s done properly. It’s a combination of shaving foam and corn flour, it’s a great thing to play with its different from a lot of other things kids play with.

Here’s a recipe so you can try and make some and have sensory fun at home!

As well as the cloud dough today there was paint, chalk, treasure baskets, splat mats, boat making paint and craft area, a water play section and some fab freaky beads! Almost like plastic polystyrene balls that stuck together!

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Also! Haven’t had chance to show you the Finding Nemo playmat gym for newbie! Who won’t be long appearing!

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🙂 a lovely bank holiday to look forward to now!! Must get some shopping done this weekend get the new baby his wardrobe and get mummy some post hospital mum tum hiding apparel. And a music with mummy class tomorrow that will hopefully get a write-up if I can catch some pictures of the session as its our last one of the term!

Hope everyone has a lovely time! Roll on 39 weeks next week xxx

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Squiggles and Giggles Meets the UGLY BUGS

We love a good rave about Squiggles and Giggles from our weekly appearances.

This week’s theme for creative play was UGLY BUGS. And man, it was a little boys heaven!!!

Not only was there a great deal of activities for the children there was a guest appearance from Popolo Ceramics, who make a fantastic array of personalised ceramic goods incorporating your child’s foot and handprints. Of course would have been fabulous to do as it’s father’s day coming up soon( English Mothers Day is in March) , except that daddy was with us today as he was on late shift! And he has to admit it’s lovely for him to be able to experience a playgroup with his little boy as opposed to if he worked the same shift every week.

In addition to the ceramics lady today there was a leaflet for a baby first aid course by Baby Butterfly who are based in North Tyneside and have both first aid, baby massage and baby music classes. And baby first aid is something I really will be interested in taking part in and it’s a pre-requisite for applying for teaching jobs when I finish my degree anyway! Bonus.

If you are in the area and are interested in their courses please make sure you quote that you received the information from ”Squiggles and Giggles”.

So, anyways, chattering away, more to the point, the ugly bugs! (Of course the ramblings of the blog are very similar to what happens at these baby and toddler groups, the mummies get carried away chatting! 🙂 and there is one little girl called Ruby who Landon adores, which is fab because her mummy is lovely which makes for perfect mummy procrastination, and keeps me away from the paint!!- fabulous for babies but not so fun for squeamish mummies)

There was a fab SWAMP today, green slimy sensory heaven for toddlers with moss and bits and goop and green things, totally yummy, and most the kids tried to drink or get in it aswell, Landon of course made a mess, and splashed everyone, namely the little girls who were playing so lovely!

The make table was lovely lady bugs today where they could paints and decorate their own lady bugs with all sorts of paper and pipe cleaners and paint and pens and glitter. A more glam side to the ugly bugs theme.

There was the painting wall where they could paint large bugs with fly swatters, or brushes! lovely and messy, and mummies least favourite area, SPOIL SPORT MUMMY.

There was chalk and treasure baskets and clay and outdoor play and a wig wam!

Oodles of fun! 🙂 Can’t wait for next week, always one of our fave parts of the week.

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Our trip to the library and toy library!

Today I thought I would so something different to any of our normal activities! I thought I would take my toddler, 13 month Landon Joe, to the library!

Now I can’t say I have been to a library unless school/uni has required me to do so in a long time! I tend to buy a lot of books, I even digitally downloaded one onto my iPad mini. An experience I didn’t particularly enjoy! I’m old school. Paper, folded down corners and well thumbed books with flimsy spines.

My son loves books! I can’t say that it’s through my pushing either, I would love to have more time to sit down and read to him book after book. But in all honesty toddlers are hard to pin down especially the early walkers like mine who started at 9 month and I perhaps think now he’s got the hang of it better than me! There is just no stopping my energetic little guy! He’s had a good supply of books bought for him and they’re left in ease of access in toy boxes and in his playroom. I’ll often just find him thumbing through them himself. Thus, what better a resource to review and try out than my own local library.

Firstly, not impressive, it’s clear that the area doesn’t have an avid group of young readers, the building wasn’t well kept, and in all honesty I wouldn’t put money into unused facilities either. The library was completely empty! The lady gave us our new library cards and a book start pack for Landon that encouraged reading at any age and came with a gorgeous little passport to stamp everytime he checked something out! He now will get certificates for reading so many books! What a fab incentive, maybe the little passport is more catered for my taste than his, he wasn’t particularly bothered. But he did have fun looking at all the books and pulling a few out, these few we checked out on his very first “my first library card”. The librarian informed us of a fantastic baby/toddler reading session too to give us an afternoon activity to attend as well. Whilst the selection wasn’t great and the facilities weren’t well kept I can’t help but think the more people who bother with the local amenities the more that will be put back into the community! So in amongst buying everything I think a fortnightly library trip is in need!

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After we ventured to the library the building beside it is called “station villa” it’s the local authorities children’s centre with a crèche, baby groups and messy play. Not to mention the TOY LIBRARY.

We checked this out today and again it was completely empty!! Such a fantastic resource in a town which has a large disparity gap between have and have nots. I would think at £1.00 membership for the year for the family and between £0.10 and £0.50p to loan an item for two weeks there would be people jumping at the chance.

The toys weren’t all the newest, there wasn’t all the new gadgets and there wasn’t a huge selection. But what was there was ample! It was a fantastic little gem I can’t help but think people should get the chance to appreciate more. A toy library! Again, something that would benefit from a more constant stream of traffic, the staff were keen to give us leaflets and join us up and come down to their play sessions. I got the feeling they were scarcely occupied. The building was quite dilapidated and it wasn’t our usually snazzy soft play dive but we signed up for the toy library and made promises to come back and loan out toys.

There was nothing that caught my sons eye today, probably due to the fact that he has too many toys of his own. But we will certainly be back to give the outside toys a go!

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It’s certainly two places I would encourage all other mothers to have a scout at! It’s amazing what you find on your doorstep that you never knew existed!

Xoxo