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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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Little Us Dolls Review

So this is my first official review! And I’m both pleased and excited to introduce you all to a product I have been asked to review.

I have been sent a Little Us doll by the manufacturer in order to give a coherent and honest review. The views I express are completely my own

The Little Us doll is of course a doll, traditionally dolls are primarily a feminine toy. However I’m keen to encourage gender equality in my home, especially being the only female amongst three boys!

The dolls themselves are marketed for pre-school girls with the children able to pick a doll which falls the closest to their own image as their own mini me.

There are four characters in the range so far. Chloe, Amelia, Ruby and Millie

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The dolls are twelve inches high making them a perfect size for little ones (I think these would make an excellent first doll) they are completely soft, made from a plush material and polyester filling.

The dolls are a available in Harrids, Debenhams, Asda online, and Hamleys for just £9.99 which I think is a great price for a safe and fun toy.

My son immediately took a liking to the doll, he really identified it as looking very human, he much preferred this to another soft toy I had out. He treat it like a baby and was reluctant to put it down, he had a little chat to the doll.

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I really liked these dolls, I would probably buy them all if I had a girl. I think they would do well to create male counterparts to make them accessible to young boys too! Otherwise I really can’t do anything but praise the product. It’s nice to see a doll available which isn’t a “baby” for young children. It’s nice to have a form of dress up doll accessible to young children where plastic counterparts simply aren’t suitable.

I’m encouraging all with female children to buy one if these for their children and we will keep ours as Landon seems to like it regardless of whom it’s marketed for. My only suggestion for improvement would be to introduce a dark skinned equivalent, as there are all hair colors but all the same light skin, if they’re available to all it should only be fair to include a black/Asian doll.

🙂 happy shopping. Let me know what you think of these dolls?

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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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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