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5 rules for turning the volume down on crazy play dates

5 rules for turning the volume down on crazy play datesPlay dates can bring huge benefits.Sometimes, the prospect of some adult conversation and a change of scene can be what keep parents sane.For children, particularly those who are more shy or do not attend a nursery, the benefits can be immeasurable.Play and games are vital [...]

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5 ideas for sensory play for under 2s

5 ideas for sensory play for under 2sKeeping a young child entertained is a job in itself. The games they love and enjoy one day, can quickly become less stimulating as the brain develops, leaving a child easily bored with the same activities.Stimulating the sensesPlay encourages children to use their creativity, and without them even knowing it, they are learning.It stimulates their imagination [...]

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National Parks Week - Best beaches and parks for summer days out

Best beaches and parks for summer days outWith the end of school term fast approaching, summer days out only are a hair's breadth away. Sunny starts and sundowners mean that it is easily our favourite time of year.And with the Great British weather being surprisingly hot, sunny and calm this year, almost like being in Greece, it’s the perfect year [...]

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Mess free ideas for Children’s Art Week 2018

Do you love doing arts and crafts with your child, but can’t bear the tidying up?Well, like most parents, you’re not alone!However, the advantages of joining your child in this kind of activity far outweigh the negatives. From encouraging creativity to help them express themselves, learning through sensory play, honing fine motor skills or improving visual processing, children do benefit [...]

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Baby-Led Weaning with Annabel Karmel the UK’s No.1 children’s cookery author

My mission has always been to help give babies, children and families the very best start in life with my recipes. I’ve been writing cookery books for over 26 years now (with book numbers 44 and 45 coming out this summer!) but when I was writing my first book, the idea of owning a cookbook on feeding your baby [...]

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Messy Play! Feeding Your Child's Senses

It may not be the first thing you think of, but food is an amazing resource to use in sensory play with your baby or toddler. It serves three main purposes.Firstly, babies like to put things into their mouth. It is how they explore and understand the world. When they are playing with food that you have selected and [...]

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Spring is in the air

After a second dose of winter last weekend, we are all hoping that the seasons are now teetering on the edge of change. For all of us, the countdown is on to the first day of spring. The Vernal Equinox - The official beginning of springThis year, the spring equinox takes place on Tuesday 20th March. Without the [...]

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Nutrition and Hydration for your babies and toddlers -

This week sees the observance of Nutrition & Hydration - The mission behind this, is to create a global movement that will reinforce, focus, energise, create activity and engagement for nutrition and hydration as a fundamental element to maintaining the health and well-being for the global community. This is easier said than done for us grownups, let alone trying to apply [...]

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Pancake day ideas for toddlers

You may have noticed that the supermarkets have been strategically placing lemon juice, flour mixes and topping ideas in your shopping path for a little while now. The reason of course is that this year, Shrove Tuesday falls on Tuesday 13th February.What is Shrove Tuesday?Otherwise known as ‘Pancake Day’, Shrove Tuesday takes place each year exactly 47 days [...]

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Tips for happy and healthy family mealtimes on a budget

The decorations are down, the kids are back to school, the first credit card bill of the year is looming and maybe our spending has to be curtailed for a little while. How do we cater for family meals on a budget?We all know that it is important to prepare and cook healthy balanced meals for our families, but [...]

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