Play dough recipe

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Play dough recipe

An all-time favourite, the humble ball of coloured modelling dough can be made in your very own kitchen. You can never have too much of this wonderful stuff, so here you go! You will need: 4 cups of flour 1 cup of salt 1/2 cup of water with a tiny drop of food colouring (optional) 4 tablespoons of oil 1/2 cup of cream of tartar Simply combine all the ingredients.

Sensory development (babies)

Sensory development (babies)

Ask mums the clearest memory they have of giving birth and – apart from the pain – most will say it’s those precious moments when they got to hold their little bundle of joy for the first time. In those wondrous seconds when you have skin-to-skin contact with baby, you begin to realise that baby is comforted by being close to you, your voice, your scent and your warmth. This.

Baking time!

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Baking time!

The kitchen offers a variety of ways to teach your toddler a number of skills. Here is a fun (and simple) way to start cooking together. Find a recipe for biscuits (toddler cook books or the internet have lots). Little ones love to help with the weighing of flour, sugar and cracking the eggs, so encourage them! Of course the best part about mixing the ingredients together is testing the.

Local family event guide – Friday 12th – Thursday 18th January 2018

Local family event guide – Friday 12th – Thursday 18th January 2018

There are many fun activities happening over the next week for you to enjoy. Please check that they are still running before setting out, as sometimes even the best events have to be postponed. Children’s workshops  Budding Artists – Join our ‘budding’ artists, a creative workshop especially for younger children taking place once a month, under the attentive eye of artist Niamh Synnott. Children are encouraged to take a closer.

Magic ice blocks

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Magic ice blocks

Using ice in play for little ones is not just for hot days! Some of the most important playtime little ones can have is tactile and sensory, where how things feel teaches them a lot about the world around them (and it’s loads of fun as well!). You’ll need: Food colouring, an ice tray, water jug, a freezer and paper. First take a jug of water and pour some water.

Find me

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Find me

This is playful way to develop body awareness. Say or sing “where is Daddy’s/Mummy’s nose?”, then touch your nose saying, “Here it is!”. Then say “Where is Molly’s nose?” and touching her nose say, “There it is!”. Repeat with other facial features and body parts. You can change the tune or voice (high or deep) for added entertainment. Then move onto where is the chair? Where is the front door?.

Feed the birds!

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Feed the birds!

Toddlers enjoy watching birds sing and sit in the back garden, and this activity gives them a chance to practise being kind to nature! You’ll need half a stale bagel, a plastic knife, honey, birdseed, ribbon or string (and a willing adult to help!). First, let your toddler drench the bagel in honey, yes it’s messy but so much fun! Next, roll the bagel in lots of birdseed, covering as.

Local family event guide – Friday 5th – Thursday 11th January 2018

Local family event guide – Friday 5th – Thursday 11th January 2018

There are many fun activities happening over the next week for you to enjoy. Please check that they are still running before setting out, as sometimes even the best events have to be postponed.   Celebrate Epiphany Celebrate Epiphany by making your own character inspired by the Three Wise Kings, La Befana, Galette des rois and Women’s Little Christmas in this art workshop with artist Olive Knox. When Saturday 6th.

Stickers

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Stickers

Investing in a wide selection of stickers to be stored in your car, handbag, changing bag and anywhere else you can think of, is a great idea! A fussing toddler can be kept distracted for more than five minutes with a packet of stickers, as the simple act of trying to peel them off requires concentration while calm is restored. Simple block stickers used in the office are great, as.

Weaning

Weaning

After the first few months of broken sleep, endless feeding, changing and settling baby before you have to get up almost immediately again to soothe her, the ‘baby fog’ slowly begins to lift. You’ve gotten into a routine; you and your partner share the baby duties. At last, you’re getting out to meet friends for a coffee. Then Granny mentions the W word. She thinks the baby is big enough.