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December 2021
December

I want to share with you some practical tips for working parents who have found themselves without childcare. With some of us back in lockdown, isolation or worried about governments reimposing restrictions / lockdowns, I have decided to share some tips to navigate the changing situation. I don’t want to make the same mistakes I did earlier in the pandemic that led to my burnout. Practical tips for working parents. It is important to have a strong work and home life integration during these periods of juggling work and childcare. Structuring the day in advance will remind the family that there is a time for learning, working and downtime, too. It’s important to take breaks when you need, including lunch / snack breaks and time for a walk to burn some energy. Creating a routine for children during COVID-19 can provide structure and predictability during times of uncertainty. Routines also promote a sense of safety and reassurance. A common question parents have is, how on earth can we make this work? One way to structure your family´s day is by creating a visual timetable, with different activities assigned both to the kids and to yourself. This way they know if you’re available without having

Winter play activities with snow; do not let the cold keep you inside. There are fun things you and your family can do outside as well. I’m a big fan of using whatever natural resources you have and using them as a learning experience.   Winter Play Activities With Snow (Outdoors). Snow gives us options! Options to play, build and create. Just ensure your family is dressed appropriately. A weatherproof jacket, trousers, boots and gloves are a must. If you are lucky enough to have snow you can try these outdoor play ideas. Build a snowman. Snowball fight. Snowball target practice. Follow the leader whilst only stepping in others’ footprints. Make snow angels. Make a snow castle.   Winter Play Activities With Snow (Indoors) You can extend the fun your family has with snow by bringing some of it indoors. Just select the area carefully, a non-carpeted room is best. Keep towels to hand in case of any spills.   Snow Painting! This toddler activity is super low-prep and packed full of fun. Materials: bowl, snow, food colouring (primary colours), water and a dropper. Simply, add snow to a bowl, give them some food colouring mixed with water and a dropper. Ask your child to predict what will happen when two colours mix. Then allow

I have collated a selection of the best Christmas activities for toddlers on Instagram to share with you here. I love the creativity and ingenuity of these activities that were shared from various countries around the world. Please visit the below accounts for the full captions and the complete selection of images for each activity. I love the festive season, however it always seems to pass so quickly. I enjoy organising  a variety of types of play for my son to get into the Christmas spirit and sharing them with others. Throughout the festive season we tend to have more time at home with our children, so it is the perfect time to try out new activities. These toddler activities at home will keep your little one busy, learning and having fun.   @super_fun_play Gingerbread Sensory Tray Gingerbread Cloud Dough Recipe. 4 cups flour 1 cup of vegetable oil or baby oil. 3 tablespoons cinnamon 1 tablespoon nutmeg 1 tablespoon ground ginger. Method: Begin by mixing all the dry ingredients together with a spoon. Add in the oil and stir. After a minute of stirring, use your hands to knead the cloud dough together. It should be slightly crumbly, but able to press together to create

Lisa Forsythe

Teacher, mum and author of Simple Activities for Toddlers: A Practical Play-At-Home Handbook for Parents.