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April 2022

I have loads of fun and engaging Easter activities for toddlers that do not all revolve around chocolate. These simple toddler Easter activities make Easter fun for parents and toddlers. If you would like some Easter printables you can purchase some here. There are festive puzzles, mazes, colouring pages, letter practice and many games.   Easter Sensory Activity. Five Little Easter Bunnies! Find the hidden Easter eggs is a scoop and pour activity. I didn’t tell Thomas there were a couple of chocolate eggs hidden under the rice. He was delighted to find that treasure, just like the bunnies were in the book. I used this activity for: -Colour recognition (scoop same colour rice into the same egg). -Hand eye coordination. - Rice shakers to play along to the song Five Little Bunnies. - Re-enact the searching for eggs in the story.   Marbled Paper Easter Basket! We marbled paper using shaving cream and food colouring. To make: First, add a small amount of water to the food colouring. Then use pipettes to add it to the shaving foam and mixed the colours around. Next, press pieces of paper onto the shaving foam and then scrape off the excess. Once dry, cut out some rough egg shapes. Finally, it is time to decorate. On two, we glued

The future is in our children’s hands. It is never too early to start to teach your child to be eco-conscious. As a parent, you play a major role in helping your child form a green mindset and develop eco-friendly skills. Why start at an early age? It’s important to teach your child about the environment at an early age because these lessons will become their normal behaviour. In other words, the habits they learn, the eco-friendly skills they possess, and the time they spend learning about nature will shape the future of environmental sustainability.   Establishing good habits. The best place to start is by being a role model yourself. Children look to their parents for guidance and mimic their behaviour. So, if you want to teach your children about recycling, you should be practicing recycling as a part of your household routine. Some simple habits to establish early are: Recycling (which items go into which bin). Always use bins, so no littering. Keep lights off when not in use. Turn off the water when they brush their teeth. Use reusable bags for a grocery shop. Use reusable water bottles, cutlery, and straws. Donate outgrown clothes and toys. Ride, cycle or use public transport where

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day can be opportunities to recognize the diversity of family structures. I have created one post of Mother’s and Father’s Day activities that can be used for both celebrations to combat the gender stereotypes that are normally associated with these special days. I never understood why dads received tie or tool-themed cards while mothers received flower-themed ones. Therefore, I would love to see more inclusive practices when it comes to celebrating these special days. Finally, toddlers are capable of small, simple gestures of love and affection. This can include decorating a colouring sheet to give to a parent, creating a handmade card or contributing to a special activity to mark the occasion. Little things like these can make a world of difference to a parent’s day!   Free printables: Mother’s and Father’s Day Activities. To begin, claim your free printables here! ´All about my parent´ is both great for the kids to express their thoughts about their parents and for a parent to receive.   Fun Mother’s and Father’s Day Activities. Scavenger hunt! Create a playlist of all your mother´s or father’s favourite songs. Play the music and invite them to the living room to relax and listen to his favourite songs together. Or

Spring is one of my favourite times of year. Generally speaking, spring activities for toddlers are always so bright and cheerful. As a result, they lift our spirits after a long winter. Similarly, these activities provide a great excuse to get outdoors and collect some natural treasures to use in a wide variety of activities. Ultimately, all the activities I have included for you to try use natural or upcycled materials and focus on developing your child's foundational skills. If you enjoy these activities, why not share them with a friend! Spring Process Art To begin, I have a favourite mantra I want to share with you, 'process over product'. Process art is all about the experience children have while they’re creating something. The end product may be beautiful, but it isn't the focus of this type of art. To create this artwork, use some different varieties of flowers and dip them in various coloured paints and dab on paper. Your child can explore the mixing of colours as they progress through the activity. It will end up having great texture as some of the petals become embedded in the artwork. Once dry, glue on some of the flowers they have used to make

Having a small child is exhausting. It may be wonderful, fulfilling and hilarious at the same time, but no one can deny that it is relentless. I often flick through Instagram hearing well-meaning advice only to have fear running through my veins. Am I getting it wrong? Do I have to think about yet another thing? I’m keen for this blog to be different and not induce that dreaded parent guilt that we all feel from time to time. So, I decided to tell you that it’s Important to make mistakes in your parenting (within reason).   Why Mistakes are OK We all know that our relationship with our child (the attachment relationship) is hugely important for their development. This puts pressure on us to be available, predictable and nurturing for our children – and do this consistently! However, life isn’t always like that (especially when we are juggling so many demands).  What I love about the world of attachment is that it recognises that we can’t get it right all of the time – in fact, it’s about being a “good-enough” rather than perfect (aka unobtainable and stressful trying to be) parent. So, how can making mistakes actually enhance our relationship? As you

  As a parent, you may have subconsciously developed a habit of forgetting to prioritise your own needs. Or perhaps you believe you simply do not have enough time to spend on yourself due to work and family demands. We are so busy that the thought of thinking of one more thing like self-care triggers us to become overwhelmed. Perhaps if we looked at the idea of self-care moments it would appear to be more manageable? No matter how busy you are, it is not wise to neglect yourself and your needs. Note: you can practice self-care with your children present. Self-care does not have to mean ´without children´   What is Self-Care? Self-care is an intentional act of nourishing yourself to strengthen or maintain your overall wellbeing. Self-care is about replacing self-judgements and comparisons with self-compassion and acceptance. Furthermore, it is an individual responsibility that needs to be integrated into our daily lives consistently to form part of a healthy lifestyle. It does not need to be complicated, expensive or a long period of time to have a positive impact on your wellbeing. Self-care can be a quick and fun activity, looking after your physical needs, or anything that gives you a feeling of satisfaction.   What

Lisa Forsythe

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