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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

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.