As we start to feel a bit closer to some sense of what we used to call normality before these recent tough times, we see Christmas approaching really fast in the horizon. Our whole year has passed in front of us in a blink of a eye as we all still to try to grasp what is actually going on. On a more cheerful note let me talk to you about this beautiful and meaningful idea for Christmas gifts.
Secret Santa is supposed to be fun. It certainly can be, if you draw the right person. Nothing can prepare you for the nerve-shredding terror of drawing a near-stranger as your gift recipient, though.
Suddenly, you’re walking an unenviable tightrope. It’s easy to inadvertently cause offence and end up hauled before HR for a post-Christmas party disciplinary hearing. To take the sting out of the gift-giving experience, it’s better to err on the side of caution.
Thankfully, careful does not need to mean boring, if you plan your gift appropriately. We’ll talk you through some secret santa gifts that will surely bring a smile to even the sourest of faces. Or, at the very least, prevent a scowl and hastily penned email to the company CEO.
On 8 May 2020, we mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, or Victory in Europe Day, when Nazi Germany formally surrendered, marking the end of the second world war. Across the UK, plans for large public celebrations have been cancelled because of the Coronavirus, but that isn’t stopping the nation from finding other ways to celebrate.
Here are 5 ways you can celebrate VE Day from home.
Easter always puts a spring in my crafty step, as a nanny of over 5 years working with toddlers and pre-schoolers I love this time of year for finding ways to keep the kids busy, learning and having fun.
From making chocolate nest treats, learning about a chickens life cycle, Easter scavenger hunting and building dens for the Easter bunny (to take a break from delivering eggs, obviously)….as nannies, we work hard for our bunny!
With lockdown keeping families all cooped up, trying to occupy little minds, while working from home (and secretly binge-watching Working Moms) planning activities to keep them from staring at a screen all day has been made almost impossible.
And while it’s fine for me to sip coffee at my desk, serenely gazing out of the window, writing about crafts and activities to keep kids busy…I know that you’re at home with small people running around, tugging at your sleeve, asking to be fed (again) or shouting that their brother has just stuck Olaf in the toilet.
As you tuck them into bed, quietly breathing a sigh of relief, you should be settling in to a night of adult time, safe in the knowledge that the next day is filled with things to keep them busy, creative and learning.
Which is why I’ve collated my years of experience with toddlers and pre-schoolers and my time off to come up with this list of the top 10 fun Easter activities for toddlers and pre-schoolers – to give you a very well deserved break! Think of me as your virtual nanny.
1. Make Easter bunting
A great way to kick off an Easter themed activity week is to decorate their playroom or bedroom with their own handmade Easter bunting.
Christmas dinner is arguably the most important meal of the year. It’s a celebration, a time for the family to come together and share a special meal. But there’s no getting away from it, cooking all the elements of the Christmas dinner perfectly and getting everything ready at the same time is a stressful exercise!
If you’ve suffered a nerve-shredding Christmas Day in the kitchen before, help is at hand! Here are some useful tips that will ensure that next time it falls on you to serve up a generous spread on 25 December, you’ll sail through it like a pro.
There are so many amazing educational and engaging products for kids available these days, that they can learn and develop their knowledge and skills through play without it feeling like a chore at all. Whether your child wants to learn more about coding, maths, history or the world around them, these are a few of our favourite educational toys to keep both parents and children happy this holiday season.
Throwing a kid’s birthday party can be stressful. Your kid will want to have the best day and impress all their friends, which puts great pressure on you – not to mention the pressure you might feel from other parents. When a kid turns 5, they start to feel a lot more independent, and may have a bigger idea of what they want, which can be tricky. However, throwing a kid’s party can be easy if you set some rules and stick to them. So, how can you throw a great party for a five-year-old?
Looking for good quality ideas for Christmas presents, and want to select something with developmental benefits that your child will get a lot out of all year round? The Good Toy Guide is a great resource, and now they have brought out this years 2019 Christmas Good Toy Guide.
The guide is brought to you by the independent experts at Fundamentally Children, and aims to help you find the perfect toy for your child. The Christmas Good Toy Guide includes over 50 #GoodToys, all tested by children and endorsed by experts, so you know it’s a review you can trust.
The guide is available as a paper catalogue, or online via the website, and we have been having a little browse…
In addition to the paper catalogue seen above, you can also check out this years Christmas Good Toy Guide online at their website www.christmasgoodtoyguide.com, which is really user friendly and easy to browse the age categories you can see below. If you want to think outside of the box this year, you could also check out their suggestions of alternative gifts which has some brilliant ideas.
Guest post from Dave at YourCub.com Do you love to play with your children? I know I do. But many of the toys that my preschooler likes to play with will only keep me engaged for a few minutes. You’ll find that the more educational and creative the task or the toy, the longer we […]
We all need a little help keeping our kids busy during this stay-at-home period, and Bing has plenty to offer to help out families with this. As well as over 100 episodes available on iPlayer, Emmy award-winning and BAFTA nominated family favourite Bing offers pre-school children and families multiple ways to keep busy and entertained during this […]
Activity and images provided by WAHACA AT HOME Make your own Piñata Looking for the perfect way to stop your kids smashing up the house? Here’s our step by step guide to making your own Piñata. STEP 1: Assemble your equipment You’ll need flour water newspaper balloons string scissors glue paint tissue paper and lots of […]
Right now we are in unprecedented times, with households across the UK going into our second month of ‘lockdown’ due to the Corona Virus outbreak. This break from the norm can be quite stressful for children – we don’t know when this situation is going to end, when we will see our families and friends […]
In case you’re in need of extra inspiration to fill these days during the lock down, here’s a quick list from Muddy Puddles who have shared some simple ideas that will help make the most of this time… Muddy Puddles is offering NHS and other health service workers 40% off on top of their online […]
Playing with your child helps with their confidence, development and overall wellbeing. Many parents make the mistake of trying to take the control of how their child plays. However, you should let them experiment with unstructured play, which allows them to go at their own pace and usually revolves around their interests at that moment. […]
Entertaining children is one of the toughest tasks. In order to maintain their full attention, they have to be mentally and physically engaged, but the task can’t be too challenging from the get-go. Initiating entertainment and maintaining entertainment is a challenge, no doubt, but it can be done. In a time where instant gratification is […]