The time has arrived – we’re now at that point in the year when your Facebook page will be littered with statuses reading, “Only XX days till Christmas!!!”
Shops will creep selection boxes onto shelves like sleeper cells waiting to jump out at you with festive joy. And your kids will be tugging at your ankles for all the latest Christmas toys.
Indeed, the pressure’s on to impress your sprog when they wake up on Christmas morning.
Just image their wide eyes growing even wider when they wake up on the 25th December as a veritable treasure trove of the latest toys is laid out before them. On such a special day, don’t you want to surprise them by getting exactly what they want and more?
But you’re dicing with danger if you think buying pressies at the last minute is a good idea. Have you ever seen your local Argos on a Christmas Eve?
It’s like a battle zone, all clamorous hands and festive humbugs wrestling for the last in stock of Monsters University action figures. You’ll have PTSD before Santa’s even had time to squeeze down your chimney.
You need a mini-guide to the toddler toys that’ll be hottest this festive season. Luckily for you that’s exactly what we’ve got.
The Force returns
Star Wars has always been a hot ticket for kids both young and old, but this year is set to see it hit its popularity peak – with the latest in the saga of movies opening this December, toy stockists will be rubbing their palms with glee by the end of the year.
Disney – which now owns the right to the film franchise – has rolled out a multimillion dollar marketing strategy to promote some of the coolest toys ever to come from a galaxy far, far away.
Many of these toys have moved beyond the simple action figures kids used to enjoy. The latest (and most impressive) toy to have been released in the run up to Star Wars is an interactive droid who will wander around with you and act entirely of its own volition when you don’t control it.
Who knows what other magic will be conjured by Disney’s marketing department when December arrives.
Mining a hot toy
For the past few years, Minecraft has dominated the toy market, giving kids the chance to build their own environments in grand online levels – the only limit to the game is the imagination.
If you want to aid your kids’ creativity, buy them a few real life building blocks so they can build physical structures in their room. And to stoke their enthusiasm, throw in a Minecraft goodie bag filled with playthings from their favourite game. It’ll be their favourite Christmas ever!
Whether you need printable Father’s day cards, coupons or decorations you should find something to your liking in this huge collection of Father’s day printables from tinyme. These are all free to download and print, to give Dad a special day this Father’s day (June 21st this year)
There are so many sensory bin ideas that you can make to compliment the seasons of the year. We made this simple Spring sensory bin with a few left over Easter craft supplies and used it for story telling, simple role play and to practise counting. Since it’s so yellow, you can also use it to focus on the colour yellow.
As the Easter weekend is fast approaching, I’m sure many of you are starting to plan Easter egg hunts for the little ones in your life. To save you some time, I have everything you need for an Easter egg hunt in one place! From your clues, to your decorations, to a sign to let the Easter bunny know to stop here!
All of these free Easter printables can help you set up a magical Easter egg hunt, and save money at the same time, and there are lots of fun ideas to keep children entered after the Easter egg hunt too.
Run out of wrapping paper? or just looking for something a little more unique and cool – either way these free printable wrapping paper designs may be just what you need!
Today I have two different styles of printable wrapping paper to share with you, thanks to tinyme. You can choose the Oh So Pretty set or the Geometric patterns set, and both are available in A4 or A3 size.
You can download both of these styles for free via the links at the end of this post.
We love crafting with duck tape, it’s so simple but can give great results. My boys all enjoy cutting and sticking with tape, especially T (5) who is always really fascinated with this, so it’s fun for them to try using tape to make different pictures and designs.
Since Duck tape is waterproof, you can use these eggs outdoors in Easter egg hunts – maybe by writing clues on the back and then sealing that side with contact paper (Sticky back plastic). We also used them to practice ordering by size.
These simple Easter egg bunnies would be a cute decoration at Easter time and are lots of fun to make. You can customise each one to make all different designs of Easter egg bunny, or even make other Spring time creatures from your polystyrene eggs too.
Making Easter bonnets is a longstanding Easter tradition, but not one that my children had tried so far. I remember making them in school as a child, and my elder brothers before me too. My boys haven’t done this in school so we thought it would be fun to have a go at home.
If you’re looking for ideas for your annual Easter Egg Hunt, then I hope you enjoy these fun printables I have to share with you today. These signs and decorations will help you to set up a really pretty and appealing Easter egg hunt for the whole family to enjoy.
Hunting for chocolate eggs in our back garden is always a hit with my boys, but these signs would also work really well if you’re organising a hunt out in your local community, with toddler groups, brownies or anything else. When my sister and I were little, we always enjoyed going on Easter egg hunts in our local woods. When you completed the trail, you would win a creme egg – ahh.. fun times!
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