7 Fun Musical Activities for Toddlers

Singing, dancing and playing instruments – all of these musical activities (and more) are not only enjoyable for toddlers, but also beneficial. We take a look at how musical activities can benefit our toddlers, plus share seven fun ideas for you to try at home. Benefits of Musical Activities for Toddlers Music provides a rich sensory environment in which toddlers thrive. Being immersed in an environment where music is valued and explored helps our children to: Develop a sense of … Read More

What Are the Most Popular Childhood Dream Jobs?

You only live once, though most of us had enough ideas for childhood dream jobs for four, five or even six lifetimes! From astronauts to doctors, truck drivers to teachers, we explore the most popular childhood dream jobs from the past and present – and guess at the ones for the future. Top 7 Childhood Dream Jobs What did you want to be when you grew up? A famous TV star, a singer, a nurse or a journalist? The great … Read More

Creative Stamping Ideas for Kids

Mr Squoodles and I are continually amazed at the stamping ideas our (not so little) Squoodles Bugs come up with. With their creativity continually being sparked by both pre-made stamp kits and DIY hand stamps, we know that our boys won’t be the only ones that love stamping! We’ve put our heads together and are sharing some of our favourite stamping ideas, plus a couple of neat ones we’ve discovered online. 7 Fun Stamping Ideas for Kids We’ve pulled together … Read More

Choosing Toys for Children with Low Vision

Choosing toys for children with low vision follows similar principle as choosing toys for kids with good vision: you pick toys that are age, stage and interest appropriate. All children have different likes, dislikes and abilities. When picking toys, it’s about identifying what they are and choosing toys which meet these requirements. There are some unique considerations to be aware of when selecting toys for children with low vision: Tactile – look for toys which have a variety of textures … Read More

Why Kids Love Poems & You Should Too!

Yes, kids love poems! I know that you’re most likely remembering the ballads from secondary school or the poetry analysis you were forced to do. Well, kids don’t think of poetry like that. Instead, they see poetry as having fun words and stories that excite and engage their imaginations. With rhyming words, alliteration and words in all sorts of fonts, sizes and places on a page, kids find poems interesting. Rather than stun you with poems we have written, we’d … Read More

Identifying & Managing Anxiety in Children

Anxiety in children is common and normal. Right from infancy, children become anxious when separated from Mum and when exposed to new noises, sounds and environments. As parents, one of our roles is to help identify when our kids are feeling anxious and teach them how they can manage these feelings.  We also need to know when we need to seek professional support for our kids. Key Symptoms of Anxiety in Children Anxiety in children has similar symptoms to those … Read More

Top Ideas on Gifts for Tweens

Choosing gifts for tweens is a bit of a fine balance. You want something which isn’t seen as babyish, yet not too ‘adult-like’ and off putting. Notoriously difficult to buy for, tweens also tend to rely upon what their friends think as to whether a gift is ok or not. To help you parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles out, we’re sharing our best ideas on choosing gifts for tweens. Choosing Great Gifts for Tweens They’ll Actually Love Getting In order … Read More

Does Your Child Face Learning Difficulties?

The two words ‘learning difficulties’ mean different things to different people. For some parents, this means their child has trouble learning new academic type things. For others, that their child faces challenges outside the classroom. The Ministry of Education tends to avoid using learning difficulties, instead using children with learning support needs. Regardless of all these different meanings though, our view as parents is that a child with learning difficulties is a child that needs a bit of extra support. … Read More

Preparing Your Child for a Hospital Stay

Whether planned or sudden, a hospital stay can be a frightening experience for all the family. As much as the staff help to welcome and settle your child in, answer your questions and explain what’s going to happen, the loss of control and helplessness many parents feel is all too real. Having been the parents of a child admitted to hospital, we’d like to share our experiences and thoughts with you to hopefully make your child’s time in hospital go … Read More

Helping Your Child with Dyspraxia

Dyspraxia is a neurologically based disorder where the child or adult finds it hard to coordinate physical movements with their body’s muscles. This is a three-part process involving thinking about the idea, planning out how to do the idea and then making the movements to do it. What is seen by others is a person who is likely clumsy, have fine and gross motor skill difficulties, poor handwriting, challenges copying text from a book or board, trouble dressing themselves and … Read More

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