Inspiring Creativity In Children

Do you find that music helps you concentrate, or is it a distraction? Either way, you can’t deny that it has some impact on you and the task at hand. The effect of music on our subconscious is so powerful, that we often find it can influence our mood and outlook. The speed, volume, style, and lyrics (if any) can cause us to feel optimistic, relaxed, angry, nervous, excited…any emotion you can think of. The endorphins released when we feel particular emotions can have a direct effect on our output, our productivity, and our creativity! So how can we inspire creativity in children…? Like this: Continue reading “Inspiring Creativity In Children”

January 2018 – 5 Best Developmental Toys For Toddlers, 12-18 Months

Learning through play is of paramount important for your child! They will learn so much about the world when they are given the freedom to explore, and the tools to invent with. At 12-18 months, children learn through copying you – this is the very first sign of their emerging imagination. Providing them with a select few toys, that allow all their senses to work, will help their development, while ensuring that they enjoy themselves. Show your child how to use different objects, and what their toys can do, but also sit back and let them lead the play. They are much better at it than we are, because they do not have preconceptions and prior knowledge of what things should be used for. They will find 20 ways to play with a toys, while adults are limited by their own experiences. Read on to find 5 important categories of developmental toys for this age, as well as suggestions for each group.  Continue reading “January 2018 – 5 Best Developmental Toys For Toddlers, 12-18 Months”

Prenatal Bonding…With A Toddler In Tow

Congratulations on your new pregnancy! I am currently 22+4 weeks pregnant with my second baby, and there will be a 21 month age-gap between our two children. We do not know the gender of this new baby. We didn’t find out with J, and I loved the surprise of being told after he was born – I’m very excited to recreate that moment!

Although the way I have felt through this pregnancy has been very similar to my first, my life is so different now. I was so self-indulgent first-time round, taking out so much time to relax, prepare and connect with our baby. This time, I have a very active toddler in tow! After speaking with lots of people with several children, and spending some time working out what I want through these nine months, I have put together a collection of ways you can bond prenatally with your second/third/fourth/etc. baby, while continuing to be very present for the kids that are already running around.  Continue reading “Prenatal Bonding…With A Toddler In Tow”

January 2018: Music Events for Children

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Watching live music is a magical experience for young children. It is mesmerising to see musicians playing, singers singing, and dancers dancing. Live performance is inspiring and exciting, teaching children about different ways to move and learn. Furthermore, it can be used to encourage all forms of interaction, and spark your child’s imagination in ways you didn’t know were possible. Many orchestras, theatres, and town halls have music events for children. These are more relaxed performances, which allow children the chance to join in. Here are some of the most interesting music events for children in January 2018 – book your tickets now! Continue reading “January 2018: Music Events for Children”

Originally posted 2017-05-03 06:16:51. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Winter Music With Your Toddler: December

There’s no denying, the excitement in December is completely infectious when you have little ones to share it with. Even if they are too young to understand the meaning of Christmas, they can still enjoy its magic. Christmas decorations, an increase in visitors, and mysterious parcels appearing around the house, are all indications to your toddler that something different is going on! However, if your child is anything like J, things can sometimes get a bit overwhelming. If we try to move him too far from his daily nap, or put him to bed late too many nights in a row, he can get a little stressed and unsettled.

Ensuring we still have plenty of one-on-one time with him, with lots of age-appropriate activities helps him to feel a sense of normality. We try to attend whatever groups he usually goes to through December, and make sure he has some down-time as well, away from too much stimulation. Try some of these winter music activities with your toddler this December:  Continue reading “Winter Music With Your Toddler: December”