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”

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”

Learning Through Messy Play: Arty Splats!

Babies and toddlers are on an endless quest of exploration! They curiously investigate anything and everything, including a whole range of things that they really shouldn’t. I find myself saying ‘no’ hundreds of times everyday, as J’s innocent playing puts him in situations in which he could hurt himself. They have no concept of what is right or wrong, or safe or unsafe – they just want to enjoy themselves. That is why messy play classes are a gift for parents! We were invited to try Arty Splats this term – a franchised class, which has recently been started up in Solihull. Here’s how we got on… Continue reading “Learning Through Messy Play: Arty Splats!”

Enchanted Christmas Kingdom: Our First Visit To Santa

This will be J’s second Christmas, and there is so much excitement to be had now that he is a little older. At 15 months old, he will still have no idea what Christmas is, but he will enjoy the occasion and all of the festivities! At the top of this year’s Christmas bucket list was a trip to see Father Christmas. We didn’t know if he would be scared, as he does get a little nervous around some people now, but thought we should at least give it a go. Hatton Adventure World’s Enchanted Christmas Kingdom seemed the best place to go for his first visit, as there are so many other things to see and do there – it wouldn’t be a wasted trip, even if he hated Santa! Continue reading “Enchanted Christmas Kingdom: Our First Visit To Santa”