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Cheese Star Treats

Date: October 26, 2017 Author: Bumpkins Team Categories: Food Fun, Toddler Tips

Who doesn’t love star shaped things? These little cheese stars will go down well on Fireworks Night or can be made for Christmas too. All you need is a sheet of ready made puff pasty (at room temperature), some grated cheese and a little flour to dust the work surface. Encourage your child to wash…

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Making sandwiches

Date: July 6, 2017 Author: Bumpkins Team Categories: Food Fun, Toddler Tips

Making Sandwiches The humble sandwich is a very good place to start when introducing little ones to cooking. No special ingredients are needed and there is no heat involved! Encourage your child to wash their hands before you start. Provide a couple of different fillings so that your child can choose – this will give…

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Painting Outside

Date: July 6, 2017 Author: Bumpkins Team Categories: Things to make and do, Toddler Tips

Painting Outside This is a great activity for a sunny day and so easy to organise. Simply dress your little ones appropriately and give them a small beach bucket with some water in. Show them how to use a big brush (decorating ones are great) to paint just about anything! The path, the shed, the…

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Shelling Peas

Date: July 6, 2017 Author: Bumpkins Team Categories: Food Fun, Toddler Tips

Shelling peas is a great thing to do with young children.  There are valuable lessons about where food comes from, it’s great for developing fine motor skills and also it’s a great activity to do while you chat. You may find a reluctant talker opens up a little when doing an easy, repetitive activity like…

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Making Bath Times Fun

Date: February 15, 2017 Author: Bumpkins Team Categories: Parents' Tips and Tricks, Toddler Tips

Making Bath Times Fun The bath tub can be a great playground for watery adventures. Here are our suggestions for upping the fun factor at bath times! Use a bath time song to create a special bath time routine, which will make bathing easier for your child. Turn bath time into play time. Simple toys…

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Breakfast Sundaes

Date: February 15, 2017 Author: Bumpkins Team Categories: Food Fun, Toddler Tips

Try making these nutritious Breakfast Sundaes with your child for a weekend breakfast treat.  They use ingredients that you probably already have and there is no heat involved. Encourage your child to wash their hands. Gather together your ingredients: your child’s favourite cereal, a pot of yoghurt and some fresh or tinned fruit. Help your…

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Eating Out

Date: December 14, 2016 Author: Bumpkins Team Categories: Parents' Tips and Tricks, Toddler Tips

Eating Out Our handy tips will help make sure that you are not relegated to the kitchen and you do enjoy your meals out with small children in tow. 1) Do your research – try to find family friendly restaurants. 2) Try eating in shifts – one parent can eat whilst the other entertains. 3) Avoid…

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Paper Chains

Date: December 14, 2016 Author: Bumpkins Team Categories: Things to make and do, Toddler Tips

Paper Chains You can buy packs of ready cut paper (plain, metallic or patterned) to make these paper chains.  Alternatively, cut strips of paper yourself to stick with a glue stick. Strips of 2cm by 20cm are the ideal size.   Show your child how to make the first loop and then thread the next…

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Snipping Snowflake

Date: December 14, 2016 Author: Bumpkins Team Categories: Things to make and do, Toddler Tips

Snipping Snowflake This is a great seasonal activity that practices motor skills. You can add a little early years geography by talking about weather and snowfall. Scissors are often hard for children to master but this activity gives a nice result even if the cutting is a little haphazard!   Fold a square piece of paper…

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Gingerbread Reindeer

Date: December 7, 2016 Author: Bumpkins Team Categories: Food Fun, Toddler Tips

Gingerbread Reindeer These creative reindeer biscuits are cut out using standard gingerbread man cutters turned upside down!   Preheat your oven to 190oC/Gas mark 5.   Mix 350g of plain flour, 2 tsp ground ginger or mixed spice and 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda. Rub in 100g of butter then stir in 175g of soft…

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