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Grow Your Own Mint

Date: July 10, 2018 Author: Bumpkins Office Categories: Bumpkins News, Bumpkins News, Food Fun, Toddler Tips

Growing Mint Children love to explore the world around them, and exploring the natural world is an important part of this. Growing mint is a good way to do this. We have created a garden area at our Main Nursery site, where the children have been growing their own vegetables and flowers. We have had…

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Smoothie Ice Lollies

Date: June 28, 2018 Author: Bumpkins Office Categories: Food Fun, Toddler Tips

Smoothie Ice Lollies Ice lollies are a perfect treat for little ones to enjoy during the hot summer months. To make it more fun; they can help create the smoothie ice lollies themselves! Smoothie ice lollies are much healthier than shop brought alternatives as they contain far less sugar. Creating your own ice lollies also…

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Healthy Baked Vegetable Bites

Date: May 22, 2018 Author: Bumpkins Office Categories: Food Fun, Toddler Tips

Healthy Baked Vegetable Bites It’s important to make sure your child has a healthy balanced diet as it has a positive impact on your child’s physical and mental health and wellbeing. This recipe is for some tasty vegetable bites that your child can get involved with. Ingredients: • 340g uncooked or frozen broccoli • 1…

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Food Fun: Cheesy Broccoli Bites

Date: February 1, 2018 Author: Bumpkins Office Categories: Food Fun, Toddler Tips

CHILDREN LOVE TO COOK – Broccoli Bites Children love to cook. It’s creative and there’s something tasty to eat at the end of it. As you cook, chat about healthy eating and home-cooked food, and introduce simple mathematics as you weigh and count the ingredients out.  These cheesy broccoli bites are simple to make and…

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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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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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Bumpkins Toddler Tips: Food Fun: Breakfast Sundaes

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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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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Food Portion Sizes

Date: July 5, 2016 Author: Bumpkins Team Categories: #TheBumpkinsDifference, Food Fun

What is a portion size? You will see us mention “portion sizes” when you receive your end of day report on your child’s day. Maybe they ate a portion at lunchtime, or half at breakfast.  But what is a portion?   Our typical portion sizes in the main nursery are pictured below, and hopefully this…

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