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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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My Road to School

My Road to School

Date: July 13, 2016 Author: Bumpkins Team Categories: #TheBumpkinsDifference, Learning Through Play, Parents' Tips and Tricks, Pre School

My Road to School – Helping you to prepare your child for school Our pre-schoolers enjoy following “My Road to School”, our own version of the Government-supported initiative which helps prepare children in readiness for starting at school. All three and four year olds are entitled to Government-funded places, up to 15 hours during term time or the…

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Breakfast Portion Sizes at Bumpkins

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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Use old, broken crayons to make your own crayons

Make Your Own Wax Crayons – by Recycling Your Old Ones

Date: April 27, 2016 Author: Bumpkins Team Categories: Learning Through Play, Things to make and do

Broken crayons can be a trauma for parents everywhere; we are sure that you will identify with it! The thin ones snap in little hands (you know the ones, the kind that you get for free when you visit a restaurant!); pieces break off and embed into the carpet, or, at best, the crayons languish…

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Gardening for Little Ones: Creating Egg Box Gardens

Date: April 6, 2016 Author: Bumpkins Team Categories: #TheBumpkinsDifference, Free Range Fun, Learning Through Play, Things to make and do

Creating Egg Box Gardens Research has shown that in our ever-busy lives, children are spending less time outside.  At Bumpkins, we believe that fresh air and the great outdoors grows little minds and allows children to explore the world around them.  Gardening is a great way to enjoy the outdoors. We love this recycling idea…

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Easter Holiday Activities Around Whaddon

Date: April 4, 2016 Author: Bumpkins Team Categories: #TheBumpkinsDifference, Great Outdoors, Things to make and do

There’s plenty of fun activities on over the Easter school holidays for young families in the area around Whaddon. Here’s our Bumpkins pick of things to do this Easter.  Click the title of the event to find out more details! The Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt is on every day this week until Friday 8th April,…

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Create Baby Hedgehogs from Clay and Twigs

Baby Hedgehogs Made from Clay and Twigs

Date: April 1, 2016 Author: Bumpkins Team Categories: Free Range Fun, Great Outdoors, Learning Through Play, Things to make and do, Toddler Tips

Children love spending time outdoors. At Bumpkins, we have Nature Ranger activities, which are about looking at the world around us and collecting natural resources. This Easter, the babies collected sticks outdoors. We made these wonderful baby hedgehogs out of the clay and sticks. ‪ We are sure you could try similar at home. We used air-drying…

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Woolly Sheep Cupcake Recipe from Waitrose

Date: April 1, 2016 Author: Bumpkins Team Categories: Food Fun, Things to make and do

This Easter holidays, why not try these cute little woolly sheep cakes? Cooking with your child teaches them about where their food comes from and making healthy food choices. Baking is the perfect way to get started – all that weighing and measuring, mixing, stirring, timing and even a bit of science as the cakes…

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Science for Children: Windsocks

Science for Children: Which Way Does the Wind Blow?

Date: April 1, 2016 Author: Bumpkins Team Categories: Learning Through Play, Things to make and do

Science is fun – and small children love discovering the world around them. This simple science experiment is crafty too, to make your own wind-sock to test which way the wind blows. Of course this will work best on a windy day. Use an empty kitchen roll tube Cut up some strips of tissue paper…

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Science for Children: Guess What Will Sink or What Will Float?

Date: April 1, 2016 Author: Bumpkins Team Categories: Learning Through Play, Things to make and do

Science can be as simple as looking at the world around us and learning how things work. We love this simple experiment for pre-schoolers which we found on Let’s Explore. Can you and your child guess which items will sink or float? This experiment is about making predictions, about density and about water. Choose a number…

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