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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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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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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: Fresh Lettuce

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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