It has recently been Christmas and I’m sure many of you have had to have a good clear out of your children’s old toys to make space for new ones. I know I did. Luckily I found one or two toys that didn’t work anyway & the rest are going to charity. Good deed done and space made. WIN. But one thing that firmly made it’s way into the toybox before Christmas, were these Fantasia Blocks* by Hape. We have reviewed another toy by this brand which you can read here which is also, still in the toybox (yaaayyy) and both are constantly scattered across the living room on a daily basis courtesy of the toddler (I’m exaggerating a little, they’re really not that big at all!)
From when we found out we had a tiny human on the way, we had thought long and hard about childcare (after all of the other baby related stuff that clouds over your brain). We came to the conclusion that when our child turned 2, we would look for a childminder as we thought we would also get the 15hrs free. Unfortunately (in some cases) we don’t qualify for the free 15hrs but also, the decision on childcare has taken a turn.
You’re stuck indoors wondering why your toddler is destroying the place, not listening to you and whining (a LOT). So you want to get out (it’s rare these days you go stir crazy) but outings always mean to the park. Why not make it a little more fun and throw a Toddlebike2 into the mix. Your child will definitely love it and it makes outings so much more exciting. I’m so so grateful for Toddlebike for gifting us one of these even if I do have to get it out on most trips to the park and I love that bear has his own little bike now.
Recently, we’ve been looking at different ways in which we can help bear with his development and learning. We were worried about his speech up until recently as he barely said any full words, although I was probably comparing him to other children his age a little too much. The one thing we haven’t quite established yet however, is colour. We have recently been attending a toddler group which lasted for 8 weeks and focused on the key aspects of development and learning for children who were walking up until 2 and a half years old. It was only a small group but meant it was much easier to do different activities. Each week would focus on something different such as numbers and counting, songs and rhyming, physical activity etc. There was a craft activity each week either painting or sticking and towards the end of the course, bear had really gotten into it and developed some skills. One thing I think he enjoyed the most though, was an activity where he had 6 different coloured bowls and lots of dinosaurs of the same colour and he had to put the coloured dinosaurs into the matching bowl. He got this straight away and he absolutely loved it (so much so, I’ve found the set that was used and added it to his Amazon Wishlist oops!) It was then that I realised how important it is for us to focus on the colour aspect of his learning as much as speech, numbers, letters etc.
I know it’s a little late in the game to put out a post like this, especially as I love getting ideas from these kinds of things but well, there’s only a week left until Christmas right and I’d have thought most people would be finished with their shopping by now (though whenever I drive anywhere at the moment, that certainly doesn’t seem correct). But I thought I’d put this together and show you all some bits little bear is getting for christmas.