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Time to Learn

This category is all about learning and development and things to trying with your baby or toddler. I’m learning too so if you have any suggestions, send them my way.


An interview with the award-winning Children's Author and Illustrator

02 Nov, 2015

Have I got a treat for you today… An exclusive interview with the award-winning Children’s Author and Illustrator, Tim Hopgood!

Click here for interview and information about Tim Hopgood's latest book, Walter's Wonderful Web

This time last week, Reuben and I were heading into the village of Corbridge to meet a special guest at the (oh so wonderful) Forum Kid’s Bookshop; Tim Hopgood and his latest creation, Walter’s Wonderful Web. (more…)

23 Sep, 2015

Reuben is an incredibly fussy eater but we’ve recently been having some success with a sticker chart. I’ve written about what we did and my tips for fussy eaters and succeeding with a sticker chart here…but basically, I think the combination of him turning 3, so his understanding had increased, and the power of a reward system has really paid off!

There are tons of great charts out there but I struggled to find anything generic that could be used for anything. Many of the charts are related to toilet training or chores, not so much for little ones with a penchant for beige food (although I’m sure they’re out there). Whilst I was writing up my tips, I thought for fun I would create my own sticker chart.

Since we’re now in the run up to Halloween, why not do a Halloween themed Sticker Chart.

I’ve left it blank so you can use it for any reward system you like, not just for food, and left a space where you can write your child’s name.

I guess the prize for completing it could be something like go to a Halloween Party or to go trick or treating? Or both?! Since there’s only 12 spaces, you may need to complete 2 lots of the chart before the big day!

What do you need the power of the sticker chart to help you with?!

Halloween Sticker Chart

Just click the image you want and press print

Orange Sticker Chart

Halloween sticker chart - free printable sticker chart / reward chart

White Sticker Chart

Halloween sticker chart - free printable sticker chart / reward chart

05 Mar, 2015

Happy World Book Day! I’m sure across the land mums and dads have been busy sending their kids off to school in fancy dress – Reuben has packed his favourite book and pyjamas for pre-school!

World Book Day - win with Seven Stories and Action for children!

I’m really excited to bring you a fanatic, exclusive competition this World Book Day, which I have teamed up with Action for Children and Seven Stories to bring you… 

WIN! Over The Hills and Far Away, a Treasury of Nursery Rhymes book and a free Seven Stories family pass. 

World Book Day - win with Seven Stories and Action for children!

This is such a wonderful prize and I have 3 to give away! We are huge fans of Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books, I’m always blown away by the exhibitions, I love the attic with that huge reading chair and I think their latest project with Action for Children is truly wonderful.

Action for Children, in partnership with Seven Stories, has launched a leading Early Years Arts project in the North East to encourage children to build a positive and life-long relationship with books.

I think this is really awesome, as Mark Benson, Action for Children’s inclusion officer, says: “Research shows that books are the most important indicator of future success for children, regardless of their circumstances or background. Action for Children will be hosting a series of workshops at Sure Start Cowgate and Blakelaw, Sure Start Ashington and Bedlington Children’s Centre based on songs and which bring a story to life and help spark young imaginations.”

Enter the World Book Day Competition

To celebrate this special collaboration and World Book Day (5th March), I’m thrilled that Mums’ Days can offer 3 lucky readers the chance to win a copy of the latest Seven Stories nursery rhymes and a free Seven Stories family pass.

To WIN, all you need to do is fill in the raffelcopter below and share your best story telling tip in the comments below!
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Action for Children provides early years child development, learning and childcare services to thousands of families through the UK, through its children and family centres.  Click here for more information on the Action for Children Early Years Arts project and specific classes.

You can also join in with Action for Children’s Giant Wiggle, which they are collaborating with The World of Eric Carle™, on 19th March 2015. A Very Hungry Caterpillar conga line? I’m in!

Giant Wiggle and The Very Hungry Caterpillar - world book day give away with Action for Children and Seven Stories

Egmont UK – Day 9

Dec
09th
2014

09 Dec, 2014

**Competition** UK only - win a Starwars Book bundle from Egmont UK worth £50! (ends 16th Dec 2014). Enter Here: http://www.mumsdays.com/egmont-uk-day-9/

Welcome to the 9th Day of Christmas! we hope you’ve enjoyed seeing what we have to offer during our Christmas bonanza! Today’s giveaway comes from Egmont UK who have kindly given us a brilliant bundle of Star Wars books and activities to give away to one lucky entrant, worth £50!

The bundle includes two Star Wars Rebels titles, the Star Wars Annual 2015, the Luke Skywalker Picture Book and the R2D2 Construction Book – everything your youngster might need for a Star Wars Christmas!

**Competition** UK only - win a Starwars Book bundle from Egmont UK worth £50! (ends 16th Dec 2014). Enter Here: http://www.mumsdays.com/egmont-uk-day-9/

We’re big fans of Egmont UK, they publish great stories and Ang has reviewed some lovely festive books with them.

For your chance to win this fabulous prize simply complete the Rafflecopter below. Good luck. The winner will be announced on 16th December.

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Disclosure: We have not been compensated in any way for running this giveaway.

To see (and enter!) ALL the competitions click here, 12 Days of Christmas, and scroll down the page. A new competition will be added each day.

Cooking with toddlers

Oct
02nd
2014

Pea and Sweetcorn mini omelettes

02 Oct, 2014

So, Reuben is a fussy eater. He likes a few set meals and while his diet is balanced, it’s not what you would call varied! A good while ago I read nearly every post on a site called Your Kids Table, in which the author and Paediatric occupational therapist, Alisha, discussed what to do if you think your child won’t eat certain foods because they don’t like the texture. Apparently sensory activities are great for this and can dramatically improve what your child will eat. She has handily put together this fab post full of sensory bin ideas, and we have been starting small (and slow because there aren’t enough hours in the day!). Today I’m sharing a part sensory, part cooking experiment I did with Reuben a few weeks ago…I call it cooking with toddlers, but really this was more about learning through play than eating!

Cooking with Toddlers – Pea and Sweetcorn mini omelettes

1. Firstly, I gave Reuben a bowl of frozen peas (nice and cold sensory explosion!), a bowl of sweetcorn, a spoon and a mixing jug. I let him explore without interfering and the first thing he did was stick his hand into the peas and gives one a try. *punches air* Progress already!

Cooking with toddlers is a great idea, especially for fussy eaters (he actually eats some at the end!!)! And it's a fun sensory activity too. Here we make mini omelettes using frozen peas and sweetcorn. Click here for instructions: http://mumsdays.com/cooking-with-toddlers/

Cooking with toddlers is a great idea, especially for fussy eaters (he actually eats some at the end!!)! And it's a fun sensory activity too. Here we make mini omelettes using frozen peas and sweetcorn. Click here for instructions: http://mumsdays.com/cooking-with-toddlers/

This is a bit cold!

2. He then went about moving the peas, first with the spoon and then he just tipped the whole lot into the jug.

Cooking with toddlers is a great idea, especially for fussy eaters (he actually eats some at the end!!)! And it's a fun sensory activity too. Here we make mini omelettes using frozen peas and sweetcorn. Click here for instructions: http://mumsdays.com/cooking-with-toddlers/

3. On to the sweetcorn – look at the lovely mix of colours! He didn’t want to touch or try the sweetcorn, but that’s OK, all in good time. He enjoyed having a mix and making a mess!

Cooking with toddlers is a great idea, especially for fussy eaters (he actually eats some at the end!!)! And it's a fun sensory activity too. Here we make mini omelettes using frozen peas and sweetcorn. Click here for instructions: http://mumsdays.com/cooking-with-toddlers/

4. Then once he had made a good ol’ mess, we scooped everything up (the surfaces and his hands were clean!) into a bowl and cracked in some eggs. At this point I encouraged him to mix with the fork and kept an eye on him to make sure he didn’t put it in his mouth.

Cooking with toddlers is a great idea, especially for fussy eaters (he actually eats some at the end!!)! And it's a fun sensory activity too. Here we make mini omelettes using frozen peas and sweetcorn. Click here for instructions: http://mumsdays.com/cooking-with-toddlers/

5. Then we cooked the mixture. Now this was the tricky bit, hence no photos, but I really wanted him to see how it went from a runny mess into little omelettes. I spooned some mixture into the pan but was very careful to keep him away from the heat. He was genuinely interested to see what was going on! Then once the mini omelettes had cooled a little, we sat at the table and he tried some. He didn’t eat it all or even much more than a mouthful but hands down, there is no way he would have tried some if he hadn’t been so involved…

Cooking with toddlers is a great idea, especially for fussy eaters (he actually eats some at the end!!)! And it's a fun sensory activity too. Here we make mini omelettes using frozen peas and sweetcorn. Click here for instructions: http://mumsdays.com/cooking-with-toddlers/

So, a little success with our first attempt at cooking with toddlers. I find that it’s quite difficult to think of other things we could make together.

Do you do any cooking with toddlers? What recipes would you recommend?

I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below and feel free to link to any posts you’ve done about it!

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