Dentist Day is held on March 6th every year. It’s a day to celebrate your smiles and also to recognise the important work dentist do to help keep our mouths healthy and looking great. Dentist Day is also a day to discuss dentists with your children and help them to accept them without fear or anxiety.
There are plenty of ways you can help your toddlers not to develop fear of the dentist:
Woolly and Tig
Woolly and Tig have an episode called ‘The Dentist’, it helps children to learn about what to expect and how to deal with any worries they may have about their teeth being counted and looked at in a new and somewhat scary setting. If you’re child hasn’t seen the episode yet you can find a small clip on the Cbeebies Website.
Your toddler may also like to take Woolly along with them when they go for a check-up, or perhaps another of their favourite toys. A toy can be used to provide comfort and to distract them if you can see they’re getting a little scared or uncomfortable.Image Courtesy of Arztsamui/FreeDigitalPhotos
Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Day, is on 4 March 2014, so it’s not long until the whole family will be happily munching away of endless pancakes, sprinkled with sugar and fresh lemon juice. Not everyone enjoys eating pancakes though, which is why we thought we’d share some fun activities you can play with your children.
Gather together any cardboard boxes that are ready for the recycling bin and use them to cut out five or ten circles, about the size of a dinner plate. These are your pancakes. Give each pancake a number using crayons, pens, paints or even stickers. The pancakes can then be used in counting games or even a treasure hunt.
Use the cardboard pancakes and organise a fun pancake head race. Each player has to try and cross the living room with a pancake balanced on their head. To make the game last longer each player that successfully manages to balance the pancake all the way to the opposite side of the room has another cardboard pancake added to their stack.
If you have older children you could all race using a frying pan and a pancake. Each player has to try and flip the pancake as the race to the finish line!
The Pancake Toss
How many times can you flip a pancake in one minute? Set the timer and each have a go and see who can toss it the most times before the timer goes off.
What games do you play on Shrove Tuesday? Here are some great pancake day ideas from Pinterest to give you some more ideas.
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It’s maths month on CBeebies so we thought it would be a great idea to look into how mums and dads can start showing children how to have fun with numbers. According to research children have an abstract sense of numbers by the age of seven months, before they can talk and walk! Maths is often seen as a dreaded subject by school age children, but you can work to avoid this by introducing your child to the fun side of numeracy, giving them positive experiences that they can carry on into their school years.
Do Some Maths Everyday
The great news is you’re already doing little bits of maths with your child without even thinking about it. Maths is everywhere; it’s used when we go to the shops, when getting dressed, even when singing favourite nursery rhymes. Then there’s all the counting songs and number fun that is found on television, in books and in toys such as magnetic numbers on the fridge and within toys such as the Banana in Pyjama Dominoes set and building blocks.
There are lots of little games that can be used in everyday life too, perfect for keeping bored toddlers and fiddly pre-schoolers occupied while travelling in cars or waiting at bus stops. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
While you’re out and about try and spot numbers dotted around the place, point them out to one another and talk about them. Numbers are everywhere!
The Number Hunt
Write down the numbers one to ten on pieces of card or paper and hide them around the house. Your child’s mission is to find the numbers collect them and shout them out when they find them.
What number games can you suggest? Tweet @Golden_Bear_Toy on Twitter and share your ideas with us!
We’re celebrating the launch of our brand new and totally huggable Henry Hugglemonster range with yet another giveaway! We’re giving away £100 worth of toys to one lucky winner and you can gain up to five entries to help increase your chances of being the lucky winner. Enter the Henry Hugglemonster £100 toy giveaway by following the link and enter by following the simple instructions. The additional entries can be earned by Tweeting the competition, following Golden Bear Toys on Twitter, Liking our Golden Bear Toys page on Facebook and referring your friends.
The £100 toy giveaway isn’t the only competition we’re holding, we’re also giving away a Talking Henry Hugglemonster and a Summer Hugglemonster soft toy in our monthly competition. To enter all you need to do is go to our competition tab on Facebook or follow the February competition link.
What are you waiting for? Enter today, help us spread the word and you could be the lucky winner! Good luck to all Henry Hugglemonster fans out there!
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When we launched our brand new Henry Hugglemonster collection at the Toy Fair in January we celebrated with a little competition. We were looking for the loudest roar at the Henry Hugglemonster tea party; the winner would be treated to a delicious meal for two at the Ivy.The winner was Mark Whittle from Argos; he certainly had a great roar on him that managed to reach the highest decibels on our Roar-o-Meter. The runner up, Rob Goodchild from Aardman gave a great effort and he was rewarded with a bottle of Champagne for coming so close.
We had such fun at the Henry Hugglemonster tea party, we heard some very impressive roars and Henry received a fantastic reception. As you know you can now find many great toys from the range on our online store and Henry and Summer Hugglemonster can now be found at Argos. There are more toys from the collection to come, keep an eye out for news later this year.