Sometimes mealtimes can present problems. Toddlers have their own personalities and want like to make their own choices, even if they aren’t necessarily the right ones. We have some mealtime tips to help ensure that food is a fun time for every one and to try and stop any issues that may arise.
· Plan the mealtimes and keep to the routine as closely as possible. Avoid planning snacks or meals before bedtimes or naps as toddlers can become too tired to eat (this can present a funny photo opportunity but your toddler will only wake up wanting food later on.
· If you stick to three regular mealtimes, breakfast, lunch and dinner, ensure you have snacks to distribute throughout the day. Keep these snacks healthy and consider foods such as fruits, vegetables or salads, yoghurts or small squares of cheese. Avoid providing crisps and chocolates as snacks as it forms bad habits and they have little nutritional value.
· Try and give your toddler water when they are thirsty instead of fruit juices or squash. Too many drinks can also fill up a toddler and put them off eating their meals.
· Present food in fun and entertaining ways. Use biscuit cutters to shape sandwiches and meats and use the vegetables and fruits to complete a funny character or to add scenery.
· Don’t worry about mess. Encourage your child to feed themselves and make it fun. If there are dips or sauces let your child pick up their carrots or broccoli and dip it or even to use the food as a brush to make the rest of the plate look pretty.
· Bring toys to the table to join in the family mealtime. Choose toys that can be easily cleaned such as figurines rather than soft toys.
Do you have any mealtimes tips to share with our Golden Bear readers? Leave us a comment below.
It’s not long now before the new collection of In the Night Garden toys arrives in store! We know many of your children are very excited about this so we thought we’d show you some of the brand new toys that are now available to pre-order here at Golden Bear Toys.
The garden clicking figure is bright, colourful and fun. Designed for children aged 10 months and up it is strong and durable, made from chunky plastic. The clicking figures help build dexterity skills as well as helping to develop imaginative play.
Everyone loves Makka Pakka! The mini soft toy in the In the Night Garden collection is brilliant for play and for bedtime too. Soft and snuggly Makka Pakka is the perfect companion for any fan, from birth and up.
Talking toys are always fun and even more enjoyable when they are also soft and cuddly too. The talkable toys are suitable from birth and that include a song and sounds from the show.
There are more In the Night Garden toys in the range. Visit our online store if you would like to see them all or place your pre-order.
Who doesn’t enjoy playing around with soft, brightly coloured dough? It feels great and can be manipulated into all sorts of shapes. It’s fun for all ages so why not make your own using these simple instructions.
· 2 cups of Flour
· 2 cups of Warm water
· 1 cup of Salt
· 30ml of Vegetable oil
· 15ml of Cream of tartar
· Food colouring
· Scented oil (optional)
· Saucepan and an oven top
How to Make the Dough
Get the sauce pan and mix all the ingredients together and heat gently while stirring with a wooden spoon. Keep the heat low and keep stirring and you will notice the dough begin to form and get thicker. Wait for the dough to have fully clumped together in a single ball before removing from the heat. If you take it off to quickly the dough will be very sticky. The ideal texture feels dry as this will not stick to your fingers.
You can either mix in the scent and the food colouring in the saucepan, in a bowl or on the kitchen surface. It’s more fun to get it out on the surface, make a dip in the middle to drop a few drops of food colouring – now for the fun – knead the dough until the colour is consistent throughout.
The dough is ready to use, so get playing!
As you may be aware it is now possible to pre-order the new toys that have been released in the Golden Bear Woolly and Tig Collection. We thought that you might like to know what is included in our exciting range, so here is a quick introduction to our new friends.
Jumbo Woolly is the perfect companion for any fans of the show. He is very soft which makes him an excellent bedtime buddy! Jumbo Woolly is suitable for children aged 10 months and over and costs £19.99.
Poseable talking Woolly does just what you would expect him to do. In built are ten phrases from the show and to hear them all you need to do is give Woolly’s head a little squeeze. Woolly can also be put into different positions thanks to the bendy legs but he is still soft and great for cuddling. Poseable taking Woolly is also for children aged 10 months and over and costs £14.99.
Woolly and Tig Pick n Match Pairs Game
Games and puzzles are brilliant for children; they keep them entertained and help develop skills. The Pick n’ Match pairs game features Woolly and Tig, it is fun and educational at the same time. There are 36 cards with 18 different designs. This game is for children aged 36 months and over and costs £3.99.
Pull back Woolly and watch his legs spring into action as he scampers across the floor. Designed perfectly for little hands the Scampering Woolly pullback is for pre-school children aged over 36 months and costs £4.99.
Who doesn’t like to have cuddles? Soft toy Woolly is the perfect cuddly toy to take out on trips and play with at home. Costing just £9.99, Woolly Soft Toy is suitable from birth so even the youngest fans can enjoy the comfort given by Woolly.
Want to pre-order from our Woolly and Tig collection? Do so by clicking here.
We have exciting news! We know many of you have been patiently waiting for news on the new Golden Bear Toys collections, In the Night Garden and Woolly and Tig. Well, the wait is almost over! It is now possible to place your pre-orders on our online store and be first in line to receive these gorgeous toys that fans of the popular television shows are going to love.
Head on over to our online store and take a look through the brand new collections. Place your orders and pre-order today. We are expecting these collections to be hugely popular so act quickly so you don’t miss out.
In the Night Garden and Woolly and Tig are loved by children all over. You can watch their shows on CBeebies. The shows are aimed at children aged between one and four and therefore you will find plenty of new toys for this age range. Tell us which ones your youngsters are most excited about!
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