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Fun Activities to Fight Off the January Blues

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It’s January, for many of us that means we’re all out of money until payday and our activities are being dictated by the weather. The January blues can quickly settle into the home and as a result we end up tense and miserable and so do the kids! Try out these fun 3 indoor activities designed to give you and your children a boost. Get up and get dancing. We have so many screens in our homes these days and even toddlers are enjoying time on tablets or watching their favourite characters on television. It’s easy to rely on these...

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Helping Children Settle into the School Routine

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The new school year has arrived and many children have left nursery school and begun their journey at their new primary school. Many adults find the whole transition period more stressful than their children. But even those children that are enjoying the new environment can have problems with tiredness and the simple realisation that school takes place for most of the day, five times a week.   We thought we would share a few tips to help the next few weeks run smoothly for you both: Rest is vital. It’s all too easy to get caught up in the whole...

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Learn to Communicate with Mr Tumble - What is Makaton?

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One of the upcoming toy ranges to be released by Golden Bear during 2013 is the Something Special collection. Mr Tumble is a fun, loveable character that has become a massive hit with children on the hugely popular Something Special show on CBeebies.  Mr Tumble has a great way of communicating to children and he uses Makaton signs and symbols throughout the show to help strengthen understanding and communication for everyone. But what is Makaton? Makaton is a language program used to support speech. The signs and symbols are used alongside speech in spoken word order. Many children and adults...

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10 Benefits of Toddler Playtime

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  Ever wondered how toddlers can benefit from playing? There are loads of reasons why playing is such a great way to spend the day, other than simply having fun of course. Here at GB Toys we are going to look at ten reasons why playtime is the best time for your adventurous toddler. 1.       During play your toddler can exercise their own imagination.  2.       They can discover lots about the world around them. 3.       Through their play they are able to learn new things and discover their limits boosting self-confidence and self-esteem. 4.       Playing aids their language development through...

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Stay Safe at Halloween

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It’s almost Halloween, a fun time for children to dress up and have plenty of goodies and treats from friends and neighbours. With so many activities it is important to keep your toddler safe during this exciting time so we have a few tips to help keep your children safe while they enjoy this unique time of year. Carving the Pumpkin We love pumpkin carving here at Golden Bear Toys.  Many shops sell tools for carving pumpkins that are supposed to be child friendly. However, pumpkins can be very hard work and even the bluntest of tools can cause harm....

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