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Enjoying the Great Outdoors

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Research shows that children who play outdoors develop better language skills, experience better health and have fewer behavioural problems.  That’s why it’s a great idea to encourage children to play outside even when the colder winter weather kicks in. Sadly, many children are now kept indoors as parents have increasing concerns about the danger of strangers and traffic on the roads. So the best thing to do is for the whole family to head wrap up in winter warmers and head outside together, at least while the children are young. It’s healthy and fun for everyone! Some children can be...

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Stay Safe in the Sunshine

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The sun has been a bit mean to us all so far this year. When it does decide to shine we all rush out, fire up the barbeque and make sure that we make the most of the sun’s rays. Getting out in the warm air is great for everyone and it gives us that much needed Vitamin D that we’re all yearning for.  Even if the sun isn't at its hottest it’s important to protect your children from the UV rays and begin teaching them about sun safety. Here are some tips on how to keep your children’s skin...

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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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Half Term Fun!

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  The first half term of the school year is fast approaching. Children that have started school this September will be feeling tired and worn out from all the new activities, early morning rushes, and of course all the incredible amounts of learning they have been doing. Half term gives you the chance to spend some much needed down time with your children and let’s siblings spend some quality play time together. Boredom may not be a problem but it’s a good idea to have some activities in mind just in case. Half Term Activity Ideas If you enjoy Halloween...

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Encourage Your Children to Get In Touch with Nature

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  There is a lot of concern about the lack of interaction children have with nature right now in the media. The National Trust has started a campaign hoping to encourage parents to let their children enjoy the outdoors as we discussed on the Golden Bear blog last week. However, you don’t need to wait until your child is old enough to go off on adventures on their own, you can start right now. Gardening with Children If you have a garden one idea is to section a small part off just for your child. Encourage your child to plant seeds and watch...

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