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Handmade Christmas Card Activity

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Christmas idea’s

Encourage your children to get involved with this activity, as mentioned yesterday making a Christmas card for others says to them you are loved and valued enough for me to take the time to make this special card for you.

You’ll Need…

  • Coloured A5 card
  • Glitter
  • Glue
  • Christmas stickers / Christmas wrapping paper / last years recycled Christmas cards
  • Cotton wool
  • Scissors

What To Do…

Fold you A5 piece of card in half (you can use the card horizontal or vertical). Have your child cut out the pictures from the wrapping paper or recycled Christmas cards; if you have really young children then it may be easier for them to use the stickers. Place the pictures onto the card and once you’ve made a nice design glue them down.

Next put random spots of glue onto the card and stick small pieces of cotton wool onto the glue leaving some glue spots and then shake some glitter over the card, leave to dry.

Once dry depending how old your child is, help them to write the card.

Check in with us on Friday for instructions on making Gift Tags with kids.

Here’s a Christmas Elves Working Colouring printable.

Elves

Joanne – Kimbee

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Baby & Toddler Learning & Playing

Kimbee www.kimbee.com.au Baby Things

What we call playing is really the way babies and children learn. With toys and their imaginations they practise all the skills they’ll need as they grow up. The more they play, the more they learn and the best thing about it is that they love it.

Young children find it hard to play alone. They need attention from someone who can play with them. Gradually they’ll learn to entertain themselves for some of the time, but first they need to learn how to do that.

What’s your favourite games?

Idea’s for Play

Rattles (From 4 months) – Babies love sounds and movement, shake the baby’s rattle and move it in front of your baby, watch them following it and look at the colours and listen to the new different sounds. Pass the rattle to your baby he or she may try to shake it themselves. Organic rubber teethers are great for babies who are starting to teethe, they really soothe baby’s sore gums and you know your baby is chewing on a safe toy – completely PVC, BPA and Phthalate free.

Kelsie Seahorse 100% Natural Rubber Infant Teether

Kelsie Seahorse Infant Teether

Water Play (from 12 months) – Young children never tire of playing with water. Give your child lots of props for their large bowl of water and they will be content for hours.  Place the large bowl of water in a shady part of the garden. Ensure your child has their swimmers on because they are going to get wet! Provide lots of bath toys for their bowl of water and your child will have a great time. For a change, add some food colouring to the water – this way they can see the water clearly as they pour and measure. Remember, however, that young children must ALWAYS be supervised near water.

Colourful Playdough (From 18 months) – Make up a batch of simple cooked playdough for your child. It will keep them occupied for ages and provide a great outlet for their creativity.

  • 1 cup of plain flour – 1 cup of water – Half cup of cooking salt
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar – 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • Food colouring or powder paints – wooden spoon
  • Saucepan – Chopping board – Plastic containers

Kimbee www.kimbee.com.au Baby ThingsWith a wooden spoon, mix the flour, water, salt and cream of tartar in a saucepan over a medium heat until thick. When it has cooled, add the oil and kneed well on a chopping board.

Divide the dough into at least six balls and add a different colour to each ball until you have blue, red, yellow, green, purple and orange playdough. (If you want plain playdough, omit the colouring).

Put each colour into a separate container and encourage your child to create playdough pictures, or figures or pretend to cook. When they have finished, help them sort the colours to put back in their containers for another day, rather than mixing them all together (store in the fridge). Happy modelling!  DO NOT allow your child to eat the playdough.

Dress Ups (from 2 years) – Dressing up is an important part of young children’s play. Provide a variety of dressing up clothes for them and watch them use their imaginations. Collect clothes and props and put in a box. Family and friends may have hats, wigs, beads and old clothes they no longer want. You may have to take up hems, or thread elastic through waistbands to make them smaller, and replace buttons with Velcro. This way, their dressing up play need not always involve an adult. The dressing up collection might include beads, bangles, shorts, T-shirts, ties, belts, dresses, skirts, shoes, purses, scarves, shawls and sunglasses. When choosing accessories and clothes ensure they can be put on easily and worn safely.

For information on kids activities click on the following link: www.dltk-kids.com

For information on Australian Toy Safety, please click on the following link: Fair Trading – Toy Safety

Joanne @Kimbee

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Camping with Babies…

We are avid campers, and we have found camping with a baby and children can be just as much fun – you just need to be organised.

Camping with Babies

Camping with Babies

Decide what kind of camping ground would appeal to your family.

  • Full amenities
  • Bush camping

Read up on camp sites – Here some things you may want to consider before you book:

  • Does the camp site cater for babies/children?
  • Does the site have a children’s park?
  • Can kids ride their bikes around the site?
  • Do they have an kid’s activities club?
  • What does the camp site offer families?

Here is a checklist for some things to consider taking, if you are going camping with little ones.

Checklist

Food

  • Milk Formula
  • Boiled / bottled water
  • Jar foods / Dried baby foods
  • Snacks
Camping with Babies

Camping with Babies

Clothing / Accessories

  • Hats
  • Lots of sets of clothing (warm & cool)
  •  Nappies
  •  Wet wipes / Tissues
  •  Changing mat
  •  Swimming Nappies

Essentials

Camping with Babies

Camping with Babies

Toys

  • Favourite blanket or stuffed toy
  •  Storybooks
  • Teether Toys

Personal

  • Washing accessories
  • Sunblock
  • Flotation Devices (arm floats, life vests, floating toys)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Kidsafe bugspray
  • Anti-itch/burn creams or lotions (to treat bug bites and rashes)
  • Current photos of the children in case they get lost

I’d love to hear what extra’s you take camping with your little ones.

Joanne @Kimbee

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