Tag: babies

Sensory Play with Bubbles

| January 26, 2013

Playing with bubbles is a simple and exciting game for babies, toddlers and children that helps to develop awareness of their senses. I love this game because it combines sensory play and the great outdoors which are important learning experiences for little ones.

If you’re looking for ideas on sensory play with your baby or child head over to The Imagination Tree which is one of my favourite blogs and a great resource for parents.













What’s your favourite idea for sensory play with babies and toddlers?

International Book Giving Day

| January 22, 2013

Did you know it’s International Book Giving Day on February 14?

This is a day that’s dedicated to getting new, used and borrowed books into the hands of as many children as possible.

We love books and the pleasure they provide babies and children is immeasurable. Books nurture great imaginations and provide fun ways to learn whilst developing reading and writing skills.

There are some great ideas for getting involved and giving books to children in aid of International Book Giving Day. Here are three simple ways to celebrate from the International Book Giving Day website.

1. Give a Book to a Friend or Relative
Celebrate International Book Giving Day by giving a child a new, used or borrowed book.

2. Leave a Book in a Waiting Room or Lobby
Choose a waiting room where kids are stuck waiting and there are few to no good books available. Purchase a good book, and deposit your book covertly or overtly in your waiting room of choice. The goal here is to spread the love of reading to kids, so choose a fun book, nothing controversial.

3. Donate a Book
Wrap up a box of children’s books that your kids have outgrown and get them in the hands of children who could really use a book or two. Donate your books to your local second hand store, library, children’s hospital, or shelter. Alternatively, donate your books to an organization working internationally to get books in the hands of kids, such as Books for Africa.

International Book Giving Day

I’ve brought some baby books to New Zealand and we’re going to give them to the babies and children in the Pediatric Ward at Hutt Hospital.

How will you be donating books to children on International Book Giving Day?

Splish Splash Splosh

| January 19, 2013

Baby cousins Imogen and Amber are having a great time playing together in New Zealand. It makes us all laugh when they’re squealing in delight and giggling at one another’s antics.

We’ve had some beautiful hot summer days so it was essential to get in the garden and fill up the paddling pool with some cool water for a splish splash splosh.

Baby Cousins

Baby Cousins

In the New Zealand you’ll find most babies and young children wear UV Protective Sun Suits.

I’ve since bought one for Imogen to help protect her skin and to minimise the amount of sun cream I need to use as a toddler who’s constantly on the go isn’t an easy target.

Hats are essential in the New Zealand summer sun. Don’t you love Imogen’s and Amber’s?

Splish Splash Splosh

Splish Splash Splosh