Sunday Funday ideas

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15 things to do that won’t cost you money

Here’s a list of 15 things you can do with your family this weekend that won’t cost you much money .

  • Visit the park – we have so many amazing parks on Cape Town. My favourite is the Greenpoint Biodiversity park. It even has an amazing fenced in play area for little kids.
  • Go sightseeing – I recommend a trip to the V&A, they have a free walking history tour. Just grab a map at the tourist information centre and follow the maps and signage.

  • Play a board game – when last did your family sit down to monopoly or scrabble? My boys are currently enjoying Risk.
  • Visit the library – go grab some new books and havd a chilled weekend relaxing with a good read.
  • Try a new recipe- the internet is full of devine recipes. Pick one to treat the family with.
  • Draw something- you don’t need to be an artist to draw. Try your hand at nature journaling. Take a book and some pencils outside and sketch what you see.
  • Camp out – if you have a tent put it up in the back yard . Build a bonfire and let the kids camp outside for the night. If you can’t camp build a table blanket fort and spend sometime in the fort reading to the kids.
  • Watch a movie – between DSTV, Netflex, YouTube and the internet your choices are unlimited . Or you could go old school and rent some dvds. Don’t forget the popcorn.
  • Learn a new skill – take the time to start that diy project you’ve been dreaming up or trying a new craft.
  • Budget- sit the family down and work out an entertainment budget for the month. Get the kids to make lists of things they would like to do as a family.
  • Make a time capsule- collect a box and everyone writes letter to their future self if puts in an item that is special to them. Agree to open in 2030.
  • Go through old photos – the kids will enjoy seeing younger photos of themselves and it’s always fun to relive a memory.
  • Exercise -take a walk,join a fun run or go for a bicycle ride.
  • Go geocatching – Navigating to find caches.Learn more on Geocaching.com: bit.ly/2sVBwOe

  • Make paper aeroplanes – teach the kids to make paper aeroplanes and race them.

Happy 60th Lego

January the 28th marks the 60th birthday of the iconic Lego block.

These little plastic building blocks were launched in Denmark in 1958.

They take their name from two Danish words that mean PLAY WELL.

“Leg” and “godt”

“PLAY WELL”

Since its humble beginnings over 480 billion bricks have been made.

Lego is now one of the biggest toy brands in the world with theme parks,expos, movies and videos dedicated to the brand.

In 2016 alone , 75 billion pieces were sold worldwide.

To celebrate their 60th birthday a giant 10 feet tall 2×4 Lego brick statue was unveiled on Friday in New York at the Flat iron Plaza.

The statue is made up of 133,000 individual Lego bricks and it took Lego’s master builders more than 350 hours to construct.

A very Happy Birthday Lego !

Little Bears Toddler  bucket list for January 2018

It’s January again , I mean how fast are the days flying by? It seems just yesterday we celebrated little bears first New Years eve and here we are again.

As one does in the beginning of a new year, I’ve started organising and scheduling our year. Sorting our posting schedules and looking at various challenges for the year.

One of the things i’ve started is a bucket list of things I want to achieve this year, some are easy , others require a bit bigger dreaming 😉

So, I thought why not include a bucket list for little bear

I know , I hear you groaning … as moms we can bearly keep up with the kids milestone books and extra murals so how will we fit in a bucket list

Easy …

Instead of writing a long list i’m going to post 5 bucket list items a month and work throughout that month to complete them 😊

I hope you’ll join us and share your experiences with us.

To make it easier for us to share your experiences with you ,tag us on your social media with #littlebearsbucketlist or #funmammasa

January bucket list

  1. Join a library
  2. Picnic in a park
  3. Go for a ride on my bike 
  4. Build a sandcastle
  5. Bake with mom 



1. Join a library

We love to read and have a wide collection of toddler books. Even so i find little bear sometimes wants a new book to read or I want to read a specific book to him and don’t want to spend a fortune on a book we may only read once or twice.  That is where the public library comes in handy.

The toddler book range is extensive, you can try out new authors and books at no cost, theres no need to worry about space for new books as you return your books every two weeks (or sooner), your child learns to love and respect books, it’s a fun outing and you can chose specific books to match your child’s interests and abilities never to stress about replacing the books your toddler has outgrown. Your library also loan out dvds, talking books, puzzles and magazines.

So, how do you join the library

If you aren’t a member already you will need to open a card for you aswell.  For that you need your ID and  proof of residence.  To open your child’s card you will need their birth certificate. 

Remember to ask your library for a list of times, services offered and about their story hours and holiday programs to keep your todders busy.

2. Picnic in the park

When last did you pack a picnic basket of all your favourite nibbles and head to your nearest park to enjoy some quality family time? 

I love to picnic, and the last picnic we enjoyed was bears teddy bear birthday picnic.

I’m a bit weary of being alone in a park so chose an open park with lots of houses around or take a group with you. 

3. Go for a ride on my bike

We very lucky to live both next to the pretty #mycity walkways and close enough to the beach promanade so little bear can enjoy both.

We lazy though and don’t  always take him for a ride on his bike.

 One of my own goals is to be outside and moving more this year so this bucket list challenge is the perfect way for me to start my daily walks with little bear.

4. Build a sandcastle

Is there anything nicer than the soft cool feel of sand between your toes? Little Bear loves the sand and has now started to copy what we do so building a sand castle together could be alot of fun. 

As a little girl I spent hours decorating my sand castles with shells and driftwood imagining they were homes to mermaids and sea creatures. When I was done i’d built an entire town on the beach.

If you don’t live near the beach, let your toddler build a sand castle in the sandpit or garden. Kinetic sand is also great if you cant get outside.

5. Bake with mom

Little bear loves to be in thd kitchen with me. He also wants to do everything we do, so baking is a great activity to bond and build that independance.

He even has his own little apron to help bake in. 

I’ll be posting some no bake recipes for you all to try with your children Or you can email me for a copy of the sugar biscuit recipe we’ve been using for the last 26 years, since Tammi first baked with me.

I can’t wait to get little bear and I started on this bucket list .

Enjoy the activities and building memories with your bears manma💖

Smart Toy Club …. A review

I was totally curious when I first saw this toy rental subscription idea … after all at the rate that kids develop and grow we all know that an expensive toy you bought last week can be quickly outgrown in a day or two.

Subscribing to a program that aims at allowing your child to learn through play and at the same time saves you money and the clutter of too many toys seemed like a dream come true.

So, when bear was offered a two month trial I was super excited. 

The subscription is open to children aged 6 months to 5 years and each month they receive a bag of specially chosen toys to keep for the next 4 weeks. All of this from as little as R249 a month for a bag of toys worth R700.

We rushed off to collect our first bag of toys and was greeted by Lyneves friendly smile and welcoming service.

I eagerly grabbed the bag and couldn’t wait to try. All the toys are packaged in a handy bag with a keyring label and your name. This meant we could keep the toys neat and hung up.

Beforehand we had gone online and filled in a form to allow her to know bears age, interests and milestones … allowing for the correct toy choice.

Bears favourite was the sticky bath toy and he latched onto it in the car. 

For the next month he played contently with the few toys in the bag. At one stage I thought he’d get bored with such a few toys , but he constantly chose the borrowed toys over his own. 

As a crawling bear I was most greatful for the duck in the ball as i wanted to get one but knew he wouldn’t have used it for very long.

I was glad to see all the toys were clean as hygiene with toys is very important. The toys are washed in Milton sterilizing solution and those with batteries and the books wiped with antibacterial wipes. None of the toys were broken or in a bad state either.

I must admit I was an awful client …planning the wedding, going back to work full time with papa losing his job and with a sick bear, meant I didn’t return my items on time. 

Lyneve was very polite and patient with me ,sending me a reminder. 

The second months toys I felt were much better suited to bear and we really enjoyed the toys and books. What was really great was that if we had wanted to keep a certain toy another month those would have been added to our next subscription bag.

It’s a brilliant service , as a mom and educator the only thing i would change is to perhaps be able to pick the toys as opposed to having them chosen for us as most babies and children develop at their own pace but there was also something magical about not knowing what toys you would receive. 

This is a great idea not just for moms but playgroups and preschools aswell.
For more information contact 

http://www.smarttoyclub.co.za/

Space Station Canal Walk  … a review

Last night the bear clan pulled out their astronaut suits and set off on an adventure to discover the vast realms of outer space.

Hamish the astronaut

Eagerly we jumped in the car and headed towards Canal Walk filled with laughter and curiosity.

We were not dissapointed. In fact this event needs to go onto the holiday bucket list of every mom in Cape Town.

Space Station at Canal Walk

It’s the perfect blend of entertainment, education and activities to keep those enquiring minds and wriggling bodies busy. 

We arrived to find a queue of people waiting to enter and experience the realistic looking Space Station.

The space station

Upon entering we were greeted by the friendly crew and issued a handful of vouchers, entitiling us to an array of space goodies.

Vouchers

The ubber stylish Space cafe were serving fresh interstellar donuts, space clouds in an assortment of colours, space slushies and cosmic ice coffees. We were tempted by everything.
Bear tasting his space slushie

Space clouds

Interstellar donuts
Being a launch event, friendly crew were at hand to treat us with little bowls of Space Station nibbles. One of the gentlemen taking the time to high 5 bear.

High 5

The maze is dead centre and is inflatable so the kids can’t hurt themselves. Each corner holds a new adventure and the highlight is a large black hole slide.

Maze

 I love that there are numerous screens strategically placed so you can watch your child as they navigate through the maze.

Screens allow you to see what’s happening with your child at all times

For bear the highlight was the moon craters and the sponge area with planets overhead. He loved pressing the lights at the interactive constellations and crawling under the glow in the dark maze of the UV beams.

UV beams
Asteroids all around

His 14 year old sister was completely delighted. She was captivated by the funny mirrors, the interactive screens at the milky way and the large black hole slide.

Mission control

Once we had been through the maze countless times , we visited the pop up planetarium. Here we entered the magic of the night sky. A discriptive talk going on as we lay back and enjoyed the stars.

Constellation
The Space Station holds something for everyone with a gigantic inflatable Space Maze, black hole slide launching you into the galaxy, a series of Zones to explore, an interactive constellation chamber, asteroids with swinging planet’s and UV beams, a pop up planeterium and virtual reality experiences .

Book your out of this world visit today ….

WHERE: Canal Walk ,Centre Court

WHEN: 7 December – 14 January | closed on 25 December
TIME:10am – 9pm | 45 minute sessions start every hour on the hour
PRICETickets from R40


FOR FURTHER INFO VISIT 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1953336438322825/?ti=cl