Why your toddler should be colouring in

We recently received two large colouring sheets from www.blubirdcreations.co.za

Beautiful large simple images printed to a large sheet of white paper.

There were two separate designs. A stunning toddler sheet full of all things kids love and a ocean sheet full of under the sea creatures.

Bear was delighted the minute we opened the carton tube containing his suprise and dragged us all in to colour with him.

So many uses for the colouring sheets.

I love these sheets. They are fantastic to keep the kids busy. Would accomadate several children in a classroom setting and best of all could be used as kiddy table cloths at both birthday parties or restaurants.

We used one , once it was coloured, to cover a gift to a friend from bear and you could even use them to cover school books or files.

But why is colouring important?

Today, especially with the advanced technology our children are exposed to , it’s important to encourage your toddler to colour in.

Here are six learning benefits of colouring in activities.

1. Fine Motor Development:

Colouring in helps your child to develop good finger grip. It provides an opportunity to practice holding a pencil the correct way and aids in developing those fine motor muscles in their hands, fingers, and wrist.

2. Concentration:

The length of a child’s concentration develops and improves over time. Colouring in requires a good concentration and by focusing on one task , for example colouring the tree green, can help a child develop his or her overall concentration levels.

3. Colour Recognition:

Colouring in activities encourages colour awareness. Using different colours gives a child an opportunity to explore different colour combinations and lets them see how they can change the appearance of the picture by using these colours.

4. Hand & Eye Coordination:

Colouring in aids in the development of hand & eye coordination as your child learns to colour within the lines. When children first start colouring they will have a tough time keeping within the lines but as they progress their skill increases.

5. Sense of Pride and Achievement:

Children should be given every opportunity to gain self-confidence and a sense of self-worth. If they can create something that they are proud of, this will help in the positive development of their personality.

Children should be given every opportunity to gain self-confidence and a sense of self-worth. If they can create something that they are proud of, this will help in the positive development of their personality.

Children should be given every opportunity to gain self-confidence and a sense of self-worth. If they can create something that they are proud of, this will help in the positive development of their personality.

6. Creativity:


Colouring in stimulates creative thinking. Children learn to plan as they decide the colours they need in their picture and in what order they are going to colour things in. As their confidence grows, they are more likely to take risks and experiment with colour, patterns, and special effects with pencil or marker strokes.

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Build with Wimpy

I’m not sure about your kids but when my older brood were younger there was no choice in what food they preferred when we treated them to a take away meal …it was all about who had the best toy.

Regulations have changed over the years and there us no longer such a wide variety of plastic toys with your kiddy meals.

But we have discovered the educational toys and products offered by Wimpy are usually great.

I especially love the new boys and girls mini Lego kits . After all you can never have enough Lego!

Orange chocolate pudding faces

Orange Chocolate Pudding faces

Makes 8 servings

¼ cup sugar
¼ tsp salt
9 oranges, washed and dried
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ cup cornstarch
4 cups whole milk, divided
½ cup semisweet-chocolate chips
4 pretzel sticks, broken into halves

1. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar and salt. Zest 1 orange directly into the pan; reserve the orange for another use. Add the cocoa powder and cornstarch and whisk until combined. Still whisking, slowly add 1 cup milk. Whisk until it is smooth.

2. Microwave the remaining 3 cups milk until warm, about 2 minutes. Whisk into the cocoa mixture. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Let boil for 2 minutes, still stirring. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate chips. Whisk until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and press a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the pudding. Refrigerate until cold and firm, at least 3 hours and up to 1 day.

3. Meanwhile, cut ½ inch off the tops of the remaining eight oranges. Reserve the tops. Place 1 orange on a cutting board. Run a small knife around the edge of the orange, angling the tip of the blade toward the centre while rotating the fruit, to release the flesh from the rind without cutting through the bottom. Scoop out the flesh and save for another use. Repeat with the remaining oranges.

4. With a black permanent marker, draw faces onto the oranges. Using the tip of a sharp knife, cut out the stem centres from the tops. Insert a pretzel-stick half into each top.

5. Uncover the pudding and whisk until smooth. Divide among the orange cups. Place the tops back on the oranges.

Build a bear birthday parties

Did you know that Build a bear workshops host beary dpecial birthday parties ?

Make your little one’s special day the most fun ever.

You can Pick your own theme, enjoy a fun-filled party and let each guest make and take home a new best furry friend to love.

Each bear comes with its own certificate and cub condo. The best party favours for your little guests.

At the workshop a party leader will be a valuable to guide your guests through each workshop station.

A party must contain a minimum of 6 guests and you can go online to download one of the free fun adventure theme printable.

Party invites

Cake toppers

Name tags

Thank you cards

Your birthday child will also receive a free gift .

You can choose from the following options

Bear hugs R199 per guest

Super smiles R259 per guest

Fantastic fun R329 per guest

Awesome adventure R449 per guest

Ultimate celebration R549 per guest

Or you can discuss your budget with a party host and build your own party.

No mess! No fuss! And No cleaning up!

For more information:

Party@buildabear.co.za

5 kitchen treats for valentines day

For mammas the best way for us to show our love is through food.

So I’ve rounded up 5 fun kitchen treats that you can suprise your loved ones with on Valentine’s day.

1. Egg bread

Use a cookie cutter in the shape of a heart to cut out the centre of a piece of bread or toast. Fry an egg. Place the bread over the egg so that the yolk is in the centre of the heart.

Garnish with little heart tomatoes or peppers.

2. Funky fruit

This is perfect for the lunch boxes. Dress up a piece of fruit with a corny love note.

3. Lunch box love

Now there is no excuse not to remind the kids how much they are loved. Make a sandwich and cut it into a heart shape. Tie a little twine around it.

Next cut cucumber slices and cheese into hearts.

4. Say it with hearts

Decorate heart shaped biscuits with bright red and pink icing. Don’t forget to add a love note.

5. Cute cupcakes

Use marzipan to decorate some cupcakes. Add small Valentine’s symbols on the top.

Which ever way you chose to spoil your loved ones we know they will enjoy their sweet treats. ❤

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 !

National Irish Coffee Day

January the 25th is celebrated as National Irish Coffee Day.

So I thought I’d treat papa to a homemade Irish Coffee when he got home.

As a whiskey drinker, he likes the odd Irish Coffee and how hard can it be to make ?

Right?!

Well , it turns out I first needed to pop across the road to get cream. I stood in front of the dairy shelves wondering which cream was best. Thankfully it doesn’t matter as long as you have cream.

I also grabbed a flake as you can’t serve anything with out chocolate 😉

Of course I did taste a bit (ok half) of the chocolate.

Whipping the cream was the hardest part of this recipe.

You simply make a strong cup of coffee, add in some whiskey and top with cream.

This got me wondering as to the origin of Irish Coffee.

According to www.theblacklable.com the original version was invented by Joe Cheriday, a head chef in County Limerick. He added whiskey to hot coffee to warm up a group of American travelers on a cold winter evening in the 1940s, and when asked if he was serving them Brazilian coffee, he told them that it was, in fact, “Irish coffee.”