7 September 2011

Making a Piñata

Making a "piñata" for toddlers, is quite an easy task. These are the things you must have in order to do it quicker and trouble free:
- A robust paper bag (Whistles, Massimo Dutti or Cos style)
- Several sheets of tissue paper if different colours
- Cardboard
- Scissors
- Sticky tape
- Glue
- A cord

26 July 2011

Let´s Cook!

Now is time to cook, is one of the easiest way of entertaining a child from as young as 2 years old. It is a crafty activity, that requires attention, listening and learning how to follow instructions. And indeed one way of learning the famous: Effort = Reward :)

It is indeed a messy activity, but if you let the child show you how to pour, how to whisk, how to mix... he will be delighted to have all mummy´s attention, but also will put a big effort in doing it right.

For some mums/dads the idea of having kids cooking and getting the kitchen dirty is outrageously mad. Well, in my case, because I have to cook everyday with kids around... saying mummy can I do this, mummy can I help you?, really meaning can you play with me?... I have just decided I was going to let them play and cook with me, at the same time, and for quite a long time, it worked.

So Mum, Dad or Carer, if you can just be patient, at least once in a while and let them cook. You will see that not only involves creativity but also following instructions with a treat-made by them- as result: a yummie pizza, muffin, cake... or whatever they enjoy to eat.

I have discovered that my 2 year old not only focused quite well, but in playing the role of the Little Cook was rather proud because I was letting him to do all the pouring, teaching him the numbers on showed on the scale and even "cleaning" with water and a tiny little drop of soap ;)

Also do not forget to make the Cook´s hat I have taught you.

15 July 2011

Little Cook´s Apron

Well now that we have the Little´s Cook hat, why don´t we make our Little´s Cook Apron?
All materials must be found out from recycling of course!! You will just need a plastic bag and a bit of crafty arty to make it safe for a toddler. (Please note the following instructions and never let a child play alone with a plastic bag!!)

- 1 PLASTIC BAG  (a cute and resistant one)

Easy peasy, you just need to cut the edges of the plastic bag as showed in the pictures and get the 2 plastic strips stapled onto the plastic bag sides. Et voilá, your homemade, arty crafty apron is made and it is ready to roll!

9 July 2011

Little Cook´s Hat

As part of cooking with kids, here it is an idea for a complementary/previous activity which is making a hat with offhand materials that we all have at home.

It really simple, fun and easy to do!


We will need:

- 1 white sheet of paper - size A4
- 1 paper roll - to get some white tissue paper
- Scissors with rounded edges
- Sticky tape

    6 July 2011

    Summer Fairs

    Summer Fairs are fun, specially for kids. 
    It is a great treat for them.

    Even if some fairs might wear parents out it is always worth to take the kids at least once during the Summer...

    At Sticky Toffee Circus we love bright lights, racket, noise, laughs, the hustle and bustle of it!

    It is always a worth day out for families... kids enjoy and parents, well parents eat lots of popcorn, hotdogs and chips!

    One of our eagerly awaited event is indeed LolliBop, endless fun for under 10s. The great thing about this venue is that it has all the entertainment from a best Summer fair but with a big plus: "You can learn a new skill, see some amazing music, get involved in a workshop and simply play all day!!" - this what is all about play and learn at the same time.

    We just can't wait! we hope we see you all getting crafty, participating in fabulous workshops, with jumping clay, fashion, Little Angel puppets, circus, carnival masks, crowns, pizza making, Science Museum, face painting, Horrible Histories, DJ skills and more.

    Hurry up and buy some tickets through:

    Toddler´s Confindence

    "Many childcare experts stress the importance of building self-esteem in children - and, indeed, having it ourselves as parents"Confidence building by Eileen Hayes,  www.bbc.com article says.

    Building self-esteem in children through their development as grown ups to be, is a delicate task to embrace effectively. Specially when parents, might have self-esteem matters of their own! - who has not in some way? 

    Trusting in one's own worth and own abilities is not always an easy task. Not in adult stage, when we often struggle with it, neither -and most importantly- on our early years where we begin to have a sense of who we are as an individual.

    "Toddlers are still just realising they're separate people"

    We must guide them, but let them investigate and watch them from a distance, giving them a bit of freedom and space to experiment alone. For some parents this is rather easy but for others is not at all. 

    "Toddlers slowly build up a sense of self"

    So let´s turn off the anticipating-negative-things machine for when is needed, at least let´s try to relax a bit.

    Toddlers must know there are dangers around them but they do not need to have an excesive, overdo constant warning... because it could frustate them and make them become insecure.

    Let´s make them run, jump, climb without exaggerating all hazards behind. They might trip or stumble a bit, and yes even fall down... but as long as you are close to them for help -once it happened- they will get a better sense of who they are and become more confident they can do things by themselves. 

    Encouraging and showing them we understand the effort of loosing the fear and praise every step they take towards independence.

    As parents, we must take a look at ourselves, see how we behave with our toddlers.

    We know, nobody is perfect and tiredness is the enemy of kindness, specially after a hard day at work, but we must try to avoid negativity and sarcasm with kids. These little ones, they don´t get it!!! It could make them feel not liked or loved. And this could harm is self-esteem hence his confidence.

    Let´s boost up their self-esteem today with some crafty, play, dance, swim or cooking session!

    30 June 2011

    I´m so glad I found you!

    Yes, I went to CyberMummy 2011, so happy I did find you, that I would create a badge if I could:

    Now,  I have got no excuse but to keep on nurturing my little blog and try to commit to what Sticky Toffee Circus aims. Which is entertain
    , having a continuous fiesta going on, celebrating life by creating, painting, crafting, singing, cooking, eating... anything for kids to enjoy and learn!  

    After this meeting, I feel officially a blogger... an amateur having a long and exciting way to go. Learning is my main objective thanks to my mentor of hounour :) Mª José Ovalle - mummysbusyworld - who has introduce me in this magical blogsphere!

    Also I would like to thank you the organisers and all the sponsors who kindly filled up our bags with so many goodies! Watch out my table with so many things. Including my Sarah Brown´s book which I am already started and I must say I am finding it quite interesting.

    Thank you AdDynamo, Bonjela, Boots, Butlins, Calpol, Crocs, Cuticura, Dettol, Disney, Dodo Pad, ebuzzing, Emla, E45Junior, GlamMedia, Hyundai, HP, Kidsonestopshop, Mam, Mauritius, Naked, Nurofren, LegoDuplo, Leapfrog, Johnson´s Baby, Pampers, Picture Box, Portland Hospital, P&G, Savlon, Three, Ubisoft and Vicks. Thank you all.

    And of course to anyone involved on the organisation at the marvellous venue The Brewery in London.

    See you in CyberMummy 2012!