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Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci (1452 – 1519)

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Dec 2014

The next in Galt’s Mini Masterpiece series is Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci.

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The Mona Lisa is probably the most famous painting in the world.  The portrait is of a lady called Lisa Gherardini, who was married to a man called Francesco del Giocondo. The oil painting is believed to have been started by Leonardo Da Vinci way back in 1503, and he continued to work on the painting until 1517 – a whole 14 years later! The painting was originally bought by French King Francis I, but has been on display in The Louvre museum in Paris since 1797.

Create your own Mona Lisa Mini Masterpiece

Step 1: To start, download the Mona Lisa template from the Galt Activity Zone.

Step 2: Leonardo Da Vinci used lots of soft browns and delicate greens and blues to paint his Mona Lisa portrait, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be adventurous and creative when it comes to your own recreation. Experiment with different colours, tones and shades! The Galt Mona Lisa uses burnt orange, red and pink Galt Chunky Pens to bring out the shadows in her skin, giving the painting a 3D effect.

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Step 3: Who says you have to just use paint on a painting?For the country scene in the background you can have fun sticking material to give the grass and trees texture. All colours of pompoms, string, pipe cleaners and even ripped up paper stuck onto the portrait will bring the painting to life.

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Step 4: Foam stars and shapes, glitter glue and all fun arty bits can be found in the Galt Art Jar. You can even pick just five items from the jar and challenge yourself to paint or decorate your portrait using just those items! We chose red foam shapes, a green star, purple pompoms and masses of electric blue shredded paper. Framing the edges is simple, just cut coloured paper into strips and glue to the outer sides of the painting.

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Step 5: Finally, pick a space on your bedroom wall, the kitchen fridge or on your classroom wall, where you can display your fantastic Mona Lisa portrait in all its glory!

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Share your Mona Lisa Masterpiece with us!

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We’d love to share your artistic creations, so please do show us your mini masterpieces by tweeting a picture to @GaltToys or posting your picture on our Galt Toys Facebook wall.

Please ensure that activities are completed under adult supervision and all instructions and warnings on Galt products used are read and followed.  Always protect clothing and the work area.

Posted in Art and Craft, Galt Mini Masterpieces
 

It’s Playtime! Join us for a Play Date with Dr Miriam Stoppard

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Nov 2014

We’re joining forces again with leading parenting guru Dr Miriam Stoppard to host a sensory developmental Play Date in the fantastic Kids Stuff store in Ashford, Kent on Monday 15th December 2014.

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A panel of super parenting bloggers and their beautiful babies will take centre stage on cosy Playmats, gathering round to listen to Dr Miriam talk about how to encourage little ones during each development milestone.  Dr Miriam has worked with us to design a fantastic range of toys that are perfect for helping little ones learn. The Dr Miriam @ Galt range is 21 wooden, plastic and soft toys designed to encourage learning through play. At the event, she will share advice with mums and dads on how the toys can be used to encourage little hands and minds!

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Playtime is greatly important for youngsters, to help develop their hand/eye coordination skills, while also being a key time for them to learn social and communication skills that will help in the years ahead.

While the little ones are busy learning, older children can show off their artistic talents in the Activity Zone, with Galt colouring books, paints and arts and craft kits to keep them busy. Delicious snacks from Ella’s Kitchen will be provided for rumbly tummies on the day.

What’s more, Kids Stuff is giving a whopping 20% off all Dr Miriam @ Galt toys on the day, perfect for Christmas shopping!

Do you have a question for Dr Miriam?

The Play Date is a great opportunity to ask Dr Miriam your questions – from fun games to develop hand skills, to ways of getting your little chatterbox to start putting words together and communicating.

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Putting years of childcare experience into practice, Dr Miriam will give advice about the importance of play in child development using her First Years toys for babies and toddlers. An interactive Q&A session will be open to parents who would like to come along and ask their questions to Dr Miriam.

If you have a question or want to find out more about the event, why not get in touch? We’re all ears @GaltToys on Twitter or post to our Facebook page and we’ll be happy to help.

Posted in First Years
 

Ingredients for the Perfect Christmas Eve Box

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Nov 2014

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‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse!’. When you have excited little ones, who are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Father Christmas, Christmas Eve can be anything but a silent night.

With all that magic and anticipation in the air it can be especially hard to get youngsters settled into bed and fast asleep. A Christmas Eve Box, a new tradition for parents, will give children something to open before the big day and get them all snuggled up and sleepy, ready for bed.

A Recipe for Reindeer Food

Fill a plastic sandwich bag with a handful of porridge oats, a tablespoon of cinnamon, a teaspoon of sugar and some sequins or glitter to create sparkly reindeer food for Rudolph and the gang. Attach a note with the below poem, so your youngsters know to sprinkle some outside to make sure Father Christmas can see which house to visit.

Sprinkle this reindeer food outside tonight,
The moon will make it sparkle bright,
As the reindeer fly and roam,
This will guide them to your home!

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A Key for Father Christmas

If your home doesn’t have a chimney for Father Christmas to climb down, then he might need a bit of a helping hand. Find an old key from the back of a draw and place in your Christmas Eve Box with a label that says ‘Santa’s Magic Key’. Children can leave the key out for Father Christmas, so he has a way of coming into the house and claiming his Sherry and mince pie.

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Hot Chocolate in a Jam Jar

You can’t beat a delicious milky hot chocolate before visiting the land of nod, and the ingredients make a great item for the Christmas Eve Box. Find an empty jam jar and fill it with coco powder, sugar, a pinch of cinnamon and marshmallows on top. Screw on the lid and tie a festive bow around the jar, and voila!

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Soft Pyjamas and Slippers

Soft and fluffy new pyjamas and slippers are a great item for the box, and it means hopefully no tantrums when you say it’s time to put on their jammies! Snuggle under a warm blanket and read a bedtime story, and before you know it, they’ll be fast asleep.

What are you putting in your Christmas Eve Box? Tweet us @GaltToys or follow us on Facebook and let us know your ingredients!

Posted in Christmas