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Let’s Have a Tea Party!

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Jul 2015

With the summer holidays in full swing you will no doubt need to come up with lots of ideas to keep the little ones entertained – and you may even be hosting a play date with their friends too.

If your children have a wild imagination, why not let them host a tea party? There are some fab ideas on Pinterest to inspire you for decorating the room/garden, making some yummy nibbles or deciding a theme for your guests to dress up for! We’ve pinned some of our favourites below…

Follow Galt Toys’s board Tea Party! on Pinterest.

If you want to create a memento of the day you could pick up a Paint a Tea Set and let the children decorate their own tea cups! Even if your child is having a quiet day to themselves they can paint each cup for their soft toys to enjoy a quintessential afternoon tea party in their bedroom, or a teddy bear’s picnic in the sunshine.

Have you hosted a play date already? Or are you having a crowd of cuties in your house soon? Tweet us @GaltToys to let us know what you get up to, or post to our Facebook wall.

You can get our Paint a Tea Set online and in retailers nationwide including Sainsbury’s.

Posted in Art and Craft
 

Summer Holiday Activities

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Jul 2015

The summer holidays have arrived and we’ve seen lots of lovely tweets showing families enjoying their holidays and at home having fun during quality family time, and even some showing you making good use of the Galt Toys range!

We know how tricky it can be to keep young minds occupied during the holidays, so we have found some great summer holiday activities to help!

For those who want to create the ultimate summer accessory, why not make some lovely hair bands? We’ve had so much fun braiding beautiful hair bands this week, see below to find out how we got on!

1. The Brilliant Hair Bands set comes with everything you need to make your own braided hair accessories – you can even put pretty flowers in them!

Brilliant Hair Bands

2. Take three different coloured strips of material and tie them in a knot around an elastic hair tie.

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3. Secure the hair band to the table using tape, allowing you to easily braid the coloured strips together. Simply weave the right hand strip over the middle piece, then the left across the middle, then right over middle again and so on…

Brilliant Hair Bands

4. When 8cm of material remains, tie another knot around the elastic hair tie on the opposite side to the first knot. Trim the ends of the material to 1cm in length.

Brilliant Hair Bands

5. If you want a fabulously floral hair band you can thread the material through flower beads at regular intervals during the braiding process.

Brilliant Hair Bands

7. There you go! Perfect summer hair bands for days out in the park – you could even pick some daisy flowers and place them into the braids!

Brilliant Hair Bands

Are you having lots of fun with the children this summer? Show us what you’re up to by tweeting us @GaltToys or posting to our Facebook wall!

Posted in Art and Craft
 

Mini Musicians!

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Jul 2015

After Wimbledon created a racket for a few weeks, the BBC Proms are about to bring us lots of amazing music over the summer and we are so excited!

The Proms take place until September and include family friendly events. Our friends Dick and Dom are involved too!

Discovering music is a huge part of growing up, and we are delighted to help little people on their way with toys such as the Ambi Trumpet:

It is so lovely to hear from parents of little maestro’s who love to make noise with our toys! Have you captured your children on camera making music? Tweet it to us @GaltToys or post to our Facebook wall!

With the summer holidays arriving for many of us, it’s a great excuse to get creative with the young ones and capture their imagination. We’ve taken a look at some fantastic musical crafts and activities to do:

Homemade Instruments

Activity Village has a great list of crafts that let your mini musician create their own didgeridoo, drum, trumpet and shaker! Take a look at the full list here.

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Naturally Educational has a great tutorial for making straw pan pipes! You can find out how to make them here.

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Musical Basket

The wonderful people at Tinkerlab have a great idea called the Musical Basket, which encourages rhythm and movement.  They say “at a young age children love to explore the cause and effect of moving or pushing an instrument and hearing the noise it makes.” We couldn’t agree more!

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Ambi Toys

For the really little ones, our Ambi Toys range has a great selection that make sounds for your baby to discover.

  • One Man Band has a drumstick in one hand, a double-ended whistle in the other, and a tummy drum filled with beads. His head turns and makes a gentle ratchet sound and his little hat is a bell!
  • Xylophone Drum has a drum on one side and xylophone on the other. The drum makes a gentle drumming sound and there are three notes to tap on the xylophone.
  • Trumpet produces two clear and independent tones taking the child on his first musical journey of discovery!
  • Chirpy is a really exciting bath toy! Blow into the toy to make the whistle sound then fill the body with water and the whistle changes to the chirping of a bird.
  • Tommy Toot is a pocket sized friend who can be taken anywhere and will whistle when you blow into his hat!

Musical Toys

Posted in Childhood development