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HOW TO PLAY WITH YOUR CHILD TO ENCOURAGE THEIR DEVELOPMENT

17

Oct 2014

Q&A with Dr Miriam Stoppard

Any parent will tell you that bringing up a family is hard work, but they’ll also say it’s immensely rewarding. It’s sometimes hard to know if what you are doing is right, especially as your child develops and grows. We asked parenting guru Dr Miriam Stoppard to answer a few of your questions.

Dr Miriam Stoppard

Question: My baby is nearly five months old and she seems to be taking more interest in the world around her. I’d love to know the kind of things I can do to introduce her to wider experiences.

Answer: At five months your baby will have full control of her head. Even when she’s pulled into a sitting position from lying flat, or when she rocks to and fro, her head doesn’t lag.

What can you do to help?

In order for your baby to learn to walk and even stand up, her head must be entirely stable. To help her progress properly, give her plenty of rocking exercises like moving her gently from side to side and forwards and backwards. Show her how to raise her arms above her head so she learns to be stable in various positons.

Play for stabilising her head

Rock your baby frequently. This will give her plenty of practice in keeping her head stable. You can dance gently around the room with her or swing her in your arms. Sit on the floor with her, legs spread apart, and roll a large, soft ball to her so she has to bend to catch it. Also, with a toy bird show how a bird flies with your arms spread wide. Gently coax her to imitate you.

 

Question: My little boy of 10 months loves to stand with our help and take his weight on his legs. I’m wondering how I can encourage him to stand on his own and take his first step.

Answer: Your baby is discovering the thrill of being mobile and moving forward on his hands and knees. Encourage him to pull himself up on furniture and show him how to change from sitting to lying and vice versa. If you do this his lateral trunk muscles will get stronger so that he can begin to twist his trunk around while he sits.

What can you do to help?

Offer your fingers so he’ll be encouraged to grab them and pull himself up to sit and stand. He’ll be amazed and delighted at his prowess. Praise him well. To help him learn stepping while he’s standing up, bend one of his knees and lift his foot from the floor. When he does it, tell him “Clever boy”. To make him twist, place a toy behind his back. Support him as he twists around.

Encourage him to crawl to you

Put your baby on his hands and knees and sit a short distance away. He’ll come to you if you hold out your arms, call his name, or offer a brightly coloured toy. Once he gets on his feet use a stable tray of blocks on wheels to help him take his first steps.

As you probably know we’ve launched a range of toys with Dr Miriam Stoppard for babies and toddlers. The Dr Miriam @ Galt range comprises of 21 wooden, plastic and soft toys all designed to encourage learning through play. Each toy has engaging features for little hands and minds to explore. The range includes traditional favourites such as a jigsaw, rattle, soft books, soft toys, building blocks, a baby walker, activity centre, stacking rings, pull-along-puppy and a shape sorter among others.

Posted in Childhood development, Children’s Toys, First Years, James Galt
 

Autumn is Here!

24

Sep 2014

Britain celebrated the start of autumn on Monday 22nd September and we can’t wait to hear the crunch of leaves under our feet and watch the trees turn to bright, vibrant colours as we head further into autumn over the coming weeks.

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As summertime comes to an end and the air starts getting crisper and cooler, there’s no doubt that many of us will be putting our flip flops away and digging out our winter woollies. But snuggling back into our thick jumpers and cosy socks aren’t the only reasons why we’re looking forward to autumn, here’s a few more to help you fall in love with ‘Fall’.

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Leaves and Conkers

Trees might look prettier in bloom, but they’re a lot more fun come autumn! When their golden leaves fall to the ground, ready to be kicked…plus children love playing the game Conkers!  Did you know the game is also known as ‘Kingers’ in some parts of the world? It’s also good luck to say “oddly, oddly, onker, my first conker” when you see your first conker of the season, as this will bring you good luck!

 

Autumn Art

The great outdoors are awash with beautiful oranges, yellows and red colours at this time of year, making a perfect landscape to paint. Put on your coat and wellies, grab your most colourful art set and head outside for your very own watercolour challenge. You can even incorporate natural materials found outside into your painting; fur cones, conkers and crisp leaves are great for decorating or for adding texture to a painting. 

Hot Chocolate

After a day spent running around in the crisp autumn air it’s time to warm your cockles with a big mug of hot chocolate! Heat up those pink rosy cheeks with a mug filled with warm chocolate milk with a handful of marshmallows melting on top. Why not try spicing up your recipe by adding a pinch of cinnamon, hazelnut or even peppermint to create new flavours?

Halloween

At the end of October we will be celebrating Halloween! Traditionally on 31st October children from around the world dress up as scary zombies, witches, ghosts and monsters to go out trick or treating; knocking on neighbours doors asking for sweets. The costumes can be as wild and wacky as you like, so get creative and make your own Halloween masks!

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What are you looking forward to most about autumn? Tweet us @Galttoys or send us a post on Facebook and let us know!

Posted in First Years
 

Galt Tricycle Race against the Countdown Clock

19

Sep 2014

8 Out of 10 Cats uses Galt Tricycle for Race between Show Presenters

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The Galt Tricycle has a claim to fame after being featured on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown on Channel 4! Presenter Jimmy Carr challenged co-host Rachel Riley to a 30 second race on the Tricycle during the show, broadcast Friday 5 September 2014, with the intention to distract contestants as they thought hard to create the longest word possible from the nine letters on the board.

The Tricycle was a big hit amongst the presenters and the audience, who were in fits of giggles as Jimmy and Rachel frantically peddled their way to the finish line. The show captains – Sean Lock and Jon Richardson were joined by celebrity guests David Mitchell and Roisin Conaty, while Phill Jupitus joined Susie Dent in Dictionary Corner.

Trike

Both Jimmy and Rachel put on their safety helmets and got peddling on the bright red trikes. Jimmy Carr led the race and was the first to zoom past the finish line to claim victory after a head start.

The tricycle actually suitable for children 2 years and above, provides plenty of fun for youngsters (and obviously adults too after watching Jimmy!), whilst helping them to develop their motor skills. Plus it provides an excellent platform for learning to ride a bicycle, tricycles are a perfect way for children to exercise and let off steam, zooming around both in and outdoors.

Watch the 8 Out of 10 Cats episode and see the race for yourself here.

WIN a Galt Trike!

Solve the Countdown Conundrum below to enter our competition – can you rearrange the letters to spell another Galt toy? One lucky entrant will win a Galt Trike! Tweet your answer to @Galttoys

Countdown Conundrum

The competition ends at 12pm on Friday 3rd October. Good Luck!

Posted in Children’s Toys, Toys