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Large Orders

Larger deliveries may require a signature to confirm receipt. If a signature cannot be obtained, the carrier may ask a neighbour to sign for the delivery. Deliveries that require a signature will not be left if a signature cannot be obtained. If the carrier leaves the delivery with a neighbour or at your local post office, they will leave a card for you telling you where it is.

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Let’s Get Children Writing!

28

Apr 2016

In today’s digital age, with text messages, emails and social media as part of our everyday lives, it can be easy to forget about the traditional written word. Being able to read and write is such a valuable skill for children to learn. In fact, according to a recent survey by YouGov for #NationalStationeryWeek, 92% of adults think that being able to write by hand is important.

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National Stationery Week is set to encourage us all, especially children, to take the time to put pen to paper. Children love stationery, and we have a great selection of products that can help keep the passion for handwriting alive!

For those just starting to write, the First Writing Book is perfect for pre-school children to get to grips with their letters and words. While for children aged 5 and over, the Handwriting Book is 32 colourful pages of activities to support Key Stage 1 learning. Both books have reward stickers, magical characters and fun activities. The Galt Triangular Pencils are  easy for little hands to grip, and help children learn how to correctly hold a pencil from an early age.

First-Writing

The Water Magic ABC and Water Magic 123 sets are also a fun way to develop writing skills and learn the alphabet. The six reusable boards allow children to use the water pen to form the numbers 1 to 20 or letters of the alphabet by following the dotted lines. The letters or numbers will appear when drawn on, then later disappear for use time and time again!

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Become the next ‘Barb of Britain’

Throughout 2016, special events are taking place throughout Britain to mark 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare, perhaps one of the most influential writers of all time. It’s a great excuse to rediscover the joys of writing with your little ones, so if you think your child could be the next ‘Barb of Britain’ here are a few ideas of how to get them excited about putting pen to paper.

Practice with a Pen Pal

Having a Pen Pal is the easiest way to practice letter writing. If you have friends or relatives living in a different part of the UK or even abroad, why not ask if their children would like to be your little one’s pen pal? It’s a great way to make lifelong friendships and for them to learn about other places and cultures.

Creative Writing

Storytelling doesn’t always mean writing a plot with a beginning, a middle and an end. Creative writing can be much less structured and is great for practising writing skills, as well as imagination. One fun activity is to ask your child to describe a friend, pet or family member in detail using descriptive words. They can write about how the person or animal looks, as well as their individual personality traits.

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Capturing Memories

Keeping a daily or even weekly diary is a great way for children to record thoughts, feelings and memories. A journal doesn’t have to be a personal diary, why not start by writing a nature diary – a log of how the garden is changing through the seasons and the wildlife you’ve spotted while out and about?

Use Your Hands

 Writing doesn’t have to involve pencils or crayons, using your fingers to write with finger-paints can help develop the strength that is needed to eventually be able to grasp a pencil or crayon later on. Salt and sand trays are also a fun medium for children to practice with. You could even put splodges of different coloured paint in a clear zip lock bag and encourage little ones to write letters and words in the paint with their fingers – it’s reusable, fun and leaves no mess!

Art Attack!

Let your child embellish and illustrate their stories using stickers and drawings, or switch it round by asking them to write a few sentences about a drawing they have done recently. Building on their artistic talents and story writing skills at the same time!

Does your child love to write? Let us know what fun activities you do to improve your handwriting and writing skills by tweeting us @GaltToys or posting on our Facebook page.

Posted in Childhood Development
 

5 ways to make bath-time fun

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Apr 2016

One of our mums at Galt HQ shares her ideas for winning at bath-time:

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Bath-time, if it’s properly fun, isn’t for the feint-hearted. Things get wet. Amazingly wet. But you have to remember for small children, that’s all part of the fun; and everything dries, right?

Fun doesn’t have to be absolute chaos though, so it’s worth sometimes focussing your little ones’ attention on some specific games that are enjoyable but not going to leave you with a sopping wet floor every night. So here are some ideas that have gone down a storm in our house:

bath duckAmbi Bath Duck – £5.99

Lovely little duck, delightfully designed. The beak moves up and down with the movement of the water and the mechanism inside makes a sound similar to a duck quacking. Ideal bath companion for little ones and makes a nice change from the stereotypical yellow rubber ducky.

downloadPeppa Pig Bath jigsaws – £11.88

These were a surprising hit. The fun of a jigsaw combined with the novelty of the pieces floating worked like a charm. The pieces stick to the side of the bath (magic) for easy fitting together. Throw in some bubbles for added ‘hide and seek’ with the pieces and the game lasts much longer. Most sets come with 2, 3 and 4 piece jigsaws for variety.

71I8LEQue3L._SL1436_Bath crayons – Crayola £9.58

Takes a slight leap of faith if I’m honest. Basically these are coloured soap in plastic holders which act like crayons so toddlers can scribble all over the sides of your bath and anything else they can reach, like their entire bodies. You just have to trust that it will come off – it does if you do it straight away – otherwise you’d never let them within arm’s reach. Try not to let the crayons languish at the bottom of the bath for too long though or they go a bit soggy and don’t work as well.

Fishing BoatAmbi Fishing Boat £13.99

Hours of fun to be had with this cracking little boat. Beautifully designed with lovely little elements such as the boat’s wheel being interchangeable as a life-saving ring for the sailor. Two fishing-rods means you can join in fishing the fish out of the water too. Not as easy as you might think! Again, throw bubbles into the mix and finding the fish is great fun.

Containers – free!

Any old plastic tub, mini saucepan, yoghurt pot with holes in and so on, will be very entertaining in small hands. They can literally pour water in and out of things for hours. Get an assortment of sizes so they can be stacked and filled, as well as showing different quantities. Handy for rinsing soapy hair too!

What other toys and games do you play?

Posted in Playtime & Toys
 

13 Great Ideas That Will Get Your Child To Play Outside

11

Apr 2016

According to the Care Inspectorate, outdoor nurseries are giving children better learning outcomes. Albeit this research focuses on the care services in Scotland, but all parents want the best for their children. Sadly, outdoor games such as hide-and-seek and hopscotch seem to belong to a bygone era, having been overthrown by tablets, smartphones and computer games.

Who would have imagined we would need to encourage children to play outside? Being outside is the perfect place for children to have the freedom to jump, run, shout, hop or skip. In fact, taking your children outdoors and supporting their play, helps their physical and mental development.

Outside PlayHere are a few ideas to get your children started and we bet ‘your bottom dollar’ that once they are outside they’ll have plenty of their own ideas!

  1. Create your own landscape art – draw or write words/names with twigs, leaves and stones and then take photographs.
  2. Watch the clouds – no supplies needed for this one – picking out shapes in the clouds is a classic childhood moment.
  3. Climb the highest hill near where you live –  and race to see who can get to the top first.
  4. A Nature scavenger hunt – everyone takes a bag and goes off collecting pebbles, shells, seeds pottery, pine cones etc for identification later on.
  5. Photo safari – take your children outside with a camera and see how many different types of wildlife you can find. 
  6. Climb a tree – when you feel your children are ready for it – let them get in touch with their inner-squirrel!
  7. Build a den – chairs and tables with a sheet thrown over is one quick way of building a structure.
  8. Camp out in the backyard – it is a cheap, fun and easy way to get the children outside!
  9. Enjoy the simple pleasures – the simplest outdoor activities leave the most lasting memories such as, stone skipping, making a daisy chain, or blowing a grass whistle.  Playing outdoors
  10. Get crafty with mother nature – use the items you’ve collected from your scavenger hunt as part of a home craft project. Turn your pine cone into a funny face by sticking on googly eyes and shredded tissue paper for hair! Our Art Jar is packed with pompoms, wiggly eyes and pipe cleaners.
  11. Paint with berries –  mash the berries (raspberries, strawberries, blackberries) in a pot, mix them with water to extract their dye, and then strain the coloured water into a paint pot before using.
  12. Plant a garden – gardening is a great way to spend time as a family, and can help teach children about so many things such as pollination, life cycles and nutrition, just to name a few.
  13. Build a boat – A miniature one anyway! Build your own wooden sailing boat and see if you can make it float!7

​If you have any tips or ideas for getting your child outside to play, we loved to hear them? Share them with us @GaltToys on Twitter or drop us a comment below, or on our Facebook page.

 

Posted in Childhood Development, Make & Do Ideas, Parenting Top Tips