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Month: September 2016

How to make gingerbread people
How to make gingerbread people

Gingerbread people are fun and easy to make, and even more delicious to eat! Here’s a great recipe from Jamie Oliver and our child care centre near Parkmore that will ensure hours of fun for your child as well as plenty of lunchbox treats.

Ingredients:

300g of plain flour

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

125 g unsalted butter

100 g soft light brown sugar

3 tablespoons golden syrup
Method:

  • Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  • Melt butter, sugar and syrup over low heat, stirring until all the sugar is dissolved.
  • Add the dry ingredients, stirring to make a stiff dough.
  • Cut the dough into two equal halves and place each half on the work surface on top of baking paper, rolling out until it’s about 5mm thick.
  • Cut out your different shapes in the dough with about 2cm between each cut out. Lift the excess dough out, leaving the shapes on the paper. You can repeat this step with more baking paper to make more people.
  • Lift the paper with the figures directly onto your baking trays and bake for 12 mins or until golden brown.
  • Once cooled, they can be decorated by you and your kids. Using icing, stick on Smarties, Jelly Tots and other goodies to make them a creative and fun treat!

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At Doodlebugs Play School, we offer a safe, educational day care and crèche environment near Hurlingham for your baby or children from 18 months to 4 years old. Fully supervised by our qualified, loving staff, our professional child care ensures that your little one will have fun, learn and explore the world while giving you complete peace of mind. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

Sun-safe tips for your child this summer
Sun-safe tips for your child this summer

Spring is here and summer is on its way, which means it’s time to explore outdoors! Here are some tips from our play school near Craighall for help keeping your child safe while playing outside.

  • Stay inside during the heat of the day: Summer in the Highveld is known for its midday heat and keeping indoors when the sun’s rays are strongest – from about 10:30 until 3pm – will help keep your kids safe from the heat.
  • Always apply sunscreen: A child-friendly sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher is essential even on cloudier days as UV rays can still cause serious sunburns. Try to use a cream rather than a spray as sprays can be inhaled by accident and can irritate the lungs. It’s best to apply it about 15 minutes before going outdoors. Don’t forget to apply it to ears, hands and feet as well as under straps.
  • And reapply: Even water resistant sunblock will wash off in the pool, so be sure to reapply every two hours or when your child gets out of the pool. Sweat can also cause sunscreen to run, so reapply every 2 hours even if they haven’t been swimming.
  • Cover up: If your baby is under six months, keep them covered up and in the shade, as their skin hasn’t developed the melanin needed to protect them against the sun’s rays. Even in the shade, a hat or umbrella is a good idea. For older kids wanting to run around outside and swim, a hat along with a UV protective “second skin” will be a great help. They’re available in all sorts of great colours and styles, so letting your child pick their own will help ensure that they keep it on!
  • Check your medications: Sensitivity to UV rays can be made worse by certain medications, so be sure to check your child’s prescription for possible issues.

A safe, loving play school near Craighall, Johannesburg

At Doodlebugs Play School, we offer a safe, loving day care and nursery school environment near Craighall for your baby or children from 18 months to 4 years old. Fully supervised by our qualified, loving staff, our professional child care ensures that your little one will have fun, learn and explore the world while giving you complete peace of mind. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

3 fun craft activities for you and your child
3 fun craft activities for you and your child

Whether it’s the weekend, school holidays or just a quiet afternoon, craft activities can be a great boredom-busting and bonding session for you and your kids! Here are some ideas from our nursery school near Hurlingham.

  1. Baking: Making gingerbread people, decorating cookies and cupcakes or making coconut ice is a crafting activity that’s fun and delicious as well as teaching your child a few useful life skills in the kitchen. It’s best to set up a table filled with icing and decorations to keep your kids busy while you manage the hot oven, but try get them involved in as many stages as you can – from fetching ingredients and helping to stir the bowl to licking off the spoon, of course!
  2. A work of art: This combines two of every toddler’s favourite things – bright colours and making a mess! Get a big roll of butcher’s paper and put it on the ground. Mix up edible paints using plain yogurt and food colouring, and let them run wild. Encourage them to try different colours and shapes to bring in some creativity. You can also put the paint in a squeeze bottle for easier use.
  3. Potato stamps: If you’re feeling creative, potato stamps are a cheap and fun way to help your kids express their creative side. They’re easy to make and you can make all sorts of fun shapes like hearts, stars, fish, leaves and smiley faces. Separate paints into different colours in separate trays (a good use for polystyrene trays) and lay out sheets of paper – then let the stamping begin!

Playtime meets learning at our safe, fully supervised nursery school near Hurlingham 

At Doodlebugs Play School, we offer a safe, educational play school, nursery school and day care environment near Hurlingham for your baby or children from 18 months to 4 years old. Fully supervised by our qualified, loving staff, our professional child care centre ensures that your little one will have fun, learn and explore the world while giving you complete peace of mind. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

How to introduce your baby to solid foods
How to introduce your baby to solid foods

Introducing your baby to solid foods for the first time is an exciting milestone! While many specialists recommend breastfeeding exclusively for the first 6 months of your child’s life, it’s quite common for babies to show lots of interest in new foods from around 4 months old. Here are some tips for parents wanting to introduce solid foods at the right time from our crèche and play school in Sandton.

Is my baby ready for solid food?

Babies have to grow and develop certain abilities before they are able to eat solid foods. For about the first 6 months of their lives, they simply aren’t able to digest solid foods properly, which is why it’s recommended that breastfeeding stays their primary source of calories. Your baby will also need to be able to:

  • Keep their head in a steady, upright position
  • Lose the reflex that causes their tongue to push food out of their mouth and develop the ability to chew
  • Sit upright, with some support

Other signs that your baby is ready for this new milestone is that he or she is curious about what you’re eating, seems hungry more often and has at least doubled his or her birthweight.

Start slow and simple

Any solid, pureed food is a good start for your baby. Things like rice cereal, sweet potato, squash, applesauce and bananas are all great ideas – just remember to keep it plain, finely pureed and in small amounts.

After nursing your baby, sit them up and put a couple of teaspoons of solid food in a bowl. Using a soft, plastic spoon that won’t hurt the gums, take a small amount of the food and let your baby taste it. Keep in mind that they may not seem very interested in eating off the spoon, as they are only just starting to learn that this is how to eat. Let them smell and touch the food, even though they’ll likely make a mess!

It’s best to start off doing this just once a day when you have the time to really sit back and relax with your baby, but try pick a time of day when your baby is the most cheerful and engaged, as this will make it a lot easier and more fun for you both. Also, always remember to give your baby their regular feed of formula or breastmilk before trying solids. Breakfast and lunch are the preferred meals to try introducing solids because it allows you to monitor your child for any possible allergic reactions.

Safe, fun crèche facilities in Sandton

At Doodlebugs Play School, we have secure crèche facilities that are especially designed to help your child to reach critical developmental milestones and learn valuable skillsets. Open to children from 18 months to 4 years old, with loving, dedicated staff members who will oversee and care for your baby at all times, your little one will enjoy every moment at our centre!

For more information on our play school and day care centre, nursery school or professional child care services, or to visit us, please contact us today. We look forward to meeting you and having your child join our family!