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Month: February 2017

Easy ways to help your child learn to count
Easy ways to help your child learn to count

For toddlers, the world is their classroom and curiosity is the key to learning. You can encourage your child’s early numeracy skills by helping to teach them to count through fun activities that stimulate the brain and entertain. Here are some tips from our child care centre near Parkmore.

  • Make it part of the conversation: For example, if your child is helping you bake or decorate cookies, show them how to count out one for each person in the family. You can also ask them to show you how to make sure everyone has the same amount of snacks or help count out the cutlery while you set the table.
  • Use your hands: Visual cues are the best way to start off learning about numbers, and counting out fingers is a great tool for helping your child learn these essential skills. It helps them track each number in their mind as well as assisting with very basic addition and subtraction.
  • Incorporate it into other activities: Numbers by themselves may not be very enticing to your child, but you can incorporate basic numeracy and math into games they love to play. If your child loves cars and trucks, number them with fun stickers and create matching “car garages” out of old shoe boxes. Old telephones with number pads are also fun to play with, and your child can help call for pizza or phone granny using number that she remembers and can write down in a phone book.
  • Make it relate to them: Numbers are more easily understood by children when they relate to them. Age and even height are great topics, so ask your child how old he was last year and how old he will be this year to get them thinking about numbers.

A safe, fun child care centre near Parkmore

At Doodlebugs Play School and Day Care Centre, we offer a safe, loving day care and nursery school environment in Sandton 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 – you can see for yourself right here! To find out more about our daily routine or to visit our nursery school, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

Fun books to read with your child
Fun books to read with your child

Reading is a wonderful activity for encouraging language development and bonding with your child. If you enjoy ending your child’s day with a bedtime story and inspiring in them a love of reading, here are some great recommendations from our play school near Craighall.

  1. Giraffes Can’t Dance – by Giles Andreae: This book teaches children all about accepting differences in each other and in themselves, and trying to fit in. It shows them through a delightful story that they will always find a place to belong in the world.
  2. National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Why – by Amy Shields: From around 2 years old, every child’s favourite word is “why?” and they’re just bursting with curiosity about the world around them. This book answer simple questions in easy to understand terms that young children will understand. Filled with great pictures, this book is pure, fun-filled learning.
  3. The Monster at the end of this Book – by Jon Stone: Fun to read with a fantastic punchline at the end, this book is a great experience for kids as well as adults who grew up with the Muppets!
  4. I Lost My Tooth in Africa – by Penda Diakite and Baba Wague Diakite: This is a lovely story about a little girl who loses her tooth in Mali while on holiday and the surprising thing the tooth fairy brings her! This is great for young children of 3 and above.
  5. ChickaChicka Boom Boom – by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault: With great rhymes and funny jokes, this book is all about learning the alphabet. Perfect for toddlers who want to sing along, this book makes early childhood development fun.

These are just some of the wonderful books out there for toddlers and young children, so be sure to check out your local book stores and second hand book stores for more great bedtime story choices.

Our play school near Craighall brings out the best in your little one

At Doodlebugs Play School and Day Care Centre, we know that this is a critical time of learning and development for your little one and we aim to support it through a holistic curriculum that teaches through fun, safe and age-appropriate activities. With plenty of peers to play with, extensively trained staff members to oversee all activities and a fun, childproof environment, we’re looking forward to bringing out the best in your child.

For more information on our daily routine or to visit our centre, please contact us today. We look forward to meeting you and having your child join our family!

How to prevent tantrums
How to prevent tantrums

Tantrums are exhausting, frustrating and often embarrassing for parents to deal with, as well as being upsetting for your child. Fortunately, there are certain techniques recommended by child behaviourists and specialists that can help reduce and even stop tantrums altogether. Here are some tips from our day care near Hurlingham.

  • Stop it before it starts: Despite how they may seem, tantrums have more to do with emotional frustration than an issue that requires discipline, like the yelling and aggression that comes with it. Children have to learn how to manage and express their emotions properly, and tantrums can easily be brought on by tiredness, hunger, boredom or overstimulation. When you know what your child’s trigger is, you can stop the behaviour and head it off while it’s still in its early stages, before it becomes a full-blown tantrum.
  • Choices not commands: It’s easy for parents and caregivers to fall into a pattern of commanding children to do certain tasks, especially when you’ve had a long day. Giving your child a choice of options, however, that suit you as a parent can be a great tool for preventing tantrums because it helps your child feel more in control of their own behaviour and prevents frustration. Stick to two options to avoid overwhelming your child with decisions, for example, “What would you like to do, brush your teeth or have a bath?”. After they choose which option they will do first, say, “Super! We will do (Option 1) first and then (Option 2)”.
  • Ease into different activities: If your child is playing and racing about and you suddenly tell them that it’s time for a bath and bed, the chances are that they’re going to have trouble adjusting immediately to this new task ahead of them – and that can turn into a tantrum. Rather, ease them into it by mentioning that in a bit, it will be bath and bed time, then try and engage them with more calming play. Several gentle warnings may be needed, and a reward can be used too – for example, letting them choose which book they would like a bedtime story from.

A loving learning environment at our day care near Hurlingham

At Doodlebugs Play School and Day Care Centre, 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 and holistic educational curriculum ensures that your little one will have fun, learn and explore the world in a safe and caring environment. To find out more about our daily routine or to visit our playschool, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

Valentine’s Day crafting ideas for families
Valentine’s Day crafting ideas for families

Valentine’s Day is coming up and while this holiday is traditionally for couples, there’s really no reason why it can’t be fun for the whole family! Here are some easy, affordable and fun ways to get crafty with your kids, from our play school in Sandton.

  1. Cards: There’s no need to spend lots of money on fancy Valentine’s Day cards when you have kids! Not only is this a great activity that will help children get creative and keep them occupied for hours, it also results in some lovely memories and heartfelt wishes. With just some paper, pens, crayons, glitter, glue, felt and a few old magazines, your children will be able to create the most beautiful and personalised cards.
  2. Bunting hearts: Want to decorate your home for a family Valentine’s day event? Bunting is the perfect way to go – it’s easy to make, affordable and ideal for children of any age. First, cut heart shapes out of felt, coloured or plain card paper. Then let your children loose and join in on the decorating. Scraps of material, glitter, ribbon, stickers and pretty buttons are all great options. Once the hearts are done, line them up on a length of ribbon or coloured wool and glue in place. These will look beautiful over doorways and across walls.
  3. Cookies: If you and your kids have a bit of a sweet tooth, cookies are a delicious Valentine’s Day treat. Use a simple vanilla sugar cookie recipe and cut out the dough into heart shapes. Once the cookies have baked and cooled, they’re ready to be decorated. Sugar cookie icing is easy to make and can be dyed with natural food colouring to shades of red, pink and purple. Baking stores have loads of decorations too, like butterflies, little sugar hearts, edible glitter and coloured balls, so your kids can really get stuck in!

Fun, games and learning at our play school in Sandton, Johannesburg

At Doodlebugs Play School and Day Care Centre, we offer a safe, loving day care and play school environment in Sandton 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. To find out more about our daily routine or to visit our nursery school, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.