Piccolo's top tips for activities with kids
As Easter holiday kicks into high gear our founder Cat has pulled together some of her favourite ways to spend the school holidays with the family.
For years Cat’s hobby has been reading recipe books – and now Juliet loves sitting with her mum and flicking through her collection, helping her plan what they'll make together next (many of the tasty recipes you can find on our blog under Journal)
Cat was brought up fed on a predominantly Mediterranean diet, wherever in the world she was. This didn’t just mean copious amounts of fruit and vegetables, lots of grains, pulses, fish and olive oils; it was also about how much real, good food was part of Cat’s life.
Food plays a big part in Cat’s family life, and so during her spare time and the school holidays she finds it important to cook together as a family – especially as little ones are natural kitchen helpers! She recommends that all families try and find the time to do this with the kids, and not forgetting the grandparents. It gives us a time to share, have great fun and make memories.
Gymboree Play & Music
We could harp on all day about the importance of good, honest & natural food but we know what they say about all work and no play.
Eating healthily and getting a range of play activities into a child’s daily life from a young age can really help your little one blossom. Gymboree Play & Music welcomes the whole family with open arms, helping to inspire creativity, confidence and lifelong friendships. Cat has learned so many new things when she used to take Juliet to the weekly classes, like, did you know that climbing enables your baby to develop parts of their brain that helps in learning how to read and write? You can find a local class and book a free trial today!
With Buggyfit, your buggy can become your own personal exercise machine. It’s a great way to get back in shape while spending time with your baby and having lots of fun – it’s essentially a postnatal flash mob! Cat really recommends trying this one out especially for all you mamas, one mum described Buggyfit as “a rare chance to do something for myself”, which is so important. Cat was a total Buggyfit mum when running little Juliet around; best way to stay in shape and stay with baby while doing so keeping that bonding at all times. We are sure you can find a class near you during the Easter holiday, and you’ll probably catch the Buggyfit bug!
Cat is a huge fan of Water Babies. They teach water confidence and safety skills to babies and toddlers, and it’s amazing how young you can start your little one on their swimming journey - their youngest ‘pupil’ was only one day old! Swimming is a wonderful activity the entire family can enjoy, so check if you have Water Babies classes near you, or just head down to the local pool - it’s super convenient during the Easter holiday when you’ve run out of ideas.
As a parent (as you’ve probably experienced), doing arts and craft at home doesn't always go quite according to plan. Creation Station’s activities can be an easy way to keep the little ones busy during the half team, they’ll inspire the little ones through fun and educational arts and crafts – and remember, a messy session is a good session!
Whatever age your children are, being imaginative and getting involved in creative arts and crafts activities is great bonding for the whole family - and there’s a class to suit everyone!