Fussy Eater Mealtimes
Parenting, it might just be the hardest job in the world. With all that cleaning, ironing, cooking, washing kids plates and clothes, it can be no surprise that many refer to it as a ‘full time job’.
Of all the work a parent undertakes, however, cooking for fussy eaters is one of the toughest demands.
So, you’re the proud owner of a Munchy Play Choo-Choo Plate, congratulations!
Our kids’ plates were designed by a Mum to help make mealtimes more fun and less of a battlefield. In fact, nearly half of parents identify their toddler and pre-schooler as picky eaters - so if this is something you relate to, you’re not alone.
Some kids need enticing to the dinner table, some won’t sit still, many are fussy or picky eaters and others need to be distracted while parent’s subtlety shovel food in their mouths! And these are just a few complaints. Hey, no judgement – we’ve all been there!
With a fun interactive design, and cute playful illustrations from award-winning artist Lydia Leith, Munchy Play ® kids plates invite little ones to the table, helping to keep them entertained, with food at the focus.
While plates are best left for children to explore and play in their own unique way, here’s a couple of inspiring ways for parents to join in the fun.
Here comes the train (literally)!
Using your child’s favourite toy train, encourage your child to eat a mouthful of food before the train goes full circle and comes back around again. Great fun for children who are learning to wean, as well as toddlers, and the perfect parent-bonding mealtime solution!
Put you child in the driving seat, asking them to drive the train around the tracks. As their favourite toy train goes around the plate, ask them to make a big toot-toot as they refuel for the next leg! A fun way to bring little ones to the table.
A culinary journey
Imaginative play is important in child development. Help foster creativity by inviting your child to use their favourite toy train on the track, crafting a story together on where you’re going. Let imaginations run free - perhaps you’re off to the farm to feed the sheep, or maybe Grandma’s house to cook some cakes. Encourage your child to self-feed by taking ‘stops’ at the station to ‘refuel’ with a bite or two, before steaming ahead. Don’t forget to show your ticket!
Young children respond well to positive encourgement, so be sure to praise them for trying new foods for behaving well at the dinner table, and for having clean kids plates.
Solvng mealtime struggles, Munchy Play kids plates come in three great designs, including; a train them Choo-Choo plate, a car racing Vroom-Vroom plate, and the perfect picnic plate for kids - the Tea Party plate. All three are now available on Amazon.
When the weather outside is dreary, when entertainment options are limited, and when you just want to discover something different to watch, it's time to turn to the faithful box.
When you need immediate entertainment, Netflix is a trusted go-to subscription service, with downloadable features for certain programmes. This makes it handy when you're out and about and in need of something to keep them distract for a few moments.
If you're stuck indoors while it pours outside, here's a few top picks for children's entertainment, always firm favourites with little ones. So grab your kids bowl and fill it up with popcorn, we're in for a long night!
Who doesn’t love a bit of Peppa Pig. Now you can enjoy her escapades at any time of day, with episodes including ‘Teddy’s Day out’ and ‘The Time Capsule’ to look forward to, with the bleating sounds of Brian Blessed!
Be there on the double with this huge hit that boys and girls love. From rescuing sea turtles to rescuing Cap’n Turbot’s boat – the pups are rather helpful little chaps with a catchy theme tune! When in doubt for a toddler gift, a Paw Patrol toy is always the answer!
Masha and the Bear
This much-loved cartoon has minimal dialogue allowing children to take in the great storyline, told by Masha and her beloved bear. Always lots of mischief and mishaps, this is an international hit.
Barbie – Life in the Dreamhouse
Don’t be fooled to think that Barbie is a) just for girls or b) just for kids. This series is peppered with in-jokes that only parents will get (like how old is she!) and has broad appeal to both girls and boys. Ken is perfectly pitched as the ‘lucky’ boyfriend for his successful without being saccharine Barbie!
As far as cool things go, Pocoyo is pretty rad! Narrated by Steven Fry, this simple cartoon captures the hearts of little kids – and is ideal for the very young, who will smile along at the simple dialogue and cute characters.
Dora the Explorer
Dora and her friends are on hand to take you into a world of adventures. Lighthearted and cute Dora is a mega hit the world over.
Boj is a fun-loving bibly from the Australian outback who just loves to sing. Grown up’s have been known to nod along to some of the songs by Jason Donovan too!
This brilliantly funny cartoon will have you craving a ‘crabby Pattie’ in no time. The right side of being funny, without being too inappropriate, it’s a child’s cartoon that you won’t mind watching, with loveable characters including Gary the snail!
With their r-o-b-o-t-i-c voices you will be either annoyed or mesmerised! But that doesn’t matter because your kid will love learning new things on the educational journey it takes them on.
Super scary (for those that frighten easily), it’s like Halloween every day with these cute little crusaders with special powers.
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Although the rate of christenings has declined in Britain in recent years, the tradition of gift-giving children has not. With one in six infants baptised, it can be hard to know what makes a suitable kids gift on their special day.
Be it a humanitarian naming ceremony or traditional religious occasion, you’ll want to get a memorable children’s gift, to mark the day. While a child can be baptised at any time, it is usually within their first year, so these gifts are complied with children aged one year and older in mind.
Gift ideas for christenings:
When it comes to much-loved movies, you can guarantee that at least one Disney classic will be among them. From the Little Mermaid to Bambi, the timeless tales are beautifully brought to life through the magic of the silver screen.
Wondering which Disney classic to watch with your child? Here’s seven inspiring movies under the Disney banner, for a night of family fun and entertainment, now fill up the kid’s bowl with popcorn, it's going to be a long night!
1 - The Little Mermaid
An affectionate tale of Aerial the mermaid, who desperately wants to be human. Betraying her father’s wishes she dabbles with life on land and falls in love with a Prince. She makes a deal with a witch to become human for a few days, but when things don’t go to plan, will her Father come to the rescue? An animated musical for children of all ages.
2 - The Lion King
With its rousing soundtrack including hits such as ‘the Circle of Life’, we follow Simba the lion cub who goes on a journey of self-discovery, in this ‘coming of age’ animation. You’ll be singing along the whole way, while wiping tears from your eyes. If you love the film, then tickets to the award-winning musical make a great gift for toddlers and kids of all ages too!
3 - Aladdin
The classic tale of what happens when you rub the genie’s lamp! With his wishes granted, we see the story of Aladdin unfold, but not all is what it seems.
4 - Beauty and the Beast
In this fairy-tale story, we learn that beauty is skin deep, and it’s what’s on the inside that counts. When a young Prince is turned into a beast and comes face to face with Belle (who’s father is captured), we learn to understand the true meaning of sacrifice. A heart-warming movie with an important message.
5 - 101 Dalmatians
This classic tale is as relevant today as it was when it first launched in the 60s. It follows the story of Pongo the Dalmatian, who falls in love and has a litter of 15 puppies. When the evil Cruella De Vil makes an offer for the puppies, which is turned down, she hires help to steal them all and worse still… that she’s intending to turn them in to a fur coat.
6 - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
When Snow White finds out that the jealous Wicked Queen is out to get her, she runs away. Stumbling across the adorable seven dwarfs, she sets up a new life. It was all going so well, until one day when the wicked Witch locates Snow White and in disguise offers her a poisoned apple. Against better advice, she takes a bit committing her to sleep until she’s kissed by a prince. This enchanting story is brought to life with familiar songs that children love, including ‘Hi Ho, it’s off to work we go’.
7 - Toy Story
Andy’s favourite toy is Woody the cowboy… that is until his parents buy him Buzz Lightyear – a spaceman. Soon, Woody is cast aside, as Buzz becomes the favourite toy. Unbeknown to Andy, these toys take on a second life when humans aren’t around. It culminates in an unlikely pairing when Andy decides to move house, and throw out some of the old toys.
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