Brainpower Boosting Games

It’s the start of the summer holidays and a magical time when children have a break from the classroom to enjoy long days having fun with friends or holidaying with family.  While it’s amazing to have the little ones home for summer, there’s much more time to fill keeping them busy. We’ve put together a few ideas of fun and educational toys and games to keep young brains entertained and learning throughout the summer holidays.

Car Countdown

Keep children entertained on long car journeys by playing Car Countdown, a game where you’ve got to use the letters on the number plate of the car in front to create a word. To make things a bit easier you can also add vowels or constantans. For example, if the number plate is ‘RNG’ you can use the word ‘orange’! Use an egg timer to give everyone at least a minute to think of their best word – the person with the longest word wins.

All about schoolLearn All About School

The first day of school is super exciting, but it can be daunting for children. Teach your child about school life and prepare them for the big change by talking to them about what to expect during the summer holidays. Books can help too – the Learn About School sticker book has fun activities and colourful stickers, ideal for kids starting school in September. 

 

DINODino Escape

Help the young explorer escape from a big dinosaur by answering times tables questions to create a path along the river! The Dino Escape game is so much fun children won’t even notice they’re improving their maths while having fun! The game is free to play on the Galt Toys Activity Zone, simply click on the Dino Escape game to play.

MemoryThe Memory Game

Improve memory and brainpower by playing the memory game! One person starts by saying “Today I went to the supermarket and bought…” and then names an item in their basket. The second person then repeats the phrase, the first person’s item, and then lists their own. The game continues around the circle with everyone adding their own item. If you forget the order of items or can’t remember what someone has bought, you’re out. The winner is the person who remembers all the items listed by everyone!

How are you preparing for school in September? Have you got lots of fun and educational activities planned in the summer holidays? We’d love to hear your ideas! Tweet @Galttoys or post on our Facebook wall. 

Happy Birthday Prince George!

Prince George of Cambridge will celebrate his first birthday on 22nd July and what a busy year it’s been for the young toddler! From his whirlwind tour of Australia to days out at the polo with mum and dad, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, we’ve enjoyed watching him grow and now it’s time to celebrate! Happy Birthday

No doubt members of the Royal household will be considering the perfect gift to mark the last 12 months, and we have some ideas of our own! Take a look at the toys we think are just perfect for wishing His Royal Highness, and all toddlers celebrating their first birthday this summer, a very Happy Birthday.George

Stacking TowerWhile he may be too young to start building his empire, the young prince can practice his construction skills with the Stacking Tower from the Dr Miriam @ Galt range –a seven cup stacking tower with a fun flower to place on top. The Stacking Tower encourages manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination as the cups are placed on top of and inside each other. Learn about big and small and top and bottom, the cups are ideal for sand and water play.

As Prince George begins to find his feet as a member of the royal household, the Baby Walker, a wooden push along walker truck and 30 bricks, will help him take his first steps! The Baby Walker promotes balance and coordination in preparation for walking independently. Sturdy and stable in quality hardwood, the Baby Walker is part of a range of baby toys developed with Dr Miriam Stoppard, the UK’s most trusted parenting expert.

Max

 The fun Ambi Max Pull Along is a friendly stand-in for when Prince George’s real little dog Lupo is fulfilling his royal duties. Young children love to pull things on wheels and the toy, with a wagging head and tail, encourages balance, coordination and independence as the child walks along pulling Max.Cupcake stand

The royal celebrations are bound to be packed full of party games and fine food, but if you’re planning a party fit for a king, why not make your very own cake stand to display your cupcakes with pride? Simply print off a cupcake stand template, cut out your design then fit it together!

The perfect gift for any toddler on the go, the colourful High Chair Rattle has a fun flower to fix onto a high chair tray or table with the suction pad. The rattle includes a soft squeaky ball, bead rattle and spinner. The toy encourages manual dexterity, hand-eye coordination and the learning of cause and effect.

How do you think Prince George will be celebrating his birthday? Do you have any great ideas for 1st birthday parties? Tweet us @Galttoys or post your ideas on our Facebook wall!

Let’s Get Digging!

The summer holidays are the perfect time to get out in the garden. Planting, digging and growing flowers are all fun activities for children, while gardening can be educational too!

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We’ve put together some ideas for creative activities that will get your green fingered family out in the sunshine and enjoying your garden. Who knows, we might even see you all at the Chelsea Flower Show next year!

Paint Plant Pots

Adding a lick of paint to your old plant pots will give them a new lease of life and bring an additional splash of colour to your garden display. Children will love personalising their own pots with bright designs and artwork; either use a paintbrush or create your own stencils and different shaped stamps using a sponge painting set.

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Painted plant pots also make great gifts. Surprise friends and family with a beautiful plant pot decorated with your little one’s hand prints! When the paint is dry, remember to varnish the outside to keep the pots waterproof.

 Make statues or sculptures

There’s no need to pop to your local garden centre to buy sculptures and statues – simply use modelling clay to make your own! From clay snails to hand printed tiles, the options of what can be created is endless – the only limit is your imagination! Take inspiration from the garden and use leaves or flowers to print into the clay. Simply lay the leaves on your clay, roll over gently with a rolling pin and then peel off the leaf to reveal a beautiful ornate design!

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Build a fairy kingdom

Use old planters and garden tools to build a magical home for all the fairies living in your garden! Sculpt a little house for the fairies using old lollypop sticks or clay and use furniture for a dolls house to make it look like a model village. Children will love collecting twigs, stones and flowers to decorate their miniature home. Broken plant pots make an ideal setting to place your fairy house – simply add soil and a bit of greenery and voila, a perfect miniature garden!

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Are you looking forward to spending time in the garden with your little ones? Tweet @GaltToys or contact us on Facebook with your games and activity ideas!