Half Term Fun at Home with GLTC

 When staying at home, finding fun and creative ways to fill the days can be hard work so we have come up with some ideas to fill in the hours.  We’d love to see some pictures of your garden sports days…

OUTDOOR IDEAS

We love the idea of being able to play with our children outdoors, so here are some of our suggestions for getting your children active and out and about in the garden!

  • Sports Day

Get a few friends together and create a little bit of healthy competition amongst the children. We have the perfect Party Sports Day Set to do this.

Party Sports Day Set

  • Build a Den

Get creative in the garden and use the EZ Fort to make a den for them to play or even have a picnic in.

EZ Fort

  • Get Out and About

Check out your local council’s website for fun summer fetes and May Day parades. Often they will organise half-term activities at local play centres, libraries and playgrounds, so your children can get out and make new friends whilst learning new skills.

  • London’s Museums and Galleries

Making a day of going to a museum or gallery can be great fun and educational, as they often run half-term focused activities for children. Places like the V&A, Natural History Museum and the Science Museum are all free to visit too! If you can’t get to London then their websites have lots of fun ideas for children, such as The Tate’s .

INDOOR IDEAS

  • Get Crafty

Children love to get creative, and these are things you can do with play-dates too!

  • Give them some paints like these GLTC ones and a theme and create a bit of an art competition between friends.
  • Getting arty with stamps is always fun. Our Stamp-A-Scene Rainforest lets children create exciting garden pictures whilst developing hand/eye coordination and fine motor skills.
  • Cook Up a Storm

Cooking with your children is a great way to get them excited about food. Keep it simple to avoid boredom.

We love this recipe for pizzas, and allowing your children to add their own ingredients gets them to eat those extra portions of fruit and veg:

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipe/summer-holiday-pizzas

pizza

We hope you like our suggestions for half-term fun, do let us know what you get up to!

GLTC Competition: Spruce Up For Spring

Win £500 to spend at Great Little Trading Co.

If your home is looking a bit cluttered after the winter and in need of a bit of a spruce up then you’ll love this weeks competition!

We’re giving £500 away to three lucky winners, you can spend it as they wish at GLTC, whether it’s in outdoor toys or a complete makeover for the kids’ bedroom with some new storage, toy boxes, rugs and blackout curtains.

All you need to do is watch our Spring Behind The Scenes Video and tell us the products you’d pick to spruce up your home. Enter here by midnight Sunday 19th April.

A Toy Storage dream of a life less chaotic by Daisy Bridgewater

The new AW14 catalgoue has started to drop on doorsteps all over the country, you may notice more than ever that GLTC have a love for toy storage – we really can’t get enough of it. It seems we’re not the only ones who find solace in storage systems, Daisy Bridgewater a busy mum of three boys describes it as her ‘saving grace’ and here’s why…

Daisy Bridgewater

I sometimes wonder what would happen if I never picked up anybody’s toys or pants off the floor, but simply stepped gracefully over them on my way to something more fulfilling. Would the collective consciousness awaken at the sight of stinking mounds of unwashed underwear? Would tidiness eventually reign once the toy box was empty and nothing could be found? Sadly, experience tells me otherwise. Children generally don’t register chaos. Toy storage to them is meaningless. And they don’t really mind wearing dirty clothes.

At this time of year, when parental resolutions to be calm and organised have already been lost under the bed, a leaf through the new GLTC catalogue will have you palpitating with lifestyle envy and transport you to a place where everything is organised into colour coded fabric cubes. If I could I would house my dreams in a Northcote Storage system, in boxes decorated with rainbow stars. I would live amongst stacking wooden storage boxes, and marshal my scattered thoughts into alphabetical order on wall-mounted shelves. 

On a more practical level (dreams, as you know, are very hard to catch) there is great wisdom in introducing a thought-through storage system the moment your child begins their life-long journey into acquiring stuff. This will happen alarmingly quickly- with every new life comes a profusion of generous, if unsolicited presents. You may not share your mother-in-law’s taste, but it is always handy to know where you have stored the offending item during an impromptu visit. And the glory of the storage systems I lust over in the glossy pages of the GLTC catalogues, is that you can add to them as your child, and all of their possessions grow, more or less in equal measure.

toy storage dream

From where I am standing, which at this moment is knee-deep in Lego in a house that is beyond help and fast approaching adolescence, I seek solace in the thought of future car boot sales, when the carpet of outgrown toys will disappear for good (whilst trying hard not to think about the what will take their place). To anyone in the tender years of child rearing, toy storage will be your saving grace. But for those of us who never quite got round to it, we can always have flick through the catalogue and dream of a life less chaotic.

Daisy Bridgewater

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If you share Daisy’s dreams, you can order your GLTC Catalogue here or have a flick through the online version instead.

AW14 behind the scenes on the GLTC photo shoot

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at GLTC and how we capture those magical moments in our catalogues that land on your door step?

Get the inside story on the GLTC photo shoot – you’ll see our latest range of toys and kids’ furniture in all their glory! We filmed some behind the scenes footage of our very silly photographic team at work (especially Dan, the one with the camera) and our mischievous little models having lots of fun.

Look out for our fabulous new toy storage ideas!

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We have more to come, including a sentimental and nostalgic Christmas video coming soon.

The new school year with Daisy Bridgewater: Let’s talk homework and organisation

In a week or two the summer holidays will be a distant memory and you may have just recovered from the back to school rush and looking forward to getting back into a routine. We asked Daisy Bridgewater our much loved blogger and mother what those three words ‘back to school’ mean for her…

Daisy Bridgewater

I know a mother of 4 wild (and, incidentally, ginger) boys who has not once been late for school. Every morning, perfect ponytail swinging, she counts them into the playground, homework done, shoes polished, sports kits and musical instruments in hand. Not for her the walk of shame to sign the late book, nor the hideous guilt of forgetting that it’s history week and everyone is meant to be in a toga. Asking her once for her secret, she coolly took in my early morning look- tangled hair and pyjama bottoms- and told me it was just a question of being organised.

If only it were so simple. Book bags packed the night before, rugby kits washed and ready, trumpet practise done and dusted: something that, I am afraid, only happens in households other than my own.  But as the demands of school life and extra curricular activities grow more complicated as every day of term races by, it does not take my friend and her shiny ponytail to point out that being organised is perhaps, in educational terms, the most important part of stress-free parenting (if such a thing exists). Perhaps, with my oldest child starting secondary school and a ridiculously complicated school run added to my morning performance, it is time to try a bit harder.

My technique this term was meant to be a black board, onto which my diligent sons would chalk their requirements for the following day. But where I had expected ‘piano music’ and ‘gum shield’, all I found were the crude scrawlings of pre-teens toying with expletives, combined with the odd demand for Cheerios. I think I will try a calendar again, one with a column for each child and this time hung high on the wall out of reach of graffiti-prone siblings.

Having cleared my eldest son’s desk of historic amounts of unfinished Airfix and installed a fragile sense of order, I am optimistic that this term’s homework will be easier to retrieve (something tells me that “I’m sorry, Sir, my French has got stuck to my Messerschmit” will not wash in Year 7). I’m hoping that a desk organiser will help him keep his superglue from his Tippex, while some bookends might help stem the flow of Commandos and text books from desk to floor. Perhaps this term homework will happen after supper, rather than during breakfast the following day, making us later still.

My simplest and best solution, however, to the relentless race to get to school on time is the oldest trick in the book: I have put all of the clocks in the house forward by precisely 14 minutes. This, I have discovered, is the optimum time lull between believing we are genuinely going to be late, and arriving with a breath to spare. Perfecting the timing has been educational- change the time too far and everyone guesses, too little and nothing changes except your pulse rate. It fools all of us everyday because, let’s face it, it really is hard to remember anything before 8am.

Daisy Bridgewater

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Back to School with Daisy Bridgewater

For those of you who don’t already know her, we’d like to introduce you to Daisy Bridgewater.  As a busy mother of three boys, she juggles motherhood alongside, her career in journalism, her blog ‘Notes on Boys’ and having a Saturday column in the Telegraph Magazine.  Amongst all of this Daisy is a big fan of GLTC, owing to her passion for outdoor and creative play as well as a need for anything practical and useful that will help ease her hectic lifestyle. So, who better to ask than an experienced mother to write about her joys of motherhood and the hiccups along the way.

This week we asked Daisy for a real account of what Back to School means for her and her top tips for getting organised this summer.

Daisy Bridgewater

Every year, as September dawns and I find myself hunting desperately under the trampoline for lost book bags and missing plimsolls, I make myself a solemn promise.  I vow that next year I will be more organised, and that when the time comes, getting the children back to school will involve nothing more stressful than kissing their little blonde heads goodbye, and shedding a private tear at the passing of another summer.

Illogical as it may sound, I know in my heart of hearts (and from seeing it done by mothers more organised than me) that back to school should really begin before the summer term is out, when the uniform is still going through the wash cycle and your foot is still on the pedal. Get sorted before the happy, unstructured chaos of August sets in and you will earn yourself a proper break from school. Or at least that is the plan.

And so, as the holidays loom, I am resisting my urges to burn the nylon slacks and easy-iron shirts that have been dominating the laundry pile, and to treat this time of year instead as the moment for stock taking. Holes in trousers, frayed cuffs and unacceptable stains are being noted, and odd socks are in the ragbag. I am keeping September front of mind and putting in an order for an awful lot of name labels.

back to school with Daisy Bridgewater

When they go back to school this year I intend my children not to be able to move for nametags. Five lost water bottles and I am finally convinced that adhesive labels will fair better than biro, whilst shoe labels will hopefully enable them to distinguish between their own pair of clumpy black bus driver shoes and the identical ones belonging to their friends.  The more elusive members of the pencil case- namely rulers, rubbers and sharpeners- will all get the same treatment, ditto the sports kit (although I have yet to find anything that will stay stuck to a gum shield).

It has taken me three children and six years of Primary school to reach this state of theoretical back to school organisation, but there have been some bad moments along the way. Take it from me that lunch boxes should be vigorously disinfected at the beginning of the holidays, not left to the mice and the mould for the summer. Examine book bags forensically for traces of holiday work, party invitations, and chocolate money, then stow them away in a memorable place (the foot well of the car is not acceptable). Banish black shoes (a school year of wearing them is rather habit-forming) and wait until the last minute possible to buy a new pair, as little feet grow surprisingly big in the holidays. (In my book there is nothing wrong with sending them to school in trainers, saving shoe shopping for the afternoon after the first day back, when the shops are less frantic.

Never forget the thrill of going back to school as a child-the feel of a new pencil case stuffed with carefully sharpened pencils, the fleeting shine on a new pair of shoes, the holiday stories to share with much missed friends- and reserve some of it for yourself too.  My own particular pleasure resides in the woven name tape, my first order of which made me feel more grown up that possibly anything that motherhood had previously required of me. I will order more of them now, and spend the drearier moments of the World Cup Final quietly sewing them in. Better that than pulling an all-nighter on the eve of the new term.

Daisy Bridgewater

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Win a 3 night stay with Classic Glamping & GLTC.

The GLTC Blog alongside our friends at Classic Glamping bring you a huge competition prize that’s perfect for a family looking to escape it all and enjoy a little bit of luxury.

We’ve partnered with Classic Glamping to offer you the chance to WIN a 3 night stay at one of their premier locations Knightstone Farm Glamping Lodge – for details and entry find out more below:

Win a 3 night camping trip with Classic Glamping

May we present: the wild, in comfort and en suite. It’s camping – but not as you know it. With Classic Glamping you get the best of the great outdoors, but with all the creature comforts you’d expect from a luxurious holiday home. Proper beds? Check. Comfy linens? Check. Fluffy towels? Check. Warm, dry and roasty-toasty cosy? Check, check and check. What’s more, we’ve defied the laws of nature to create a hot shower and a private, flushing loo in every one of our very special destinations, whether it’s a glamorous yurt, a gorgeous shepherd’s hut or a fab safari tent. Our luxury camping experience equals total relaxation, whether you want to make a kite with the kids, toast some marshmallows around the fire or simply do nothing while you enjoy the views from our awesomely beautiful sites in secret pockets of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset. From this day on, thou shalt not rough it.

In this great competition you could win a three night short break holiday for up to four people in the lovely Knightstone Farm Glamping Lodge in Devon. Tell me more, we hear you cry. Well, do you dream of freedom on your daily commute? Is every day full of stress and hassle? Are you yearning to get away from it all, to chill out, relax and simply be? Great because it’s all about getting close to nature at Knightstone Farm’s gorgeous glamping lodge.

In the remote rural idyll you can slow right down, switch right off and do nothing but breathe in the country air while enjoying the peaceful views of rolling hills and woodland. Just a few miles inland from East Devon’s World Heritage Jurassic Coast, in a little valley above the winding River Otter, you’ll find the farm’s private track where you’ll park and transfer your kit into a wheelbarrow for the last few steps – and roll up to the superb safari tent, sitting in a private, enclosed corner of a gentle meadow. Outside, a large, south-facing deck looks down to a pretty copse, where steps lead down to a bridge over a stream and on to a wildlife lake, while dairy cattle graze the nearby fields. Inside, there’s a roomy living area with comfy seating, a dining table and chairs and a kitchen with a proper worktop and cupboards, plus a log-fired range for warming those cockles and cooking up yummy meals (there’s also a double gas hob out on the verandah).

Just because you’re wild at heart it doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on any modern comforts, there’s a double bedroom, two sturdy 3’ bunk beds in a separate room, a walk-in wardrobe/store room, and a separate bathroom with a flushing loo and lovely hot shower. A solar panel runs the lighting, and you can charge your smartphone or tablet from it, too. So you can be off the grid without missing that important email. Whether you want to watch the sun rise from your verandah or gather round the fire pit to admire the sun set, the quiet beauty of this unique place will capture your heart. Listen for an owl or a fox, bird watch, spot the constellations in the starry night sky or explore the land around. There’s no agenda here; it’s all just up to you.

Camping comp

Sounds great, doesn’t it? To enter for your chance to weekend a 3 night stay at Knightsdown Farm just complete your entry below by 30th June 2014.

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Disclaimer: By entering into this competition you are agreeing to share your email address with GLTC for marketing purposes. If you wish to opt out, you can do so by signing into your GLTC account and selecting to opt out of marketing preferences.

Wishing all the entrants the best of luck!

Lisa Neatham

Rainy Day Activities for Half Term

How typical of the Great British Summer Time, just as half term arrives so do the clouds and rain. Can you remember the last time spring half term graced us with blue skies and sunshine to fulfil our yearnings to get outside with the kids and enjoy some fresh air? I for one can’t, so we need some rainy day activities to keep us occupied.

So here we are, racking our brains for some fun activities to keep the children entertained that don’t involve looking at a screen. Well, a problem shared is a problem halved; here are my top 5 family activities for a rainy half term.

1.       Create an indoor obstacle course

Using whatever materials you can find around the house from pillows to sheets, paper plates, skipping ropes, tinned cans, balloons and balls. Building an obstacle course is a great team activity to get siblings playing together or perfect for a play date too. They’ll learn skills about team work, brainstorming ideas, being resourceful and creative with what they have available.

Plus they’ll learn some great skills which will help them back at school during their PE lessons! From balance, to crawl, jump, pull, reach, weave and coordination, there’s plenty of challenges you can develop.

rainy day activities

Some of my ideas include:

  • –          Crawling under a row of chairs
  • –          A Sack Race
  • –          Skip in one place or jump up and down on a Pogo Stick whilst reciting a song
  • –          Newspaper Walk
  • –          Build a Fort to crawl through

 

2.       Set up a play restaurant

This was one of my favourite games as a little girl, my sister and I would spend hours setting up a restaurant in the conservatory. Laying the table, preparing a menu, creating a colourful salad and taking turns being the waitress and customer.

This is such a simple role play game, which you can set up without any need for extra equipment. You just need a table, chairs, plastic plates and cutlery, some condiments and pretend food (or the real thing!).  If you’re kids are lucky enough to have a play kitchen then they can also be busy pretending to be chopping, boiling and baking. You can have your own chef, waiting staff and customers!

pretend play restaurant play restaurant

This is a great way to get the children interested in food too, with planning a menu and selecting interesting and new foods. Plus they’ll get a chance to practice their dining etiquette in restaurants too! They’ll also learn some very handy skills for laying the table – one less job for the parents.

As you know GLTC are passionate about role play and the benefits it has for children’s development, creativity, imagination and confidence. Introducing elements of real life such as dining, chores, taking turns and cooking with a game will give your kids a great start in life (as well as a distraction on a rainy day).

3.       Build a den or put a tent up in side

Whether you have a pop up tent or wigwam or not, building a den is an all-time classic – as long as you have the space! You don’t always have to put a tent up in the garden, and there are plenty of activities to be enjoyed inside them too from a reading corner to a teddy bears’ picnic.

Mummy blogger Ghostwritermummy.co.uk has plenty of inspirational ways to play with a wigwam from setting up a sensory den to a magic potion shop. Her GLTC Wigwam has provided hours of entertainment both inside and out this spring.

build a den on a rainy day pop up tent

Like building an obstacle course, setting up camp in the living room is a great activity to help children develop skills in working together, being creative and building things.

4.       Themed role play day

For one day (or afternoon) everyone gets into character and gets their creative juices running. A themed day could incorporate all sorts of games, from dressing up, to role play games, themed food and crafts. You could pick a country or culture, or maybe something from the past; there are lots of themes to choose which will help teach kids about history, geography, cultures or telling stories.

role play themes for a rainy day

Themed days could include:

  • –          Mexican Wednesday: Learn a little about Hispanic culture, from speaking a little Spanish to Mexico’s Independence Day or delicious Mexican recipes. You can get crafty & make a Pinata whilst listening to Hipsanic Music.
  • –          Safari Day: Dress up as animals and write a story about being on safari. Encouraging the children to put together fact cards on their animal and present to each other.
  • –          Science Day: Dress up as some crazy scientists and conduct experiments, collect bugs and learn about how the body works.

 

5.       Make a Rain Catcher

If it’s going to rain constantly, then we may as well make the most of it! When I came across this blog post by RainyDayMum I loved her idea for a rain catcher. All you need is a large bottle, scissors, PVA glue, paint, a marker and tape.

It’s a great craft activity and children will enjoy recording the rain fall and recording rain levels. It’s a fun way to learn numbers and measurements too.  We’d recommend you head over to RainyDayMum for her guide on making a rain catcher and more ideas for rainy days.

Share your ideas for rainy day activities with us and who knows with all this planning maybe the weather will changes its mind!

Lisa Neatham

Daisy Bridgewater talks to GLTC on Outdoor Play

It’s no secret that at GLTC we’re huge fans of outdoor play, this week we’ve been talking to Daisy Bridgewater a journalist and mother of 3 boys who shares our passion for getting kids out in the fresh air and away from their screens. 

outdoor play for boys

It is sunny outside, the perfect day for outdoor play, but the curtains are tightly drawn. I had thought my children were still asleep, drinking in the pleasures of a Saturday lie in, but they are hidden beneath a blanket, three sets of urgent eyes gazing into one tiny iPod screen, searching for Narnia in a virtual world of video clips not meant for them.

I thought I had won the battle to curb screen time, one more fiercely fought at home than any other. Let elbows rest on tables and chairs be scraped, I thought to myself. Let food go unfinished or slipped to the dear dog. Anything, so long as more of my daily nagging quota be dedicated to the virtues of outdoor play versus the potential brain drain of screening.

And so I banned weekday screen time at the beginning of term, with homework and music practise easily filling the gap between pick up and teatime, and garden games the compulsory constitutional. There was protest at first, then sulking, diffidence and lethargy, but we are quickly rediscovering the pleasures of outdoor play. And having the screens taken out of the equation has been a relief to us all.

There are endless ways to get children outside, some so obvious as to be frequently overlooked. Eat outside as much as possible. We sometimes dig holes and cook on fires in the earth, grilling sausages and chicken thighs on a wrought iron grill. Other days it’s burgers on a disposable BBQ, or ham rolls and a thermos of soup, packed up in a rucksack and carried to a corner of a field. Whatever you choose, outdoor play will unfurl around you as you fiddle and fuss over the picnic. Encourage children to sleep outside too- den building will be given a whole new edge it is in preparation for a night in the wilds of the garden. And relax your rules: toys, books, rugs and bedding are imbued with a new kind of magic the moment they are dragged out onto the lawn.

For older children, if you are taking away the trappings of indoor play, be sure to replace them with something to rival the virtual thrills of screen. Who wants to play Fifa 14 when there is a goal post in the garden? What fun the Bowmaster app when there is a real archery set, waiting to be used when Daddy is home and ready to supervise? A Slackline, pulled taught between two trees, sits like a challenge to my sons to wobble their way from one end to the other. A tyre swings temptingly from the eucalyptus tree.  Cricket stumps beg to be defended.

outdoor play with Daisy Bridgewater

Then there is creative outdoor play like mud painting, stick modelling, and, in my children’s case, weapon making. Some children love to be given a task- aged 4 my youngest was never happier than with a wheelbarrow. Others might be nascent gardeners, and if given their own planter or patch of earth may do less damage to the rest of the borders. The dog might need to be trained over hurdles, the guinea pig probably needs a brush, and the bikes definitely need a clean. Now, who was it who wanted to play on the Xbox…?

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Meal times with Little Dish: Tips on feeding little ones

Are you having a battle at the moment with that age old problem of meal times and fussy eaters? Don’t worry you’re not on your own and there is help out there! We’ve spoken with our friends over at Little Dish and asked Hillary Graves, Founder and CEO for her expert advice on how to handle fussy eaters. 

Little dish and fussy eaters

Here’s what Hillary had to say…

Hillary Graves on fussy eating

As any tired Mum or Dad knows, children of toddler and pre-school age are incredibly active!  They are also growing and developing very rapidly so it is important that they get lots of energy and nutrients from a healthy, balanced diet.

Toddler food groups

Toddlers have smaller tummies than grown ups so they need more calories and good stuff in each mouthful of food.  When feeding your little one, it’s important to try to provide meals throughout their day that are made up of foods from each of the 3 food groups:

Carbohydrates – provide energy to fuel the body. Includes complex ‘starchy’ carbs such as bread rice, potatoes and pasta; as well as fruit and vegetables. Fruit and veg are especially important as they also provide fibre and vitamins and minerals. Nutritionally, frozen are just as good as fresh fruit and veg.

Protein – the ‘building blocks’ for growth and development. Protein is needed by all cells in the body. Meat, Fish, Eggs and Dairy are the best sources of protein. Remember that when it comes to dairy, whole cow’s milk is better than skimmed as it is a rich source of several nutrients. Pulses and beans like lentils and chickpeas are great non-animal sources of protein.

Fats – provide a long-term store of energy for the body. They also help provide insulation and to control body temperatures. Be wary of trans-fats which are found in abundance in chips, crisps, cakes and biscuits. Focus instead on the ‘healthy fats’ like omega 3 – an essential fatty acid that’s needed for your little one’s brain development and other important bodily functions. Fish – particularly oily fish like salmon, is a wonderful source of omega 3, as is rapeseed oil and olive oil.

 

My tips for fussy toddlers

It’s important that we encourage toddlers to eat a healthy and varied diet like the rest of the family from the outset, as likes and dislikes can be established at this early stage in life. Having said that, it is normal for toddlers to refuse to taste or eat new foods from time to time. Most children will eat enough to keep them going, so there is no need to worry, unless your child is clearly not gaining weight. Fortunately, most toddlers grow out of this stage and eventually learn to enjoy a variety of different foods.

As a mum of two little ones, here are a few tips I’ve picked up along the way that should encourage fussy eaters to eat a little bit more of what they should:

Children benefit from routines – regular meal times and snacks do help.

  •  Try to offer your little one(s) the same food as the rest of the family and eat your meals together at the table when possible, so they learn from you.
  • Toddlers often benefit from eating with other children so if possible arrange for your child to eat with other children (e.g. with siblings or during play dates).
  • Give your little one small portions and praise them if they finish, before offering more.
  • Make positive comments about the food, as you serve it and as they eat.
  • Offer finger foods as often as possible to keep things fun.
  • Make sure your toddler eats in a calm, relaxed environment away from distractions such as TV and toys.
  • Children get bored quickly so try to finish mealtime within 30 minutes or so.
  • Try to recognize when they have had enough and remove uneaten food without any comment. Don’t make a big deal of any leftovers.
  • Never rush meals (though don’t take too long) or try to pressure your toddler to eat more when they’ve indicated that they’ve had enough.

Obviously these are just a few pointers on a very big subject, but you can read more about the food groups, which foods to serve and which to avoid as well as FAQs on toddler nutrition on our website at www.littledish.co.uk.

At Little Dish we know that it’s not easy to produce nutritious yet tasty meals for little ones each and every day, so we can help.  Our fresh meals are made with 100% natural ingredients, with no added salt.  They are perfect for kids from 1 year and up and can be ready to eat in minutes.

And good news for fussy eaters – we have a team of ‘Tiny Tasters’ around the UK who taste-test all our meals before they leave the kitchens, so Mums and Dads know they have been approved by little ones like their own. You can find us in the chilled aisle at Asda, Tesco, Waitrose, Morrisons and on Ocado.com.

We’d love you to join the Little Dish family so we can keep you up to date with Little Dish news and offers.  You can sign up at www.littledish.co.uk/family.

So that’s Hillary’s advice, will you be trying any of these recommendations or do you have any of your own?

GLTC have also teamed up with Little Dish to offer an exclusive competition to win our Carnaby Play Kitchen – all you need to do to enter is go over to their Facebook page to find out more at www.facebook.com/littledish.

Win our Carnaby Play Kitchen with Little Dish

Win our Carnaby Play Kitchen with Little Dish