• What your little one needs for a successful sleep away from home

    September 25, 2020Uncategorised

    Whether your family is planning a sweet staycation for October half term or a simple sleepover at Granny’s, what you pack in your little one’s bag can be make or break. However tiny your tot may be, their needs (and demands) are big. 

    With lockdowns and travel limits, time at home has become more monotonous than ever and taking some time out of the house feels increasingly important. Routines have become the rules we …

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  • Our Top Toys for Imaginative Play

    September 24, 2020Gift Inspiration, Lifestyle

    When it comes to playtime, your little one knows that their imagination is where it’s at. Imaginative play is a fun-filled way for children to find the magic in every day as they role play, act out different experiences and explore their own memories and dreams. 

    The best part? It’s also secretly educational! Imaginative play is essential for healthy development: little ones will giggle and grin while they practice decision making, work out the …

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  • Back to School: How to have a Happy Return

    August 31, 2020Advice, Parenting, Real life

    Given that many children won’t have been in school for six months, going back this September will be a huge transition – for us parents too. Especially for those like my own daughter Jessie, who is starting school for the first time. 

    So with the return to school planned for 3rd September how can we best prepare for a happy, confident and calm return?

    Tip 1: Help children prepare emotionally for going back.

    A big transition can …

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  • Here’s How to Build your Best Ever Blanket Fort

    July 2, 2020How to, Parenting, Things To Do

    As lockdown continues, we know how difficult it is to keep coming up with new ideas to avoid boredom at home. Enter the blanket fort, a childhood classic that will occupy and entertain your little ones for days. We know what you’re thinking: the mess, the faff…but what about the peace and quiet that giving your children a little space of their own could bring? Not only will the planning and building process keep your …

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  • Stay at Home with this Printable Wordsearch Activity

    June 24, 2020How to, Lifestyle, Parenting, Things To Do

    Every week, we’re bringing you a new printable activity to help entertain your kids during lockdown.This week, we’ve made a wonderful wordsearch, designed to distract your little ones and give yourself some peace – even if it’s only for 15 minutes. 

    All you need is a printer, a pen and a little concentration to find the words we’ve hidden in this fun printable. 

    Click to download the WordsearchDownload

    With love,

    My 1st Years x

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  • Download your own printable ‘make me’ dolls

    June 18, 2020How to, Lifestyle, Real life, Things To Do

    Download these printable paper dolls for hours of at-home fun. While some little ones are able to return to school and nursery, they are still not able to socialise or play normally with their friends. These printable paper dolls are an easy lockdown activity that will support the development of your child’s vocabulary and self expression, boost their fine motor skills and fire up their imagination. 

    What you need

    ‘Make Me’ Paper Doll templates, available to download …

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  • 4 Steps to turn a walk into an adventure

    June 15, 2020Lifestyle, Real life, Things To Do

    Transform your daily walk from simple outdoor exercise to a fun adventure for all the family. We know that life can feel a bit boring under lockdown so we’re always looking for more ways to help you stay sane and keep the kids entertained. Liven up your routine with one of these four straightforward ways to make walks more exciting for you and your little ones.

    1. Tell a story

    Take inspiration from your children’s favourite …

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  • Learn their ABCs with this fun printable activity!

    June 11, 2020How to, Lifestyle, Parenting, Real life, Things To Do

    As lockdown eases and schools begin to reopen, nurseries still remain closed. Alphabet activities can be a fun and easy way to help your toddler become more familiar with letters, develop their sound recognition and boost their literacy learning. Playing with a set of alphabet cards is a great way to introduce a little one to reading, encourage them to learn new words and help them to feel more confident when they go back to …

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