Sea­sonal in­spi­ra­tion

Your Baby & Toddler - - Contents - YB

1 In­vest in a grape­fruit knife. A nifty knife makes it so much eas­ier to get the seg­ments loose and up your citrus fruit in­take.

2 Have you tried golden milk? In­di­ans swear by it. Mix pinches of turmeric, cin­na­mon and ground gin­ger into milk and serve warm. Add some honey for the chil­dren.

3 July is sta­tis­ti­cally the cold­est month of the year. Make a weather chart and show your child how you mea­sure the tem­per­a­ture and put it on the chart.

4 Camp out in front of your fire­place on a week­end night. Drag your mat­tresses and du­vets there. Fun, and oh, so warm.

5 En­joy a bath by can­dle­light with your chil­dren.

6 In­tro­duce your chil­dren to curry. Or­der but­ter chicken and bas­mati rice from your lo­cal In­dian restau­rant. It doesn’t burn at all, but the flavours are won­der­ful.

7 Make a clove orange to hang in the kitchen. Sim­ply stick a whole lot of cloves in an orange. It smells won­der­ful.

8 Buy lots of stick­ers and a plas­tic flip file to keep your child busy on a rainy day.

9 Show your chil­dren how to squeeze and roll an orange un­til the in­side is soft. Then make a hole and suck all the juice out of your home-made “juice box”.

10 Read Hans Chris­tian An­der­sen’s clas­sic story The Snow Queen to your chil­dren. Let them draw a pic­ture of her af­ter­wards.

11 July is the sev­enth month of the year. Spend it look­ing for the num­ber 7 wher­ever you go. Do the same for Au­gust and the num­ber 8.

12 Lie in bed and laugh at silly cat videos. Try cat­sofin­sta­gram for starters.

13 Tell your fam­ily you’re go­ing to gym, and then go and have a good ses­sion in the sauna or steam room in­stead.

14 Tell your chil­dren what a wun­derkind (a child prodigy) is. Then play them Erich Wolf­gang Korn­gold’s bal­let The Snow­man. He wrote it when he was 11 years old.

15 Write Dad a heart­warm­ing note and pop it in his jacket pocket be­fore work for him to discover later.

Fif­teen ways to en­joy the won­ders of win­ter with your fam­ily

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