Blog » Month: April 2020

How to help children practice their reading and writing during the lockdown

If your child doesn’t want to read at home you are definitely not alone. Ideas to make reading and writing fun for kids! Write a journal: Encourage your kid to write a journal about their own experience during the lockdown. Their writing level isn’t an issue, even if they can only write a few words because…

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VE DAY: Lockdown Party Ideas

The weekend of May 8th – 10th is the weekend to commemorate and celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day, marking the end of the war in Europe. Why not throw a “LOCKDOWN” VE Day Party at home – we have put together some great ideas to get the kids involved! Create your own red…

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SNACKS!

Are the kids eating you out of house and home this lockdown? Mine certainly are! They are confusing boredom with hunger and are wanting regular snacks which they would not normally have! After chatting with friends this seems to be a common occurrence, but here are some great ways to control the snacking! Daily Snack…

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Family Challenges from Inspire Me Personal Training – Week 5

This week Claire Chadwick, from Inspire Me Personal Training looks at some of the fitness challenges out there all the family can get involved in! Going crazy? Trying things you never thought you would? A whole new set of conversations and activities are taking place in our house. Mum do you want to do this Tik Tok…

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Leeds Museums and Galleries attractions have gone Virtual!!

Whilst we all do our bit to stay safe during the COVID-19 situation, you can still enjoy a virtual visit to some of the nine Leeds Museums and Galleries attractions! Explore Leeds Museums and Galleries though exciting objects and fascinating facts, with Leeds Discovery Centre’s Learning Officer, Emily Nelson. Join Emily as she takes viewers through…

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Creative ways to keep in touch with Grandparents & other family during COVID-19 Lockdown

Creative ideas to keep the whole family connected The UK Government announced this week its intention to keep the current social isolation measures in place for at least 3 more weeks.  As we enter another weekend, many families may worry about how to keep in touch with grandparents and other close relatives over an extended…

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Giving birth during Covid-19 pandemic and what to expect in the immediate postnatal period

In her guest blog, Annie Robinson, owner of Blooming Babies and a registered midwife shares her advice on giving birth during COVID-19 pandemic and what to expect in the immediate postnatal period. Due to the evolving nature of the coronavirus pandemic, clinical guidance is under constant review and change. This information was taken from RCM (Royal…

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Earth Day 2020

Earth Day 2020 is Wednesday 22nd April 2020. Here are a few ideas as to what you can do to do your little bit to help as a family whilst we are living in these unprecedented times.   Litter Picking – whilst on a daily exercise, take a bag and pick up any rubbish you see….

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Night terrors in children and how to manage them

In her latest guest blog, sleep consultant Kate Johnson discusses a subject that has been raised a lot recently during these uncertain times, night terrors and ways we can support children experiencing them. As we head into our fifth week of the lockdown – routines will have altered for most of us. This may mean…

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Lockdown Child-Friendly Photography Projects from Jan Sweeney

How are you all doing?  It is such a strange time, isn’t it? I feel like I am on a rollercoaster of emotions. One day I am scared and anxious and other days I feel so lucky to be safe at home with Ryan and the girls, doing things we normally wouldn’t have time to…

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St George’s Day – Shields, Castles & Dragons!

St George was made the Patron Saint of England in 1350 by Kind Edward III and the legend is that he slayed a dragon! On Thursday 23rd April, it’s St George’s Day so we have decided to make some shields, castles and dragons to celebrate! There are  also lots of resources for parents on Twinkl…

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Fun ways to encourage children of all ages to do daily physical activity – Inspire Me Personal Training – Week 4

Claire Chadwick, from Inspire Me Personal Training in North Leeds, shares some ideas which can help kids stay more active during lockdown and are fun for all the family! Some kids want to kick a ball around all day long, whilst others need dragging away from addictive screen time. As we all meet the many…

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Deer Shed Festival 11 postponed by one year due to COVID-19 outbreak.

North Yorkshire’s Deer Shed Festival has been postponed until 30th July – 1st August 2021 on safety grounds due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus outbreak in the UK. It was originally scheduled to take place from 24th – 26th July 2020. Organisers of the family friendly festival, which attracted 10,000 ticket holders of all ages…

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Melissa Morton, Garden Designer & Horticulturist: Grow food in your garden – for the family and pet guinea pigs too!

It was National Gardening Day on 14th April and what perfect weather we’re having to encourage us to spend time in the garden. During the current Covid lockdown, I’m sure there’s plenty of children and families desperate to spend time outdoor. With the early issues of supply in the supermarkets, it made me think about…

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20 Ways to Celebrate Birthdays During Social Isolation

Mini-Mumblers birthday is FAST approaching and I had NO idea what to do to make u for the fact his party is no longer happening! Fellow mumbler Charlotte has just celebrated her first child birthday during the lockdown and has sent us these fab ideas! Toddler Mumbler turned two on Saturday – our first birthday…

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Ask Anisa: 10 Ideas To Help Your Kids Wellbeing During COVID-19

What can we do during lockdown to help our kid(s) wellbeing I hear you ask! Well, look no further here are my 10 ideas to boost your kid’s wellbeing during this uncertain and confusing time: 1. Find joy in the simple things Encourage your children to find joy in the simple and the ordinary, to…

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Workout at home not the same as a gym workout? Inspire Me Personal Training – Week 3

Claire Chadwick from Inspire Me Personal Training is here with us again to challenge us to get more from our home workouts. Just because you can’t get into the gym at the moment, it doesn’t mean your home workouts should be any less productive. A great place to start is to keep all your major…

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Joe Browns clothing are giving one lucky Mumbler a massive £250 voucher for a new wardrobe!

The whole world is facing a crazy & unsettling time and none of us knows how long it is going to last or how long we will all be home-schooling our children! In and amongst the crafting, the endless chants of “Mummm, I’m bored….” “Muuum, I’m hungry” and of course (and we don’t judge you…

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Wharfe Valley School Children Encouraged to Take on the Tate! 

Ghyll Royd School Headteacher David Martin has a creative challenge for local school children! If it’s one thing the Wharfe Valley has in spades, it’s the community spirit. Since the Prime Minister’s plea for the elderly and vulnerable to stay indoors, local businesses have worked tirelessly to ensure we can still eat, shop, learn and be…

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Easter Egg Hunts with a Difference

With the prospect of the entire Easter Weekend fully at home, you might want to mix things up a little bit and make the traditional Easter Egg Hunt a little more challenging or creative. We’ve come up with a few ideas you might want to try; and who knows, maybe it will spur a new…

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Mumbler Easter Chocolate Quiz

As catch-ups with your family and friends now need to be done virtually, why not take part in the Mumbler Easter Chocolate Quiz! Let’s see who knows their chocolate bars!! Download the PDF version here: Mumbler Easter Chocolate Quiz The answers are available here… No cheating!!

Mini First Aid Online Courses

As we are all aware, normal life is on hold as Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to affect our everyday routines. As such, we are very aware that many of you will be unable to attend our 2 hour Baby and Child First Aid class in person. That’s why we have pulled out all the stops to…

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Cracking Easter challenge for Leeds budding digital code breakers

Young adventurers in Leeds can decipher an intricate piece of Morse code or discover the secrets of an ancient prehistoric cave as part of a new interactive online game. Designed by Leeds Museums and Galleries, the innovative code-cracking challenge calls on players negotiate a series of fiendishly clever puzzles using key information they have learned…

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Otley FREE Poetry Competition

Otley Town Council and Otley Town Poet Matthew Hedley Stoppard are inviting poets of all ages and abilities to submit a poem on the theme ‘Signs of Spring’. There will be a prize of ­­­­­­­­­­­a £20 e-voucher for the winner of each of the following categories: Primary Age (five to 10 years old) Teenage (11 to 17 years…

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Fostering North Yorkshire: Meet Chloe – could you fostering be for you?

For some people, like Chloe, with the nights still cold, it’s not great to be hanging out on your own, whether in town or in the park, if you just need to get away from stuff at home for a while.  But that’s what Chloe seems to be doing more of just recently because things…

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ARTventurers Easter Crafts for Toddlers

For ARTventurers, Easter is a big event. It’s on a par with Halloween and Christmas as it gives us the perfect opportunity to showcase what we do best, art and creative play. We had some lovely Easter themed classes planned for this Easter holiday but unfortunately, this year it’s just not meant to be. Seen as…

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Finding the Motivation to Exercise from Inspire Me Personal Training – Week 2

Claire Chadwick from Inspire Me Personal Training talks about how to keep the household motivated to exercise, especially with older children. Intrinsic motivation doesn’t develop in children until they are well into High School, the idea that they may exercise for long term health benefits is too abstract.  Instead, they need extrinsic motivation. That is…

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A Leeds Dad’s Perspective on Lockdown with a Baby and Toddler!

Andrew Carter is a 33-year-old author and dad from Headingley, who writes heartwarming yet humorous blogs about his life as a new dad. In this guest blog, Andrew shares his experiences of lockdown with a baby and toddler! “Why are you standing there?” Louise asked me yesterday. “I’m waiting for the kettle to boil.” “Well,…

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Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice: Around the World Challenge

  Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus pandemic Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice has had to postpone their Around The World challenge for the time being. But fear not, they have produced a brand new way for you to help them make it Around The World this year. Introducing the very special … Around The World…

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Covid-19 Home Learning: Mumbler May Half Term Holiday Boredom Buster Guide

We survived another term of homeschooling (a big pat on the back to us all!) but now realise that there is a week of entertaining the children to come where you can’t rely on schoolwork! We have put together our Mumbler May Half Term Holiday Boredom Buster with ideas for themed activities each day!  Great…

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Educational TV Programmes for Kids

Do you just want 15 mins to finish off some work, have some you time or to get dinner ready but you want the kids to watch something that’s a bit more educational? I’ve heard people say “if you put the sound on mute and turn on the sub-titles they can practice their reading skills”…

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