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Top 10 Fun and Creative Activities to Keep Your Preschooler Entertained

Preschoolers are curious little people who love to explore but keeping them busy and engaged during the day can be quite a challenge. Here are some simple, fun and educational ideas to make life with them creative and enjoyable.
• Blow Bubbles
Always keep a tub of bubble solution handy in the kitchen as a wonderful solution to your little ones boredom. You can buy them very cheaply from the £ shops and they often come with lots of different size and shaped pipes to make unusual bubbles which your little one will love popping or catching or blowing. Or you can make your own bubble solution from washing up liquid to save yourself some money. Let your child play in the sink with some bubbles too and let them have fun looking at the rainbows.
• Make a Necklace
Making necklaces and bracelets is a brilliant way to have fun but it is also a great way to develop your little ones dexterity. You can buy large beads or buttons from the ELC which they can thread onto coloured threads or wool or I remember letting my kids just play with my spare button box. But remember to tape the end to make it easy to thread and at the other end to stop all the beads from falling off! Also make sure they are old enough not to put the beads in their mouth.
• The Magic Paint Brush
I remember my own kids playing outside with a bucket of water and some paintbrushes and having enormous fun just making pictures with water that dried up easily with no mess. They can also paint in the bath too!
• Make a Person
Draw round your child onto a large sheet of paper and let them colour in and draw their own clothes, hair and face. Glue on some wool for hair and use old fabric for their clothes and use real buttons or even real shoelaces on their shoes or trainers.
Keep a supply of things like toilet paper tubes, old boxes, buttons, feathers, sequins and glitter around for creating – particularly on wet days. Just keep an eye on your child when they are creating and working with small parts as you don’t want to end up in A & E if they’ve popped something up their nose!
Also try playing with potatoes as they are wonderful for artistic activities. You can stick all kinds of things in a potato like feathers, twigs or straws and you can cut out shapes and paint with them.
• Finger Paint
Kids LOVE finger painting but have you thought of doing it with shaving cream or spurty cream on the kitchen table or in the bath? Or have you ever filled a tray with sand, salt or flour and let them draw pictures or trace letters in it?
• Scissor Fun
Preschoolers love to cut and stick. So get out all your (and their) old magazines, Christmas or birthday cards and help them cut and stick the pictures onto a collage. Just remember to buy plastic safety scissors designed just for young children’s fingers to avoid any injuries.
• Read a Book
Read to your little one everyday and sing nursery rhymes. Children love being read to and it develops their language and vocabulary skills too. Point to words so they begin to get the idea that we read from left to right across the page. It’s a good idea to make sure you have baskets of books always around at their level so they can dip in and out of a book when they feel like it.
• Paint wax resist eggs from hard boiled eggs
Get some hard boiled eggs, some wax crayons and some food colouring and draw pictures or designs onto the eggs. Then dip the eggs in the dye and the dye won’t soak through the crayon so your child will love discovering their patterns.
• Pots and Pans
Give your kids some clean, empty pots and pans and some wooden spoons and let them play. They will spend hours having fun with this very simple and old fashioned idea.
• Water Play
Kids love water so why not let them play with it. Fill the sink or bowl with warm water and let them “wash” saucepan lids, toys and cutlery (not knives!) It’s a good idea to put a towel under their chair at the sink to soak up all the drips and it also  stops them from slipping.
You can also check out easy to do craft ideas for toddlers at
Sue Atkins is a former Deputy Head with 22 years teaching experience and is now a Parent Coach. She has written many books on self esteem, toddlers and teenagers and has a collection of Confident Parent CD’s available from her website. She is also the author of “Raising Happy Children for Dummies” one in the famous black and yellow series published worldwide and available from all good bookshops. For more information go to =>

1230 Woking

Not long now until the next meeting of 1230TWC Woking and this month we have a special offer for all members!  All you have to do is bring a guest who isn’t a member and hasn’t visited before & YOU will qualify for a FREE MEETING!
Guests will pay normal price for non-members)

My Day Today

Today I met an absolutley lovely man.  He’s from Romania and has been over here for 18 months.  His wife has a baby due at the end of April and I helped make sure that if he dies, his wife and child will be well provided for financially.  That’s job satisfaction!

1230 Member on Ladette to Lady ITV1, Tuesday 22 January 9pm

1230 member Caroline Sherwood-Roberts is featuring in this 5 week series. Voice coach and elocution expert Caroline is also a judge on the panel.  We look forward to hearing from Caroline how it all goes

Dartford Launch 23rd July

Many thanks to all who supported the launch of this new Group on 23rd July at Dartford Golf Club.  Thanks to Jackie for her attendance and to Anne for her invaluable help both before and on the day.  Following discussions with the Club we are being given unprecedented access to the boardroom for our future meetings, which will now take place on the 4th Thursday of the month, commencing on 28th August.  Please come along  -bring your friends!

helloWorld – the cutting edge

The 5.30am start to get to the leaders’ meeting of helloWorld on Saturday 17 November really was worthwhile!
It is amazing how each time we have such an event the software has moved on again. It is so exciting to be part of something that is so far ahead of its competitors.
We can now have private face2face meetings with up to five people via the video streaming media helloWorld provides.
We also had a chance to try out helloPhone which is a bit like using a very superior version of Skype. helloPhone at the moment can be used to have up to 3-way face2face phonecalls with any other helloWorld customer or member from anywhere in the world. At the beginning of next year plans are afoot to have a variety of packages so that it can be used with any phone number in the world – about 1d per minute to anywhere!
The company really is an amazing one. Everytime you sign in there is another easy to use feature enabled – and when we use helloWorld we are being very environmentally friendly.

5 November at TWC

Jackie and I missed the fireworks today but it was a sparkling day for networking.
First thing in the morning we were at The Savoy presenting Louise Bayne of Ovacome a cheque for £1700 which was the total raised by our wonderful 1230 TWC members in September at the Tea in Style event we held with Frank Usher at The Savoy. The total included £270 which was raised by 1230 TWC Harpenden members who were unable to join us all for the fantastic tea and fashion show.
1230 saw us having lunch at the RSA Club in Adam Street with Margaret Duggan, winner of last year’s Any Other Business? Award which was sponsored by Microsoft. This year’s event will have an IT flavour with workshops run by experts from all areas of IT and the topics will be specifically aimed at helping your businesses to use IT more efficiently to save you time and more effectively to grow your business.
We had to dash away from the meeting to travel to Westminster where we attended a presentation by Prowess in the Members’ Dining Room, overlooking the River Thames. The report on Women Entrepreneurs was extremely interesting and we will be looking for more ways to work with Prowess in the future to help our 1230 members.
Our business day together over I left Jackie at Westminster and went off to the Caledonian Club in Halkin Street. A fabulous venue for the Hume Clan AGM. My great grandmother was a Hume. The Clan has bought and is restoring Hume Castle in the borders of Scotland. If any of you have Humes in your family tree do get in touch. The Hume Clan is relatively new – five years – and keen for new members to join. I always meet interesting people to network with and they could be related too!

1230 TWC Christmas events

This month has been an absolute whirlwind, with various meetings, plans for 2008 and in amongst all this Penny and I have managed to attend 2 1230 TWC Christmas specials – one in Saloman’s, with 1230 TWC Managers Jo Williams, Ann and Jane Marshall, and one in The Screen, Oxted with 1230 TWC Managers Val Apps and Caroline Aitken – both excellent events.
And… on Monday 3 December Penny, Clare and I Eurostarred into Paris for the day, as my birthday treat from Penny.  Boy, did we cover some miles!
Tomorrow, Wednesday 12 December, we’ll be attending the 1230 TWC Beckenham, Bromley and Chislehurst Christmas Special at Mello’s with X-Factor semi-finalist Zyta …..  so watch this space for an update on that.
Hopefully all 1230 TWC members will have received a copy of the latest 1230 e-Insight into their Inbox.  Please let me know if you’ve not received yours yet.

BRX Beckenham

Great meeting at BRX Beckenham today.

2,500 sub-Post Offices to Close!!

Among all the chaos caused to deliveries by the strike of Post Office workers, it has not been forgotten by those who rely on the Post Office and Royal Mail that the closure plan for 2,500 sub-Post Offices is rolling inexorably ahead.
Businesses and sole traders in rural areas and on the edges of larger towns will be particularly affected by the closures, which will mean not only the loss of banking and cash services but core postal services too. It is probably a good guess that many 1230 TWC members rely substantially on the network of smaller Post Offices for their business as well as domestic and social needs.
The disheartening thing for many villages and suburbs is that their Post Office resides in the one and only remaining shop in the community and if the Post Office closes the shop it is located in becomes, almost inevitably, less viable and therefore vulnerable to closure too.