Our blog by Parents for Parents...
What's On 4 is run by a group of mums based throughout the UK. As we take on our mission to keep babies, toddlers and kids from Kent to Scotland active we've been joined by fantastic supporters and like minded activity providers. Here you'll find some inspiration, information and informal advice! Enjoy!
Christmas is an incredible time of the year, and there’s no way to start getting ready for the big day too early. If you are ready to start preparing for Christmas, then here are 10 amazing ways that you can start preparing for the big day. They’re sure to help you get into the spirit of the day.
Hit The Ground Running with our Back To School Hints and Tips
We honestly can't believe that the start of term is once again in sight. Summers seem to get shorter, so it's important to hit the ground running come the start of school. As busy parents the less stress you have, the better, right?
We've gathered together a selection of hints and tips to make parenting life so much easier as your kids go back to school.
It's going to make your life so much easier if you get cups, bowls and plates laid out the night before, ready for breakfast time. You could even reserve a shelf in the fridge, ready to go for breakfast and maybe step it up a level and reserve a shelf for lunch items too?
Get Lunch Box Savvy
Have everything together on the fridge shelf for pack lunches, you'll easily see when you’re running low, and if the kids know that area is off limits you’re less likely to discover on Sunday night that they’ve eaten all the snack lunch packs of crackers at the weekend.
Start as you mean to go on by setting rules about screen time for the school year. What's allowed and when?
Get your kids involved in programs that they can do after school to keep them active.
Check out our selection of fantastic activities... Read more here >>
Summer is officially here, and there is a growing trend for families to swap the more traditional holiday for one of the increasing number of family friendly music festivals, with their eclectic mix of musical activities and entertainers for little ones.
diddi dance celebrates 15 years of teaching toddlers to dance
2018 marks 15 years since diddi dance, the much-loved national dance classes for little ones, launched its first class in Islington, London.
To celebrate, diddi dancers & their friends are invited to don their best party attire and attend special party themed dance classes filled with dancing props, games, balloons, bubbles and much more!
Celebrate The Chinese New Year with Kids
Unlike the traditional New Year we celebrate, the date of Chinese New Year differs from year to year.
Chinese New Year starts on Friday 16 February. Chinese New Year is a festival for families to come together and
wish each other peace and prosperity. This year is known as the year of the Dog and more specifically, 2018 is the year of the earth dog.
There's load of activities that you can do as a family, from making dragon masks to creating Chinese lanterns and even getting together to enjoy a healthy Chinese meal.
Cook Stars provide fun, friendly weekly cooking classes for children age 2 upwards. At Cook Stars they share a love of cooking through teaching children how to create their very own dishes from scratch.
How to Help Your Child Learn to Read
By the eggs-perts at Reading Eggs, the multi-award winning online reading programme for ages 2–13. For a limited time only, parents can redeem an exclusive 4 week FREE trial by visiting www.readingeggs.co.uk/little. Hurry, offer ends 11th February 2018
A child’s reading development starts at home, and there’s a lot that parents can do to give their child the best start possible.
We get the lowdown from the team at Little Squigglers messy play who provide a fun way for your under 5 to grow in confidence
Each week at Little Squigglers children are immersed in activities based around a familiar theme and often linked with stories and rhymes. Parents/carers work alongside their child exploring lots of messy things like goo, gloop and gunge creating fantastic works of art and, most importantly, enjoying being creative together.
Making Sport Fun!
What's the solution to this major issue? Start introducing you child to sport, in a fun way, early!
Microsport offers fun, multi-sports classes for children aged 2-8 years. We have been teaching ball skills for tennis, football, cricket, hockey, basketball, rugby, athletics and much more in the south east for over 26 years and are excited to launch in north west London from January 2018.
We host an exciting range of programmes to help guide you through your parenting journey. From antenatal through to 6 years, we are here for you. Our programmes range from the multi-award winning Baby Sensory, to our reading and science classes for toddlers.
Children are mini-creative geniuses and what better way to fire up their imagination and stimulate role-play then with LEGO® DUPLO®
Perfectly sized for little hands the colourful, easy-to-build sets will help your toddler master basic construction skills by building and re-building to develop fine motor skills while bringing their ideas to life.
3 Reasons to Get Youngsters Playing Football
Getting children involved in football has a wealth of benefits — and not just for the reasons you might think. From staying healthy to learning about different countries, football can teach skills both on and off the pitch.
Football is accessible for everybody, no matter their age, ability or gender. This is why the sport is vastly popular and a great choice for children. In particular, women’s football has developed immensely in recent years. The England national side’s recent appearance in the European Championship and general increase in media coverage of the women’s game should give a boost of encouragement for girls participating in the sport.
A Committed Team Help Mums Nationwide!
Jobs that mums really do want to do!
The commited team at mumandworking.co.uk bring together mums throughout the UK with family friendly flexble working opportunities.
This is by no means a new fad! Since 2009 a small team of commited mums have worked closely together to giive mums the choice to spend time with their family and enjoy a career. That's not all mumandworking.co.uk provides expert advice and information on a range of work related subjects, from training to start that new career to building your own business.
Baby ARTventurers – the science behind it!
At Baby ARTventurers we encourage our babies and younger toddlers to explore, feel, create, squidge, squish, pour and get as messy as they want to! Messy, creative, sensory play in a safe and secure environment is a vital developmental aid for little people - children are active learners and learn through play. Creative, messy play is particularly valuable because it stimulates many of their senses at once - they can feel, smell, see, and sometimes even taste the consequences of their messy active play! At ARTventurers our dedicated Baby ARTventurers class is especially designed for the smallest artists aged 6 months plus and we even run My First ARTventure sessions – a gentle introduction to art and creative play for babies aged 3 months plus!
Have a family day out!
Days out can strengthen bonds and build shared family experiences and memories that we know are so important in keeping families strong and together. Just pick somewhere you wouldn’t normally go, or something you wouldn’t normally do, get out there and have fun together!
Sand - the benefits of playing with it and where to find the best sandpits in Oxfordshire
Sand is a fabulous thing - not only does it conjure up associations of being on an exotic sunny beach somewhere but it’s actually a really educational playground for little ones. It promotes physical strength and coordination, encourages social interaction, and with the addition of play accessories such as scoops and different sized buckets and pots, children can also be encouraged to develop maths skills e.g. assessing the different sizes, weights and numbers of their scoops and sand structures. You can even encourage some simple science experiments e.g. punch a hole in a bottle of sand and see what happens? Add water or gravel to the sand - how does it change? With so much to learn, it’s a great value play activity. And given that the weather is getting that bit warmer, here are our top Oxfordshire play areas with fab sandpits...
The Sue Atkins Parenting Show – with What’s On 4!
|Sue Atkins with Annabel Karmel and Jo Tantum|
If you have ever watched Sky News or This Morning with Holly
and Philip or listened to multiple radio stations including BBC’s Jeremy Vine, the name (and face!) of Sue Atkins - Parenting Expert will be very familiar to you!
Sue is a former Headteacher, published author, coach and known worldwide as a go-to expert in the crazy, roller-coasted ride that is ‘being a parent’!
Over the last 5+ years we have been delighted to welcome Sue to our events as Speaker, VIP panellist and Awards Host and we have always been inspired by her positive, engaging and thought-provoking approach to parenting along with her practical top tips!
All the team here at What’s On 4 are also mums and so we have loved listening to Sue’s Show which seems to cover every possible aspect of parenting with honest and supportive advice on all sorts of topics affecting our daily family lives.
Thinking of baby swimming? You’re in safe hands with our Super Hero teachers!
Swimming with your baby is a very special time, where you can focus purely on each other and enjoy the closeness of playing in water. It’s the perfect exercise for little ones, since water allows their muscles to move freely while being supported by its buoyancy. What’s more, swimming develops learning skills, boosts confidence, improves co-ordination and enhances wellbeing. And all the time, your little one will be learning a potentially life-saving skill.
Here at Water Babies, one of our core philosophies is that we’ll teach you to teach your baby to swim. So together, we’ll teach your child to feel safe and confident both above and below the water. Read More →
Family friendly Mother’s Day activities
Some inspiration for families wanting to celebrate Mothering Sunday, while making if fun for the little ones too...
Find family day out ideas throughout the UK, simply select 'days out' in your drop down box. Or why not see our mums reviews for the best days out in their opinion here.
And if you're Oxfordshire based our kid's activities expert in your region has selected her favourites for you here Read More →
Our Oxfordshire based kids activities expert tells us how to celebrate all things pancakes in Oxfordshire
Did you know that Wallingford hosts one of the oldest pancake races in the country? Tradition has it that you just need a frying pan and pancake to join in the family race around the Market Place. This year it’s in aid of The Health & Well Being Centre in Wallingford. You need to register from 9.30am, and kids get a head start at 10am, with adults joining in at 10.15. Check here for more info
And in the spirit of embracing the Shrove Tuesday pancake consumption tradition, here are five great family friendly choices in Oxfordshire that kids young and old will love!...
Rugby For Little Ones? Really?!
“Football is a gentleman's game played by hooligans, Rugby is a hooligans game played by gentlemen” Unknown.
Why is this?
The two sports are both physically active and similar in their strategy, in fact Rugby evolved from “the beautiful game”. In the current world the major differences can be found in their ethos and core values.
The Rugby Football Union (RFU) actively promotes its core values of Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship. These core values are treasured and pushed through at all levels from the England 1st XV to market leaders in children’s development specialists like RUGGERBUGS.
And let’s face it, that can be a challenge in this gloomy, cold season. Well, here’s a bit of inspiration...8 FREE ways to get your kids active in Oxfordshire and beyond...
1.Enter a fun run!
Great to get the whole family involved, even if it’s to walk it together. There’s the Oxford 5K Fun Run at 11am, 6th May.
Alternatively try the HYF Go Kids Run which is open to school kids years 1-6. To be held at 8.30am, 11th March, Henley. Just make sure you register via their school first.
2. Check out the brilliant 10 minute Shake Up games on the NHS Change4Life site
They’re age specific, Disney inspired, and cover dancing to racing. What’s not to like! Click here to get involved.