Today we celebrate the birthday of Walter Elias Disney, born in 1901 he co-founded Walt Disney Productions together with his Brother, a move which would provide us with endless classic films and magical adventures to enjoy, and creating countless characters for our children to adore. To mark the occasion we have picked our favourite much loved Disney films, which will entertain and delight the whole family.
Nursery Goods Specialists
As soon as we hear the melody of You’ve Got a Friend in Me, fond memories return of the film Toy Story, which today celebrates its 18th Anniversary since its initial release. It’s hard to believe that characters such as Woody the Cowboy and Buzz Lightyear have been around for so long, or indeed that the impact of this film would be so great. Having spent many happy hours watching the adventures of the toys, we reflect on the lasting impression that Toy Story has had on children across the globe.
With all the new Christmas ads on TV and more merchandise in the shops than in Santa’s Grotto, it truly is starting to look a lot like Christmas, and here at Kiddie’s Kingdom we’re getting as excited as the rest of you all planning how best to spend the time in the run up to it. Because we’re kids at heart, and love arts and crafts as much as our children do, we’ve been playing around in the office and come up with our top 3 DIY advent calendar ideas:
If you’re trying to steer clear of the chocolate this year, why not put together a “wise words” advent calendar for your older, but not TOO old for Christmas, children. The idea we came up with was to have a piece of board, decorated with a festive theme (our suggestion for younger children: cut out pics from magazines for some fun cut ‘n stick time), and with 25 buttons stuck on, one for each day of advent. Underneath, there will be a wise phrase, either applicable to the season or just in general that you can then use for discussion later in the day, especially if you ask your child to try to put their “wise words” into practice. Examples we thought of included:
• “Do to others as you would have done to you” – food for thought at school and home
• “Pick up as you go” – for anyone trying to instil a bit of tidiness in the house
• “Sharing is caring” – for anyone teaching children about sharing skills
Get Creative with Lego
Get some of your child’s Lego (who doesn’t have Lego floating around, even as an adult), and put it together in the shape of something festive, such as a miniature tree, bells or even, if you’re feeling creative, a Santa on his sleigh. Once you have it assembled, break it up (don’t cry!) and split it down evenly into 25 individual piles of pieces.
Get 2 pieces of firm board (you can usually pick up cardboard boxes for free from local supermarkets) and make a rough box – as with the Wise Words idea, you can decorate this with the kids or have some fun on your own, whatever works, but leave enough room between the two to stick the individual piles of Lego pieces down. Be sure to remember to mark out where your doors will be.
Next, mark out the doors on the front – these can either be cut out ready for each day in advance and held together with sticky dots (or similar), or your child can cut them out each day with safety scissors. Once these are done, stick the Lego piles behind them, ready for December 1st where you can commence the opening and gradually, over the month, build up the Lego masterpiece for finishing on Christmas Day!
If you want to do something that will stay with your family forever, why not make your own calendar as in idea 2, but instead of Lego pieces, buy a Christmas ornament for each day that your children can unveil and stick on the tree or mantelpiece. This way, you’ll be able to keep the decorations forever, whilst still keeping the fun of Christmas alive.
You could either make the decorations yourself beforehand, or buy them – personalised baubles are always a nice thought, but so is sparkly cotton wool stuck onto a piece of card, so this just depends on how much time you’ve got and how creative you’re feeling!
There are 3 separate dates set aside for Children’s Day worldwide in November;
• November 1st – South Africa
• November 14th – India
• November 20th – Universal Children’s Day – Canada, Egypt, Finland, Ireland, Israel, Philippines & Trinidad and Tobago
So what is Children’s Day?
The Daily Mail has published research showing that the modern woman’s handbag is home to over £1000 of “essentials” including, but not limited to: £130 sunglasses, £500 iPads, £20 mascara and £50 scarves, but having rifled through our handbags in the office this morning, we’re not convinced. If nothing else, the majority of us aren’t toting around a £250 handbag in the first place –they’re saved for special occasions. Anyway, without further ado, here’s our Kiddies Kingdom list of everyday handbag essentials for the more “everyday” kind of woman:
Finally We have now chosen the winners of our Kiddies Kingdom ‘The Big Giveaway’! We had a few thousand entries – thank you to all those that took part. As per our promise, its always a win/win situation when you enter a Kiddies Kingdom Competition. We are issuing exclusive discount codes for the products that were in the competition, for our facebook fans and competition entrants to take advantage of. The discount codes will ensure that you are getting the best deal in the country for the products in question. Hurry as the discount codes are only active until Monday 30th September.
Exclusive Discount Codes:
CLEOBG - 15% OFF Graco Cleo 2-in-1 Pram
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NANIABG - 5% OFF All Nania Car Seats
MEEGOBG - 15% OFF ALL Mee Go Cotbeds
DORMOUSEBG - 5% OFF ALL Dormouse Moses Baskets
CHICCOMIABG - 5% OFF ALL Chicco Mia Baby Bouncers
Note: Discount codes end 12pm Monday, 3Oth September.
5 of Our Lucky Winners!
1. Bente Hagen: wins the Dormouse Wicker Basket Bailey!
2. Amanda Rothwell: wins the Graco Cleo 2-in-1 Pram!
3. Annmarie Loyns: wins the Chicco Mia Baby Bouncer!
4. Lindsay Gemmill: wins the Mee Go Cotbed!
5. Zoe Goulding: wins the Nania Car seat!
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The Kiddies Kingdom Team
Becoming a parent for the first time is perhaps the most monumental thing which can happen to a person. Indeed, bringing a new life into the world and then guiding it into adulthood is surely the most challenging and rewarding journey that anyone can make.
If you will be expecting a new addition to your family in the near future then you will soon get to experience this epic voyage of discovery yourself!
Of course, the key to any successful voyage into the unknown is planning and preparation – and bringing home a baby is no different. Indeed, the more prepared you are for the arrival of your bundle of joy; the better equipped you will be to cope when the moment actually arrives.
Naturally, being prepared doesn’t just mean reading ‘How to be a god mum/dad’ books and working all the overtime you can manage; it also means getting hold of essential items like nursery furniture well in advance.
However, whilst this is indeed a great way to prepare, it can also be something of a struggle. Certainly, as the days tick away, you can often find yourself rushing around to find everything you need on your list of must-haves. Unsurprisingly, driving around retail parks and hunting around shopping centres can be very demanding and leave you (and your partner) feeling too stressed-out to enjoy what should be a very special time.
Thankfully, there is a far more straightforward and relaxing way to source all of your nursery essentials and that is to shop online.
Without doubt, shopping online for your baby furniture provides a level of convenience that traditional shopping methods simply cannot match. Indeed, you can view everything you want without feeling rushed and you don’t have to take an extra trip to the shopping centre or retail park if you want to take another look at something you earlier dismissed.
Furthermore, you can also be sure that you will be able to find the exact right item you’re after when you shop online. Certainly, many high street stores simply cannot offer you the same degree of choice as you can find online. And, with important information like measurements and age ranges readily available, you can narrow down your selections far more effectively too.
In addition, shopping online can also help you to make significant savings. Indeed, everything from cots and mobiles to cribs and bed rails can frequently be found at incredibly competitive prices online, thereby enabling you to retain more money to spend on treating your baby when he or she (or they) finally put in an appearance.
So, if you want to make sure you’re as well prepared as you can be with your nursery essentials then make sure you shop online with us here at Kiddies Kingdom. With great products available from leading names like Kub, Saplings and Cosatto, we’re sure to have everything you need for your monumental adventure!
Surviving without sleep may be something parents have to learn to handle, but babies need their beauty sleep to grow and develop their lovely little minds. Are you looking for baby bedding sets and nursery furniture for your new baby? Here are some top tips from our own expert parenting teams and past customers.
• Plan before you buy. It can be all too easy to frantically click away in the vein of “oh we might need that and that and that and that and one of those and another of those!” etc, but what new babies need is actually pretty simple. They need comfort and safety, and the best products we offer provide those things as baby grows. Make a list pre-shop.
• Cribs are the safest way for newborns to sleep. We carry crib ranges that fit with various other nursery furniture designs, that way you can have a lovely matching nursery layout.
• Themes are a brilliant way to make sure your nursery has plenty of storage, all the right furniture and accessories from a tailored baby furniture brand. Use our Themes area to get ideas and see which designs and decor themes best suit your new nursery.
• Storage is very important – maybe not to your newborn, but to you! Great nursery decor can last years, from newborn to tweeny tantrums!
• Sleeping aids like mobiles, nightlights and snugly things can help baby sleep, so invest in a few tried and tested products.
Growing up is all about adventures, discovery and new experiences, and who says that can’t start when you’re a newborn? We love to strap our little monkeys into their car seats, throw the changing bags in the boot and head out for a summer day of fun! Here are a few travel tips and adventure ideas from our own Kiddies Kingdom team and happy past customers.
Bright colours are stimulating to baby, so aquariums are perfect for inspiring a little marine biologist sense of adventure in little ones! Ok, so she’s only six months old, but those bright colours and fluid movements are like a visual hotbed of stimulation for her! A front-facing baby sling will mean she has a great view too.
A stroll in the park is one of easiest, most accessible ways to spend adventurous outdoor time with baby. Don’t forget the pushchair parasol to keep baby safe from the sun.
Baby may not know her Coldplay from her Mumford & Sons just yet, but arts and culture festivals can be superbly stimulating places for kids of all ages (mums and dads included!) Camping can be a nightmare, so just go along for the day.
Some babies are born water babies and would stay in the pool/sea/bath for eternity! Plan a nice day at the beach, head to the local pool or just get that paddling pool out on a super sunny day at home.