One of the things I am most conscious of since having Evie is making sure I am spending enough quality time with both of my girls. I find it quite easy to spend time with Evie; Amelie is at preschool four mornings a week (term time) and Evie is at quite a demanding stage in terms of needing attention so unless Evie is asleep I do find it quite hard to really get quality time with Amelie.
I try to have set times where we get out together, weekends being an easy time to do this as Daddy is home. We go to Baby Ballet together on a Saturday and I take her for a babyccino afterwards and we love it. Having undivided time with her is so important.
When the opportunity came up for Amelie and I to attend a Fisher Price event to launch their new Little People toy range I jumped at the chance. My wonderful husband adjusted his work hours so we could go (as we don’t have any childcare on hand to help) and off to London we went.
We had about four hours together to get to the event, have a play and get home as we needed to fit in with my husbands work but that was plenty for Amelie especially as it clashed with nap time. Amelie was beyond excited about going on the train into London as it’s what Daddy does every day, she was amazed at the trains whizzing past the station as we waited for ours. She’s at an age now where generally she will sit still and take everything in so the journey to Chelsea was remarkably easy. We had a picnic lunch on the train, watched everything out of the window and chatted loads!
When we arrived in London we jumped in a black cab (cue more toddler excitement) and headed to the Bluebird Restaurant where the event was being held. It was a wonderful set up with lots of toys and activities for the little ones, drinks and yummy nibbles for the adults and a Facebook live talk from Giovanna Fletcher & Netmums.
I was lucky enough to have a chat with the lovely Giovanna and she really was as nice in real life as she seems in her vlogs / social media.
I also met some other bloggers and had a great chat with Nicole from The Littlest Darlings who was so nice to speak to. It is always great to meet the people you always see online, it brings their feeds to life so much more.
The event was fantastic, Amelie really enjoyed playing with the Little People toys, especially the plane and the farm. She’s at an age now where she really likes role and make believe play so these were the perfect toys for her.
What I loved about the toys was the focus on EQ intelligence; which is where our children learn how to care, share, nurture, be kind and understand their emotions. It can be really easy to focus on their IQ intelligence but it is also so important to teach them about those really important EQ values as well, especially at preschool age.
The sets are all developed to help parents guide their children through their learning. We were lucky enough to take one of the sets home and it has been great to see both Amelie (and Evie) start to learn about those important values. The set we have been playing with is the farm yard. When the toy plays there are some lovely little songs about ‘animals getting hungry and thirsty too’ and ‘wrapping the cows up as it’ll be a cold night’. This instantly gets little ones thinking about caring for the animals and how to be kind.
I’ve noticed Amelie starting to talk to me about looking after the animals and where they will sleep and eat. I have really enjoyed encouraging this conversation and helping her learn more through play.
Evie is a little young to have the conversation about kindness and nurturing with me, but she watches Amelie intently and see’s what we do so I am sure she must understand some of what we are doing.
We have had quite a few rainy days recently so I have been so grateful for the addition of this Little People set to our playroom – it’s kept the girls occupied on so many occasions so thank you Fisher Price!
Have your toddlers started learning about their EQ? Do you find it easy to show them these values through play?
*Thanks to Fisher Price for inviting us to the Little People big play date. We were gifted the toy after the event and have written this as we had such a great day and the girls have enjoyed the toy so much we wanted to share. We were not remunerated for this post. All opinions are 100% our own.*