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Better Planning: Child Care Tips From The Frontline

Hello. I'm a mum with seven children under ten years of age. As you can imagine, all aspects of child care have become the centre of my life. Finding child-friendly products, appropriate play groups and suitable child care facilities are challenges I face on a daily basis. Of course, I'm much more relaxed now after seven children, and I know exactly what products, play groups, and facilities to look for. I figured that other parents might be able to use some of the hacks I've learnt along the way. I hope you find my entries entertaining and informative. Happy parenting!

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Having fun with space themes in child care

by Soledad Gomez

For centuries people have gazed up to the stars and wondered what is actually going on up there. Kids love to think about space and space exploration. Having a space themed week can be a great way to spice up your child care routine and inject some more fun and learning into your days. 

Creative play

Setting up a space-scape for your child to explore can be as simple as piling up some pillows and boxes on the ground and covering them with a sheet. You can hide teddies in the scene as 'aliens', and the kids can have good fun climbing and modifying their space-scape as fun activities. This can be a good way for the children to have some creative play and experiment with some space themed language such as moon, planet and gravity.

Science and experimentation

If you need a little break from the active play and some quiet time, astronaut Chris Hadfield has a fun web series where he explores some of the common questions that children often have about space in short experiments and demonstration. These include demonstrations of how to brush your teeth in space, showing what happens when you cry in space and how astronauts eat. He has an easy and fun style which can be a great way for kids to see a real life astronaut in space and learn a fun fact about space.

Space meals

Space meals can be a fun theme for your food. You can try eating some of the meals that astronauts eat including freeze dried ice creams and fruit leathers. These different textures can be a great way to get kids to eat some different foods in a fun way.

Space art

Space can be a fun theme for art. One way to do this is to draw planets, stars, asteroids, space ships and comets on paper using light crayons. You can then paint across the paper with a light wash of dark blue paint which can help to reveal the hidden space-scape.

Another fun idea is to make your own space crafts using toilet rolls and paper roll inners and covering these with aluminium foil. Kids can personalise the space ship with fins and collage to make it unique to them.

If you are looking for a new and fun theme for your child care, it can be great to try a week of space themes. This helps keep your kids interested and engaged.