Why not make some fun 'stained glass' effect pictures to hang in your little one's windows and see them light up in the bright sunshine? For this activity you'll need:-
Prepare some templates one evening whilst the children safely tucked up in bed! Take the sheets of card and cut them into shapes and then, using the craft knife, cut holes in them. Make sure you have thick borders around your holes because these will become 'frames' for the tissue paper to be stuck to. Here are some ideas of pictures you can make-
If you aren't overly artistic, just cut shapes into the card because once the tissue effect has been created, they'll still make wonderful patterns.
Once you have prepared your templates, have your children cut out coloured pieces of tissue to stick over the holes. Use this as an exercise to practice your colours by talking about the colours you need and what colours you are cutting out. Glue the tissue shapes into place and then hang your pictures in the window. As the light shines through, you'll have some lovely bright art!
Having pets in the home is a great way for children to learn about responsibility as well as helping them to develop a nurturing, kind nature towards animals, and indeed, people! However, although it may seem nice to have a cat sniffing round your ankles or a dog wagging his tail at you, the reality of keeping a pet can be very different.
Not all animals are suitable for pets - unless you live in a rambling country house or a farm! To start with, go for something easy to look after (as it may be you doing the messy work rather than your children!) Choose something small, easy to keep, easy to exercise, cheap to maintain, and that fits your home and surroundings.
Food safety advice tends to vary over time - some foods deemed unsafe to eat at one time may become positively beneficial at others, but there is always advice on some foods that should be avoided during pregnancy. Mostly such foods suffer increased exposure to dangerous bacteria, and if not stored properly between manufacture and consumption, they could pose a serious health risk to a pregnant mum to be.
Until August 2009, government advised that pregnant women should avoid peanuts for fear that consumption might be a cause of intolerance in children. This advice has changed now because science is not certain that this is a causal effect of allergies, indeed there is growing evidence that consumption of peanuts during pregnancy may actually reduce the likelihood of babies suffering peanut allergies.
Some foods such as soft cheeses and pâté should be avoided because there is an increased risk that they may carry listeria, a very dangerous bacteria to pregnant women. Pâté also contains high levels of vitamin A, a vitamin found in liver, which is also best avoided during pregnancy. High levels of vitamin A may have a negative impact on your baby's neurological development. For the same reason, you should avoid taking fish liver oils and eating liver in any other form.
Pregnant women should also be cautious against eating raw or undercooked foods, especially eggs, meats and shellfish. These all pose a higher risk to bacteria and viruses, such as salmonella.
Finally, certain sea fish may contain harmful levels of mercury to an unborn baby - avoid tuna, shark, swordfish and marlin whilst pregnant. High levels of mercury can affect neurological development in your baby.
Many other foods often considered dangerous actually pose no risk at all, these include:-
If you are pregnant, you will be looking after yourself and paying more attention to diet than usual, but most foods are perfectly safe to consume, you don't have to change your diet radically just because you're expecting a baby. Exercise caution, but don't stifle your lifestyle!
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