Promoting Creative Development

Everyday children, whatever age they might be, will be learning skills to help them grow the building blocks of life, creating skills that will stay with them right into adulthood. From learning how to socialise and interact with others, to picking up and holding small objects.

Ensuring your children have an environment where they can thrive is a must, and there’s no better time to do it than now. Even if you have a very young baby, you will soon see how they will be grabbing at their first brightly coloured toy, and following you around the room.

Fine motor Skills such as picking up small items, learning through art, clapping and co-ordinating themselves to music, all help children gain core strength, dexterity and co-ordination.

Cognitive Development may seem further down the scale but you couldn’t be more wrong, teaching your child simple problem solving, and understanding and processing information from others establishes intellectual development.

Creative Development
Children love to express their curiosity and as we all know, they love to explore! Giving children the opportunity to make choices and to listen and move to music, allow children to grow creatively.

Amanda’s Action Club puts all these core developments at the heart of what we do, giving your children the very best knowledge in how they can develop some of these skills that will stay with them for a lifetime.

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Guest Post: Laura Henry, Introducing Confident Talkers – fun ways to get children talking!

Why is this special to you?”
“How do you know when your friends are sad?”

Asking children open-ended questions helps them to think critically and expand their vocabulary. It also builds their confidence, aiding their personal, emotional and social development.

As an experienced and award-winning Early Years expert, Laura Henry knows that starting meaningful conversations with children can sometimes be a challenge – for educators and parents alike. With this in mind she has partnered with Fink Cards to put together Confident Talkers – Conversations for Early Years, a set of 48 open-ended questions that will help to get you chatting in no time!

abce31cd-b5ca-453b-9ad1-daf8ade63718Designed for children from two to seven years, each card contains a thought-provoking question that can beadapted to any number of situations, both at home or in a childcare setting. We can all use different scenarios and objects to set the scene, such as using something the child has created, describing what their lunch tastes like or discussing how they feel about a special event, such as their birthday or other celebration.

Recent research shows that children’s language skills canbe poor in many cases. There’s no concrete reason identified yet, but theories include an increase in screen time and a lack of outdoor play, as examples.

By engaging in conversation, using the questions on the cards as a guide, children can learn to elaborate their sentences – we know there’s a difference between how children communicate with each other and how they use their language skills.

Conversations will have an impact on other areas of the Early Years Foundation Stagetoo, as children talk about books they’ve read and marks they’ve made, usemathematical language such as ‘more’ or ‘less’, describe how things work, and elaborate on their own thoughts and feelings.

The cards are also an excellent resource to support children with English as an additional language as well as those who may have speech and language difficulties.

But just as important, encouraging children to chat using the Confident Talkers cards will help to boost their confidence, as they learn to talk in small and larger groups – Laura Henry likes to use the term ‘Nice and loud. Nice and proud’!

As educators or as parents, with 10% discount on all pre-orders before the June 2015 release date, and 10% of all sales donated to the Jermain Defoe Foundation – set up by the Sunderland FC striker to support homeless, vulnerable and abused young people in his family’s home country of St Lucia – there’s really no excuse not to reserve your own set of Confident Talkers – Conversations for Early Years straight away!

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The true cost of overweight kids!

We’ve all heard about the ongoing publicity of childhood obesity and how it will cost us all a fortune in the long run, but how true is this? Are we really breeding a new over sized society of fast food munching children?

Well, shockingly it would appear we are, new figures out claim that just over 33% of 11year olds are now overweight or obese and among 4 and 5 year olds it’s 22% *, that’s nearly a quarter of all children who are heading off to school for the first time who are overweight.

The stats are in abundance, the figures from the NHS are scary, who will cover the cost of growing disease and future bariatric operations. School uniforms are being ordered in larger sizes by some of our trusted retailers to meet the growing demand for oversized school clothes. The news covers this almost daily. As children are now at a big threat of dying before their parents.

There is never been a better time to fully take this on board, and if you too have young children act now. The fact is the monetary cost to the NHS doesn’t matter, the true cost, is life, the life of YOUR child, which is more important than anything anyone could ever buy.

Some claim laziness is at fault, increased home bills with no money left for food, parents forced to work longer hours, no eduction for food within the national curriculum, the list goes on, but we can dress this up and blame who we like. The fact of the matter is, our children are getting fatter, FACT, we need to deal with it and fast. So how?

• Talking to your child costs nothing.
Teach them the pros and cons for fruit, veggies, the benefits of water over squash and show them where milk comes from, explain when you take them to the dentist why you go and the importance of brushing teeth and looking after themselves.

• Involve your children in preparing the meals.
This can be time consuming, they make mess, but it’s important! What you teach them now will build them firm foundations for their future. Let them chop, grate, slice, spread, touch food, sample it and talk about where veggies and fruit come from. You are the adult, in charge of what they eat and ultimately their view of food for the future – use this wisely!

• Turn that TV off.
Reduce your screen time (screens = tv, laptops/ipads, Games consoles, phones) by 25%. Don’t let the TV be your babysitter.

• Get out the house.
In whatever form your family enjoys, it’s a good way to have a chat with the kids, make them sleep nicely, and work up an appetite for some wonderfully healthy food.
Get out in the fresh air, kids love it! If it’s cold, just wrap up, rain is not an excuse!

• Join Amanda’s Action Club
Make moving fun from a young age by becoming part of Amanda’s Action Club. It is a unique and stimulating fitness and music programme for children aged 4mths-4yrs. Using funky nursery rhymes and versatile props, we provide endless interactive activities which will educate, exercise and keep your little one entertained.

Amanda’s Action Club works closely with Sue Atkins, ITV This Morning Parenting Expert, to ensure the best for your child at our classes.

Sue Atkins, says: It’s all about starting young and getting children off sofas and technology – riding bikes, playing in the park and having fun and being active. Kids take their lead from you so notice the lessons your kids are learning by observing how active YOU are!”

The simple way to look at this is: eat less, eat well and move more. It’s not hard to do nor be expensive.
It’s not what you do for your children, it’s what you teach them to do for themselves which makes them into fully grown independent people, who are our society for the future. So let’s together make it a healthy one!

Visit www.amandasactionclub.co.uk for more details and to book your free trial class today!

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5 Reasons Why You Should Have an Amanda’s Action Club Party

Here at Amanda’s Action Cub we don’t just host brilliant classes we can also provide entertainment for your child’s birthday party.

We provide a unique fun filled, party atmosphere that any child would love.

Don’t believe us?

Here are 5 reasons why you should have an Amanda’s Action Club Party:

No One Gets Bored!

With our unique brand of entertainment no one will be bored. We will haves them dancing, singing and having so much fun they won’t want us to leave! Using unique props, funky music and lots of energy, these dynamic parties are guaranteed to captivate the birthday child and their guests.

There’s a Party Theme for Everyone!

We offer parties suitable from 1 to 12 year olds:

Action Club Classic (1 to 6 Years) – This is the same, stimulating, interactive party with which Amanda’s Action Club hosts have been wowing children for years.

Action Streetdance (6-12 years) – Streedance is an improvisational form of dance combining many different styles including, popping, robot dance, house dance, tap and locking. Your host choreographs all these elements to make up a routine.

Action Breakdance (6-12 years) – Attitude is everything in Breakdance! It’s about self-expression and being noticed. Dance styles incorporated are toprock, downrock, power moves and freezes. It’s all about doing tricks in the dance and looking cool.

Strike a Pose Pamper Parties (6-12 Years) – A fun and funky party designed for girls who want to be pampered and express themselves on the catwalk ! Using age-appropriate make-up our professional beauty experts will make you feel great and give you lots of confidence.

We Can Organise the Food!

You don’t even have to worry about the party food we can book it all for you. We use the best caterer you can find. We offer imaginative mini fun foods that are not only tiny treats with big flavours they have nutritional value too.

Leave the Party Extras to Us!

Your child has requested a face painter or balloon models? No problem we have you covered. We can arrange that and more including the cake and the party bags. We really can take the stress out of organising a party.

The Celebs Love Us!

Britain’s Got Talent judge and actress Amanda Holden says: “It was phenomenal – the party of the year! I wanted something different, fun and really active for my 4 year old’s birthday party and Amanda’s Action Club delivered big time! Amanda’s energy is incredible. The music felt fresh though there were plenty of recognisable classic kiddie’s tunes. The children loved the props, toys and musical instruments that we all used during the activities. Everyone joined in – the mums and dads even got moving too! The food was out of this world – the caterer that Amanda provided was unbelievable – it was really special.”

Mother-of-three Louise Isted (Victoria Beckham’s sister) – is a big fan of Amanda’s Action Club and has turned to Amanda to entertain at all three of her children’s birthday parties. “What I especially like about Amanda is her energy and imagination. Her parties are brilliant for both children and parents,” she said. “Amanda entertains for the whole time she is there and the parents don’t have to do anything. I’ve had other entertainers for my children’s parties and you just cannot compare. Most of them are the same and the children get bored after 10 minutes. But Amanda’s parties keep going for hours.”

Comedian and actor Catherine Tate and her husband Twig Clarke asked Amanda to host a birthday party for their four year old daughter and were impressed by how much energy Amanda brought to the proceedings.

“She was amazing. There were 25 three and four year olds and Amanda was great, really energetic. There was loads of stuff going on – bags and bags of toys for the children to play with and constant music including some really funky nursery rhymes. In fact, we could go into the other room and close the door if we wanted to. The children just followed her around and she even had them tidying up afterwards. They had so much fun. Amanda was recommended to us by friends and we would certainly recommend her to friends – in fact, we already have.”

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Let Amanda’s Action Club give your child a party they will always remember!

Contact us at 01895 623999 or Email: info@amandasactionclub.co.uk for more information or to make a booking.

 

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5 Ways to Stay Active This Spring

Spring is on its way and it’s time to get up, get out and get active. We have some 5 great ways for you and your family to active this spring:

Treasure Hunt

Set up a treasure hunt in the garden or in doors if it’s a wet out. Set clues and get your children running around looking for them. It will keep them entertained and active at the same time.

Come Along to an Amanda’s Action Club Class

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Our classes are a great way to get active and have fun. If you have never been to a class before you can book a free trial as many of the venues. Find out how to book your free session here.

Go to the Park

Blow away those cobwebs with a trip to the park. Take a flask of hot chocolate or soup to keep you warm if it’s chilly out. You will feel so much better once you are out and about.

Visit a Museum or Art Gallery

Walking around a museum or art gallery is a great way to stay active and perfect for hiding from those April showers. .You don’t realise how much you walk around looking at the exhibitions. Many venues run children’s activities throughout the holidays.

Have a Party

Invite some friends over and have a little party. Get dancing and play party games and the children will be having so much fun they won’t realise they are exercising. Make some healthy snacks and have fun!

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Guest Post: How to tell your children that you’re getting divorced by Sue Atkins

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One of the main worries of parents who are going through a divorce is how to tell the children about what is going to happen and what to actually say to them.

Children naturally fear that they will lose one of their parents in a divorce or that their parents will abandon them. They also fear the changes and disruptions that a divorce will inevitably bring to their family and they often blame themselves.

One of the key things I ask parents to do is to sit down and to work out together the answer to this question:

  • What are the key messages you want to convey to your children?

 

I ask them to get a piece of paper write their child’s name on it and to put it on the floor and as they step onto it imagine they are looking at the situation from the point of view and perception of their child.

Then I ask them to answer these questions through the eyes and ears of their child:

  • What do you see and hear around you at the moment?
  • How do you feel?
  • How could Mum and Dad make you feel better – what could they do or say?

Then I ask the parents to write in this wheel 7 reassurances and guarantees that they can honestly give to their children that will help their child cope with the enormous changes that are coming.

 

 

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We work on how both parents can agree on what to say before they talk to the children. This helps to avoid mixed messages which confuse, upset and really distress children greatly.

We look at the benefits of telling the children together and we work on overcoming the “blame” mentality and the feeling that it must be someone’s fault. We look at how to avoid the children feeling that they have to take sides.

We also look at taking the emotional charge out of telling the children and help each parent gain more control over their distressing feelings and emotions during this difficult moment.

It is certainly very worthwhile and positive to stop and step back from your current situation to gain clarity, direction and certainty in the decisions you are taking towards handling the difficult and painful area of divorce or separation more confidently.

Sue Atkins is an internationally recognised Parenting Expert, Broadcaster, Speaker and Author of the Amazon best selling books  “Parenting Made Easy – How To Raise Happy Children” & “Raising Happy Children for Dummies” one in the famous black and yellow series as well as author of the highly acclaimed Parenting Made Easy CDs. She has just launched the 1st in her series of Parenting Made Easy apps for iPhones and iPads – The Secrets To Well Behaved Kids 

Sue offers practical guidance for bringing up happy, confident, resilient children from toddler to teen & specialises in using her “5 Step Self Esteem Solution” with families to boost long term self esteem & self confidence.

She regularly appears on the award winning flagship ITV show “This Morning”, BBC Breakfast and “The Jeremy Vine Show” on BBC Radio 2 and is the parenting expert for many BBC Radio Stations around the UK. She is a regular contributor on radio and TV and her parenting articles are published all over the world.

Sue Atkins is an internationally recognised Parenting Expert, Broadcaster, Speaker & Author. Sue is a regular contributor on radio and TV & her parenting articles are published all over the world. Sue brings her expertise on parenting and divorce to Fink Cards where she will publish two new resources to help keep the lines of communication open enabling families to navigate the divorce process more positively. www.sueatkinsparentingcoach.com

To receive her free ebooks bursting with practical tips and helpful advice from toddler to teen log on to www.theSueAtkins.com  and download them instantly today.

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Amanda’s Action Club: A Mini Educational Workout!

Action Club is so much more than music and movement; it’s an educational mini-workout! Our sessions help to promote the importance of being active and healthy from an early age. We dance, we sing, we learn through the activities and most importantly of all, we have fun!

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Action Club has worked closely with leading UK Early Years experts, who have linked the Action Club activities to the Early Years Foundation Stage and the characteristics of effective teaching and learning.

Adults are encourages to get involved too. Our motto is “Children dance best when grown-ups dance with them!”
We base our classes on four themes:

LEARNING through underpinning the prime areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Learning and Development (EYFS)

FUN through the vibrant, varied and happy way in which we present our classes using a wide assortment of props and activities

FITNESS through action-packed, high energy activities with music

MUSIC through our specially tailored Action Club songs and nursery rhymes

Your child will learn many different skills without even realising it.

We cover many areas such as colours, numbers and phonics.

Amanda’s Action Club classes focus on the 3 prime areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Learning and Development framework.

These are:
• Physical Development
• Personal, Social and Emotional Development
• Communication and Language Development

Each activity and song is carefully chosen to ensure your child gets a full physical and educational work out in every class. Amanda also ensures that you both have a lot of fun!

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If you haven’t been to a class before come and try us out. We offer free trial sessions at most venues.

Find out how to book your free session here.

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5 Brilliant Children’s Party Themes

5 Brilliant Children's Party Themes

Planning a child’s party can be a little bit stressful. What food do you make? Do you have entertainment? And let’s not forget the all-important theme.  A children’s party doesn’t seem to be party these days unless you have a theme.

Amanda’s Action Club is here to help. Not only can we provide the entertainment but we can also source the food, the party bags, balloons and the cake!!  We can do it all for and which just leaves you with the party theme and we even have some ideas to help you choose that.  Aren’t we good to you?

The Princess Party

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This theme seems to be very popular at the moment, especially Frozen parties. It’s a great excuse to get dressed up and dance around. Have tea-party style food and princess or castle cake and the girls will swoon.

 

  • Have craft stations to make their own wands or crowns.
  • Get the little princesses up and dancing around to work off that sugar!
  • Try pin the carrot on Olaf instead on pin the tail on the donkey.
  • Face painting or glittery tattoos will have an extra element of fun to the party

The Pirate Party

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Pirate parties go over well with both boys and girls. There is lots of fun to be had at a pirate party.

  • Make a map and send them on a treasure hunt.
  • Get them decorate their own eye patches.
  • Dig for hidden treasure.
  • Pirate tattoos will be popular.
  • Make them walk the plank!
  • Go fishing for treats.
  • Give them all pirate names for the party.

Hungry Caterpillar

This is a great theme for the younger children.  Base your food for the party on the food featured in the book. This will make it nice and healthy and perfect for the little ones to eat.

  • Print off Hungry Caterpillar colouring sheets from the Eric Carle website and make a colouring station.
  • Have fun making caterpillars with pom poms and googly eyes.
  • Design your own butterfly.
  • Read the Hungry Caterpillar book to them and get them to act it out.
  • Send them on a Hungry Caterpillar hunt. Hide caterpillars around the room for them to find.

Superhero Party

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Another great theme for a mixed gender party. Encourage them to invent their own superheroes and dress like them on the day.

  • Have them decorate their own superhero masks or capes.
  • Set a superhero photo booth with lots of props for them to use.
  • A Superhero needs a baddie to beat so get one of the adults to dress as a baddie and get the children to defend the party.
  • Check their hand eye co-ordination and have them fire at targets with silly string just like Spiderman.

Sports Day Party

If your children love sports they will love a sports day themed party. This is brilliant for summer birthdays but can be easily be adapted for an indoor party.

  • Have a sack race.
  • Craft station with medal and trophy decorating.
  • You can’t beat an egg and spoon race.
  • Spilt the party into teams and get them to compete for a main prize.
  • Set up an obstacle course up for them to complete.

Whatever theme you choose don’t forget Amanda’s Action Club is here to help!

Find more party ideas on our Pinterest Board.

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How To Book Your Free Amanda’s Action Club Trial Class Online

Here at Amanda’s Action Club we offer free trial classes to children who have never attended a class before. We believe that after just one class you will want to come back time and time again.

It’s really simple to book your free session through our website.

You will need to register first; this will make sure we have all the information about you and your child we require.

To register click on the register button in the right hand corner of our website.

 

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You will then be taken to this page to fill in your details.

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Next step is your child’s details. You can add additional children to your account once you are registered.

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Last step is filling in your contact details.

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You are now registered and can book classes and your free trial.

To book your free trial class, click on the class you wish to attend.

Please note not all classes offer a free trial.

Click on the free trial button on the class page.free trial 1

Tell us what date you would like to attend. We do require 24 hours’ notice on free trials.

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You will receive an email to confirm your booking.

You are now all ready to attend your first Amanda’s Action Club Class!

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Our Active Christmas Gift Guide for Pre-schoolers

Christmas is creeping up on us, before you know all the gifts have been open and there is wrapping paper everywhere!  It can be stressful trying to find the right gift especially for pre-schoolers, there are only so many toys that they play with.

We have some gift ideas to make your life a little easier and help keep your pre-schooler active.

A balance bike is a great way to introduce a bike to little ones. It doesn’t have pedals and allows them to work on their balance. It’s a great way to get about and encourages them to stay active.

We love this all-weather balance bike from Kids One Stop Shop £99.99

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Children don’t always need a physical present an experience can be just as good if not better. Here at Amanda’s Action Club we offer a 5 class pass for just £45, you save £1 per class. Your child will love coming to our fun filled music classes.

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A scooter is another great way to encourage your child to keep active and is much quicker than getting them to walk! Micro Scooters have these great 3 in 1 scooters that last from 1 to 5 years £79. 95. It starts off has ride one scooter, you the convert to a toddler scooter and finally it become a mini micro scooter.

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Get out and about exploring with these great Woodland Adventure Packs from Little Discoverers. These start from £8 and they encourage learning, having fun and keeping active; a company after our own heart!

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Does your child love games? Try Pumpaloons, you have to pump up the pumpaloon as quick as you can.  Lots of fun and you keep active at the same it!

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If you are looking for great stocking fillers then you can’t do any better than one of our albums! Keep active at home and have fun by dancing along to our music. You’ll all work off those mince pies in no time!

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