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  1. January comes so quickly after the "warm holiday" December. I found myself repeating the phrase "time flies when you're having fun" to my kids all through the month. It's true. It flew! 

    But January doesn't need to be sad and depressing. Whenever I think of January I think of lots of indoor play, crafts and games. Crafts can get slightly boring after a while especially since most young kids are doing crafts all day at school. I've realised that with my three kids. they come back from school and need to burn energy. 

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    quick visit to the playground is the easiest option and we are blessed with many good ones in Malta, Such as the one in Qormi, one that takes me back to my childhood with their fantastic snake like swing rope. The park is quite big with easy parking (for that quick raining run) and also has a trampoline (it was still in tack last month when I went there) with  excersise machines & climbing frames. An all round winner! 

    We must remember that Play is the basis for all learning and development. Building their motor skills and strength and coordination is vital in child growth. Being stuck inside doesn't always have to be about crafts and movies. There are so many options and games to create where they can still burn their energy and have a great day! One of my favourite is creating an obstacle race; add some pillows, cardboard box tunnels and masking tape for a spider web accross the room and you're set for an afternoon of fun and lots of laughs guaranteed! 

    The list is endless, from indoor treasure hunts, (make a list of things they need to find - something red, something round, something soft etc), bubble wrap runs etc .. 

    Here are some great ideas we have pinned on Pinterest for great afternoons of fun!

    In other words, play matters, let the children PLAY!

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    As a mummy of 3 young children (eldest almost 10) I must say that the amount of toys that we have been through is great. Their birthdays are all coming up around Christmas time so you can just imagine the amount that gets added by January. I sift through them in October to weed out the used, abused and broken and the ones they don't play with anymore. As I do this I often wonder what possessed me to buy this for them? why did they choose this? Do you think this was a great idea? did they even play with this? 

    One example of this is my daughters Hatchimal - I refused to buy it for her the first year and she begged and begged the second year. Was I that mean? So last christmas she finaly got the egg!  I must say she was incredibly happy to receive it! but as the egg cracked and the bird came to life, that was it! I don't think that in this whole year the nameless bird has been picked up and played with more then 5 times. 

    As we are becoming more environmentally aware of the amount of plastic that's being thrown away, are we also aware that as parents we can contribute greatly by buying consciously? Is the toy worth it's while? Is the toy chosen, sold because it's been advertised as being the best thing ever? - is it really?  Does having a charachter make it all that much better?  

    This Christmas, ask yourself - will this toy serve it's purpose and give what the toy is intened to give - smiles, motor skills, imagination  - will the toy command the child or will the child command the toy? Will the toy still have the same effect on the child in 6 months?

    This is the main reason why at Kekstor. we carfuly curate all toys, tested and reserached to ensure that all toys brought in will be played guranteed maximum play give maximum laughs and smiles. All our toys have a story, Just ask us!