Stuck on things to do with the kids over the holiday? As half-term kicks into high gear, Cat Gazzoli, Founder of organic baby food brand, Piccolo, shares some of her favourite ways to spend the school holidays with her little one.
A little bit about Cat. As a new mother and driven by her long-standing career in food, Cat launched Piccolo in 2016 after spotting a gap in the market for delicious and healthy organic baby food. Good nutrition is the key to good living and this is the core belief behind Piccolo. With the aim to help support, inspire and empower parents who are weaning children, Piccolo’s range of baby food and snacks are both nutritious and tasty. Find the full range here at farmdrop.com.
For years my hobby has been reading recipe books. My five-year-old daughter, Juliet, loves sitting with me and flicking through my collection, helping me plan what we’ll make together next. I was brought up fed on a predominantly Mediterranean diet, wherever in the world I was. This didn’t just mean copious amounts of fruit and vegetables, lots of grains, pulses, fish and olive oils; it was also about how much real, good food was part of my life.
Food plays a big part in my family life, and so during our spare time and the school holidays I find it important to cook together as a family. Especially as children are natural kitchen helpers! I recommend that all families try and find the time to do this with their kids, and not forgetting the grandparents. It gives us a time to share, have great fun and make memories. Find many of those easy, child-friendly recipes on the Piccolo website.
Gymboree Play & Music
I could harp on all day about the importance of good, honest and natural food but we know what they say about all work and no play. Eating healthily and getting a range of play activities into a child’s daily life from a young age can really help your little one blossom. Gymboree Play & Music welcomes the whole family, helping to inspire creativity, confidence and life-long friendships. I learnt so many new things when I used to take Juliet to the weekly classes. Did you know that climbing enables your baby to develop parts of their brain that helps in learning how to read and write? You can find a local class and book a free trial via their website.
With Buggyfit, your buggy can become your own personal exercise machine. It’s a great way to get back into shape while spending time with your baby and having lots of fun – it’s essentially a post-natal flash mob! I’d really recommend trying this one out especially for all you mamas. One mum described Buggyfit as “a rare chance to do something for myself”, which is so important. I was a total Buggyfit mum when running little Juliet around; it’s the best way to stay in shape and stay with baby at the same time to ensure bonding at all times. Find a class near you via the Buggyfit website.
I’m a huge fan of Water Babies. They teach water confidence and safety skills to babies and toddlers, and it’s amazing how young you can start your little one on their swimming journey – their youngest ‘pupil’ was only one day old! Swimming is a wonderful activity the entire family can enjoy, so check if you have Water Babies classes near you, or just head down to the local pool. It’s super convenient during the half term when you’ve run out of ideas.
As a parent (as you’ve probably experienced), doing arts and craft at home doesn’t always go quite according to plan. Creation Station’s activities can be an easy way to keep the kids busy during the half team, they’ll inspire children through fun and educational arts and crafts – and remember, a messy session is a good session! Whatever age your children are, being imaginative and getting involved in creative arts and crafts activities is great bonding for the whole family – and there’s a class to suit everyone!
Find Piccolo organic baby food, kids snacks, nappies and much more at farmdrop.com.