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Ice lollies are delicious and easy to make if you have a freezer section in your fridge. Also, they are a great way to encourage your child to eat fresh fruit and fruit juices.
Ice lolly moulds are easy to buy, but if you can't find a set in the shops, you can make your own using recycled plastic cartons and lollipop sticks. You don't want the lollies to be too big to fit little mouths, so we suggest using mini cartons, such as "Petits Filous".
You can put any fruit or fruit juice you like into the moulds - mashed up strawberries, raspberries, kiwi fruit, real orange juice, yoghurt drinks or whatever you like. Get some recipe ideas here, but mostly you can just make it up.
Then stand the cartons upright in the freezer with a lollipop stick in the centre of each, and wait for them to freeze. When you are ready to eat them, dip each one into a bowl of really hot water for a very short time, and the carton should release the lolly. Enjoy.
Start a recipe notebook, and let your child write down what they put into their favourite ice lollies.
Writing is like a muscle – the more your child practises it the stronger their writing ability will become. Your child is also more likely to write about things they like or are interested in – writing is a way to express yourself and using writing in this way can be more meaningful to a child. Word searches and crosswords can help with pattern recognition and spelling, and help build vocabulary and spelling.
Give your child lots of opportunities to write - notes, birthday cards, emails or text messages. Encourage your child to make and write their own books about something they are interested in, for example, cars, dinosaurs, fairies or dogs. They can draw or stick in their own pictures.
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