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Choosing a first bike – pedal bikes

Hands up who's planning on making a bike their child's big Christmas gift? Both our girls started out with balance bikes M moved to a pedal bike over the summer, but F is hoping Santa will bring her a new bike. So Alice and I have been chatting about what makes a great first pedal bike. 
 
Not only are bikes a major financial outlay, but the bike you choose can be the difference between your child learning to ride easily or finding it really difficult. ...

Learn To Ride With a Balance Bike

This post includes affiliate links. Kids bikes are high on the list of big ticket purchases for Christmas gifts. But choosing the right bike is a big deal. Not only is it a major financial outlay, but the first bike you choose can be the difference between your child learning to ride easily or finding it really difficult. In this first of two posts on how to choose a first bike for your child, we focus on our experiences with balance bikes. ...

Growing Seeds with Kids

Such excitement! Our recently planted peas, sunflowers, carrots, spinach, radishes, lettuce & beetroots are all growing like topsy in our fab new greenhouse. We have grown veg before but the greenhouse has allowed us to grow so much more quickly. It has also provided us a fabulous opportunity both to compare very different seeds and to talk about the conditions in which plants can grow. ...

Best Fruit and Veg to Grow with Kids

We had great fun growing veg last year. But we had mixed results. Our pumpkins were a complete trauma but our herbs were fabulous and our spinach and chard super delicious. I loved that my daughter could pick the chard herself and eat it within minutes for her lunch. Last spring was so cold we didn't plant much. But this year we're going to start the seedlings in a super cheap mini green house ... my green fingered friends rave about them ... and grow much more. ...

Fun Mobility Toys

This post includes affiliate links. The speed at which babies and small children develop new mobility skills is breath taking! One minute they are stationary, the next they are rolling, crawling, cruising, walking and running and then belting away from you at full speed :-) Great mobility toys really enhance this development and help kids acquire some seriously awesome balancing & control skills. ...

Encouraging Young Children to Walk

That moment when your child takes their first tottering steps is beyond exciting for them and you. But keeping up the excitement is hard. Most days it's a battle either to fend of the raised arms & cries of "carry cuddle" or if they do want to walk to get them to walk slightly faster than a slow snail! But when we do encourage small children to walk we are giving them a gift for life. ...

The Way We Used To Play …

As children we played out. Just about all day every day - unless it was really pouring - with all the other children on the street. I remember being out there from as little as 2 or 3 - tagging along with my big sister and the older kids, but slowly absorbing the most glorious heritage of games passed on by generations of children. ...

50 Free Outdoor Activities For Kids

We were very lucky as children. We lived on the edge of a small town with fields just over the road and some amazing forest a few miles away, with plenty of free outdoor activities for kids to have fun with. There were lots of children on the street and we all played out together - the older ones looking after the little ones. We spent many happy hours by ourselves or with our parents in the forest just playing with what was there. ...