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Time Travel Books for Kids

I have to confess we are total time travel junkies in our house. We have been known to get ever so mildly obsessed with Doctor Who. (We have Dalek cutters for cripes sake!) And in those lulls of inactivity from the Doctor we lap up time travel books. And these are just a few of our fave time travel books for kids....

Scary Books For Kids

Uh oh! Scary books for kids! It's a tricky one isn't it? Is it really a good idea for our kids to read stuff that's going to scare them witless? That might give them bad dreams? And have them running down the landing to jump in your bed in the middle of the night?...

What To Read After Harry Potter

Oh my lord, what are you going to do? How will you survive? It's a total catastrophe! Yep. Your kids have finished Harry Potter!!! What can ever match the strength of friendships they forged at Hogwarts? The delight of discovering Diagon Alley? And the pure excitement of each plot twist? That Special Harry Thing 'Cos

Teach Kids to Code by Telling Stories

Our kids are going to need to code. Right? And the earlier they learn the easier it will be. But taught the wrong way coding can be pretty dry stuff for kindergarten and primary kids. Rather than exciting them, it can leave them cold or quickly bored. We need to teach kids to code in creative ways that totally fire their imaginations. And make them keep coming back for more....

Kids Gardening – Growing Mint in Water

Growing mint in water is definitely one of my fave kids gardening activities. Not least because it gives super quick results and is almost impossible to get wrong!! Plus it introduces kids to the science of how different plants reproduce and is genuinely the best way to grow mint from cuttings. AND it involves almost no prep for a frazzled mum who's struggling to find time to garden....

Potato Stamp Craft For Toddlers

Potato stamp craft for toddlers and preschoolers is a great way to get them involved in the fun of Valentine's Day. Get super creative by mixing heart shapes with other fun shapes. Stars and dots are super simple to do, or get crafty and create dinosaur shapes. Then squirt out some paint and let your toddler potato stamp away and create works of art you can share with your paramour on Valentine's Day as an extra special way to show your love. ...

Teaching kids to code

Teaching kids to code is a hot topic. It's now on the national curriculum for kids from 4 here in the UK. And in the US, President Obama has added his penny'sworth claiming coding is the "new literacy" and all kids need to learn. But how on earth are you as a mum meant to

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. ...