Magna-Tiles are one of our favourite open ended toys for the kids. They are brilliant for imaginary play, building and exploring. Over the years, we have always had sets of Magna-Tiles and when I am playing with these with my younger child, even the older kids can’t resist getting involved and putting something together. They are just so tempting and fun. Magna-Tiles are very appealing with their translucent colours, but recently we were sent a set of the new Magna-Tiles Stardust to review, and they are even more pretty. Magna-Tiles with added glitter, and even mirror pieces.. they are gorgeous to look at and to play with.
I’ve always been interested by the idea of pressing flowers, the results look so pretty. I hadn’t tried it until recently though, since using a traditional flower press can be such a long and drawn out process. Recently we were sent a microwave flower press to try out, and this speeds up the drying and pressing process so much, and makes flower pressing much more accessible for children to use in crafting. We used our pressed flowers to make some Springtime sun catchers to liven up our windows and I’m sure we will use it in many more projects to come.
The day is finally here, and UK schools will be re-opening for all children from tomorrow. It has been a long few months of lockdown, and it’s great to see our kids finally getting the chance to go back to school and spend time together with their friends once again. They have all been working so hard on their virtual learning, but nothing can beat face to face teaching in a classroom environment, so I’m sure many kids will be excited to get back to the familiar routine of school. Some of the children may also be quite nervous – it has been a very strange year, and it’s a lot to adapt to.
Whether they are excited or nervous, getting everything prepared and organised for school is bound to help, so that they can go back feeling like they have the situation under control. This weekend we have been rushing to order last minute supplies like school shoes, as my kids have grown so much. They also used up so much stationary during home learning, and Smiggle has all the supplies to get them kitted out with the stationary, school bags, water bottles that they need and so much more.
My kids love items from Smiggle as the quality is always good, and they have so many fun designs to choose from. From super cool backpacks to matching lunchboxes, keyrings and water bottles, Smiggle has everything budding learners need to embark on an exciting new learning adventure and get set for the classroom!
These thumbprint popsicle stick flowers are a cute craft for kids to make in Spring or Summer time, and they would make a sweet home made Mother’s Day craft too. Finger print or hand print crafts always make a sweet keepsake as they are personalised with your child’s little fingers, thumbs and hands – adorable 🙂
To make this flower craft, all you need is a few simple materials, and these can be made with the kids in just a few minutes.
With a delicious menu of fresh, vibrant Mexican street food, there’s plenty to enjoy – from tasty tacos with Wahaca’s famous Pork pibil or delicious Buttermilk chicken to crispy taquitos, flavour-packed salads and zinging salsas
And the food’s not just tasty to the Mex, it’s also not going to cost the earth – Wahaca is the UK’s first carbon-neutral restaurant group, all its ingredients are sustainably sourced and it uses only free range British chicken and pork
Wahaca’s new bottled cocktails are the perfect way to raise a toast this Mother’s Day – Tommi’s classic margarita contains a double shot of Gran Centenario tequila shaken up with agave nectar and lime juice, and there’s also a fabulously fruity Passion fruit margarita as well as a Strawberry & mint daiquiri that’s brand new for Mother’s Day
It’s fantastic to see World Book Day grow year on year, teaching children about the joys of reading in a fun and playful way and getting them to engage with characters and literature is an amazing idea and it’s fantastic it has become so successful here in the UK.
Truly highlighting the joys of reading to a younger audience, it’s a shame such a day comes around but once a year. This time, why not take it as a fantastic opportunity to extend the Book based fun beyond the School day by taking part in some extra activities at home?
To help you host your own after school World Book Day event, we’ve put together a list of fun and enjoyable games and activities that can be done at home and with minimal effort and fuss. After all, World Book Day only comes around once a year, so we may as well make the most of it.
Spring time is here! If you are looking for some Spring Activities and Spring Crafts for children to keep the little ones busy, here are some great ideas. Spring is one of my favourite seasons, all the beautiful blossom and bright daffodils blooming are guaranteed to boost my mood. Here’s my ultimate list of Spring Activities for Kids!
How many of these classic books did you read as a child? Have you shared them with your own children? Sainsburys have put together this list of the top 50 must read children’s books in time for World Book Day, and I have to say – they are great choices!
There are a couple that I have missed, but the rest of the list are books I really enjoyed as a child. This list has books suitable for all ages up to 16, so some of them may not be suitable for younger children – use your judgement with each one.
When young children are learning to read, the key is to practise as much as possible but at the same time you don’t want to make it into a chore for them. I came up with this hidden words activity using Marvin’s Magic Pens and my 4 year old daughter was begging me to write more and more words for her to discover.
Magic pens allow you to erase or colour change your drawings and so much fun to experiment with.
Who doesn’t love cookies? Warm, gooey, melty chocolate chip cookies a definite favorite in our house. My oldest daughter makes them every week. Because of that my 4 year old has developed a love for those sweet cookies. I do kind of love that she gets distracted after the first couple bites and leaves most of her cookies behind (thus, less of a sugar rush…) These countingcookie games are perfect for cookie-loving preschoolers! Kids will love practicing their numbers with these free printable activities!
Big Little Tent Festival was created last year during lockdown, since we aren’t able to be out there exploring just now, Caravan Club came up with this idea to allow families to have fun and continue the excitement of camping at home. The festival aims to bring the great outdoors to you – in the […]
Sink or float is one of the most popular classic science experiments for kids. It’s so easy to set up, and a great way to introduce them to basic experiments at home. This fun twist on the classic experiment uses surprise eggs to add another element of fun to the activity. This sink or float […]
Every child is different, and with these varied personalities and interests you will need different toys to best keep your child occupied and entertained. Recently, I was having this discussion with one of my mum groups about which toys are most used by our 4 year olds these days and it was really interesting to […]
Kaleidoscope Have fun making this Kaleidoscope craft with the kids. This simple kaleidoscope works best when it is held up to the light. Move the tube around to see the pretty colours, glitter and sequins dance around. What is a Kaleidoscope? A kaleidoscope (/kəˈlaɪdəskoʊp/) is an optical instrument with two or more reflecting surfaces tilted […]
We have all been stuck indoors for a while so it is always good to have some ideas of how to keep the little ones entertained during lockdown. We still have only a few months to go until things go back to normal – hopefully – so read on to get some inspiration. Anna and […]
It’s fantastic to see World Book Day grow year on year, teaching children about the joys of reading in a fun and playful way and getting them to engage with characters and literature is an amazing idea and it’s fantastic it has become so successful here in the UK. Truly highlighting the joys of reading […]
If you are a parent and like me struggles to come up with ideas to keep the little ones entertained read on. To be honest I think even the most creative parents are running out of options of what to do with the kids after all these lockdowns and time off school. It is hard […]