Rustic Star Craft: A Year of Nature Craft and Play

A Year of Nature Craft and Play (Harper Collins) is a new nature based activity book by garden blogger Catherine Hughes and well-being author Becky Goddard-Hill.

In the book they share a host of nature craft and play ideas following the seasons.

They also include nature-based science experiments and gardening projects as well as mindfulness activities, cooking and gift ideas.

Today we will share with you a Rustic Star Craft tutorial from the book, and we have a copy to giveaway to one lucky reader at the end of this blog post.

A year of nature craft and play book cover

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DaddiLife “You’re Going To Be A Dad” Book for First Time Fathers

We previously reviewed A Dad Joke A Day book from DaddiLife, and now this group of Dads have collaborated again to release a second book. This time they have written something a little more serious. 

Becoming a Father for the first time is a huge moment for any Dad. This is a new stage of life, and a huge responsibility for the next 18 years and onwards. It may be daunting, but is also an extremely exciting journey and nowadays many Dads are much more keen to get involved and take the role of an active engaged father in their family life. 

With so much to learn, and so many changes to experience, DaddiLife have put together a brand new guide to help support new Dads along the way, enabling them to inform themselves of everything involved and be the best Dad that they can be.

you're going to be a dad guide book for first time parents

Let’s take a look at what’s included in this handy new guide. 

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Disney Book of Maps: A Guide To The Magical Worlds of Disney & Pixar

Maps are an incredible way to explore the world. When you look at a map, it’s like you’re travelling for miles and miles without ever leaving your living room or bedroom.

There is something so magical about exploring lands via detailed maps, and when combined with the magic of Disney & Pixar, this is an amazing combination.

Disney book of maps a guide to the magical worlds of Disney and Pixar

We were sent the Disney Book of Maps from Lost Universe, the UK-based retailer that’s all about supplying super-fans with the coolest pop culture merch around. They have a wide range of products from brands including Disney, Star-Wars, Harry Potter, Pokemon and more.

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15 Reassuring Children’s Books about Starting School

Starting school is an exciting time and a new chapter in your child’s life. It’s also a big change and a challenge for them! It can be a little bit scary too.

You may be feeling overwhelmed with all the things there are to prepare them for this new stage of life.

Children might feel nervous about meeting new people, or have trouble making friends.

15 children's books about starting school

One way to get ready is through reading. Luckily, there are many books that can help prepare kids for starting school.

Books are a great way to introduce children to the joy of reading before they start school, and provide them with skills they need to succeed. They can even help your child make friends at school or develop a love of reading that will last their whole life.

Here, are some of our favourite books for kids who are about to start school.

books for kids about starting school

These are suitable whether your child is starting reception, or school nursery class. Or may even help if your infant school child is moving to a new school and feeling a bit nervous

books about starting school

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A Dad Joke A Day

Dads are known for their cringeworthy jokes, and in our house it is no different. DaddiLife, have put together a book with over 365 of their best dad jokes, to help keep Dads stocked up with ‘hilarious’ new material to torment their families with their Dad humour, and keep the eye rolls coming all year round.

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Reading Champions Reading Book Scheme Review from Books2Door

One of the most magical things as a parent is seeing your child starting to learn how to read. It is such a huge step, that opens up a whole world of knowledge and imagination for your child to now access. Starting to learn to read is very daunting though, as it is easy. We were sent this Reading Champions book set from Books2Door, which is perfect for beginner readers with six levels advancing in difficulty.

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50 Books Every Child Should Read by Age 16

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.

50 books every child should read before 16


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Gingerbread People Recipe

Cooking together with kids is a great way to spend time together, and help them develop some vital life skills while having fun. Today we have a gingerbread people recipe, from the book Kids Can Cook by Esther Coombs. Gingerbread people are such a simple treat to make, and kids love the results especially as you can get creative while decorating them. You can make gingerbread men, gingerbread women, or whatever style you prefer.

Gingerbread People recipe


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Viking Adventure Activity Book

Vikings are a fun part of history to learn about, and if you have a child in Year 3 or 4 at primary school like I do, then they may be learning about Vikings in school this year. The Viking Adventure activity book from Button Books / GMC Distribution looks like a great way to enhance and solidify their knowledge of vikings in a fun and hands on way.

The book is packed with over 100 different activities and games and includes 4 pages of stickers.

The pages are crammed with all sorts of fun, including puzzles, anagrams, maths, codes, spot the difference, colouring in and other engaging activities. Absorbing and educational, the Viking Adventure Activity Book features beautiful, bright illustrations
that will draw children in and keep them busy. And while they are enjoying the mazes, matching and counting, the
activities are helping them to develop a wide range of skills, including observational, conversational and motor skills. They’ll also find out more about the fascinating world of Vikings along the way.

Here are a few example pages of activities from The Viking Adventure Activity Book

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