• The Highway Rat trail- Forestry Commission

    February 15, 2018 Jenny

    Outdoor activities + reading = happy times for us! So much so, that when we heard that Forestry Commission England were setting up several trails for Julia Donaldson’s The Highway Rat around their woodlands this year, we leapt at the chance to try one out. Dalby Forest is the nearest site to us, so we…

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  • Guest post- Daddilife- Why embracing the outdoors is vital for a child’s development

    February 10, 2018 Jenny

    A great guest-post here by Daddilife, a parenting website for dads. Articles from Daddilife have been featured by a range of high-profile outlets, including the Huffington Post. Here, Han-son has written about the importance of getting children outdoors for their development, and the role Dads can play in these kind of activities:  These days children spend…

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  • 7 Ways to celebrate World Book Day- Without Dressing Up

    February 10, 2018 Jenny

    World Book Day is fast approaching. This annual event is run by UNESCO, to promote reading, publishing and copyright. Here in the UK we celebrate it on the first Thursday in March. World book day is a great opportunity for children to celebrate and share their favourite books. They can also collect their very own book, with tokens…

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  • Review-Mud and Bloom February Box

    February 8, 2018 Jenny

    Disclaimer: I received the February subscription box from Mud and Bloom for free in return for a review. All comments above are my own and an honest reflection of how we found it. Much excitement in our house this week as we received the February box from Mud and Bloom through the door! The kids…

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  • A Day out- The Deep- Hull

    February 3, 2018 Jenny

    We first took Big to The Deep when he was only a year old, and have been coming back regularly ever since, thanks to their annual pass scheme. Paying once for your tickets and then returning unlimited times over the course of the following year has made visits very affordable and we enjoy eating in…

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  • Dear Zoo parcels

    Dear Zoo Toddler Activity

    February 2, 2018 Jenny

    What makes Dear Zoo (by Rod Campbell) so popular and successful? Is it the simple plot, repetitive structure, the interactive nature of the flaps to open, the bold images using bright blocks of colour? Probably all of the above, as well as the opportunity to begin to draw ‘character’ from the most basic of details…

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  • Review- Polar Pen Pal- Arctic Songs Pack

    January 25, 2018 Jenny

    This time of year lends itself to ‘winter’ themed topics for play-based learning. A quick scroll through Instagram shows loads of activities involving snow, ice, or polar animals. One account has really taken our interest, however. Polar Pen Pal is a brilliant concept- cue the chance to get to know ‘Mark’ and ‘Meeka’; two friends…

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  • Chinese New Year mark making- an envelope activity

    January 6, 2018 Jenny

    Chinese New Year is coming up soon and we thought we’d start exploring this topic with a mark making activity. The custom for new year is to collect red envelopes from family members which are filled with money for the kids! This concept led me to the idea of creating an invitation to create with…

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  • Review- Mud and Bloom January box

    December 29, 2017 Jenny

    Forest school, walks in the woods, bike rides and camping are all ways we like to spend time together, so when the opportunity came of reviewing a box from Mud and Bloom, we leapt at the chance! Mud and Bloom are a small business promoting family activities around gardening and the great outdoors. We’ve found…

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  • 9 Ways to support Early Literacy in your community.

    December 27, 2017 Jenny

    Have you got any New Years Resolutions?  Every January there is a surge of people attempting to have a fresh start, kick old habits and start new, more meaningful ones. Most of these; eat healthily, exercise, save money, commit to a new hobby, tend to focus on the individual and what we hope to achieve…

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