• 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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  • Polar Animals- Tuff Tray Activity

    December 13, 2017 Jenny

    With all the snow and ice around this week, it seemed fitting to create our own tuff tray activity with polar animals! There are so many ways of putting this together; foam soap, porridge oats and rice all make good ‘snow’, but we had some cotton wool so used that this time. We borrowed this…

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  • 3 Simple Fine-Motor Christmas Crafts

    December 4, 2017 Jenny

    Christmas offers a great opportunity for getting out the craft box and being creative with little ones. When else can you let toddlers loose with the glitter and still stay in a good mood, right?! But with so many ideas around, it is easy to become overwhelmed or stressed by some of the more complicated…

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  • How to use Pinterest to Organise Activity Ideas

    November 29, 2017 Jenny

    Pinterest is brilliant. It is a highly popular resource used by parents, childminders and early years teachers alike to collect ideas and inspiration. However, like any other resource, it can easily become cluttered and confused, leading to overwhelm and frustration as those brilliant ideas you found a few months ago get lost in all the…

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