Why do we have so many books?: Developing Early Reading Skills by Sharing Books With Your Baby, Toddler or Pre-Schooler

We have a lot of children's books in our house. But you can never have too many books right? My kids love books and we share books, stories and rhymes every day for a variety of reasons.  As my three are all at different ages (5 months, 2 and 7), we have a range of… Continue reading Why do we have so many books?: Developing Early Reading Skills by Sharing Books With Your Baby, Toddler or Pre-Schooler

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The Pressure Vest: Calming Strategies For Fizzy Moments

I wrote a few months ago about my son's recent Occupational Therapy assessment. You can read about it in more detail here but the basic gist is that he may have Developmental Co-ordination Disorder as well as Autism (which he was diagnosed with 3 years ago at the age of 4).  The boy is often fizzy, a… Continue reading The Pressure Vest: Calming Strategies For Fizzy Moments

Apple and blackberry crumble cake and muffins

I love this Apple cake recipe. It is perfect as a warming Autumn dessert with loads of custard, or sliced with butter as an afternoon treat. I made this with the last of the year's foraged blackberries but blueberries work well too or even sultanas.  The recipe is loosely based on the Dorset Apple cake… Continue reading Apple and blackberry crumble cake and muffins

Homemade fish cakes: a cheap and healthy way to use up leftovers 

If you're anything like me and end up overestimating how much mash potato to make then this is a perfect solution. It's also a great way of getting sneaky veg into the kids!  I used mashed sweet potato, a tin of tuna, a couple of spring onions, and a few handfuls of spinach but it… Continue reading Homemade fish cakes: a cheap and healthy way to use up leftovers 

Autumn tree pictures: An easy mess-free Autumn leaf craft for toddlers

There is are few simple pleasures greater than a walk through Autumn leaves on a crisp, dry October day. With so many beautiful colours and shapes, is hard to resist bringing some home for a craft activity. For older ones wax crayon rubbings and leaf printing are great, while little ones are quite happy just… Continue reading Autumn tree pictures: An easy mess-free Autumn leaf craft for toddlers

CBeebies Pablo: What We Thought

The boys and I stumbled across an advert this afternoon for CBeebies new show Pablo, which started yesterday. My seven-year-old instantly picked up that Pablo was autistic and was keen to watch it and see what it was like so we put iPlayer on and watched the first two episodes. He is very comfortable with… Continue reading CBeebies Pablo: What We Thought