Four Reasons Why You Should Love Hand-Me-Downs

I know some people like to have everything new for their kids, but I have always loved hand-me-downs. Don't get me wrong, I do choose them a few special things just of their own, relating to their interests or personality, but if friends and family with older kids offer me a bag of pre-loved goodies,… Continue reading Four Reasons Why You Should Love Hand-Me-Downs

Toppsta: A Great Resource For Kids Who Love Books

I'm reviewing the Toppsta website today because it's a site not many people seem to know about and I have found it such an excellent source of reading inspiration and free books! See below for tips on receiving free books. As a teacher with years of experience working with young children, I firmly believe in… Continue reading Toppsta: A Great Resource For Kids Who Love Books

Mini Makers at The Herbert Museum: Messy Fun For Under Fives

I took my two smalls, aged 2 and 3, along to the Mini Makers session at The Herbert Museum and Art Gallery today. We've been to the Museum lots of times before and it is a fantastic place to visit any day. I totally recommend the Elements gallery - all three of my children love… Continue reading Mini Makers at The Herbert Museum: Messy Fun For Under Fives

Keeping The Kids Busy: Archive of Fun Activities for Kids

Sometimes kids are great at amusing themselves but when they start whinging they are bored it's good to have a few activities up your sleeve! Fun family time doesn't have to take hours of preparation or cost a lot of money. There are lots of fun activities you can do with whatever you have to… Continue reading Keeping The Kids Busy: Archive of Fun Activities for Kids

Keeping the Kids Busy: More Easy Indoor Activities

If you missed it, you can catch up with my original post on Easy Indoor Activities To Keep the Kids Busy. It's a bank holiday weekend so the weather has taken a predictable nose-dive! We still bung wellies on and get out when we can but when the kids are all soggy and pile back… Continue reading Keeping the Kids Busy: More Easy Indoor Activities

Keeping The Kids Busy: A Colourful Treasure Hunt-Learning Colours Through Active Play

My little boy is two and a half and we've been doing lots of colour-themed activities to help him learn his colours. He loves pirates so I devised a colour- themed treasure trail for him to follow, with a biscuit as the treasure. I set up a trail of coloured arrows around the house and… Continue reading Keeping The Kids Busy: A Colourful Treasure Hunt-Learning Colours Through Active Play

Keeping The Kids Busy: Invitation To Play Trays

I use these to prompt my kids with play ideas. They get stuck in a rut, picking the same toys to play with but if I set something up for them, I can entice them into playing with different things which they wouldn't think of or choose of their own accord. Once the tray is… Continue reading Keeping The Kids Busy: Invitation To Play Trays

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

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