I have a great set of play and learning materials to tell you about today. Have you met Spielgaben? We were sent a free set of their wooden educational toys and learning materials to review and we’ve been enjoying playing with them for weeks now. So many play possibilities! Here’s what we think of them – plus details of a special Early Bird offer you can take advantage of.
What’s Easter without bunnies and chocolate? This Easter bunny lollipop recipe combines both and is great kids Easter recipe.
Easter bunny lollipop recipe
Did you know you can stick a big pointy skewer right through a balloon and it won’t pop?
Or use a sieve full of holes to hold water? Or make milk psychedelic? Or build your own hovercraft? Super cool experiments for kids (see below to find out how) all using the appliance of physics.
Did you know that physics skills can lead children into all sorts of careers?
Here’s Masterchef finalist Aki Matshushima explaining how she uses physics in her work.
And did you know that in the UK in 2011 49% of co-ed schools sent no girls on to A-level physics?
Not one girl.
How to give your girls the opportunities of physics [Read more…]
Do your kids like to play with their food? I know there are times when we might discourage this and focus on promoting polite table manners, but there are other times when fun food can be just what you need to get reluctant writers, drawers, counters and storytellers bursting with enthusiasm.
We’ve been playing around with Jacob’s Oddities this week – cute little snacks that come in all sorts of fun shapes that are just right for making art you can eat!
How to turn food into art and creative story telling [Read more…]
The girls and I were invited to join Wild Rumpus for a trip to The Spellbound Forest at the weekend. Created by the team behind the Just So Festival, The Spellbound Forest weaved it’s magic through Delamere Forest in Cheshire, bringing to life four English fairy tales with a mixture of story telling, theatre, music, dance, woodland crafts and toy making. The event was like a forest school on a grand scale, full of inspiration and ideas to bring back and adapt to keep the outdoor story telling alive at home.
Forest school ideas from The Spellbound Forest [Read more…]
Whether you’re the new parent of young children, an experienced mum or a child-care professional, taking time to review the way you are raising your children is vital. It lets you check you’re parenting in line with your own philosophy and make sure the way you’re nurturing your children is right for you and them.
Taking time to pause and reflect lets you can pick up new ideas that can have a big impact on your family, which is why I’m really looking forward to joining in with the Parenting with Positive Guidance e-course – and inviting you to join me.
What’s your number one, best-ever tip to encourage your children to eat healthily? Do you go for the stealth option and sneak in hidden fruit and vegetables or let the kids know exactly what they’re eating and get them involved in the cooking?
I’m joining in with the Weetabix Fuel for Big Days campaign again and this week’s focus is on promoting healthy food for our family. Did you spot me in the display box over on the right-hand side? Click through and tell me how you encourage your kids to eat healthily.