Would you tell someone about me? :: Play Planner

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Hi everyone. I hope you’ve had a good week. We celebrated my elder daughter’s 12th birthday party with a house full of friends and family. I love that she’s now old enough to bake her own birthday cake. It was yummy!

I hope you like the free printable alphabet cards I’ve made this week. We’ve been using them for our spelling activities. It makes such a difference to have an ABC set to play with, rather than only writing spellings down on a piece of paper. (Boring!) My girls have been enjoying these cards, so I hope you find them useful too.

Oh, and… know someone who might like a set of the ABC cards? Or who might like to receive this weekly Play Planner? If you’ve received this by email, you can forward it on to a friend or colleague. If you’re reading online, you can copy the link up top and share it on Facebook. Invite them to print the alphabet cards, or if they pop their email address in the box below I’ll send them a copy of the Play Planner. Thanks for helping spread the word. Cathy

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Happy Handmade things *you* can make

If you enjoy making, love recycling, and favour creative play and toys that encourage imagination and fun, Happy Handmade is the book for you! It’s a beautiful book that makes you want to start crafting straightaway. I love that the projects are all easily ‘do-able’ and use materials we already have at home, but also all have that special spark of creativity that makes them unique. And most of all I love how each project is a springboard into lots of fun, creative play.

Happy Homemade is available for the first two weeks of its launch at just $9.99 - but only until February 3rd 2015. So, if you’d like this book that’s bursting with fab projects for you and your children at the bargain price, buy it now!

I love the unicorn but my daughter’s favourite are the dolls’ clothes. You can take a peek inside the book here.

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Know someone learning to read? :: Play Planner

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Know someone who’s learning to read?

I have just the book for them! I’ve been looking around for a while for a title to add in to the NurtureStore book shop that is a great resource for children learning to read – and I’ve found it!

I Can Teach My Child To Read, by Jenae Jacobson, is a comprehensive and wonderful resource that will help you nurture your child’s skills and enjoyment of reading. It contains a 10-step program that’s really easy to follow, and it’s suitable for parents and childcarers with children starting their ABCs, right through to those on the way to reading confidently.


What I really like about the book is that it’s really practical, and the activities included are fun – things I know my daughters would enjoy. Jenae is an experienced first grade teacher, so the book is also packed full of her knowledge, which, in turn, gives you the support and confidence to be the person helping your child learn this most important skill.

How to get your copy

If you have a child around three, four, five, six, seven or eight, this is such a wonderful resource to have. It’s available in our shop now and costs just $9.99. It’s an ebook, which means you can buy it anywhere in the world (PayPal takes care of any currency conversion) and then you can read it on screen or print it off, as you prefer.

You can see more details here, or go ahead and buy it now.

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Winter printables and play :: Play Planner

Free snowflake printable for math and language activities

Free printable snowflakes!

Hello! Have you see the fantastic play that’s been happening across our community as families worldwide are joining in with our Simple Play month? So many fun, simple, happy play times going on. What a great start to our year! You can follow me on Instagram and check out the #simpleplay hashtag to see all the action. We’re also gathering on the NurtureStore facebook page each day to swap ideas. Take a look, as you’ll find fab ideas to try with your children.

You can see full details of Simple Play here - join in!

And…. did you see the set of printable snowflakes we’ve been using this week? Click through on the photo above or below and you can print a free set. Happy January!    Cathy

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Two launches in one Play Planner!


Two launches in one Play Planner

Happy New Year everyone! Very best wishes from my family to yours for 2015! We’re starting the year with two super launches. Our Half Price Sale has started and you can see all the books and get the discount codes here.

And on Monday our month of Simple Play begins. It looks like it’s going to be a fantastic community event. Find out how to join in here.

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