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just so festival review

Tales from the Just So Festival

We were very lucky to be invited back as guests to the Just So Festival this summer. If you’ve never heard of this festival before you are in for as treat as, whether you can attend in person or you’re following their Facebook page and newsletter, (which is worth signing up for to get their regular updates of creative inspiration from around the web),  they are bursting with magical ideas for engaging families with the arts.

The festival has lots of different areas spread over open lawns, woodlands and by the lakeside and has a packed programme of drop-in activities, workshops, theatre, circus, storytelling, art, dancing, singing and so much more. Our favourites this year were the lantern parade, shadow show, clay babies, campfire bands, and meeting real, live mermaids!

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Get tickets for 2015

The festival takes place in August in Cheshire, UK and tickets are on sale for the 2015 festival already. Early birds tickets are available, and you can go for the whole weekend or just one of the days. Head here for more info and to check out the amazing photos of this year’s festival.

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A free weekly play planner delivered straight to your email in box each week, with seven play-based learning ideas for the week ahead.

NurtureStore has a new look!

If you’re reading this by email click though and take a look at the new-look site. Hope you like it!

Michelle from Mollymoo Crafts has helped make it look all new and fancy. And I’ve been busy behind the scenes, organising the archive of over 1000 activity ideas to make it easier for you to find what you’re looking for.

Did you know you can…?

1. Use the menu bar across the top to search by topic or theme

2. Use the buttons at the bottom of the screen to find ideas for each age group

3. Use our about page to see our key activities for math, literacy and language, art, sensory play and our simple play series.

4. You can also find our ebooks and freebies in the shop.

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Complete art lesson plans, exploring great artists


Fill you autumn with art – for half price!

Want to head back to school with some gorgeous art projects? And grab yourself a bargain? This week NurtureStore added three new ebooks to our shop, and they’re launching with a half-price sale.

Exploring Great Artists, is a series of three ebooks by MaryLea Harris. Each offers a set of complete art lesson plans featuring some of the world’s greatest artists.

The ebooks include background information on each artist, supply lists, and creative, hands-on art projects to try with your children at home or in a classroom setting.

They’re available for the special launch price of $5 each - take a look at them here and use the discount codes to grab yourself a bargain!

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kids activities play ideasKids activities all week long with NurtureStore’s Play Planner

If you’d like to have a copy of the weekly play planner delivered straight to your e-mail in box, just pop your e-mail address in the box below. The planner will arrive on a Sunday, ready and waiting with a week’s worth of play ideas for the week ahead.

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101 Kids Activities

101 Kids Activitites

Have you got a copy of 101 Kids Activitites from Holly Homer and Rachel Miller at Kids Activities Blog yet? It’s full of quick-to-set-up, fun, creative ideas for children from around 3-years-old all the way up to around 12-years-old.

Whether your kids like art, craft, games, pranks or science, they’ll find lots of ideas in the book. And with all the photos, and clear layout, you can pretty much hand the book over to your children and let them choose and organise what they want to try first. It’s a super book for summer. ~ Cathy

It’s available from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and Barnes and Noble.

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