Want to see my brand new book? :: Play Planner

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Hey everyone! May I please introduce you all to my brand new book, The Garden Classroom. I’m so excited to share it with you because I’m hoping it will be exactly what you need to help your fill your children’s spring, summer and beyond with lots of hands-on learning inspired by the garden.

Regular readers will be familiar with my collection of ebooks, but The Garden Classroom is my first print book, and it contains a whole year’s worth of science and math, reading and writing, imaginative play, and arts and crafts all, through garden-based activities.

Want to come and a look at it? Click through and have a look – and you can download a lovely free Garden Journal to use with your children.

And if you like the look of it, will you help me spread the word about the book, and tell your friends and colleagues about it?

Thanks so much! ~~~ Cathy

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What are your garden plans for spring? :: Play Planner

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

Tell me about your spring plans

Hey there! Did you have a good week with your kids? We had a great time celebrating Chinese New Year – we cooked up a feast and the girls loved grinding their own five-spice in our new pestle and mortar. Funny isn’t it, when they fall in love with something simple like a kitchen utensil. Who needs toys when you can play with a spice grinder!

Next week I have something I’m super excited about – I’ll tell you about my new book! But for this week, I hope you like the ideas I’ve picked out for the Play Planner. And there’s one thing I’d like to know from you: are you planning on doing some gardening with your children this spring? What’s your outdoor space like, and what plans do you have for it. Will you email me back and tell me a bit about your garden plans?

I’d love to hear from you.  –  Cathy

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Want to ask me a question? :: Play Planner

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Want to ask me a question?

Hey tribe! Do you follow NurtureStore on Facebook? We have such a lovely community there. Everyday I see people tagging friends and colleagues, and sharing on our ideas. I love being part of this group – I feel like I have found my tribe of people who love kids, and play, and early years as much as me, and it’s the best part about running this website.

Want to ask the community a question? Just this week Sarah had great support for her question about her daughter not being able to settle to sleep at night, with such good, positive and practical ideas being swapped.

To make it easier to gather your questions, I’ve made this form. If there’s a question on the topic of kids, parenting, early years play or education that you’d like some help with  – post it here. I’ll share as many questions as I can on the NurtureStore Facebook page and we can see what answers the community has for you. (if you can’t see the form on the screen you’re using, go here)

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Would you tell someone about me? :: Play Planner

A fab site for creative kids learning ideas.

Recommend a friend for freebies!

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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