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Posted by in General News on Sep 18, 2017 .

Have Fun With Autumn Leaves!

As the weather cools and the leaves start to fall, it’s a colourful time to play outside! We invite you to spend time amongst the trees this week and see what treasures you can find.

Here’s our guide to exploring the wonders of trees with small people this Autumn.

Leaf spotting

Do you know your beech from your birch? The Woodland Trust has a handy leaf guide you can print and take out and about. Take a look at the shape of the leaves you find, and whether the edges are smooth or jagged. Is the leaf in one big shape or are they divided into separate leaflets?

Seed Spotting

Autumn is the...

Posted by in on Sep 12, 2017 .
Welcome to spider season! 
 
As we move into Autumn we move into spider season! Whether you love or loathe them, September and October are the months we find more spiders in our homes as they search for mates and look for warmth.
 
Fear of spiders often develops in childhood, so having some spider fun when children are little may go some way to reducing the risk of fear developing. 
 
Here’s our tour around what’s to love about spiders and some activities inspired by them.
 
All about spiders! 
 
1. Spider webs are super-strong
Spiders spin webs to catch bugs to eat. It takes them an hour on average to...

Posted by in General News on Sep 07, 2017 .

Starting school traditions from around the world

It’s back to school week in England. If your little one is starting school for the first time this September, chances are feelings are high for both parents and children, whether that’s with nerves or excitement.

Here in the UK we don’t have much in the way of ‘starting’ traditions beyond the obligatory photo in slightly oversized uniform! The focus is more on finishing, with graduation ceremonies and leaver’s assemblies.

But starting with spirits high can set the tone for the whole year. So, we invite you to get inspired by traditions from around the world and mark the...

Posted by in on Aug 17, 2017 .

Foraging with children

There is something magical about finding food growing wild. And there are lots of foods out there to tempt us, once we start looking. With a little guidance, even young foragers can get in on the act. Late summer, as fruits, berries and nuts ripen, is a great time to start.

Safety first

It’s worth establishing some ground rules straight off to keep everyone safe. The number one thing to spell out before anyone pops anything into their mouths is that they need to check with you first. Most of the fruits and plants we recommend starting with are easily identified, but it’s wise to have an adult on hand to...

Posted by in General News on Aug 09, 2017 .

Bikes and babies – get cycling!

There’s so much to enjoy on a bike – the freedom to explore, the speed, the adventure. Whether you’re an enthusiastic, reluctant or beginner cyclist yourself, getting on your bike with small children opens up everyone’s worlds: you can go further and faster while still feeling the breeze and sun on your face (and, let’s be honest, the wind and rain sometimes!).

We’ve got lots to say about the joys of cycling, so watch out for more coming soon! This post’s all about getting on your bike with your baby, toddler or pre-schooler before they’re off on their own. For the why and the how…...

Posted by in General News on Aug 09, 2017 .

10 beach activities for everyone

With the UK being an island amongst islands, there’s no shortage of beaches. Many of us find ourselves coast-bound in the summer season, even if we’re normally landlocked.

While many adults dream of a quiet sunbathe or some peaceful holiday reading, with young children beaches are all about the kit and the activities!

We can help you with the kit of course and we thought we’d also share some ideas for keeping everyone entertained without the need for donkey rides, carousels, or 2p slot machines (though there’s room to enjoy them too!).

Seashell hunting

A great one for younger...

Posted by in General News on Aug 02, 2017 .

Now we’re into summer holidays, there’s scope to get creative with bed times!

If a sleep out isn’t for you and your little ones, no problem – just have fun outside as it gets dark then get warm and snuggled in bed afterwards.

The RSPB have loads of ideas and challenges for enjoying the summer nights, but we thought we’d add our favourites too. Who’s intrigued by glow in the dark mud made from potatoes? Read on!

Go on a sensory walk

Get your jumpers on and take a trip down a familiar route – maybe a section of the walk to nursery or school, or a local green patch. How are things different to the daytime?

A good...

Posted by in on Jul 18, 2017 .
15 free (or cheap!) summer holiday ideas
 
Last time on the blog we extolled the virtues of being bored for wellbeing and creativity. There’s a lot to be said for seeing what happens when kids have nothing to do. 
 
That said, it’s always a sanity-saving idea to have some tricks up our sleeve when the days and weeks are stretching ahead.
 
So here’s our list of how to make the most of the outdoors this summer, for free or at low cost, whatever the weather…
 
1. Build a den
It’s a classic, but good whatever the season or age of your kids. Use chairs and clothes driers as a frame in the garden, or go...