Play Simple – Bubble Play

Though I love letting my kids get stuck in to some messy play, I sometimes find the thought of the inevitable cleanup just too daunting. On days like that, I often resort to our tried and tested fallback -the cleanest messy play imaginable – bubble play!

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Roald Dahl Scarecrow Festival

Every September, members of our local community are invited to make and display a scarecrow for the annual festival, and then everyone troops around all the houses looking at what we’ve all done. It is a whole heap of fun, and also involves a stop for tea and cake at…

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Puddle Jumping

There is magic in puddles that seems to call to all children. In the rain, or after, it’s a rare child who can resist the urge to stomp, splash, swish and splatter through them, regardless of whether or not they’re wearing their wellies. It’s a well known kid fact that…

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Why & How to… Treasure Baskets

What are treasure baskets, and how do they benefit our children? In my own experience, treasure baskets are one of the most valuable experiences we can offer our babies, so here is a brief explanation to help you get to grips with these ideas, and some practical tips on getting…

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The Free-Han-Solo Game

Inspired by Fun-A-Day’s ‘Rescue Han Solo Lego science experiment’, we had to include the iconic rescue scene as part of our party activities. A dozen or so little Star Wars Galactic Heroes figures were duly frozen in carbonite (baking soda and water, with a squirt or two of paint and washing-up…

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Play Simple – An Autumn Pretend-Picnic

Serving up Conker Soup and Pinecone Stew Autumn is my favourite time of year, but even so there can be times when the days are grey and gloomy.  At times like that, I often set up a pretend picnic for T-Bird and her toys that I put together from colourful…

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Play Simple… Chalkchair

I’m not a lover of keeping our toddler confined to her highchair during the day (though I’d absolutely LOVE it if she would last a whole night in her cot), but there are times when I need to keep our little trouble-magnet in her chair just for a short while….

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Please Miss Postman…

T-Bird is currently unable to resist posting things at the moment, and so it seemed only fitting that I dug out G-Man’s old, handmade and now-slightly-tatty, play postbox for her to play with.

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