NSPCC Letter from Santa

Letter from Santa - making Christmas Magical for kids and supporting the NSPCC.

Christmas should be a magical time for a child and Santa arriving delivering presents on Christmas is one of the ways. Here we set out Mince Pies, Carrots and a small glass of sherry for Santa to enjoy when he arrives, his elves also bring a special Christmas Eve gift including some new PJ’s especially for the kids to wear for Santa.

What ever you do as parents to add to that magic there is always a possibility that the children’s minds work better and quicker than ours. To help out the NSPCC have teamed up with Santa to

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Cork Printed Autumn Tree

Cork Printed Autumn Tree Art

Looking out of windows we can see the leaves changing colour as summer fades away and Autumn hurries in – this week we’re looking at those colours of autumn and all the signs that the seasons are changing and we decided to get creative with some printing.

Back in the summer after discovering the amazing Cork and Button printed flowers by Happy Hooligans we used the same method with fabric paints and created a tote bag as a gift for mother’s day. Printing with corks was so much fun that I have been collecting as many as possible to

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Autumn Colours Plant Science for Preschoolers – #playfulpreschool

Autumn Colours - colour and plant science hands on learning for preschoolers

This week along with the other bloggers of the #playfulpreschool team we are sharing learning and creative ideas for preschoolers based around the theme Autumn Colours as a change I am welcoming another member of the team Darla from The Preschool Toolbox to share a fun learning activity for preschoolers for Autumn Colours combining colour and plant science.

With this weeks theme of Autumn Colours it’s a great opportunity for some hands on science for preschoolers – finding out about the world around them and how it works is inbuilt; asking questions and discovering the answers themselves helps them

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Apple Tree Maths

Fun autumn math activity for preschoolers - helping with fine motor, number recognition and 1 to 1 counting

Last week we were lucky to go to a Farm and pick some apples as our own apple trees this year have had a very poor harvest it was a great experience for T and I. Inspired by the apple picking I have had an apple tree maths activity set up for her when she wants to sit and do an activity with me especially useful when we’re doing homework with J and she wants some “homework” to do as well.

What you need for Apple Tree Maths

Brown, green and red card or strong paper White paper Glue

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French Family Supper with Lidl – #frenchweek

French Family Super on a Budget with Lidl French Week - taste testing and helping picky eaters at home

With children that are picky eaters we’re always on the look out for fun ways to get the kids trying new food and now that both children are having dinners at school at least part of the week it gives us the opportunity to have a taste testing supper occasionally. Lidl one of the UK supermarkets often has fabulous deals and this week is no exception with a French Week.


With a huge range of traditional French food from Escargot to Cidre with most of the weeks selection sourced in France it’s a budget friendly option for getting

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The New Small Person – by Lauren Child

The New Small Person by Lauren Child - helping preschoolers and older children with the arrival of a new sibling

What ever age your child is the news that they are to have a new younger brother or sister can be a challenege for them, many are excited with the news but less so with the reality of it all happening. Lauren Child the author behind the Charlie and Lola Series tackles this issue in her new book The New Small Person.

Elmore Green is a small boy – an only child at first who has everything he wants for himself, and has everyone’s attention and then suddenly his world is turned upside down by The New Small Person

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Making bread – wheat to table – #playfulpreschool

Making bread - learning about the process of harvesting wheat, milling and bread making as part of #playfulpreschool

Every Wednesday this year we are sharing a themed preschool activity as part of the #playfulpreschool group, this week’s theme is all about Harvest, we’re playing, creating and learning around this theme – at the end of this post check out the other ideas from the group to share with your preschoolers.

This week we are focusing on harvesting of wheat and the process from growing the wheat, harvesting it milling and then bread making. We are lucky that we live in a rural area and stepping out of our town we’re surrounded by fields a lot of which

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Books for children about death – by Holly Webb

7 Books that talk about death for children of all ages compiled by the children's author Holly Webb

Some topics are hard to address with children especially young children when they have no personal experience of the situation, death and what it means, how the feel about it and what happens are all things that we don’t really want to talk to our children about, and then when they experience death for the first time it’s usually with a family member and we are in a situation ourselves where the questions that children ask and how we feel make it difficult to express.

Finding books that you can read together with your child about death that are

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Windfall Apples Practical Life Skills

Teach practical life skills with windfall apples - practising using a knife

We are lucky to have 2 large apple trees in our back garden which produce cooking and eating apples and each year we head off to harvest them directly from the tree and picking up the windfall so that the path doesn’t become too slippy with the windfall apples rotting away. Many of the windfall apples especially this year are beyond use in the kitchen as they have been laying around for a couple of weeks whilst we were on vacation so many were added straight to the compost a few were good enough for some crumble and a couple

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