Author: Lynne

Book Tokens are alive and kicking

BOOKWORM KIDS LOVE BOOK TOKENS My children are lucky enough to have generous family members who give book tokens as gifts on a regular basis. Both children like to save these tokens up until they have a healthy stash to splurge. This allows them to spend hours in the warm, cosy bookshop leafing through the vast array of books piled high shelf upon the shelf. With every page turned there is the opportunity to meet new characters and explore strange worlds. A good BOOKSHOP is just a genteel BLACK HOLE that knows how to READ – Terry Pratchett A TRIP TO...

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Gender equality – can the toys we play with make a difference

“…the brain is a plastic organ, shaped and moulded by experiences, in which childhood is key.” GENDER EQUALITY – NATURE VERSUS NURTURE Having two children of different genders, I have always been interested in and fascinated by the way they play, learn and develop with the hope we’re providing them with an environment that nurtures gender equality. However, I often worry that much of what influences our children’s gender perceptions may be more subtle.  My husband and I naturally role model equality in our own relationship and I have always been aware of “girls’ toys” and “boys’ toys” and tried...

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How to make a Harry Potter wand

Harry Potter wands and everything that goes with them!   Both of my children go crazy for anything Harry Potter, not just the wands! It is a very serious business. They have read the books several times over and go mad for the films, squealing with delight and hiding behind the sofa, (mostly from the romantic scenes rather than from the Death Eaters!) Magic has always captured their imaginations and they run around the house with their Harry Potter wands casting spells on each other and anyone else who gets in their way; “STUPEFY” “It’s wingardium leviOsa, not leviosAH.”...

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Gifford Circus – A circus like no other

Giffords Circus – A real treat Every year since my daughter was two years old, (she is now 11) her grandparents have treated the family to tickets to see Giffords Circus. And it is a treat. Giffords is unlike any circus I remember as a child. The tent is a very intimate performance space which allows the audience to immerse themselves completely in the story unfolding before their eyes. There is a live, quirky band who accompany the action at all times. The music sets the pace and enhances the overall magical atmosphere. This year has been no different,...

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Sensory play for children – the slimy way!

SLIME is great for sensory play and children love it but it’s taking over my life! I have an 11-year-old daughter which means that currently, slime has taken over my entire kitchen! When I open the fridge door, I am met with handwritten notes instructing me to “Please do not touch” and “Slime needs to be kept airtight.” COOKING UP THE SLIME Homemade slime seems to have taken on a life of its own in ordinary kitchens across the country. Blue slime, green slime, gooey slime, scented slime and my all time favourite glittery slime. The one thing they all...

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