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June 24, 2012
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Great places to go – BeWILDerwood

We came across this magical place in Norfolk – BeWILDerwood is a real enchanted adventure; a rare place where the children were engaged from beginning to end, and a place worthy of a full day. BeWILDerwood is a whole woodland that has taken the works of author Tom Blofeld and created the largest adventure playground I’ve ever seen.

You can choose to enter the woodland by short boat ride at no extra cost and though you can walk, it is worth it. As you ride along, the guides introduce you to the world of BeWILDerwood with tales of Twiggles, Boggles and Mildred the Crocklebog… Continue Reading →

June 22, 2012
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Lets bake a cake today

I have finally got round to a cake post! This is my very favourite cake recipe because it is so easy, and brilliant to do with kids. It’s back to traditional cooking – in fact my grandmother still uses this method for her coconut cake. The method appeals to young children as they can get involved with measuring and mixing and it’s pretty foolproof. You don’t need another cake recipe! It’s nice to explain the method to little ones as you go along. After a couple of baking sessions, they can tell you what to do!
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April 29, 2012
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Rainbow magic!

We need some colour on rainy days, so…
How to teach your children the sequence of colours in the spectrum in no time!

mamascouts has a brilliant associated activity creating paper chains in rainbow colours to support the learning – now where is that coloured paper?…
Check out the rainbow blog hop at mamapeapod for more great rainbow ideas!

April 25, 2012
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Join the Sunflower Experiment!

This Spring the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry are beginning a sunflower growing experiment to help solve the mathematical riddle that Alan Turing was working on, but never finished. They want to grow as many sunflowers as possible and then count the number of spirals in the seed patterns in the flower head (information on exactly how is given on the site). This information will then be collected and used to further research into plant growth and link to the fibonacci number sequence.

As littlies all seem to love sunflowers, they should have great fun planting and nurturing the flowers this summer! packets of seeds are cheap and anyone can join in, just visit the site for information and register on the blog here

April 13, 2012
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Some help on difficult days

Just listened to a really amazing Raisingplayfultots.com podcast ‘Positive ways to get to play activities bypassing the grumps‘. This is an interview with Amy Speidel of Conscious Discipline that I think is really worth the time to listen to. It is about 40 minutes of lots of really useful tips and tools on how to deal with young children on difficult days, handling conflict and giving some really good parenting skills, I hope Melitsa and Amy don’t mind me sharing a some of the key bits that I found most useful here – please listen to the podcast! you can subscribe free through itunes and all the podcasts so far are here

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April 11, 2012
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A Proper Apple Pie day


After spending half the day in a complete stress frenzy trying to pick up after the family – getting everyone dressed, breakfasted and sorted, I decided that today was the day I could do everything. I had the laundry, dishwasher and an app review all in progress, because obviously I have to be supermum. I can have the perfectly clean house, produce all baked goods personally, have happy, healthy, brilliant children and lipstick on at all times…except that would be crazy wouldn’t it? Continue Reading →

April 11, 2012
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Great Apps for Kids – Numberland

I had to let you know that this is currently on sale at 99c/69p. Really good numbers app for preschoolers, with wonderful graphics and some great little mini-games!

Numberland has been developed by Les Trois Elles, a venture set up by a team of Montessori teachers to develop immersive and interactive learning environments. Continue Reading →

April 9, 2012
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Egg Carton Creative Challenge

Big and Small's Hungry Caterpillar puppet

The latest Creative Challenge from Tinkerlab.com is using egg cartons to build, make, get messy and have fun with your kids and encourage them to be creative. As a bit of a blog rookie I thought it would be fun to get involved, and as Eric Carle is a firm favourite with Big and Small, out came the books and we spent some time together looking at how we might recreate some similar artwork and create a Hungry Caterpillar puppet. We had a lot of fun and it was great to do something as part of the online community. Continue Reading →