#ChokaBloks with MegaBloks!

There is something incredibly satisfying about helping your kids to use their imagination, and building things from scratch and watching them turn into things is so much fun! MegaBloks are the perfect first foray into the world of construction for kids; easy to grip, easy to put together and pull apart and make pretty much anything you want to! They…

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Orchard Toys Alphabet Flashcards

Athena starts school in September so of course many of the activities I am introducing her to are planned to subtly steer her towards the learning she will start in her reception year. She’s not all that interested in wanting to write yet, and pushes back when I try and suggest it as an activity. We have a few wipe-clean…

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What the kids did: Art with Little Brian Paint Sticks

I discovered Little Brian at The Toy Show, they had a display of their paint sticks and some paper to experiment with so I had a go and thought they were brilliant – all the fun of paint with non of the mess! A couple of weeks ago we were sent a pack of the Paint Sticks to play with…

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What the Kids Love: Club Petz Backpacks

For my two kids there is something incredibly exciting about having anything matching, I expect they’ll grow out of it when they’re a 13 year old girl and a 12 year old boy but for now I am embracing it and letting them be as matchy matchy as they want! The latest matching thing to get them excited is pretty…

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Toys: Leapfrog Count Along Till

I am always amazed when kids use their imagination, it’s just so special to see. They’re like sponges soaking things up and regurgitating them in play. Ever since Athena was really small she’d pretend she was an ice cream seller underneath the climbing frame at the local park where there’s a little ledge. She’d bellow “Ice creammmmmmm anyoney want some…

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Toys: Thomas & Friends Nightlight Toy

Arlo loves trains, still calling them ‘choochoos’ rather than trains, although he can say train of course! We were lucky enough to go and see the premier of the latest Thomas film ‘The Great Race’ last year, went to Thomas Land at Drayton Manor on little holiday and have got lots of Thomas  & Friends related toys and books too…

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Shimmer & Shine Genie Toys

Athena hosted her first real playdate this week, inviting one her best preschool friends home after school. She’s had friends over before of course but they were always friends of the family and with their parents too. As well as taking them to the shop and letting them choose a little treat on the way home I also put together…

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Exploring imagination with Moana

A couple of weeks ago we finally watched Moana. I think it is a beautiful film and Athena loved it too. I love that the film has a strong female role model; Moana is the daughter of a Polynesian tribe Chief, and is chosen by the ocean to find the lost heart of a goddess Te Feti, the islanders are…

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