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  1. Games for all the Family

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    Family Games

    During the School Holidays I love to find activities which are enjoyable for both my 8 year old son and my 5 year old Daughter, whether its exactly the same activity or the same toys with some adjustments to suit one of them. Its so much easier if we can all play with the same equipment rather than having two sets of toys out all the time. I picked out my top 3 games get you started, which work great for us across the age range. 

  2. Mud Kitchen Play

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    Mud Kitchen Play

    Written by Sheila O’Reilly

    Mud kitchen season is upon us again with all the glorious sunshine over the past few weeks! My girls have been so busy concocting all sorts of creations for us to eat and drink in their new kitchen and I’m so delighted that the mess is being created in the garden and not the living room🙌😅



  3. Play Ideas - Teddo Play Cards

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    Play Ideas - Teddo Play Cards
    Written by Emily Dalby
    After seeing the new additions to the website, we just knew we needed to try out the Teddo Play cards! As a home educating family they looked like a really great resource so we decided to go for the 'Where our Food Grows' cards.
    The cards are a really good size, they are a good thickness so sturdy enough to use without bending or curling edges like you'd get with paper or card. On one side there are real life photographs of various fruit and vegetables and on the other side of the card, it has the name of the fruit or vegetable along with some facts. The cards come in a lovely little storage box to keep them in and the magnets are included, if like us, you intend to use them on boards for learning.
  4. Developing Social Skills through Play

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    Developing Social Skills through Play

    Written by Sheila O’Reilly

    Now that lockdown is easing and we are beginning to return to some sense of normality, our children will hopefully have more opportunities to play together, so I thought it was good timing for a blog exploring social play and how children develop their social skills through playing.



  5. Toys for Out & About

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    Toys for Out & About

    As the UK restrictions are starting to ease and things are opening up. It is great news that we will be able to enjoy days out, although I am also a bit apprehensive about taking the Children out again. 

    It used to be second nature to take a bag of toys craft activities, spare clothes and anything else we might have needed. However I have completely got out of the habit now and need to think again about what's on the list. 

    My two children have changed so much over the last year, so the bag of toys which once used to be a hit needed a review. I thought I would put together some of the things that will be in my bag once we start to go out and about again. I hope it helps: 

    1. Pen and Paper

    These are always in my handbag, where ever we go they are essential items. Whether your children like drawing or not a pen and paper can really help keep them entertained. You could draw a picture for them to guess, or for older children you can play noughts and crosses or hangman. 

    2. Tangram Puzzle

    I gave this to my children last year during the summer holidays when we had a few meals out. It was great for both of them Age 5 & 7 at the time and it will continue to come out with us. It is a selection of shapes in a tin, there is a leaflet for ideas of what to make. My son wanted to go through each one and make the picture and my daughter preferred to make up her own. The set was big enough to keep them both entertained with a bit of limited sharing needed! 


    3. Tic Tac Toe Travel Game

    Just like noughts and crosses but cute wooden piece instead which come in their own bag which doubles up as the board. A really good small game for two players. So easy to put in your pocket or handbag. 


    4. Nine Men's Morris Travel Game

    An old English game with the objective to capture opposing pieces by forming lines of 3. A easy to learn game, but requires great skill and patience. The bag includes the pieces and doubles up as the game board. 


    5. Catch a Fish Travel Game

    Included in this games are magnetic pieces and fishing rods. Requires skill patience - great for working those fine motor skills too. Would double up for younger children about ocean and sea creature play. 


    6. Smallworld play mat and figures

    Coming in different themes these play sets are so sweet and perfect for on the go. The Play mat doubles up as a bag and all of the wooden pieces can be enclosed. Great for smallworld play and story telling. 

    London and Safari Themes available. 

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    7. Story Sacks

    If you are going out to a pub or restaurant, why not take a story sack, whether you buy one already put toegther or put together your own from books and toys you have at home. 

    Having a story can be really calming so often good for somewhere when the children need to sit still. My two will be happy to play along with the figures as I tell the story, but also continue their play after the book as finished by using the pictures and accessories I have brought along. We have a selection of Story Sacks available to buy which all come with a cotton storage bag to store all of the pieces included. 

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    8. Safari Binoculars

    If you are going somewhere in the great outdoors, why not consider taking one of our adventure range. These Safari Binoculars keep them entertained for hours. These have to be the most popular along with our Easy Hold Magnifier

    Great for little explorers.

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    9. Magnetic Labyrinth

    A game of patience and balance, this is going to be a great new addition for my 5 nearly 6 year old and will be a good one for my 8 year old too. 

    No loose parts so easy to pop in your bag, the magnectic stick is attached to the board by a small string. 



    I hope you have found this useful and makes for lots of fun summer days out! 

    Please message if you would like any more recommendations.