The Dressing-Up Dad

The importance of dressing up

Dressing up is a brilliant way to encourage empathy. Here, Maudie Smith – author of The Dressing-Up Dad – gives us some fun ideas and easy ways to dress up with our kids. When I visit primary schools I tell children that books are magic. They’re not just books – paper, board and ink – … Read more

Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl Word of the Week: muckleberry

  muckleberry (noun) Plural: muckleberries Definition: A type of berry that grows in the land where the Mispins live. Example: ‘So now we can all go down to pick blackberries and winkleberries and puckleberries and muckleberries and twinkleberries and snozzberries to our hearts’ content.’ – The BFG Did you know? When he invented muckleberry, Roald … Read more

marbles for marble run

Science for fun – six super science activities to try at home

Hands-on activities are a great way to start talking about science at home, without the pressure to learn a particular set of facts or write up your work. Like science itself, it’s playing with a purpose. I’ve described six of my children’s favourite activities below. They all harness children’s natural creativity and curiosity and overlap … Read more

Mold and the Poison Plot

Book of the Month: Mold and the Poison Plot

Mold and the Poison Plot Lorraine Gregory Cover artwork by Tom Mead Age 9+ He’s got a big heart…and a NOSE to match! Dumped as a baby, Mold has only ever been looked after by potion-maker Aggy, and when she’s wrongly arrested for poisoning the king, he’s determined to rescue her. With his strangely huge … Read more

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SATs skills: preparing your child for KS2 SATs

It won’t be long until that week in May when your child will be sitting his/her KS2 SATs. They are heading into a busy preparation time at school with their teachers targeting the areas that need more work, or perhaps focusing on past papers. Even though the school will be doing all they can to … Read more

spring holiday reading

Spring holiday fiction for kids

Take some time to relax with a good book this holiday, with these recommendations for ages 2 to 11. Spring fiction Mr Bunny’s Chocolate Factory Elys Doran Suitable for children aged 2+ Go behind the scenes of Mr Bunny’s chocolate factory! An irresistible look at the workings of Mr Bunny’s chocolate factory, packed with cross-over … Read more

Egg-cellent family fun – WIN a bundle of goodies this Easter

Spring has sprung, and Easter is nearly here! To celebrate, we’re giving away a fantastic bundle of Easter treats, including our brilliant new picture book Mr Bunny’s Chocolate Factory, which offers children a hilarious and irresistible look at how Mr Bunny’s chocolate eggs are made! The lucky winner will receive a signed copy of Mr … Read more

early counting skills

Early numeracy skills: 6 fun ways to encourage counting

It’s never too early to explore numbers and counting with your child. Talking about numbers and counting early and often will show your child that numbers are part of everyday life. There are loads of fun and easy things you can try to help your child to explore numbers, giving them a great start to … Read more

Early years: Getting ready to write

One of the most important ways you can help prepare your child for school, in addition to encouraging independence, is to help them to get ready to write. Children should be encouraged to develop the strength and control in their hands and fingers and also eye-hand co-ordination. There are lots of easy and fun activities … Read more