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15th December 2014
Five Key Reasons Why Children Should Read Books
Five Key Reasons Why Children Should Read Books
There are so many reasons why children should read books from an early age. It was tough, but we have whittled down the benefits of reading to the five key reasons listed below. There is a constant flow of media stories associated with the increasing prevalence of technology in a child’s learning process, however this is certainly no substitute for the... Read More...

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26th November 2014
The Tradition of writing a letter to Father Christmas
We all have fond memories of writing letters to Father Christmas and it’s still a tradition that continues among children today, but how did this popular Christmas custom come about?Despite a reference of a letter written from a little girl to St Nicholas in the 1200's, the tradition of writing to Father Christmas to ask for gifts didn’t... Read More...

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17th November 2014
Christmas Gift Bundle up for Grabs - worth £55.
Christmas Gift Bundle up for Grabs - worth £55.
There's no such thing as Christmas arriving too early in our house. The many toy catalogues that have landed on our doormat are already dog-eared having been poured over so many times and the school nativity play is a major discussion point. My daughter is a pig (really??), son 1 a king and son 2 a shepherd. Excitement levels are starting to ramp up,... Read More...

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13th November 2014
The History of the Snowman
When someone asks you to conjure up images of Christmas, how could you not picture a snowman?  Throughout the years it has become one of the iconic symbols of the festive season.  As a child, I remember the thrill of making a snowman complete with hat, scarf, buttons and a carrot for the nose. These days, snowmen can be found on everything Christmas... Read More...

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30th September 2014
Tooth decay in Toddlers. Who should take the blame? By Barnaby Wright
Tooth decay in Toddlers. Who should take the blame? By Barnaby Wright
Hardly a day goes by without yet another "parent bashing" news story hitting the headlines. It could be a lack of breast feeding, teeth brushing, reading, exercise, sleep - or too much of something, namely, sugar, fat, screen time. The list is endless. Today was no exception with teeth on the agenda. Admittedly, it's pretty shocking to hear that three... Read More...

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23rd June 2014
Books for boys. Or girls. Or both? By guest blogger Alexandra Jardine.
I've been mulling a blog post for a while about books I'm reading with the boys. When I go into bookshops these days, I'm often struck by how the kids' books seem to be divided by gender. The "boys" books, all about superheroes and dragons and wars and monsters, as opposed to the "girls" books, with their slightly pinkish covers, all about friendships and... Read More...

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20th May 2014
Is the bedtime story Mum time or Dad time?
Is the bedtime story Mum time or Dad time?
If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter, you'll know that we recently asked how often Dads read the bedtime story. For many (and thank you for all the responses!) Dad is an essential part of the bed time routine,... Read More...

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19th March 2014
Is this terrifying tale too much for a six year old?
Is this terrifying tale too much for a six year old?
My six-year-old son recently greeted both his grannies by peering intently into their eyes for some time, before declaring confidently that they weren't witches. He was looking for dancing flames in the pupils of their eyes apparently - and if you're confused you can't have read Roald Dahl's The Witches. We're half-way through it at the moment... Read More...

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3rd February 2014
Time to put your imagination to the test!
Time to put your imagination to the test!
It's National Storytelling Week (1st - 8th Feb), so the perfect opportunity to test your own story-telling powers one evening rather than reaching for a book. Except conjuring up a story from scratch is surprisingly difficult (unless of course you're Roald Dahl, who first began writing for children after his daughter Olivia was born and he made up... Read More...

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29th January 2014
Creativity and Children - how hard can it be?
A few weeks ago, I walked into the kitchen to find my eldest son drawing on the kitchen top naked. I never established why he'd decided to take his clothes off and perch on the kitchen units to colour but he was engrossed and I left him to it, glad it was a pad of paper rather than a computer game that was holding his attention. When I mentioned this... Read More...

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