Activity Book: Imaginary Menagerie (A ‘Draw Your Own …’ Book)

Imaginary Menagerie the second book in the unique Draw Your Own … series designed to help children improve their word interpretation skills, especially of the evocative ‘wow’ words that help bring writing to life, their drawing and coordination skills, and their imaginations, all while having Read More …

Game: Pass The Word

Pass The Word is a fun game to help your child develop their spelling skills. It consists of a series of tiles which connect together and which are divided into two sets: Picture cards and letter cards. The idea is that children pick a picture Read More …

Picture Book: Please Knock (2006)

Please Knock by Erin Dolgan is an interesting and thought-provoking book which contains fifteen brief stories/poems that can serve as the starting points for the types of discussions which every parent should be having with their child in order to keep them safe and prepare them for Read More …

Life Lesson: Try Something New For 30 Days

It often seems like humans have a built-in fear of trying new things, meaning that we often need a little extra push to do things that we might want to do, but have never tried before. Add to this the mentality that if you can’t get Read More …

Opinion: How To Have An Argument With Your Child (Without Damaging Them Or Your Relationship With Them)

This is probably going to be a somewhat controversial post, but I think it’s something that needs to be said, but it’s rarely, if ever, spoken about. No parent wants to argue with their child (or at least I would hope not!), and I’m not Read More …

Online Resource: Arduino

What Is It? Arduino Is an open source electronics project. It provides a hardware and software ecosystem which are easy to use, even for quite young children, and it provides a cheap and easy entry point for children to learn about coding, programming and building electronics. Why Read More …

Online Resource: Instructables.com

What Is It? Instructables.com is a website devoted to helping you work out how to do just about anything. As a result, it’s a great resource for anyone looking for a project, or two, to do with a child (particularly an older one). If you’re at a loose Read More …

Opinion: Six Questions To Ask Your Child At The End Of Their Day

For a child to feel loved, they need to feel that their parents, and indeed any other adults they spend time with on a regular basis, take an active interest in their lives. Yet, adult lives are busy and stressful, and as a result, it’s all too Read More …

Picture Book: Odd Dog Out (2016)

Odd Dog Out by Rob Biddulph is a brilliant, well-written, and wonderfully illustrated, book that’s not only a great read, but also helps children to realise that being different is okay. It tells the story of a dog who runs away because he/she feels she doesn’t Read More …

Opinion: Why TV Talent Shows Damage The Likelihood Of Children Leading Successful Lives (And What You Can Do About It)

Talent shows have always been a big hit, and today they occupy prime time slots on our most watched TV channels. They’re a network executive’s dream format. They’re cheap to produce, they’re wildly popular with adults and children alike, and many see them as good clean fun, Read More …