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Big Garden Birdwatch 2019!

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It's that time of the year again! Time to get messy and make lots of birdfeeders to hang up for all your little garden visitors! and it's also time to start preparing for the Big Garden Birdwatch in January!

Every year we take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch for the RSPB. We turn it into a bit of a project by planning themed activities such as making chocolate bird nests, identifying birds and using the information they gather to draw and colour graphs. 

First, start by requesting your free pack:
'Get ready for 26-28 Jan. Sign-up today to request a FREE postal pack, or take part online and get access to Big Garden Extra. Here you can access exclusive articles, downloads and celebrity interviews. Once you've signed up, you'll also benefit from 20% off in our shop and FREE delivery*.  Read more here.' RSPB

Join the Winter Mini Challenge! 1st Dec - 11th Jan 2019

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How can children take part in the Winter Mini Challenge?

'The Winter Mini Challenge is run through our year-round children's website here

To take part, children simply read three books of their choice over the winter holidays, then add each book to their Winter Reading Challenge website profile and leave a short book review.

Rating and reviewing three books online over the winter holidays will unlock a virtual badge and a special There's A Yeti In The Playground certificate to print off and keep.

The Winter Mini Challenge starts on Saturday 1 December 2018 and finishes on Friday 11 January 2019.

Books added to the website during this period will count towards unlocking the Mini Challenge rewards.

We'll also have a whole host of fun activities, quizzes and reading recommendations, plus an exciting new competition.' The Reading Agency

For more info please visit the Reading Agency here.

Get your free Winter Mini Challenge resources bundle here.

The bundle includes:

A …

Ultimate Eye Twisters - Review

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This new book, Ultimate Eye Twisters, published by Carlton Books, has been entertaining the kiddies this week whilst they've been feeling unwell with colds. It's packed with over 180 illusions which have been boggling their minds! I have walked into the room to find DS12 staring at dots and seeing things that don't appear at first. It's all a bit bizarre but to these crazy guys, it's just a really cool book to look through, especially when they don't feel like doing much else. 

'Ultimate Eye Twisters is a bumper collection of crazy and mesmerizing optical illusions and visual puzzles. It contains hours of eye-boggling, mind-twisting fun for kids who love the challenges of visual trickery.'

Each time they pick up the book they find something new to look at. Even DS7 has enjoyed looking through the puzzles, trying to figure out what he can actually see! When they want to pick up a book, but don't feel like reading or getting pens out for puzzles, this…

Our Top Ten Educational Books 2018!

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Over the past year we have used so many different books in our Home Ed classroom whether it be for independant reading, crazy crafting or to inspire a few exciting, new projects. We have recommended many different types of books from Vikings and The Titanic to Dino crafts and STEM books. We thought we would look back at these books that have found their way onto our shelves this year and choose the kiddies Top Ten favourite picks to share with you all! So here they are:

1) Forest School - published by GMC Publications
Do you take your classroom outdoors? Do you attend a Forest School? If you're looking for a book about outdoor skills and play for children, then this is the perfect book for you! This chunky book is printed on thick, high quality FSC paper which can easily be picked up and taken out and about as you and your children explore the great outdoors on your wild, muddy adventure. Check out the full review and author interview here



2) Arty Mouse
Put the fun back into lear…

Our Top Ten Educational Subscriptions 2018! HE Discount too!

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Over the past year we have had the chance to try our many Educational Subscriptions some of which came straight through our door which the kiddies raced to be the first to snatch from the letterbox! So which subscriptions did the kiddies think were the best this year? Check out their Top Ten here, in no particular order:


1) LetterBox Lab - Home Ed Discount available!

We think Letterbox Lab is a great resource to have each month providing fantastic experiments for all budding scientists to carry out over a number of days or even a week and the best thing is that they have great discounts for Home Ed families! Check out the full review here.


2) Geo Journey
The kiddies have started their adventure with Geo Journey to explore the countries of the World in their Geography Lessons. They will be receiving fact-filled letters each month which include photos, postcards, activity booklets, travel tickets & souvenirs from different countries! I thought this would be a nice, interactive way to…

Slime Invasion!

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Turn your bath into jelly and back again!
'Gelli Baff turns water into colourful goo and back again - providing you with 100% safe bath time fun.
Simply fill your bath with 40 litres of warm water, sprinkle the goo former over the surface of the bath and leave it for two minutes. Watch in amazement as your boring bath water magically starts to turn into a fun, thick goo. Then stir well, get in and have fun! The goo is a completely harmless powder that soaks up 400 times its own weight in water.'

I recently reviewed some slime products for Zimpli Kids here and the kiddies had a whale of a time! Quite literally! They turned the bath blue and added all their sea creatures for an underwater adventure. Today I thought I would share some more pics with you all. 

DD4 enjoyed using the pink GelliBaff and added her dinosaurs. The whole bath turned into a fun jelly playtime. The more water that is added, the more it turns into a gloopy jelly which DD4 loves the feeling of. 



The boys us…

Life at the Zoo - Book Review

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'This is the perfect book for every budding zoologist and animal-loving kid! Featuring illuminating photography and writing from Michael George, Life at the Zoo provides a unique behind-the-scenes view. Children can meet the creatures who live there and the people who care for them, too. They'll have so much fun, they won't even realize how much they're learning!'



Life at the Zoo by Michael George is a fabulous, informative book for children allowing them a glimpse at the secret world of their favourite animals. The book is crammed full of colourful photographs and information which is set out in an easy to read style.

The book appealed to all my kiddies from DD4 who enjoyed looking at the photos, especially the pink flamingos (her favourite animal at the moment) right up to DD15 who enjoyd reading all about zoo life and having a look 'behind the scenes' to see what life at the zoo is really like and the many job roles there are in order to keep the zoo run…

The Secret Life of the Red Fox and the Little Brown Bat - Review

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'This gorgeous and lyrical picture book from renowned science author Laurence Pringle and debut illustrator Kate Garchinsky follows a year in the life of a red fox named Vixen as she finds food, hunts, escapes threats, finds a mate, and raises her kits—all the way to the day that she and her mate watch their kits head off to lead their own secret lives. Stunning, realistic illustrations celebrate the beauty of these mysterious creatures as readers learn important facts through an engaging and fascinating story. The book also includes back matter with more in-depth information, a glossary, and further resources.'
With the weather wet and windy again and we are all feeling cold, it's the perfect weather to snuggle up in our cosy room with a book. 

Today the kiddies have taken some of their new books from our Winter book basket which sits near the fire. We are reading The Secret Life of the Red Fox and the Little Brown Bat. 

The kiddies are enjoying listening to the story of …

Snowflake-Inspired Projects - Review

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We heard that snowflakes have already started to fall over at Nana and Grandad's house the other week. The kiddies are hoping for another very white winter. They have their winter hats, scarves and gloves ready, and as soon as a few snowflakes start to fall, they will be out there!

Last year they made an igloo, made a 'snow mountain' in the middle of the road to stop the cars coming past :) used bottles of spray paint to get creative and even used it for some Science Experiments such as making coloured ice balls with balloons to roll around in the snow. 
They also enjoy making ice lanterns and and decorative snowflakes, so this year we are trying out this lovely Snowflake-inspired craft book from Carlton Books. Check out our 'sneak peek' over on Instagram here.


This Snowflake craft books is packed with creative ideas from Snowflake window art to cute little gift card tags. All you need is a craft knife and board and away you go. DS12 made a start on the window art …