Showing posts from June, 2019

International Mud Day Giveaways!

Today we took part in International Mud Day by making lots of muddy mess in our make-shift outdoor mud kitchen.

We set up bricks and wooden slats in the garden for our mud kitchen, and ladened it with utensils and tubs ready for DD4 to busy herself making mud pies.

For more ideas on how to set up your own mud kitchen, just check out this great free pdf here.

We have also teamed up with two amazing companies to bring you two great giveaways!

Mud & Bloom

Fancy winning a July subscription box packed with educational activities and crafts inspired by nature? Check out our Mud & Bloom giveaway here
What's in the box?
The boxes are for 3-8 year old's and will be delivered through your letter box at the beginning of each month.
Each box includes everything you need for four seasonal activities: gardening and nature crafts - along with instructions, nature news and a quiz aimed at teaching children about the seasons, plants, insects, birds, soil and rainfall.
All seeds are c…

WildArt 2019

'This year the RSPB are teaming up with The Cameron Bespolka Trust to bring you WildArt 2019. We’re looking for talented young artists to enter our exciting competition where your artwork could be displayed amongst the top wildlife artists in the UK.

It couldn’t be simpler to take part, just create a bright and beautiful picture of any wildlife you like (but not creatures in zoos or cages, or pets). You can be as imaginative as you like, but please try drawing wildlife you see in real life. Experiment with different materials – the eco friendlier the better!

Once your masterpiece is complete, write your name, age and address on the back. If you would like your picture returned, please send us the correct postage and packaging and write “please return” on the back. We can only send back pictures with the correct postage and packaging included.

Send your entry to:

WildArt, RSPB Wildlife Explorers, The Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 2DL

It must reach us by Friday 16 August 2019.

Our Wild…

PDSA Writing Competition

The wait is over, our 2019 children's writing competition is finally here. Pick up your pen or turn on your computer and get writing!
What are the rules? Your story can be any length, and can be typed on a computer or handwritten. There are only a few rules, so you can be as creative as you want: Your story must include an animal as one of your main charactersYou must mention PDSA at some point in your storyTo enter this competition, you must be under the age of 16 and have an adult's permission to enter.
Find out more on the PDSA website here.


'Gardenwatch - Our biggest citizen science project yet...
As our towns and cities sprawl out into the countryside, our gardens are becoming more and more vital as wildlife reserves of the future. We want to map the resources available for wildlife in gardens up and down the country, and find out which wild visitors they attract.

We also want to find out what our gardens are lacking and how we can improve them for nature. And this is where you at home play the most important role…
This year we're teaming up with the British Trust for Ornithology and the Open University for our biggest citizen science project ever - Gardenwatch!
Follow the links to complete each of our four missions and help to build a better future for the UK's wildlife!'Gardenwatch
Join in The Gardenwatch mission here.

National Writing Day! Wednesday 26th June - free teaching resources

Everyone has a story to tell!

'National Writing Day is an annual celebration of writing designed to inspire people across the UK to get writing. Our message is simple: everyone has a story to tell and sharing it can be a source of pleasure and power.' National Writing Day

Download your free teaching resources here and find out more about 'write away'. There are some great ideas for all ages. 
On National Writing Day we are teaming up with Little Writing Company to run a great giveaway on our IG page, so keep a lookout here.

Happy Writing :)

STEM Explorers™: Geomakers™

DS7 has been broadening his maths skills, learning all about Geometry this week. He dived into his new Geomakers™ box from Learning Resources to see the 3D building challenges take shape as he skillfully manipulated the unique curved rods, straight sticks and multi-hole connectors to make his own 2D and 3D creations. 

'Activate a child’s natural curiosity and extend your STEM learning activities with our STEM Explorers range. Featuring our best-selling STEM products, STEM Explorers will engage young learners with hands-on activities.' Learning Resources
This fun interactive Geometry box is great to develop critical thinking and fine motor skills in young children. DS7 was totally engaged and absorbed with this new educational toy as he used the 58 pieces to make various shapes following the simple activity guide as well as trying out his own ideas. The guide helps develop shape comparison and spatial reasoning as DS7 worked his way through each engaging task. 
DS7 says, '…

Space Mission: Nonsense Words - review

Learning phonics is a very important tool to develop reading fluency. Children learn that the letters they see on the page can be decoded and once they have learnt this code they can then apply it to any word they see. Using these skills they easily and quickly develop into fluent readers as they use their phonics knowledge to sound out all the words they see around them each day.
DD4 enjoys reading her books and using her flashcards, but learning through play in the early years has always been a great way to instil a love of learning.

This week DD4 has been practising her phonemes by playing this fun phonics read and rescue game from Learning Resources.  Aimed at children aged 4+ it is the perfect game for solitary play to revise her sounds or co-operative play where she plays along with her siblings. Using the super suction feature on the colourful flying saucers she read and rescued aliens and astronauts as she flew her saucer across the table. She carefully landed her saucer on a…

My STEM Day - review

This week the kiddies have been getting involved in lots of STEM challenges using these fun new titles due to be released this week from Carlton Books. 
Each book is packed with simple explanations on interesting topics such as How do Mobile Phones Work? Why do we have Seasons? How do Solar Panels Work? and What is Probability?
Aimed at children 7+ DS7 and DS10 have both been flicking through each book, having a read and looking at the fun illustrations. Each area of learning has a puzzle activity to complete in the book and a simple do-at-home experiment to carry out. 

'Why do ice lollies melt? How do your lungs work? How do you digest your lunch? With the help of dynamic illustrations and fun activities, My STEM Day Science takes you through the day and explain how incredible science underpins everything you do.
Starting in the morning and working through the day, you'll find out how science lies behind so many everyday tasks and objects. Every page is filled with amazing o…

Plastic - Past, Present, and Future

'The world consumes over 300 million tonnes of plastic each year. But when did we start using plastic? And why? Where does all the plastic waste go?'
Plastic - you either love it or hate it but we are surrounded by it each day and it has been making a difference to people's lives around the world for many years such as in the medical field to keep us safe from diseases - hospitals now have plastic disposable needles, transport such as cars and areoplanes are lighter and supermarkets are bursting with products packaged with plastic. So why are people now starting to detest the stuff and how can we teach our children to use it responsibly both now and in the future?
Today is World Oceans Day and we have been discovering all about plastic with this amazing new hardback book Plastic from Scribe which teaches children all about how plastic has changed our lives for the better but it also poses are serious risk for the future. It begins with a heartbraking tale on the night of J…

Highlights for Children - review

Look what arrived in the post this week! A fantastic bundle of exciting activity books, maze books and workbooks from Highlights for Children. These fun activity books are packed with puzzles, mazes and crossword fun as well as plenty of hidden pictures to search and find along the way! Highlights for Children's philosophy is that children become their “best selves” by using their creativity and imagination; developing their reading, thinking, and reasoning skills; and learning to treat others with respect, kindness, and sensitivity. Read on to see what the kiddies thought of them!

These super cute jumbo hardback Hidden Pictures books are great fun to introduce young children to puzzle books. On each fold out page there are over 140 colourful objects to spot on each brilliantly illustrated page. These books engage eagle eyed young readers to spot many different activities going on in each scene. ABC Town has objects, neighbourhood places and animals to search for and Let's Co…