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Parents in Touch is an information, education and resources website for parents (including home educators) and teachers. We help with many aspects of education and parenting, including the provision of over 7500 worksheets to help your child. We also review the best of current children’s books and child and family related products, and keep you updated on educational news and developments.

REVIEW: PyroPet: Hoppa

I must admit, I am a fan things that are ‘a little bit different’ and this PyroPet is no exception. We were kindly sent a PyroPet in their Hoppa rabbit design for review; Hoppa means jump in Icelandic and is a common name for a pet rabbit. The idea for PyroPets was from Thorunn Arnadottir, who is an Icelandic based designer and studied at The Royal Collage of Art in London. PyroPets are designed to reveal a skeleton as they slowly burn away. The skeleton inside is silver and made from aluminium, the candle itself is made from paraffin wax

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REVIEW: So Slime DIY Slimelicious Vanity

So Slime DIY from Canal Toys brings us their new Slimelicious Vanity case, inside you get: 2 slime shakers, 5 scented slime powders, 5 bags of decorations, 1 tool, 1 sticker sheet and instructions. Everything comes packed inside a super handy vanity case with a handle, with plenty of room inside for extra bits or other pots of slime you might have. The slime shakers are bright and fun, one is designed to be a mug of hot chocolate and the other is a milk carton, included decorations include plastic beads, swirls and strawberries which can be used to decorate

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REVIEW: Presley the Pug: A Relaxation Activity Book

Dr Karen Treisman is a specialist clinical psychologist and an expert in child psychology, she has produced a fantastic range of books and therapeutic cards which tackle common social and emotional challenges in children. Presley the Pug tells the story of Presley, a dog who loves to play and run about, but sometimes he gets so excited that his feelings such as stress or anger take over and he can’t cope. Find out how Presley learns how to deal with his feelings with a little help from his friends who offer him tricks and tips that have worked for them.

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REVIEW: Cleo the Crocodile: An Activity Book for Children Who Are Afraid to Get Close

Having previously reviewed therapeutic cards and books from Dr Karen Treisman (a specialist clinical psychologist), I was looking forward to reading one of her latest publications: Cleo the Crocodile, which is an activity book for children who are afraid to get close. The book is a therapeutic story with creative activities about trust, anger and relationships for children aged 5-10. The book is beautifully illustrated and follows the story of Cleo who has to leave his swamp after Hogan the Hippo starts being mean to him. Cleo has to find a new safe home and he has to work out

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REVIEW: Schleich Rider Cafe

The Cups & Saddles is a popular rider’s meeting place in Hazelwood, and it’s here that the riding friends meet up for cake and gossip. This is a wonderful toy to start or extend children’s collections of Schleich horses. It’s packed full of a huge range of items to enjoy and to make imaginative play great fun. Children will love to unpack this box, and reveal more and more delights. There’s too much to list here (over 60 pieces altogether), but some of the items are the cafe building itself, models of Tom and Emily plus the horse, Pino, a

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