BLOG: Make a Bug Hotel!

Bug Hotel Bugs need a nice place to rest their heads, and this simple construction will create a lovely home for lots of critters in your garden. Have a look around and see what you can find that would make a good addition to the hotel – you aren’t restricted by what is listed here. Instead of the bricks, for example, you could use old wooden pallets, and terracotta pots make good homes for frogs and toads. You will need: About 12 bricks Thin piece of plywood (about 18 x 18in/50 x 50cm) Old roof tiles Sticks, bamboo, straw, corrugated

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REVIEW: First Wonder Box

First News is a highly successful newspaper for children which has proved a huge hit with schools as well as families. Now the team behind this has brought out First Wonder Box – a brand new subscription service. Combining learning and fun, First Wonder Boxes are designed for 4-8 year olds. The aim is to introduce them to the world around them, topics so far include Castles, Under Sea and Human body. Each is full of fun activities that will help children learn, and they support the Early Years and KS1 curriculum too and education experts have been involved. The

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REVIEW: www.weparent.co.uk – “A Psychologist in Your Pocket”

WeParent is a new website promoting positive mental health in children and aims to help parents and children by providing fun and interactive strategies to tackle a wide range of issues, such as sibling rivalry and social skills. As a parent you might find that you always deal with a certain situation in the same way all of the time, maybe through habit, maybe because you have never really considered dealing with it in any other way, or maybe just not knowing where to start in order to sort out the issue at all. WeParent teaches you how. From the

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REVIEW: Schleich Croco Jungle Research Station

This is a fantastic toy, with so many different activities to stimulate children’s imaginations. The Croco Research Station is situated in the jungle. Go on a wild adventure.  Set off on a research mission in the jungle and discover rare species and look after injured animals whilst enjoying the many play functions and exciting features. There is so much in this toy – the CROCO skull, which comes with opening and closing removable jaws and a secret hiding place in his tooth (children will love this!), the jungle research building complete with viewing platform; there’s a trap door, hoist container

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