Books For Children: 3 – 4 years

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Fiction books for 3-4 year olds

Our favourite books for children, aged 3 – 4 years, as part of our books for children list. Angelica Sprocket’s Pockets by Quentin Blake I have yet to find someone who isn’t entertained by Quentin Blake’s illustrations, and this story is one of our all time favourites. Even though our older boys know it almost word for word, they take … Read More

Books For Children: 2 – 3 years

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Fiction books for 2-3 year olds

Our favourite books for children, aged 2 – 3 years, as part of our books for children list. The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr A truly timeless children’s book, both written and illustrated by the wonderful Judith Kerr, based upon a story that she told to her daughter, Tacy, when she was 2. I remember this story … Read More

Books For Children: 1 – 2 years

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Fiction books for 1-2 year olds

Our favourite books for children, aged 1 – 2 years, as part of our books for children list. Barry the Fish with Fingers by Sue Hendra This provoked squeals of laughter and “again, again, again!” from our eldest when we first read it to him, he just loved it and the idea of fish having fingers. My worry that it … Read More

Books For Children: 0 – 1 years

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Fiction books for 0-1 year olds

Our favourite books for children, aged 0 – 1 years, as part of our books for children list. Penguins, Penguins, Penguins by Bob Barner A brightly illustrated book, this captured the attention of our eldest when he was just a couple of months old and has been a firm favourite with both of his younger brothers. We have even been … Read More

Our Favourite Books For Children

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A selection of children's fiction books

My studies in English Literature expanded my knowledge more than my 17 year old self, carefully selecting courses based on my preferred subject matter, could have ever realised. My love of foreign languages and historical events for example became an important foundation for my learning at University. With wider thought processes and a better understanding of the intricate relationship between … Read More

Easy-peasy Banana Loaf

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Banana loaf, served with freshly sliced banana

We have a method of cooking when we are making things with our children that quite possibly won’t set them up to be rising stars of the culinary scene in years to come, but it works for us in the here and now. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes we are very precise, but with our favourite well-known recipes, our preparation … Read More

Fireworks In A Jar!

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Water and oil in a jar with food colouring dripping through the layers

I’ve mentioned previously our love of science, so one thing we just love to do on a rainy weekend day (or a bright sunny one – there’s no reason why this can’t be done in a garden or with the windows thrown wide) is a simple science experiment. You may have seen our colour mixing fun (if not you can … Read More

Walking Water

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Boys watching water walking through a piece of kitchen towel

We absolutely love science in our household, and one of our favourite experiments is this one, which is so quick and easy to do. You’ll need: 3 clear glasses or plastic beakers 2 different food colourings (blue and yellow work beautifully for this) 2 pieces of small kitchen towel or 1 piece of strong kitchen towel torn in half lengthways … Read More

Weekly Meal Planner

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Uncooked lasagne topped with grated cheese

Meal planners can really help finances stretch, not to mention reduce food waste. I love that by using them my boys get to experience a wide range of food too. I know that planning a week’s worth of interesting meals can be tough to fit in around a busy working and family life though, so I thought that I would … Read More

Apricot Oaty Bites

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Apricot oaty bite close up

We love these yummy oaty bites, especially on the afternoon school run during the winter when we are all feeling tired and cold. You can adapt the recipe to suit you (you could use vegan spread for example instead of butter to make these vegan) or use it as we do. You could even add more fruit – dried cranberries … Read More