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Educational Play with Schleich I'm a big fan of learning through play. Unforced educational play. I'm not a teacher and I don't want to be. I want my children to naturally learn whilst they are having fun. When I was contacted recently...

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Say Eh-Oh to the new Teletubbies toys! There back!! Teletubbies made a joyous return to CBeebies last year, and this year marks the launch of the new range of toys. As you know I was sent a box just before Christmas, and today I can finally...

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Travel: Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, Scarborough Last weekend Nana and I took a rather lengthy journey north for a night away at the Ox Pasture Hall Hotel in Scarborough, with Little Dude in tow. The Ox Pasture Hall Hotel is a luxurious country hotel...

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A Place To Enjoy My Garden I love my garden. I love the fact that I have a garden, especially with the recent gorgeous weather we've been having. Whilst I have a pretty compact garden, there's a lot going on out there. Plants, fruit...

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Back To School…

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Book Review, Product Reviews | Posted on 28-08-2012

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Well that time is upon us all once again, where the mad dash to find essential supplies for our children before we send them back to school next week – unless you’re in Scotland of course where they are already out from under your feet! Now Little Man isn’t 2 yet so I have a few more years to psych myself up for this eternally stressful time, but I do have a few products here that might just appeal to you, and your young scholars!

A new school year means a brand new pencil case loaded up with new pens, pencils, rulers and erasers. If you fancy treating your child to something a little more unusual this year – something special if its their first ever day at school – then I highly recommend a set of Smencils. Smencils are just what they sound like – smelly pencils. Made from recycled paper and scented for added fun, these pencils are a great idea. I really like the Fruit Shoot scented range, which is great for young children just starting school. I don’t think there are many children out there who don’t love Fruit Shoots, so a matching set of pencils will be a perfect addition to their very first pencil case.

Click here for a Facebook Competition to win a set. Closes Friday September 7th 2012.

Back To School Books
If your child is a bit nervous about venturing to school for the first time then there a couple of great books here that might just ease their worries. “Foxy” by Emma Dodd is about a little girl called Emily who is starting school the next day and is worried that she doesn’t have everything she needs. Her magical friend Foxy comes to her rescue with some very amusing results, and a brilliantly reassuring message for all children. “Come To School Too, Blue Kangaroo” by Emma Chichester Clark is the latest in the Blue Kangaroo series. Lily takes Blue Kangaroo to school with her and wants to help him through his first day, but his day goes on longer than planned when he is left behind. A great fun story for all Blue Kangaroo fans worried about starting at school.

Forget Me Not
If your child has something of a hectic schedule – school, clubs, sports teams, music lessons, etc – or the mad rush each morning means they often forget something important for school, investing in a Forget Me Not from Tidy Books might just save you a lot of stress. It comes with a large magnetic whiteboard for jotting down reminders or fastening letters from school or timetables on. Beneath that is a small shelf with a lip to put small items that need to be taken, such as lunch money or letters that can be posted on the walk to school. Finally you get a row of hooks which can hold school bags packed ready for the next day or sports kits for PE lessons. The Forget Me Not has a compact slimline design, but has plenty room to store all your school day essentials.

Book Review: New Titles From Harper Collins

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Book Review, Information | Posted on 04-05-2012

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“Secret Agent Splat” by Rob Scooton
Bestselling author Rob Scooton returns with a new adventure for Splat The Cat. A mystery unfolds when Splats fathers toy duck start to go missing and then are inexplicably returned minus their beaks! Splat sets off on an investigation to discover who is responsible for the duck-napping, and what they really want with all the beaks!

“Lulu and the Best Cake Ever!” by Emma Chichester Clark
Award winning author and creator of the hugely popular Blue Kangaroo series Emma Chichester Clark has created a brand new world – Wagtail Town. In this new title you’ll meet all her new doggy characters and learn about Lulu as she enters the school cake competition. Helped by her best friend Alfie she learns that there is more than one way to be a winner when her baking doesn’t entirely go according to plan!



“Marshall Armstrong Is New To Our School” by David Mackintosh
When Marshall Armstrong starts his new school he causes a bit of a stir. He looks different to the other boys with his straight laces, his fancy glasses and his very unusual silver wrapped lunch. But after his classmates visit his house for a party they soon learn that what may be different can also be excellent fun. A great book for children about to head off to school for the first time!

“The Somethingosaur” by Tony Mitton, illustrated by Russell Ayto
Set in the time of dinosaurs this beautifully illustrated book begins with a purple egg that hatches. The creature inside is lost and sets off to find its Mummy, and also to find out just what he is. Meeting many dinosaurs along the way the little creature struggles to find anyone that looks like him, until he finally stumbles upon his Mummy and discovers that he’s something even more exciting than a dinosaur after all!

“Love Monster” by Rachel Bright
Whilst the world is quick to love things which are cute and fluffy – like kittens and puppies – nobody could possibly love a “slightly hairy, I-suppose-a-bit-googly-eyed monster…” could they? Join a slightly funny looking monster on his quest to find somebody to love him, and learn that sometimes love finds you when you least expect it. A valuable life lesson for us all!