The Very Hungry Caterpillar is Turning 50! {Ad}

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We're big fans of The Very Hungry Caterpillar in this house and this week has been his 50th birthday! He features very regularly in our bedtime story rotation, and I'm always using the phrase "And he was STILL hungry" about my two boys, who have insatiable appetites! To celebrate the 50th anniversary, there are a whole host of Very Hungry Caterpillar products available to buy. We were lucky enough to be sent some of them to try out, so if you're a fan too, here are some of our favourites... For Bug Hunters... Max is learning all about bugs, minibeasts, and butterflies at school at the moment, so this Bug Catcher and Viewer has been a huge hit. We've been out in ...

Transforming Your Child’s Play {with Brio Smart Tech}

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This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Brio and Mumsnet For a long time now we've been huge fans of Brio in our house. It's one of those classic childhood toys that appeal perfectly to children and adults alike. I know there's nothing my husband loves more than creating a hugely complex train track around the ground floor of our whole house, and my son, Max, loves nothing better than playing with it all once it's built. My youngest, Ben, also likes to get in on the action, destroying the train track, much to his brother's disgust! But I'm sure in no time he'll be joining in properly with it all and we'll have a whole family of Brio fans.     We ...

Make Space For Play {With The Great Little Trading Company}

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When Max was little, I remember saying that we wouldn't let toys overtake our living room. Sadly we don't have a spare room in our house to turn into a playroom, and I was determined that our living room would stay an adult space, with toys tidied away in the evening. But, as I'm sure happens to us all, slowly the toys started to invade our house. First there was the jumperoo, then the toy cars, then the collection of Toy Story toys. And then Ben, our second child, came along and somewhere along the line we lost all sight of our adult space, just sweeping all the toys to one side once bedtime came along. The Great Little Trading Company ...

A Super Start To School With PJ Masks

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I still can't get over the fact that soon I'll have a little boy in school. I keep getting asked if we're both ready, and I'm so conscious that I want to make sure that Max is as ready as he can be (even if I'll never be ready!). He's a child who often finds it difficult to adjust to change, and it's clear that school has been on his mind a lot lately. Despite the fact that outwardly he seems really excited about it all, there are lots of signs that he's more anxious about it than he's letting on. One of the things I've worried about most is the fact that he's really not interested in reading, writing, or ...