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Visiting family and friends with a toddler

August 4, 2017  |  Claire Russell It's the summer holidays and you've decided to pack up the car and head off to see family and friends. After the days of packing for a baby, you're used to leaving the house with every possible item you own. However your baby is growing up now and it's lovely to leave the house with a bag rather than a suitcase, just the same as it's nice to travel in the car without your knees around your chin with a foot well and every other space in the car filled with 'essentials'. So I'm here to help you travel lightly yet still find ways of keeping your toddler occupied when you go to visit family and friends....

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Autumn Resource Wish List

September 3, 2017  |  Claire Russell As the Summer holidays draw to a close, I thought it was time to look ahead to the next season...Autumn. This is a lovely season, with lots of celebrations and changes happening in the natural environment for young children to observe.   So here's my list of resources I feel is worth collecting or keeping a look out in the shops ready for the new season...   1. Take out a collection of autumnal themed books both fiction and non-ficiton from a local library It's nice to have a breath of fresh new books to add to your collection. If you're anything like us you end up reading the same ones over and over again!...

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Baby Play Essentials

August 21, 2018  |  Claire Russell Whether you've treated yourself you and your baby to a pack of the first year playPROMPTS or you've bought them as a gift for a friend, I am often asked for a list of essential items for baby play.   Now the whole idea behind all of the pack of playPROMPTS is that they support you to entertain your baby or young child at home without feeling the need to buy yet MORE toys! And more often than not, you will be surprised at the play potential in everyday items you already have around the house!   However, there are a few bits and pieces you can pick up in pound shops, supermarkets, second hand websites or...

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Free days out with young children

August 26, 2018  |  Claire Russell Two days ago I asked my wonderful followers for ways to spend time with children and in true form they certainly delivered!  I think it’s so important, especially during school holidays that parents and carers do not feel pressured to pay huge chunks of money for days out as more often than not, our young children can be entertained on little or no money. I must admit, I try to get my three and a half year old out everyday. We get up and go out first thing in the morning, return home for lunch and then we have the rest of the afternoon to spend at home playing at our own pace. I...

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The playHOORAY! Gift Guide

September 19, 2018  |  Claire Russell Whether you're buying for your own children or for someone else, it's always tricky when it comes to birthdays, Christmas or special events when buying gifts.   We all know, more often than not, the children already have a houseful of toys and you just don't want to add to that pile. Also, toys are expensive! I only learnt this once I had a child of my own. Toys can cost a lot of money, and if they offer little opportunities for play then they can be a huge waste of money. And that's without talking about how ugly they can be sat in your once so beautifully decorated lounge!!   The thing is,...

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