Monthly Archives: July 2011

6 Children’s Adventure/Activity/Puzzle Books to Banish Holiday Boredom

Actually, I believe there is nothing wrong with children experiencing some boredom.   It is often during periods of having ‘nothing to do’ that the most creative and best ideas are born.   All the same, I have included here a list … Continue reading

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7 Fun Ways to Keep Your Children Writing in the Summer Holidays

This might sound like a bit of an ‘ask’ when the sun is shining and the garden is so inviting, but all the suggestions below are fun, don’t take up too much time and don’t feel like school work at … Continue reading

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Author Spotlight : 5 Brilliant Books by Morris Gleitzman. From Frozen Chicken Thawer to One of Australia’s Most Successful Authors

What I REALLY like about Morris Gleitzman are all the things he was BEFORE becoming a writer.   Here, for example, are some of the things he tells us he has done – frozen-chicken thawer, sugar-mill rolling stock unhooker, fashion-industry trainee, … Continue reading

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5 Great Children’s Picture Books for Counting Fun

Make counting fun with these great children’s picture books and help your children begin to learn an important life skill at the same time.   Count with Ted as he falls out of bed and tries to get back in; how much … Continue reading

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8 Ways to Keep Children Reading over the Summer Holidays

It is well-known that reading can be neglected during the long summer holidays.   There is always so much fun to be had and quite right too!   However, the consequence of not keeping up with reading can be that some children slip back in … Continue reading

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6 Children’s Picture Books for Blissful Bedtimes

It’s really important to establish a calm bedtime routine after a busy day spent running, jumping, climbing, playing and generally doing everything on ‘fast’ mode.   A good picture storybook is central to establishing a quiet end to the day and setting the right mood … Continue reading

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5 Children’s Gardening Books To Turn Little Fingers Green

All children love to get their hands dirty, digging, sowing and watering.   After planting your tiny seed, watch it grow into a delicate seedling.  Then with careful watering and feeding, your little plant will grow bigger and bigger and eventually … Continue reading

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5 Great Children’s Books for Reading Aloud

There are some books that just cry out to be read aloud.  And over and over again!   The benefits of reading aloud to your children are well-known and numerous. Hearing new words gives children an expanded and rich vocabulary. A good storyteller … Continue reading

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