Today I want to share with you some wonderful personalised Montessori inspired materials for the home, and perhaps some for the classroom from Benedykt and Sylvester. Personalised materials with the child's name on them are fantastic for letter and name recognition, and for making the child feel extra special! Some of my favourite products include: Personalised Solid Acacia Wood Children's Place Mat - we have this and love it, it's... Read more →

What are you up to this weekend? We are hoping to visit a castle or two, there are so many castles and ruins around our area. If you are looking for some reading here are a few Montessori related links are articles that I've been enjoying this week. Jeff Bezos says he will use his riches to open Montessori preschools at Chalkbeat! Have you seen the Toggler?? The Toggler allows... Read more →

Have you seen the new go find it too cards? They have just been released and are a follow up to the popular go find it scavenger hunt game. It is an instant natural treasure hunt that invites children to use all of their senses. Players are encouraged to develop a curiosity of the natural world through hands-on sensory exploration. What's more, the uniquely designed cards help develop word recognition... Read more →

You know we love beautiful art supplies. We also love art supplies that support our children's development. Both of my children have at times struggled with their pencil grip. Did you know that Crayon Rocks help children develop the correct tripod grip? Unlike other tools, Crayon Rocks are not complicated, all you need to do is give the child the crayon and the crayon does the rest! We recently received... Read more →

Have you seen or used Magic Nuudles before? I hadn't heard of them until recently. There were a few reasons I really wanted the boys to give them a try. They are bright, colourful and interesting but also they are made from cornstarch and are fully biodegradable! Wow! They are also so different to all of the other arts and craft materials we have tried before. I couldn't wait to... Read more →

There is something really fascinating about the medieval times. I think most children go through a period of being interested in history and castles and knights. Play is a great way to learn about or extend knowledge of history. And when we are learning about history we gain a better understanding of our world and possibly our place in it. Both of my children love playing with knights and were... Read more →

If you are looking for gift ideas for a child consider giving them a cook book! Cooking with kids and encouraging them to participate in the kitchen is wonderful. However a cook book can foster a whole new level of independence. Children from quite a young age can take the lead in cooking and use a pictorial cook book. Once a child can read - wow, the opportunities really open... Read more →

You know I love all things organic and you are familiar with my children wearing gorgeous bright clothing. We adore Scandinavian design and our go to store is Baby Goes Retro. Today we've teamed up with Baby Goes Retro for a giveaway and a discount code, open internationally, details will be at the end of the post! This is not a fashion blog but I'm such a loyal customer at... Read more →

Are you looking for new CDs or music to enjoy with your children? Today I wanted to share with you some of our favourite CDs for children and I also have five sets of headphones for a giveaway (we have also been provided with one set of the iFrogz Little Rockers Headphones for the purposes of review). We spend heaps of time in the car and it's nice to have... Read more →

I don't take up offers for give-aways or promotions very often and not unless it's product we use or need. In this case - this is a product we very much needed. Otis has started full days at school which means he needs to take snack, lunch, a water bottle and sunscreen plus as usual a hat and suitable clothing (coat/jumper). He has so many different lunch boxes he loves... Read more →

Have you read Nature Anatomy? You may remember I listed in it our post What we are reading April 2015. The great news is that Storey Publishing has contacted us for a review and a giveaway! In her new visual guidebook, Nature Anatomy, noted illustrator Julia Rothman invites readers to share in her delight at the small wonders of the natural world. With more than 700 original full-color drawings, this... Read more →

I know that a lot of parents of young children think about emotional intelligence. How do we give children the ability to be aware of, control and express their emotions, how do we prepare them for reading other people's emotions, to discrimination between emotions, empathise with others and potentially diffuse conflict? Both of my children have had emotions puzzles in their classrooms and there are books on the topic. But... Read more →

A couple of months ago I ordered some materials from Indigo Inspirations. I wanted to give my children (aged three and seven) lots of inspiration for crafting and making. I wanted natural materials that were really beautiful. I picked up the Wooden Knitting Fork with Hand Painted Rainbow Wool, Hand Painted Wool Fleece for Wet or Dry Felting, Wool Fleece Felting Kit (it comes with felting instructions) and some Hand... Read more →

. If you have been following you will know that I have been watching a few Montessori in the home DVDs. There is and has always been one stand out. Edison's Day. Edison is 20 months old and the DVD follows him for one day. It is perfect. It is as Montessori as possible. Both of Edison's parents are Montessori trained, keep this in mind for perspective. There are so... Read more →

Do you remember Marie-Claire? She's a mom to twins, a go-getter and now a business owner! She was also a Montessori child! I know I'm biased but I believe parenthood can bring out the very best in people. I love it when someone can overcome the busyness of parenthood and design a product not only for their own children but for all of our children. Even more admirable when the... Read more →