This is my last post coming from the UK. My next post will be from Sydney, Australia. I wanted to publish this earlier in the week but international moves always take more time and energy than I expect. All of my children love to eat pasta and fresh pasta often tastes better. There are so many reasons to try making pasta with children; It's easy - making pasta is almost... Read more →


We are about to spend three weeks on the road (and air). There are a few little bits and pieces that I always keep an eye out for when travelling. Some of these are to remember our travels, some are for more academic purposes and some are to add interest to our home and collections. This is not to promote consumerism but to help create a collection of thoughtful and... Read more →


My children use knives in the kitchen almost from the moment they can stand unassisted. They typically start with a crinkle cutter and cut soft foods like banana. My toddler (now at 27 months) uses a whole range of knives, none of them sharp enough to cut his skin and all with a rounded tip for safety. I believe a good knife can inspire children in the kitchen. A good... Read more →


My children love using cookie cutters! My eight-year-old has a huge cookie cutter collection. Today I'm sharing some activities to do with children using cookie cutters. Most of these are suitable for toddlers and some are for older children too! Cookie cutters are good for building hand strength, coordination and life skills. They can help build creativity within food preparation activities and art. Above, we borrowed these heart shaped cookie... Read more →


chowki: noun INDIAN a low wooden seat or stool. A Montessori Chowki is a simple Chowki that is sized proportionately for the child. Maria Montessori observed children using Chowkis in India. Since then their popularity has grown and the Chowki can now be found in Montessori classrooms around the world. What is so 'Montessori' about a Chowki? They can be child-sized so children can sit and use them comfortably. Chowkis... Read more →


Even in the cooler weather we are aiming to spend a minimum of three hours a day outdoors. We do this by exploring our backyard, our neighbourhood, our local park and forest areas and the nature reserve. Taking learning outdoors is important and learning in situ is important. There is no better place to learn about nature, about tree and flowers, about wind and rain, than outdoors. While I am... Read more →


Is there anything better than a good jigsaw puzzle? Over the years my children have used many puzzles but their favourites by far are by Ravensburger. Once your toddler is out of the peg puzzle stage it can be hard to know what comes next. Well how about some two-piece, then four-piece and six-piece jigsaw puzzles? Jigsaws make fantastic presents and you can find these or similar for almost any... Read more →


My older two children are on half term break. We've had a few stormy and crazy windy days, so they've spent more time than usual inside (we still aim for at least three hours a day outdoors). I love to try new art materials with them and I've been holding onto this gorgeous beeswax modelling clay for just the right opportunity. It is a beeswax clay, not a pure modelling... Read more →


Have you wondered what the Montessori approach is to discussing the climate emergency or the recent #globalclimatestrike? It hard not to feel motivated and inspired but how can we educate our children on this issue in an age-appropriate way? "At this age we do not tell the child about the problems with the environment, global warming, etc. Giving this information too early can cause confusion and stress, worry and even... Read more →


I want to share with you this patterning game that Otis (8 yrs) absolutely loves. When it first arrived he played with it immediately and made four or five of the patterns straight away. It's really compelling, Caspar (11 yrs) enjoys some of the harder patterns too. It would be a wonderful gift to give at Christmas or at parties where you had friends or family over as everyone could... Read more →


November 2019 is the 30th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Has there ever been a time where these protections have been more important? It's also important to educate our children on their rights and the rights of all children. Nicola Davies has written Every Child A Song. It is a poignant celebration of children everywhere and a reminder that EVERY child must... Read more →


Are you looking for a screen-free way to entertain your children? For the last couple of months, we have been trying out the Lunii My Fabulous Storyteller. It's like a child's mp3 player that comes preloaded with stories that are similar to choose your own adventure stories, the child gets to choose the characters and main themes. It's been to France with us, it's been to Cornwall, on various long... Read more →


Have you read Susan Mayclin Stephenson's new release The Red Corolla: Montessori Cosmic Education? I would absolutely recommend it. It is heavy on the practical, on activities, on setting up the environment and I feel a lot of parents would appreciate that. I'm going to try many of these activities at home. I also recommend this for the school teacher/parent library! It gives a fantastic insight into Montessori training that... Read more →


While it's nice to bake from scratch, using organic ingredients from the farmers markets, in my world the occasional cake mix is ok too! In fact, my kids love them! Most are very child friendly, with pre-measured ingredients and clear instructions. Today I thought I'd share some of our favourite cake mixes and perhaps you'll share some of your favourites too! Using a cake mix, your child will still have... Read more →


If you are visiting Cornwall, the Eden Project is a must see! I had high expectations and it did not disappoint. It's huge, it's amazing and it's so inspiring. It has to be the largest environmental learning centre I've seen. The Eden Project was built on a disused clay quarry and the aim was to showcase some of the world's most significant plants. But what it really does is showcase... Read more →