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... 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,... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read more →

We all want our children to be connected to nature but are we doing enough to make it happen? Only this year our family has started to enjoy pond dipping. Pond dipping is more than a fun family activity, it's an activity that allows children to experience first-hand their local... Read more →

Are you looking for a fun new cookbook for your children? My children enjoy cooking the same things over and over (cookies, cakes and, muffins). A new cookbook always encourages them outside of their cooking comfort zone and piques their interest. Recently they have been enjoying cooking from international cookbooks.... Read more →