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America’s Most Playful Family?

  We have recently received some very exciting news.  Our family have been selected from over 700 applicants as one of 50 semi-finalists in America’s Most Playful Family Contest. To enter we were asked to answer a number of questions … Continue reading

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For my children…

Originally posted on memsandbeingmum:
I was asked to write a guest post (re-blogged below) for the lovely Do take at look at her site. She connects with many other MS bloggers/survivors and is keen to network with others. Thanks to…

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Outdoor Play: Springtime

Springtime in Seattle is as unpredictable as springtime in the UK.  Today we have glorious sunshine, yesterday we played in the ice and frost and a week ago we were playing in the rain. Whatever the weather the girls are drawn … Continue reading

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How to Make Hot Cross Buns

I love Hot Cross Buns.  Years ago there was a bakery near my flat that baked the very best Hot Cross Buns, huge, glazed and sticky. I am yet to find anywhere here that sells them, so we decided to try making our own.  … Continue reading

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Furchester Hotel – The Sesame Street Gang Come to CBeebies

  It always feels good to get a little something from CBeebies drop into my inbox.  We miss CBeebies quality programming featuring British accents and no adverts. American children’s television isn’t all bad though.  Through childhood, student years and as … Continue reading

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Water Play in the Rain

Once children are helped to perceive themselves as authors or inventors, once they are helped to discover the pleasure of enquiry, their motivation and interest explode.  – Loris Malaguzzi. We’ve had a few rainy days so I decided to leave … Continue reading

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Ideas for Learning Environments Inspired by Children’s Museum of Tacoma

I’d never heard of a Children’s Museum before I moved here but as I entered the door I was greeted by a little bit of play heaven. I think I was more excited than the girls.  My 9 -year-old remarked … Continue reading

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The Land of Song – A Guest Post for St. David’s Day

  Today we have a St. David’s Day guest post from Penni Carr.  I met Penni during my  musical theatre days (sorry Penni for the old photo).  She went on to become a professional actress and since becoming a mum, has founded … Continue reading

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Preschool ‘Art’- Process Versus Product

What is Children’s Art? As adults, artists are generally referred to in terms of the product they create - painters, sculptors, musicians or dancers. When we create ‘art’ we might think about what we are going draw or make before we begin. When … Continue reading

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Winter Olympic Themed Play

My regular readers may remember that during the London 2012 Olympics we staged our own Olympics in the garden.  Record low temperatures have arrived at the perfect time for us to stage our own Winter Olympics. We built skis and … Continue reading

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