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Buy toys safely online
How to buy toys safely online
Every year, more and more of us buy toys online rather than in person. When you can't examine packaging or speak to retail staff, it's...
Family fireworks safety
Family fireworks safety
Many of us have never have lit a firework in our lives, but with big displays cancelled you might be thinking about putting on your own back-garden...
Summer challenges for primary school children
The best summer challenges for kids
Help your child keep those brain cells active throughout the holidays with these brilliant activities, from reading to computer coding.
Class of 2020
15 of the best ways to celebrate the end of term
Turn the end of the school year from a damp squib to something to celebrate with these great pre-summer activities.
Best literacy home schooling resources
Best literacy home schooling resources
Whether your child is just learning to read and print letters or looking for ways to put their creative writing skills to the test, we've...
DIY Forest School activities
11 DIY Forest School activities
Help your child embrace the great outdoors and create your own DIY "Forest School" at home with these back-to-nature learning ideas.
Summer science experiments and fun
Summer science fun
Make the most of summer with two hands-on experiments from scientist Michelle Dickinson, perfect for long lazy days of uninterrupted sunshine. Make...
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29 fantastic activities for the February 2020 half term holidays
Go exploring with Pippi Longstocking, learn how to defend the Tower of London armed with a sword, and even whip up a batch of elephant toothpaste...
Christmas Crystal Trail at the Lion Salt Works Museum
101 fantastic activities for the Christmas 2020 school holidays
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – and despite it being a little different this year, there are still plenty of fun and educational...
Best books for children for Christmas 2017
Best books for children for Christmas 2017
Invest in a stack of books to pile up under the tree to guarantee a peaceful, adventure-filled festive break for the whole family. Whatever your...
River & Rowing Museum
Museums reviewed by parents: River & Rowing Museum
Mess about on the river at the family-friendly River & Rowing Museum and explore the many faces and functions of the River Thames. Our family...
Summer holiday stages
39 stages all parents go through in the summer holidays
Love them or loathe them, the school holidays are here – so how are you going to get through them?
Summer Reading Challenge
13 reasons to join the Summer Reading Challenge
Want to keep your child reading over the summer? We take a look at how the popular library Summer Reading Challenge can help.
Happy family summer holiday
How to have your best summer ever with the kids
Does the thought of six weeks with your children fill you with dread or delight? Try these low-budget, big-fun tips for making the most of the school...
Invisible Circus at Brunel's SS Great Britain
101 fantastic activities for the summer 2019 school holidays
Strike up a conversation with a chatbot, compete against King Henry VIII and even have a go at heart surgery on a real heart (yes, really) – we’ve...
Child sneezing
Hay fever in school-age children
Sports day and outdoor play can be miserable for children with a pollen allergy. We asked Amena Warner from Allergy UK for her advice on tackling hay...
Best Easter books for kids
Best Easter books for children
British children receive an average of five Easter eggs each year, with 29% of kids getting more than 10! We say it's time to replace some of...
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101 fantastic activities for the Easter 2019 school holidays
It's time to expect the unexpected this holiday, so get ready to sing and dance like a pirate, uncover the mysteries of Leonardo da Vinci's...
Costume-making kit for parents
18 must-have costume-making supplies for World Book Day and beyond
Never again will you be caught out by a last-minute outfit request from your primary school child with these craft basics. Stock up today!
Best Christmas books for kids 2016
16 of the best new books for children for Christmas 2016
Guarantee that plenty of reading will be done over the Christmas break by investing in a pile of books for your child to find under the tree....
Best Halloween books for kids
Best Halloween books for children
Witches and werewolves and vampires, oh my! Help your child get into the Halloween spirit with our round-up of the best ghost stories, haunted-house...
Parents' resolutions for 2017
Primary school parents' resolutions for the New Year
The start of a new year is the perfect time to reflect on what we could do differently in the 12 months ahead. Here are our resolutions for the year...
Child making a Christmas card
16 truths about being a primary school parent at Christmas
'Tis the season to be jolly – but if you've got a child at primary school, the Christmas period can be a month-long feat of endurance. Good...
Gingerbread family
Surviving the festive season: parents' tips for SEN kids
Christmas crowds, lights, smells and lack of routine can make the holidays a challenging time for autistic children. Help keep the whole family happy...
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The best charity clubs for kids
A charity membership is a great gift idea for your primary school child that will keep entertaining them – and helping others – all year round. From...
Christmas books for children 2015
16 of the best new books for children for Christmas 2015
Looking for the perfect books for your child to find under the tree? Whatever their interests or reading ability, there's a fantastic selection...
Christmas books 2014
14 of the best new books for children for Christmas 2014
You'll be spoilt for choice choosing new books for 4-11 year olds this Christmas. As well as the blockbusters in every bookshop window (welcome...
Maths Week dressing up costumes
No-sew mathematical costumes for Maths Week
A Maths Week costume?!? Don’t get your numbers in a twist! Non-crafty mum Phoebe Doyle’s on hand with some no-sew, no-stress ideas.
Summer learning activities
5 learning activities for summer weather
Summer is finally here! Make that wonderful, warm globe of loveliness in the sky into a fantastic learning aid with our hands-on activities, perfect...
Best teachers' gifts UK
Best teachers' gifts
A teacher can change a child's life – and attitude to learning – forever. We've found some of the most original (and delicious) ways to say...
Girl and daffodils - spring learning activities
6 learning activities for spring weather
Welcome the new season with these spring children's activity ideas from Juno Hollyhock from Learning through Landscapes. Wellies on, gloves off...
World Book Day costumes to buy
Brilliant costumes to buy for World Book Day
No time to put a World Book Day costume together? Buy one of these fantastic, budget-fitting outfits that your child will want to wear again after...
Primary school gardening projects
Growing to achieve at school
Gardening is part of the National Curriculum framework, so it's vital children understand plants. They'll cover the science in the...
Christmas books 2013
14 of the best new books for children for Christmas 2013
Start a new tradition of reading in front of the tree on the evening of 25 December with these brilliant new books for 4-11 year olds. From thrillers...
Boy building with blocks
Best construction toys for kids
Want to develop your child’s problem-solving skills, understanding of physics and fine motor control (essential for handwriting)? Time to get out the...
Educational toys: Ubooly
100 of the best educational toys: EYFS
Learning toys that are packed with play value, too, our 100 best educational toy picks will help your child identify numbers and letters, learn their...
Educational toys: Moonscope
100 of the best educational toys: KS2
Your child will be having so much fun playing these games they won't even realise they're practising their times tables, improving their...
Hoberman Sphere: educational toys
100 of the best educational toys: stocking fillers
Don't forget the stockings! These little toys and games are the perfect size to slip in, yet still offer plenty of educational opportunity....
Brain games: educational toys
100 of the best educational toys: KS1
These games and toys consolidate early reading skills, help with simple maths calculations, boost strategic thinking and even introduce your KS1...
Autumn learning activities
7 learning activities for autumn weather
Do you remember diving into a pile of crisp, golden autumn leaves? Collecting conkers? Walking through first-frost grass and feeling it crackle under...