Creatively Exploring Nature with Willow and Wild

Willow and Wild Subscription boxes. January 2019 edition

With so much tech and access to kids TV on demand it can be easy to get caught indoors. We are very lucky to live near a beach and a National Park which provide plenty of opportunities to get outside but even then it can become too familiar so I love to look for new ideas and inspiration. When I spotted a subscription box called Willow and Wild Box which offers nature inspired fun and learning I was very keen to learn more.

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Best Educational Christmas Gift Guide for 3-8 Year Olds

Blackboard with Educational Christmas Gifts written on with 2 snowflakes. Wrapped Christmas presents around the outside.

I love Christmas! One of my favourite things about this time of year is being able to thank those around me by buying them presents which I know they will love. I have always put a lot of thought into what I choose to gift people. Now that we have J, I have to be even more organised because his birthday is in December. I have to find the best presents to last him for the next 12 months and therefore I do a lot of research so that I get it right. I love to try to find a balance of gifts for him. I aim to have something that he would choose; something to wear; a book; a game; something educational; something to make or create; something to encourage being active; something to treasure forever.


When I started to search for the perfect educational gift I realised just how many amazing products there are on the market for kids so I created this ‘Educational Christmas Gift Guide for 3-8 year olds’ to show you what I think are the BEST educational products available this year. Every single one of these educational Christmas presents I either have already, or I will be buying them for J this year.

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Skerryvore: A Book Review

Skerryvore front cover section. 2 children stood in front of a house. Sepia.

Skerryvore, the first book of the Dark Net series, is a gripping historical fantasy novel written by Lee Williams. Full of twists, turns and intrigue this book is hard to put down and will be a great addition to your teens book shelf.


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How to Teach World War 1 to Kids

Photo taken from the ground looking up at poppies

100 years on from the end of World War 1 it is increasingly difficult for our children to relate to what day to day life was like in 1914-18, let alone life in the trenches. The further removed we become from this time, the easier it is to consider events as something out of a book, film or even a computer game. However, it is so important to continue to pass on the knowledge of the past so we don’t forget the lessons it taught us. So how do we teach WW1 to our children?

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Easy Preschool Maths At Home

old fashioned toy till for preschool maths activity.

It is really simple to include preschool learning in your daily play at home with no extra resources and no preparation work. For busy parents this is great news! I am constantly full of guilt at not having enough time to do awesome activities with J while my self care goes out of the window. With these easy preschool maths activities I can feel better about doing some focused learning play with J and have time in the evening to veg in front of the TV or indulge in reading a book. A definite win win situation!


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