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15 Christmas Inspired Pretend Play Ideas

15 Christmas Inspired Pretend Play Ideas

It's no secret that my children love pretend play so today I have gathered together 15 fun and fabulous, Christmas inspired pretend play ideas for those children who love to imagine and pretend. Some are small world ideas and others are larger, themed dramatic play spaces but all of them are simple … [Read more...]

20 Classic Chapter Books to Read with 5-8 Year Olds

20 classic chapter books for 5-8 year olds

Following on from the very popular 50 Classic Picture Books to Read with Children list, today I am sharing 20 Classic Chapter Books and story collections as shared by friends of the Childhood 101 Facebook page. These are the books that we loved as children (this selection is of books published prior … [Read more...]

10 Christmas Decorations Kids Can Make

10 Christmas Decorations Kids Can Actually Do

I see so many great Christmas craft ideas on Pinterest and Facebook that I get excited about crafting with my girls but then I give myself a reality check and remember that they are only young and so I really need to stick to simple things that they can do, without too much help from me. I … [Read more...]

Gingerbread Rice Sensory Small World

Gingerbread rice sensory small world

My favourite festive scent has to be GINGERBREAD so when this week's Christmas Sensory Play Ideas challenge rolled around and the theme was SMELL, I just knew that gingerbread would need to feature in our idea. And feature it most definitely did! Check out our fun Gingerbread Rice Sensory Small … [Read more...]

The 12 Days of Simple Family Christmas Traditions

12 Days of Family Christmas Traditions

This post is sponsored by BIG W. One of the things I love about Christmas is my children’s sense of wonder and unabashed joy at sharing in all of our little family traditions. From the moment we set up our tree their excitement is palpable - I just want to soak it up and bottle it as I know they … [Read more...]

Christmas Tree Spelling Quiz

Word Games for Kids: Christmas Spelling Quiz. Fun for early readers.

As part of her weekly homework routine Immy (who's now 6 1/2 and in first grade) has a list of spelling words to revise each night and on Thursday nights she has a mini test, where I call out the spelling list words for her to write. For some time now we have been pretending that I am a game show … [Read more...]

Popstick Christmas Tree Garland

Popstick Christmas Tree Garland Christmas Craft for Kids

What do you do when your child is loving a Christmas craft so much that they want to make more and more??? Let them make a whole collection and then string them up as a Christmas garland! That's exactly what happened with these simple Popstick Christmas Trees. These Popstick Christmas Trees really … [Read more...]

How to Make Christmas (and New Years) Crackers

How to make Christmas crackers

In today's post the wonderful Kate from The Craft Train shares a fabulous tutorial for making festive crackers to celebrate both Christmas and New Years. In my family homemade crackers at Christmas time are a bit of a tradition. We've made them every year for a while now, and it's not just … [Read more...]