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the team here. See the ad on page 4 for more information. If you miss an issue of Chatterbox you can now read the magazine at : On behalf of all the team I‘d like to wish all our readers and advertisers who have supported us over the last year a very happy Christmas and a peaceful new year.

This issue is all about being creative, whether that‘s by cooking, painting, or making up your own stories. We were inspired by all the wonderful craftsmen and women in our area, you can see lots of examples of their work on our special local gift guide on page 14. Also in this issue we have a very special Christmas bedtime story written by Jodie and illustrated by another talented local artist, Lianne Mellor. You can see Lianne‘s pretty pottery at her website, and if you like her drawings for the story you can Fran’s beautiful baby boy with his big sister buy one of them with all money raised going to the Bluebell Wood Children‘s Hospice whose staff and patients are our very special Chatterbox stars for this issue on page 36. PS. We‘d also like to say congratulations to If they weren‘t enough we have 2 pages of Fran on the birth of her beautiful baby boy! crafts from Lisa, more recipes from Angela, and Helen Rutter this issue writes about her own hilarious Christmas-past. What’s in this issue: Don‘t forget to send us an email with your answer to the competition question on page 5 What‘s On 4, you could win vouchers worth £50. 9 Fun places to get creative in Sheffield Sadly this issue we are saying goodbye to a 11 Christmas Time: Hormones and Wine few long-standing faces at Chatterbox 12 Five of our favourite festive books who‘ve helped keep the magazine going all 14 Local gift guide this time. Ruth, Stephanie, and Hilary are stepping down and the team would like to 16 Winter Warming Recipes thank all of them for their hard work. 18 Bedtime story Which of course means we are looking for 23 Sale and Wants new people to get involved. If you‘d like 24 Playgroups something a bit more interesting to chat 29 Winter craft ideas about over a cup of tea than your babies 36 Chatterbox local star eating and nappy habits you‘d fit in well with

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Chatterbox competition Win £50 worth of vouchers £35 voucher to spend at Silver by Sophie and £15 voucher for Curly Cow design What is the name of Mac’s dog in our bedtime story: Mac’s Best Christmas? For your chance to win simply email us with the answer to the above question, along with your name, address, and contact telephone number by the 7th January to You could spend your vouchers on some beautiful custom made jewellery at Silver by Sophie with your child‘s hand or foot print in the design []. Curly Cow is offering a £15 voucher for their high quality kids clothing that is practical and fun []. 4


Winter What’s On Guide Regular Events Monday

Baby time at Upperthorpe Library 10.30 to 11.30am.


Story time at Walkley Library 2-3pm. Please telephone Deborah Bacon as there is currently a waiting list. Tel 231 2947.


Kino Bambino at the Showroom Cinema. 11am special screenings for parents with babies under the age of 1. For information visit Story time for under 5s at Broomhill Library 2–3pm [term time only]. Crafts and stories. Free - just pop in!

Mon andFriday 1st Mon

Parent life line support group For any parent or carer. Why not come along for an informal chat & coffee with other parents. In our Sheffield Office at 7pm. For information or to book a place please call June on 273 0269.


Baby time at Broomhill Library, 10.00-11.00 [call 0114 273 4276 for details]


Storytime at Hillsborough Library. 2-3

4th Wed.

Coffee morning at Walkley Library, South Road. Tel 231 2947.

2nd Fri.

Baby time at Walkley Library.10.30 to 11.30am, 2nd Friday of the month.

Every 2nd Fri of the month

Stepping Stones at St. Columba‘s Church, Crosspool. 1.45pm—3pm. Group for the under 5s and their carers inc. singing, bible studies, crafts, fun and refreshments. Call Fiona on 07870132 471 for info.


Art craft - Creative craft activities for 3 -10 years, Millennium Galleries. Free, drop in 1–3pm.


Family activity time - Suitable for 3 - 7 years Millennium Galleries, Metalwork Gallery. Free. Drop in from 11.30am -1.30pm or 2 - 4pm.

Every Sat. & Sun.

Discovery time. Weston Park Museum: storytelling, crafts & puzzles. Free. 12.30 - 1.15pm & 2 - 2.45pm. Book 30 minutes before session.

December 3rd—24th Dec

Visit Santa at his North Pole home at the Arctic World gallery in The Weston Park Museum. From the 3rd—18th Saturday 10-5, Sunday 11-5. Then everyday from the 19th-24th Dec, 10-5. £5 per child includes gift.

3rd and 4th Dec

Victorian Christmas Market at Kelham Island Museum. 10-7pm. Children free adults £5. Visit for full details.

3rd Dec

Heeley City Farm Winter Festival. Free admission inc. Santa‘s grotto, Christingle making activity, raffle, tombola, craft stalls and activities. 11-4pm.

4th and 11th Dec

Abbeydale Miniature Railway. Admission charges apply for full details visit

4th Dec

Festival of Light at St Luke’s Hospice. Inc. brass band music and singing. 6pm. See website for details 5

WHAT‘S ON 4th Dec

King Edward VII School Christmas Fair and Car boot sale, Darwin Lane, Sheffield. 10.30-2pm.

17th Dec

Christmas Wreath making with children’s crafts and activities at The General Cemetery, Cemetery Av, off Ecclesall Road. 1-3pm.

10th and 17th Dec

Traditional Tree Decorations at the Millenium Gallery. Have a go at making traditional pomanders, wreaths, and salt dough angels to trim your tree. 11-3. £3 perchild, no need to book.

Weekends in Dec then everyday from 19th24th.

Christmas fun at the Tropical Butterfly House, Anston. Visit Father Christmas, cosy stables, meet friendly farm animals, see the manger, and take a magical sleigh ride to meet Father Christmas. 10-5, normal admission prices apply. See website for full details.

10th Dec

Wildlife Watch Group at Weston Park Museum. Explore the outdoors and have fun getting close to wildlife. Young children should be accompanied by an adult. 111pm. To book tel. 263 4335.

10th Dec

Festive fun at Norfolk Heritage Centre. Inc. community stalls, Christmas crafts, Santa‘s grotto, carols with the Salvation Army. 11-3pm. Nearest tram stop Arbourthorne Road.

10th Dec

An audience with Victorian Father Christmas, at Brodsworth Hall and Gardens near Doncaster, see English Heritage website for more information. Booking essential call 01302 722598 for tickets and information.

9th– 11th Dec

A Magical Christmas at Sheffield Botanical Gardens. Inc. illuminations, Christmas music, traditional children‘s rides, miniature steam train ride and enchanted fairies. 4.30pm-8.30pm. Entry is £6 for adults and £1 for children. Tel. 0114 273 6433 for more info.

12th Dec and 23rd Jan and 6th Feb

Buggy Brigade at Hillsborough Park. A stroll with your baby / toddler in their pram followed by soft play and refreshments inside. Meet at 1.30pm.

18th Dec

Make christmas decorations and wreaths from natural materials at Ecclesall Woods Discovery Centre. 1-3pm. £3 contribution per wreath. Contact SW ranger team for info. 2686198.

20th-22nd Dec

Festive fun at Weston Park Museum. Make your own decorations, cards and more. Drop in, booking not necessary. £3 per child accompanying adults free. 113pm.

3rd, 10th and 17th Dec

Nativity Performance in the farmyard at Chatsworth House Derbyshire. Enjoy evening performances starring real animals from the farm yard, pre-book tickets on 01246 565430. Or come and enjoy the daytime nativity performances without booking throughout the Christmas period. See website for details.

3rd , 4th, 10th and 11th Dec

Christmas activities at the Longshaw Estate. Fun, simple decorations to make, Christmas shopping, festive music and meals in the tea room. 10.30-4pm. Booking not necessary, £2 per item to make decorations.

29th Dec

Winter walk at Clumber Park, Worksop. Meet at the main car park [coach park area]. Approx. 2 hours [6-7miles] around the park. Prize for the best fancy dress. 10 -12pm. Tel 01909 544917 for information. 6


Pantomines 9th Dec— 8th Jan

Sleeping Beauty at the Lyceum Theatre, Tudor Sq, Sheffield. Tel. 2789789 for info.

14th Dec7th Jan

Hare and Tortoise at the Crucible Theatre, Tudor Sq, Sheffield. Tel. 2789789.

27th Dec7th Jan

Dick Whittington by the Manor Operatic Society. City Hall, Barkers Pool, Sheffield. Tel. 2789789 for times and ticket information.

Christmas services 11th Dec and 24th Dec

St Columba‘s Church Crosspool. Christingle service at 4pm. Nativity celebration for children and families at 4pm on Christmas Eve.

1th Dec and St John‘s Ranmoor. Christingle service at 4pm. Nativity service 6pm on Christ24th Dec mas Eve. 18th Dec

Christ Church, Endcliffe. Bethlehem in the Botanical Gardens. 2-3.30pm. Enacted nativity where children can come and take part. Refreshments afterwards at the church hall.

24th Dec

Christ Church, Fulwood. Children‘s Carol Service. 3pm.

19th Dec and 24th Dec

Hallam Methodist Church, Christingle service at 6.30pm. Noisy nativity at 4pm on Christmas Eve.

January and February 28th Jan

Celebrate birds in the winter at Crookes Valley Park. Make a bird feeder and box. Meet at the playground, 1-3pm. Contact SW rangers for info tel. 26861906.

4th Feb

Chinese Lantern Festival at Weston Park Museum. See page 9 for more information.

15th Feb

Family scrapbooking at the Millenium Gallery. Make something inspired by your family. 11-1pm. Drop in, bring a picnic.

13th-17th Feb

Knights and Princesses at Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire. See English Heritage website for information.

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Getting Out and Getting Creative in Sheffield Winter has arrived. A blanket of snow lies on the ground and your child/ children are running around in circles pretending to be steam trains or firemen, writes Karen. The nee-na, nee-na is getting louder and louder, and the hoot of the train is getting more persistent. It is time to get creative! The thought of paint splatters on the kitchen floor and bright red finger prints on your cupboard doors is enough of a deterrent for some parents to want to undertake messy craft elsewhere! No fear, there are several places to let your tots get creative. A craft cafe, Fired Arts offers pottery painting, mosaic, hand and foot printing and a new exciting craft known as Decopatch. This is where patterned material is glued onto any surface such as photo frames, boxes or even papier-mache to create a beautiful effect. A great place for a paint party is Planet Pot where kids can let their creative juices flow. A wide range of pottery can be painted including cups, plates and photo frames - making great gifts for mums, dads and grandparents! Weston Park Museum is a superb place for toddlers to explore and play. There are several craft activities that are run throughout the year there. Little explorers art time runs twice monthly and other events including sideshow science can be found at: http:// Millennium Gallery also hosts a wide range of activities for families including making finger puppets, lunchtime craft and family art day. More ideas of places to visit: As the lights sparkle in house windows and tinsel twinkles around the tree it can only be Christmas!! Most libraries in the Sheffield area Save on your tree decorations by joining in on craft run craft groups, check listings for th activities at the Millennium Gallery on the 10 and details. They also have comprehen17th December. They also have a whole range of sive craft and activity sections for ideas and craft activities to get creative children inspiration. inspired the week before Christmas. It can only be the fabulous Weston Park. Hobbytime and Stickyfingers [see ads for information] run great craft Chinese New Year is to be celebrated in style at groups for toddlers. Weston Park on the 21st and 22nd of January 2012. A range of free activities is planned including ChiIf you have can‘t find anything locally nese food, drink tasting, kite making, Chinese invite friends over for informal craft dances, Tai Chi, puppet workshop and much, much sessions get inspiration from blogs more. Further oriental craft is planned on the14th and websites [see pages 29 to 32 for and 16th of February. more ideas.]

Weston Park Museum


Would you like to be able to communicate more effectively with your baby? If so, why not give baby sign language a try? Ten week courses run on Fridays by a practicing midwife, who is also Level 3 British Sign Language qualified (Weekend classes starting soon).

All course materials provided and yours to keep. Only ÂŁ5 a class. For more information please contact Carrie: Call: 07561 534 810, Email: Visit: 10


Christmas Time: Hormones and Wine By Helen Rutter Last Christmas we hosted and cooked for 18 members of our nearest and dearest. These included my divorced parents and stepmother, my lesbian sister-in-law and her new and quite publicly affectionate partner, the incredibly Victorian inlaws who could not hide their disapproval for their daughter‘s ―new friend‖. Our 90-year-old Christian next-door neighbours, who were more than confused by the family tree spread out in front of them. Aunties, uncles and cousins all with their own particular quirks, including various degrees of OCD, alcoholism and depression led to what ended up being a peculiar and chaotic but surprisingly wonderful day. One particular Aunt spoke to me, in detail, no less than 8 times about how, in her opinion, our bowls were entirely the wrong shape to fit anywhere satisfactorily in the dishwasher, and the conversation around the dinner table included why our bin was always full and whether or not we feed our dog enough. (The general consensus being that we couldn‘t possibly. Why would he need to steal so much food if we weren‘t clearly starving him to death? Our cries of ―because he is a dog‖ going completely unheard). Weirdly these judgments on our clearly hopeless and poorly organised existence did not take away from my enjoyment of the day. The sheer cacophony of inane chatter and casual critism seemed to cancel out my reaction to it. Seeing family members muddling along on their various spectrums made me feel almost normal, it was like speed dating in a psychiatric hospital. What I realised was that having Comedy for Mums. other peoples‘ eccentricities to over-shadow your own is actually quite useful at Christmas, which is Helen also performs a comedy show a time where one‘s own lunacy will undoubtedly for mums. rear its ugly head. Even though the potatoes were like lumps of coal, the dog stole and ate the Christmas pudding and great auntie Barbara kept inexplicably bursting into tears; I think I want to do it again! This Christmas however I will have recently given birth. The question is, will sleep deprivation, a new baby and the emotional rollercoaster that accompany early motherhood mean that I am the one weeping over the cheese board? If anyone mentions the underfed pooch this year it could be a very different story, I could end up crying and lactating in the camper van on the drive with the dog, a baby, an overdone nut roast and far too many hormones. 11

'Gas and Hot Air' is an hour long, daytime show about pregnancy, childbirth and early motherhood. Performed by actress and mum Helen Rutter in comedy clubs and small theatres, written during breastfeeding, sleepless nights and copious amounts of weight watchers cake. Babies under one are welcomed with open arms as long as they can't move much and don't mind a bit of fruity language. For more information on venues and tickets contact Helen.


Five Favourite Wintery Stories If you‘re stuck for last minute gift ideas, or just fancy snuggling with your little one and reading a really good book, here are our pick of 5 of the best! Selected by Jodie.

Harry and the Snow King, by Ian Whybrow/ Adrian Reynolds There‘s just enough snow for Harry to build a very small snow king. But then the snow king disappears – who‘s kidnapped him? From the Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs collection.

A Tale From Percy’s Park: One Snowy Night, by Nick Butterworth Percy the park keeper always feeds the animals in the park where he lives. But one cold winter‘s night Percy discovers that his little friends need more than food and he must find a way to help them.

The Night Before Christmas, by Clement Clarke Moore Every Christmas Eve brings with it hushed anticipation and wonder. A Christmas classic, this is a story of this magical night, when children around the world await the arrival of the gifts that symbolise all the warmth and love of Christmas.

Snow Bears, by Martin Waddell/ Sarah Fox-Davies Imagine - three little bears, a game of snowballs, and hot toast by an open fire. These are the magical ingredients brought together in this family game of play and pretence.

Father Christmas needs a wee! By Nicholas Allan On Christmas Eve every child leaves out a drink and a snack for Father Christmas. Before long he really, really needs a wee, but what can he do about it? A fun book to read with little ones! 12



Local Gift Guide At Chatterbox we‘d much prefer to buy local whenever we can and some of our favourite gift ideas are right here on our doorstep. For more inspiration head to the new Nichols Building on Shalesmoor []. Compiled by Amy.

Recycled cardboard wall hearts, from £8, Canvas artwork [can be personalised], from £24,

Mice baby cup and bowl set, £25,

Unique gift of your child‘s hand or foot print in silver, from £25, [bracelet shown £60],

Hand-made dress from £34.95,

Fun kids cushions, from £14,


Bespoke handmade cookie, from £2.95,



Cut-out and keep: Winter Warming Recipes Meatballs with a Hidden Veggie Sauce The secret to this recipe is to blend the vegetables together to make a thick tasty sauce; it intensifies the flavour and is also a winner to help fussy children eat vegetables, writes Angela. Ingredients (Serves 4 adults) Meatballs Use shop bought meatballs and follow the instructions or if you are adventurous make your own using minced beef, herbs and spices but remember to chill them for 30 minutes before cooking to hold them together. Pasta - Spaghetti 100g (3.5 oz per person) Sauce 2 large Onions 2 Carrots 1 Courgette 1 400g Tinned Tomatoes 1 Can of Sweetcorn Squirt of tomato ketchup Handful of fresh chopped Basil leaves or dried herbs Seasoning – pepper to taste Splash of olive oil Grated Cheese (optional) To make 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Chop up and dice the vegetables into small pieces Fry the vegetables gently in a little olive oil until soft Add the tinned sweetcorn, tomatoes, ketchup and herbs Pour into a blender and whisk or whisk using a hand blender until smooth Grill the meatballs and mix in with the cooked sauce and stir into the spaghetti Serve with grated cheese on top and enjoy

Keira, George, Maddie and Ellie digging into their meatballs! 16

EATING IN Apple Crumble Cake Bars Winter is often full of fruit crumbles so here is a creative twist on the typical apple crumble. Ingredients 175g (6oz) margarine 175g (6oz) caster sugar 175g (6oz) Self raising flour 3 eggs 2 tsp vanilla extract 2 large cooking apples (if not in season – granny smiths are a good alternative) Topping (75g) 3oz dark brown sugar e.g. muscavado (75g) 3oz unsalted butter (75g) 3oz plain flour To make 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Keira enjoys helping Mum in the kitchen

Preheat the oven 180c (160c fan oven), Gas Mark 4, 350F Grease and line a square baking tray 21cm (8 inch) x 21cm (8 inch) To make the crumble topping put the ingredients in a bowl and mix using finger tips until it looks like breadcrumbs For the cake whisk together the margarine and sugar beat in each egg separately Sieve the flour and fold together with the vanilla extract Pour the mixture into the cake tin Peel and grate the apples over the cake mixture Sprinkle over the crumble topping and bake for 50-60 minutes

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Mac’s Best Christmas by Jodie Thake Illustrations by Lianne Mellor Mac woke up very early. It was still dark, but he jumped out of bed and peeked behind his digger curtains. ―Mum! Dad! It‘s snowing!‖ It was the Saturday before Christmas, and Dad had promised to take him to Christmas Tree Farm. Mum stayed at home because she was quite tired. Mac was going to have a baby brother or sister soon. ―Inca, would you like to come with us?‖ Inca barked, and wagged her tail furiously. So Dad, Mac and Inca set off for Christmas Tree Farm. Mac had never seen so many Christmas trees! Huge ones, some with twinkly lights on, but Inca liked the baby trees the best. She ran round and round them in the snow, shaking her coat when she got too wet under a snowfall. Mac scooped some up and played snowballs with her. They were having such a good time when Dad‘s phone rang. ―Hello love, are you okay?‖ It was Mum. ―Dad, Dad? Can we get this one? Dad!‖ Mac shouted. But Dad wasn‘t listening. ―Mac, I‘m sorry darling, we‘ve got to go. Come on Inca, you too. Let‘s race to the car!‖ Mac didn‘t want to go. He‘d found a really big tree and wanted to take it home. But Dad said they had to go quickly because Mum was having a baby!


BEDTIME STORY SPECIAL ―Good luck!‖ Grandma called, as Dad drove off to pick up Mum. She put her arm round Mac as they went inside. Inca raced through their legs and into the snowy back garden. Mac followed her. ―I don‘t want Christmas to come this year, Inca. Christmas is rubbish.‖ Inca whined, and lay at Mac‘s feet. Mac had sent Father Christmas a letter asking for a new baby brother, but he knew he wouldn‘t get one if they didn‘t have a tree to put him under. Even though Grandma made Mac his favourite treacle sponge, he was still fed up. He wished he was at home, decorating the Christmas tree with Dad. ―Right, come on,‖ said Grandma ―we can‘t just sit here feeling sorry for ourselves. We‘ve got a tree to decorate!‖ ―But we haven‘t got a tree, Grandma.‖ Mac reminded her. ―Yes I can see that Mac, but I know a place we can get one!‖ And with that, Grandma, Mac and Inca trod carefully through the snow to the bus stop at the end of Grandma‘s road. ―Two for Christmas Tree Farm, please!‖ Inca barked, and jumped on too. ―So, can you remember which one was yours, Mac?‖ ―It was this one, Grandma!‖ Mac beckoned her over after he and Inca had run ahead. Mr Woods, the owner of Christmas Tree Farm, was just putting a special wrapper around the tree when Grandma spotted a problem. ―Oh, I‘ve just had a thought. How on Earth will we get the tree home, Mac? I don‘t think we‘ll be allowed on the bus with it!‖ Just then Inca raced over to a glossy red tractor sitting outside Mr Woods‘ office. It had silver tinsel wrapped around its big black steering wheel. ―Rrruff! Rrrrruff!‖ ―Inca, what a brilliant idea!‖ Mac cheered. ―Oh pleeease Grandma, please Mr Woods! Can we take our tree home on the tractor? Please?!‖ Mac told Mr Woods all about how Mum was having a baby and how that meant they couldn‘t get their tree earlier. ―Go on, hop on then!‖ Mr Woods said, ―It is Christmas after all! We‘ll have a job to get you all on AND the tree, but let‘s give it a go!‖ and he helped Grandma up onto the shiny red tractor. Inca jumped on the back.


BEDTIME STORY SPECIAL The attic hatch made a loud creaking sound. It smelled musty and everything up there was dusty. ―I know they‘re here somewhere!‖ Grandma and Mac searched all the boxes for Christmas decorations. They hadn‘t noticed Inca had found a really long piece of sparkly stuff to play with. ―Good work Inca, you‘ve found them!‖ The tinsel was at the top of the box with all the baubles in. Beneath were a string of lights, all tangled up and some with bulbs missing. Grandma said that didn‘t matter. She would untangle them and make sure they all worked, while Mac and Inca hung the baubles and decorated the tree. They had so much fun. Mac didn‘t want Christmas to be cancelled anymore. Grandma had wrapped the twinkly lights all the way from the bottom of the tree to the very top, where there was a big shiny star. Just then, the phone rang. Grandma sounded excited, ―Mac it‘s for you! It‘s Dad.‖ ―Hello Mac, guess what? You‘ve got a new baby brother. Just what you wanted!‖ Suddenly, it was the best Christmas Mac had ever had! And he couldn‘t wait to show his new baby brother, Harry, their really big sparkly Christmas tree.


Chatterbox would like to dedicate Mac‘s Best Christmas to the brave children of Bluebell Wood Children‘s Hospice. Lianne Mellor [] has kindly donated the illustrations from the story to help raise money for the hospice. You can buy one of the original drawings with all money going directly to the hospice. Simply send an email to with your request, and we‘ll let you know asap if you have been successful. Prices are listed below: PAGE 18: DAD, MAC AND INCA £30 UNFRAMED PAGE 18: MAC AND INCA WITH CHRISTMAS TREES £30 UNFRAMED PAGE 19: SAD MAC £25 UNFRAMED PAGE 19: RED TRACTOR £40 UNFRAMED PAGE 20: INCA AND TINSEL £25 UNFRAMED The pictures are approx A3 size. 20

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Sales and Wants

FREE ADVERTISING! Advertise your baby or children's toys or equipment for free in the next edition of Chatterbox. Contact Lorna at by the 7th January. Remember to include your phone number and/or email address. Mothercare Stairgate, including all fittings and instructions, £5. Fisher Price Little People house and people/ bed etc- as new, £5. Contact Lisa (Crosspool) 2687388 Mamas & Papas Blossom Butterfly Rocker in pink. Excellent condition, £20. Mamas & Papas Barnaby Button cot bumper. Excellent condition, £8. Mamas & Papas Barnaby Button Capria Bouncing Vibrating Chair. Full working order. Excellent condition, £10. Fisher-Price Bounce and Spin Zebra. Full working order. Excellent condition, £20. ELC Red Wooden Toddle Truck with 15 colourful wooden building bricks. Excellent condition, £12. Prince Lionheart Slumber Bear Plus in cream. Complete in original box. The ultimate back-to-sleep aid with multi function soundbox that plays womb sounds, lullabies, ocean waves and white noise. Full working order. Excellent condition, £10. Contact N Frost 0114 2683133 or email Washable nappies complete kit suitable from birth to potty-training. Kit contains 20 Onelife/Mother-ease cotton nappies with removable booster pads, 1 small totsbots wrap, 6 medium Mother-ease wraps, 4 large Mother-ease wraps, 2 extra large Mother-ease wraps, 1 nappy bucket with lid and 1 laundry bag/bucket liner, £60 o.n.o. Contact Nik on 0114 2313640 or email


Pink/orange/blue 3-wheeled scooter with flashing lights – Good condition, £5. 3 wheel buggy, excellent for ―off roading‖. Hardly used (£50 new), £20. Fisher Price ―Little People‖ First Dolls House with sounds, moving parts and figures (complete), £5. Caboodle Active changing bag, black. Cross-body strap, lots of pockets and compartments. Includes changing mat. Excellent condition, £5. VTech Disney Princess Talk & Teach Telephone – fully working, VGC £4. MegaSketcher – ELC. Includes 4x shape stamps £2 Fifi. Includes 4x shape stamps, £2. Shopping Trolley – yellow/red. Would suit 2-4 year olds, £2. Contact Caroline or John on: 0114 221 8588 or email 2 Stokke Tripp Trapp child‘s chairs. Can be used as they are from when a child can sit and stay put and will grow with the child. Can buy a child support attachment that will allow use from approx 9 months. One blue and one red. £30 each. Large bag Duplo (approx 100 pieces), £10. Large collection of plastic knights with 3 Knight horses. Also a Play mobile Knights set. Virtually unused and in new condition, £15. Bag of large plastic ELC animals (12), £5. Ikea Trofast pine frames (2) Ikea catalogue number 000.636.72 and 4 plastic boxes. Will need more boxes to fill both units, £20. Contact Claire on 07980937378.

Playgroups Children can be left unaccompanied at playgroup sessions from the age of 2 to 3 depending on the playgroup. We suggest you put your child‘s name on the waiting list as soon as they are 2. Please help us keep this list up-to-date by telling us about any new local groups or changes to the groups below by contacting Lorna at Crosspool Community PreSchool

Lydgate Infant School, Lydgate Lane (use own entrance). Every day sessions run from 8.45 – 11.45am and from 12.15 – 3.15. For more details contact Lauren on 268 3444.

Endcliffe Playgroup

Endcliffe Methodist Church, Ecclesall Rd (use Neill Road Entrance). Mon, Wed and Thurs from 9am to 11.30am. Free Early Learning places for over 3‘s. Contact Gina on 2670630.

Fulwood Play Group

Christ Church Youth Centre, Canterbury Avenue. Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri. 9.15am to 11.45am. Call Fiona on 263 2603.

Rivelin Playgroup

Rivelin Primary School, Morley Street, Hillsborough. Weds, Thurs and Fri. 9.15 – 11.15am. From 2 years +. For more details contact Megan on 07761 348993.

St. Columba’s Playgroup

St. Columba‘s Church, Manchester Rd, Mon & Wed, 9.30am – 11.30am. A traditional playgroup from 2 years to 4+. Contact Elaine on 30 5296.

Slinn Street Starters

Small independent community Preschool with garden in Crookes . Held Mon, Wed , Fri from 9.15 to 11.30 .for 2 1/2 to 4 year olds . Contact Gill on 2666346 or visit during sessions.

Stepping Stones, Broomhall

Jesus Centre, 93 Broomspring Lane (just off Hanover Way), Broomhall. Fridays 10am-12 noon (term time). Arts & crafts, snacks, songs & storytime. All free, all welcome! Contact Kat Jackson

St. Thomas’ Nursery

Nairn Street, Crookes. Held from 9am to 1pm on Mon, Tues & Fri. 9am to 3pm sessions available on Wed and Thurs. Registered to take Nursery grants. Contact Helen on 07791614910 or

Wisewood Community PreSchool

Wisewood Primary, Ben Lane, S6 4SD. Mon. – Thurs. 9-3pm and Fri. 9-12noon. From 2 ½ yrs. Contact Katie 234 3304.

Trinity Pre-School

United Reformed Church, Ecclesall Road. Held Tues & Weds from 9.45am to 11.45am.

For a list of Nurseries that provide full and part-time childcare, please contact the Children’s Information Service on 275 6699 24

Parent & Toddler /Baby Groups Please help us to keep this list up-to-date by letting us know of any new groups in the area, or changes to existing groups. Any changes or new groups, contact Lorna at: Allsorts Parent & Toddler Group

St Stephen‘s Church, Fawcett St. Netherthorpe, Tues. 1-2.45pm. Contact Helen 275 1480.


St Stephen Church, Fawcett Street, S3. Sat. 1-3pm. Russian speaking, ages 0-12. Contact Olga on 07726971900.

Crosspool Baby Group

The Beacon Methodist Church @ Stephen Hill, Manchester Rd. Tues. 10 – 11.30am term-time. For Bumps, Babies and Bairns. Contact Deacon Jan 230 1338 or Mavis 230 4152.

Fir Street

Walkley Community Centre, Walkley, Wed. 9.45 -11.15 am Contact Chloe 2346877.

First Step Toddler Group

Walkley Ebenezer Church, Greenhow St, Tues. 1-3pm and Thurs. 10-noon. Contact Margaret on 2349083 or Freda on 2311148.

Fulwood Toddler Group

Christ Church, Canterbury Ave. Mon., Wed. & Thurs. 10-11.30 am. Contact Carolyn on 230 8423.

Fulwood Babygroup

Christ Church, Canterbury Ave. Thurs. 10.30am-midday (mums-to-be welcome). Contact Church Office on 2301911.

Fulwood Men Behaving Dadly

Christ Church, Canterbury Ave. 3rd Sat. of each month, 10am – midday. Bacon butties and coffee for dads with playtime for 0 – 6s. Contact Rob on 2295637.

Hampdon View Baby & Toddlers

Hampdon View Church, Greaves St, Langsett Estate, Mon. 10-11.30am. Contact Anne-Marie on 233 4852.

Japanese Play Group

‗Nihongo-do Asobo‘. Walkley Community Centre, Sun. 11am-1pm. For anyone interested in Japanese language and culture. Contact Yuki on 222 8449.

Jubilee Tots

City Church Jubilee Centre, Wilson Road, S11. Mon. & Tues. 10-11.30am. Contact 268 2555.

Les Puces

St Polycarps Church Hall, Loxley Rd, S6. For children with at least 1 parent with French as 1st language. Meet monthly. Contact Elizabeth on 230 3759.

Les Petits Poissons

Walkley Community Centre, French speaking playgroup 0-12yrs, Fri. 3.30 – 5.30pm. Parents/carers should have a good level of spoken French. Contact Sylvie on 220 1508.


Hallam Methodist Church, Nether Green, Tue 10.30–midday. For Mums-to-be & new Mums/carers with babies. Contact Jo on 230 7073.

Music Zone

Music group with action songs, rhymes, movement, & instruments for children age 1-4+. St Mark‘s Church, Broomhill, Fri 10-11am. Contact Ben on 07812456984.

Se habla español en Sheffield

Old Junior School , South View Road S7. Saturdays 11:30 to 1:30. For Spanish speaking children and parents.Contact: 25

Looking to join a Pregnancy Yoga Class? I run a small, friendly yoga classes in the local area & Hathersage.

Pregnancy Yoga Classe s: Sharrow - Tue 18:00 & 19:45 Hathersage - Wed 18:00

Mum & Baby Yoga : Sharrow - Tue 11:00 Handsworth - Wed 11:30 Hathersage - Thurs 14:30

Toddlers & Family Yoga : Sharrow - Fri 11:30

Infant Massage : Hunt ers Bar - Thurs 11:30 All sessions must be booked in advance of attendance

Please contact me, Nicola Harpin on: 07739490143 email



Parent & Toddler/Baby Groups continued Nether Green Nippers

Hallam Methodist Church, Nether Green. 0-3‘s group, Thurs. 10-11.30 am. There is a waiting list. Contact Cassie on 230 7952.

Noah’s Ark Baby & Toddler Groups

Wycliffe Independent Church, Hickmott Rd., Ecclesall. Ages 0-5 with parent/ carer for play, singing, story, craft and home baking. Weds. 9.45-11.15, termtime. Free. Contact Laura on 239 8004.

Noah’s Ark Dad’s Time

Wycliffe Independent Church, Hickmott Rd, Ecclesall. 1st Saturday of every month - 10.30am-12 noon. Age 0-5. Breakfast, story, singing & games. No Charge. Contact Dave on 230 2149.

Playtime Toddler

Phildadelphia Campus Playtime Centre, 6 Gilpin St. Mon.(includes singing and signing), Tues. (women only), Thurs. all 10-11.30am. Contact Church Office on 241 9560.

Playtime Baby Group

Phildadelphia Campus Playtime Centre, 6 Gilpin St. A new group for first-time mums and babies supported by health visitors. Thurs. 2-3.30pm. Contact Church Office on 241 9560.Also toddler groups: Mon.(includes singing and signing), Tues. (women only), Thurs. all 10-11.30am. Contact Church Office on 241 9560.

Primrose Children’s Centre

Sure Start, Creswick Street , S6 2TN. For further information on all the range of groups and activities contact Elizabeth on 07973 478192.


Ranmoor Parish Centre, Ranmoor Park Rd, Wed. 10-11.30am. Contact Parish Centre on 230 1199.


Christ Church Central, Fitzwilliam St, near Devonshire Green. Mon. & Thurs. 10-11.30am Mums–to–be welcome. Contact Claire 07803 930789

Sticky Fingers

Christchurch Endcliffe, St Augustine‘s, Brocco Bank. Thurs. 10–11.30am. Age 0-4s. Waiting list. Contact Helen on 07752 546717.

St. Barts. Toddler Group

St. Bartholomew's Church, Primrose Hill/Burgoyne Rd, Langsett. Wed. 12.302pm. Contact Liz on 285 3075 or Catherine 233 5197.

St. Francis Church

Sandygate Rd, Wed & Thurs 9.30 -11.30am. Contact Lucy on 2687939 or Irena on 2678686.

St. Luke’s Bumps & Babies

Blackbrook Rd, Lodge Moor. Tues. 10-11.30am in church lounge. Contact Linda on 230 8585.

St Luke’s Toddlers

Blackbrook Rd, Lodge Moor. Wed. 10-11.30am. Contact Carolyn on 230 1544 and Fri. 10-11.30am Contact Alex on 07946 582276. Also Wed. 10-11.30am within the Toddler group.

St Thomas’ Dads & U 5’s St Thomas' Tots and Toddlers St Timothy's Sunbeams

Nairn St. Crookes. Sat. 9 –11am all year except Christmas and Easter. Babies to 5 yr olds. Contact via Helen Ward on 267 1090. Nairn St, Crookes. Mon & Fri 10-11.30am. Contact Helen Ward on 2671090.

Weekday Dads

Anytime, Any place, Anywhere!Contact

Wesley Hall Playhour

Wesley Hall Methodist Church, Crookes Road. Wed. term-time only 1011.30am. Contact Lesley on 268 6603.

Slinn St., Crookes. Thurs. 9.45-11.15am. Contact Tracey on 266 1843.




Festive Things to Make Pine Cone Owl A lovely craft idea, to help you get you out and about foraging for Autumn pine cones and leaves, writes Lisa. A good book to read in relation to this would be ‗Owl Babies‘ by Martin Waddell, a popular book in our house.


You will need:

A pine cone (or a collection, and you could make your own owl family) Two leaves Glue Long thin piece of card (long enough to wrap around the pine cone) Two largish circles of white card, two smaller circles of black card, two even smaller circles of white card (for the owl‘s eyes, so the exact size depends on the size of the pine cone) Orange triangle of card for the owl‘s beak Piece of string or ribbon (optional)


1. 5.


How to: Step one: Glue all the circles on top of each other, to make the owl‘s eyes. Step two: Glue the eyes on to the long strip of card, and glue the beak onto the centre of the eyes. Step three: This maybe a little tricky so an adult may need to help. Glue the strip of card, with the eyes on, around the pine cone. Step four: Glue the wings (two leaves) onto the back of the strip of card. Step five: If you would like to make it into a Christmas Tree decoration tie ribbon or string around the top of the pine cone.

Martha with her finished owl decoration! 29


CRAFT TIME Snowman Christmas Tree Decoration You will need:


A piece of ribbon, approx. 70cm long. Tape Felt tips A hole punch (for the adults to use) Two pieces of thick card cut into the shape of a snowman (one on top of each other), approx 12cm high, or instead of card I used some fabric I bought from John Lewis called ‗Vilene 240 extra heavy sew-in‘ which work really well. I bought a 10cm strip and it cost 70p.

How to: Step one: A bit of prep work for the adult helper, (prob best to do all this in advance to avoid the ‗are you ready yet?‘ question or I‘ll do a bit of drawing on the wall whilst I wait situation) hole punch ten holes around the outside of the snowman and wrap some tape around one end of the ribbon (to make it easier to thread) Step two: Draw a nice smiley face on the snowman and a big carrot nose, and don‘t forget the buttons.

Step three: Thread the ribbon through the holes around the snowman, starting at the top, and finishing at the top. Step four: Hang on the tree for all to enjoy.



Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose! The credit crunch [or is it now officially a recession? I forget] may be biting, but in our house it has made us think very carefully about what we throw away, writes Amy. Whereas a few years ago yoghurt pots, cereal boxes and toilet rolls would have gone straight to recycling, now I am more likely to wash them out and pop them in the craft box for use another day. Here are a few ideas of things you can make from everyday items you might otherwise throw away. For more ideas visit,, and  Use clear empty bottles to create ‗sensory bottles‘ by filling them with different liquids or ingredients to explore different textures and sounds. The lids should be closed securely either with a glue gun or similar to guarantee safety, but you could try distilled water with glitter, marbles in shampoo, small toy animals hidden in shredded paper, toy cars in rice, and cut up pipe cleaners that can be moved around with a magnet [see pre-schoolplay.blogspot for more ideas].  A large empty cardboard box can be turned into a shop. You can use real tins and fruit or the plastic variety if you prefer.  Empty toilet rolls can be turned into animals or figures for roll-playing and storytelling.  Empty yoghurt pots or butter cartons with holes punched in the lid can be used to help with fine motor skills as older toddlers can push pompoms [available from craft shops] through the holes.  Empty egg cartons can be repurposed for sorting games. Simply write numbers in the bottom of each hole and ask toddlers to count that number of cheerios or pombears into each one.




Getting Crafty Outside Anyone that has experienced active children will know that you have to dress up warm and venture outside whatever the weather, writes Angela. The cold chill of winter and damp dark days often crush our enthusiasm for going outdoors but whether you head to a local park, garden or walk through the woods here are some ideas to enjoy what winter has to offer.  Go on a scavenger hunt. Find something soft, spiky, a feather, brown, long, round, and bumpy  Create an outdoor picture, use a frame; some string or a hoop and use with conkers, coloured leaves, pine cones, sticks, seed cases etc  Capture your outings with photos taken by your children and make a book  Grab a net and go pond dipping  Encourage tired walkers by waddling like a penguin, stomping like an elephant, wob bling like a jellyfish  Explore holes in trees, talk about what animals could live there  Ask children to lead, choosing the direction and paths  Collect leaves and try leaf printing or painting with sticks  Put out bird feeders, make fat balls and watch the birds and animals arrive  Build snow sculptures, lie down and make snow angels  Create decorations with pinecones, evergreens, holly, combine with ribbon and glitter  Look for frosty or dew covered spider webs and recreate using sparkly string  Make dens with sticks or hide in bushes, many look like gruffalo caves  Brighten up your garden by painting and varnishing large stones


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Chatterbox is run entirely by volunteers. We are all Mums who meet four times a year [sometimes more often for a drink and to share our toddler tales]. Contributions from parents or carers from any section of the community are always welcome. If you‘d like to be involved drop us an email or or call us, details above. Thanks to everyone who helped to compile this issue and those who helped distribute it. Please note: The views expressed in Chatterbox are those of the individual contributors and not necessarily shared by the team.

Chatterbox Connect Have you just moved into the area or stopped work to have a baby? Maybe you have a number of children and still don‘t know anyone living nearby? We hope that we can help—ring one of the numbers below and we will endeavour to put you in touch with someone local to you.




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Chatterbox Local Stars at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice Bluebell Wood Children‘s Hospice opened in September 2008, it offers care and support to children and young adults with a shortened life expectancy, both in their own homes and at a hospice based in North Anston, Sheffield. Bluebell Wood is a place filled with laughter and love. It offers those families that are affected the much needed chance to relax, have a break and have fun by offering residential stays in the hospice, where a child can be looked after and mum and dad can have a break. The dedicated staff at Bluebell Wood also offer valuable support to families by accompanying families to hospital visits, looking after brothers and sisters and giving end of life care. The care team at Bluebell Wood support ‗little stars‘ such as Lara who was born with a rare condition called jouberts syndrome. This means the base of her brain had not formed properly which has led to problems with breathing, apnea attacks, difficulty with muscle control and swallowing. Her dad explains that she is a very loving little girl and can ‗charm the birds out of the trees‘. He also explains that he greatly values the care and support Bluebell Wood have given Lara and her family by giving respite care and empathy and offering them the opportunity to meet with other families with similar circumstances support groups. It costs £2.5 million every year to offer this support and Bluebell Wood receive no statutory government funding, therefore they rely on the help of supporters.

One of Bluebell Wood’s little stars, Lara

If you want to help the hospice you can do so in the following ways: · Donate money · Donate things to the seven shops in the region · Support events held by Bluebell Wood · Buy Bluebell Wood products such as their bag for life · Volunteer · Send a letter from Santa to your child or grandchild See website for further details Chatterbox is also hoping to raise money for Bluebell Wood this Christmas with your help. For just £1 you can buy a limited edition copy of our Christmas story, Mac‘s Best Christmas, or you can buy the original artwork by Lianne Mellor, full details on page 20. To nominate your local charity to be featured on this page email us at with information we love hearing from you. 36

Do you want to give your baby a gift for life? Do you want to have fun with your baby? Then dinky dippers is the place for you. The baby swim group that entertains, educates and spreads watery enjoyment. Carefully designed programmes include activities songs, floating and gentle submersions (optional) which build confidence. Dinky dippers is a progressive learn to swim and water familiarisation scheme that can be started when your baby is just a few weeks old and incorporates water safety from the 1st lesson. The courses also introduce social skills to your child as well as the social aspect for yourself. Best of all is the intimate interaction between you and your child which increases trust and strengthens your bond together. Classes held every Monday and Wednesday @ Hellaby Hall Hotel Rotherham Contact Nicola for further details . first 3 sessions only ÂŁ20.


Self-Help Information ARC Antenatal Results & Choices

0207 631 0285

Birth preparation Classes

0844 243 6852

Child Help Line –Sheffield

0800 279 7454

Counselling – support for depression, PND & loss

07847 623214

National Childline

0800 1111


0114 249 3328

Children‘s Hospital

0114 271 7000

Cot Death Help Line

08088 026868

Homestart Family Support

0114 27 8377

Breastfeeding Support

0114 232 2203

Meningitis Support Group

0808 8003344

Miscarriage Association Self Help Group

01924 200 799

NHS Direct

0845 4647

Parent Life Line (helpline for parents)

0114 272 6575

Sands (stillbirth & neonatal death)

0207 436 5881

Scoop (Sheffield Lone Parent)

275 7212 Mon-Fri,10am –2pm

Sheffield Autistic Society

0114 230 4839

Sheffield Down Syndrome

0114 273 4017

Sheffield Information Link

0114 275 6699 38



Chatterbox magazine winter 2011 edition  

Our winter issue is all about being creative and crafty for Christmas time. Ideas of crafts to make, recipes to bake and an exclusive bedtim...