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Get planning for the long summer holidays! We know how challenging it can be to keep the kids entertained, so we’ve got dozens of ideas for you in our three part, six page summer boredom busters special. Plus fun activities that will keep little brains learning throughout the break too.

Summer boredom busters 1 What’s on Clubs & classes Summer learning Health Holidays Summer boredom busters 2 Family Life Summer boredom busters 3

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If you’re dreading spending the entire summer cooking meals for the family, worry not. We have some great suggestions for tasty summer lunches, food ideas for when you are away from your own kitchen and healthy yogurt ice lollies to make with the kids. You can also apply for a free children’s wellbeing activity book by signing up to receive our magazine in this issue. Signed up already? We have a free gifts for subscribers too. Have a happy summer!

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Top ideas to entertain the family this Summer By Claire Winter Keep the family busy all summer long! Outdoors Find the Gruffalo. For Julia Donaldson fans, enjoy a themed family walk based on her books up and down the country. Trail details. Get appy. Get reluctant kids excited about walking with a brilliant app, Caper. Download and receive a call from Captain Redtail who needs help locating a crashed spaceship. New hobbies Explore geocaching. Join the world’s largest treasure hunt! Download the official Geocaching app, create an account and unlock the location of thousands of caches (i.e. the treasure) that other hunters have left for you to discover. Get green-fingered. Plant a veggie grow bag. You don’t need any more space than a window-box, or a tiny space in your garden. Kids will love deciding what to grow and charting its progress.

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Boredom busters Rough and tumble. Play fighting is a great way to let off steam. Stuff some pillows up a pair of dad-size T-shirts to set up a ‘sumo wrestle.’ Make the rules of play fighting clear, otherwise the session might descend into chaos and tears. Eat a rainbow. Of course, we’re not talking about vegetables! Have fun with edible food colouring and let your kids paint and then eat rainbow toast. You could also make rainbow cake! Products at Cake Craft World. Free Get wild. Join the Summer Reading Challenge, Wild World Heroes, at your local library or online. Libraries have teamed up with WWF to create a nature-themed challenge. Go fly a kite! They’re cheap and easy to buy, or you can even make your own. Tips on kite flying.



Top ideas to entertain the family this Summer Bucket list Flying high. Perfect for thrill seekers, try indoor skydiving and soar like a bird in a super-smooth, super-fast and super-cool wind tunnel. Suitable for kids aged 3+. Locations in Manchester, Milton Keynes and Basingstoke.

balloons and play-doh for kids, baby raves are a great way for the whole family to dance the day away. Big Fish Little Fish has events coming up in London, Liverpool and Norwich.

Wild swimming. Nothing beats swimming in nature (as long as the weather Take to the skies. co-operates). You could try wild For a really special treat, book a paddling if you have little ones! hot air balloon flight for the family. Ideas of where to go to find wild Suitable for children who are 7+ and water near you. at least 4ft 6in (1.4m) tall. Must also be accompanied by a responsible adult. MORE FUN IDEAS Learning ideas Letter fishing. This is a fun game for pre-schoolers. Grab yourself some magnetic letters from the fridge, some string, a pencil and a paperclip. Make a DIY fishing rod so your little one can fish for letters. Family history. How about finding out a bit more about your past and making a family tree? Get your kids to do some research about their grandparents and distant relatives. Check out Ancestry and Find My Past. Unusual Baby raves. With reasonable DJ bills for parents and bubble machines, giant Familiesonline.co.uk

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What’s on and where to go this summer Please see websites for details on opening hours, booking and other visitor information. shows. Plus falconry displays, superslide mania indoor play, tractor rides, bouncy castles, funfair rides, all the animals and more. Herbert Art Gallery & Museum Fantastic for families! Exhibitions and activities. All Things Wild Amazing animals, dinosaurs, outdoor play areas and go karts. Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve Woodland walks, wildflower meadows, bird hides.

Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park Stunning parkland and lake, and art gallery.

Hill Close Gardens Lovely Victorian gardens to explore. Kenilworth Castle Explore the ruins and get plenty of fresh air.

Cotswold Wildlife Park Lions, rhinos, giraffes, zebras, penguins, lemurs The MAD Museum and more. An impressive collection of eccentric and Coughton Court ingenious creations. British Motor Museum Enjoy the parkland and World’s largest collection gardens. Redwings Horse of historic British cars. Sanctuary Thur 22 Jul-Thur 2 Sept Coventry Transport Home to rescued horses, Explore nature in the Museum Museum’s car collections Collection includes cars, ponies and donkeys. with Adventure Annie motorbikes and bicycles. Royal Shakespeare or Alex. Enjoy the nature Company trail to seek out the cars Go Ape Tues 27 Jul-Fri 20 Aug that bloom, squawk and High rope antics for roar and then let off thrill-seeking adults and The RSC is offering families a whole host steam outside on the fun-seeking children. of exciting activities, adventure playground. Visit the new Factor Us Hatton Adventure World including a series of free pop-up performances, In exhibition and take a Farmyard favourites, interactive workshops goody bag home. falconry, family fun and and outdoor more! performances and a Charlecote Park Sat 24 Jul -Sun 5 Sept costume day. Parkland perfect for a Dinosaurs Alive: meet family adventure. and greet, dinosaur 6 July/August



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What’s on and where to go this summer Please see websites for details on opening hours, booking and other visitor information. DON’T MISS

Ryton Pools Country Park Paths, lakes and picnic areas. The Shakespeare Houses Walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps. Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall Discover where William Shakespeare was educated. The exhibition ‘“A Child o’ th’ Time”: Tudor Childhood in Shakespeare’s Time’ runs this summer and explores childhood during the Tudor period for boys and girls both inside and outside the classroom.

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Stratford Butterfly Farm Walk amongst some of the world’s most stunning and colourful butterflies in a tropical rainforest setting, complete with fishfilled pools, splashing waterfalls and beautiful blooms. Twycross Zoo Explore the animal world with over 500 animals, from 125 different species. Warwick Castle Jaw-dropping history, magic, myth and adventure! Plus, the UK’s biggest birds of prey show, The Falconer’s Quest, is back and the critically acclaimed War of the Roses Live jousting show returns – not to be missed!

Art in the Park Jephson Gardens Leamington Spa Sat 7 & Sun 8 Aug, 10am-6pm Enjoy a free weekend of inspirational art from painting and drawing to sculpture and photography. Enjoy music and performances, artisan food and locally brewed beverages. A Dog’s Tale Thurs 19 Aug at Napton, Fri 10 Aug at Stockton and Tues 24 Aug at Rowington Mikron Theatre invite you to watch comedy caper A Dog’s Tale, which looks at canines past and present and the enduring love between people and their dogs. Dog lover or not, this is the perfect night out for fun, laughter and wonderful songs.



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Summer Holiday Clubs, Camps and Workshops Aspire Active Camps North Leamington School, Leamington Spa Thur 22 Jul-Fri 27 Aug Multi Sports Academy for ages 4-14. Dance & Stage Beatz Academy for ages 5-14. Active Leaders for ages 12-14. Leamington and Warwick Gymnastic Club Radford Semele, Leamington Spa Mon 26 Jul-Fri 27 Aug Fun gymnastic activities for children in Reception & above. Half days for children under 6. Full or half days for ages 6+. Stagecoach Summer Workshops Arnold Lodge School, Leamington Spa Mon 16-Fri 20 Aug Five day workshops. A week of fun, learning how to sing, dance, act and put on a show in 5 days. Whiteman Dance Academy The Kenilworth Centre, Kenilworth Mon 26 & Weds 28 Jul, Mon 2 & Weds 4 Aug Workshops 9.30am12.30pm. Freestyle, Acro and Musical Theatre in every workshop but each one will be different. 10 July/August

Other providers of Holiday Clubs, Camps and Workshops ART, DANCE & DRAMA Art Group Studios Leamington Spa Tue 27 Jul-Tue 31 Aug Creative and varied art workshops for ages 4-14. Belgrade Theatre Coventry Mon 2-Thurs 5 & Mon 9-Thurs 12 Aug Summer School for ages 8-16 with fun and practical theatre workshops. Jaykays Dance School Leamington Spa Mon 9-Fri 20 Aug Four classes a day in different dance subjects. Plus, games and fun activities. LoveBallet LoveBallet Dance Studios, Southam Mon 9-Thurs 26 Aug Action packed, fun days filled with singing, dancing, crafts and games. Playbox Theatre Warwick Mon 26 Jul-Fri 27 Aug Fun holiday theatre workshops at The Dream Factory.

SPORT & MULTI ACTIVITY Coolsportz Henley-in-Arden and Warwick Mon 19 Jul-Fri 3 Sept Fun multi-sports indoor and outdoor activities for ages 4-15. Flourish at The Farm Snitterfield Fri 23 Jul-Thurs 2 Sept Fun holiday multi-activity days. Onside Coaching Stratford-upon-Avon, Leamington Spa and Warwick Thurs 22 Jul-Fri 27 Aug Football, dance, forest school, team building, challenges and sports. Premier Active Leamington Spa and Shipston-on-Stour Thur 22 Jul-Wed 1 Sept Action packed holiday camp. Summer Action Warwick School, Warwick Mon 12 Jul-Weds 1 Sept Extensive programme of sports and activities for children from reception to year 7.


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Summer Holiday Clubs, Camps and Workshops Super Camps The Croft Preparatory School, Stratford-uponAvon Mon 19 Jul-Fri 13 Aug Multi-activity including sports, LEGO® play, and arts and crafts.

Warwick International School of Riding Warwick From Tues 27 Jul Fun days every Tues and Thurs throughout the summer. Riding, horse care and games on horseback. All ages and abilities.

Tennis Camps Warwick Boat Club, Warwick OTHER Mon 12 Jul-Fri 3 Sept Suitable for all levels. For Clopton Holiday Club ages 5-16. Stratford-upon-Avon Variety of fun and educational activities for ages 2-11.

Denim Club Stratford-upon-Avon A holiday club for ages 4-11. Hatton Adventure Camps Hatton Adventure World Mon 26 Jul-Fri 3 Sept Activities include forest school and bushcraft, laser combat and assault course, sports and games. The Chocolate Shed Wootton Wawen Chocolate making workshops for ages 4-7 and 8+. Plus parent and child workshops.

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Performing Arts prepares your child for the new school year The start of the school year is a great time to consider new activities for your child and the skills learnt in performing arts can be hugely beneficial to children. These include empathy, listening, problem solving and confidence. Empathy One challenge children face when they return to school in September is changes to friendship groups. Empathy is essential to help them react appropriately to their peers and develop their social skills. To portray a character in a play we need to be able to step into their shoes and understand their situation; if a child learns to understand a character in this way, they can apply this skill to everyday life. READ MORE


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Back to school Get organised now! Don’t end the summer holidays with a frantic last-minute rush! Manage a successful and stressfree return to the classroom. Get organised early. Doctors/Dentist/ Optician Get done at beginning of holidays. Haircut Phone early to get an appointment close to start of term. School shoes Visit a shoe fitter. Shop before the last minute rush. Uniforms & sports kit Do the summer sales. Check out second hand options or unbranded supermarket alternatives. Labelling Label everything. Choose your preferred labels and start early to avoid late nights!

Book after school care All schools are required to provide access to wraparound childcare but it’s popular, so book early. After school activities Take advantage of early bird/free taster sessions.

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Catering for children from two-years old to pre-school, the nursery day runs from 7.45am to 6.00pm, with flexible sessions available 51 weeks a year or term time only.

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Audiobooks for family road trips Great audio entertainment for the whole family to while away the traffic jams!

Ladybird Classics: The Complete Audio Collection Ages 3+. 10 hours 45 mins.


Ages 7+. 4 hours 18 mins.

The World’s Worst Teachers Ages 8+. 4 hours 6 mins.

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Ages 5+. 3 hours 33 mins.

Winnie-the-Pooh: The Complete BBC Collection Ages 4+. 3 hours 42 mins.

The Complete Chronicles of Narnia

How to Train Your Dragon

His Dark Materials: Northern Lights

Wolf Boy Book 1

Ages 7+. 15 hours 7 mins.

Ages 9+. 10 hours 45 mins.

Ages 7+. 3 hours 29 mins.

Ages 9+. 6 hours 25 mins.



Seven steps to a book-filled summer Start small. For reluctant readers, start with magazines, comics or graphic novels. Let them choose. Children need to feel they are in charge of selection – as long as it’s age-appropriate. Join the Summer Reading Challenge. Your child will need to read six or more books during the holidays. Rewards include stickers and small prizes. Audiobooks improve literacy skills and whet appetites for more stories. Summer Book Club. Encourage your child to start a Book Club with friends. Then host a playdate with snacks and chats about their

favourite/least favourite parts. Keep it handy. Wherever you go this summer make sure you have reading material to hand. Make it a routine. Try to schedule regular daily ‘downtime’ for reading. Pick up a book at the same time as your child, so you can be a reading role model.

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Fun educational apps for all ages Make screen time learning time with our top picks.

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Free app with high quality/creative early learning activities. Ages 2-7.

Learn basic ABCs & 123s with fun fish pals. Ages 3+.

Engaging mini game. Develops lateral thinking and spatial reasoning. Ages 7+.



Teach your monster to read

Free-play and goaloriented mini games. Ages 2-5.

Virtual treasure trove of craft, activity and practical activities. Ages 5+.

Engaging way for kids to learn phonics and reading. Ages 4+.


The Human Body

Marvel Hero Tales

Introduces coding with interactive stories and games. Ages 5-7. Familiesonline.co.uk

Brilliant interactive app about the human body. Ages 7+.

Beat the villains & learn language skills. Ages 7-11.

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Improve your child’s mental health Using proven cognitive-behavioural therapy methods along with fun and engaging activities, these peer-reviewed children’s wellbeing activity books, published by Summersdale, have been approved by a children’s mental health practitioner. Aimed at children ages 7 to 11, because much happens during these years that can impact a child’s sense of self-worth, the books can help

establish how your child is feeling and offer ways to improve their confidence and self-esteem and lower their anxiety levels. Children are guided through the activities and, with the help of a friendly character, supported to navigate their inner world. These great practical guides are also interspersed with useful tips, inspirational statements and practical information for parents. For more details an purchase d ,c on the bo lick ok image.

Emotional well-being for new mums

Getting kids to talk feelings

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Baby brain. Baby blues. Postnatal depression. Add Covid 19 into the mix and it’s not surprising that pregnant women and new mothers are more anxious than ever before. Are you prepared for the effect that pregnancy and new motherhood can have on your emotional well-being?

It’s not always easy to get children to open up.

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Author of the Sophie Says children’s book series, Esther Marshall, shares with us her five top tips for helping children feel safe and comfortable enough to start talking about the difficult stuff. READ MORE Familiesonline.co.uk


Family Couch to 5K (ish) By Andrew Campbell During the pandemic, lots of people chose running as their ‘exercise of the day’ and experienced a significant boost to their health and wellbeing as a result. The NHS ‘Couch to 5K’ programme allowed many to gradually build up their endurance until they were able to run a five kilometre course. So, is it time for the whole family to get in on the act? Is it realistic or advisable to expect children to run such a distance? Government guidelines stipulate that children ages 5 to 18 should accumulate an average of at least sixty minutes of physical activity per day across a week. Such activity can include running. However, it isn’t appropriate to expect children as young as age 5 to run continuously for five kilometres. As, they get older, however, it’s certainly possible to entice your child to extend their ability to run. Encouragement and fun will be the key to keeping them on board. Kids love a big occasion, so join a family fun run event or take the whole family to your local parkrun, where children are welcome to join their parents on a five kilometre course through parkland or open space. Don’t feel you need to run the whole course – starting small is best and you don’t want to push your child beyond what they are comfortable with. Try alternating running and walking and praise their effort. Familiesonline.co.uk

Alternatively, make your ‘family run’ a scavenger hunt with prizes. Or use the Couch to 5K plan to develop your own week by week plan to work towards running a shorter distance as a family.

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The Worry Cabinet

Download this activity, complete with instructions, to help your child deal with their worries. The Worry Cabinet is an activity for children taken from The Worry Workbook: The Worry Warriors Activity Book published by Summersdale.

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Screen time (out?) By Chris Skeat

Most of us old enough to have tweens in the house, will remember the mantra from our childhoods that ‘watching too much television will make your eyes go square.’ Now the choice of screens and screen activities to be glued to is significantly wider with everything from Fortnite to TikTok competing for attention. But are beneficial for their children’s just how detrimental is this to the development, how do we maintain overall well-being of tweens and a healthy balance? are there any significant lasting effects? WeareTwixt, offers parenting support for tweens/teens. We asked The British Psychological them for their thoughts. Society warns that ‘too much screen time can unintentionally READ MORE cause permanent damage to stilldeveloping brains.’ It also advises that when using screens ‘the ability to focus, to concentrate… to sense other people’s attitudes and communicate with them, to build a large vocabulary… are harmed.’ 100+ stories Readmio app

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Baby and Toddler Travel Essentials We asked our friends at NapNapUK for their top product picks to make travelling with your little one easier this summer.


A multi tog baby sleeping bag with removable inner layers.

Dribblebuster Baby Dribble Bibs

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SnoozeShade Original

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TUM TUM Travel Cutlery Set

Toddler travel cutlery with ‘make a picture’ handles & handy travel case.


Travel wrap to move baby without waking wherever you are.

NapNap Lullaby Sleep Mat

Award-winning mat with white noise and gentle vibrations.


The original portable travel high chair, your washable, squashable lifesaver.

Tidy Tot Cover & Catch Bib

Perfect to keep mealtime mess at bay, with handy travel bag.

Gummee Mini UV Steriliser

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Fun travel activities for kids By Jemma Zoe Smith At long last, we’re able to go on holiday with the kids. But before the fun can begin, there’s the journey to deal with. Don’t despair! These activities will help keep your kids occupied and your sanity intact.

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Road trip bingo Download/create bingo cards. Different ages can work at different difficulty levels; your toddler might need to spot a cow or a caravan, while an older child might need to spot an Eddie Stobart lorry.



‘Person Do Thing’ The challenge is to describe a complex idea (eg ‘glasses’) in just thirty six simple words (eg person, see, thing, use, good, bad, yes, no). See beginner’s version.

Colour with water Colouring books can be difficult in the car but water colouring books let your child colour with a messfree, reusable, water-filled pen. Galt Toys has a good range.


What can you spot? Get your kids to spot cars/lorries from different countries. Younger children can spot cars or lorries of different colours. Books like the i-Spy series or Usborne Minis are great for primary school children. They can tick off what they see as they travel, whether that’s wildlife, birds or trees.

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Beach games and activities Bored of building sandcastles? Try these other great ideas to keep the kids entertained at the beach.

Beach treasure hunt You’ll need to give each child a bucket to collect treasure in for starters. Then they’ll need a list (words or pictures depending on their age). You can ask them to Running and jumping look for lots of different treasures like certain colour shells, different Sharks and minnows Play with a group of children. All you shapes of stone, a bird’s feather, need is something to mark out a big seaweed, driftwood. circle or square in the sand – and Throwing and catching children with plenty of energy! READ MORE Spiral stones Use a spade, piece of driftwood or Water bucket relay even sharp rock to draw a spiral in You can play this with two players the sand with a small circle in the or more. Each player will need a middle. The idea of the game is that bucket or container, as well as a children take it in turns to throw spoon, cup, or large shell to carry pebbles in the direction of the spiral. water in. A bit like darts, the closest to the READ MORE circle centre wins the round. Thinking and exploring Sand skeeball For this game, you’ll just need Outdoor noughts and crosses flat sand and a small spade or This game is perfect for dialling something to dig small holes with. down the pace a notch or two and goes down well if you’re feeling a bit READ MORE lazy! You’ll need something sharpish to draw the grid in the sand and then you’re ready to go.

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Annabel Karmel’s easy toddler meals Enjoy these toddler meal ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, specially curated for Families by baby weaning and toddler food expert, Annabel Karmel.

Apple cinnamon sultana pancakes

Chicken apple balls

Dippy eggs and crumpet fingers

Sweetcorn and tomato rainbow fritters

Courgetti tomato sauce

Cheese and cherry tomato muffins

Mini fish pie

Spinach frittata

Mini cottage pie


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Tasty summer lunch ideas

Without too much time spent in the kitchen, you can keep the kids full of yummy, nutritious food. And involve them with the preparation, of course!

Ham and pineapple pizza muffins

Easy veggie fried rice

Salmon and cucumber sandwich

Egg mayonnaise pitta pockets

Scrambled egg, tomato and sweetcorn on toast

Tuna pasta salad

Chicken pasta salad

Beans, mushrooms and tomatoes on toast

Tomato and bacon muffins

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Away from home? Simple meal ideas Cooking in a kitchen with more limited facilities than usual or on a BBQ? Find inspiration here.

Rainbow pizzas

Fish finger butty with lemony mayo

Tuna rice salad

Anytime eggs & potatoes

Campfire doughnuts

Cowboy chicken & bean stew

Traffic light chicken shish kebabs

Campfire nachos

Marshmallow & strawberry kebabs


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DIY coconut, vanilla and blueberry yogurt ice lollies Emily Leary, multi-award-winning food, lifestyle and parenting writer, presenter and photographer and author of A Mummy Too shares her yummy fruit and yogurt lolly recipe - the perfect healthy summer cooler!

Equipment Chopping board * Kitchen knife * Weighing scales * Jug blender * Four lolly moulds with sticks * Spoon

Prep Time: 15 mins Freezing time: 8 hrs Servings: 4

Step 1

Pulse the blueberries, vanilla yogurt and coconut milk in blender.

Step 2

Continue pulsing until ‘smashed’ but not completely blended.

Step 3

Carefully spoon the yogurt mix into four lolly moulds.


90g blueberries 100ml coconut milk 100g vanilla yogurt

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Place a lolly stick into each cup. Freeze for a minimum of 8 hours.

Families Special Offer! 50% discount on RocketLearn summer school RocketLearn is holding a two week online Summer School for children ages 7 to 13. Aimed at keeping children learning over the Summer in a light, fun manner, the online sessions, accessible whenever, will cover maths, English, daily PE challenges and well-being sessions. The academic enrichment sessions will include challenges in coding, esports and teamwork among others. Maths sessions have three levels for different age groups, focusing on topics covered throughout the year in school, whilst English will be about fostering a love of reading – complete with suggested reading lists for children. The School is priced £50 for two weeks. Families readers can register for a 50% discount if they enter the code FAMILIES2021 HERE. 30 July/August



Talking about racial stereotypes By Bilkis Miah With Black Lives Matter still on everyone’s minds, many questions have come to the fore about how we can challenge racial stereotypes and help our children thrive, regardless of their race. As parents and communities become more reflective, here are some tips to help you and your little one identify and talk about race. How do children learn racial bias? Children learn about racial bias from a young age, often from their surroundings and the people they come into contact with. This could be at school or at home. As early as 6 months, a baby’s brain can notice race-based differences. Between ages 2 to 4, children can begin to internalise racial bias. By age 12, many children become set in their beliefs and embedded in their views about racial stereotypes. This is an important time to work to unpick these beliefs.

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Is a vegan diet ‘safe’ for children?

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When it comes to a child’s diet, balanced nutrition is important. It’s obvious that fifteen packets of beef and onion crisps for dinner means you’ve lost your way. But how do you know what constitutes a balanced plantbased diet for your family?

Dreaming of lazy beach days? Picnics in the sunshine? You’re not alone. It’s understandable to hold high hopes for this particular summer. But what if family days out are marred by the darkening of your child’s mood or their public outbursts of emotion? What can you do? READ MORE


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Taking the inside out this summer By Claire Winter The time spent in our gardens during the pandemic last summer opened many of our eyes to the potential of having a lovely space outside to eat, entertain and hang out in. No doubt it’s also left many of us focused on improving the outdoor space we actually have. So how can you make the most of your garden or outdoor area this summer? There are three important factors to consider when creating an inviting outdoor space for your family: Comfort. If you can make a space for comfy outdoor seating, the outdoor space can become a second lounge for the summer. Suitability for children. It’s worth considering whether you can create separate ‘zones’ for children and adults. Weather proofing. You can never

rely on the British weather so this is a vital consideration if you don’t want rain and chilliness to ruin your plans. Firstly, comfort. This really is a priority; outside will never be as appealing as inside unless you think carefully about how to re-create the wonderful relaxed-feeling you have inside in your outdoor space. READ MORE

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Free printable activity sheets for all ages

My Daddies! colouring sheets

Tad activity sheets

Hungry Caterpillar activity sheets

Ladybird bumper activity pack

Pirate Stew activity pack

Building a Home activity sheets

50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾ activity pack

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Hard Luck activity sheets

Swallows & Amazon activity sheets

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Make ‘n’ do learning activities for under 5s Keep your little ones busy and engaged all summer long.

Bottle bowling

Enormous crocodile word game

Water boats

Touch and feel board

Ocean life zip lock sensory bag

Homemade potato stamps

Three Little Pigs masks

Farm tuff tray

DIY toilet roll poppers


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Make ‘n’ do learning projects for primary school kids Keep ‘em busy on those dull or rainy days this summer.

Recycled marble run

Water rocket

Water balloon piñata

Tin can stilts

Fruit & vegetable art

Vinegar volcano

DIY articulated hand

Rusty Rivets robot

DIY Luna Love Lovegood glasses

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