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Contributors We asked some of our contributors about the best things in life…

Kirsty Nicholls Lazy Saturday mornings, side-splitting laughter, the great outdoors, yoga and pick ‘n’ mix.

Jojo Sutherland Friends, long lunches, Dragon’s Den and guacamole.

Michael Atkinson


The sound of the red wine cork popping the instant after you have got your children to bed on a Saturday evening.

I read an article recently about someone’s Best Things in Life. For me, the answers really do differ depending on if I include my kids in the equation. For example, a long lie in can be absolute bliss, but if I’m woken early by the boys giggling and chatting to each other, it brings a smile to my face no matter what the time. Having the house to myself and reading a good book is heaven, but listening to son number 1 patiently reading to son number 2 makes me put down my book every time; and nothing beats an afternoon in my favourite café with a cup of hot coffee, but throw my kids into the mix and I’m delighted just to leave said coffee shop without them having a tantrum or breaking something - even if I haven’t had a sip! So yes, my list would include lie ins, coffee and books, but my boys are pretty high up the list, too.

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Contents MAR / APR 2017

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17 8 News 15 Competitions


Trust Jojo

Your chance to win

If you need advice…


Should children do chores?



The Outdoor Classroom

By Andrea Zanin


Food & Drink


Mum’s New World

Edinburgh’s Larder Box





Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Stages of tooth development

Gifts with an extra sparkle



Mother’s Day



Be Experimental!

28 Review

Luke and Jack visit Crieff Hydro


How babies are born

According to kids….


34 Diaries

Out & About 65 The Joys of Baby Equipment

What to do in March & April

By Michael Atkinson


Easter Events & Camps


Tried & Tested

An egg-citing time for all!

Pure Brilliant Events on trial…

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NEW Luxury baby website Scottish sisters, Julie-Anne and Jennifer are creating a new trend in baby bedding; sourcing and hand-making luxurious baby blankets from Harris Tweed. Having spent much time in the Highlands and Islands they discovered the high quality, soft and warm Scottish fabric was ideal for keeping their own babies cosy, making the perfect gift for a baby or young child. From this idea, Cabar Kids was born. Due to the success of their Harris Tweed baby blankets they have just launched their new website to include other independent and traditional baby products. Their aim is to provide your little ones with a little touch of luxury.




This March TurtleDove Play Café is opening its doors after hours with the launch of Night Owls, a brand new programme of events for adults. The first event is Ladies Night, and as it takes place on Friday 24th March it’s the perfect opportunity to get your Mother’s Day weekend off to a great start. With a variety of beauty treatments available (bookable in advance) and local independent businesses showcasing their wares, you can treat yourself or your mum to something special. Bring your friends, mums and grannies along for a night of refreshments, freshly prepared nibbles and the chance to catch up properly…without the kids! Friday 24th March 7pm - 10.30pm, £10 per ticket.

news Celebrating 35 years Rod Campbell's lift-the-flap book Dear Zoo has been a firm favourite with toddlers and parents alike ever since it was first published in 1982. This hardback edition of the much-loved preschool classic has a jacket with shiny gold foil and slots neatly into a specially designed gift slipcase.

Latest Dummies Junior titles offer fun and easy introduction to STEM

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Dummies is pleased to announce nine new books in their ‘Junior’ series which offer a fun and easy introduction to skills and subjects for the scientists, technologists and engineers of the future. The emphasis to teach coding and STEM topics to younger learners is becoming more and more important in schools and these approachable guides provide an ideal entry for youngsters, aged seven to eleven, needing basic exposure to these subjects.


Amazing Butterflies Visit The Queen’s Gallery on Sat 3 June, 1pm - 4pm, for an afternoon of family fun. Join British entomologist and TV presenter George McGavin to discover more about the fascinating world of insects. Get one of Maria Merian’s butterflies painted on your face and fly your way around the exhibition and join resident artist Gemma Coyle for an exciting art activity. This drop-in activity is free with your exhibition ticket or 1-Year Pass. Suitable for all ages. Once you have bought a ticket, you can use it to come back for FREE for a year!



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Buggy Repair Centre This independent local Edinburgh business professionally valets, services and repairs buggies and prams from all over central Scotland. Their environmentally friendly valeting process uses pressurised steam and no harsh chemicals to kill bacteria and neutralise odours. If they can get it out they will! Mould, stains, oil and sunscreen are not a problem. The Buggy Repair Centre in Stockbridge is one of the leading buggy repairers in Scotland


sourcing parts from most well-known manufacturers. Typical repairs are foam replacement, faulty brakes, chassis jammed, wheels worn out, cables snapped, bearings gone etc.. They are an authorised Maclaren service centre and specialise in Bugaboo repairs. They can also supply a hire buggy and have a collection service from within the Edinburgh area.

news Open Day STEAM Exhibition at Edinburgh Montessori Arts School On Saturday 25th March, visit the school, meet the teachers, see the children showcase their sciences, maths and arts work, meet school families and tour the campus. This is a great opportunity to find out more about Montessori education and view the beautiful EMAS classrooms and garden. From Parent Child groups through Early Years and Primary, EMAS provides Montessori education and guidance, cultivating children’s innate desire to be their best self. Doors open 10am - 1pm.

Baby and Child Yoga with Tatty Bumpkin Tatty Bumpkin offers fun, yoga activities with stories and music. The sessions introduce yoga poses adapted for age, breath awareness and relaxation; encouraging co-ordination, balance, strength and flexibility, which are important for general wellbeing, foundations for writing / learning and for other sports. The well-paced activities and the warm and supportive nature of the classes, promote attention skills, concentration and confidence. “I highly recommend the sessions…They are really good for development - my daughter was doing and thinking things here that she wasn’t doing anywhere else. The sessions are also huge fun.” Ask your nursery or school to book Tatty Bumpkin sessions or join the parent/carer and child sessions on Fridays at Holy Corner, Bruntsfield.




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Sealblades™ are the world’s first retractable hand paddles. Launched in January by Edinburgh husband and wife team Alex and Sorcha O’Connor, they give you up to double the paddle power of hand paddling and then instantly retract when you release your grip to leave your hands free. They come in adult and tween/teen sizes and in a range of colours. If you are looking to entertain yourself and your family on the water then Sealblades pack a big fun punch. For more info and to buy go to www.

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- but nine in ten British Families are happy A portrait of British family life in 2017 reveals parents are under constant pressure as they juggle finances, kids and responsibilities, according to a new report. But despite the burden of family life, more than nine in ten parents (91%) are happy with life. Nationwide’s ‘Great British Family Report’ was commissioned to produce both a snapshot of the average family but also to highlight the pressures affecting parents.

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Peppa Pig My First Cinema Experience

Fans of Peppa Pig will be snorting with delight as everyone’s favourite little piggy heads to cinemas nationwide in a new big-­screen adventure; complete with new stories and characters. Set for release from April 7th 2017, ‘PEPPA PIG MY FIRST CINEMA EXPERIENCE’ is perfectly timed to entertain the little ones during the Easter holidays.

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Your little ladies and bouncy boys are full of giggles and love playing the joker. But when you pull out your camera and ask for a “smile” you get everything but! Take them to Diana Baker! In her photography shoots she captures the most natural smiles and favourite funny faces. It’s such a great way to remember your happy child (before they turn into grumpy teenagers)! Diana is giving away a Cheeky Little Monkeys Photography Shoot, perfect for a 3-8 year old. You’ll receive a personalised smartphone app displaying your professionally retouched images for you to view and share right on your phone, valued at £185!


For more information go to T&Cs. The winners will be picked at random by MADE magazine on 21 April 2017. Competition entries are restricted to Edinburgh, Lothians and surrounding areas only. Editor’s decision is final. No cash alternative is available and prizes are nontransferrable. Please indicate on your entry if you would prefer not to receive information from MADE and any of its partners.



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Should children do chores?


Andrea Zanin wonders whether chores for children are relevant or redundant in a modern world.

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ne of 2016’s top songs was Rihanna’s Work, which not only proved that repeating the same word one-hundred-and-three times can make a number one single and loads of cash but that we have to work for what we want – even if it’s love, as RiRi reminds the dude in her tune. It’s a principle that most of us growing up in the 80s and 90s were taught by our parents, who had us washing dishes and laying the dinner table (extreme, I know) to make sure that we did not grow up with an attitude of entitlement. We did chores and we damn well liked it. But times have changed, or have they? Experts in the news talk about the rise of the “Me Generation” – children, our children, who feel entitled to jobs, cars, houses, Jimmy Choos…basically anything to sustain their own happiness. One theory is that the acceleration of this so-called “me, me, me epidemic” is the result of a culture of children born as an emotional asset whose primary purpose is to be loved and to be happy. In the old days, children were required for the practical functionality of a family – to work the farm, fetch the water and look after their parents in old age. They were born because they were needed. Even today, poorer countries need children to help their families not only thrive but survive. In the UK, we have children because we want to; because we like the idea of family, which is awesome but also…complicated. Love for its own sake raises some questions, like this one: if loving our children is the primary focus of a father or mother parenting a millennial child, how do chores fit in? Especially when we have dishwashers and washing machines to do all the dirty work for us? As a mum of four children (7, 5, 3 and 6-months) currently negotiating the challenges of raising a rabble to be contributing, empathetic members of society, I thought it’d be a good idea to find out what other parents are doing; are chores a thing of a by-gone era or are children still fetching the water, so to speak? As part of my research I asked more than 30 mums and dads whether their children did chores and what they thought was an appropriate age

to get little ones started on the road to an unentitled attitude. Overwhelmingly, ‘chores’ is not a popular word – so I found out; ‘jobs’ is the preferred term for the routine household tasks that make up the humdrum of everyday life. One mum said: “Annabelle [4] tidies her room and helps make breakfast and put things on the table. She sees the former as a ‘chore’ and latter as fun. She doesn’t know what a chore is. I guess it has negative connotations whereas she usually still sees helping us as fun, mostly!” Modern rhetoric prefers the notion of ‘contribution’; children doing their part for the family unit, rather than being forced into a chore, or unpleasant task. Six-year-old Joshua articulates chores as doing things his mum asks him to do (like get the macaroni cheese from the fridge), also observing that chores are good for adults but boring for children. Ha. Call it ‘helping’ and perhaps Joshua would think differently, right? Name aside, all of the parents who took part in my research do give their little ones jobs around the house, with 3 being the most common age to start children helping at home – in what’s more than just tidying up their own mess. The kinds of jobs children aged 3 to 7 do are: put away the shopping, take dirty dishes to the kitchen (sink or dishwasher), tidy bedrooms, make beds, put clothes in the washing basket/machine, fold laundry, set the table, take out the recycling, feed pets and clean cages/fish tanks. Some 7-yearolds are tasked with making sandwiches and drinks for their younger siblings, washing dishes and even hoovering! Controversially, there are parents who pay their children to do chores! But before you don your judgment wig, these are usually things like washing the car or weeding the garden – so, less chore-like chores, if you will. According to 7-yearold Cameron. “I do chores; I get my clothes for school, help sort washing, empty the dishwasher. A chore is something I do around the house to get money.” (His mum facepalms at this point.) Also interesting is the concept of reward charts; mums and dads often use these to motivate

Are chores a thing of a by-gone era?



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their children to help around the house. Author Bret Easton Ellis is famous not only for penning American Psycho but for speaking out about the effects of Generation X parenting, which has coddled its children in praise – awarding gold stars and medals just for showing up, the author told Vanity Fair; producing a bunch of whiney, overly sensitive affirmation seekers. Yikes! As a Gen X parent myself, the balance between rewarding my children (with praise, charts or other) for good choices and hard work, and expecting them to do things (like show-up), because it’s what life presupposes, is part of the complexity of modern-day parenting. And I haven’t figured out an answer other than trying to balance positive affirmation with reasonable expectation – my version thereof – and hope that my children will cotton on to the fact that life doesn’t offer handouts. Adding to the mental fatigue involved with figuring out the whos, whats, whens and wheres of chores is taking cognizance of the connotations of the jobs we allocate our children. UNICEF has just released a new report saying that young girls across the globe (aged 5-14) spend 40 per cent more time on household chores daily than


boys. Feminist-me rears its dragonish head at this point although in my home, the difficulty is that as a freelancer, I am home more and so naturally, end up doing more of the chores. One mum I interviewed said, “My husband and I make an effort to do a bit of all the tasks so neither our daughter or son grow up thinking one thing is a particular person’s work. [My daughter] has asked questions about the cleaner mind you, to which I have yet to come up with a satisfactory response.” When Dakota was asked if she knew what a chore was, she flatly replied “yes”. When asked if she does any chores, she said “nope”. And when asked what she thinks about chores, she said “she doesn’t”. Who knew 5-year-olds could be facetious? Yet there is a truth inherent in her answer; whether we call it helping, contributing, working – chores or jobs – ultimately ‘it’ is the same thing; what is important to us, is how our children perceive the tasks we ask them to complete, and in turn how this will affect their character and behaviour in later life. Then again, perhaps we’ve complicated a simple thing with philosophy and psychology? Make your bed. Why? Because I said so. n

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Filled out your baby book yet? “Are you kidding!” I hear you say, “with what time?” WRITTEN BY EDINBURGH-BASED PHOTOGRAPHER Diana



few years ago, when I was pregnant with my daughter, there was no acquisition more important to me than the perfect baby book. I was certain I’d know it when I saw it—something whimsical and well-crafted but not too commercial. I finally found “the one”—and in the first weeks after my daughter, Sophie, was born, I sacrificed precious sleep to fill those crisp pages, taking pains to write neatly, determined that the baby book would reflect the depths of my love. As I became more and more sleep deprived, my commitment to logging milestones faded, and even managing a mere shower became cause for celebration. That precious baby book languished on a shelf somewhere for a few months (actually years). When I did finally recover it somewhere around her third birthday, absent was any mention of first foods, first tooth or her first giggle that, truthfully, it was so momentous it brought me to a mess of tears. I’d missed it. This mini-meltdown sparked a fire within me. I had to find a way to stop this happening to other mothers. “Mummy guilt” and shame were no longer options. I took that baby book concept as an added twist to my 15 years of photography experience and create inspiring, baby portrait albums within my Baby’s First Year Photography Plan. Mummies who enrol their ever changing, ever growing babies into this photography plan with me are treated to three milestone-recording photography sessions: the first at 6-8 months when baby starts sitting; the second as a first birthday “cake smash” session; and third a family session in baby’s second year. Every detail is captured matching the sweetness of your memories. With the portraits from all three sessions, I set about hand-crafting a fully personalised album. This warms my heart the most because of my personal experience. I also take hand-written notes from parents and grandparent expressing hopes and dreams for baby’s future, and skilfully scan and weave them in between the accompanying portraits of these most precious people in your baby’s life. More than just sweet memories, more than just a baby book, this will become a treasured family heirloom. I have also carried this ethos through to the rest of my crafted art pieces with my wall art and gift options so everyone gets to enjoy the legacy this new little person will take forward with them into the future. n

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bout a year ago I wrote about the inordinate amount of time I was spending in my son’s space rocket tent. There were times when I really struggled to entertain my toddler while suffering with morning sickness. The tent’s shady confines provided us with hours of make believe opportunities, and Jack didn’t seem to notice that most of these required mummy to lie flat on her back. For quite a few months after baby Tom was born, my husband and I managed to stay out of sync with each other when it came to picking up nursery bugs. If one was knocked for six, the other could step in to look after the boys. But then we both came down with the flu at the same time. We moped our way he was occupied, happy I’m surprised nobody through a Saturday mornand safe. Snuggled up on ing, then decided to drive to the sofa, there was a real knocked on the Lauriston Castle, a place that sense of camaraderie as we window to check always lightens my spirit. battled together through the that the unconscious But as we pulled into the car somewhat unusual circumpark, we realised that both stances. I’ve talked before family in the Ford boys had nodded off in the about my fantasies about Galaxy was still alive back of the car. So we reliving in Pontypandy, and I clined our seats and joined (rather sadly) found the carthem. I daren’t even wonder toon happy faces and comwhat we must have looked like. I’m surprised munity spirit comforting. Where’s nurse Helen nobody knocked on the window to check that the Flood when you need her? I know it’s not real, unconscious family in the Ford Galaxy was still but for about ten seconds while emerging from alive. So began the least productive Saturday afa brief Lemsip-induced doze, it really felt as if it ternoon in the history of Edinburgh families, car was. park hopping across the city with the vague hope After a couple of hours I got a bit desperate, of snatching a few more minutes of sleep. Our so turned to Google for answers. One of the grand tour culminated in the Krispy Kreme car most popular suggestions seemed to be a game park with donuts and black coffee. Never has the called, “What’s on my butt?”. Did you know that hashtag #sorrynotsorry seemed more appropriflu-ridden mums across the globe are lying face ate. down on the couch while guessing what toys We muddled our way through the rest of the their children have placed on their backsides? I weekend, but then Monday came and my husfound this a challenge. Jack has about 30 differband snuffled and sneezed his way back to work. ent varieties of Thomas the Tank engine model. The easiest option was to put on the telly. Jack He did however find it very amusing to hear the would sit through hours of Fireman Sam if I let word “bottom” and his giggles made me feel just him. I felt incredibly guilty, but also relieved that that little bit brighter.. n


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We’d heard on the playground-grapevine that Crieff Hydro was a great place to go - it offers up to 6 hours of childcare every day, has loads of free entertainment and masses of activities to keep the whole family amused; but for some reason we’d never actually gone. Why? We literally have no idea!!! Finally we have rectified our error and made the trip with our two boys (aged 2 & 6). The eldest, Luke, declared it the best hotel ever. This is why….


Luke (6) and Dad (a teacher) finished school at lunchtime so we hit the road at 2ish. Crieff is just over an hour away by car so by 3.30pm we are safely installed in our well-appointed family room in the main hotel. It’s a massive room, with amazing views over Crieff and hills, a queen size bed, a single bed for Luke and a cot for Jack. We go for a wander to find our bearings and make our plan of attack. We find Big Country childcare, the swimming pool, the restaurants and the cinema, and by the time we’re feeling right at home it’s 4.30pm and time for the kids’ High Tea. This is a must if you’re staying with children. Served in the Meikle Restaurant kids


help themselves to a salad-bar style starter and desserts, and order their main course from a menu. Macaroni cheese and a burger and chips is our order of the day! Fed and watered and feeling relaxed, it’s 6.30pm and the first childcare session begins so the boys happily run in to Big Country and Dad and I pop into the Meikle Bar for a glass of wine. We now have a glorious 3 hours all to ourselves! There are a choice of restaurants but we try the Brasserie tonight. It’s light, bright, relaxed and friendly. The dress code throughout the hotel is relaxed and informal, so we chill out and have a great uninterrupted, tasty meal. When we go and collect the boys they are


buzzing! Big Country was a hit. Luke loved the castle, ball-pit, trampolines and slides and made a couple of new friends. They had competitions and did arts & crafts, and according to him 3 hours wasn’t enough! The plan was to go back to our room for an early night but as we pass the Ballroom there is music playing, kids dancing and a man announcing different children’s games. Luke didn’t need any persuasion to join in, and little Jack just follows suit…, our first ever night at Crieff Hydro was spent introducing our children to the joy that is limbo!


Up bright and early and down to breakfast. It’s a tremendous buffet style with everything you can think of, so we tuck right in and enjoy the babble of noise coming from other families. Tummies full and it’s a bright dry day so we go for a walk, saying hello to resident horse, Polly, and have a nosy at the self-catering chalets/cottages that are also on offer. About a mile from the hotel is Action Glen, home to all sorts of adventurous activities like Waterskiing, 4x4 Driving, Quad Bikes, Woodland Combat and Aloft!, which offers amazing tree-top rope fun and a huge zip line! Back in the hotel the boys have fun in the soft-play, Luke successfully tries his hand at sand-art, and then Luke and Dad pop up to the Hub, which is a great area for slightly older kids - with an air-hockey table and games consoles. In the afternoon we take advantage of family time in the main pool - it’s a noisy, splashy affair which both boys loved. An inflatable slide was the highlight for Luke who made the journey up and down that slide about a billion times! Then back to High Tea at 4.30pm which was devoured at the rate of knots! Dad and I decided to try the Meikle Restaurant tonight. Crieff itself claims it’s the ever-so-slightly more formal eatery, but it’s still a very relaxed spot. The food and wine is fabulous, but it’s made all the sweeter knowing that the boys are having fun just downstairs - no mummy guilt for once, and no coughing up extra money for babysitters.

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already saying things like, ‘next time we come…’ and ‘when we We’re leaving at lunchtime today Book your childcare come back…’, so I guess it’s a so the boys go into the early slots before you unanimous decision that we will childcare slot because Dad and be returning. In the car on the I have booked into the adult-only go. Choose from way home we have a quick chat Victorian Spa for our final bout of 9.30am - 12.30pm, about what activities we’ll do relaxation before heading home. 1.30pm - 4.30pm next time and so far our list inThis is only £10 extra and well and 6.30pm cludes the adventure play area, worth the cost to laze around segways, the cinema, bushcraft, for 2 hours in the jacuzzi, steam 9.30pm. It’s all pony rides, quad pods, croquet, room, sauna and pool. supervised by highly pedal boats and more swimIf spas and treatments are trained, disclosureming…we might have to come your thing then you can book checked staff. for a week next time. n all sorts of luxurious and relaxing therapies during your stay, as well as a full range of waxing, mani-pedi and hair services. This is a truly welcome end to our weekend away, we For more information about hotel and have loved every minute of Crieff Hydro - with self-catering breaks at Crieff Hydro go to and without the boys. Admittedly Luke and Jack are exhausted when we pick them up, but they’ve had a ball and are

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Family Fun Day at The Queen’s Gallery Saturday 3 June 2017 • 13:00 – 16:00 Join us for an afternoon of family fun inspired by our latest exhibition

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Spring Coffee Morning Saturday 25th March 2017 10am – 12 noon Entry £2 per person

Free refreshments. Free entry to activity corner. Free Messy Munchkins messy play session.

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Monkey Business @ National Museum of Scotland. Featuring more than 60 taxidermy specimens, photography, film and hands-on interaction for all ages. Runs until 23 April, children now go FREE.







Don’t forget to book your kids’ camps and activities for the Easter hols! Check out pages 38 - 43 for ideas.


Remember to visit Cloudberry for stylish Mother’s Day gifts and cards for March 26th



Visit Blessings & Blossoms in Corstorphine for special dresses and outfits for Easter.




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Puppet Animation Festival is on! The UK’s largest performing arts event for children (0-12) Runs 25 March - 15 April.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory & Matilda @ The Brunton. Brunton Youth Theatre and East Lothian Youth Theatre pay homage to Roald Dahl with two of his classic tales.

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5 11am - 11.40am & 2pm - 2.40pm Mini Makers @ National Museum of Scotland. Hands-on activity sessions for 3-5 year olds plus their adult helper. FREE, booking required.

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Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2017 @ Edinburgh Corn Exchange. Shop and learn something new in one of 60 classes. Marketplace 10 & 11 March, classes 9 - 12 March.

10.30am - 1pm Jack & Jill Market @ Meadowbank Stadium

10.30am - 4pm Edinbrick An Edinburgh LEGO Model Show @ The Counting House. Displays, build areas, activities & a special LEGO ‘Pokemon’ hunt. Tickets £2.50 for ages 5+, under 5s free.

17 18 10.30am - 12.30pm Creative Writing for Children (8+) @ Scottish Storytelling Centre. An afternoon workshop finding story ideas and then writing a novel! £16 per child.

24 25 7pm - 10.30pm Night Owls @ TurtleDove. This special evening is for all the ladies! £10 per ticket. www.turtledove

12pm - 6pm Canteen @ Archerfield Walled Garden. East Lothian’s first street food market featuring ten acclaimed street food traders. For more info go to

19 10.30am - 12pm Positive Birth Movement meeting @ Babies & Bumps Café, Morningside. Covering topics based on needs of those attending. FREE.


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Kids Kalendar www. kidskalendar. This new website is the fastest and easiest way to find out what’s happening for kids all across Edinburgh. So, if you’re looking for a playgroup, a new class or club, a one-off special event or a theatre show simply go to www. for loads of ideas and inspiration in your area, or follow them on www.facebook. com/KidsKalendar/


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3 4 5 6 Easter Eggcitement @ Almond Valley. Keep a look out for hidden eggs and in the craft area you can make bonnets,masks and springtime decorations. On daily until 17 April.

12pm & 2.30pm Uncanny Valley @ The Studio, The Festival Theatre. Science Festival 2017: Ada creates her own AI robot pal. Runs Tues 4 - Sat 8 April.

Edinburgh International Science Festival 2017: Get Connected. Exciting, engaging and educational activities the whole family can enjoy. Runs 1–16 April 2017

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12pm & 2.30pm Lost at Sea @ The Studio, The Festival Theatre. Science Festival 2017. Runs 11 - 15 April.



1.30pm Dinosaur World @ Festival Theatre. Dare to experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World in this interactive new show for all the family. Also on Tues 11 April 11am & 2pm









6.30pm - 10.30pm The Giant Pub Quiz @ Edinburgh Corn Exchange. £600 cash prize fund! Tickets, £15 each, or £75 for a team of six.

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1 2 2pm (60 mins) Giddy Aunt: A Stones Throw @ The Brunton Theatre. A modern day fairy tale about a girl who throws a stone at the sun and knocks it down. Shadow puppetry, live music and storytelling. For ages 5+


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Follow TurtleDove on Facebook for details of their Easter programme of events

Visit the Seabird Centre in North Berwick for some dolphin-tastic and crab-alicious fun!! Easter events run 1 - 17 April.

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10am - 5pm Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire @ Summerhall. From engineers to artists, this event is a chance for makers to showcase their hobbies, experiments and projects.

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Cheeky Little Monkeys Mini Photography Shoots by Diana Baker Photography. For ages 3-8years, £35. Book: www.dianabaker

10.30am - 1pm Jack & Jill Market @ Meadowbank Stadium

11am - 1pm Polwarth Pre-Loved Sale @ Polwarth Church. Over 5000 items for sale - nearly new children’s clothes, toys, nursery equipment. www.

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12pm - 6pm Canteen @ Archerfield Walled Garden. East Lothian’s first street food market featuring ten acclaimed street food traders. For more info go to


1.30pm & 4pm Mr Bloom’s Nursery Live @ King’s Theatre. Bring your tiddlers along to join Mr Bloom and the Veggies on their first ever live tour! For ages 2 - 7.

Science Festival 2017: Get Connected At the National Museum of Scotland there’s a packed programme of workshops in the Learning Centre offering visitors the chance to get hands-on with science and technology – from computer programming to music making and augmented reality – and there’s lots of fun free Pop-up Science activities in Hawthornden Court. The Festival’s Science in the Spotlight programme of science theatre continues with performances of Catherine Wheels Theatre Company’s Lost at Sea and Borderline Theatre’s award-winning Uncanny Valley at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre Studio and new show Cosmonaut premiering at Summerhall. For full event info go to www.sciencefestival.

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Easter camps



Wishing Tree Play Café, Musselburgh

St Georges School

There are loads of fun things happening at Wishing Tree Play Café! Decorate your very own MAD HAT and take part in the Mad Hat Parade, come in fancy dress as your favourite Tea Party character and go on an egg hunt! Bounce around in the soft-play and then enjoy afternoon tea with loads of yummy chocolate treats. All children will get a small chocolate egg from the Easter Bunny. The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party takes place on Sat 1st April 11 - 1pm & 2 - 4pm. Tickets (£8.95 for ages 1-6) are limited, book in advance by calling 0131 665 1588 or message via Facebook. Under 1s go free.


Excel Sports Camps run every Easter, Summer and October break at St Georges School in Murrayfield, for children aged 5 -15 years. The children follow a structured timetable led by friendly and experienced staff and sports coaches. Excel promises to make every day special offering a wide variety of sports and activities to ensure maximum fun, enjoyment and the opportunity to learn something new. Excel is a place to learn, enjoy, develop and meet new friends. Their Easter camp will have a Life Savings skills course integrated into the week’s sporting activities. These camps are always extremely popular! Mon 3rd April – Fri 7th April. Open 8am - 6pm, packed day of activities 9am - 5pm £195 (Childcare Vouchers accepted)




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Visit The Palace of Holyroodhouse on Easter Sunday (April 16th) and take part in a Fabergé Egg Hunt. Decorate your own basket in the Family Room and follow a treasure trail to find eggs hidden around the Palace. In the Great Gallery enjoy traditional Scottish music and dancing throughout the day in a family ceilidh run by local performers CeilidhKids. Pick up a family activity trail and explore the Palace, Abbey and Gardens. A fun day out for all the family! Opening times 09:30 – 18:00 (last entry 16:30).

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Keep the kids entertained and active with Edinburgh Leisure. With many great activities for kids in P1-P7 to look forward to including games, sports, arts, crafts, drama, challenges and education activities, they are sure to love the biggest Holiday Club in town!

Take kids into a whole new world of creativity and imagination at 3Theatre’s performing arts workshop ‘Smile!’. Taking place at Bruntsfield Primary, from 10th - 13th April, 9:30-3:30pm, ‘Smile!’ is where kids age 5-16yrs, will be encouraged to create and perform their own dance, music and acting show with the help of expert tutors, including founder Claire Doyle, who has over 20 years’ worldwide performance experience. 3Theatre aims to build confidence and encourage communication and creativity in kids. Prices start at £85 for early bird bookings, see website for details and for weekly classes.

WIN!! 3Theatre is giving away TWO free spaces in their Easter workshop! To be in with a chance of winning, email a joke, which makes people ‘Smile’ to with name, age, smiley photo and contact number. T&Cs Closing date for entries is 31st March 2017. The winners will be contacted directly by 3Theatre. Age limit is 5 -16 years. Two prizes are available worth £99 each. Prize not redeemable against weekly classes. Prize must be used at Easter Workshop 2017. Winners must be willing to take part in any promotional marketing activity.





North Berwick

The Scottish Seabird Centre is taking inspiration from all things marine with a brand new interactive science show and a family-friendly puppet performance. Following feedback from visitors, the Centre is offering a puppet show for little ones aged 2+ and an interactive science show for older children, recommended for age 6+.


What’s for Snack? is an interactive puppet show with new Seabird team member, Craig the Crab. With sing-a-long fun, young visitors will be asked to help Craig who has eaten some marine litter by mistake. Older kids are invited to attend Ocean-a-rific with Dr Dolph Lingerin-aboot. With scientific experiments, games and gaffs, visitors are invited to help dolphins understand what is happening to the seas around Scotland. There will be activities in the Discovery Centre from 1 to 17 April, all included with admission. Adult £8.95, child £4.95, family tickets £25.

A -S TAR SPORTS Colinton & Leith A-Star Sports offer inclusive, developmental multi-sports coaching for children. Their holiday clubs focus on a high-energy combination of games, sports and all-round active entertainment


Easter Holiday Club *Colinton Scout Hall, Spylaw Street, EH13 Tuesday 4th – Thursday 6th April & *Leith Scout Hall, 34 South Trinity Road, EH5 Thursday 13th April All days 9am – 4.00pm half day sessions available

9am till 12pm or 1pm till 4pm (No minimum or maximum days required, you choose)

Your child will be introduced to and develop the skills for a broad range of sports, including basketball, cricket, dodgeball, football, handball, hockey, rounders, rugby, tennis and volleyball. On selected days there will also be street dance, animal magic, face painting and arts & crafts.

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for children aged 3+. Building on a fun ABCbased programme (agility, balance and coordination), your child will be introduced to and develop the skills for a broad range of sports, including basketball, cricket, dodgeball, football, handball, hockey, rounders, rugby, tennis and volleyball. Additional activities on selected days will include street dance, animal magic, face painting and arts & crafts. Holiday Club details Colinton Scout Hall, EH13 0JS Tues 4th April – Thurs 6th April 2017 Tues 11th April – Wed 12th April 2017 Leith Scout Hall, EH5 3NT Tues 13th April 2017 Costs are £25 per day (9am - 4pm. Bring a packed lunch!) or £15 per half day (9am - 12pm or 1pm till 4pm. Snack & drink provided) For more info and to book your place, contact or call 07876 021073

S TEP IT UP DANCE Broughton High School

The Step It Up Dance team are offering you a fantastic, fun-filled and active holiday camp at a very affordable price. Each day will involve lots of dancing (of course!), team games, creative tasks and active fun so expect to see lots of smiling faces at pick-up time (and lots of early bedtimes!). There will also be additional activities such as face/arm painting and graffiti T-shirt making. Children will also prepare a routine that they will take pride in showing you at pick up time


on the last day of camp. The Easter camp is running Mon to Fri from 9.30am - 3.30pm for children in P1 - P7. If you would be interested in an early drop off option please contact


From 1-16 April, this year’s Edinburgh International Science Festival programme invites you to Get Connected… to science, to one another and the global community as we explore ways to secure the sustainable future that we want to inhabit. The Science Festival provides exciting, engaging and educational activities the whole family can enjoy. City Art Centre, the Festival’s flagship family venue, will be full of the unique immersive workshop experiences the Festival is famous for. Discover what makes an engine tick in Mini Mechanics, step into the Carnival of the Mind to explore your brain, help create humanity’s first Mars colony in Mars Master Constructors or scrub up and save lives in ER Surgery. Head over to the National Museum of Scotland to explore the ways technology has influenced how we play in Play On. Summerhall will be bursting with shows from the world’s best science performers alongside entertaining activities including The Experimentarium, a brand new free Science Festival space packed full of weird, wonderful and cutting edge science. And don’t miss additional programmes at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Dynamic Earth and RZSS Edinburgh Zoo.

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Congratulations! It’s such an exciting time; the first thing we all do is sign up to alerts, buy our baby books and look at classes to help us prepare. There’s such a plethora of classes and services available, it’s difficult to determine what to do, where to go and when to invest your money to best help you prepare for birth and enjoy your baby. WHO ARE EDINBURGH BIRTH AND BABY? We are a collective of local, independent businesses offering first-rate products and services that are here to help you. We are the starting place when investigating what’s on offer in Edinburgh– our experts provide birth preparation, hypnobirthing, photography, baby and mummy massage, doula support, counselling, first aid, legal advice, Pilates, imprinting, reflexology and chiropractic therapy. HOW CAN EDINBURGH BIRTH AND BABY HELP? We have grown carefully over the years to include what we feel are the essentials when preparing to have a baby. Combining our joint experience we have collated a wealth of resources that we wished we’d known about when we were having our own babies. TOP TIPS FROM OUR EXPERTS: ● Book in for regular massages and/or reflexology as a way to keep you relaxed and well throughout your pregnancy

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● If your first birth didn’t go to plan, your second birth can be a much better experience ● Get informed about birth – especially options, choices, hormones, birth environment - all vital at supporting your birth ● Active birth does not mean active from the first contraction – rest is equally important ● Asking for help is a sign of strength and confidence – not weakness ● Your physical, emotional and mental wellness are all equally important, make time to look after yourself, it’s not a treat it’s essential. ● Record those memories as your babies grow so fast. Those are the things that make you smile (ensure you’re in some of the photos too!) ● Whether it’s minor issues or the unthinkable, schedule in a baby first aid course ● Research the fourth trimester ● Understand legal protections offered to pregnant women and on return to work ( is a good resource)

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Jojo! Trust

You can always trust comedian, JoJo Sutherland, for her interesting childcare advice! For more laughs follow her @jojosutherland and see her doing stand-up comedy at The Pantry, Stockbridge on 1 April.

Spring is in the air and there is still a spring in my step – can you actually believe it? The fitbit is still on my wrist and I’m still listening to it! So boo sucks to my primary teacher, Miss Glynn, who said I never listened! Now, I will admit that it would have been quite easy to ignore the hourly buzz on the arm that suggest we “go for a stroll” and I could quite easily have grown weary of checking my last sleeping status (2x awake and 7x restless, in case you’re wondering) but the unquenchable thirst to beat my friends in steps taken has forced me into some extraordinary behaviours! I leap up half way through a meeting to get the required steps in to “beat the hour” I’ve had some strange looks while jogging on the

spot at the cold meat counter and my children literally die with embarrassment when I skip next to them on the walk to school! Now I’d love to stay and chat but I’ve got 43 steps to get in before 10pm oh, hang on scrap that, I’ve dropped down to second place on the leaderboard because Annie must have taken the dog for a walk again– make that 7,000 more steps to the top spot! However, if you would like to see me stand still for a night then may I suggest popping down to The Pantry in Stockbridge on 1st April as I will be to doing my stand up comedy there – should be a lot of fun!

Dear Jojo My child loves to play card games with me but gets really upset if he doesn’t win – should I just let him win to save the tears? Melanie, Trinity Dear Melanie No! – See above!


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Take it outside WRITTEN BY Caroline


An unexpected disaster lead us to take our son’s learning outside


ounds of suitcases filled the hallway. We were off to Australia! My sister lives there and was getting married. As a family of 5 with 3 young children this was all very exciting but also quite terrifying. The thought of flying for 24hours in a very confined space with 3 energetic kids filled me with complete dread. But it was going to be worth it. Lots of planning, packing, lists and organising had taken up the weeks before our departure. What we hadn’t planned for was our 7 year old son Christopher being rushed to Sick Kids days before our departure, and being diagnosed with a rare and debilitating condition. Holiday of a life time cancelled. Months of worry and uncertainties lay ahead. HSP (Henoch – Schonlein purpura) is an auto immune condition which affects 1 in every 10,000 children. Each case is very different but it commonly lasts 4-6 weeks. Christopher unfortunately got a severe dose and has been living with it for 6 months now. HSP affected his legs and arms mainly. His limbs were covered in a hot, red rash and his joints were swollen and extremely sore. He had no strength and became exhausted easily. The first 2-3 months he was so unwell that he was unable to attend school or walk any distance, and he was in a great deal of pain. It was difficult to leave our home and he relied on a wheelchair and crutches to get out and about.

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I’m a primary school teacher, so when we realised Chris couldn’t attend school and was going to be home-schooled for a few months we didn’t worry too much about the educational side of things. His school was very supportive and sent home reading books, spelling words and a variety of worksheets. On the days that he felt well enough to engage in school work, I tried to make it relaxed and positive. We found that fresh air and a change of scenery were essential for boosting both of our moods. Simply taking his learning outside really lifted his interest and energy. I’d carry him into the back garden and we’d set up our own little learning hub on a picnic rug. There has been a great deal of research on the subject of the benefits of outdoor learning. Helen Bilton, an Educational Advisor and author of ‘Playing Outside gives terrific insight to these benefits. Firstly, outside is a natural environment for children. There is a freedom associated with the space which cannot be replicated inside. If children feel at home in a particular space it seems natural to teach them in that area; education should not be a chore but an enjoyable worthwhile occupation. Children playing and learning in an outdoor environment appear more active, absorbed, motivated and purposeful, and develop a more positive attitude to learning.



Secondly, the environment where we work and play affects our emotions. Children will often be less inhibited outside, and more willing to join in with activities, talk and come out of their shells. In overcrowded spaces children’s behaviour can change, some can become more aggressive, while others become more solitary. Thirdly, outdoors is the perfect place to learn through movement, which is one of the four vehicles through which children can learn (the others being play, talk and sensory experiences). All of these happen more naturally outside, but with so much space and so many opportunities to move in different ways, the setting supports learning through movement particularly well.

Our garden isn’t huge. We have a sandpit in one corner and a small veg patch which is home to an army of snails in the other. The majority of the garden is a rather chewed up lawn which has seen far too many football tackles. We have a small patio with the world’s most stubborn weeds and our toddler-battered flower beds have old Edinburgh cobbles laid down as a border. Over the weeks and months, Chris and I filled our days with a variety of activities. Some we made up together, others from my teaching profession and lots from home schooling and outdoor learning websites. Here is a snap shot of a typical home schooled day in our garden. Outdoor chalks, Lego and some junk from the shed were all the resources we needed.

Simply taking his learning outside really lifted his interest and energy




Spelling is not my son’s strength. Like most children, he finds practising his spelling words a bit of a drag. By taking it outside and using coloured chalks to write the words onto our cobbles instantly made the lesson fun and interesting. We would take turns to cover the words with our hands, feet or even leaves to test our memory of the words. This could also be done by using your finger to write the words in sand or a wet paintbrush could be used to write the words on a stone or paving.


One of the maths tasks sent from school was to revise adding in 10’s. Chris loves working with numbers plus anything competitive. So he had great fun throwing bean bags at numbers chalked onto our patio from various distances. This was good for quick number calculations as well as target practice.

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This activity wasn’t connected to his school work, but we found a simple garden hunt to be a perfect way to relax and focus our attention on something new. It sparked lots of discussion and Chris would often draw the insects or plants he found afterwards. We discovered shield bugs, spotted red admiral butterflies and even came across a buried duck egg in our sandpit! You could taylor the hunt to concentrate on finding items of certain colours or shapes too.


With all our visits to hospital, Chris was developing a greater interest and awareness of how his body worked. We thought that by drawing around his body on the patio with chalks and filling it with the organs, it would help visualise how our body worked. We would point to the chalk organs, then our own bodies and discuss what job that organ had.


OUTDOOR CLASSROOM Our home-schooling days came to an end once Christopher’s condition improved and his strength increased. Although not fully recovered, he is back at school full time and we are looking forward to taking our outdoor learning further than just the back garden. We are fortunate in Edinburgh to have a number of amazing companies offering great learning activities for children of all ages. WATER OF LEITH VISITOR CENTRE on Lanark Road has plenty to offer, from private bug-hunting parties to river dipping, survival skills, tracking wildlife and creating wild art work.

Lego is usually associated with being an indoor toy but take it outside and suddenly everything is even more awesome! We designed lots of things outside on our rug. Space ships, fortresses, racing cars, but our favourite was the bird feeder. Chris noticed that our current one hanging on the tree was empty and rather bashed. He decided to make his own out of Lego! A great activity for fine motor skills, the imagination and encouraging a bit of bird spotting too.

Problem Solving

Once Chris gained greater mobility and strength we moved onto more physical activities. Bits of wood, old hose pipes, pieces of guttering and a tarpaulin sheet all provided the essentials for our garden inventions. Den building, basic water irrigation systems, bug hotels and obstacle courses were amongst our favourite. Lots of engineering, problem solving, co-ordination and balance skills were put to the test. n


IZZIES CREATIVE OUTDOOR LEARNING provides classes for 3 - 5 year olds in term time and older children in school holidays. They are child-led classes which offer exciting resources and help facilitate play in and around the woods in Edinburgh. Izzie’s mission is to allow children to use their imaginations and discover a little bit of magic in an outdoor environment. JUPITER ARTLAND offers a huge range of workshops and courses for all ages throughout the year. Sessions are packed with fun and messy indoor and outdoor activities which develop skills in the beautiful environment of Jupiter Artland. The leaders are qualified in Montessori and Forest School methods to inspire outdoor learning for all.



ROWANBANK ENVIRONMENTAL ARTS AND EDUCATION is a unique company that uses theatre, circus, story-telling, music and art to inform and inspire people. They provide courses, workshops and magical woodland walks to raise awareness of environmental issues.

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Sarah Wheatley, Birth and Beyond

One of the things that is rarely talked about with pregnant women is the possibility of postnatal depression or anxiety. Yet many of us are now living lives that put us more at risk of struggling as new parents than ever before. A few of the contributing factors include: Being less likely to be surrounded by family and close friends where you live. ● Being more likely to be in work before having a baby, and enjoying much of our social contact and sense of fulfilment/purpose there. ● Having high expectations of what we can achieve as new parents ●


Timebanks are a great new way for communities to come together and help support each other. Members can desposit time credits in their Timebank by providing help or services to others, and can withdraw these time credits when they need something done by a fellow Timebank member. Perhaps you have some small jobs that need doing? Want to help other people? Got some spare time on your hands? Want to get to know your neighbours better?



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irsty Carver, one of the leading members of Portobello Timebank, inadvertently hit upon a way of mitigating all these factors when she joined the Timebank: “My son was 3 weeks old when I joined. I didn’t really know anyone in Edinburgh, since we had only recently moved here and I realised pretty quickly that I missed meeting people and having other things in my life other than being a mother. Initially I wasn’t sure what I could offer but fortunately you get 5 free credits at the start so that took the pressure off. I later realised that tasks that seemed easy to me (showing someone how to set up their iPad) was wonderful for someone else. It gave me a sense of being able to contribute something to someone else and connection to the wider community. And my son now has an ‘adopted’ Granny who has known us since he was tiny, which is pretty special for him (and wonderful for us as parents).” made MAR / APR 2017

All the things that Kirsty describes – connection, a sense of purpose, being supported by other people – are things that can be lacking for new parents at home with a baby. And they’re crucial ingredients for good mental health. “I had done NCT and the local NHS classes, but there wasn’t really anyone who lived particularly local to me, so I knew that I had to find my own community. Thanks to Timebank I not only have a community, but my son is comfortable hanging out with people from a whole variety of ages, stages and walks of life.” Kirsty’s story beautifully illustrates a few of the amazing benefits of joining your local Timebank, and what a bonus it can be not just for your family but also for the other people who you come into contact with. If you would like to know more, you can check out Portobello Timebank on or else you can find a list of Edinburgh Timebanks at n










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Your time is valuable and your diet is important The LarderBox was founded in Edinburgh by Jeff Manson because he wanted to get people back in the kitchen and make it easier to eat well using the best local suppliers available. The LarderBox believes wellness begins from within and with real, unprocessed and nourishing food comes health, wellbeing and happiness. The LarderBox allows you to live a healthier, happier and more energised life by offering delicious meals, made with fantastic local ingredients, without the hassle of planning your diet, measuring the ingredients and sourcing all the products you need. All meals they offer are Gluten Free and they have an expanding menu of tasty, nutritious and seasonal recipes. You choose the dishes you’d like to eat for the week and they deliver the exact ingredients to your door…







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Fiona Davidson of SmilePlus Dental Care, takes us through the stages of tooth development from the emergence of a child’s first milk tooth to the arrival of their final wisdom tooth.


The grizzly period

The period that many parents dread and for many, rightly so, as for some babies, teething can be a painful time. Babies usually start teething between three and twelve months, most commonly around six months. By the time your little one reaches their third birthday, they should have all 20 primary (also known as ‘milk’ or ‘baby’) teeth. Their lower front teeth are usually the first to make an appearance. We advise visiting the dentist about six months after their first tooth has popped through. This is in part, to check the health of the teeth and gums, but is also important to get your little one used to the dentist as early as possible. They will be very short appointments and usually dentists encourage little ones to have fun on the chair in a very relaxed visit, and of course there is always a sticker!







Time for the tooth fairy

Accidents aside, and I can tell you, I see a lot of patients who have bumped out a front tooth before they are due to fall out, children generally start losing their primary teeth around age six, but it can be as young as four or after their eighth birthday. Generally, they lose all their primary teeth by the time they are 12. More often than not, they fall out in the order in which they got them, so for most, the bottom front teeth are the first to greet the tooth fairy. And don’t panic if you Dentists encourage think their new teeth don’t little ones to have look as new as they should. Adult teeth are rarely as fun on the chair in pearly white as primary a very relaxed visit, teeth. That said, if you have any concerns always check and of course there with your dentist. Brushing is always a sticker! is now more important than ever and should be supervised until your child is around eight-years-old. The 20 teeth that they lose, are replaced by 32 adult teeth, with their growing jaws making room to accommodate the additional teeth. The four wisdom teeth will be the last to emerge, by which time, your child may well be a young adult. For some they never fully emerge.

What about fissure sealing?

Most of us remember having fissure sealing at some point in our childhood. Molars are more prone to decay due to their grooves and small hollows, so the sealant helps protect these areas especially prone to decay. It’s a pain-free and quick process so absolutely nothing to worry about. Some believe good dental hygiene is enough to avoid dental decay so opt out. It is really down to personal preference. However, unlike a filling, which involves drilling and anesthetic, many believe it better to think in terms of prevention rather than cure.

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hildren’s natural curiosity and ability to ask questions make them perfect budding scientists. Their young minds are constantly analysing information; developing explanations; solving problems; building and rebuilding their knowledge of the world around them. Studies1 have shown that mixing science education at nursery or school along with taking part in science related activities whilst pursuing personal interests such as attending clubs and visiting museums is the perfect formula for learning science. Getting children involved in science from a young age has also been shown to pique their interest in science and lead to them to actively seek out science information for the rest of their lives2. Be Experimental believe it’s important to nurture young people’s scientific minds and that is why they have developed their very own science clubs. Kids as young as 2 years old can come along and take part in experiments and investigations on topics ranging from astronomy to zoology. Here’s a simple experiment you can try at home with your little scientists.


Pre-school Science Clubs

Weekly Edinburgh science clubs start week beginning 24th April and cover exciting topics such as chemical reactions, space, dinosaurs and the senses. Day: Tuesdays Time: 1.45pm - 2.30pm Place: Morningside United Church, 15 Chamberlain Rd, Edinburgh, EH10 4DH Age: 2-5 years Cost: £6 per child Places are limited and must be booked in advance. To book your child’s place, contact Lindsay on lindsaymurphy@







Red Cabbage Capers

You will need: ● Old clothes, an apron or better still a lab coat (red cabbage juice can stain) ● 1 x jug ● 1 x sieve ● 1 x pan ● 5 x clear glasses (disposable champagne flutes work particularly well!) ● 1 x spoon Why not ● 4-5 x chopped red cabbage leaves try more ● 50 ml lemon juice household ● 1 spoon of bicarbonate of soda substances to ● 1 spoon of washing powder test whether ● 50 ml white vinegar


they are acid or alkaline?

1. To extract the red cabbage juice boil it in water for 15 minutes until you get a lovely concentrated purple liquid. 2. Pour the liquid through a sieve to get rid of any chunky bits. 3. While waiting for it to cool, set out the 5 different glasses, each containing one of the ingredients - lemon juice, bicarbonate of soda, washing powder and white vinegar. The final glass should be left empty at this stage. This glass is called a ‘control’ and will be used to compare your results. 4. Pour the red cabbage juice into each of the 5 glasses – make sure you pour equal amount of red cabbage juice into each glass. 5. Observe what happened in each glass and compare the results. So how did this work? Red cabbage contains a water-soluble pigment called anthocyanin which changes colour when mixed with an acid or alkaline. This pigment turns pink-red when mixed with an acidic substance with a pH of less than 7 and a bluegreen colour when mixed with an alkaline substance with a pH of more than 7. Red cabbage juice is considered to be an indicator because it can tell us about the chemical composition of other substances. n 1. Falk, John H., Storksdieck, M., Dierking, L. Public Understanding of Science 200716:455, Investigating public science interest and understanding: evidence for the importance of free choice learning 2. Grack nelson A., Crowley, K., Pattison, S., Bailey, E., CAISE Admin. - Knowledge Base Informal Science 1st January 2016, How young children learn science, news-views/how-young-children-learn-science

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1. Former Scotland rugby captain, Andy Nicol, marked the launch of new Edinburgh salon, MacGregor Hairdressing and Beauty, helping raise money for CHAS.


3. Zara McMullan and Jennifer Duncan meet the Baddest Witch in Town in the Edinburgh Dungeon’s new show, Witch Hunt.

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2. Turtle Tots Edinburgh & East Lothian are amongst the first in UK to take new STA Diploma in Baby and Pre-School Teaching. Pictured here is Karina, Juliana and Nikki.

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4. The Scottish Seabird Centre is collaborating with The Firth of Forth Lobster Hatchery to host the Hatchery’s winter exhibition, Tomorrow’s Lobsters. The exhibition will run until March 2017. Pictured here is Rebecca O’Connor (10) and Stan Watson (9) from North Berwick .

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Why is it impossible to remove the top of a Tommee Tippee cup without the entire remaining contents bursting out all over you?


hy is it impossible to remove the top of a Tommee Tippee cup without the entire remaining contents bursting out all over you? This drenching in Tommee Tippee contents has happened to me on more than one occasion. Most often this occurs when you are about to leave the house for the office and would rather not have a huge wet patch across your crotch making it look like it’s not only your 3 year old son who sometimes doesn’t quite make it to the bathroom in time. If your office is some distance away, there is the chance that there will be enough time for said wet patch to dry out, in which case all you have to endure is your public transport journey and hope that you don’t stumble across an old friend who glances down at your crotch area, drawn by the contrast in colour between your light khaki chinos (which seemed a good idea on opening the curtains to sunshine) and this strange dark stained area. What’s the best way to handle that situation? Tackle it straight on with ‘darned Tommee Tippee’s . . . ‘ and point down at your crotch? Of course, this can often add more focus to the area in question, enforcing eye contact on your crotch, which tends not to be a socially acceptable norm. And strategically, is it really the right decision? Firstly, had you not drawn attention to it, they may not have noticed. Secondly, will they believe your story? If they don’t have children, they may have no clue what a Tommee Tippee is and may believe it to be a person, which would make it all doubly weird. Alternatively, as has happened to me before when you attempt to bring someone into your own personal foolish world, they may have kids, they may know Tommy Tippee cups and yet simply reply with ‘oh, right, I see . . . I’ve certainly never had that problem.’ I have a second issue with Tommee Tippee cups - why are they designed in such a way that when you fill it up with water and then place back

on the lid, the liquid in the cup squirts up through the nozzle and strikes you square in the eye. Yes, I know - don’t fill it as full. The problem is, I want to fill it full, because if I don’t, my toddler will guzzle it and finish it so fast that I have to lift the lid off again and the dregs will end up splattered all over my light khaki trousers... n

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Michael Atkinson is a dad to two young sons, but occasionally finds the time to write on golf, whisky, fatherhood and politics.





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