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  • 21 Feb 2014

    Six Gorgeous Fairtrade Toys

    With Fairtrade Fortnight running from 24th Feb to 4th March, we’ve rounded up some delightful Fairtrade toys. With the notion of Fairtrade becoming more understood and respected, there is gradually a change towards ethical trading. Still a long way to go, of course, but these companies show that it is possible to source unique products that last whilst adhering to principles of a fair deal for everyone. There is often the impression that Fairtrade gifts are too expensive but buying cheap toys is a false economy – not only are they often produced in sweat-shop conditions, they also rarely last from one child to the next. […] more

  • 13 Feb 2014

    Make a home for your garden birds

    The fact National Nest Box Week begins on 14th February is rather lovely. Birds need our love and respect especially at this time of year, so treating them to a cosy home is a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Building a nest box is also a fun activity for older children and watching little feathered visitors make themselves at home is entertaining and educational for any age-group. There’s huge satisfaction to be gained from spotting a bird with a beak full of twigs dart into a home-made nest box. The week is part of the British Trust for Ornithology’s (BTO) devotion to all our beloved native birds, and is a way to help this fantastic charity do their important work. […] more

  • 8 Feb 2014

    Keeping our children safe on the Internet

    Internet safety is a new but very pressing topic. A lot of parents are finding their feet with this issue as it’s something we’ve never faced before, but it’s also an area we need to learn about – and fast. Tuesday 11th February is Safer Internet Day, when schools, companies and governments come together to promote the safe and responsible use of technology in order to harness its largely positive effects on our lives. The theme is ‘let’s create a better internet together’, offering the opportunity to focus on both the creative things that children and young people are doing online, as well as the role and responsibility that all stakeholders have in helping to create a better internet. […] more

  • 2 Feb 2014

    Family events on World Wetlands Day

    While most of us are finding this wet winter a little trying – especially those struggling in flood damaged areas – many of the UK’s wetland species LOVE it! The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) manages 2,600 hectares of wetland habitat at nine key locations across the UK to attract and support as many species of wildlife as possible including birds, mammals and plants. Many of the wetland centres across the UK have seen record numbers of visitors this winter. […] more

  • 1 Feb 2014

    Get involved this National Story-telling Week

    Thought storytelling was just for kids? Think again. National Storytelling Week, taking place from 1st-8th February is a celebration of all that is wonderful about this ancient art. Founded and organised by the Society for Storytelling, this annual event is now in its 14th year with an estimated audience of 17,000 people. National Storytelling Week is a chance for communities to come together to enjoy this communicative art in schools, libraries, community centres, cafes, museums and homes. It celebrates the imagination and cultures all over the world, bringing people together through sharing tantalising tales and stimulating stories. […] more

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