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  • 14 Oct 2013

    Passing crafts down

    It could be argued that some of the skills that are most vital to our children are not how to do quadratic equations or conjugate a verb, but how to live sustainably and self-sufficiently. Being able to make our own clothes falls into this category; how empowering is it for a child to design and make their very own customised garment? This kind of empowerment also in turn lessens the stranglehold of the big clothing multinationals. The more people are able to make and mend their own clothes, the less dependant they are on cheap, sweat-shop made items. […] more

  • 8 Oct 2013

    50 cheap or free activities for autumn

    The cold weather is upon us and, whether you home-educate full time or your children attend school… being indoors a lot can become a little claustrophobic feeling. Not to mention the children soon start bouncing off of the walls. So, we’ve put together a list of fun and free/cheap activities to enjoy in your own home or locally. Inspiration for those long and snuggly days ahead, for the whole family to enjoy together. […] more

  • 7 Oct 2013

    Ten things to do with conkers

    Nothing reminds me of childhood autumns like conkers! Every year we would go out, scour the local park and collect the strongest looking bunch we could fine, steal a shoelace from an old shoe and get stuck in to elaborate contests that could last from days to weeks. As you can imagine, I’ve been excited to revive this much loved tradition for my own children. But, I’m either a lot softer now that I’m older or I’ve been crafting with my littles for a bit too long… I just can’t seem to leave the weaklings of the bunch. Their misshapen little bodies are just bursting with potential and I’ve been determined to put them to good use. […] more

  • 3 Oct 2013

    Get drawing!

    It’s that time of year again! Roll up roll up for the wonderful Big Draw event which runs from 1 October to 3 November. This year’s celebration of drawing will be taking place in fifteen countries, with more than 200,000 people expected to take part. There’s sure to be something for everyone, from those keen sketchers who never go anywhere without a pencil tucked behind their ear, to those who think they can’t draw for toffee. […] more

  • 2 Oct 2013

    National Poetry Day

    Most of us have a poem we remember from childhood. A simple rhythm that we could pick up easily, funny or poignant, a sense of a world conjured up in a few words: that’s the lifelong magic of a poem. Whilst paying for a plant in a garden centre recently, I got into a conversation with the cashier about Edward Lear’s The Owl and the Pussycat, and soon several people in the queue behind me were adding the few lines they recalled. It was a special moment and reminded me why poetry is worth celebrating. […] more

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