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  • 20 Mar 2014

    International Children’s Book Day

    International Children’s Book Day has been celebrated annually, on or around 2nd April, since 1967. 2nd April was chosen because it is Hans Christian Anderson’s birthday, one of the best loved children’s authors whose books are still popular today. International Children’s Book Day was founded by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), a non-profit organisation which represents an international network of people from all over the world who are committed to bringing books and children together. […] more

  • 16 Mar 2014

    Get skipping!

    Most of us remember playing with skipping ropes at school and the chants that went with them, getting faster and more complicated as the games progressed. 28th March is the 12th annual National Skipping Day. An actual day to celebrate skipping, you ask? Well, yes, apparently it is a great form of cardiovascular exercise and a fun and energising way to get fit. National Skipping Day isn’t affiliated to any charity, it’s purely about the fun of it! […] more

  • 13 Mar 2014

    Support your local library

    I’m sitting typing this in the warm peace of our local library. It’s a place that has a special place in my heart, as all libraries do. Every time I enter a library I still feel the thrill of the fact these amazing places are gloriously, deliciously free. That these great bastions of learning are available to all, regardless of age, economic background or religious leaning. Libraries have something for everyone. […] more

  • 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

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