Tooth note

You’re seven. You lose a tooth and then – uh oh – you lose that tooth. What do you do? Naturally, you write the tooth fairy an explanatory note…

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Hard play

I’ve been meaning to blog this for while. Russell thinks ‘soft play’ is “one of those things that’s better than it used to be” and I see what he means but I’m not so sure. I’m a pretty involved dad and I spend a fair amount of my time in a local soft play area… Continue reading Hard play

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Xmas toys: good and bad. Number 5 – The Giants and The Joneses audiobook by Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson has written some of our favourite kids’ books – The Gruffalo, The Snail and the Whale, Room on the Broom and loads more – all beautifully-written. The Giants and The Joneses is aimed at a slightly older age group than these but the brilliant (unabridged) CD audiobook, read by Helen Lederer, is one… Continue reading Xmas toys: good and bad. Number 5 – The Giants and The Joneses audiobook by Julia Donaldson

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My idea of heaven

Spending a really golden morning with my 5 year-old daughter Billie (she’s off school recovering from something called Winter Vomiting Virus – nice), reading stories, playing snakes & ladders, making a Balamory collage and listening to the really quite amazing Last FM.

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Xmas toys: good and bad. number 3 – The Incredimobile RC car

This one looked unpromising. I don’t need to tell you that 90% of movie tie-in toys are depressing play-once-and-discard rubbish and I found it difficult to believe that a plastic RC car could buck the trend (much as I loved The Incredibles) but, dear reader, I was wrong. It’s chunky (doors close nicely, roof snaps… Continue reading Xmas toys: good and bad. number 3 – The Incredimobile RC car

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Xmas toys: good and bad. Number 2 – The Playmobil Airliner

Engineered like a Mercedes, the Playmobil Airliner is really a parent’s toy. Everything snaps together with the kind of satisfying click that only the Germans can manage. The thing comes with a tiny plastic and steel tool that looks like it belongs in the boot of an SL. The interior has cup holders with stacking… Continue reading Xmas toys: good and bad. Number 2 – The Playmobil Airliner

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Trying to keep it together…

I give you a snapshot of the pre-Xmas domestic disarray round here. I’m feeding the kids Friday evening and notice that the pretty little red plate that I’ve given to Rosie for her fish fingers is actually a frisbee (an Incredibles frisbee in fact).

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What are they on about?

Fat Cat is a cartoon character with an uncertain grasp of the English language. I think he comes from China, although this notebook and pencil (which come with a pencil case, ruler, pencil sharpener, eraser and a sort of clip thing) was bought in Spain and carries some words in Dutch too. If you click… Continue reading What are they on about?

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