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How to find perfect presents for all the children in your life

Trying to find the perfect presents for the children in your life can be so tricky, especially when the children you’re buying for are all different ages with completely different interests.

And this year it’s probably going to be even trickier, with it being harder to head out to the high street and shopping centres to browse for gifts.

Don’t panic though, with the help of online shopping (honestly, I don’t know what I’d do without the internet!) and a bit of creativity you can find perfect presents for all the different children in your life that you need to buy for.

 

One of the first stops you should make online is Wicked Uncle.

Honestly this site is amazing for finding fun, exciting, unique presents for kids.

The biggest problem I tend to have is trying to find things for children that are different ages from my own children.  My two are 9 and 6 at the moment, so I don’t really have a clue what to buy for a 12 year old, for example.

This is where Wicked Uncle comes in.

On the home page you can select the age of the child you’re buying for and then you get presented with a whole load of suggestions for toys, games, books, and fun educational kits that are suitable for the age you selected.

If there are too many ideas for you to choose from and you feel a bit overwhelmed, you can click to see the most popular gifts for the age you’ve chosen.

You can also browse ideas in categories, like engineer, role play, and sensory, if you know the type of present you’re looking for.

There are so many different ideas on Wicked Uncle, you could easily get all the children on  your list ticked off in one go.  And if you really want to save yourself some time you can even use their gift wrapping and card writing service, and get everything taken care of all at once.

 

If you’d rather get a bit more hands-on when it comes to present-buying but you’re not sure exactly what to get, then a child-friendly hamper is a really fun option.

You could fill it with all sorts of little gifts, each individually wrapped to make it special and exciting for the child to open up.

Things like sweets and chocolates, bath bombs, hair clips, key rings, card games, magic tricks, sticker books, fidget toys and blind bags are all pretty much guaranteed to be a hit and can be adapted for different ages and interests.

 

If you want to stay away from ‘stuff’ altogether then you could look at giving an experience as a gift instead.

We might not be able to do very much or visit many places at the moment, but you could still give a gift voucher for something like a horse riding lesson, or a trip to the zoo, or the cinema that could be used when things (hopefully) start to open up again.

You could even go the home-made route with this, and make your own gift voucher for something like a home spa day that you could then put on and enjoy with your nieces and nephews.

What I love about this idea is that you can completely tailor it for each child you need a present for, so it’s perfectly suited to them and what they enjoy doing.

 

Hopefully this post has given you some ideas for where to look for the perfect present for all the children in your life.

How many children do you normally give presents to at Christmas?

Do you find it hard finding the perfect gifts for them or do you enjoy the process of hunting for something they’ll really love?

 

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5 habits to develop at the start of the new school year

5 habits to develop for the new school year

I meant to write this post over a month ago.  I was all organised back then and created the graphics to go with it and everything.  I just didn’t manage to actually write the thing.

So the title feels slightly off given the fact that we’re now almost at the autumn half term.  But I’m just going with it.

The way things are this year, I suppose we could all use any help we can get on getting on top of things and making life easier for ourselves.  Especially when it comes to juggling everything involved with having school-age children.

So, better late than never, here are 5 habits that you might want to develop for the new school year.  Or for any time in the school year!

 

Get things ready the night before.

This is possibly the best habit you can get into to make life easier during term time.

Get as much as possible packed and ready to go, the night before.

Make up packed lunch boxes.

Get clean school uniform laid out.  This is particularly useful at the moment when, if your school is like ours, the children need to wear a fresh set of clothes each day, as well as wearing PE kit to school on PE days.

Pick out clothes for yourself and put them out ready to throw on in the morning.

Gather any homework folders and reading books that need to be returned and pop them by the front door.

Basically get as much as possible done and ready to grab and go in the morning, so you don’t have as much rushing around to do before the school run.

 

Designate a homework day

Pick a day that works for your family for homework to be done and then stick to that day each week.

You might find that what works best for you and your children is to get all their homework completed on the day it’s sent home from school.

Or you might find that designating a different day for each piece of work is better.  In our family, for example, the homework folders come home on a Thursday so we might do maths that evening, reading on Saturday and then practice spellings on Monday evening, before it all goes back to school on Tuesday.

 

Get (and use!) a family calendar

There is so much to keep track of and remember when you have school-age children, and a big family calendar is one of the best tools you can get to keep on top of everything.

You can get calendars that have a column for each member of the family so you can write everyone’s different activities and so on in their own space so it’s nice and clear.

Now, at the moment there might not be the usual after school clubs, playdates and extra-curricular activities going on that would normally fill up your family calendar.  But there are still so many things you can note on there to make sure you stay organised.

You can note down the days that homework folders need to be returned to school, the days that the children need to go to school already dressed for PE, as well as reminders about changes to drop off and pick up times and different routes you might need to take around the school.

 

Find a regular time to talk about your day

Things can be really manic on school days as you rush around making sure everything gets done and nothing gets forgotten, but one thing really worth making time for is talking to your children about their day.

It can be ridiculously hard to get some children to talk about what they’ve done in school, but if you start to build a routine around chatting about your days at the same time, or in the same place, each day they should start to open up.

You might find that the best time to talk is on the way home from school.  Or it might be at the dinner table if you all sit and eat together.  Or you might find that your child finds it easiest to open up at bedtime.

The time you choose doesn’t really matter, just try and make it around the same time each day.

And if your child is really reluctant to answer the open-ended question of ‘what did you do today?’, then try my ‘3 things’ trick.

I ask my children to tell me 1 thing they learnt about, 1 good thing that made them happy and 1 not so good thing about their day, and most of the time this really helps me find out more about how their days have been.

 

Eat well and sleep well

Life during the school year is so busy, we all need as much energy as possible.

So little things like making sure everyone eats something decent for breakfast are really quite important.

Another thing that can have a big impact on keeping energy levels up is staying hydrated, so encourage your children to take a water bottle to school with them and to keep drinking through the day.

The last habit that’s worth developing for the school year is setting up a good bedtime routine.  We all need some sort of routine to help wind our minds and bodies down ready for sleep.  So think about limiting screen time after a certain time in the evening, giving your child a warm milky drink before they head upstairs, and reading together or encouraging them to read in bed for a bit before turning off the light.

 

 

Hopefully if you can build these habits into your life they’ll help make things just that little bit easier during the school year and help the whole family feel a bit calmer, happier and more organised.

How many of these things do you already do?

Are there any other habits that you would recommend or tips you have for making life easier during the school year?

Importance of Vitamin D for keeping the whole family healthy

The importance of Vitamin D for keeping the whole family healthy

We all know we need to eat a balanced diet and get a variety of vitamins and nutrients to keep our bodies healthy.

But how much do you actually know about the benefits we get from each different vitamin?

There are quite a few vitamins and nutrients that I know are good for me, but I don’t know what specific effect they have on my body.

One vitamin that we’ve been hearing a lot about in the news recently is Vitamin D.

It’s an essential vitamin that has so many benefits for the whole family, and one that we all need to be making sure we get enough of over the winter months.

 

Vitamin D is quite often referred to as ‘the sunshine vitamin’ because our bodies produce it when our skin is exposed to sunlight.

From the end of March until the end of September most of us are out in the sunshine enough that we can get all the vitamin D we need from sunlight.  During the rest of the year though it gets much harder.  Our skin isn’t exposed to natural sunlight in the same way and so it’s much harder for our bodies to produce this important vitamin.

We can get some vitamin D from a small number of foods including:

  • red meat
  • egg yolks
  • oily fish such as salmon and sardines
  • fortified foods such as breakfast cereals

These foods don’t give us all the vitamin D we need though, so the Department of Health and Social Care recommends that we should all consider taking a vitamin D supplement in the autumn and winter months.

There are specific supplements for babies, children and adults that ensure that everyone gets the correct dosage, although formula-fed babies shouldn’t be given supplements because formula is fortified with vitamin D.

You can easily buy vitamins online and have them delivered to your home, or you can pick some up on the high street or at the supermarket when you do your food shop.

 

The reason it’s recommended that we take supplements to make sure we get enough vitamin D in the autumn and winter months is because it plays such an important role in keeping us healthy.

Vitamin D helps us maintain good bone, teeth and muscle health.

It works alongside calcium, promoting its absorption in the gut.  This is turn allows for normal mineralisation of the bones.  In other words, we need vitamin D alongside calcium, for calcium to be able to properly do its thing.

This is why it’s so important to make sure our children get enough vitamin D, as their bones and teeth are still developing.  And it’s just as important for us as we get older to help prevent issues with weak bones and muscles.

 

Vitamin D also protects our immune systems so we can fight off infections, colds and flu viruses, which is especially important at the moment with the coronavirus spreading along with the standard seasonal viruses.

A study carried out in Denmark led researchers to believe that vitamin D is an important part of a complex process in which T cells become ready to help fight infection.  The findings from the study suggest that taking vitamin D supplements can boost immunity, and that people who have a vitamin D deficiency are more susceptible to infection.

 

Making sure the whole family gets enough vitamin D can also help everyone avoid health issues such as feeling run down and tired, depression, hair loss and slow-healing wounds.

So in the coming months when we’re all staying inside more and not getting the exposure to sunlight we need to produce vitamin D, it really is worth looking at taking a supplement and getting more vitamin D rich foods into the family’s diet.

 

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ways to document your child growing up

How to document your child growing up

Time flies by so fast.

One day your babies are being born, the next it seems their off to school and then to work or university. Your children will be young adults before you know it, and you’ll be left with just memories of their time growing up. 

Your children will grow so fast. They’ll change every month, and if you blink, you’ll miss it. It is essential that you document your children growing up. This will make a big difference for you looking back. 

 

But what are the best ways to document your child growing up? 

In this article, we’ll look at some creative ways of making sure you preserve the memory of your children growing up. 

 

Make a note of key milestones in your child’s development 

Whenever something monumental happens in your child’s life, you may not be thinking about what day or date it is, you may just be amazed that your baby has spoken for the first time, or is walking around without help.

But these little things should be recorded for posterity. Make a note of the dates that things happen so that you can mark your baby’s progress. 

There are many different products available that allow you to track important dates like the day that your child grew their first tooth. 

 

Use height charts to record how quickly they’ve grown

One of the best ways to record how quickly your child is growing is with a height chart.

If you place a marker and a date on your child’s height chart every month, you’ll be able to see exactly how fast they are growing. 

 

Have a family photoshoot at different stages of their lives

Photos are one of the best ways of documenting a child growing up. Book in with a professional photographer and have a photoshoot with your entire family.

You can repeat this at different stages during your child’s development so that you have a range of different photos to look back on. Professional photos will always bring out the best in people and will really stand out, so they are worth the investment. 

 

Take a photo on the first and last day of every school year

A lot can change over the course of one single school year. While many parents will take a photo of their child on the first day of school each year, many people overlook the last day of school. Take a picture of both and have them printed using Pixa Prints

 

Take a photo next to a list of their favourite things 

It’s not just the appearance of your child that will be changing as they grow up. They’re interests and tastes may be rapidly changing. 

Every year, take a photo of your child next to a chalkboard filled with a list of their favourite things.

For instance, you may wish to include what they like to eat, their favourite place, what they like to do, their favourite book, and what they want to be when they grow up. 

Tracking their personal growth and people is just as important as documenting their physical development. 

 

Take a photo each Christmas 

Every year, take a photo of your child in front of the Christmas tree. That way, you’ll have a series of photos that are all the same only your child is growing in them. 

Taking the same photo each year could become a family Christmas tradition. 

 

Back-up your photos to the cloud

In the digital age, we take photos and record videos all of the time. Our phones and tablets are stuffed full of images, and we rarely print these off anymore. 

The last thing that you would want would be for your device to get lost, stolen, or damaged, and all of the photos and videos of your child growing up would get lost. 

It is essential that you back-up all of your photos to the cloud. By doing this, you won’t have to lose any of your family’s precious memories. 

 

Start a blog 

Whether you want to share your family’s life with the world, or just document it so that you can look back on it in years to come, a great option for you could be to start a blog

Use your blog as though it was an online journal and make sure that you document everything that you have been doing together as a family. Make sure that you include plenty of photos and videos, and you can even use sound recordings. 

There are plenty of different options when it comes to choosing the right blogging platform. You could choose between Tumblr, Wix, Blogger, WordPress, and more. 

 

Keep a memento box 

For each of your children, start a memento box. That way, when they are still very young, you can keep different mementoes as they age. Each memento should be a milestone.

For instance, you may want to keep a lock of their hair from when they were a baby, keep things like pacifiers, hospital wristbands, first teeth to fall out, their first drawings, and so much more. 

 

Create a photobook 

There are plenty of companies such as Blurb that allow you to make and publish your own books. You could create photobooks crammed full of memories of your family’s time together along with photos and keep them on your shelf for posterity.

 

Use social media 

Social media is a great place to start when documenting your child growing up. The memories feature on Facebook will allow you to look back on posts from previous years. 

Be careful not to overshare too much, because you are sharing to social media it can be difficult to know whether your friends may be a bit tired of seeing so many updates about your family. 

 

Make a growing handprint craft 

Each year, your child’s hands will grow. Cut out their handprints each year from different coloured paper and stack them on top of each other with the smallest hand on top, you’ll get a cute piece of wall art that grows with your child. 

 

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Back to school after lockdown

Preparing for back to school after lockdown

Around this time of year, every year, us parents start planning for back to school.

It’s pretty much the same every August – working out what items of uniform the children have grown out of, getting feet measured for new school shoes, booking spaces in after-school clubs and breakfast club and so on.

This year though, everything is a bit different.  A lot still feels very uncertain.

All this change and uncertainty can be hard to deal with and can leave both us parents and our children feeling quite anxious about the new school year.

So here are some suggestions for things you can do to help you and your children prepare for going back to school after these long months at home during lockdown.

 

Some of this advice is for helping children prepare for going back to school after lockdown, and some of it is aimed at getting us parents ready.

Seeing as the children are the ones who will actually be heading back to school, I’ll start with the advice for helping them.

 

Make time to talk and read together

It’s likely that your children will be feeling all sorts of mixed emotions about going back to school after such a long break.  So make sure you take time to talk through any and all feelings with them.

Reading books together can be a great way to spark conversations about how they might be feeling, so make reading with your children part of your evening routine if it’s not already.

If your child is feeling nervous and worried in general about going back to school, then ‘The Worrysaurus‘ is a great, gentle story to read together and get you talking about their feelings.

For children who are worried about how much things are changing then ‘The Koala who could‘ looks like a brilliant way to bring up the idea that change and doing new things can have really positive outcomes.

Young children who are nervous about how things will be at school when they go back might enjoy reading ‘When I start school‘, even if they’re not actually starting school for the very first time.  The book addresses different worries a child has about starting school, and is a great way to start a conversation with your child about the specific things they’re worried about with regards to heading back to school so you can then reassure them.

 

Start building good habits

There’s still a bit of time left to start getting into, or back into, good habits to prepare everyone for school starting again.

If your evening routine has relaxed during lockdown and the school holidays and bedtime has shifted later and later, then now is a good time to start trying to shift it back.

It’s also a good idea to keep practising thorough hand-washing routines and reminding your children about things like coughing and sneezing into their elbows and avoiding touching their faces as much as possible.

 

Walk them through the new normal

The school day will probably look quite different than it did last year, so take time to walk your children through the new routine.

If the school have sent any videos or photos showing how things will look then sit down and look at them together and talk about what is different from the way it was before.

Make sure your child knows where they’ll be going in the morning, and if you’ll be able to go to their classroom with them or if you’ll have to say goodbye at the gate.  Talk to them about the fact that you most likely won’t be able to hang around in the mornings, that you’ll have to give them a big hug goodbye and then leave.

Have a think about anything that will be different from before and make sure your child is confident about what they need to do and how things will work.

 

 

Working through these things with the children will help us parents prepare for them going back to school too, but there are also a few other things we need to think about.

 

Get everything organised ahead of time

Get as much information as you can from your child’s school and make sure you have everything they’ll need bought, labelled and ready before they head back to school.

You might need to buy extra sets of school uniform if, like our school, your children have been asked to wear a clean set of clothes each day.

If they need to have packed lunches for a while you’ll need to make sure you have lunch boxes, water bottles, and food containers and get them all clearly labelled too.

Make sure you’re clear on where you need to be to drop them off and pick them up, if this will be different from the normal routine.  And make sure you check what time drop offs and pick ups will be, because they’ll probably be staggered to avoid crowds at the gates.

 

Be open to all possibilities

At the moment schools here in the UK are planning to open to all children for the new school year.

The thing is there’s always a possibility that things can change.  If there are spikes in coronavirus cases then there’s a chance we could end up with the children back at home again for a while.

It’s an incredibly stressful time for everyone but staying open to, and putting things in place to prepare for, the possibility of more home school can help make things just that little bit easier.

Things like talking to employers about continuing to work from home, if that’s an option, are a good place to start.  You might also want to keep a work space for the children set up at home and make sure you have supplies of paper, printer ink, pencils and so on ready to go at any time.

 

Take care of your own mental health and wellbeing

This is such a stressful time for all of us, so as you and your children gear up for a new school year and a new routine, make sure you take time to look after your mental health and wellbeing.

I know it’s easier said than done at the moment, but try to find a bit of time where you can for a bit of self-care.  Head out for a little walk on your own.  Run a hot bath and shut yourself in the bathroom for half an hour.  Try practising mindfulness or meditation for a few minutes before bed each night.

If you can take care of your wellbeing then you’ll be in a stronger position to provide support for your children if they’re finding things hard too.

 

Hopefully these bits of advice will help you and your children feel more prepared for the new school year, whatever that might look like this year.

How are you feeling about the children going back to school?

key computer skills to teach your children

4 key computer skills to teach your children

We’ve always been quite relaxed about screen time with our children, and don’t have set restrictions in place on how long they can play on the computer or the iPad.

The way we see it, the skills they learn using the computer at home will be really useful for them as they get older, both at school and when they start working.

If you’d like to get your children going with computer skills but aren’t sure where to start then this post will hopefully be helpful.

These are the 4 key skills that I think are important to teach our children.

 

Keyboard and mouse skills

From quite a young age you can get children started with the basics of using a mouse and a keyboard with fun online games – just google ‘mouse control games’ to get started.

When your children get a bit older and are getting to grips with reading and writing then you can get them started with typing.

Nerys has been really keen to learn touch typing and we’ve found the dance mat typing lessons on BBC bitesize really great for that.  She’s having a lot of fun with it and slowly building her confidence in knowing where the different letters are on the keyboard.

 

Using the internet and email

So much of our lives are online these days that knowing how to use the internet is a key skill for children to learn.

Talk to your children about using the internet safely and think about setting up restrictions on the things they can see when they’re online.  This guide from Net Aware is useful if you’re not sure where to start with talking about staying safe online.

Once you feel happy that your children understand the safety issues you can start letting them loose on the internet.

Teach them how to use google to look things up that they’re interested in.

Show them how to open up websites by typing the address in.

Let them explore child-friendly websites by clicking on the different things that interest them.

Then as they get older you can help set them up with an email address and teach them how to use it.  You could start by sending each other an email once a week with a little list of your favourite things that you’ve done that week.

 

Coding

Coding is a relatively new skill, but it’s one that is so useful for children to learn.

You can get them started at a really young age with toys like the code-a-pillar which is suitable from age 3.   As they get a bit older then games like Osmo coding are a brilliant hands-on way to get to grips with coding.

When they’re old enough, and confident with their keyboard and mouse skills, they can learn more coding skills online.

Games like the hour of code from Disney are free and really great for children of various ages.  Rhys and Nerys have both completed this Moana-themed mini-course and really enjoyed it.

 

Creative skills

Along with the more technical skills, it’s also important to teach children creative computing skills.

As our children get older they’ll be asked to produce more and more of their schoolwork on the computer and that will include creating things like presentations that will require some graphic design skills.

We’ve been using Canva quite a bit at home, both for Rhys’ school work and to create our own fun designs for things like scavenger hunts.  I love it because there’s not too steep a learning curve but there is so much you can do and create.

You can do some great photo editing with Canva as well, from basic adjustments like boosting contrast to adding in filters, cropping and flipping images.  It’s a great place to start if you’re not ready to invest in something like Photoshop or Lightroom.

 

I know that lots of parents worry about how much screen time their children have, and don’t necessarily want to encourage them to be on the computer more, but they’ll be learning so much if you use that time in front of a screen to work on these 4 key skills.

How many of these things do you already do with your children?

Stop summer learning loss

How to keep children learning over the summer

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I know that after months of trying to do school work at home with your children the sense of relief when the summer holidays arrived was most likely incredible.

And I don’t blame you if you never want to look at another workbook or try and coerce your child into practising their times tables ever again.

The thing is, for my family at least, the return to school in September will be a huge shock to the system if we abandon learning altogether over the summer.  So if you want to keep your children ticking over with their learning then here are some things you can try doing with them (and lots of them basically involve learning through play).

 

Take on a summer reading challenge

The last few years we’ve signed up for the summer reading challenge at our local library and it’s been a great way to encourage the children to keep reading over the holidays.

If your local library is still closed at the moment, like ours is, then you can still sign up for the summer reading challenge online.

Another idea that would be fun for avid readers is to set up a family book club.  Decide together which books you’ll read, then sit down together each week to chat about them.

 

Dig out the board games, card games and chess boards

These kinds of games are a great way to sneak some learning into the summer holidays.

Things like chess teach them how to think strategically, as well as boosting their memory, spatial awareness and problem solving skills.

If you want to work on their spelling and language skills then games like scrabble (or junior scrabble for younger children) and boggle will get them thinking while also having fun.

We’re big fans of Orchard games for games that are simple and fun to play while still being quite educational.  They cover all sorts of things from times tables to telling the time in a way that makes learning just feel like playing.

 

Keep a bit of structure

If having a bit of a routine works best for your family then you might want to pick up, or carry on with, some of the structure of doing home schooling.

There are loads of workbooks you can buy that cover all sorts of subjects for children of all ages, that they can work through at their own pace.

You could also look at using Twinkl resources to find worksheets to print off for them to do.

If you’re happy with them working on the computer then you could use the resources from BBC bitesize, there’s loads on there from when the schools were closed, covering various topics.

We’ve also been using The Maths Factor for a few months now to support the maths work the children were given from school to do at home.  Rhys and Nerys both really enjoy doing their daily sessions and I’m a huge fan of the way Carol Vorderman uses all sorts of tips and tricks to help them understand different maths problems.  I signed the children up for it when it was free during the school closures, but they were getting so much out of it I’ve paid for subscriptions for them now and can see us sticking with it for quite a while.

 

Make the most of screen time

If your children would happily spend hours on end in front of the computer or iPad then try using that to your advantage.

There are all sorts of things they can do on tablets or computers that are really fun but also educational.

A great place to start is with games that teach them the basics of coding.  Rhys was asked to do some Disney hour of code activities as part of his school work that we did at home last term, and it was so much fun Nerys ended up doing it too.

 

Get creative

One of the skills that I’m really aware that my children don’t practice much over the summer holidays is handwriting.

So any activity that gets them writing, while still having fun, is a win.

Writing postcards to send to friends and family is a great place to start.  Even if you don’t go away anywhere, you should be able to find postcards in your own town to send.  Or you could make your own.  The beauty of postcards is there’s only a small amount of space to fill with writing so it doesn’t feel overwhelming for the children.

Another idea is to make a scrapbook of the things you get up to over the summer, with the children writing down memories and stories by hand to stick in with photos and drawings.

 

Have fun in the kitchen

Baking is a great way to practice all sorts of skills.

Following the recipe helps with reading and comprehension skills.  Measuring out the ingredients involves maths skills.  And watching how the ingredients work together to create something delicious teaches them about science.

So let them pick out a recipe and take the lead in cooking up something yummy.  We use this 2-4-4-4 fairy cake recipe a lot, and have down since the children were really little because it’s so easy but makes really tasty cakes every time.

 

Have a foreign holiday at home

If your children are learning a foreign language at school then help them practice during the holidays by pretending you’re visiting another country for the day.

You can pop to the supermarket and get foods from the country to try, and then have conversations in the language they’re learning as you sit and eat.  You could also go on a virtual tour of the foreign country and look at their famous landmarks and see what they’re called in their native language.

To really immerse yourselves in the language you could try listening to a radio station from the foreign country or even watch a foreign-language film in the evening.

 

Give some STEM activities a go

There are so many fun things you can do that sneakily introduce children to the basics of science, technology, engineering and maths.

One thing we’ve had a lot of fun with is making flipbooks, which also happen to be a great way to introduce children to the idea of animation.  Once you’ve got the hang of flipbooks you can try making stop motion videos too.

I use the stop motion studio app on my phone to make these with my children and it’s really easy to do and so satisfying to watch the end result.

 

Things are definitely going to be strange when the children go back to school in September, and it’ll take us all a while to readjust to the routine of it all.

But hopefully these tips and ideas will help keep your children in the habit of learning, even if they don’t quite realise they’re doing it, over the summer break.