Snapshots July 2020

July Snapshots

All of July were school summer holidays here in Edinburgh, but with our trip to Norway cancelled we spent the summer at home. It was an opportunity to enjoy our garden and local park a lot more, and as things started to ease we went on a few day excursions in our local area. We […] Read more…

Kid Books Bingo - books about nature

#KidsBooksBingo 2020: Books About Nature

This summer, I am hosting a reading challenge together with my lovely friend Amanda who runs the online children’s book store Books & Pieces. For the second year in a row, we are running a #KidsBooksBingo! Check out my previous post if you missed the introduction about the #KidsBooksBingo. You can also download a copy of the bingo […] Read more…

Rising Water Experiment

Rising Water Experiment

Today is the fourth science session of our virtual summer camp. If you missed the introduction I recommend you go back and read it as it includes some general tips for all our science sessions. This week we are going to do a simple experiment which made my boys go “wow” and they wanted to do […] Read more…

Best Summer Movies for Families

Our Top 5 Summer Movies for Families

It’s summer – time for adventures and endless possibilities. Or it should be. But this year is different. Whether it’s the current pandemic that has put an end to your summer plans, or simply the bad weather keeping you stuck indoors – here are five of our favourite family movies to experience a bit of […] Read more…

Kiwi and Banana Smoothie

Kiwi & Banana Smoothie

For this week’s summer camp cooking session we’re going to be making smoothies. It was actually my 5 yr old who wanted to make these, and he chose the ingredients to go in it. We first made these last summer, and they have become a regular favourite. As before – and I always tell me […] Read more…

Recycled Toilet Roll Cars

Welcome to Week 5 of our free virtual summer camp. Today we are going to be making cars out of recycled toilet rolls. You could also use other cardboard tubes, such as from kitchen paper towels, and cut them to size. This is a really fun craft, because the cards actually roll along and they […] Read more…

Kids Books Bingo - favourite rhyming books

#KidsBooksBingo 2020: Favourite Rhyming Books

This summer, I am hosting a reading challenge together with my lovely friend Amanda who runs the online children’s book store Books & Pieces. For the second year in a row, we are running a #KidsBooksBingo! Check out my previous post if you missed the introduction about the #KidsBooksBingo. You can also download a copy of the bingo […] Read more…

Growing Peas in a Glass

Seed Germination Experiment

Today is the fourth science session of our virtual summer camp. If you missed the introduction I recommend you go back and read it as it includes some general tips for all our science sessions. Today we are going to start an experiment that will take a few days. It requires a little patience, but is […] Read more…

Review: Bermuda Pirates Game [AD]

We’re back with another review for the Asmodee UK Blogger Board Game Club, whom we are currently working with. Asmodee UK is an established distributor of toys and games, and the Board Game Club works with bloggers by providing a free game each month in return for an honest review. This month we are reviewing […] Read more…

Kaiserschmarren Shredded Pancakes

“Kaiserschmarren” – Austrian Shredded Pancakes

For this week’s summer camp cooking session, I have a yummy recipe that is popular in Austria and Southern Germany. Kaiserschmarren are sweet, fluffy shredded pancakes that take their name from Kaiser Franz Joseph I who allegedly loved this dish. As before – and I always tell me children this – first read the whole […] Read more…

Surprise Drawing Activity

This week’s summer crafting activity is actually more of a drawing activity, but it’s a really fun one and there is no end to the creative variations you could think up for the surprise drawings we will be making. All you need is plain A4 paper and pens. Who is this activity suitable for? Older […] Read more…

Kids Books Bingo Search and Find Books

#KIDSBOOKSBINGO 2020: LIFT-THE-FLAP BOOKS

This summer, I am hosting a reading challenge together with my lovely friend Amanda who runs the online children’s book store Books & Pieces. For the second year in a row, we are running a #KidsBooksBingo! Check out my previous post if you missed the introduction about the #KidsBooksBingo. You can also download a copy of the bingo […] Read more…

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