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Writing Matters: how to teach a young child to write

Writing Matters: how to teach a young child to write

Encouraging a young child to write requires creativity so that each day feels fresh and engaging. To celebrate National Stationery Week and its motto #WritingMatters, we’ve been asking parents for tips on how they create a positive learning culture at home that promotes writing as a fun and accessible activity for all ages. This handy guide combines their tips with our own to provide a comprehensive resource for learning outside the classroom. Learning happens when you make activities fun Home…

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National Stationery week: Back to school supplies

National Stationery week: Back to school supplies

We all remember our stationery from school: the smelly gel pens, the rattly tin pencil cases, the novelty rubbers and bendy rulers, notebooks covered with wrapping paper and novelty pencil toppers. Stationery may be a source of nostalgia for some, but for young children, bright and engaging stationery is actually of great importance. Just as a child chooses their favourite toys and sets, they’re more likely to engage with something if it’s in their favourite colour or personalised for them….

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Perfume Laboratory – a craft kit that makes scents !

Perfume Laboratory – a craft kit that makes scents !

We’re told by the manufacturers of the Perfume Laboratory that it’s going to be advertised on TV over Easter.  Leaving aside the contentious question of whether children’s products should be pushed at them in this way, I can tell you this was a very popular science kit prior to Christmas.  With its links to the National Curriculum it’s one you can buy in the knowledge that it’s educational and fun at the same time. So – if you find yourself…

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Junior Joiner – Carpentry for Kids

Junior Joiner – Carpentry for Kids

I never cease to be amazed at the number of Junior Carpenter sets we sell – certainly one of our most popular toys. Although it shouldn’t really be described as a toy because these are real tools that really work, and certainly should be used under supervision, at least to start with. Perhaps that’s part of the reason for these sets’ popularity. They are to be used “to start with”. They are bought by people who want their children to…

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