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    Here are some great makes ...

    Here are some great makes ...

    Play is so good for us all - the kind folk at Living Refinery have put together some wonderful makes from the companies they work with.

    You can have fun planning your day with this link Picnic My Day  day planner

    And use these make my day activity cards 

    Make a face emotion  flash cards

    And here are some great builds - a marble run, a scene, a pinhole camers....

    Enjoy xx


    Recommended Sites and Events to keep you all smiling...

    Recommended Sites and Events to keep you all smiling...

    Before putting the shutter down at the shop last night I spoke to all the toys and explained why we all needed to take a little holiday. So, they've all promised to look after each other and to take turns reading stories. I've banned drawing on the walls and partying too late into the night.

    At the end of my first day at home I'm already missing them and you all dreadfully!

    Today I've been wondering what we can do to help.... so, I have popped some useful links and resources and recommendations here. As we hear about other wonderful offers we will keep you updated - I promise.

    Okido Magazine- a science and art magazine is a wonderful resource for 3-7 year olds. You can sign up for a subscription online. You can also enjoy their website and the free resources they have put up there.

    Authors of Funny Books

    Mac Barnett - Kid Spy storytime on Instagram a chapter every evening - (can be watched after the event) 

    Phoenix Magazine - a brilliant comic from David Fickling Publishers.

    Check out their offer on facebook


    Middle Grade Fiction Authors

    Lisa Thompson- insta live

    Piers Torday- instagram book readings

    Abi Elphinstone- youtube resources and check out authorfy

    Scoop Magazine is a wonderful resource for children 8+ who like reading / books/ stories and you can sign up to receive the magazine.

    Suggested resources: •

    Authorfy- sign up for free and their resources are brilliant!!!

    Walker Books YouTube channel - We have an array of authors interviews, readings and book trailers available to watch

    Simon and Schuster Publishers-

    Downloadable activities on our website: https://t.co/lV9lRZejlp?amp=1

    Teaching resources & book notes on TES: https://t.co/NtQAOd0Brh?amp=1

    Children's YouTube videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyK02hpIHfPA1ZkVGy7MiiZ-ey0VnsDwJ

    Toppsta.com is a great resource for getting reading recommendations for your children by age and interest. They are also launching a new #ToppstaBookClub running every weekday on Twitter at 10am.

    • BookTrust – the charity BookTrust have a number of book reviews, interviews with authors and illustrators, and tips and advice on sharing stories as a family.

    • CLPE – The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education – CLPE have a number of free Primary materials and teaching resources from their Power of Pictures project • National Literacy Trust also host a number of resources on their own page as well as the child friendly site http://www.wordsforlife.org.uk/

    • CBeebies Bedtime stories – There’s a delightful array of picture book readings from Cbeebies bedtime stories available on iPlayer

    • Down the Rabbit Hole podcast – DTRH is a radio show dedicated to children’s books, broadcast on Resonance FM and then available to download as a podcast. They have 70 episodes available to listen to now, packed with reviews and book discussions and author and illustrator interviews.

    Art Activities

    DJECO- who we love have posted some activity sheets for you to print out and use


    ...we all look forward to seeing you all again soon



    Half Term Round Up

    Half Term Round Up

    Thanks to everyone who joined us over Half Term. It was a wonderful week full of events- from Beadoir, Creative Short Story Writing, Emily Haworth-Booth 'The Last Tree' Event, Celebration of 'Little People Big Dreams, Scoop Magazine and STEAM workshop rounded the week off.



    We will be announcing more events shortly. Scoop Magazine and Beadoir will be back at Easter and due to the success of the short story writing workshops we ran at half term we will be setting up a regular creative writing class for 9+ on Wednesdays 4.30-5.30pm (do register if you are interested).



    Little People Big Dreams Event on Friday 21st 11-3pm

    Little People Big Dreams Event on Friday 21st 11-3pm

    Join us to celebrate the Little People Big Dreams series...Come dressed as your favourite person from the series and have your polaroid picture taken and the best dressed will receive a prize.

    There will be stories , puzzles and colouring all based around Little People Big Dreams Series.  A writing activity based around who inspires you.......................

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