Playing by the book

Reviews of kids' books and the crazy, fun stuff they inspire us to do

Flower fairy wands and stunning Walter Crane illustrations

Thinking recently about books and stories which have been shared across at least three generations of our family, I was reminded of the Flower Fairy books by Cicely Mary Barker. It was a little like suddenly seeing the trees for the wood, as Flower Fairies have long been a favourite with my girls; they love […]

Bubble Trouble by Tom Percival (and how to breathe bubbles instead of fire)

Even before I had finished reading Bubble Trouble by Tom Percival to the kids I knew this was a book we were going to have LOTS of fun with. Have you ever had great fun playing with a friend but discovered things have got out of control when you try to out-do each other? That […]

Tinkering with reading: books to inspire creativity in all the family

One of the best days of our school summer holiday this year was spent taking things apart and weaving other things together. Two friends of mine are the driving force behind setting up an alternative, creative play space in my home town, and I was honoured to be a part of the team involved in […]

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