Playing by the book

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

Making Peg Dolls & More – a very satisfying craft book for families

Making Peg Dolls & More: Toys that spin, fly and bring sweet dreams is a second book by Margaret Bloom full of ideas about how to make the most delightful peg dolls. Like many families, now we’re in the run up to Christmas, we’re spending time getting crafty together, making presents and decorations, and this […]

Be a world record breaker!

In celebration of the lovely picture book The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb Pan Macmillan Children’s Books are looking for people to help make the world’s LONGEST EVER chain of paper dolls! Anyone living in the UK/Ireland can join in and make as many dolls as they like. All you need to […]

Stories in Tune – Swan Lake – Part 2

Last week I wrote about the picture books we’ve been reading as a way into enjoying the music of Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky. As in the past I found the easiest way to get the girls to become familiar with the music was to play them clips from YouTube. The advantage of using these clips, […]

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