Activities & Days Out

Flying With A Baby: Everything You Need To Know For A Smooth Journey

Travelling and flying with a baby is a whole new experience, and it can be daunting, but we caught up with Ergobaby who has plenty of experience making travelling with a baby as easy as possible.

15 Festive Shows And Pantos To Book This Christmas

It may seem a little early to be thinking of booking your local Christmas pantomime, but don’t be fooled – seats are booking fast, and we definitely don’t want you to miss out – oh, no we don’t!

24 Must-Have Products For The Perfect Picnic

We’ve come up with a list of must-have picnic products so you and your little ones are prepared for your days in the sunshine. 

10 Best Picnic Spots In London

Without a cloud in sight and the sun beaming down, picnic weather has finally arrived in London. But where is the best place to dine al fresco in the city?

Drowning Prevention Week: Must Read Tips For Keeping Your Children Water Safe This Summer

Expert tips and ideas to keep in mind to help you, your children and others stay safe around water this summer.

Empowering Young Adventurers: How Children Are Influencing Family Travel Choices

In today’s family travel landscape, children are wielding more influence than ever before. Whether driven by their own adventurous ideas or encouraged by parents keen to involve them in planning, kids are becoming active participants in shaping holiday experiences.

London Attractions All Families Should Visit At Least Once

There are some London attractions that everyone ought to experience at least once. Here are our favourite ways to spend a family day out in the city.

Your Family Holiday Checklist: What To Pack For Your Trip

We’ve come up with the ultimate family holiday checklist so you can be fully prepared for your holiday.

Plastic Egg Spelling Activity

Plastic Egg Spelling Activity

Over the years I have used any remaining plastic eggs that we have in some sort activity. I have done a word spinner, a maths More

Ultimate Guide To Family Days Out

Our guide to the best family days out this summer holidays.

Family-Friendly Festivals To Book This Summer Hols

The hottest tickets around! We’ve got the low-down on all the best family friendly festivals this summer.

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“1 2 Double I Do..” Rhyme For When To Double The Last Letter

When I was at school, I wish that there had been more little sayings to help remember spelling rules.  The only one I knew More

How To Make Pokemon Slime

Originally I had planned to do a St. Patricks themed slime, but EC came home from school and was showing me all his new More

Festival Fun With Peter & Keeley Cox: Top Tips For Family Adventures

To find out how you can enjoy an unforgettable family festival experience, discover this year’s Family Festival Hot Spots and why a Wonderfold Stroller Wagon is the must-have festival travel companion.

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How To Make a Bouncy Balls from Slime

I don’t think I have come across a child that doesn’t enjoy making or playing with slime. EC and YC are always asking to More

8 Spring Activities To Get The Family Outdoors

As the days get longer and the temperatures rise, there’s no better time to plan for some outdoor spring activities for the family.

Exploring Wonder & Ink’s Elite Concierge Membership For Children

We take a look at Wonder & Ink, a concierge-style membership, offering expertise and recommendations – the best of the best – for your child.

Easter Extravaganza: Top 8 Egg Hunts In London You Can’t Miss!

The Easter holidays have arrived! If you’re busy planning things to do, why not book an Easter Egg Hunt in London and beyond? We’ve More

50 Easter Crafts And Activities To Keep The Kids Amused During The Holidays

Nanny Anita’s 50 favourite Easter crafts and activities to keep the whole family busy over the holidays.

Easter Crafts, Arts And Activities To Keep The Kids Amused

Celebrate the Easter holidays with the kids with this gorgeous selection of craft and activity kits.

Best Summer Camps And Clubs For London Kids To Book NOW

We’ve pulled together a list of recommended summer camps and clubs to keep your kids amused during the summer holidays. 

Navigating The Outside World: A Guide To Maintaining Your Baby’s Sleep Schedule While Out And About

We’ve teamed up with Coperi to look at the best ways to help your baby become a pro at napping while out and about.

Top Things To Do In London With The Kids This Half Term

London is the absolute best place for children and families. With dozens of attractions and museums, we guarantee you’ll never be bored exploring the city.

Sand Tray Writing

Sand Tray Writing

In the past we have used salt trays for writing in, but I find that it can dry out your hands rather quickly. Well, More

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How Can You Bounce a Bubble?

Last year I asked EC and YC what they wanted to do more of this year; EC wanted more science experiments and YC more More

The Hiker’s Guide To Birdwatching: How To Spot Birds While Hiking With Your Family

Have you ever thought about birdwatching with the kids? Whether part of a resolution or not, the turn of the new year is a perfect time to get out and about among nature with your family.

Candy Cane Science Experiment

Candy Cane Science Experiment

I always find (as with most holidays) we seem to end up with lots of sweets around the house. At Easter we obviously have More

Invitation to create play dough Christmas trees

Invitation to Create Play Dough Christmas Trees

Over the past year I have been quite lacks in making play dough. In fact I think it has been over a year since More

Elevating Family Bonding With The Himiway C1 Kids E-bike

Family bonding is more than just spending time together; it’s about creating memories that linger in the heart. The Himiway C1 Kids E-bike emerges as a ride and a catalyst for family engagement and emotional connection.

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Button Christmas Cards

Each year I start thinking about possible Christmas card ideas for my charges as early as the summer. Over the past 4 Christmases that More

18 Musical Movies The Whole Family Will Love This Christmas

Favourite family musical movies to watch this Christmas!

Christmas Sensory Bag for Babies

Christmas Sensory Bag for Babies

Yay! It is time to start on our Christmas themed activities and crafts. First up is this no mess Christmas sensory bag for babies. More

Celebrate the Magic of Christmas: Unmissable Events For The Holiday Season

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and what better way to embrace the festive spirit than by immersing yourself in Christmas events that are simply too good to miss?

Best Firework Displays In London This November

Remember, remember the 5th November! If you’re spending Bonfire Night in London this year, check our round-up of London’s best firework displays.

Halloween Ping Pong Lights

Halloween Ping Pong Lights

Time to start on the Halloween crafts! Woo Hoo! I’ve got lots planned for the run up to the 31st so keep checking back. More

Wonder & Ink: The Ultimate Members’ Club For Extraordinary Kids’ Experiences

If you’re seeking the ultimate experiences, expert guidance, and tailored recommendations for your child, look no further.

All Aboard For Child Development: The Thomas & Friends Train Play Revolution

Collaborative play with toy trains fosters teamwork and negotiation skills as children share resources and ideas and engage in together in play.

Where To Pick A Pumpkin This October: Locations All Over The UK

We’ve pulled together a list of UK locations where you and your little ones can pick-your-own pumpkin. Don’t forget to book tickets in advance! 

6 Fun Baby Shower Games Everyone Will Love

If you’re organising, attending or having a baby shower, here are our top six games to play!

Spooky Things To Do And More This Half Term

Gather your little monsters and witches as we delve into the best spooky happenings to make this October half term a scream!

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DIY Ribbon Pull Toy for Babies

I do love making DIY toys from things that I have lying around at work. One item that we have many of is formula More

Spooooky Frankenstein Marshmallow Pops Recipe For Halloween

Looking for Halloween recipes? You’ve come to the right place. These delicious Halloween Marshmallow Pops look incredibly spooky!

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Place Value Aid

I still have very vivid memories of learning how to do maths with place values. I remember having to write those initials for hundreds, More

Pick Your Own Christmas Tree In London And Beyond

We’ve round-up the best ‘choose your own Christmas tree’ centres and shops in and outside of London, so you can be prepared!

Ho, Ho, Ho! The Best Christmas Grottos To Book Now

We’ve been following Father Christmas’s movements very closely to plot exactly when and where he’ll be appearing in this year.

Are Your Kids Reaching For Their Screens This Summer? Expert Guidelines For Ages 2-17

The experts at OutdoorToys have to put together a guide on UK screen time recommendations by age, taking into consideration the risks of excessive time spent on electronic devices per day. 

8 Language Classes For Young Children In London

Learning a second language seems more important than ever today. With young children able to learn and pick up skills faster than any other More

Budget-Friendly Ways To Keep The Kids Entertained This Summer!

The experts at OutdoorToys have come up with a whole host of budget-friendly activities to keep your kids entertained this summer!

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STEM Activity: Cork Raft Challenge

EC is really into his STEM projects and loves to build things. This week I set a cork raft challenge for him (and of More

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How to Make Ice Cream in a Bag

A few weeks ago we made some delicious slushies as a way to cool down in the heat. This time we made a yummy More

Get 40% Off SEA LIFE Tickets With NEW Midweek Madness Offer!

Enjoy 40% off tickets to SEA LIFE this summer with their new midweek madness offer! Click inside for promo code.

Sidewalk Ice Painting

The weather this week has been unbearably hot!  I really don’t enjoy the heat, I prefer a cooler temperature and the rain, I feel More

London Summer Camps: Experience The Magic Of Music With 10% Off The Strings Club

New customers can enjoy 10% off The Strings Club holiday camps for kids this summer.

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Photo Hide and Seek

If you ask parents and care givers what they think about the game hide and seek, you will most likely get a mixed response. More

How to Play Beach Shark Toss

When your young ones have finally come out of the sea, the sand castles have been built and everyone has been turned into sand More

Best Family Places To Stay In The Cotswolds And Gloucestershire

Leonora brings you her guide to the best family places to stay in the Cotswolds and Gloucestershire. I’m lucky enough to spend my time More

21 Games to play in the car

21 Car Games For The Whole Family

Do you ever get tired of listening to “are we nearly there yet?” I know I do. Here are a collection of car games, More

Leonora’s Top 10 Apps For Kids To Explore This Summer

Leonora shares her ten best apps for kids to explore this summer, from bedtime meditations and stories to creative design, music, maths, English and language learning.

60+ Summer Crafts, Games And Activities To Do With The Kids

I’ve rounded up all my favourite summer crafts and activities so that you wont hear you’re little ones say they’re bored all summer long.

Nanny Anita’s How to Make a Slushy in a Bag

Phew! Last week was a scorcher of a week. I thought I had missed all the really hot weather when I was on holiday, More

Where To Buy The Best Mud Kitchens + Why They’re So Great For Kids

We share our recommendations for the best mud kitchens for outdoor play as well as exploring the advantages of incorporating mud kitchens into children’s play. 

Best Family Coronation Events In London And Beyond

We’ve rounded up the best family events taking place in London to celebrate King Charles III’s Coronation. 

9 Unique Children’s Birthday Party Ideas

From sports and art to ninja-themed fun, here are some extra-awesome kids’ birthday party ideas.

Best Family Members’ Clubs In London

From the best play hubs for babies, toddlers and older children to spa treatments, salons and brasseries, you’ll find one perfect for you and your brood. 

How To Make A Good Hedgehog Habitat In Your Garden

The RSPB Shop’s wildlife experts have put together the ultimate guide for transforming any garden or outdoor space into a haven for hedgehogs!

5 Steps To Planning A Sensational Street Party

Party Delights share their top tips on planning the perfect coronation street party celebration.

Best Toy Shops In London

From independent shops to world-famous destinations, we’ve round-up the best toy shops in London.

Best Kids’ Party Venues London

London’s children’s party venues take the hassle out of organising and hosting a party. Book one of the fabulously fun venues now.

Restaurant Review: Family-Friendly Bill’s Treats Mums To A Free Dessert This Mother’s Day

Celebrate Mother’s Day with your loved ones on Sunday 19th March at Bill’s restaurants nationwide.

Why Does it Rain?

One question that I am repeatedly asked by my little ones is “why does it rain?”  It may appear as an easy question, but More

Recycled Bird Feeder

As the advert for the RSPB says, “Let’s make a Home For Nature”, we decided to spend part of our Sunday making a recycled More

10 Traditional Party Games For Kids

If you’re planning a birthday party for your little one and are after some old-fashion fun, you’ll love our round-up of traditional party games for kids.

In Review: The Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Pro For Older Kids

The Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Pro is a full-feature tablet designed for kids aged 6-12 years old, allowing slightly older kids the opportunities to read, learn and play independently – and safely.  

Valentine’s Fingerprint Heart Cards

Do you need a simple, but cute idea for a homemade Valentine’s card? Well, look no further. I was wracking my brain for an More

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Valentine’s Bubble Gum Machine Gift

EC and YC don’t know about these Valentine’s Bubble gum Machine, they are my Valentine’s gifts to them. So shhhh, it’s a secret. Make More

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Melted Heart Crayons for Valentine’s Day

Over the past few years I have seen (mainly from America) lots of ideas for presents from children to other children in their class. More

Craft Stick Treasure Box from Nanny Anita

Recently I was doing a craft that involved using craft sticks and I ran out of a certain colour that I needed, it was More

Turn Old Plastic Bottle into a DIY Bowling Game

Last year I started decorating some water bottles to use in a DIY bowling game.  For some reason I put them to away and More

Fun Things To Do With Marbles

There are literally hundreds of ways to play with marbles, and here are just a few of my favourite fun things to do with More

Nanny Anita's Pac Man Shaving Cream Painting

Nanny Anita’s Pac Man Shaving Cream Painting

I haven’t had that much fun with children doing crafts in such a long time. Don’t get me wrong we always enjoy ourselves, but More

Tower of Hanoi: A logic puzzle for the whole family

Tower of Hanoi: A Logic Puzzle for the Whole Family

The Tower of Hanoi (also known as the Tower of Brahma or Lucas’ Tower) is a mathematical game that was invented by Edouard Lucas, More

13 London Art Classes For Kids 2023

Arts and crafts classes are a fantastic way for the kids to explore their creative talents, get messy outside of the house, and take some time off from using iPads and other gadgets.

Leonora’s Guide Disney World: Everything You Need To Know

If you’re considering booking a lifetime trip for the whole family, check out Leonora’s family guide to Disney World.

Immersive Exhibitions In London To See With The Kids This Holiday

If you’re looking for things to do this Christmas holiday, we’ve put together a list of the best exhibitions in London to see with the kids. 

Super Easy, No-Stress Elf On The Shelf Ideas

We’re talking easy peasy stress-less Elf on the Shelf ideas that require minimum fuss and planning.

Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop Christmas Afternoon Tea At Strand Palace

If you’re looking for something special to do with the kids this month, this Christmas afternoon tea in London should be top of your list. 

Polystyrene Snowmen Ornaments

Until I was 4 years old I lived in other countries, most of which were strict Muslin countries so they didn’t celebrate Christmas, which More

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Furniture Obstacle Course for Babies

It seems like over night BB has started pulling himself up on everything and cruising around the furniture. I love to watch him do More

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Hogwarts Noughts and Crosses Busy Bag

Yes, I know noughts and crosses can be played with just a pencil and paper, but it is still fun to make up a More

7 Reasons Your Baby Should Learn To Swim

If you’re thinking about ways to bond with your new arrival, or are debating on which baby classes are best to sign up to in 2020, we think a baby swim school should be top of your list.

tonies® x My Little Pony Southbank London Event This Saturday

tonies® and My Little Pony are hosting a free and festive family day out with their Winter Wishday pop-up event happening this Saturday, on the Southbank, London.

Firework And Bonfire Safety Tips From Fireman Sam And The Child Accident Prevention Trust

Fireman Sam and the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) have joined forces to get young children switched on to safety this Bonfire night.

Firework Printing Painting

You have to admit there is something really unique about Bonfire Night. To me it has a special atmosphere to it, and once it More

This Weekend In London: We’re Going On A Bear Hunt – LIVE In Concert

Book tickets to see the award-winning animated film We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, accompanied by a live 40-piece symphony orchestra to raise money for charity this weekend!

Egg Carton Monsters

Woo hoo the half term holidays have started!  That means lots of time for crafts and activities.  To start everything off we made some More

8 London West End Shows You Should See With The Kids

Take a trip to theatreland with your kids and enjoy a London show perfect for the whole family.

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Last Minute No Carve Pumpkin Craft with Crayons

Looking through Pinterest I came across countless pins about non-carve pumpkin ideas. I only wish that I had enough time and pumpkins to try More

Introducing Famileo, The New Family Newspaper Keeping You In Touch

Famileo is a family newspaper that allows you to keep in close contact with your family, sharing news, photos and messages.

Nanny Anita’s Ghost Leaves & Hanging Bats

Here are two great Halloween arts and crafts posts, perfect for half term. Make sure you follow my Halloween board on Pinterest for more More

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Acorn Colour Sorting Activity for Toddlers

As BB is getting older (sigh) I have started doing simple and quick activities that focus on colour and shapes. And now that is More

10 Nature Activities For Kids Plus Wildings Kit List For The Ultimate Summer Adventure

Steve Backshall shares some pretty awesome ideas for nature activities for kids to keep them amused during the summer holidays.

How to Dye Real Flowers a Million Colours

We have been trying to do this simple dyed flowers science experiment for the past year, but every time we tried it it never More

Enjoy Countless Adventures With The Ultimate Travel Essential For Kids

Whether you’re jetting off to play on a sandy white beach, have plans to skateboard in the park, or are looking forward to a family camping trip, check out our recommendation for your must-have travel essential for kids…

7 Festivals In One: CarFest, The Largest Family Fundraising Festival

CarFest South will take place from 26th-28th August at Laverstoke Park Farm in Hampshire and visitors can expect a full-throttle festival weekend. 

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How To Play Ultimate Ninja

I learnt how to play Ultimate Ninja when I worked for Disney Cruise Line.  We played it as part of our team building exercises More

Dinosaurs, Lions & Tigers, Oh My! Enjoy The Ultimate Adventure At Paradise Wildlife Park This Summer

Situated in the heart of Hertfordshire and home to over 800 exotic wild animals and some fabulous animatronic dinosaurs, Paradise Wildlife Park is set to thrill animal lovers and dino fans alike.

Family Fun At Big Feastival Featuring Justin Fletcher, Bluey, Stereophonics, Sugababes, Sam Ryder & More!

Big Feastival brings a world-class line-up of music, chef and family entertainment to the Cotswolds on 26-28 August. Have you got your tickets yet?

How to Make DIY Scratchboards

I remember when I was younger having one of those scratchboards that when you scratched the black covering off you got the vibrant colours More

10 Tips To Keep Your Children Cool And Entertained During A Heatwave

10 tips written by Dr. Amanda Gummer on how to keep your children cool and entertained during a heatwave.

Making Memories with Nanny Anita’s Postcard Diaries

I’ve always liked to keep a diary when travelling, so that I can look back on the adventures I’ve had. I try to make More

Where To Stay In London With The Kids: Conrad London St James

Situated in a quiet street in iconic Westminster, right next to St. James’s tube, the hotel has curated a fabulous family experience for little adventurers this summer.

14 Best Beaches To Get To From London

Staycation is the buzzword of the UK summer, and this year many of us will be looking to explore what’s on our very own doorstep.

The Best Baby & Toddler Music Sessions In London, By Area

Music sessions designed for babies and toddlers are a fantastic way to introduce them to music and the world around them. FInd a class near you now.

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4 Coca Cola Experiments

We have all heard the stories of how if you leave a tooth in coca cola that it will completely dissolve. EC was telling More

6 Jubilee Party Games For Kids (All You Need Is A Few Simple Props And Your Toniebox)

Get ready for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with these awesome Jubilee party games for kids.

15 Kids’ Cooking And Baking Classes In London

These classes will help children learn the basics of cooking and baking, as well as teaching them about healthy foods.

10 Jubilee Events In London For The Whole Family

What’s on in London: A round-up of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations happening across the capital.

Perfect Party Accessories For The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebration

It’s party time! We’ve pulled together some fabulous jubilee party decorations and accessories for your street party or garden gathering. 

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How To Play Go Fish: The Card Game For Kids

So far I have shared how to play the card games spoons, clock patience, and beggar my neighbour. My next one for you is More

Picture Weaving

Picture Weaving

Just before Christmas, while I was doing a craft supply run at Hobby Craft, I came across a giant weaving loom that they had. More

DIY french knitting doll

DIY French Knitting Doll

It has been a really long time since I did French knitting, and I do still, somewhere, have my French knitting doll. I think More

Inside Out Stress Balls

Inside Out Stress Balls

It has been a really long time since we made stress balls. I think I first made some with EC and YC when they More

34 Family Friendly Pubs in Surrey

36 Family Friendly Pubs In Surrey The Kids (And You) Will Love

What better way to spend a weekend afternoon or an early summer evening than enjoying a fabulous pub lunch in a beautiful setting with all the family?

Pong Hau K'i A traditional chinese game

How to Play Pong Hau K’i a Traditional Chinese Game

Pong Hau K’i is a traditional Chinese (although it is known by other names in different countries) board game for 2 people.  I first More

Easter Holidays Inspo: A Dinosaur Day Out At Marwell Zoo

Marwell Zoo has unveiled the latest new species to join its wildlife park – a collection of towering dinosaurs made using more than two million toy bricks.

Nanny Anita’s Blossom

I love it when the blossom starts to come out, so in honour of the start of spring we decided to

Fabric Sensory Tub for Toddlers

I know I have probably said it before, but one of BB’s favourite things to do is put items into containers and then pull More

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Cardboard Box Boat

It has been a really long time since I made a cardboard box creation for my charges. I think the last one I made More

Half Term Baking With The Kids: 6 Quick And Easy Lo-Dough Recipes

A wet and windy half term is here, but fear not, we’ve pulled together some fun Lo-Dough recipes ideal for baking with the kids. More

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Flying Tea Bag Ghosts

Over the past few weeks we have done quite a few Halloween crafts and games, therefore it is high time for a science based More

Treasure Map

Recently I finished reading the Count of Monte Cristo (which is an incredible book if you are looking for your next read) that has More

Sight word flip books

Sight Word Flip Book

Well the new school year is underway, and the homework is already starting to pile up. As well as all the normal things that More

Autumnal Marshmallow Play Dough

Autumnal Marshmallow Play Dough

At play group BB has discovered play dough. He also helped make pizzas for dinner the other day. I was shocked, he actually managed More

The Best Mother & Baby Fitness Classes In London

Looking after a newborn doesn’t mean you have to neglect an exercise routine. Postnatal fitness classes where your child comes along too are the best way to get into shape after having a baby.

Kids Stay Up Late With 100 Queen’s Gate Hotel

If you’re looking for a kid-friendly hotel in London as a base from which to visit the sights as a family, check out the Little Explorer’s package at 100 Queen’s Gate Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton.

Top 10 Things To Do During Summer In London’s Royal Parks

If you’re looking for things to do in London with the kids, why not check out what’s going on in London’s Royal Parks this summer?  

Flight School by Nanny Anita

This flight school is a great way to spend a screen free rainy day during the summer if you have run out of ideas.  More

Basic Magic Tricks for Kids

3 Basic Magic Tricks For Kids

This year for EC’s birthday he did a magic workshop. He has been into learning magic tricks for the last few years. My knowledge More

BREAKING NEWS: Oxford Has Been ‘Twinned’ With The Island Of Sodor, The Home Of Thomas The Tank Engine

Our favourite preschool school show, Thomas & Friends, has today announced that Oxford is to be ‘twinned’ with the Island of Sodor, the home of Thomas the Tank Engine, after it topped its newly created ‘Thomas & Friends Friendship Index’ as the UK’s friendliest city. 

Take A Summer Adventure With Tonies: Your Chance To WIN An Awesome Staycation Worth 2k!

Are you packing for your family staycation? Wherever you’re going this summer, whether it’s day trips out or fun further afield, little listeners can More

Is This North London’s Coolest New Hang-Out For Babies & Kids?

Created by none other than Maggie Bulger, b_together will offer Monday to Friday childcare centred around a bespoke education programme for babies, toddlers and kids of all ages.

Teepees By The Thames: A Fabulous Riverside Staycation For All The Family

To celebrate summer, The Lensbury have launched Teepees by the Thames, a unique riverside dining experience, making it a magical choice for a family dinner, as well as a brilliant staycation destination.

Laura Brand’s Peter Rabbit Nature Crafts + Tips For Exploring The Great Outdoors

Laura Brand is on hand with Peter Rabbit inspired nature crafts and her top tips on enjoying nature and the great outdoors with the kids.

Olympic Ring Toss

Nanny Anita’s Olympic Ring Toss

With the delayed Tokyo Olympics starting (hopefully) on July 23rd I thought it would be fun to re-post this Olympic Ring Toss activity. Make More

Reasons To Send Your Child To Camp Bonas This Summer

The social skills learned through camp life will help your child navigate their way through their teens and set them up for later life.

Mud pie kitchen play

Mud Pie Kitchen Play

Did you ever make mud pies when you were little? I loved making them, and playing in the mud in general. I remember spending More

Sun Tan Lotion Painting: Why We Need to Wear Sun Tan Lotion

Sun Tan Lotion Painting: Why We Need To Wear Sun Tan Lotion

I think I have lost count of the number of times I have struggled to put sun tan lotion onto a uncooperative child while More

David Bowie To Enchant Another Generation With New Peter & The Wolf Tonie

Tonies are set to give kids a unique introduction to classical music wrapped up in the legendary voice of David Bowie and we couldn’t be more excited…

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How to Build a Perfect Den

I had hoped that I could build this perfect den outside for my charges. However, the English weather had other ideas and decided to More

The Must-Have Staycation Essential For Kids + A Chance To Win A Treehouse Stay

A safe, no-screens WI-FI enabled speaker that plays a whole host of kids’ classics, the Toniebox is the staycation essential of the summer, perfect More

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Pentalpha Puzzle Brain Teaser

The Pentalpha puzzle apparently comes from Crete, although I haven’t been able to find any information on it. This game is similar to solitaire More

14 Podcasts For Kids That Parents Will Love Too

If you’ve got a long car journey coming up or need to keep them entertained on the school run, podcasts are your new saviour.

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Little Mouse Busy Bag

I first came across the poem of Little mouse when i was flicking through Pinterest years and years ago.  It seemed very sweet, but More

11 Awesome Reasons To Visit Tornado Springs, Opening Soon At Paultons Park

For all those thrill-seekers out there, hold onto your sun hats, Tornado Springs is opening at Paultons Park. With new attractions for all ages, it’s set to be the staycation destination of the year.

Why It’s Important For Kids To Get Active From A Young Age

Did you know young children between the ages of 3-6 should spend at least 180 minutes (3 hours) a day doing a variety of physical activities spread throughout the day, including active and outdoor play?

Wacky Races Loo Roll Cars

I got the chance the other day to do a craft just with EC, this very rarely happens, and I was so excited to More

Take Your Toniebox On An Outdoor Adventure This Spring

‘Tis the season for outdoor adventures and exploration! Whether you’re off to find a bluebell wood, have plans for a picnic in the park, More

DIY nursery rhyme puppets

DIY Nursery Rhyme Puppets

While I was training at Norland I was placed into a baby room at a nursery for a term. It was a sweet little More

Easter themed play dough

Easter Themed Play Dough: Invitation to Play

Play dough is such a big hit in this household. BB will spend hours playing with it. I made him and and YC a More

Fun Family Lockdown Activities & Toys For Half Term

Check out this round-up of family lockdown activities for half term. Watch this space, the list of things to do is growing!

Do you want to build a snowman maths activity

Do You Want To Build A Snowman? Maths Activity

Staying with a winter theme for our maths activity I thought what could be better than doing our own do you want to build More

Awesome Activities To Keep The Kids Entertained During Lockdown 3.0

Get stuck into a selection of family-fun activities from fort building to scavenger hunts that will guarantee to keep your kids covered this lockdown.

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Minute To Win It Games: A Hilarious Game

I hope that you all had a great Christmas. The time between Christmas and new year can sometimes feel a little flat. These minute More

Father Christmas Pine Cone Decorations

Father Christmas Pine Cone Decorations

These Father Christmas pine cone decorations are ones that are inspired by a set that I have at home, just like the snowmen decorations More

christmas straw shooters

Christmas Straw Shooters

These Christmas straw shooters are such a fun little craft and activity to do. I am pretty sure that most people will have made More

snowman toss game: A game from the whole family

Snowman Toss Game: A game for the whole family

As a nice break from the Christmas crafts, it’s time to do a fun family Christmas activity. If your household is anything like mine, it More

Skittles Density Tower

Skittles Density Tower

A while ago I posted about an experiment that we had done using skittles, well we used that experiment to carry out another one; a More

How to make a simple geo board

How to Make a Simple DIY Geo Board

Don’t forget to follow our DIY toys board on Pinterest for more ideas, and don’t forget to pin the Pin at the bottom of More

How to Plan A Safe Fireworks Display

By Sheila Merrill, public health adviser at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

walking water science experiment

Walking Water Science Experiment

Every so often for bath time EC and YC like to add tablets that change the water colour. They like to see what colours More

earthquake stem challenge

Earthquake STEM Challenge

Make sure that you follow our STEM board on Pinterest for more ideas, and don’t forget to pin the Pin at the bottom. In More

How to play conkers

How to Play The Traditional Game of Conkers

Make sure you follow my outside activities board on Pinterest. I have finally managed to get around to teaching EC and YC the game More

Build a glow stick city

Building Glow Stick City

Sometimes the most enjoyable activities are the simplest ones; those that don’t require any steps to follow, but instead allow you to create with More

Halloween Light Jars

I have seen these Halloween light jars being made on Pinterest for some time now, and they are just adorable.  There are many ways More

Monster Exploding Bag Experiment

Monster Exploding Bag Experiment

I love how there seems to be a limitless number of things that you can do with bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. So far More

Fireman Sam Launches Modern-Day Heroes Campaign For Disasters Emergency Committee Coronavirus Appeal

Fireman Sam is inviting your children to draw their very own modern-day hero, and post it on social media using the hashtag #FindTheHero. They’ll donate £1 to the DEC Coronavirus Appeal for every picture, up to £10,000.

halloween pumpkin pairs game

Halloween Pumpkin Pairs Game

A few weeks ago I did a Halloween themed memory game that went down a storm with my charges. Today’s game is another memory More

How To Throw A Super Spooky Halloween Bash!

Looking for gory games, creepy creations and eerie extras to throw the ultimate Halloween party? Read on!

times table lacing plates

Times Table Lacing Plates

Make sure you follow our maths board on Pinterest for more ideas, and don’t forget to pin the Pin at the bottom of the More

How to French Skip

Learn How to French Skip

When I was in either year 4 or 5 of primary school French skipping was pretty much the chosen game of all the girls. More

How to play noodle hockey

How to Play Noodle Hockey

One of my favourite sports I played as a child was hockey, one of the warm up games that we used to do was More

How to make geometric bubble wands

How to Make Geometric Bubble Wands

I apologise now for these instructions, it is a little bit tricky to explain how to make these geometric bubble wands, but bare with More

Giant Bubble Recipe

Giant Bubble Recipe

Although the summer has come to an end, we have finished off our holidays with these giant bubbles, because let’s face it, you can’t More

Maths Card Smash Game

Activities for Kids: The Maths Card Smash

Make sure you follow our maths board on Pinterest for more ideas, and don’t forget to pin the Pin at the bottom of the More

Word boxes: To help learn spellings

Word Boxes: To Help Learn Spellings

At the beginning of last school year we had a gentleman come over to help EC with his reading and spelling. He was absolutely More

Reasons To Sign Your Baby Up To Monkey Music

Tone, rhythm, and pitch Babies love to listen to voices, and very early on they will recognise the tone, rhythm and pitch of a More

DIY Shuffleboard

DIY Counter Top Shuffleboard

If you have ever been on a cruise then you are bound to have found a shuffleboard on one of the open decks. It More

Q-Tip Autumn Tree Craft

Hurray! My favourite time of year is here again. I said it last year, and I am sure I will say it next year… More

How to Make Your Own Autumnal Tree

My favourite time of the year is once again almost upon us! The season of crisp mornings, cosy afternoons filled with hot chocolate and More

12 Really Great Reasons To Book A Trip To Marwell Zoo

Marwell Zoo is home to an incredible range of exotic and endangered species, from endangered Amur tigers to majestic giraffes.

Autumn sensory tray

Autumn Sensory Tray

Now that BB is finally sitting up unaided it is time to break out the sensory activities. First up is our autumn sensory tray. More

counting cards

Make Your Own Set of Counting Cards

Make sure you follow our maths board on Pinterest for more ideas, and don’t forget to pin the Pin at the bottom. I’ve created a More

Autumn Leaf Printing

You’ll need: paints dry leaves paper Even though autumn is coming to a close there are

Autumn Play Dough

Autumn Play Dough

YC has been asking for a new batch of play dough for a while now, so this week was the perfect opportunity to make More

Leaf Chromatography Science Experiment

Leaf Chromatography Science Experiment

Last year I came across this leaf chromatography experiment from one of my favourite websites Playdough to Plato. It shows what colours make up More

Make Your Own Mini Bow and Arrow Set

Make sure you follow our activities board on Pinterest, and don’t forget to pin the Pin at the bottom of the page. I’ve probably More

Making Tape Letters

Learning how to form letters properly takes a long time and needs lots of practice. To break things up a bit, I use a More

5 Easy Tips to Taking Better Family Photographs

5 Easy Tips For Taking Better Family Photographs

If you’re planning a DIY family photoshoot, read these tips by family photographer Coral

30 Games And Activities To Take On Holiday

Here are some of my top picks for activities and games to take on holiday. 

14 Must-Haves For A Family Bike Ride

We have listed some fabulous suggestions for products that are great for all the family – whatever their ages!

Build your own Lego Ker-Plunk

Build Your Own Lego Ker-Plunk Game

Make sure you follow our homemade toys board on Pinterest for more ideas, and don’t for get to pin the Pin at the bottom. More

Volcanic Eruptions

Volcanic Eruptions: Set Your Own Volcano Off in This Simple Science Experiment

We are back to an oldie but a firm favourite activity of mine; setting off volcanoes. This was one of the shows I use More

The Easiest Way To Book Your Family’s Social Distancing Photoshoot

If you’re looking to arrange a social distancing photoshoot for your family check out my recommendation for finding the best photographer in your area.

Secret Agent: Can you decode the message?

Secret Agents: Can You Decode the Message?

Make sure that you follow our reading board on Pinterest for more ideas, and don’t forget to pin the Pin at the bottom of More

Connect 4: Sight Word Edition

Connect 4: Sight Word Edition

I’m guessing that you know of, or have heard of the game Connect 4…? Well, this is Connect 4: sight word edition of the More

Leak Proof Bag: Magic Trick or Science Experiment?

Don’t forget to follow our STEM board on Pinterest for more ideas. Do you have a spare 5 minutes? Do you really want to More

Mosaic Play Dough Busy Bag

I have been thinking about doing something with mosaic tiles for a while now and have come up with a mosaic play dough busy More

horse-riding

The Best Riding Schools In London

You might not think it, but when it comes to horse riding in London there are a lot of options. Here are the best More

Magical Leaf Rubbing Busy Bag That Lasts for Years

Doing leaf rubbings is such a child friendly craft and one that is easy to make into a reusable busy bag. Make sure you More

Rhyming Words Match Game

Make sure you are following our reading board on Pinterest for more ideas. An important part of learning to read is learning about rhyming More

Nanny Anita’s Butterfly Chromatrography

This activity is primarily a science based one, you can leave it at just the experiment, but we

How to make a Kaleidoscope

Make sure you follow our activity board on Pinterest for more ideas. When I was little I had the world’s greatest Kaleidoscope, well it More

20 Fruit & Vegetables To Grow With Kids This Summer

Enjoy half-term and grow some of the 20 quickest fruit & veg crops with your kids. A perfect activity to entertain them in the sunshine.

digging for sight words

Digging For Sight Words

Make sure you follow our reading board on Pinterest for more ideas. YC’s list of sight words grows weekly, and although she is very More

How Your Family Can Make The Most Of The Garden During Lockdown

We’ve come up with some recommendations for you to get the most from your outdoor space, together with the best ways to transform your garden into a safe and fun place to spend time with each other and the kids.

DIY table football set

How To Make Your Own DIY Table Football Set

At the moment I am really into making our own homemade versions of games like our Scrabble game and tin can stilts. This week More

Dice Roll Game

Dice Roll Game with Downloadable Worksheets

Make sure you follow our maths board on Pinterest for more ideas. A nice and simple maths game for your little ones to help More

World Snap Playing Cards

Download Nanny Anita’s Brilliant World Snap Game

These snap cards have been a labour of love for me, I started making them over a year ago and have only just finished More

pom pom shooter

Pom Pom Shooters

These pom pom shooters are guaranteed to delight your little ones. I pre-made ours and had them on the dinning table to hand out More

Capital to little letter match with downloadable worksheet

Here is a simple capital and little letter match game. You will need: Capital and little letter worksheet Pen Very simply they need to More

DIY Tin Can Monster Feet Stilts

DIY Tin Can Monster Feet Stilts

Did you ever use stilts in your PE classes at school? I have really vivid memories of using them when I was in primary More

diet coke and mentos science experiment

Diet Coke and Mentos Science Experiment

When I worked for Disney Cruise Line one of the experiments we used to do with the children was the Diet Coke and Mentos More

Let's go fly a kite - how to make a paper kite

Let’s Go Fly a Kite: How To Make a Paper Kite

Spring brings with it the perfect weather for flying kites; so to finish up our Easter holidays we made some perfect paper kites to More

St. George's Day Shadow Puppet Theatre

St. George’s Day Shadow Puppet Theatre

I always feel that St. George’s day passes the English by with very little attention, which makes me rather sad, especially when so much More

Minute to win it: Sound Search

A Minute to Win it: Sound Search

Another fun and easy phonics game for children. One of the big parts of learning to read is being able to identify the sounds More

St George's Day Crafts

How To Make Your Own St George’s Shield

First of all I will apologise for the complete lack of photos, we did this activity last year and I didn’t actually write it More

Speed Sight Word Game

Have Fun with This Speed Sight Word Game

I don’t think there is anything better than doing an educational activity that really makes you laugh, I think it stops children from thinking More

How to make a Thaumatrope

How to make a Thaumatrope

A thaumatrope is a 19th Century toy; it is a disk with a picture on each side, which is attached to two pieces of More

Magic E Wand

Magic E Wands – An activity to help with reading

I remember watching those English look and read TV series on the BBC when I was at school (gosh is that showing my age); More

Skittles Science Experiment

Skittles Science Experiment

Do you ever see a craft or activity online and think “I have to do that?” (I hope that at least some of my More

balloon counting

Balloon Counting – An Easy Maths Game for Kids

This is just an easy and simple maths game to help little ones with counting, writing their numbers and gross motor skills. You will More

Six Ideas To Survive – Nope, ENJOY Isolation With Your Kids

This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy time together and really share wonderful experiences that will benefit not only your child’s developmental progress but also create many happy memories for you as a parent.

maths egg spinner

Maths Easter Egg Spinner

Last year I turned some of our endless supply of plastic eggs into word spinners. This year I have turned some more of our More

lego challenge

Nanny Anita’s LEGO Challenge

The LEGO challenge is very simple. Each person takes it in turn to name something like an object, animal, plant etc. Then everyone builds it.

6 Card Games To Play With The Kids During Self-Isolation

Card games are always a hit at times like Christmas, and in times of well, self-isolation!

Unmissable Events For Families In London This Easter

The Easter holidays are almost upon us. The days are a little brighter and a little longer. Here are the best ways to get More

Marbled Easter Eggs

Marbled Easter Eggs

In my search to find new ways to decorate eggs I tried to marble them using marbling ink, which turned out to be a More

A Puffy Paint Card for Mother’s Day

There are a lot of recipes out there for puffy paint that require a microwave, but I managed to find one from the Artful More

Hidden Sight Words

Hidden Sight Words

Every day YC comes home with a key ring of sight words that she needs to practice. Once she has learnt them, new words More

Amazing Gift Experiences For Mother’s Day To Book Now 

A gift is always a great idea but if like us, you can’t bear to buy another candle or pair of fluffy socks, you might want to try investing in an experience that you’ll never forget.

Posy of Paper Flowers

Posy of Paper Flowers For Mothering Sunday

For this years Mothering Sunday gift I thought I would go back to the tradition of giving flowers. At my church we always get More

Scrabble Jr Busy Bag

Scrabble Junior Busy Bag

I’m not sure why I decided to make our own Scrabble Junior busy bag but at the time I must have thought that it More

capsicle! Help save Captain America from the ice

Capsicle! Help Save Captain America From the Ice

Im not going to lie, I am super proud of this activity. Not because of it’s coolness factor, but because it appealed to the More

Miffy Puppets: A Story Bag

Miffy Puppets: A Story Bag

One thing I remember having to do at Norland was to make a story bag and fill it with props to go with a More

What is gravity?

What is Gravity? A Craft for Kids

This week’s science experiment is an easy one, it doesn’t require any real set up or clean up time (unless you make a huge More

How To Make Silky Soft Playdough

We have made this playdough before but it was such a long time ago that we thought that we would give it another go. More

What Are The Benefits Of A Family Members’ Club?

Once you have a baby, it can feel as though the world shrinks a little – suddenly those trendy delis and coffee shops that we used to lunch in with friends don’t feel as comfortable a hangout with a curious toddler in tow.

Make Your Own DIY Valentine’s Bingo

For the past few weeks (actually pretty much from January 2nd) my inbox has been filled with all sorts of Valentine’s related ideas, mostly More

A Jar Full of Love: A Valentines Gift

I love coming up with new ideas for homemade and thoughtful gifts. As I was looking through Pinterest a while ago I kept coming More

Things To Do With The Kids This Half Term

The countdown to February half-term has officially begun! Check out the best family-friendly events happening in London and beyond. 

Mardi Gras Masks

Make Your Own Mardi Gras Masks

In England we obviously don’t celebrate the day before Lent in the same way as other countries do. Of course we eat yummy pancakes, More

Mend a broken heart maths challenge

Mend A Broken Heart Maths Challenge

This activity can be done on so many levels; from number matching to really hard maths problems. You will need Red paper Scissors Pens More

Wow! Look at my Word Bank

Wow! Look at My Word Bank!

A few months ago we had gentleman come to visit EC from the Lyndhurst Dyslexia Centre. He spent half an hour with EC going More

Valentines Pattern Pictures

Valentine’s Heart Pattern Pictures

Last year I made a Valentine’s Bingo game and was left with hundreds of cut out hearts. Rather than throw them away I stuck More

Making rainbows: Exploring Light with Prisms

Making Rainbows: Exploring Light with a Prism

EC came home the other day with a reading book all about rainbows, after finishing it he decided that he wanted to make a More

Nanny Anita’s Ice Sun Catchers

This probably works better when the weather is colder as the sun catchers will last longer

Egg Geodes: Grow your own crystals

Egg Geodes: Grow Your Own Crystals

Make sure you follow my STEM board on Pinterest for more ideas, and don’t forget to save the pin for later. After the excitement More

Baking Soda Shapes and Vinegar Science and Sensory Play

If you were to google baking soda and vinegar the majority of your search would be filled with volcanoes.  Which is one of my More

Top 5 Tips For Getting Your Kids Outdoors And Exercising

Plan ahead and draw up a list of things to find while outside. Go on a treasure hunt and see how hard they work. TARKA London share their expert tips on getting your kids outdoors. 

Magic Milk Experiment

I came across this amazing magic milk experiment on Pinterest quite a while ago and have been waiting for the perfect time to do More

How to Make Your Own Floam

I actually did this activity round at somebody else’s house! I don’t normally do that, but YC really wanted to do it with one More

Mission impossible sight word game

Mission Impossible Style Sight Words Game

Do you know what will get children jumping up and down with excitement and wanting to do their homework? Showing them that they are More

cardboard box plane for imaginative play

Make Your Own Cardboard Box Plane

Final Calling for flight … My two charges love playing aeroplanes, it is their main game, and results in numerous bags being packed and More

chromatography snowflakes

Making Chromatography Snowflakes

I am pretty sure that when your little ones get sent home with all their work on the last day of term there will More

Christmas No Cook Play Dough

How to Make Christmas No Cook Play Dough

YC has been begging me for ages to make some more play dough for her to play with. We had the perfect opportunity to More

Making Snow Crystals

Make sure you are following my STEM board on Pinterest for more ideas, and don’t forget to save the pin for later. If there More

How to Make a House Fit for a Fairy!

I recently saw this craft on Pinterest, although the original was made into a bird feeder. With a fairy themed spin on the idea. I More

Unmissable Christmas Events In London & Beyond

From meeting Santa and his reindeers to craft workshops and markets, here are the best things to do this holiday season in London and beyond.

Dot 2 Dot Letters

Trying to help my youngest charge write her own letters can be slightly difficult.  I sometimes find that the letters in the workbooks that More

Pumpkin Paper Plates with Nanny Anita

What you will need: paper plates, black paper, paint, scissors

The 10 Best Things To Do This October Half Term

From rebuilding the city with LEGO bricks to half-term Halloween raves, here are the best ways to spend the October holiday with your children.

Glow In The Dark Pumpkin

I love carving and decorating pumpkins, but I prefer the non-carve approach because it means younger children can get involved with very little help, More

Phonic Pairs and Snap by Nanny Anita

I have spent a lot of time over the last two years concentrating on the main 26 phonic sounds, but both my charges are More

Three Ways to Encourage Your Children to Embrace An Active Lifestyle

Children are social creatures, they like to be part of a tribe where they can form a camaraderie with other children and work toward a common goal. Have you ever set your child on the task of looking for your sunglasses? Their eyes just light up with purpose!

Here’s How To Have The Most Spooooooktacular Halloween Party

Throwing parties can be a frightmare at the best of times, but fear not, follow our double, double, toil and trouble-free approach to Halloween More

Make Your Own Busy Bags

When it is time for me to get lunch or supper ready my charges will normally go and play with their kitchen in the More

Phonic and Picture Match

Whenever we are teaching little ones new phonics we generally will put an example to go with i.e. “a” for apple or “t” for More

exploring light treasure basket

Exploring Light Treasure Basket

We do love getting the light box out every now and then. BB was asking for it just the other week. This time I More

Native American Headdress

On our latest cookie adventure we headed out to Blenheim Palace for a walk around the lake.  As always happens, the little ones found More

Digging for Gold by Nanny Anita

Both my charges love to dig; if they could they would spend the whole day outside digging up the flowerbeds looking for bugs and More

chickpea sensory counting tray

Chickpea Sensory Counting Tray

Over the last couple of weeks BB has suddenly started counting. He tries hard to count items correctly, sometimes he will do it perfectly, More

The London Museums Every Family Should Visit At Least Once

A surefire way to get out and find something stimulating and interesting is to check out one of London’s marvellous museums.

oil and water play

Oil and Water Play Activity

There are times when I need a quick activity that I can give to BB to keep him entertained while I either finish up More

Retro Coloured Sand Bottles

These retro sand bottles are such a simple and easy craft to do. There is no set up time. Plus if you use a More

Review: Boomtown Festival – ‘An Incredible Immersive Experience For The Whole Family’

Forget the outside world for a weekend and immerse yourself in the Boomtown experience. With eight districts to explore and over 100 artists on More

Ping pong ball target practice

Ping pong ball target practice

BB has always shown a love for using sprayers and has amazing accuracy. He has managed to get me right in the eye many More

7 Family Tents for a Late Summer Camping Trip

The key to a successful camping trip has to be the tent. That’s why we’ve picked seven of the most sturdy and affordable for your camping trip this bank holiday. Order today for next day delivery!

Do It Yourself Fossil Digs

EC got one of those fossil dig sets last year, and ever since he keeps asking if he can have some more of them. More

string maze

Spy Training: Mission String Maze

A few months ago EC said to me “Anita, do you remember that time we did the spellings under the table?” It took me More

Easy Peasy Zip Lock Green House

This experiment came about by chance a few weeks ago and has been going on ever since. During dinner EC was eating his apple More

crayon printed t-shirts

Crayon Printed T-Shirts

Another great summer activity is decorating T-shirts. I used to do this a lot when I worked in summer camps, although it tended to More

Learn Your ABC’s with Letter Sorting

Playing games based on the alphabet is a great way to help young children learn their ABC. For this particular game, children don’t need More

An I-Spy Bottle

An I-Spy Sensory Bottle Game for Kids

I-Spy can either be a great way to pass the time with small children or utterly infuriating. I was playing it recently with my More

How to Make Cloud Dough

How to Make Cloud Dough

Thursday afternoon is one of my favourite times of the week; it is when I pick up my youngest charge from nursery and we have More

mini zoo busy bag

Mini Zoo Busy Bag

Do you ever put off finishing a project and for a while, and then poof, years have gone by and you still haven’t completed More

What Is Imaginative Play? And Why Is It Important?

Imaginative play is essential for children’s growth and creativity. Here are seven ideas for cultivating imagination and play with your kids.

Is Your Toddler Getting Enough Physical Exercise? How To Keep Your Kids Active

Physical activity isn’t just about keeping fit; it’s also vital for your toddler’s development and confidence. Is your child getting enough exercise?

How To Host The Ultimate (Baby-Friendly!) Family Picnic

Picnics are one of the easiest (and most inexpensive) ways to get everyone outside enjoying the summer weather and spending some quality family time together.

Two Great Ideas for Foil Art

I can’t think when I first came across foil art; I have very clear memories of doing at a summer camp I worked at More

times table card game

Times Table Card Game

I know it is the summer holidays and times tables are the last thing on your mind, but I have a new times table More

How Do You Shell An Egg Without Cracking It?

Have you ever tried to shell an egg without actually breaking it?  Sounds impossible doesn’t it?  Well I would have thought so too, until More

Bubble snakes

How To Make Bubble Snakes

Who doesn’t like bubbles? I think they bring out the child in everyone. These bubble snakes had everyone joining in. Be sure to follow More

Tissue Paper Painting

When I worked for Disney Cruise Line we often had to come up with our own crafts and activities for the area that we More

Indoor Balloon Tennis

British weather is so predictable in its unpredictability! It has been boiling for the past few weeks, but the moment the little ones break More

hammering golf tees

Hammering Golf Tees Activity for Toddlers

What toddler doesn’t like hammering things? My mum loves to tell the story of how I took my toy hammer to her beautiful ornate More

13 Best Ways To Entertain The Kids In London This Summer

School’s (almost) out! Here are the best things to book around the city this summer break.

Make Your Own Kool-Aid Play Dough

I am always on the look out for new play dough recipes, the last batch I made was very salty and went slimy very More

Why The Outdoor Cinema is The Place to Take The Kids This Summer

Summer is in full swing and the school holidays are fast approaching. If you’re wracking your brains for things to do to keep the kids entertained this summer, the The Luna Cinema outdoor experience HAS to be added to your itinerary. 

Dot 2 Dot Printable Downloads

As the summer holidays are approaching I am beginning to get together some new activities and busy bags, as I know once the holidays start More

Calling All Islington Mamas! A New Family Members Club is Opening…

Get yourself down to the Maggie & Rose Islington Pop-Up open throughout the summer for a taster of what’s on offer from September.

pipette activity for toddlers

Pipette Activity for Toddlers

A couple of weeks ago I posted a finger gym activity for BB, it is still one of his favourite activities to do. He More

chase the ace

How To Play Chase The Ace Card Game

At the weekends I volunteer at Great Ormond Street in their weekend club. I have been doing it for over 4 ½ years, and More

zen garden

Zen Garden to Help Children Calm Down

EC often finds falling asleep difficult. He lies there, sometimes for hours, trying to drift off. Which, obviously, gets very frustrating for him. We More

exploring patterns with mirrors

Exploring Patterns With Mirrors Activity

When I was based in London I would often take my charges to the Science Museum. One of our favourite places to explore was More

how to make your compass

How to Make Your Own Compass

Learning how to make your own compass is pretty easy, and it really doesn’t take much time at all. Make sure you follow my More

Fun Painting Craft To Do with the Kids Using Watercolours and Salt

Painting with watercolours on watercolour paper is always a fun way to experiment as the paints bleed into each other and create new colours More

The Best Family Brunch Spots In London

Family friendly with fantastic coffee – here are our top London brunch hangouts.

10 Experience Days To Treat Dad To This Father’s Day

Forget socks and bottles of booze, treat your dad to something a little different this Father’s Day.

The Best Things To Do With The Kids This June

From family-friendly festivals to slime-making workshops, here are the best things to keep the kids entertained this June.

hidden letter sensory tray

Hidden Letter Sensory Tray

We haven’t been actively teaching BB his phonics, but about once a week since his birth I’ve put a You Tube video of the More

Half-Term In Hyde Park! The Only Adventure Club To Book This Holiday

Summer is finally here! Switch off the iPad and get the kids outdoors with an incredible Adventure Club. Sharky and George are returning to More

finger gym

Fine Motor Skills Finger Gym Activity

It is really important for little ones to develop their fine motor skills. They need them to do things like doing buttons up and More

Counting with Clips Busy Bag

This little busy bag is a fun activity to help with counting, colour matching and fine motor skills for young children. You will need: More

Kinetic sand sensory tray

Kinetic Sand Sensory Tray

I done quite a few sensory trays with BB using rice, but I wanted to see how he would do with sand. He seems More

Nanny Anita's Popsicle Phonics and Number Puzzle Busy Bag

Turn Ice Cream Sticks into Popsicle Phonics Fun For Your Little Ones

While puzzles are a lot of fun, sometimes taking one on the go can lead to more trouble than it’s worth, especially when those More

Three-in-One Craft Clips Phonics

When I started out making this phonics activity I had only planned on it being just one game, but as I got stuck into More

Cutting activity for toddlers

Cutting Activity for Toddlers

Over the last few weeks BB has become obsessed with cutting things. At meal times he now likes to have a knife rather than More

NEW OPENING ALERT! Maggie & Rose Is Landing In Islington This September

Maggie & Rose, the ultimate family destination is landing in your neighbourhood this September! 

Learn to Write Using a Salt Writing Tray

One of the biggest barriers to children writing can be the fear of making mistakes.  When they are trying and seeing those mistakes written More

Phonics Activity

“Open Very Carefully: A Book With Bite” Inspired Phonics Activity

While perusing the shelves of my local Waterstones, I came across a marvellous book called “Open Very Carefully: A Book With Bite” written by More

Gardening with Kids

I have been looking forward to Spring since the end of last summer. Not because I don’t like the autumn and winter months, in More

A Fun and Easy Way to Use Celery to Make Homemade Prints!

These celery printed roses are an easy craft to put together that little ones will love. Not only is it a good one for More

How To Have Fun With Maths – A Maths Dance Party

My eldest charge was having a problem telling the difference between the number 6 and number 9, so for a whole week we decided More

DIY bee hotel

DIY Bee Hotel

Did you know there are around 270 species of bees in the UK! Out of those 270, 250 of them are solitary bees that More

5 KiDS Party Trends To Watch Out For In 2019

From awesome themes to statement décor, there is so much inspiration out there to help you create your own parties.

BOOK NOW! Easter Holiday Big Kids’ Camps at Maggie & Rose

Make the most of the Easter holidays by booking your child a place at a Maggie & Rose Big Kids’ Camp in Chiswick and Kensington. Day camps designed for children aged 3 years plus.

Nanny Anita's Tie-Dye Eggs

How to Tie-Dye an Egg

Last year when we tried to dye some eggs it ended in a miserable failure, all we actually managed to do was bleach the More

Times table egg spinners

Times Table Egg Spinners

It feels like it has been ages since I last did a maths related activity for EC and YC. Times tables are their big More

Easter Egg Letter Hunt

Easter Egg Letter Hunt

Having complained about having all these plastic eggs left over from last year, it may come as a surprise that I just went out More

Egg Word Spinner

The Most Fun Way to Learn To Read!

Last year we seemed to acquire lots of plastic hinged eggs, I have no idea where they came from, they just seemed to appear More

Marble drop

How To Make a Marble Drop

During half term I had a really quiet week! Mainly because everyone went on holiday. I could have had the week off, but instead More

Unmissable Events In London This March

From theatre shows and family raves to science shows and storytime in Kew Gardens, we’ve got March in London covered.

Leonora on How to Throw a Birthday Party for A Toddler

With two year olds I always find short and sweet activities work well W.e turned the TV room into a soft play area and hired an entertainer.

Germ experiment

Germ Experiment: What’s Growing On Your Hands?

Something suddenly hit me the other day while I was getting ready. And it was a possible reason as to why children don’t care More

Valentine's Day Marbled Hearts

Easy-to-Make Marbled Hearts Valentine’s Day Cards

One of the final Valentine’s crafts I wanted to do with the little ones was to make marbled heart gift tags for some special More

Paper plate threaded hearts

22 Valentine’s Crafts and Activities

Here are all my Valentine’s crafts and activities in one place for you: Crafts Marbled hearts Melted crayon hearts Heart pattern pictures Paper plate More

Valentine's Sensory Box

Valentine’s Sensory Box

For my youngest charge’s rest time I normally put out a selection of toys for her to play with, this gives me a chance More

Valentine’s play dough

Valentine’s Themed Play Dough: An Invitation To Play

Time to start on this years Valentine’s activities! It has been a really long time since I’ve made play dough. Over Christmas BB was More

pom pom blowing activity

Pom Pom Blowing Activity

This pom pom blowing activity for toddlers is a fun little game to play with them when you have 5 minutes to spare. Not More

DIY birdseed feeder

DIY Birdseed Feeder to Celebrate RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch Weekend!

To celebrate the annual RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend, I’ve put together this brilliant DIY birdseed feeder for the kids. Be warned – More

All Aboard The Belmond Steam Train for A Practically Perfect Afternoon

The train pulled out of Victoria Station with the gravitas of the distinguished, elegant grande dame that she is and our journey out of London and through the British countryside began.

The Best New Kids’ Movies Out in Cinemas 2019

A trip to the cinema can be such a great experience for kids and adults alike. This year is set to be an action-packed year for children’s films.

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Pipe Cleaner and Colander Activity

The whole idea of this pipe cleaner and colander activity is to help develop fine motor skills. Make sure you follow my toddler board More

Disney Mr Potato Head Busy Bag

Disney Mr. Potato Head Busy Bag

I know that the Christmas holidays have just finished and now is probably not the best time to start a busy bag.  But the More

10 Fantastic Family Events In London This January

Looking to keep the little ones entertained this January. Here’s what you shouldn’t miss in London this month.

Nanny Anita's Treasure Box

Make a Treasure Basket Out of Things at Home for Your Baby by Nanny Anita

While training at Norland I had to make my own treasure basket for part of my creative option classes. I made my basket 7 More

Kitchen Roll Christmas Tree Stamping

As I was sorting out and replacing the pictures that are on the cupboard doors in the playroom, I noticed the lack of Christmas More

Gingerbread Men Christmas Tree Decorations

Is there anything more Christmassy than gingerbread men? Well, probably, but how about gingerbread men Christmas tree decorations? Now before you start reaching for More

Marbled Salt Dough Christmas Tree Decorations

Wow – I can’t believe that it is that time of year again. It seems like only yesterday that we were making Christmas tree More

Melted Bead Christmas Decorations

I had seen this craft on Pinterest many months ago and knew that I really wanted to try it out.  The original Pin I More

Nanny Anita’s Snowman Ornaments

You will need: White, orange and black foam 3 circles of various sizes to draw around

Sensory Light Box to Make With The Kids This Weekend

A sensory light box is simply a transparent box with some fairy lights inside (the best ones are those that are battery operated as More

Wax Resistant Christmas Cards

Magic Christmas Cards to Make with the Kids

My eldest charge had to make a Christmas card for school (back in October) as part of a competition so we did a wax More

Spirograph decorations

Spirograph Decorations

I originally made this Spirograph decorations back in September! It wasn’t because I was being really organised with Christmas prep, but because I had More

mickey mouse sensory tray

Mickey Mouse Sensory Tray

As I am sure you must have heard, Mickey Mouse just had his 90th birthday! Pretty remarkable to think about. I’ve been quite busy More

Rainbow Paper Plate Craft

You will need: paper plates paint and ribbon for each colour double sided sticky tape

A Fabulous Festive Recipe! Christmas Gingerbread

There is something wonderfully ‘Christmassy’ about gingerbread though I am not sure the origin of it is Christmas based at all, after all gingerbread More

Make Your Own Mickey Mouse Puppets with Printable Download

For my youngest charge’s birthday party we did a Minnie Mouse theme and rather than have one entertainer come, we had a few stations More

marble run with tapioca pearls

Marble Run with Tapioca Pearls

I had planned to do this marble run with tapioca pearls during the summer. It was all thought out; I was going to set More

melted crayon halloween sun catchers

Melted Crayon Halloween Sun Catchers

It seems like a good idea to make the most of the good weather, and make some sun catches to capture those last rays More

Nanny Anita's Halloween Spider Balls

Halloween Craft Special: 3D Spider Webs

I have seen these done Halloween 3D spider balls before and thought how cool these looked.  Of course I had to get my charges More

5 Amazing Health Benefits Of Outdoor Play This Autumn

It’s hugely beneficial to spend time outside with your family. Here are the best ways to truly enjoy the changing seasons.

halloween mummy craft

Nanny Anita’s Halloween Mummy Craft

I love October, it is by far my favourite month. There is so much going on, and of course there is Halloween to prepare More

Unmissable Half-Term Fun at Maggie & Rose’s Big Kids’ Camps!

Designed for children aged 3 years +, the Maggie & Rose Big Kids’ Camps play host to a range of fabulous activities and entertainment, as well as delicious homemade lunches and snacks. The action-packed itinerary features awesome Halloween themed classes, including Spooky Spiders Art, Pollock Pumpkins and a Monster Mash-up!

Nanny Anita's Sensory Rice Play

Nanny Anita’s Sensory Play with Coloured Rice

This is a very simple activity, but leads to hours of fun for the whole family. My charges really enjoyed just playing around with More

Halloween feely boxes

Halloween Feely Boxes

Everyone must have, at some point, done  Halloween feely boxes.  They are a classic party game.  Well we didn’t these ones at a party, More

The Best Things To Do This October In London & Beyond

The circus is back in town and the Natural History Museum’s ice rink will be unveiled in time for half-term. Here are the best places to get out and about this season.

Craft stick posting activity

Craft Stick Posting Activity

Do you know what one of the hardest things to do with a toddler is? Go to the loo. BB is too little to More

New Year’s Eve: Family Activities To Book Now

Spending New Year’s Eve with the kids this year? We know it’s still a couple of months away, but tickets always sell out months in advance so here’s your September heads up!

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Sticky Autumn Tree Activity

Every morning when YC and EC go off to school, BB and I spend about 20 minutes putting laundry away and sorting out bedrooms. More

Maggie & Rose pop up

The Knightsbridge Maggie & Rose Shopping Experience You Won’t Want to Miss

Maggie & Rose have taken over CANVAS on the fifth floor at Harvey Nichols for two weeks, turning the space into an awesome pop-up play area for little ones. It has to be seen to be believed!

Make Soane’s Kitchen Your Next Stop For Family Dinner

Soane’s Kitchen is a new opening this year from London catering company Social Pantry. The food is all seasonal and sustainable. The menu changes depending on the availability of the seasonal produce and it’s clear the staff are proud of the vegetable garden.

salt structure sensory tray

Salt Structure Sensory Tray

Last week we made some painted salt structures. I left a couple of them on the window sill of the playroom to dry out More

Matchstick rockets

How to Make Matchstick Rockets

Do you know the quickest way to get a bunch of boys aged between 5 – 11 interested in doing an activity? Tell them More

How Y-Not 2018 Defined The Family Festival

Some of us would never dream of taking the kids to a music festival. Y-Not Festival has changed my mind. Kids at festivals have an enviable amount of fun. Perhaps 2018 has seen festivals step up the family-friendly area everywhere.

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Disney Tsum Tsum Block Puzzle

When I was a lot younger I had these block puzzles. I absolutely loved them; they were probably one of my favourite toys. They More

A Summer Evening In Chelsea’s Fox & Pheasant Restaurant

We skipped into James Blunt’s boozer around 7pm. It’s a quaint little local (if you’re a Chelsea local) that Blunt reportedly boasted would be filled “aristocrats and even royalty.” It wasn’t. It was mostly old gentlemen and families having dinner, quietly.

Book Your Family Summer Staycation At Roast London

If you’re not fortunate enough to be holidaying this summer, Roast want to bring the holiday to London with dishes each week from around the world.

cardboard box oven

Cardboard Box Oven

It is absolutely typically that when we need the sunshine to do an activity we get the first cloudy day in months! Though that More

Weekend Brunch In Waterloo: Florentine Restaurant & Bar Review

The brasserie-styled restaurant offers a bit of everything — salads, flat breads, burgers, fish — but the big deal is brunch.

Soap and water play

Soap and Water Play for Children

Last week I set up an ice play station for BB which he loved. This week I set up a soap and water play More

School’s Out! The BEST Things To Do This Summer

The school term has finally come to an end and that long summer holiday is stretching ahead of us. We’re looking forward to spending time with the family and getting out and about to these awesome events.

Ice play for toddlers

Ice Play for Toddlers

This ice play for toddlers doesn’t really need a massive piece written on it, it is very self explanatory. It is probably one of More

The Coolest Things To Do This July

We’ve well and truly hit summertime. Festival season is in full swing, the summer holidays have hit (or just about!) and we can’t wait to get out and about. Here’s how to make the most of London and beyond this month.

Nanny Anita’s Help with Adding

Now that my 4-year-old charge has pretty much mastered his numbers he is in need of a tricker challenge, so I thought perhaps introducing More

Kimber Kids

Looking for Kimberley Walsh’s Kimba Kids clothing line? My Baba interviewed Kimberly on life after Girls Aloud and the launch of her clothing line at Next. Read full interview here.

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Ball Activity: Climbing Frame + Balls = Fun Times

If there is one thing I try to do, it is to make sure that a large majority of my crafts and activities use More

The School Run

Join The School Run: A Nationwide Family Fitness Initiative

The School Run is a new and exciting nationwide campaign taking place in ten primary schools across the UK this week. The baton will pass from London to Bristol, Northumberland, Cambridge, Cardiff, Brighton, Belfast, Liverpool, Bournemouth and Sheffield. 

Light Box Activity – Glass Pebble Mandalas

I used to get the light box out quite a lot of YC when she was younger. I would often put it out in More

Date Night In St Katharine Docks: CAU Restaurant Review

Book your table at CAU on a balmy evening and sit looking out onto St Katharine Docks deciding which boat you’d have and where you’d go if you could afford a boat.

Nanny Anita’s Vegetable Printing

After a full day of nursery for both my charges I needed a nice quiet activity to keep them

The Best Ways To Spend The Day In Wimbledon

If you’re planning your next family day out, here are are some excellent reasons to head to Wimbledon with the kids.

Nanny Anita’s I Can Spell…

You will need: Glass pebbles (like the ones you get in fish tanks) or ordinary stones Black

Market Hall Fulham – A Mid-Week Family Treat?

Bring along the buggies, let the kids loose in the play area and kick back for a catch up with some street food snap and British booze menu.

cardboard cookie shop

An Invitation to Play: Cardboard Cookie Shop

The other week both YC and EC had a play date after school so it was a very full house with 5 children running More

A Medieval Starlit Sleepover: Glamping with The Kids at Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle has always been an action-packed day out for all the family, but now you can add even more excitement to your adventure by staying on site in a medieval glamping tent.

How Common People Kicked Off The Family Festival Season In Style

Oxford’s Common People was a fantastic weekend filled with music, activities, street food, acrobatics and much more!

The Coolest Things To Book This June

Let’s get you and your family out and about in London and beyond on the lead up to the long summer break.

Date Night In Shoreditch: Blanchette Restaurant Review

Blanchette is a classic date night choice, not too serious, but with all the romance, class, and quirkiness you’d expect of a French bistro.

Peter Pan’s Trail – A Fantastic Family Day Out In London

We asked our very own Mary Poppins aka Nanny Anita to roam the streets of London and bring us some exciting trails for children of all ages to enjoy.

The Cambridge Club

The Cambridge Club: The Perfect Treat for Father’s Day

If you’re looking for something extra special to do with the family this Father’s Day then look no further. The Cambridge Club’s music and food festival is set to take place at Haggis Farm in the heart of picturesque Cambridge on Sunday 17th June. 

50 Riddles for children and adults.

50 Riddles for Children (And Adults)

I love riddles!  I am not always good them, but I love to try and think outside the box when answering them.  They also More

The Coolest Things To Do In London & Beyond This Half Term

This half term is filled with family festivals, as well as fun days out around London and plenty of arts and crafts opportunities to get creative and make something special.

busy board for toddlers

Busy Boards for Toddlers

BB is literally into everything! He likes to get into the cupboards and pull everything out. Light switches are his favourite and he even More

Nanny Anita’s ABC Flashcards

Practicing the ABC’s with little ones can be difficult to fit into a busy daily routine and I

Blackgang Chine: The UK’s Most Enchanting Family Day Out

Blackgang Chine is an action-packed, magical adventure. Its eclectic mix of attractions inspire and fuel the imaginations of little ones. From pirate ships, cowboys and the Wild West, to fairy princesses and underwater shipwrecks, your little ones will be captivated by every inch of the park.

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Mini Pick Up Sticks Busy Bag

I’m so excited, in a few weeks we are off to LA!  Which means that I have started putting together a small collection of More

The Best Things To Do In London This Weekend

What will you be getting up to this weekend? Here are our top picks of what’s on around the city over the next few days.

5 Things to Do with The Kids This Summer in The Great Outdoors

At Forest School, children get to play in nature in all seasons of the year; they have a chance to run and make a noise, get their hands dirty and experience manageable risk, which is essential for healthy child development. Here are some great ideas for fun things to do outdoors!

shaving foam and mirror sensory activity

Shaving Foam and Mirror Sensory Activity

BB and I have recently taken a break in our sensory play. The weather has been so lovely that we have been spending our More

Fun Things to See In Museums Around the World on Your Summer Holidays

Horaay! The sun is out and the summer holidays are on their way. Here are some top treasures in museums around the world I hope you and your children will enjoy.

Date Night In Mayfair: El Pirata Restaurant Review

Your next central London Spanish tapas joint is in Mayfair. It’s delicious, inexpensive and comes with seamless service.

The Corner House

Explore West London’s Hottest New Hub for Families

This is a beautifully designed, family-friendly neighbourhood hub, with a wonderful sense of ethical pride in the products it stocks and local business collaborations; created by locals for locals.

DIY parachutes for teddies

DIY Parachutes for Teddies: STEM Activity

If there is one activity that EC is always asking to redo it is the egg drop challenge.  He absolutely loves it.  This week More

colour changing slime

Colour Changing Slime

The slime craze is still going strong and I know quite a few parents and nannies who are totally over it. EC and YC More

Children's Party Trends

How to Throw The Perfect Children’s Birthday Party

Parents are becoming more ambitious when it comes to hosting the perfect children’s party. While some aspects of children’s entertainment will always prove popular, More

This crazy adrenaline-fuelled killer whale experience has arrived in London

Take the plunge inside a giant orca thanks to adrenaline junkies Predator Adventures. Check out our review of the speedy shark-shaped seacraft.

Nanny Anita’s Ladybird Number Games

These little painted ladybirds are a great way to help young children with their maths’ skills

Top Dance Classes For Kids In London

Dance classes can be a fun way encourage your children to get active, learn about music and rhythm, as well as develop confidence and coordination skills.

The best ways to get the kids gardening, according to garden designer Rupert Golby

We sat down with the brilliant Kew-trained gardener Rupert Golby to discuss the roots of his gardening career and the best ways to get children interested in gardening. 

Boggle

Homemade Boggle Game

I am pretty sure that all of you have heard of the game Boggle.  If not, where have you been?  This game has been More

Red cabbage indicator experiment

Kitchen Science: Red Cabbage Indicator Experiment

Do you know what my first thought was when doing this red cabbage indicator experiment? Why is called red cabbage when it looks purple? More

bee water station

Celebrate Earth Day with a Bee Water Station

On Sunday it will be Earth Day, in honour of this day YC and I made a bee water station for the garden. Bees More

8 Excellent Things To Do With The Kids This Weekend

Looking for plans for the weekend? You’ve come to the right place. Here are our top things to do in London this weekend with More

10 Afternoon Tea Places You’ll Need To Try In 2018

Whether you’re after a classic, elegant, view of the palace afternoon tea, or one with cats for company, we’ve selected the coolest and cosiest afternoon tea joints in London in celebration of National Tea Day 2018.

13 UK Attractions The Kids Will Actually Want To Visit

In celebration of the International Day For Monument & Sites, we’ve compiled a list of the key monuments and attractions that the children will love to visit.

Nanny Anita’s Easter Bonnets

For my charges last day of term they had an Easter bonnet parade where I made them a chick and a

Nanny Anita’s Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt

Who doesn’t like an Easter Egg hunt? Well I love them

Nanny Anita’s Egg Decorating Fun

You can pretty much guarantee that if you search Easter crafts you will come up with some form of

The Dreamy 24-Hour Retreat For New Mamas And Babas

And breathe – anyone else forget to do this after having a baby? I mean there’s feeding, changing, cleaning, sterilising, washing, cooking to be done. Breathing? Surely that takes a back seat?

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How To Create An Edible Garden In The City

The lovely Gia de Picciotto is such an inspiration to me, and I love what she’s doing. If she had it her way, every More

Date Night In Bloomsbury: The Lady Ottoline Review

The Lady Ottoline is what you wish your local pub was like. Elegant and brash with good booze selection and a decent restaurant upstairs.

Nanny Anita’s Easter Sun Catchers

Although the weather is starting to improve we are still getting the odd day when it’s over cast

Nanny Anita’s Calming Bottles

Recently there have been posts all over facebook about these bottles

Date Night In Battersea: Wright Brothers Review

Wright Brothers is a magnificent place to tap into London’s seafood scene. Read our full review here.

Nanny Anita’s Mothering Sunday Hand or Foot Medallions

These hand and foot medallions made from salt dough make for a great activity to do with the kids

Nanny Anita’s Bubble Painting

This is a great art project to do if you don’t mind a big mess and your children understand that

Date Night In Marylebone: Ishtar Restaurant Review

Marylebone’s Ishtar is serving up classic Turkish cuisine, live music and huge servings of künefe. Read more about our experience here.

jelly sensory play

Jelly Sensory Play

As you might have seen I have been doing rather a lot of sensory activities with BB over the last few months. Our newest More

The Ultimate Family Easter Eggstravaganza You Will Not Want To Miss

We’ve heard whisper that Trotters are plotting a huge Easter eggstravaganza. A party filled with cakes, competitions, live music and much more.

Parent date night at TOZI: Share the love without the kids

A tailor-made feast, a beautiful bouquet and dessert-to-go, TOZI’s parent date night menu for parents who never have time for themselves.

Family Lunch In Mayfair: 28-50 Wine Workshop & Kitchen Review

Perhaps you wouldn’t dream of taking your children to a champagne-wine bar, but 28-50 is most welcoming to families throughout the day.

DIY sensory board

DIY Sensory Board for Babies and Toddlers

The majority of BB’s toys and activities that I do with him are sensory based ones. His mind is like a little sponge, learning More

Celebrate World Book Day With These Cool Ideas

Celebrate World Book Day (Thursday, 1st March) with some of these fantastic activities, subscriptions and events to encourage your child to read and enjoy stories.

10 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas That Are Better Than Flowers

From afternoon tea in the city to pampering days in the country, here are some fantastic ways to make her feel appreciated this Mother’s Day.

posting activity for toddlers

Posting Activity for Toddlers

One of BB’s favourite things to do is posting and dropping objects. He has a Leap Frog Elephant that you have to put rings More

Date Night In Chelsea: TPH of Chelsea Review

The new, sustainable and healthier menu is definitely going to pull in the foodie crowd, if the charcoal grill doesn’t already.

heart sensory bottle

Heart Sensory Bottle for Babies and Toddlers

I am slightly obsessed with making sensory bottles for BB at the moment. So far this year I have made him as Hama bead More

Internet Safety Day

How to Keep Your Child Safe On The Internet

Safer Internet Day is coming up and it’s something the parents at my son’s school have been debating for the past few weeks. It’s More

Valentine's sugar writing tray

Valentine’s Sugar Writing Tray

I do love bringing out the sensory writing tray for spelling practice. I think it helps break up the monotony of writing out spellings More

How To Take A Ski Trip With Toddlers (And Still Have Fun!)

Organising, buying ski gear and packing might be stressful enough without young children in tow, but you shouldn’t miss out on your annual ski More

How to Make The Best Pizza Dough – Cooking In An Authentic Pizza Oven

Leo caught up with chef John who taught us how to make the perfect pizza dough. Happy National Pizza Day everyone! 

Family Sunday Lunch: The Sipping Room Review

Swallowing up the 5pm office crowd throughout the week, the Canary Wharf bar-resto opens its doors to everyone throughout the day and across the weekend.

Mardi Gras sensory box

Mardi Gras Sensory Box For Babies and Toddlers

BB and I have been doing quite a few Sensory activities over the past few weeks. Most of them have been sensory bottles or More

10 Romantic Date Places To Spoil Your Special Someone

Where will your next London date night adventure take you? W’ve picked some stellar Michelin-starred choices, luxe spa days and afternoon tea experiences.

Date Night In Charing Cross: Thai Square Review

A curious Thai restaurant tucked away from Trafalgar Square, Thai Square is abuzz with tourists and locals alike — which I always find reassuring.

hama bead sensory bottle

Hama Bead Sensory Bottle for Babies and Toddlers

BB is now almost a year old and tries to get into everything. He is pulling himself up on all the furniture which does More

loo roll bird feeder

Loo Roll Bird Feeder

Please note that these loo roll bird feeders use nuts. I love it when an activity we do is totally spontaneous and child lead. More

8 Things To Do In London With The Kids This Weekend

Once again London is bursting with things to do, so here are our favourite ways to make the most of January with the family in tow.

8 Fundraising Challenges To Set Yourself This Year

It may be mid-January but it’s still not too late to set resolutions or goals for happy and healthy 2018 if you haven’t so far.

Read This Before Taking The Kids Skiing This Year

A former alpine skier gives us the low-down on teaching children to ski, safety and kit, and getting the family on the slopes in no time!

Family Sunday Lunch: Roast, London Bridge Review

We all have different expectations when it comes to Sunday lunch. Mash or roast potatoes, beef or chicken, home-cooked or dining out, a big More

10 Fantastic Family-Friendly Restaurants In London

Here are some of our favourite family-friendly hangouts to try in 2018.

taste safe snow dough sensory play

Taste Safe Snow Dough Sensory Play

This week’s activity is taste safe snow dough sensory play. BB is only 10months and puts a lot of things in his mouth. This More

Andy Puddicombe on Headspace

Andy Puddicombe is the voice of Headspace, a former ordained Buddhist monk and a clinically

British Library Membership: The Perfect Gift

Is This The Ultimate Christmas Gift For Bookworms?

Finding the ultimate Christmas gift can be difficult, but luckily the British Library are here to help us find a unique new way of present-giving.

Dinner Date In South Woodford: Grand Trunk Road

South Woodford’s Grand Trunk Road will take you on a culinary journey from Chittagong to Kabul.

Elsa Hair Tutorial for Kids

Cute Little Girl’s Hairstyle Tutorial: Disney’s Frozen Elsa Hair Tutorial for Little Girls

We collaborated with the fabulous Duck & Dry on the King’s Road, where celebrity hair stylist Emer talked us through a few easy children’s hair More

14 Steps To Follow Before You Decide To Have Children!

Find a couple who are already parents and berate them about their methods of discipline, lack of patience, appallingly low tolerance levels and how they have allowed their children to run wild.

ice-skating

Where To Ice Skate In London This Festive Season

What better way to get in the festive mood than ice skating with the family? We’ve round-up the best ice rinks in London so More

Date Night In Finchley: Ishtah Restaurant Review

For date night we ventured to North West London to Turkish restaurant Ishtah in Finchley. Check out our review here.

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Keyword List: Other Ways to Say …

I will be posting some English activities that were suggested to us by a dsylexia specialist over the next few months. At the beginning More

Make Your Own Guy Fawkes

Make Your Own Guy Fawkes

I made my first and only Guy when I was around 9 years old, and ever since I have wanted to make another one. More

Top 10 Spa Days In The UK

Everyone deserves a bit of a pamper now and then, so we put together a list of some great spa packages that will leave you feeling relaxed and restored.

sticky spider web tape game

Sticky Spider Web Tape Game

A few weeks ago EC and YC both had a play date after school. When both have play dates at the same time it More

taste safe halloween sensory bin

Taste Safe Halloween Sensory Bin

If you search online for edible sensory bins for babies you will get millions of results. I don’t like to call any activity edible More

halloween memory game

Halloween Memory Game

A few weeks ago EC and YC had a Dyslexia assessment and one thing that came up on the report was they both had More

Acorn Monsters

The Best Halloween Crafts And Activities For Kids

As we are now in October, I thought I would put together a round up of ALL the Halloween related crafts and activities that More

harry potter inspired wooden wind chime

Harry Potter Inspired Wooden Wind Chime

Our last craft of the summer holidays is this wooden wind chime. It isn’t just your average wooden wind chime, oh no, it is More

Brunch Date In Fitzrovia: Señor Ceviche

Join Señor Ceviche’s boozy brunch club this weekend at Charlotte Street’s new pisco-fuelled Peruvian restaurant.

diy indoor mini golf

DIY Indoor Mini Golf

I have to say, the weather for most of the summer holidays has been pretty good. Today however was the first day where it More

five field kono

Nanny Anita’s How To Play Five Field Kono

Five field Kono originates from Korea and is an abstract strategy game along the same sort of lines as Chinese checkers. I’m sure you More

how to play mancala

How to play Mancala

Mancala is a game that has been around for thousands of years.  It is believed to have originated in Africa or the Middle East. More

Date Night In Battersea: Donna Margherita Review

Fresh ingredients from Naples, a true passion for Italian cuisine, and around 100 wines to choose from, here’s why you should visit Donna Margherita.

Date Night At The BFI: Summer Film Highlights

Nestled under Waterloo Bridge, there couldn’t be a better cinema for date night. Cosy up and catch a screening of one of these fantastic films.

How To Play With A Newborn

Having a new born can be really over whelming in lots of ways. One thing that I often hear is “how do I play More

build your own cupcake busy bag

Build Your Own Cupcake Busy Bag

YC loves new activities so was thrilled to have a cupcake busy bag one to add to the rota. When I showed her it More

Don't wake the shark card game

Don’t Wake the Shark Card Game

The summer holidays are finally here! Which means it is time to get some new games ready for some family time, especially when we More

Date Night In Chelsea: The Painted Heron Review

This week’s date night took us to The Painted Heron in Chelsea after cocktails at the Bluebird.

The Top 5 Picturesque Places To Watch The Tennis This Summer

We round up the prettiest spots to watch the tennis this summer. From trendy bars to beach screenings, you will not be short of inspiration this summer.

Tips for Throwing a Children's Garden Party

10 Tips for Throwing a Children’s Summer Garden Party

I’m always thinking about good ideas for children’s birthday parties, and Kasimira always come to the rescue with brilliant themes and ideas. They’ve set More

homemade peek-a-boo toy for babies

Homemade Peek-a-Boo Toy for Babies

This peek-a-boo toy is almost guaranteed to stop any tears and bring out a smile.

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Make Casein Plastic in this Milk and Vinegar Experiment!

Make sure you follow my STEM board on Pinterest for more ideas, and don’t forget to save the pin for later.  I’m not going to More

Sensory Tubes for babies

Sensory Tubes for Babies

I can’t believe that my youngest charge is now 4 months! The time has literally flown by. I have previously made BB some sensory More

DIY Fidget Spinner

DIY Fidget Spinner

I am sure you have all seen/heard of/ or even bought a fidget spinner by now, and if you haven’t where have you been? More

Date Night In Shoreditch: Dirty Bones Review

We took ourselves out in Shoreditch and sampled Hackney’s Dirty Bones diner, though not before dropping into the Nightjar for a cocktail or two.

10 brain teasers for children

10 Brain Teasers for Children

I do love a good brain teaser. I learnt a few of these while I was a guest on board the Disney Magic. Our More

Date Night In London Bridge: Arthur Hooper’s Review

This week we explored the area around London Bridge station and picked out our favourite date places for your next evening out.

balloon play for babies

Balloon Play for Newborns

Make sure you follow my baby activities board on Pinterest for more ideas, and don’t forget to save the pin for later. “How can More

water bead stress ball

Water Bead Stress Ball

Make sure that you follow my sensory board on Pinterest for more ideas, and don’t forget to save the pin for later. We’ve made More

inflating a balloon science

Inflating a Balloon Experiment

Make sure you follow my STEM board on Pinterest for more ideas, and don’t forget to save the pin for later. Over the last More

Sensory Sound Bottles for Babies

Make sure you follow my sensory board on Pinterest for more ideas and don’t forget to save the pin for later. If you search More

KABOOM: The Greatest Game to Aid Learning

Make sure you follow my maths or English boards on Pinterest for more ideas, and don’t forget to save the pin for later. I More

Date Night At Old Street: Judge & Jury Review

This week we travelled east to Old Street for our date night feature. We started with cocktails at Christabel’s, then onto the Judge & Jury for dinner.

shrinky dink baby footprint keepsakes

Shrinky Dink Baby Footprint Keepsakes

Make sure you follow my homemade gift boards on Pinterest for more ideas, and don’t forget to save the pin for later. There seems More

nature table

Make A Nature Table with Nanny Anita

The weather recently has just been perfect, not too hot nor too cold. It was the perfect weather for going on a nature hunt in More

egg drop challenge

Egg Drop Challenge: Can Your Egg Survive the Fall?

When I worked for the Disney Cruise Line there was a show that I did (about once a week) that involved experiments with eggs. More

Our Favourite Afternoon Tea Spots In London

Happy National Tea Day! We’ve put together a list of our favourite places to celebrate our love of tea (and cake).

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Date Night In Good Old Greenwich

The outfit:  This outfit is comprised of TOD’S, Leather ankle boots from mytheresa.com, Mother, The Insider Crop Step Fray Jeans from mytheresa.com, Rosie Assoulin, Gingham seersucker top More

a message in an egg: find the clues hidden in eggs to complete this Easter egg hunt.

A Message In An Egg – An Easter Craft

I am quite excited about this year’s Easter egg hunt, it has taken some time to do, but I think it will be really More

10 Tips of How to Take Better Photos of Your Children

10 Tips On How to Take Better Pictures of Your Children

Hi there, I’m Helen Schryver (it’s pronounced ‘Scriver’ but you can just call me Helen!) and I’m a creative family photographer. Read on for More

How To Make Flubber

How to Make Flubber

When I worked for Disney Cruise Lines as a performer, one of my favourite shows was Supper Sloppy Science: How to make Flubber. It More

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Last Minute Mother’s Day Ideas: Treat Mum At A Top London Pamper Parlour

If you’re out of ideas for what to get your Mum for Mother’s Day, why not try an experience? Pamper parlours are always a More

Making Spring Inspired Slime with The Kids

Make sure you follow my slime board on Pinterest for more ideas and don’t forget to save the pin for later. We are coming More

Date Night In Tottenham Court Road, Fitzrovia

The Look: This outfit is made up of Tory Burch Sarava burgundy leather ankle boots from The Outnet, a Closed tie neck silk blouse from More

Make-Up Tutorial

Charlotte Tilbury Night Out Make-Up: Emma O’Byrne Shows Us How In This Quick Tutorial

Being a mum it can be hard to find time for yourself, and getting ready for a rare night out is usually no exception. Celebrity More

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Out On The Town: Date Night In Knightsbridge

The outfit: This outfit is comprised of a Self-Portrait, Ruffled guipure lace blouse from Net-a-Porter, Mother, The Hustler distressed cropped high-rise flared jeans from Net-a-Porter, More

taste safe slime

Taste-Safe Slime for Craft Eaters

Today I’ll be introducing you to my newest charge – BB. He is currently only a few weeks old, so although he really isn’t More

My Baba Make Up Tutorial

Make-Up Tutorial: How to Contour and Highlight in Under Five Minutes

Contouring is so big right now. Here’s our quick and easy make-up tutorial with celebrity make-up artist Emma O’Byrne using just one genius product, More

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Date Night In Wimbledon

What to wear: This outfit is comprised of a Lu Lu Guinness, White Leather Marcie Hands Bag from Avenue 32, Dion Lee, Axis one-shoulder cotton top More

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Date Night: Take a Trip to Hammersmith

What to wear: This outfit is comprised of a Raquel Allegra, Black satin slip dress from Harvey Nichols, Milly, flared sleeves blouse from Farfetch, Strategia, Embroidered More

weddings

Top Tips for Keeping The Kids Entertained at Weddings

With all the New Year’s proposals and happy couples planning their weddings one of the questions they will come across is – to invite More

Valentine's

Valentine’s Day In Richmond

What to wear: This outfit is comprised of a Alexander McQueen, Embellished appliquéd canvas and satin clutch, Alice + Olivia, Eleonora embroidered chiffon mini dress More

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Date Night in Canary Wharf: Bright Lights in Business City

What to wear: This classic boho chic outfit is comprised of a Tory Burch, Jane printed silk chiffon dress from Harvey Nichols, Saint Laurent, More

Date Night In Borough Market

What to wear: This outfit is comprised of a Sheln, Grey Layered Ruffle Sleeve Pullover Sweater, Rag & Bone /JEAN, Flared cropped jeans from Farfetch, Chloe, Faye More

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Date Night: An Evening In Balham

The outfit: This outfit is comprised of a French Connection, Street Twill Skinny Trouser from House of Fraser, Superdry, Millie Suede Chelsea Boots, Loeffler Randall, tasseled saddle crossbody More

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Date Night In Mayfair

The outfit: This outfit is comprised of a Mint Velvet, Wool Blend Military Coat from John Lewis, Ted Baker, Textured Skinny Trousers from John More