Jellycat has been hopping in! #restocked

NEW How Do I Feel? With 60+ definitions to help improve emotional literacy. This HUGE hardcover book with over 140 pages, is all about our children learning to recognise and label emotions and feelings.
Join Aroha and her friends as they share how different emotions might feel in the body and how each emotion might be helpful.

NEW Where is it? A Wildlife hunt for Kiwi kidsWhat adult does not delight in engaging with a child when reading a ‘look and find’ book. Where is it? is an original take on this concept, a New Zealand wildlife hunt for kiwi kids.

In the Little People, Big Dreams series, discover the lives of outstanding people from designers and artists to scientists. All of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream.

Read to your little ones every day!

100% natural and organic botanical health products, harnessing the healing properties of nature.

New Edition's bespoke sanitising formula, has been created with families in mind so you can rest easy knowing you don’t need nasty chemicals to keep your little ones germ-free!

Little Unicorn create unique, hand-crafted products that accompany you
and your child through the naps, spills, baths, play, and travels that define childhood.

Relax! I'm Cosy. This sums up what Woolbabe is all about. Helping babies sleep better, stay just the right temperature and helping parents relax about their baby's sleep. The combination of merino and organic cotton offers the best of both worlds.

Snuggly, blankie, muzzie, cuddly!

We have a beautiful range of comforters made from natural breathable fibers - cotton and muslin.

Pretty Brave is committed to being there for every step, as our little customers learn to walk.

Catering for ages 0 - 5 years, Pretty Brave work alongside podiatrists to ensure each of its designs suit the growing foot, meaning its shoes not only look amazing, but also perform. 

New Zealand made Lamington Socks, are the best socks you will ever buy!
 Beautiful merino wool will keep feet and legs snuggly warm.

Relax! I'm Cosy. This sums up what Woolbabe is all about. Helping babies sleep better, stay just the right temperature and helping parents relax about their baby's sleep. The combination of merino and organic cotton offers the best of both worlds.

Being prepared for home schooling

In recent weeks we’ve had lots of great discussions with families wanting to prepare for their children's time away from school, learning from home. How can I support my children while they are absent from school? What will I need?

While the new year is a great time to get back into routine and healthy habits - it’s also a great time to plan for the unexpected. Refreshing your first aid supplies and, as we’ve learnt over the past few years - being prepared to manage work and school from home. 

I know that juggling work from home with little ones can be exhausting. I hope that this journal entry gives you peace of mind that things don't need to be complicated and that you can create a simple and fun space for your children to enjoy. 

In our home we enjoy open-ended play, connection and celebrating our children’s passions and strengths. In previous stints of home-schooling, while juggling work, we encouraged our children to;

  • Enjoy each others company! Play games - Five Crowns is a family favourite and great math learning! Spot It! keeps you on your toes, it's fun, fast paced and competitive! 
  • Help with jobs. Our children all help around the house daily, with dishes, laundry and their bedrooms. During our extended time at home they enjoyed more time in the kitchen, preparing food as well as helping with meal planning and online food shopping - all great life skills we want them to leave home with. In the past a simple roster on the fridge has helped our children identify daily tasks. 
  • Read, Read, Read. It's one of the best things you can do with your little ones. Our eldest was encouraged to read aloud to the younger two each day. A blessing when we needed a little quiet time! The older two, who can both read alone, were encouraged to read silently for half an hour or so - this tends to be just before bed. 
  • Free play! Our Hape Quadrilla marble run has never been used so much as it has in the last few years. A great option for a few hours of fun, working together and overcoming challenges. Our children love LEGO and DUPLO and there are plenty of online challenges and activities that you can get stuck into over a few hours or days. We've also picked up some great LEGO challenge books over the years.   
  • Write. Our children need plenty of encouragement to write. They enjoyed writing letters to their grandparents and family - a lovely way to stay connected! 
  • Be creative! We kept our dining room table set up as an art station - with paper, felts, crayons and play dough. This was a space that didn't get cleared away, just tidied and replenished at the end of each day.

Here are a handful of my favourite brands and products for learning from home; 

mierEdu - educational toys and games for children aged 0-8 years. The wide range of puzzles, activity sets and art and craft packs give your child a basic understanding of skills such as maths, literacy, problem-solving and more. Best sellers in the range are the Wipe Clean Activity Set and the Body & Emotion Magnetic Set

Bright Ideas for Young Minds Book - 70 step by step activities to do at home with your children. Online HERE

The Kitchen Science Cookbook - an extraordinarily fun and practical book that shows science experiments can be just as easy as baking. Great for all ages! Online HERE.

Maps - our copy of this this stunning atlas, packed with facts is so loved! We often use it for a quick family quiz! Online HERE

Puzzles - we're big on puzzles, encouraging our children to work on one themselves - or enjoying working on a family puzzles together over a few days. Swapping puzzles with friends and family is a nice way to enjoy something new! Our puzzles are broken down into Beginner, Floor Puzzles, Family Puzzles (500-1000 piece) and more! 

Waterbeads - a fun activity for younger children (age 3+) waterbeads can be reused over and over! Burying them in the garden when you are finished is a great learning activity in itself. Online HERE

Fiesta Crafts - have a great range of activity packs to support home learning from age 4-9 years. Online HERE

Big Jigs Times Tables Tray - a helpful wooden tool to teach and learn times tables. Online HERE

Classic World Balance Stacking Game - an affordable wooden piece that's great for setting challenges for children aged 2-6 years. Online HERE.

Grapat Coins to Count (pictured below) - a treasured piece we have in our home, which we use for all kinds of simple number games. Online HERE. Learn to play Thousands on our Instagram, HERE

Djeco 20 Classic Games - we adore this boxed game set, with over 20 classics - generous sized pieces and incredible quality. Online HERE

Brain Box - there is something for all ages and interests in these fun 10 minute brain challenge boxes! Online HERE

 

 

Here’s to helping your little loves thrive,

Zoë

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