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This Christmas get the kids talking with a subscription to First News, the UK’s weekly newspaper for children.  Delivered into homes every Friday, this an inspiring gift for 7-14 year olds with inquisitive minds.  Add The Big Book Of The Year to wrap up and gift on Christmas Day.   Gift Subscriptions available from £10   See Christmas Offers  Use code X17OAKS for further discounts   First News is the biggest selling UK Children’s title and is read by over 2 million people each week  Covers all the main news stories in a responsible

Thank you to the Sevenoaks Bookshop for compiling this fab list of Christmas reads for kids! Christmas Crackers A Peter Rabbit Tale: A Christmas Wish £5.99, (3+) Will the four little bunnies get what they want for Christmas? Santa Selfie by Peter Bently £6.99, (3+) Santa decides to go on holiday for Christmas but his celebrity status starts to drive him mad. All I want for Christmas by Rachel Bright £6.99, (3+) What does mummy penguin want for Christmas? Oliver Elephant by Lou Peacock £6.99, (3+) Oliver Elephant gets lost on Christmas

  You will need: 340g Corn Starch 170g Washing up liquid A few drops of food colouring A Bowl! Making Method: Put all of the above ingredients into a bowl and start mixing with a spoon. When the mixture starts to crumble, it;s time to get messy and use your hands. You may need to play around and add more soap, or less depending. This is very simple, yet effective and fun. Bonus – there is no borax in sight, so you wont be making a trip to the shop

Hopefully the summer holidays will include some impromptu day trips and to keep things simple why not have a box of activities and essentials in the boot so you are ready to go when the mood takes you. The Sevenoaks Mums team give their essential list: Suncream – Child’s Farm suncream gets our vote.  They say: ‘Our sun cream has an actual SPF of 66.8, allowing us to say it’s 50+. It’s also water resistant to keep young and sensitive skin fully protected, moisturised and hydrated in the sunshine. Suitable

Blog courtesy of Amazing Animal Encounters Rabbits. A typical animal that springs (pardon the pun) to mind when we think of children’s pets. The twitchy little nose, fluffy cotton tail, big eyes and overall cute look appeals to children. Their apparent meekness appeals to us parents. Step into any pet shop that sells animals and you will see rabbits, marketed at young families looking to enrich their children’s lives. Yes, pets are enriching and rewarding, but I want to stop you a moment with some food for thought. Are rabbits really right for you,

Blog courtesy of Kelly Allan, Healthy Bellies, Happy Kids What we eat can influence our behaviour and mood in so many ways. Nutritional deficiencies and biochemical imbalances as well as poor gut health and the presence of certain microbes or pathogens can also influence behaviour and the brain. Over the coming months, I am going to present a series of articles that touches on these fascinating topics. In very simple terms, Children act bad when they feel bad. In the first article in this series I look at one of

What a lucky bunch of mums we are…. we’ve really enjoyed reading about all the lovely Mother’s Day gifts you’ve received and given – thank you for sharing! The lucky lady who wins afternoon tea for two at Riverhill Himalayan Gardens is Jennifer Rasteiro! Congratulations to you & thank you again to everyone who took part. Interested in more family-friendly places to visit? Don’t forget to check our directory listings for ideas.

Playing outside provides unlimited opportunities for creativity, imagination, connecting to the natural environment and for personal growth. Think back to a time when you used to play as a child. Can you picture where this was? Most adults, when asked, find that their favourite play memories involve an outdoor, natural space. There has been much research on the benefits of outdoor play. Helen Bilton, an Educational Advisor and author of ‘Playing Outside’ describes the main benefits in her view: ‘Firstly, outside is a natural environment for children. There is a freedom associated with the

The Easter holidays are on their way and even though for most Easter is at the beginning of the school holidays, it doesn’t mean you can’t do Easter crafts and activities after Easter Sunday. We have found some great things for you to do and make on the run up and throughout the Easter break. Have an Easter Egg Hunt This may sound simple but make them earn it! You can start by getting them to decorate their own eggs. You could use real eggs (just make sure you blown

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