Rockabye Pirate

We often read this as our last book on the bedtime pile and I love it when I look over and see my little man has fallen asleep by the last line: “And rockabye pirate has fallen asleep”.  The gentle rhymes are just right for calming down, as the pirates in the story are taken…

101 Paper Planes

This was the best impulse buy! I made the kids wait for the weekend so we could make paper planes with Dad and we’ve had a great time racing them on the lawn.  There’s instructions for six types of planes and 101 sheets of patterned paper to fold. Of course you can just use plain…

Animal Activity

This book is jam-packed with paper crafts with a nature focus and a healthy smattering of science too. There’s activities to cut out and make on every page, including jumping froghoppers, a duck whistle, beehive-like honeycomb, piecing together a dinosaur skeleton and making paper flowers bloom by sitting them on a saucer of water. Each…

The School of Music

I didn’t think we were a particularly musical family until I started writing this review and realised there’s actually quite a lot of music in our lives. While there’s no concert pianists among us, the twins adore singing in their school choir, dance twice a week and there was a recorder on their book list…

I’m going to eat this ant

My four-year-old boy laughs at the ending every time and his older sisters put down their books to peek at the pictures when I bring this book out. It’s a cheeky story about an anteater who is bored with his diet of ants and daydreams about more appetising ways to eat them. It’s apt that…

There’s Broccoli in my Ice Cream!

I can totally relate to this cute picture book – and so can my three little rascals. My children spent a few solid years eating only good, healthy food but, somewhere along the way, processed food crept in and now dinner time can be a battle. I haven’t tried to smuggle broccoli into their ice-cream,…