DIY Christmas Window Display

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I created this window display with my children and put together some instructions, just in case you want to make this at home now that the Christmas season is upon us.

And if you do this, please take some photos and send them to me, I’d love to see you get on.

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Oliver Jeffers Exhibition

We spent the day at the Discover Children Centre in Stratford. The place is fantastic, it has a lot of inside and outside activities for the little one (under 6). We’ve never been there and the kids had a lot of fun. We went to the Story time session and all the room was beautifully decorated. After that in the main floor, there were lots of hand-on activities. The best part, there was an Oliver Jeffers Exhibition. It is on until September.

You have to buy ticekts, but its only £16 the family of 4, and I can’t recommend it more. They recreated all the scenes from “Lost and Found” and “How to catch a star” in kids size. The kids can dress up as “the boy” and have an adventure. It is lovely. I can’t believe I haven’t heard of it before.

I strongly recommend you to go at 11 am, when it opens, and take the tickets there on the desk if you haven’t book them before to avoid disappointment. And it seems that Sundays are quieter than Saturdays.  GO GO don’t miss it.

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The heart and the bottle

Yesterday my 5 year-old son came home from school with a lot of questions about a very difficult subject. A girl from his class lost his sister and they talked about death at school. He was very concerned (and so was I) as this is the first time that the subject comes along. We talked very seriously and I think he understood the importance of the subject.

After dinner we read this book, The heart and the bottle by Oliver Jeffers. Perfect for cases like this one.

The story is about this little girl who lost his grandfather and she turned herself into grief. She put her heart into a bottle to protect it from anything else. What I love from this book it that, without a fuss, Jeffers conveys huge emotions trough his stories. He already talked about loss in his other books and how to gently overcome it with the help of friends. It is a nice, moving story and, as always, the illustrations are fantastic.

I was glad we had this book at home.

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Mini Scientist In the Garden

Lisa Burke’s book is a very good way to keep the kids entertained and learning at the same time, if you have a garden. Maybe not great for winter, but it’s only 2 months to Spring! YEAY!!!!

It features great experiments with seeds, compost, rain, paper. It combines crafts with gardening. Ideal for the little ones that like the outdoor life.
I would say is for 4 years-old onwards.

You can find it in here

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The day the crayons quit

Of course it was Christmas and I have many many new books to recommend, these kids are so lucky, they had a lot of new books as presents.

The one we read yesterday was “The day the crayons quit” which is a very original story.
The crayons don’t want to work anymore so they each wrote a complain letter to their owner Duncan. It is brilliant, extremely funny story by Drew Daywalt.

Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, the creator of Lost and Found.

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Little Big Worlds, an amazing illustration project

I want to tell you about an amazing illustrator who is doing an awesome project called Pequeños Grandes Mundos (Little Big Worlds). His name is Ivanke, and he is Argentinian. I came across his work via Facebook because he is a friend of a friend. He is travelling all over Latin American, staying in tiny little villages, helping kids to draw, and running workshops for free. His paying for all these projects himself and has already been to Argentina, Bolivia, Perú, Ecuador, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico y Cuba.

There is one simple goal: to create art with children from cities all around the world, reaching boys and girls from different communities in every continent.

550 days, 50 countries drawing with kids. He spent 230 in Latin America and the next stop is Asia. You can see a film about this project here with subtitles.

How can you help? Well, you can buy his illustrations that help to subsidise the last bit of his trip in Asia here or in his online shop where you can buy beautiful framed illustrations. Christmas is coming and you will be a supporting a wonderful project!

The Hole

So in my never ending search for new book for my children, I found this one. It is called THE HOLE by Øyvind-Torseter. It is a very simple but funny story, the character finds a hole in his flat, as you can see all the book has a hole in the middle, so the story evolves with the character and the hole. You have to buy it, I’m not giving away the story, it’s too good!

You can find it Amazon

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Rosie Blair

I adore Rosie Blair illustrations, they are just adorable and funny. The characters are just perfect and they will make you smile every time. She is based in Wimbledon Art Studios
and you can see her artwork at the next Open Studios or contact her via her website to order cards, prints, commissions, etc. My favourite “Morning Hair” 🙂

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Meg on the moon/ at sea/ many other stories

I recently discovered these gorgeous books by Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski. The stories are about a witch and her cat. They are colourful, fun, crazy story lines and even weird I can say. That is why I like them so much. I thought they were new, because of their modern, simply and bright illustrations, and then I discovered that they were written more than 30 years ago. If you don’t know about them, go to the local library and get a copy, I’m sure they will have them there. Extremely enjoyable.

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