It can be so easy to become wrapped up in our own lives. The day to day of family life, school, homework, clubs and playtime can be all consuming. However have you ever stopped to wonder how similar, or different, your child’s upbringing might be from others around the world? In “This Is My World” from Lonely Planet Kids, 84 children age 7 to 10 from around the globe sum up their life in words and pictures. For anyone wanting to expand their knowledge of how different cultures live, this book is a fascinating insight. Read on to discover more and for you chance to win a copy.
Discover what it is like to grow up in hot and cold climates, in rich or poor countries, in a house, an orphanage or a flat, a large family or a small one and what impact these things have on the children concerned. Lonely planet Kids and have carefully researched the backgrounds of 84 different children. They have brought each life story to the reader over beautifully arranged double page spreads.
|Age Range||7 – 10|
|Stockists||Lonely Planet Kids online store, Amazon, Good Reads|
Dimensions: 237mm × 310mm
For your chance to win a copy of this lovely recourse book and broaden your child’s appreciation of children around the world, simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
We were sent our copy of this is my World for the purpose of this review. However all thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. Our copy can be found in the Coombe Mill Games room library for our holiday guests to borrow.
I do enjoy the school holidays with an older group of children keen to embark on an adventure. It is a chance for me to indulge in some of the childhood fun I enjoyed with my own children. I had been toying with making teepees’ for a while. With just the right place in mind and the perfect age group signed up to activity hour, I seized the opportunity.
The Welly Walk was my chosen campsite. It is accessed across the farm so I set the children up with a fun activity sheet for the journey and had all the things we needed already down there.
Having collected a duvet cover, 3 bamboo canes and some farm bailer twine the kids set to work creating their own bespoke Teepee. I showed them a photo and recommended style and then sat back to watch them create.
It wasn’t long before the teepees were taking shape. I opened up a bag of watered down poster paint in old window cleaner bottles and invited the children to spray paint their own personalised designs on the covers. It was such a lovely activity, the paint easily washed off clothes and skin and there was nothing to spoil or worry about. We even had a handy babbling stream next to us to rinse hands.
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We had so much fun down the Welly walk making and spray painting teepees yesterday, followed by a campfire. I think this is something we’ll do again this summer on a sunny Friday afternoon. Don’t forget to ask about activity hour when you arrive. #teepeeparty #diycrafts #Countrykidsfun #adventureisouthere #allaboutadventures #snaphappybritmums #letkidsbekids #letthembelittle #coombemill #outdoorfun #makingmemories #creativekids
The final touch was stapling a square of material around a stick for a camp flag.
The kids were thrilled with the finished results and piled into their camps. It was lovely to see how much the parents enjoyed it all too.
While we were busy building our DIY teepees Guy had been making a fire pit campfire for us. The children wasted no time crowding round to take a marshmallow or lump of cookie dough to toast. There were some hungry children after all that creative camp building happy to indulge.
the benefit of my chosen location was in any spare minute not only was there the stream to splash around in but also the Coombe Mill rope swing to enjoy.
No wonder I ended up heading home and leaving families enjoying the afternoon at their newly made camps.
|Provide the basic equipment but leave then enough scope to make it themselves, or help make it depending on age|
|Outdoors is perfect for spray painting and pushing bamboo into the ground, but an indoor version could be handy on a wet day.|
|Campfire is optional but a lovely way to support the outdoor living idea. Make sure any fire is well supervised; hair hanging over the fire is a real hazard.|
If you are planning a spot at distance prepare well so you are not running back and forth. Here is my check list:
For DIY Teepee Making:
And for the campfire:
I’ll take a bet that you can visualise a Van Gogh painting, but who really knows the story behind the artist? The same is true for Mexican born Frida Kahlo. Both made such an impact on the world of art yet less is understood about the incredible personal stories that inspired their work. Read on to discover more about the artists behind the masterpieces and for your chance to win a copy of both books. This is one for young budding history of art enthusiasts.
The story behind Vincent Van Gogh is told in a child friendly manner, despite the difficult areas of his mental health and cutting of his ear. Reading the book with its beautiful illustrations, you gain an insight into a troubled mind in a sensitive and caring way. Through this insight come the amazing paintings we remember him by to this day. Both books make a perfect introduction to the history of art, suitable for age 7+.
Frida was born in Mexico. She ended up travelling through her work and marriage, but Mexico held her heart and inspired her now famous paintings. Frida spoke out for individuality, the need for women to be taken seriously in art, and became a real inspirational woman of her era. Her story will inspire young girls the world over to achieve their goals in life.
Portrait of an artist: Vincent Van Gogh
Portrait of an artist: Frida Kahlo
|Age Range||Age 7- 11||Age 7- 11|
|Publisher||Wide Eyed : Part of Quarto Kids||Wide Eyed : Part of Quarto Kids|
|Author||Lucy Brownridge||Lucy Brownridge|
|Illustrator||Edith Carron||Sandra Dieckmann|
|Stockists||Quarto on Line, Amazon||Quarto on Line, Amazon|
For your chance to win these two inspirational books in the Portrait of an artist series with Quarto Kids simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
We were sent our copies of these educational books for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and options expressed are my own. Our copy of the books can be found in the Coombe Mill book library for guests to enjoy.