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Christmas 2013 hot toys revealed by Toy Retailers Association

With Christmas fast approaching, the UK Toy Retailers Association (TRA) has released its list of toys it believes will be huge hits this holiday season, with the certain guarantee that at least some of them will disappear from all online and high street stores in the near future. Top Ten Toys The glittering list to […]

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The Busy Family’s Ultimate Guide to Saving Money

Welcome to our “ultimate” guide for busy families who want to save money. Hopefully you’ll find hints and tips here which won’t require you to spend countless hours or do things that ‘normal’ families just wouldn’t do. We’ll be adding to this feature as we find new tips. Feel free to add your own tips […]

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Starting the Journey [The Adoption Diaries]

The journey to adoption starts at many different places for each person, and it is an important part of the whole process. Even before the process officially starts, you need to take stock of why you want to adopt. There may be many different reasons for prospective adopters wanting to legally adopt one or more […]

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Maximise Your Me Time Without Sparing Your Mum Time

Although motherhood can be one of the greatest joys, it also requires a lot of time and energy and, unless you have full-time help, caring for your family can make your life hectic. Many mums, especially new mothers and those with multiple children, find it difficult to balance spending quality time with their families and […]

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500 WORDS: Radio 2 Writing Competition returns in 2013

The popular Radio 2 writing competition for children launched today, with Chris Evans heading up the team of judges again. 500 WORDS invites children aged 13 and under to submit their short stories of fiction to be judged by a panel of authors and celebrities including Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Richard Hammond and Charlie Higson. Launched […]

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The Complete Peter Rabbit and Friends on a poster: Spineless Classics

Spineless Classics, creator of large format design posters featuring the complete text of a work of fiction, has launched its latest product: “The Complete Peter Rabbit and Friends”. The poster is available in a choice of two designs – the first depicts the iconic image of Peter Rabbit using the stories’ text to both frame […]

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BBC shows off new year science shows for kids

The BBC has announced a raft of new science shows for children of all ages, broadcasting in early 2013 on the CBBC and CBeebies channels. Favourite duo Dick and Dom will be investigating the lives of people who had genius ideas and helped shape the modern world. Absolute Genius will be a fun, irreverent, fact-laden, […]

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Disney characters to promote good hand hygiene to young children

Most adults know one of the keys to good health and freedom from common ailments is the simple act of frequent and thorough hand washing. In an effort to install the same knowledge and practice in children, Kimberly-Clark has teamed up with Disney to promote its new Healthy Schools Project. The UK Department of Education […]

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Babies have no ‘moral right to life’, may be killed, writes professor [Sick]

This article contains no graphic visual images or disturbing videos, yet I’m going to warn you that this could well be the sickest thing you’ve read in a long while. Moral Right To Life According to a group of professors publishing in the Journal of Medical Ethics, babies are not “actual persons” and have no […]

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Giraffe Bread: Innocence lost to the cynics

I don’t believe in fairy stories and neither do I believe that the majority of actions most companies take are purely altruistic. As Phoebe Buffay might say, “There’s no such thing as a selfless good deed”. Yet even in a world where we are being marketed to in some way for most of our waking […]

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80 Games Every Family Should Play

1. Aerobie Frisbees are a lot of fun for families to play with, but a few years ago Aerobie burst (flew) onto the scene. It’s a supercharged frisbee that will have you doing more incredible mid-air stunts and manoeuvres than you thought possible. Its super aerodynamic design means it flies fast and far, yet is […]

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Kids’ Christmas Stocking Filler Ideas for Under £20

Your kids are bound to have given you (or Santa) their Christmas wish lists already, but if you’re looking for a little inspiration for stocking fillers, take a look at our list. Here are a range of action, creative, discovery and musical toys, games and crafts, plus cute clothing ideas, so we hope there’s something […]

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Christmas 2011 UK Top Toys and Games

It’s that time of year again when the Toy Retailers Association shows off the toys and games it believes will be hits this Christmas. As well as an overall dozen top toys and games, there are (controversially) categories for boys and girls, as well as pre-school, games, creative, construction and “cool and hot”. Dream Toys […]

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Sarah Jane Adventures: final series begins Monday 3rd October

Sarah Jane returns for a final series of adventures from Monday 3rd October on the CBBC channel.

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Cuddleduck: cute, baby-safe rubber duck… no yellow in sight

We’re fast becoming fans of Cuddledry products thanks to their great child-friendly designs. That means we were pleased to see the humble rubber duck — surely a must at bath-time — get the Cuddledry makeover. Meet Cuddleduck. If you’re anything like us, your first thought might be “but it’s not yellow”. Indeed it’s not. The […]

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