It’s that time of year again when The British Toy Retailers Association reveals its lists of “must have” toys for the forthcoming Christmas season. This year, alongside the Top 12 toys (listed below), the TRA has created eight lists of toys in various categories: Action Station Connected Good Game, Good […]

DreamToys 2016: Top UK toys for Christmas 2016

Introduction Cups and Mushrooms is a fun, active game for two teams and is best played with larger groups of children – at least 10 but preferably more. Ideally played in a large space where there is room to run around – indoors or out. Equipment To play Cups and […]

Games: How to Play Cups & Mushrooms

Considering the plethora of technology options available to most people today, and the importance of teaching future generations how to communicate well, I don’t think it unreasonable to expect my daughters’ schools to take the lead on professional — and above all else accurate — communication. Yet I find myself […]

School communication – verdict: could do better

Owning a home for yourself and your family can seem like a faraway dream for many. Saving for a mortgage and house deposit takes a lot of financial dedication. Even after saving for years, you can often feel like you’re only making a small dent in the amount you need. […]

5 Essential Tactics to Help Save for Your First Family ...

The Furchester Hotel will return to CBeebies, featuring a guest appearance from Big Bird. The show, jointly produced by CBeebies and Sesame Workshop, is aimed at 3-6 year-olds and follows the lives of a “close-knit family of cheerfully chaotic monsters”. The Furchester family, who run the hotel, are joined by […]

Furchester Hotel returns to CBeebies

BBC Autumnwatch producers are seeking “on the hop” photos of animals from CBBC viewers. “Get outdoors, find a great autumn spot and ask someone to take a photo of you jumping in the air, or just enjoying the season.” Special Autumnwatch galleries will be created on the CBBC website and […]

BBC Autumnwatch inviting kids to send “on the hop” animal ...

Parents can lose the feelings of guilt the next time their kids turn their noses up at the food prepared for them. That said, parents may ultimately be responsible – through no fault of their own – thanks to their genes. New research from University College London suggests it is […]

Fussy-eaters not the fault of parents, but don’t cheer just ...

I’m coming straight out from the start and declaring that I loathe Halloween. As far as I’m concerned, everything about it is bad. At best, it’s another tacky commercial venture, grossly Americanised, piggybacking on several genuine festivals from ancient cultures. At worst, it encourages antisocial behaviour, is potentially dangerous — […]

The school Halloween fundraiser: so many wrong things in one ...

My eldest daughter’s junior school has taken it upon themselves to use daily assembly to tell every pupil about the “creepy clown” craze which seems to have hit British shores over the past few days. I’m pretty cross about this, and judging by a recent Facebook conversation I’ve observed, I’m […]

Creepy clowns: headteacher decides to tell entire junior school

Are you and your family struggling to use the Internet because it seems to be running slowly? Do the problems only seem to occur intermittently? Has the broadband worked fine and reliably in the past, and you are sure nothing has changed, yet all your devices are struggling to stay […]

Tech Tip: Windows 10 is making my broadband Internet slow

November will see The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, transformed as it hosts a modern adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker”, starring a host of CBeebies favourites. Three performances will feature stars including Justin Fletcher, Cat Sandion and Ben Faulks, together with junior members of The Sheffield People’s Theatre. This modern take on […]

The Nutcracker is this year’s CBeebies Christmas show