The Bake Outdoors – our first event

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We’re looking forward to our first ever event at The Children’s Wood this weekend.  One of our very favourite places in Glasgow, and something of a hidden gem, this square plot of land in the North Kelvin area of Glasgow is like nowhere else in the city.  The best way we can describe it is as something like a wild park – although it’s carefully looked after by a team of dedicated volunteers.  There’s woodland, a meadow, allotments, lots of cool shady trees, all kinds of urban wildlife and plenty of room to simply run, sit or be at peace in nature.

Invited by our friends in the Glasgow Etsy Team, we will be taking a stall in the handmade and vintage section of the event – although just try and keep us away from the cakes – where you can see samples from our first collection of t-shirts in person. For the little ones, we have a competition to design a t-shirt, you can make your own badges, and we’ll have a few of our own badges, cakes and colouring sheets available to buy.  We’ll be taking pre-orders for delivery of t-shirts and colouring books at the start of December, and you can sign up to our newsletter (if you haven’t already!) so you can be on top of all the latest Mimi & Will news.

But it’s not all about us – there’ll be storytelling with a foodie theme, a mud kitchen, biscuit decorating, local artisan and independent food producers and did we mention the cake?  Find out more at the Children’s Wood event page on Facebook – or turn up and be very pleasantly surprised.

Reading, writing, and the rest

Here’s a round up of a tiny handful of our favourite things to do and read… on paper.

First up is one of our favourite magazines for children, Anorak.  Founded in 2006, it describes itself as “all about a child’s world from fashion to stories, culture to science and sport to food”.  We love reading about all those things, and the bright colours and clear layout of the magazine always make us happy, as does the smell of the real paper and ink they use.  We’re suckers for a good theme, and the latest issue is all about games, just the thing for getting outside in the sunshine, or getting together as the nights draw in.

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Of course, Anorak has online content, too, and we really enjoyed their latest blog post about screenprinting.  But we would say that, wouldn’t we?

A favourite bedtime story in our house right now concerns a forgetful robot named Bernard, who leaves his bottom behind on a swing in the park.  I don’t want to spoil the ending for you, but let’s just say it involves seafaring rabbits and a trip back to the swings.  What’s not to like?

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By Sue Hendra, it’s available in both hardback and softback.

Speaking of Robots, we just found this adorable set of activity books that’s bound to keep children amused for hours.  Culture of Beauty is an Etsy seller based in London, and has a gorgeous shop of crisp fresh paper good and stunningly understated baby quilts.  This sounds like an unusual combination, but click through to check out the shop, you won’t be disappointed.

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For mum and dad older children, show them what they missed by not growing up in the 80s, when digital was something to do with watches and your music may or may not have skipped when you were jogging.  Mel Simone Elliott, superstar illustrator best known for her cultural icon colouring books, has created a 52- project bumper book of activities that both reference and recreate the film, music, tv and trends of the 1980s.  Oh, and there are free downloads for colouring in on her website, too.

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So that’s our little round up of things to read and do, but we’re always ready to find more – share your favourites in the comments box below.