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.

Inside the virtual dressing up chest

My favourite kind of party is a fancy dress party, and my favourite tv show as a kid was Mr Ben.  So it’s no surprise that I’m super-envious of the costumes children nowadays get to wear on just about any occasion.

This dino hat, by Elf and Munchkin, would go brilliantly with our Supersaurus t-shirt.  It’s available in a range of sizes, and custom colourways are available on request.

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If you want this next one, you have to be quick!  It’s reduced to clear at Lupin Handmade, via Etsy and there are only 2 left.  We have Lupin’s fox and panda masks and they’re a huge hit at dressing up time.

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We find ourselves back at Supersaurus again – with this fantastic cape from I Wish I Was, perfect for little superheroes.

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And these raccoon dungarees by WildThings are described for boys, but I know at least one toddler girl who would love a pair…  Our Treehouse t-shirt by Jolly and Hodie would look fantastic against the grey of the dungarees!

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So that rounds up a selection of accessories and outfits for parties or for playing, all handmade in the UK by independent sellers.