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  1. Mid - Term .. here we go again! 

    Summer only just ended and we're already talking Halloween, Christmas etc ... but what about Mid Term? that almost week long school break. I don't know about you, but I've only just started to get used to the new "winter" routine with school, extra curricular and fresher weather. Just as I'm getting the hang of it, the kids are off school again! 

    For me, mid term in November is a time to pause ... slow down a little before the crazy of Christmas and soon after that exams and all that goes on in 2nd term. 

    Halloween gives us plenty to do during this break however here are some another ideas I've thought of to get us through the week smiling and re goup. - Just take it outside :) 

     Location - Buskett

     - Take them on a hunt, this magical place provides plenty of space to run wild and be free. Prepare a treasure hunt - tell them to find objects such as - an orange flower, a butterfly, a mushroom, a clover, a castle, Ben Elf even!

    M1_Green-_ - Build a fort - take your Stick-Lets with you! Stick-lets aim to help children, families and adults reconnect with nature through imaginative and open-ended play. Stick-lets are flexible, durable, reusable, weather-resistant, and safe silicone connectors available in 6 vibrant colors - each a different size.  - Fort Building is an excellent team building experience between siblings - the benefits are huge! 

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    - Take a walk .. relax .. look up & shape the clouds and just re group and connect. 

    - Find the tools to make paint brushes. - Twigs, leaves, feathers, orange peels etc .. these make great sensory brushes for a later painting session. 

    - Collect twigs and make Fairy / Wizard wands 

    - If you're lucky - Jump in a Puddle!! there are amazing puddle formations in Buskett. Take a change of clothes (inc. socks!) and a towel for after and just let your kids go wild! their smiles will be worth it! 

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  2. Bilibo_KidsWe translated this article because it pretty much sums up the Bilibo and our immense love for it.

    I had bought a red bilibo for my now 9 year old son when he turned 1. Other then his cars (which he absolutely never left the house without) the Bilibo is the last toy standing of his & is still being used till today - as a lego sorter, seat, pool bucket etc .. I can't stress enough how great the Bilibo is.

    "A brightly colored plastic shell pierced with two holes, the Bilibo is a multi-age toy that transforms according to the wishes of children. Its simplicity offers a multitude of possibilities, limited only by the overflowing imagination of toddlers! Discover the educational interests of this toy, tested and approved by Babilou crèches!

    Promote overall motor skills
    The Bilibo is above all an object of motricity which allows the children of multiple motor experiences.
    Its particular shape allows it to become both a spinning top, a seat, a swing ... Children can settle in to rock quietly, turn on themselves, swing, experience imbalances ...
    Once returned, the Bilibo is transformed and offers new possibilities: it allows children to climb, climb, take support. It becomes a mountain to climb, a bridge to cross, a walk to rise ...
    It is through movement, action, senses, that the child becomes aware of the capabilities of his body and apprehends the world.
    Develop the imagination and encourage creativity
    According to the imagination of the children, the Bilibo becomes an accessory to hide, a helmet to play the fireman, a cradle to sleep his dolls, a skate park for small cars ...
    No specific rules: this fun object allows children to imagine their own games by expressing all their creativity! And growing up, the children do not get tired: the Bilibo becomes what the child imagines and all the scenarios of games are then possible.
    Discover the transfer games
    The Bilibo is also a container that allows children to discover the decanting games.
    The child can fill and empty the Bilibo, transfer material: he thus experiences the emptiness and the full and builds his physical and mathematical thought.
    The child sometimes also uses his own body (by settling in the Bilibo for example) to experiment the notions of inside / outside.
    From 2 years and for a long time as the possibilities of experimentation are varied!"

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