the weekend before last we went glamping, I’m a huge fan of spending time with the kids outdoors and they love to go and set up home in a yurt on Bodmin Moor. There was of course, one little problem. Ok, actually there was two. Firstly we were meant to go out for the day and our car decided that it no longer wanted anything to do with it’s fan belt, meaning that it wouldn’t move and we had a bit of an unplanned day at the yurt and secondly, well…. British summertime once again failed to amaze us which meant that we had a bit of self imposed time hiding indoors. Thankfully we’d been asked if we’d like to review some of the mini games from Orchard Toys so this was the perfect time to try them out.

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Dear Zoo is one of my preschoolers favourite books so it seemed only right to create a round up of Dear Zoo activities and crafts as I’m sure there are lots of other kids who feel the same! I wasn’t sure at first how many I’d be able to find but after asking a few bloggers for assistance I was overwhelmed by the most amazing selection of Dear Zoo activities, I’m sure you’ll love them too! Some of these are zoo activities for kids while others are specific Dear Zoo activities. There’s a really good range from Dear Zoo literacy activities to colouring sheets and crafts so I’m sure you’ll find something that’s right for you and your kids.

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I know, I know. I like to believe that even though I’m getting close to 40 I can still wear exactly what I wore when I was 18 but the truth is I just don’t have that body anymore. I don’t know if I can still count it as baby weight when my youngest is nearly four but the weight still hasn’t shifted. Plus stretch marks. And actually, if I’m honest I don’t know if I want to dress like a teenager, I want to dress like a woman in my late 30’s but I still want to look nice and also wear stuff that I can run around with my kids in, jump about in the waves and still look ok at the end of the day. Over the last few weeks I’ve been attempting to ditch the jeans and jumpers and try and get ready for summer instead and these are the things that have really worked for me

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Last weekend we stayed in a yurt at South Penquite Farm, we had an awesome time, even if it did rain a bit – it was the kind of break where that kind of thing doesn’t matter. I love glamping with kids, it’s such a fun way for them to enjoy the outdoors without me being under the pressure of having to deal with the tent or taking loads of gear with us. Glamping doesn’t always mean that everything you’ll need will be provided so Millets asked me if I would share my essential list of what to take glamping with kids as part of their #homefromhome campaign. I think we’ve pretty much got our glamping essentials nailed but I’d love to know what else you’d add!

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I’ve had a few ideas in my head for the last few weeks of some Dear Zoo activities and crafts but due to some issues with printers and *ahem* the kids using up every craft supply we own they just didn’t happen. I’m very excited therefore to finally be able to share with you these Dear Zoo story spoons. They’re easy enough for kids to make but they’re also simple enough for adults to create as a simple accompaniment to storytelling.

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