It’s been nearly two years since we moved to Cornwall from Essex and I can say hand on heart that it’s been one of the best decisions we ever made. Being able to pop to a quiet beach today with the kids as soon as the sun came out was fantastic, my husband and I often laugh because we’ve been asked so many times why we moved here but in our opinion all you have to do is look around and it’s kind of obvious! Before we moved we got asked lots of questions about how we’d cope with different issues but I don’t think I really knew any of the answers until we’d actually lived here a while and seen how it worked. Pal asked me to share some of my tips so these are how we’ve made life easier when we moved over 300 miles away from our families

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More and more recently I’ve been talking about the environment with my kids and so I’m really excited to share these Earth Day activities for toddlers with you. I really think that kids just ‘get it’ sometimes in a way that adults don’t – my daughter loves glitter but she understands that we can’t use it because it ends up in the sea and my son has been campaigning against plastic straws – one proud mama here! There’s loads of fun Earth Day crafts and activities here so I’m sure you’ll find something easy and fun that your kids will love!

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This bubble wrap printed Earth craft is perfect for Earth Day or if you are looking at the solar system and space with your kids. We got a parcel wrapped in bubble wrap over the weekend and as we can’t recycle bubble wrap round here I thought it would be good to at least try and get another use out of it before it goes in the bin! There’s a little bit more thinking that goes into it that might be obvious straight away but it’s a great craft for doing with different age groups too.

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I’m really excited to be working with Macmillan Children’s Books to share a craft with you today for Julia Donaldson’s new book – What The Ladybird Heard on Holiday. This cute paper plate craft can be adapted for different ages as you’ll see below and I must admit that I rather love it’s little folding wings and the ‘secret’ that they ladybird hides beneath them. This What The Ladybird Heard craft is a great activity to do if you’re reading the new book (or the others in the series!) and is super cheap to make too.

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