Family & Kids

How To Turn Your Child Into A Bookworm This Summer
Is your youngster a reluctant reader? Despite tempting them with every type of book, do they still only read when they ‘have’ to at school and not for pleasure? Former primary school teacher Emma Shingleton of education resource experts. PlanBee shares some great tips for the summer holidays. The long summer...
We have explored more of the moon than our oceans. Yet they provide a habitat to over 200,000 known species and cover over two-thirds of the Earth’s surface. Abby Harper of education resource experts PlanBee says World Ocean Day is the ideal opportunity to teach youngsters about their...
World Book Day: 14 Costume hacks for frantic parents
It’s the week before World Book Day and your child hasn’t got a thing to wear. But you don’t have to stay up all night finessing a costume of immense complexity. Former primary school teacher Becky Cranham of education resource experts PlanBee has a host of brilliant hacks for some...
14th of February: It’s Not All about Romance
While adults tend to focus on romantic expressions of love, the 14th of February is also a great time of year to focus on how we all—children, too—can show compassionate love and kindness to our friends and family. Former primary school teacher Emma Shingleton of education resource experts PlanBee...
Wheelbarrow Race Raises Over £3000 For North East Charities
TWO NORTH EAST charities have received a well-deserved boost after an annual event had its most successful year yet. The popular Ponteland Wheelbarrow Race – which starts and finishes at the Blackbird - returned last month (January) after being cancelled last year due to pandemic restrictions. And the 2022 event was...
Winter Wonderland is Coming!
THERE’S STILL time to make the most of ice skating, street food and drink and more before a popular winter event wraps up this weekend (9 Jan). South Shields’ Ocean Beach Pleasure Park launched its first ever Winter Wonderland at the end of November, with a wide range of festive...
Mousetrap is the most popular children’s game right now, with someone searching for this game more than once every minute in the UK! That’s according to exclusive data from educational resources supplier Hope Education on the 20 most ‘Googled’ children’s games in the run-up to Christmas. In addition, the average...
The Curious Evolution Of Father Christmas
Natural selection? The curious evolution of Father Christmas Today, Father Christmas is probably the most popular symbol of the festive season in the UK, but how did this jolly, gift-bearing, elderly man evolve? Take a trip into Christmases past with former primary school teacher Laura Steele of education resource experts PlanBee to...
Live Music, Festive Entertainment And More At Winter Wonderland This Weekend
GROUPS HEADING to a popular winter pop-up this weekend can enjoy live music, festive food and drink and a special visit from some VIP guests. Winter Wonderland, at South Shields’ Ocean Beach Pleasure Park, has been entertaining guests with a real ice rink, fairground rides and more since it opened...
Flip the switch on screen time: how xmas movies can be educational
How to flip the switch on screen time Don’t feel bad about your children spending hours watching their favourite films over the Christmas holidays. Former primary school teacher Becky Cranham of education resource experts PlanBee shows how canny parents can make it an educational experience. Many parents fret about the amount...

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