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Autumn Activities to inspire you and the kids 🍂

It’s officially autumn, and that means a lot of our favourite things. Wrapping up warm in comfy clothes, watching the trees change and, as many parents will probably agree, many a hot cup of coffee! Here are a few ideas on how to make the most of the transitional time of year… Get outside! The […] Read More

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It’s that time of year again! Back to School Tips

Whether your little one is waiting by the door, satchel in hand, or determinedly gripping the bed while you’re trying to get them up, the back to school season is one of change! Here are some tips for settling them back into the swing of early mornings and busy days… Start the routines early It’s a […] Read More

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Easy ways to get kids excited about STEM

They’re the subjects of the future: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths. Our kids are growing up in a rapidly changing world – and an exciting one too. So, you’ve got a little one interested in science – how best to nurture that? We aim to provide the edtech to help, plus some more ideas below… Experiment […] Read More

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Fostering Creativity in Children 🎨🖌

Creativity is not just something we are born with as human beings: it’s something we can foster and train. Even if your child doesn’t feel they are very good at a creative task, if they enjoy it and work at it there’s no stopping them! Creativity is for everyone, not just artists (think engineers, architects, […] Read More

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What do Art and Science Have in Common?

You’ve probably seen the abbreviation ‘STEM’ floating around (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). But those subjects don’t leave room for creativity, right? Well, more recently people have been combining the two and talking about ‘STEAM’: ‘A’ meaning ‘Arts’! It might seem odd to pair logic with creativity…but we’re committed to combining the two here at Minilab. Having diverse interests can be […] Read More

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Top Tips for turning Screen Time into Family Time

Screen time as family time? It’s not such a difficult thing to imagine – especially when mobile phones and tablets are so integrated into both our lives and our children’s. And screen time actually offers some unique insights into your child’s development and abilities. A simple join-the-dots game could indicate motor skills, while a story-based […] Read More

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Can Apps Help Us Raise Empathetic Children?

We mentioned in one of our recent articles that apps can help kids develop their social skills. But how can something digital affect our real relationships? One of the key abilities that children’s publishing and media can tap into is empathy. Children learn to identify the situation of others, putting themselves ‘in another’s shoes’, at […] Read More

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