Thaumatropes (Thaw-Ma-Tropes) were a popular toy in the nineteenth century. They create an illusion by spinning two images together, which tricks your eye into seeing them as one picture… You will need: Piece of card Circular Template (like a glass or cup) to draw around Scissors Pens and pencils StickRead More →

If you’ve been inspired by The Great British Bake Off to banish the shop-bought and brave making your own birthday bake, mum and bestselling cookbook author Jo Pratt has just the recipe for you… Recipes extracted from In the Mood for Quick Family Food by Jo Pratt © Jo PrattRead More →

In December, rock icon Mick Jagger became a father for the eighth time, at the age of 73, to baby boy Deveraux Octavian Basil Jagger. No doubt the birth was a joyous occasion for Jagger and partner, 29-year-old ballerina Melanie Hamrick, but when it comes to bringing up baby, shouldRead More →

Not many 12-year-olds can count Steven Spielberg and an Oscar-winning actor among their close friends, however since being cast as Sophie in Disney’s The BFG, Ruby Barnhill’s life has become rather ‘whoopsy-splunkers’ or in human beans’ speak – fantastic. 2016 celebrated the one hundred year anniversary of the birth of oneRead More →

A new survey has revealed that sitting together for an evening meal is slowly becoming a tradition of the past with 78 per cent of us admitting that we don’t sit down with our family to eat. Unlike countries such as Italy, where they take twice as long, in theRead More →