Officrèche Blog

Wow! 23 great events for toddlers at Brighton Fringe

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Puppets, balloons and three baby discos, there is so much aimed at the under fives during this year’s Brighton Fringe. After taking her daughter to Fringe shows before she was two-years-old, mum and Officréche blogger Sarah Booker Lewis seeks out the best this year has to offer. Most shows are shorter than an hour keeping […]


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Search for Snowdogs – have fun while you learn

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Spotting Snowdogs is a new sport in Brighton and Hove. It’s like Pokemon Go in real life with something to touch and enjoy, writes Sarah Booker Lewis. For children of all ages it is a wonderful learning experience with added excitement when you come across a giant colourful dog in an unexpected place. When they […]


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Exploring and adventuring this bank holiday weekend

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Pirate fancy dress and treasure hunt is just one fun event happening this weekend. Image by Juhan Sonin licenced by Creative Commons     It’s the last bank holiday weekend of the year, apart from Christmas (let’s not think about that one too much but cards are in the shops). As a freelancer I try […]


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Green is for girls and pink is for boys – not conforming to gender stereotypes

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  My daughter loves green, writes Officréche parent Sarah Booker Lewis. “It is my favourite and my best,” she says, echoing her favourite book character Lola. I encourage her to enjoy a multitude of toys and games without conforming to an old-fashioned notion of gender stereotypes. When she was a week old I was asked […]


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Water play!

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Now that the weather is warming up and we’re likely to be spending more and more time outside, why not dust off the water table and indulge in some water play? It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a specific water table either- a washing up bowl, under bed storage tub or even a bucket […]


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5 ways to use left over Easter eggs

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If your children have been inundated by the Easter Bunny this year, you might be tempted to either gift some of the chocolate, or store it away for a rainy day. The fact remains you won’t want them to eat it all in one go, so here are 5 ways to use left over Easter […]


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Girls and boys come out to play

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Biology and reality – why girls and boys play differently It’s common knowledge that girls and boys (usually) have completely different ways of playing and exploring, and since working with the pre-schoolers I have been fascinated as to why this is. I decided to do some research around this, and was amazed with what I […]


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