Officrèche Blog

Adventures into the Gruffalo’s deep dark wood

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Just an hour drive north there is a magical place, writes Officréche mum Sarah Booker Lewis. We were ready to make a journey through the deep dark wood, where a mouse saw a nut and the nut looked good. Yes, Chessington World of Adventures beckoned for my daughter’s fourth birthday treat, and the new Gruffalo […]


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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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Let’s dig in the sand and have fun on the beach

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Let’s be honest, Brighton beach isn’t great for children, writes Sarah Booker Lewis. We may take our little people for a jaunt along the pier, but between the Palace Pier and i360 the prolific number of bars is not inviting to  toddler. Sand is lacking, even at low tide. There is a patch of sand […]


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Spotting butterflies in Brighton and Hove

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Butterflies are a sure sign of summer. At the end of July and beginning of August the Butterfly Conservation Trust is asking families to spend 15 minutes looking for butterflies in their gardens, writes Sarah Booker Lewis. In the UK the butterfly population has fallen, with 76% of native and migrating species in decline. Sir […]


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Mini beasts are everywhere

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  Minibeasts are everywhere. Children are often fascinated by insects, arachnids and invertebrates they see every day. Look at the snail with its long eyes. See how the woodlouse curls up when you pick it up. Slime, goo and small crawling creatures are in the gardens, parks and even in the home. Some of the […]


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Let’s have fun on a train – 6 great mini railways in Sussex

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Trains are an adventure. A big train takes children to new and exciting places, but miniature railways are a whole world of fun, writes Sarah Booker Lewis. This is why grown men have miniature locomotives and let families ride on them. Toddlers and preschoolers often enjoy playing with toy trains and miniature railways are a […]


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Themes for summer learning

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If your child will not be attending nursery/ preschool over the summer, chances are you’re thinking of ways to entertain them over the summer. If that’s the case, hopefully these ideas will help you! You don’t need to be too prescriptive- child led play and learning is definitely the way to go. But it doesn’t […]


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Make a summer bucket list

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Have you ever made a bucket list? It’s basically a list of things that you want to do before a certain length of time is up. Lots of people tend to make them before they reach birthdays that are considered a milestone, but for kids its a lovely idea to do one for the summer. […]


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Top 5 Summer Smoothies

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Do you get enough fruit ? During the summer months it can be harder to get your children to eat and your appetite might fall too. A great way to get those nutrients and your 5 a day is to cram them into a smoothie.


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