In The Know: Cool Things For Parents & Kids

Every month we bring you the coolest things to know about, guaranteed to keep the kids busy and the parents happy. From a family club opening to a book subscription service, here’s what to have on your radar.
In The Know: Cool Things For Parents & Kids
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The Little Grower’s Cookbook

Get your little ones in the kitchen and outdoors with a helping hand from this new cookbook by Ghillie James and Julia Parker. Containing over 60 simple and sustainable gardening activities and recipes, there’s plenty to keep the kids entertained during weekends at home. From growing vegetables out of an old wellington boot to making ‘butterfly banquets’, The Little Grower’s Cookbook helps children learn, play and experiment with nature. Each activity also encourages them to recycle with re-used, repurposed materials – even more of a reason to get involved.

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The Paper Party Bag Shop

After Liz struggled to find cool, plastic-free party bag fillers for her daughter's birthday, she decided to create her own and founded The Paper Bag Party Shop. The brand now creates eco-friendly party bags and fillers, as well as ready-made party bags filled with cool activities, toys and plant seeds. There are also a range of gift tags and free downloadable pages to choose from, from weekly meal planners to little helper’s shopping lists. Each toy is plastic-free, while the packaging is made from potato or corn starch and is compostable, too.

Visit ThePaperPartyBagShop.com

Maths With Michael 

After discovering that 94% of parents admitted they need help with maths homework, children’s TV presenter Michael Underwood launched Maths with Michael, a six-part video series that aims to help parents with their children’s homework. In collaboration with White Rose Maths, the series is designed to help primary school parents support their children with simple tips and tricks. The videos cover subtraction, multiplication, place value, division, fractions and basic algebra. All the videos are available to watch online now.

Visit WhiteRoseMaths.com

Honeywell Biscuit Co. Young Bakers Club

Alongside their tasty letterbox baking kits and special occasion treats, Honeywell Biscuit Co. also have a range of baking subscriptions for children. Each month, you’ll receive a recipe card, puzzle or activity, and all the pre-weighed ingredients to make a scrumptious bake. The Young Bakers Club is ideal for budding bakers who want to make tasty creations such as rainbow blondies, beehive scones, gingerbread penguin biscuits and s’mores cupcakes, while the Family Bakers Club includes the kids’ box, plus a Baker’s Club box for adults and parents to enjoy. Previous bakes have included rose and pistachio macarons, summer cheesecake biscuits, lemon and poppy seed muffins and pear and cardamon cake. A lovely activity for the whole family to enjoy, look forward to a new kit each month, or gift one to someone else.

Visit HoneywellBakes.com

LoveMyRead Kids 

Introduce your little ones to new and exciting books with a subscription from LoveMyRead. Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman and award-winning author Frank Cottrell-Boyce choose the best age appropriate new books each month, which are then delivered straight to your door with an activity pack, three small toys, a fun magazine, a bookmark and a LoveMyRead poster. For every subscription, the company also donates a book to a school in need. Surprise your child with a new box every month or send one to another child for a thoughtful gift.

Visit LoveMyRead.com

Get Set Go! Putney 

Founded by two mums, Claire and Alina, who wanted to create a unique leisure service for families, Get Set Go! is a cool family club without a membership fee. The Putney club, which only opened recently, has something for the whole family to enjoy, including two studios – where children and grown-ups can enjoy dance classes, Pilates, HIIT classes and boxing sessions – as well as an interactive play area, a swimming pool, and a co-working space with a café. The space will also host baby groups, ‘mummy and me’ exercise classes, and post-natal dance sessions. Get Set Go! is due to open three more branches in Golders Green, Chelsea and Marylebone later this year, so watch this space for further updates.

Visit Get-Set-Go.com

Kids O’clock

The brainchild of former NET-A-PORTER and Harvey Nichols buyer Laura Roso Vidrequin, Kids O’clock is the new recycling platform and marketplace to know about. Created after Laura couldn’t find any online platforms offering stylish resale items, Kids O’clock repurposes clothing for babies and children up to ten years old. The site features a mix of designer brands and high-street pieces from Zara, Petit Bateau, H&M and more. For £60, they’ll even pick your items up, photograph and upload them to your profile, and manage any sales. Alongside kids’ fashion, users can also sell toys, prams and toiletries. Whether you’re looking for stylish second-hand clothing, or want to sell some pre-loved items, it’s worth checking out.

Visit KidsOclock.co.uk

Fox & Fox

Created by sisters Danielle and Sophie who are both new mothers, Fox & Fox is a new platform dedicated to giving parents advice on wellness, fertility and nutrition. From what recipes you should use to wean your baby, to first-hand advice on PCOS, expect science-backed information with honest testimonials from both sisters. Fox & Fox will put on Instagram Live talks, IGTVs and share healthy recipes for you and your little ones. The platform is set to launch shortly, so follow their Instagram @F0x&F0x to stay in the loop.

Visit TheTwoFoxes.com

Hello, Mum By Polly Dunbar

From the author of the best-selling book While We Can’t Hug, Polly Dunbar is back with a new book about embracing the struggles of motherhood. From how to connect to other parents on social media, to the collective struggles, strains and pressures that parents have faced during lockdown, Hello, Mum covers a range of topics told through Polly’s charming illustrations. This visual diary is both funny and heart-warming for parents and children alike. 

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Bump To Baby Box

When Nikki struggled to get quality baby and pregnancy products in one place, she decided to create Bump To Baby Box so new mums and mums-to-be can enjoy a special gift each month. Each subscription package contains carefully selected products designed to take you from your first trimester through to the day you welcome your little one into the world. From silk eye masks and aromatherapy essentials to edible treats and herbal teas, there’s something for everyone inside. The brand also makes bespoke one-off gift boxes, ideal for baby showers or a special treat for a new mum and baby.

Visit BumpToBabyBox.co.uk

Little Riley Studio

To celebrate Earth Day on Thursday 22nd of April, Riley studio are launching a range of eco-friendly baby and children’s clothing. As with brand’s adult range, the children’s collection will be gender-neutral, with a range of stylish and sustainable options, including ‘mini me’ styles of t- shirts, sweatshirts, joggers and shorts made from soft, organic cotton, recycled cotton and plastic bottles. Available in sizes 12 months to five years, there’s something for every little one – we love the matching loungewear sets, ideal for playdates and weekends at home.

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