BEAR & Puffin’s Big Book Club

There’s nothing nicer than curling up with a book, especially at home on a rainy weekend. Mia and Joe have definitely inherited my love of books and I really enjoy sharing all of my favourites with them. There is something very comforting about reading the same stories to them that my mum read to me as a child.

Mia and Joe were delighted when a parcel arrived fromĀ BEAR with some lovely new story books and everything they needed to make their very own book club. Including book club badges, essential for every good club! BEAR are collaborting with Puffin for BEAR & Puffin’s Big Book Club – a magical adventure into the world of reading with free extracts from books every month, as well as lots of fun activities to try at home.

Mia and Joe both had lots of ideas about where their book club could be, which included the cupboard under the stairs, a wardrobe and the garage! They both agreed that their reading cave should be somewhere hidden away like a proper cave, where they wouldn’t be disturbed by grown-ups! Under the bed seemed perfect and they happily gathered up blankets and cushions to make a wonderful book club cave.

I was allowed a safe distance away, but absolutely not allowed to join in, although they did let me have a book club badge as an honorary member. It was really lovely to see them happily immersed in their books, and busy creating lists of people in their club, a register and lists of their favourite books.

Joe is only just beginning his journey of learning to read, but has already managed to memorise the words to some books. His bedtime favourites are committed to all of our memories, I suspect forever! Feel free to test me on Hairy MacLary from Donaldson’s Dairy, The Very Hungry Caterpillar or Superworm any time, pretty confident I’m word perfect, as is Joe!

Of course every good club has a snack break, and yummy BEAR Alphabites cereal were the obvious choice. Alphabites are really tasty for breakfast with milk, but we also love them as a snack too – very useful as car snacks or when we’re out and about. It’s also a little easier to spell out names with them when they’re not milky!

I love the fact that BEAR Alphabites are 100% natural, only contain 6 ingredients and have absolutely no added refined sugar. It can be so difficult to find healthy breakfasts and snacks that Mia and Joe enjoy, but they both agree that Alphabites are delicious, especially the cocoa flavour, their favourite. Both, the cocoa and multigrain flavours contain coconut blossom nectar, which is full of minerals that help bones and muscles grow, help absorb vitamins and give little immune systems a boost. Surely what everyone needs at this time of year as we head into autumn!

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BEAR’s Paws Outdoors – Summer Holiday Garden Games

How was your summer? The holidays here just seemed to whizz by in a happy blur this year! A lot of the summer break was grey and rainy, but luckily the August bank holiday was just perfect gorgeous weather – much needed before the return to school (and the start of proper school for Joe!) As always, we have been getting outdoors as much as possible and making the most of the full range of all the summer weather.

We were recently sent some fun wildlife adventure kits by BEAR, who are teaming up with Wildlife Trusts again this year to work together with the aim of getting more ‘Paws Outdoors’, or little ones outside in the wild! With one activity for every letter of the alphabet there was plenty to keep my little bear cubs busy!

The clear first choice for both of them was the apple game! We carefully threaded string through an apple and attached it to our washing line! Doesn’t this sound like basis of a good old-fashioned summer holiday game? Using a stopwatch to ensure fairness, Mia and Joe took it in turns to see who could take the most bites of the apple. Much more difficult than they had both expected, and almost impossible once they got the giggles!

Joe’s little face says it all, as he turned around and got bumped on the head by an apple. They played the game for ages, which was lovely to see. It can be a bit of battle some days to persuade them outdoors and away from the screens of tv and computer games. Especially over the summer holidays it’s always great for them to have some new games and plenty of outdoors time.

You might see the passion flower in our garden blooming in the background of some of the pictures. I couldn’t resist sharing a close up, as it really is glorious. Such a wonderful plant to have inherited with our new garden and quite a surprise when it started growing in early summer.

As well as a few bites of apple from the game, Mia and Joe always rely on BEAR’s fruity snacks for a healthy tummy-filler between meals. After all of that running around the garden their choice was Arctic Paws in raspberry and blueberry flavour. All BEAR Paws are made with 100% pure fruit and are baked into delicious (and very cute!) paw shapes. With no-added nonsense, no added sugars or preservatives they are an excellent healthy option.

Mia and Joe are always changing their minds about which are their favourite BEAR Paw flavours – they love them all, but I think their current winners are the Dino Paws in strawberry and apple flavour for Joe and the Safari Paws in mango and strawberry flavour for Mia! There is a good range of BEAR Paw flavours, which also includes Jungle Paws (apple and blackcurrant) as well as the Arctic Paws they are snacking through here!

Always up for a nature challenge, Joe chose another activity to follow the apple game. Using a collection of leaves, pebbles, sticks and other findings from the garden, he made some lovely rubbings with crayons onto white paper. Having made something similar at nursery a few weeks ago, he decided he was quite the expert at this, and was bossing Mia around (for a change!) with instructions on how to colour the leaves and paper properly.

They both got really involved with the outdoor activities in the wildlife adventure kits. Although our fun afternoon was eventually rained off, they happily retreated indoors with their leaf pictures to stick on the kitchen fridge, and Wildlife Trust reward stickers for doing so well!

The fun alphabet BEAR cards can be collected in every multipack of BEAR Paws. Perfect for little ones making up their own alphabet-themed outdoor activities.

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