How to keep young children busy on long trips

How to keep young children busy on long trips, how to keep toddlers busy on long road trips

Holidays are a great time for families to unwind and relax. Unfortunately, in order to get to your destination you have to travel there – and that’s when the trouble can start. Whether you are travelling by car, plane, train, or spaceship – going on holiday with young children (especially toddlers & preschoolers) can be … Read More

Digital play… Here to stay

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Can digital play really help develop fundamental early years skills? Our children are living in a digital age where most 3 year olds have a natural affinity for using tablets or smartphones to explore their growing world. A seven-year old now holds the record for the World’s Youngest Programmer. More than half (55%) of kids … Read More

How we help your kids learn

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At Hopster we put children’s learning at the heart of everything we do, believing that entertainment and education can go hand in hand. With that in mind, we have created our very own curriculum alongside leading academics in childhood education and cognitive development. Our unique ‘Discovery Learning Map’ is closely aligned with the UK early … Read More

Fun preschool music game ideas

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Young children seem to have an almost natural musicality; adoring all sorts of fun, musical interactions, be it through song, rhymes, moving or playing an instrument. We’ve all seen the joy in a child’s face when they’ve pulled out the pots and pans and are banging away merrily with a wooden spoon or dancing and … Read More

Wanda and the Alien costume ideas

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Make your own adorable Wanda and the Alien outfits with your tinies We love dressing up and make-believe plays as they boost kids’ imaginations and strengthen their emotional and social skills. It lets them try out different roles and it nurtures their empathy too. Acting out their favourite shows can be a great way for … Read More

Teach your kids to interact with animals

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 ShHh… do you hear a rustle? If you’re really quiet you might find something small and spiky rustling around in a corner of your garden this spring. We’re making little nests and bug hotels outside, ready to welcome anything with 4 legs or more that might be persuaded to stop for a bit. Teach your kids to … Read More

4 TOP TREASURE HUNTS KIDS WILL LOVE

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FOR A FINAL HALF TERM TREAT WHY NOT TRY A TREASURE HUNT? Join us on board a pirate ship with the Backyardigans, explore secret spots around the UK or head outdoors for a themed treasure hunt. Finding games and treasure hunts are great for your kids’ problem solving skills, for improving their gross motor skills (crawling, running and jumping) and for teaching them … Read More

£3 CINEMA TICKETS FOR TINY DINOSAUR ENTHUSIASTS

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ROARRR!  Hear that? It’s the sound of the Hopster team warming up our grizzly T-Rex impressions for a week of time-travel and dinosaur-themed adventure starting from the 7th of June. If your tot can already tell a Megaraptor from a Panoplosaurus and has a roar to rival the rest, join us for a screening of their favourite dinosaur-themed kids … Read More

Our Pick of Best Spooky Reads for Tots

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Rather than instilling fear in them, spooky reads actually build emotional resiliency and encourage children to overcome the fears they already have. What’s more, they’re so thrilling and fun, that these stories can inject children with the love of books and reading. To help you find the right reads, we’ve asked our educational advistor, Lelia … Read More