Helping your child with phonics at home: A parents guide

parents guide to phonics, helping your child with Phonics

In all likelihood, your child will learn to read and write by using phonics. Phonics is a way of teaching children the relationship between letters and sounds to form words, so they can learn to read and write. When your child learns that the letter ‘A’ has the speech sound of /a/ as in Ant, … Read More

Introduce your child to Phonics with new game Alphabet Hotel

Alphabet Hotel Literacy game

Our brilliant new phonics game Alphabet Hotel helps kids discover the letters of the alphabet and corresponding sounds, giving them a great head start in learning to read and write. What is Alphabet Hotel? Alphabet Hotel features four mini-games to help children discover letters and sounds from the English alphabet within each room of the … Read More

What is phonics?

What is phonics, Phonics explained, parents guide to phonics

Phonics is widely used in early years and primary education for teaching literacy throughout the English-speaking world. But, what is phonics? Well, phonics is a way of teaching children the relationship between letters and sounds to form words so they can learn to read and spell. When your child learns that the letter A has … Read More

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

Fun preschool music game ideas

Bubble Beat cube

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

Wanda and the Alien

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

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

The Hopster Curriculum

At Hopster, we’re using hand-picked kids shows and purposefully built games to drive a powerful learning curriculum. Everything on Hopster is based on the Hopster curriculum, which we developed with a panel of experts on childhood development. Our academic advisor panel is top notch Our games have been created with leading academics in childhood education … Read More

Creative Collaborations between Parent and Child

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“Creativity is now as important in education as literacy.” – Sir Ken Robinson Bring creativity to life – literally Drawing is a great activity for creative thinking. As a kid, I’d often imagine my drawings come to life, or even try to fold the paper in ways to bring them alive, à la Frankenstein. These … Read More