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There is something about Peter Pan as a story, for me it evokes such strong memories of childhood – namely that my grandmother bought me a beautiful story book that was personalised to me so that I was part of the story. There was no Wendy it was me and Peter on a journey around Neverland. I still have this book to this day and now that she’s no longer with me I treasure it dearly. I think also as a grownup part of us always wishes to be the big kid and find our own Neverland to disappear to. So I am delighted and already rather over excited to be going to Peter Pan The Never Ending Story with Miss Roo at the NIA Birmingham as she too loves Peter Pan and Tinkerbell just as much as I do.
Mums, Dads, parenting bloggers of the world I need some Christmas list inspiration. Having spent several hours (well that’s what it seemed like) going through the Argos catalogue with Miss Roo I am quite possibly more perplexed than ever at what to ask Santa to pop under the Christmas tree this year.
You see if Roo was a typical girl it would be easy. A quick conflab in the school playground yesterday whilst freezing my wotsits off in the new arctic temperatures revealed that most of her school friends would like Cabbage Patch dolls or Barbie for Christmas. If I bought Roo either of these it would result in the fastest letter to social services for child cruelty ever written. They’d be an almighty meltdown and a tantrum of epic proportions. You see Roo is much more at home with a Power Rangers sword, a Nerf gun or some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
We love puzzles in our house, Roo’s always loved doing jigsaws and they are brilliant for encouraging co-ordination and learning in a fun simple way that is just long enough to hold the attention of little ones. Now when children are little there are loads of jigsaws for them to learn with but once they get into that 5 – 7 years bracket there seems to be less choice and you either go from really simple puzzles to seriously complicated 150 piece ones! Thankfully though we have found some gorgeous wooden puzzles that are perfect for this age range thanks to Wentworth Wooden Puzzles.