WE HAVE A VERY IMPORTANT VIDEO MESSAGE JUST IN FROM THE NORTH POLE.
Things are a little different this year. Santa is gutted that he cannot invite you over to the grotto as usual. Luckily, his smart elves have got the tech sorted and are delighted to offer a City Kids kid a chance to WIN a zoom call with Santa THIS WEDNESDAY.
Just watch the video message and enter your details below for a chance to win a zoom call with Mr Claus himself. How ruddy lovely!
We’re celebrating the launch of My Little Piccolo’s Just-for-you subscription box by offering 1 lucky City Kids reader a chance to WIN THREE boxes
My Little Piccolo’s Just-For-You box is a personalised meal plan, tailored to each baby’s needs. It factors in their age and dietary requirements, as well as parents’ eating goals for them. Piccolo bases the plan around their lifestyle, which then evolves as the baby grows.
As lockdown restrictions continue to have an impact across the country, Piccolo wants to make it easier for parents to take care of their babies. The Just-For-You Box supports mums and dads by giving them one less thing to worry about, offering a full range of products tailored to their needs.
Balanced, healthy meals and recipes for their children will be delivered to their doors, avoiding any stress or worries about meal planning and grocery shopping.
So to WIN three months of balanced, healthy meals and recipes for your little one, please follow the instructions below:
Ts & Cs The decision of City Kids is final. No cash alternative. If the winner does not claim the prize within 24 hours of notification, City Kids reserves the right to draw a new winner. One entry per person. Entries close Wednesday 24th November at midnight. UK entries only.
ITN is calling on kids to enter their reporter competition where they can have a mentoring session with an ITN broadcaster, a newsroom tour and practice their presentation skills.
Marking its 65th anniversary, ITN is inviting children between seven and 14 to enter their reporter competition and create short news clips that will be judged by top journalists from across ITN’s newsrooms.
ITV News presenter Mary Nightingale, Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow, Channel 4 News reporter and former BBC Newsround journalist Ayshah Tull, ITV News London presenter Charlene White, and 5 News presenter Sian Williams have all signed up as judges for the contest, My News in 65.
To encourage the next generation of broadcast journalists, the competition asks entrants to make a 65 second news clip – one second for each year ITN has been on air. ITN is looking for want the stories that are important to entrant framed around different themes: happiness, change, inspiration.
The winners will be given a mentoring session with one of the judges, an invitation for a newsroom tour and a chance to practice their presentation skills in the hot seat, as well as an iPad. The competition is open now and closes on 23 November.
As well as being lots of fun, the competition aims to open the doors of journalism to a wider range of people by encouraging children to start thinking about a journalism career early on in life. As we live through a second national lockdown in England the competition is also a chance for children to consider learning a new skill.
One winner will be selected from children aged 7-10 and another will be chosen from children aged 11-14.
We’re celebrating the publication of Furry Purry Beancat’s adventures with a Furry Purry Beancat giveaway of five signed copies.
Just like every other cat, Furry Purry Beancat loves a catnap but unlike other cats, she wakes to find herself in a different one of her nine lives! Each book follows our hairy heroine as she embarks on a new adventure. Whether saving a train from disaster as a railway cat or creating purrfect potions as a witch’s cat, Furry Purry Beancat saves the day. And we have five signed sets of this double publication of Furry Purry Beancat to giveaway.
In her first adventure, The Pirate Captain’s Cat, join the furry (and purry!) heroine as she sets sail aboard a pirate ship, helping her captain and his shipmates fight a rival crew in an epic battle at sea! Can Furry Purry Beancat help save the day?
And in the second story, The Railway Cat, join Beancat and her friends as they uncover secrets and spies on the tracks. Who is the ticket-swapping, train-hopping stranger? Is Beancat’s beloved railway in danger? It’s up to our furry (and purry!) hero to solve the puzzle, before it’s too late.
This new series is written by Philip Ardagh, bestselling author of The Grunts series and Eddie Dickens adventures, and illustrated by Rob Biddulph, award-winning creator of Draw With Rob. Puuurfect for fans of Alex T. Smith, Pamela Butchart and Laura James. Suitable for children aged five and above.
We have five bundles of these first two books in the series to giveaway.
Ts & Cs The decision of City Kids is final. No cash alternative. If the winner does not claim the prize pithing 24 hours of notification, City Kids reserves the right to draw a new winner. One entry per person. Entries close Wednesday 14th October at midnight. UK entries only.
We’re celebrating Anorak’s 14th anniversary by offering you the opportunity to win a year’s subscription to Anorak.
With a circulation of over 20 000 worldwide, Anorak and sister publication Dot (now 5 years old) have carved a niche that is internationally acclaimed and recognised. Not bad for a magazine that distributors said would never last. As fellow print lovers, we’ve decided to celebrate this momentous milestone by offering City Kids readers the chance to win a year’s subscription to Anorak.
THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED
Their latest iconic issue features artist Mugariah and is all about imagination. It’s also available both as a paper edition and as a digital one.
Cathy Olmedillas launched Anorak 14 years ago without any real strategy in mind. Alongside its sister publication DOT, it’s become an integral part of family life and inspired many children and parents to learn through creativity. This effect has been especially prominent during the turbulent times of the Covid-19 lockdown, in which homeschooling had become necessary.
After 14 years, Anorak has not only launched many great illustrators’ careers but also brought back the notion of creativity in childhood.
Following Anorak’s mission, the publication created a Little Editors scheme helping to raise the next generation of creative doodlers through drawing missions that are sent out every month! Although Anorak and DOT have been spreading joy and creativity over the past years with their uniquely themed issues, there is still much more to come with books and podcasts during the planning stage!
All you need to do is complete the contact form below and we’ll draw a winner on Monday 5 October 2020.
Ts & Cs The decision of City Kids is final. No cash alternative. If the winner does not claim the prize pithing 24 hours of notification, City Kids reserves the right to draw a new winner. UK entries only.
Measuring your child’s feet without access to an expert in a shop is an issue during lockdown, but Start-rite has come up with a solution.
And with your new tools at the ready, you’ll be able to request the right size when you enter our competition to win this season’s top selling canvas shoes.
The College of Podiatry, those who take a keen interest in foot health, estimates over half of children have suffered injuries by wearing shoes that were either too small or unsuitable. We’ve all had the experience when suddenly your child’s feet have grown overnight or you’re looking last-minute online but don’t have the equipment for measuring your child’s feet.
Now Start-rite has produced a downloadable measuring gauge for parents to use quickly and easily to measure their feet at home. They’ll also send one to your address if you get in touch with them.
They’ve even produced a short film on how to use it here:
Start-Rite recommends measuring children’s feet every 6 to 8 weeks to ensure shoes fit and are also fit for purpose. Once you’ve made your purchase, there’s a really useful “Check If They Fit” checklist to help reassure you when you try the shoes at home.
Fancy trying it out? What better way than by entering our competition to win a pair of this season’s top-selling canvas summer shoes. Choose from Jurassic Navy Dino or Pink Glitter Floral.
All you have to do is complete our entry form. Simples. When we draw the winner we’ll get in touch to find out the size you require.
Ts and Cs apply: UK Entries only. Prize is non-transferable. No cash alternative. The decision of City Kids is final. Draw for winner will be made shortly after 12pm on 16th June. City Kids reserves the right to redraw if there is no response from the original winner within a reasonable amount of time.
Competition klaxon! We’ve partnered up with the lovely lot over at Galago Joe to offer a super snazzy matchy-matchy swimwear set for a father and son combo. Just in time for Father’s Day too!
Galago Joe’s matching swimwear sets are available in five matching animal print designs: Rhino, Gorilla, Tiger, Daschund & French Bulldog and available in 10 bold & bright colourways. They’re designed to support non-profit animal conservations and charities including The Mayhew Trust, Oscars Arc, Helping Rhinos and The Gorilla Organization and are available for babies and toddlers aged up to five years with matching sets for daddy.
10% of each sale goes to one of the following charities:
Dogs Collection | Mayhew is an animal welfare charity rescuing hundreds of cats and dogs every day, providing veterinary care to thousands and delivering community projects that improve the lives of both animals and people across the globe. Oscars Arc is a dynamic dog adoption organisation driven to inspire dog adoption and save dogs’ lives through WOOF Project across South Africa.
Rhinos Collection | Helping Rhinos is a leading innovative conservation, community and education initiative delivering tangible results in rhino protection, habitat preservation, a reduction in the illegal wildlife trade and the empowerment of local communities.
Gorilla Collection | The Gorilla Organization is an international, community based gorilla conservation charity. For more than two decades they have worked through civil war, famine and natural disasters and their mission is to help save the gorilla species which is on the edge of extinction.
We have a matching set from the Gorilla Collection in navy and magenta worth £110 to give away.
To enter all you need to do is enter your details below:
Good luck! T&Cs Competition closes 26th May 1 x winner will be chosen at random shortly after the competition closes. 1 x Winner to win a Galago Joe Daddy & Son Matching Set. Gorilla Print from the Wildlife Collection in Navy & Magenta. RRP Price: £110 Open to UK residents only For more style and fashion ideas head to our Style page here.
With the kids at home, we’re all longing for toys and entertainment which is fun and educational. Step up EdX Rainbow Pebbles and your chance to win!
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Following the widespread closure of schools and nurseries, parents and caregivers have been thrown into the daunting world of homeschooling. The role of teacher, caregiver, school lunch provider, after school club and screen police officer is stressful! So, finding toys which tick the educational and play time boxes are a definite winner. We have a giveaway running with your chance to win a set of Rainbow Pebbles from Edx. But first….
Dr Cindy Hovington gives an insight into how they can assist in the home learning environment using EdX Education’s Rainbow Pebbles. Find our entry form to win at the bottom of the article.
Early Development in Toddlers, Play or Miss Out
At birth, humans have the least developed brain compared to other mammals. While, genetics plays a major role in brain development during pregnancy, the interaction between genes and a child’s environment will literally shape a child’s brain after birth.
We all know that a child’s environment should include building a secure home where the child is safe, well fed and plays a lot.
One type of play does more for development than others. It’s play with open-ended toys. An open-ended toy is one with no specific purpose. Of course, there is no need for an abundance of toys to help our children’s brain develop.
A child will grow with an open-ended toy.
18 Months – Cognitive Development
1-step instructions: We can place an empty tissue box in front of the child and ask them to place a pebble inside the box having demonstrated it first. We can also sort by colour, together with the child, naming all the colours as we go.
2 Years Old – Social/Emotional development
Children start to play independently at this age. The Rainbow Pebbles come with activity cards that include ways to play with the pebbles developing the ability to remain focused for longer spells. We can present the pebbles in an inviting way by laying them out on a shelf that is at a convenient height. This way the child can independently start to play with them rather than asking.
We can see how children at this age respond to two step instructions. For example, we can place a pebble on a wooden spoon and race around your home, where the instruction could include, “place the pebbles on your spoon and walk up the refrigerator”. The objective of the game is not to drop the pebble.
2 Years Old – Cognitive Development
At this age a child begins to sort shapes and colours: We can ask the child to sort the pebbles either by colour or by size. Or we can place a sheet of paper on the floor that matches the colours of the pebbles, where we have a yellow and a red paper, and ask the child to place all the yellow pebbles on top of the yellow paper.
3 Years Old – Cognitive development
Before turning three we can start to practice 2-3 step instructions. Simply we can add one more rule to the wooden spoon game above. And we can start playing pretend. Open-ended toys such as these pebbles can become anything with our imagination. You could play a bank manager a restaurant owner or a grocery store manager and pretend the pebbles are money, pancakes or various items from that bank, restaurant or store.
Edx Education have 30 years’ experience providing educational toys to schools in over 90 countries. Their range has been designed and developed in conjunction with educational experts to cover all areas of learning – from maths to arts & crafts, and from sensory play to activity play.
One winner to be chosen at random.This giveaway is not associated, affiliated or endorsed by Facebook or Instagram in any way. Competition ends on Wednesday 22 April. The exact prize model is to be determined. Open to UK entrants only. Good luck!
City Kids has teamed up with Micro Skate, the leading inline skate range endorsed by urban skaters and skating champions across the world, to giveaway a set of skates. Whilst we can still have our hour of exercise, these are a super fun way to keep fit and active while observing social distancing.
Stars of the skating world, including Giorgio Cossaro, Ekaterina Grigoereva and Faustina Busto, are already big fans, and now British kids can now follow in their footsteps by learning how to skate and improve their skills with the very best skates on the market.
Suitable for children aged 3 and over, the range has different models to suit varying skill levels, from complete beginners through to pro skaters. Each is adjustable up to four sizes to grow with your child.
Enter our giveaway
To celebrate the launch of this award-winning brand in the UK, we’re giving one lucky winner the chance to get their hands on a set of Micro Skates and protective gear.
All you have to do is head to our Instagram page, find the Micro Skates competition and follow the instructions.
To check out the skates (and some great tricks and tips!) head to Micro Skate’s social media pages.
To celebrate national Read a Book Day, we have a bundle of six amazing books to give away. We have story books, an anthology, award-winning books, beautiful illustrations and books by the famous. Entry details are below!
Franklin and Luna Go To The Moon by Jen Campbell (hardback)
Be More Bernard by Simon Philip & Kate Hindley
How to Find Egyptian Treasure by Caryl Hart and Ed Eaves
Story Time by Georgie Adams (hardback)
Lightning Girl Super Power Showdown by Alesha Dixon
Mr Dog and a Hedge Called Hog by Ben Fogle
To enter, head to our Instagram page, follow us, like the post and tell us which is your favourite book in the bundle.
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To celebrate Kids Week, we have the chance for you to win four tickets to see A Comedy About A Bank Robbery.
Win tickets to The Comedy About A Bank Robbery for your family!
Kids Week is back this summer and to celebrate we’re giving you the chance to win four tickets to The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, the Olivier Award-nominated West End comedy about one enormous diamond, eight incompetent crooks and a snoozing security guard.
Full of twists on genre tropes, and packed with daring set-pieces, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is a hilarious showcase of slick theatrical inventiveness and hilarious, quip-filled word play.
This is one of the many fantastic London shows taking part in Kids Week, Official London Theatre’s yearly promotion offering a free ticket to a child (aged 16 or under) when accompanied by a full paying adult, plus up to two extra children’s tickets at half price. Tickets are on sale now for performances from 1 – 31 August. Head to OfficialLondonTheatre.com now for more information.
T&Cs: any performance Sun-Thurs. Tickets must be redeemed by 29th September
To win tickets follow the instructions on our clever little widget.
Win a copy of The Book of You from Colour Chronicles. Part of our We Love giveaway.
Book of Memories
This is a beautiful book for children and their grown up to record all the wonderful moments and memories from age one through to sixteen. It contains a series of fun questions to be filled out every year which promote delightful answers, building into a lasting memento to be treasured for years to come. There’s a choice of six colours, so plenty for everyone.
The perfect way to follow on from your baby book
The Book of You gives you a place to note down everything from your child’s favourite colour, to the naughtiest thing they’ve done all year (and whether they got caught!). Record these details each year up to the age of sixteen, and create a wonderful memento of their childhood to treasure for years to come.
Win a Who Did This Poo memory game. Part of our We Love giveaway.
Did you know that wombats poo in cubes? Which animal does sparkly poo? In this fun and slightly irreverent game kids can match 27 animals to their droppings while satisfying their endless fascination for poo. Also comes with a booklet full of fun poo facts!
Claudia Boldt is German-born and LA-based. She is the author/illustrator of Outfoxed, and the illustrator of Animals at Home and Story Box: Create Your Own Animal Adventures. She is the recipient of a Booktrust Best New Illustrator award. Her favourite animals to draw are sausage dogs.
Writer Aidan Onn was born in the UK but grew up in Hong Kong. After returning to the UK to study design and film production, he settled in London. www.laurenceking.com
Win a Hibou Home Flora bed set. Part of our We Love giveaway.
The new Flora bed linen from Hibou Home is made from beautifully soft 100% organic cotton for a perfect night’s sleep. All our bed linen is also OEKO Tex certified so you can be sure no nasty chemicals have been used during manufacturing, making it safe for your children’s skin and kind to the planet too!
Inspired by vintage French fabrics, this sweet floral pattern is perfect for a little one or older girl’s room.
Available in the following sizes:
UK Junior/ Cot Bed: duvet cover 120 x 150cm + pillowcase 60 x 40cm
UK Adult: duvet cover 140 x 200cm + pillowcase 75 x 50cm
Euro Junior: duvet cover 100 x 140cm + pillowcase 45 x 40cm
Euro Adult: duvet cover 140 x 200cm + pillowcase 65 x 65cm
Win a MURO wall board. Part of our We Love giveaway.
MURO is the ultimate activity wall and educational toy. It is a multi-functional activity board that you customise with the toys of your choice.
When your MURO arrives all you have to do is find the perfect spot for it and you can start creating your space straight away. The toys are all super easy to add and remove whenever you want; if you kid loves door handles and switches around the house, now you can give them their own. If it’s noisy toys they like, we’ve got different rattles and bells to choose from (sorry about that!). Starting out with a range of different toys gives you the chance to see which ones your kid loves the most and give them more of what they enjoy.
Different toy options
Whatever your kid likes to play with, we have toys that they will love and if they start to get bored you can just change them around. Keeping MURO fresh and entertaining is easy, so far we’ve got over 30 toys, designed, tested and ready to go. But this is just the beginning, our ambition is to have hundreds, even thousands, of unique add-ons to satisfy every child’s curiosity and help them on their way to key developmental milestones.
Each toy has two of our unique plugs on the back, these are the key to MURO. The plugs have been carefully designed to allow you to connect any toy to any part of MURO with just the right amount of force. Too tough for babies (up to 2 yrs) fingers to move around, MURO stays as you make it (and toys stay off the floor). As their hands start to get stronger MURO becomes a platform for their creativity, and we have all sorts of options for open play as they get older.
Win a set of London History Heroes cards. Part of our We Love giveaway.
History Heroes’ LONDON quiz card game contains fantastically illustrated, fact-packed, individual cards of forty of the greatest characters in the Capital’s impressive history.
The game contains the people, who helped make and shape London both physically and culturally. Characters, who built and, in some cases, destroyed London, such as Boudica, the Romans, Christopher Wren and Richard Rogers, rub shoulders with those who have given London its fantastic, rich cultural history too, such as Shakespeare, Laurence Olivier, David Bowie, Mo Farah and Vivienne Westwood.
The aim of the games is to try and win the cards by guessing who the characters are from the facts read out from the cards. Players can play the games as a gentle voyage of discovery or viciously competitive game by choosing easy, hard or quirky facts from each card. Win the cards by guessing correctly, who the character is from the facts read out on their cards. The winner is the one with the most cards at the end of the game.
To win a set of cards, please enter using our clever widget below:
We’re giving away all the products featured on our We Love Pages. Win a Dandydill Way cleansing mousse and moisturiser by using our clever widget below!
Dandydill Way founder, Tania Rodney, has done it again! Recently endorsed by Queen Victoria herself (Victoria Beckham) the Dandydill Way brand is growing from strength to strength.
The new cleansing mousse is soap-free, mild, yet effective at cleaning grubby faces. This rich foam gently and thoroughly cleans sensitive skin without causing dryness. Washing becomes a pleasure not a chore with our luxurious, allergen-free, tear-free formula. Containing botanical extract of antioxidant rich, wild grown hawthorn berry and over 98.4% natural ingredients Dandydill Way’s Cleansing Mousse leaves the most delicate skin soft and clean.
Check out the new face moisturiser too, containing hyaluronic acid and leaving no greasy residue. Dermatologically approved for children this gentle and effective moisturising cream contains the purest ingredients including botanical extract of wild grown, antioxidant rich hawthorn berry, hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, jojoba seed oil and shea butter extract in an allergen free, pH balanced, easily absorbed formulation. www.dandydillway.com
There are some fantastic books being released this Spring. Here’s six of the best books for kids of all ages. And we’re giving all of them away to celebrate our 5th birthday issue!
THE WALL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BOOK by John Agee (Scallywag Press) £12.99 This is the story of a little knight who is very happy that his wall protects him from the dangers that are sure to lurk on the other side. However, he is too busy mending a hole in his wall to notice the mounting dangers on his own side. This is funny and has plenty to keep readers occupied when they read the book over and again. And I wonder how many books for children are endorsed by Amnesty International?
ALL THE WAYS TO BE SMART by Davina Bell illustrated by Allison Colpoys (Scribe) £11.99 A picture book for children who worry about tests or school performance. “Smart is not just ticks and crosses, smart is building boats from boxes, Printing patterns, wheeling wagons, being mermaids, riding dragons”. This is the third book from Bell and Colpoys, celebrating what makes children who they are.
THE LEGEND OF KEVIN: A ROLY-POLY FLYING PONY ADVENTURE by Philip Reeve illustrated by Sarah McIntyre (OUP) £6.99 Plenty of humorous illustrations and a story that had our not-so-keen reader engrossed until he’d finished. Characters Kevin, a rotund pony, and Max, share a love of biscuits and embark on an adventure to save Max’s home town, soon to be submerged by water. Funny and high-spirited.
THE MEGA MAGIC HAIR SWAP by Rochelle Humes illustrated by Rachel Suzanne (Studio Press) £6.99 The first book from The Saturdays star Rochelle Humes celebrates differences and how to love yourself just the way you are. Inspired by her daughter who asked why all princesses had straight hair, Rochelle has written a story about two friends (one with curly hair, and the other with straight) who think the other has perfect hair.
FERDINAND MAGELLAN: LITTLE GUIDES TO GREAT LIVES by Isabel Thomas illustrated by Dàlia Adillon (Laurence King) £8.99 (April 2019) Ferdinand Magellan led the first expedition to sail all the way around the world, encountering lands and creatures that he could never have imagined. This, and Anne Frank, are the latest in the Little Guides to Great Lives series, accessible guides introducing children to inspirational figures from history.
THE CLOSEST THING TO FLYING by Gill Lewis (OUP) £6.99 Award-winning author, Gill Lewis, tells the story of two young women, one in the present day and one from the nineteenth century. Semira is an Eritrean refugee, and Hen is a repressed Victorian girl, but they both find courage to fight for what they believe in. The Closest Thing to Flying covers discrimination, friendship and empowerment set against a backdrop of women’s rights.
To win all of these books, simply use our clever widget below:
WIN A SUPERHERO SNAP CARD GAME ILLUSTRATED BY JASON FORD
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Fans of illustrator Jason Ford and his ‘The Superhero Comic Kit’ will love this Superhero SNAP! card game. Putting a new superhero spin on the popular card game, children race to be the first to collect all of the cards, battling it out with slimy monsters, rocket men, dastardly villains and more!
The stories may be decades old, but Thomas & Friends continues to be a favourite generation after generation. Newly released, this character encyclopedia is packed with fun facts, artwork and profiles and comes with a Thomas & Friends Minis model. Did You Know boxes enable readers to learn more about their favourite engines and discover which real-life vehicles they were based on.
To get your hands on this wonderful book, click below and follow instructions. It’s sooo easy!
Think big wheels are just for adults? Think again! Cruise the school run in style on board the cool new Micro Cruiser. It offers children a chance to travel further, faster, with an even smoother ride, as the larger wheels mean less effort and can help to iron out any lumps and bumps in the pavement. The bicycle-style handlebars, provide stability and control for those new to two wheels. As with all their aluminium scooters, the Micro Cruiser can be folded up to make it easy to carry and store. Each one is worth £129.95 so enter now!