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Mum Stuff: Because Mum Knows Best Hardcover – 5 Feb 2007
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A compendium of play through the ages . . . A
great resource for busy mothers who want a bit of fun.
-- Junior Review
Cuddeford-Jones's irreverent guide to keeping
children amused reads like a compendium of play
through the ages. Those old traditionals - just think
of games such as Consequences and Blind Man's Buff -
alongside modern inventions such as Buzzin' Balloons.
There are enough things to make, games to play and
songs to sing here to keep children occupied 24/7
throughout the summer holidays. What's more, it'll
cost you next to nothing, since most of the ideas use
household items that you'll already have. There are
even handy First Aid tips in cacse of calamity! A
great resource for busy mothers who want a bit of fun"
-- Junior magazine
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It would make a brilliant Mother's Day present actually.
As a mother myself, I have found this book inexhaustible for ideas on rainy or sunny days. It has taken me back to my childhood a bit which is nice, but also made me suddenly feel like SUPERMUM! I am never out of an idea for something to do, say, make or cook with my son.
I have read lots of books for mums, but this is an inspiration as I did not feel told off, stupid, lazy or just rubbish after reading it. It is empowering to have lots of answers to those kids questions you inevitably get as Mum. I found it empowering, fun, amusing, nostalgic and well worth the 6 quid I invested!
The book's a real change from the other 'parenting' manuals out there. It doesn't preach or tell you the supposedly best way to bring your kids up. And it positively insists that kids do stuff for themselves which is a first. It's nice to know that being a mum isn't all about telling-off and being a glorified taxi service. The book made it actually seem like fun and really took me back. For a fun, quick read and some good ideas for a rainy day I'd really recommend it.
Want to offer them a stimulating and entertaining alternative to Nintendo and children's TV?
Grab yourself a copy of Mum Stuff, an easy-to-read book that is jam-packed with tons of ideas to keep the young ones amused on a rainy day.
Choose from chinese lanterns and buzzing loops, to tea leaf reading and costume making, to mention but a few.
Clever little sections on first aid and remedies include tips on how to tackle everything from nosebleeds and tummy aches to toothache and blisters and the food sections are a treat with how-to walkthroughs on gingerbread men, peppermint creams, butterscotch and treacle toffee.
Last week my eldest son when offered his 20 minute computer game slot said:
"Could we have a game from 'that book' instead?"
'That book' is Mum Stuff, which in my opinion, is the best value investment I have ever spent on my kids.
It includes activities such as making costumes, foraging for wild food, how to tell if your child is faking an illness to get out of school, bribing your child to do chores (not as bad as it sounds, and it does work) basic sewing, cooking and making costumes. It cover almost everything.
I have really enjoyed using this book and as well as mums and dads it is also suitable for grandparents, aunts and uncles, those who work with children and anyone who cares for children.
Update at 30-10-2010
I have just made the fairy cake recipe in this book. It is wonderful. Throw everything into a bowl, whisk up and 10 mins later put in oven. After 20 mins it's all cooked. Really quick and tastes great.
Spotted this one on my bookshelf which was a bit of a favourite when I first had it - immediately reminded me of a few ideas for Christmas hols activities that won't break the bank or create chaos... so it's ticked off present choices for several friends who I reckon will appreciate the tips for their kids too. It's quite funny and not patronising, which sets it apart from plenty of other mum advisory books too.
Sounds like the previous reviewer had the same thought - snap! And it's a really lovely retro-ish cover, hardback too so more durable and looks good as a pressie :-)