Make a little mess, have a little fun, and watch them learn while you're at it.

Take some paint and water and mix. Combine red and blue and what do you get? Draw dad milking a cow and how does he size up? Stick four different bits of paper (tissue, card, foil, newspaper) on a picture and what do you feel? Tear up a newspaper and what are you learning?

In a kitchen near you, kids are making a right old mess with paint and paper, glue and scraps of rubbish, string and cereal boxes. ...

Take ten minutes, a good book, and a quiet space to read it and you've given your children a daily dose of superpower 

Sometimes, at the end of a long busy day, the last thing that springs to mind is a chapter of Winnie the Pooh or another go through The Hungry Caterpillar. But if you can find ten minutes – some of your own ideas below – it will benefit you as well as your children and bring the richest rewards, boosting their confidence and giving them a love of books that will ...

The gift of confidence is the greatest gift you can give your baby and toddler…

You know your baby thrives on being loved and cuddled and listened too. They cry, you pick them up and find out what they need. But did you know that every time you do this you're building their confidence, the very stuff that will hold them in good stead for the rest of their life and help them be happy? The building blocks of self-confidence begin to form as soon as a baby's born but they continue to ...