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The Belgian sociologist and writer Léo Moulin, in his book L´Europe à Table – tu es ce que tu manges: introduction a una psychosociologie des pratiques alimentaires asserts that “we don´t eat with our teeth and we don´t digest with our stomach; we eat with our spirit. (…) We eat our remembrances, the most secured ones, seasoned with rites that marked the early childhood”. This assertion inspired us so that it became one of the main reasons why we have created a culinary section at Belaponte – a company which we founded in our “second home” of Sweden – with the…

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Stories stimulate creativity and help children create a better world. Stories teach them new words and help to strengthen bonds between parents and children This book was delivered to my house in 2011, whilst I was still living in Brazil, as part of a promotion run by Itaú bank, “Leia para uma criança”, or in English, “Read to a child”. My husband and I always tried to encourage our children to read. As my husband is English, we read quite a few books in English, but we always thought it was very important to read in two languages. Now, living…

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The project Beatles for Children was created by teacher, musician and musical director Fabio Freire. With more than ten years of experience of teaching music to children, Freire, having already released four children’s CD compilations and starred in various musical and theatrical productions, got together with three other musicians and actor Gabriel Manetti to create this show. With the projection of photos, videos and a sound system that gives even more power to the music of the British quartet, each performance encourages crowd participation and interaction. It is fun for the whole family and everyone can enjoy the good music…

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Having kids is an expensive business, and most budgets wont stretch to paid activities every weekend or during the half term and school holidays. Fortunately, London offers plenty of choice of free family activities, for children of all ages and with the most different interests. Pack your lunch and enjoy Spring and Summer in this amazing city! Here are some suggestions of free activities for your family. Diana Memorial Playground Let your little ones be pirates for the day on Captain Hook’s huge wooden pirate ship at the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground, in Kensigton Gardens. This large, safe, outdoor…

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As a pair of mothers we decided that to celebrate our sons’ fifth birthdays, instead of throwing a joint party, we would take them away for a one-night stay at the Legoland resort, in Windsor. We booked the rooms well in advance to get a better deal. The kids were so excited (and so were the adults)! The adventure begins at the resort’s entrance where, as expected, the Lego themed decoration makes any grown up feel like a child again (and the real kids go berserk)! The staff are really helpful and the children were so entertained by the activities…

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Many parents think that the kitchen is no place for children! But involving your children in the preparation of meals, treats and snacks could be an opportunity to teach them many things from the importance of each type of food, to responsibility, teamwork, organisation, hygiene and even a little mathematics. If your child refuses to eat certain foods then helping to prepare meals might be a solution. Children that help in the kitchen usually end up trying the dish that they make. So, prepare nutritious meals with your little chef, this will certainly raise the chances of them learning to…

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Another book recommendation, this time in English, is one we love to read here at home, The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig, by Eugene Trivizas with illustrations by Helen Oxebury. In this book, the classic story of the Three Little Pigs is turned inside out. This time the three little wolves come together and use modern materials, such as concrete, chains, steel, barbed wire, to construct houses to protect themselves from the Big Bad Pig. It is a great book and has a lovely ending. I recommend Reading this book to children between 4 and 9 years old,…

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We live in a time where children are born breathing technology. Therefore, why not use it in the educational process and help our little Brazilians learn Portuguese? When I thought of having children here (my husband is English) one of the things which I used to ask myself was “how am I going to get them to learn my language?” Yes, they are English, but they are also Brazilian and for us it was always important that they had contact with the Portuguese language. Well, since they were small, they have always watched cartoons in Portuguese – there was Galinha…

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You can now register for the VI Children’s Drawing Competition, promoted by the Ministry of International Relations of Brazil. The competition is titled Brasileirinhos no Mundo (Young Brazilians in the World), and is aimed at Brazilian children between 6 and 12 years old, who live abroad. The competition seeks to promote general interest in Brazil and all things Brazilian amongst this young public. With the theme O que Aprendi na Escola (What I Learned at School), the drawings should portray, in a creative and original way, some form of learning that has taken place at school, be it from formal education or…

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