Bookbug Visits Plockton Gaelic Toddlers Group


Gaelic Bookbug visited Plockton and Loch Carron Libraries to be greeted with a very warm welcome. The children enjoyed reading ‘Wow, said the Owl’, a book about an owl who is curious as to what goes on during the day when he’s normally sleeping.

Lisa has sent through a short report about the visit from Bookbug. You can download it by clicking here.

North Kessock Breakfast Club – ‘Superhero Day’


In aid of MFRs Cash for Kids Superhero Day, some of the children of North Kessock Breakfast Club got in to the swing of things by transforming in to their favourite superheroes. In attendance at breakfast were Spiderman, Batman, Harry Potter and Ironman.

Well done to North Kessock Breakfast Club for helping support a great cause! You can read more about Cash for Kids by clicking here.

Alison has sent through a report with more details of their breakfast with superheroes. You can download it by clicking here.

Sutherland Stepping Stones ‘Summer Holiday Activities 2016’


Sutherland Stepping Stones have sent through their summer holiday activity planner. It looks like they’ve got a lot of fun activities planned for the summer months, including monster crafts, science week, and ‘The Great Brora Bake off’. If you’d like more information, please download their flyer. You can also download a booking form by clicking here.

Lochinver Pre-school’s Eco Journey


Lochinver Pre-School are working hard towards gaining their green flag award. They’ve been learning all about conservation of water, using electricity sensibly, and the importance of putting litter in the bin! They even made up a song about the work they’re doing to help the environment.

The pre-school has made a video that showcases the great work they’ve been doing in working towards their green flag award. You can view the video by clicking here.

Good luck, and keep up the good work Lochinver Pre-School!

Funders of Play – a guide to foundations, trusts and charities who support play in Scotland


Inspiring Scotland have issued a report called “Funders of Play – a guide to foundations, trusts and charities who support play in Scotland”. The report lists the organisations in Scotland that offer funding to charitable and non-profit organisations in Scotland. Contact details and the maximum grant available are also listed.

You can download the report by clicking here, or find out more about these grants on the Inspiring Scotland website.

Frugal Friday – making some playdough!


In this week’s Frugal Friday, Mairianne demonstrates how to make playdough. She says: “This week we are back to basics with Playdough! Takes a few minutes to make and lasts for months!

Click here to watch the video.

Thanks Mairianne! 🙂

‘Safe Strong and Free’ Charity Football Tournament


Our friends at Safe Strong and Free have organised a charity 5-a-side football tournament, happening on the 11th of June. If you’re interested in supporting this great cause, clean the mud off your football boots and give Kerry a call on 01463 712669.


The kids of Junior World Childcare make some additions to their heuristic treasure chests


The children of Junior World Childcare have been having fun with heuristic play and treasure baskets. They already had a basket, but felt it could use some improvements. The children were asked what kind of objects they’d like in the baskets, and together the staff and children came up with a plan for a new and improved treasure chests.

Alison has sent through a fantastic report that details their process of improving the treasure chests. You can download the report by clicking here.

Frugal Friday – fun with paint and a wooden spoon

Mairianne is back with another Frugal Friday. Sorry this one is a bit late! A little technical glitch on my end has made it Frugal Monday instead.

To describe this video, Mairianne says: “Today we have a simple and really fun way to make a masterpiece!

The video can be viewed by clicking here.

If you’ve had a go at one of our Frugal Friday’s, we’d love to see them. Email a photo of what you’ve made and we might just feature it in the blog!

Out of School Clubs Lego Competition


Recently some of the Out of School Clubs around the Highlands participated in a lego building competition. There were a lot of impressive entries, demonstrating an abundance of creativity and attention to detail!

Marion (CALA Childhood Practice Manager) has sent through a report that shows off some of the fantastic lego creations, as well as announcing the winner of the competition. Click here to download the report.

North Kessock Red Kites Summer Planner

North Kessock Red Kites have been in touch with their summer 2016 planner and booking form. Places are limited, so book soon to avoid disappointment!


Click here to download the holiday planner, and click here to download the booking form.

Up, Up and Away! Suas, Suas agus air Falbh!


With the slight breeze that was present, we had multi-coloured streamers rustling in the background ready for making kites but it was the bubble making activity that provided much entertainment for all – especially the Dads!

The homemade recipe proved a success and the recipe was passed on to continue the fun at home. It was simple! Fairy Liquid, Water and Glycerine. A shallow tray and cooking utensils, was all that was required.

The children happily chased the bubbles which in the gentle breeze was carried up, up and away. That’s if they weren’t caught first!

– Lisa Stuart