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Claire Potter
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Make like a model: Recreate the holiday brochure!
We
wake up on the first day of our February half-term static caravan holiday in
Wales with wind and rain pummelling the windows. And one of us has a revolting virus. As
we droop our heads into our bowls of Weetabix and wonder
what the best rainy-day plan is...

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Guest interview: "My hobby is doing special effects make-up!"
This time I talk to Nicole, 14, as she gets
to work on us...  H ow did you first get into special effects make up? I started doing it last summer after I met a girl at my mum's friend's wedding who did it. We became friends on Facebook and I saw her special...

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If you go down to the woods today: Go fairy-hunting
Fairy doors popping up in Oxfordshire said the BBC local news headline. Oh boy! Where were my wellies? I'm a sucker for imaginary
worlds in the woods. The Magic Faraway
Tree was my favouritest book in the whole world when I was a kid. But where EXACTLY  did...

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A real eye-opener: Visit the National Guide Dog Breeding Centre
My
daughter has a new friend who is visually impaired. She is easy and comfortable with him. Puts
herself in his shoes. At least, knows to read him out the descriptions of the
different flavours of Quality Street , not just pass him the box. She’s also
star...

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Can they pull it out of the bag? The ‘Lucky dip dessert’ challenge
School holidays and it was my turn on the child-care swap rota: Four girls. Six hours. Wet weather. Small town. No car. Tight budget. I was going to need more than a smile and a tube of Smarties to sail through this one. I screwed up my brain really tight a...

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Guest interview: "We ran away from crocodiles!"
This time, brothers Quinn (6), Aiden (9) and Luca (7) tell me all about their trip to Crocodiles of the World in Oxfordshire, run by Shaun Fogget of the Channel 5 series The Croc Man . What did you think
when your mum told you she was taking you to Crocodil...

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Can they pull it out of the bag? The ‘Lucky dip dessert’ challenge
School holidays and it was my turn on the child-care swap rota: Four girls. Six hours. Wet weather. Small town. No car. Tight budget. I was going to need more than a smile and a tube of Smarties to sail through this one. I screwed up my brain really tight a...

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Can you pull it out of the bag? The ‘Lucky dip dessert’ challenge
School holidays and it was my turn on the child-care swap rota: Four girls. Six hours. Wet weather. Small town. No car. Tight budget. I was going to need more than a smile and a tube of Smarties to sail through this one. I screwed up my brain really tight a...

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Guest interview: “I learnt to drive when I was 11!”
This time I talk to
Laura, now 18, who started driving when she was only eleven years old at the
Under 17 Car Club! I can’t believe you
started driving when you were still at primary school! You can join the club the year you’re going to turn 12, so I was i...

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Rrrrip-roaring fun: Make an altered book
I
love how creative ideas can bounce unexpectedly out of random conversations.
One minute I was chatting to a friend about the pros and cons of being a
perfectionist, the next minute, me and my daughter were immersed in a mountain
of paper, paint and maskin...
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