Falling Up

Hugh Holland, Locals Only

Casa da Musica is a major cultural landmark in our new home of Porto. It is also an improvised skatepark. Skaters and other tricksters come from all over to carve the splendid ‎undulations in which this hard edged concrete crystal palace sits. That’s one of the things I love about

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Aquila magazine, for children 8 to 12

Aquila Magazine

 I am happy to share a family discovery : AQUILA, a monthly educational magazine for children 8 to 12. Aquila keeps children entertained with intelligent reading; every issue is organised around a theme, and contains articles, puzzles, fun activities that will enrich general knowledge. My kids love it and I have much pleasure

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The Benefits Of Yoga For Children

yoga for Kids

Virginie Dreyer of Tiny-Om creates symbolic jewellery for little girls. Yasmine Mamoudieh, founder of myKidsy, helps parent to find the best courses, creative activities  and workshops in London.  A conversation around the benefits of yoga for kids started between us. 

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Isabelle Demenge : a new way for children to experience travel

leap and hop

Leap and Hop is a series of travel books for children written by Isabelle Demenge and illustrated by Emilie Sarnel. A wonderful way for kids to be conscious travellers, to absorb facts and history about the countries they visit, in an interactive,  playful way.  

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Monopoly Money

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We found an old Monopoly set in the attic of the summer house. My daughters were very keen to learn how to play. So I dusted off my memory of the rules, tried to recollect the Franc/ Dollar exchange rate (this set is from circa 1970), and we got down to business.

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Paper marvels : Zim & Zou

zim and zou

The wonderful universe of  Zim & Zou is made of paper sculptures, installations, illustrations and more. No computer for this French duo composed by Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann as they prefer to create real objects using paper or other tangible materials.

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Parenting by Default vs Parenting by Design

SwissFamily

We are obsessed with our kids. Society’s move from ancestor worship to descendant worship ‎has made us uninterested in culture, more primitive in our outlook, worse citizens, and ultimately… boring. That seems the Parenting Paradigm as presented by the English media. Readers of Pirouette know that it need not be this way. 

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Sunday Video : keeping contact with earth

Earthing

When we were kids we were going barefoot a lot, at least I was, during the 2 months of summer holidays. A good habit to keep… Take a look at this short animated video to understand what’s behind the concept of earthing. Off the shoes, and for your good health, don’t hesitate to hug trees!

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Sunday Video : animals run the show

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Little ones will laugh out loud with this BBC video featuring talking chipmunks, farting gorillas or dancing birds. I hope you parents will join them and share a fun moment!

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Sunday Video : Optical Pop

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Optical Illusion? Most certainly. Photoshop? CGI? This remarkable pop video was made in a single, remarkable take. It gives both “Pop Art” and “Op Art” a whole new spin. Turn up the volume, and enjoy!

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Sunday Video : Growing cities

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Have you thought about starting to grow your own garden with your kids? On the balcony or window box, on the roof, on your backyard, garden…the size doesn’t matter, what is important is to plant a seed, to see life taking shape,

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Sunday Video : Banksy’s hide&seek game in NY

Banksy Pirouette Blog

Who does not love Banksy? Irreverent, clever, mysterious. This is a trailer for a documentary film of the ‘Artist in Residence’ in New York, during his month-long stint in the Big Apple. Or is it? With Banksy, you can never be too sure.

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