Talking about sensitive subjects

How do we talk to children about what’s going on in the world today?
How do we bring up sensitive issues?
How do we even begin to explain these tricky topics?

It is important that children grow up aware about the world in which we live. It is impossible to shield them from hearing the horrible stories on the news, see the stories in the newspaper or from hearing things when out and about. It can be difficult to know where to start and not scare the children.

So, with this in mind I recommend turning to books. This series is from BES Publishing.
They introduce important issues with easy to understand language and include ides of ways that the children can make a difference.
Head on over to for a review of each, individual book.

REMEMBER: Encourage your child to talk to an adult if they ever feel worried!

The Planetarium – A trip to outer space

Now, this is something special to do with the kids. Or without them..I went with my other half and absolutely LOVED it!

The Planetarium at Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie take you on a 360 degree journey through space. It is, quite honestly, fascinating and breathtakingly beautiful.

With its high-resolution projection equipment, the Cité’s new Planetarium will take you on a thrilling journey to the outer reaches of the universe. Astronomy specialists will give illustrated talks and present 30-minute theatre shows. Surrounded by 360° computer-generated images, you’ll travel from planet to planet, explore the solar system, witness the creation of the universe and see how the Earth was formed. Not only will you learn more, you’ll also feel as if you really are in space! A spectacular immersive experience.

 They are continuously updating their film list with new and exciting adventures so be sure to check out the website to see what’s on.
I’d advise to book your ticket in advance, we went to see the film about the moon and it was full! We wouldn’t have gotten in had we not reserved our place before we went.

I cannot express enough how interesting these shows are, children and adults alike are thrown into outer space and marvel at the images surrounding them.

Have you been to see any of these shows? Let us know what you think in the comments!


Hi everyone!

I hope you’re all doing particularly well on this gorgeous, sunny day.

Today I have a suggestion that will get the kids excited to get out and explore Paris for when your reasoning ‘FRESH AIR IS GOOD FOR YOU’ just doesn’t quite cut it.

Have you ever been wandering around the city and noticed these little guys??
I’d be surprised if you haven’t, in Paris there are 1375 of them scattered around the city!

With the FlashInvaders app you can turn wandering around the city into a hunting game. The app is free to download and you only need to input your email address to create an account!

Track down the mosaics and take a picture of them for your gallery. Each invader snapped scores you points and the game allows you to compete against other players to see who can find the most!

Let us know in the comments below where you found your highest scoring one!

Good idea, right?

You can build off of this activity at home too.

Recreate the designs of the Invaders you found using stickers or cut up bits of paper like the guys over ar GRE art room. This activity is great for getting their brains whirring, I remeber having to recreate shapes this way in maths class. If they had used space invaders for the shapes I’d have been a whole lot more motivated..or even not realised I was doing maths at all!

You could also collage, use paint or build the invaders with lego.

Who is the artist?
Well he is aptly named, Invader.

What does he look like?
No one knows! He has kept his identity a secret.

You can find out more about Invaders project and mission by visiting the official site –

Download the app for free from Google Play or the App Store.

I also just downloaded the app too (as if I needed any excuse to wander the city)
My username is EmilyRose, can you beat my score?

Speak soon!