National Stationery Week 2016



We’re almost there!

You’ll have no doubt seen my FB, Instagram and Twitter pictures and posts relating to the week us stationery tarts refer to as National Stationery Week. A whole week dedicated to the love not only of stationery from top brands such as NU: notebooks, Staedtler, Maped, Bic, Helix and Sheaffer but how they are used.

The theme of this year’s NSW is Writing Matters which is something that instantly calls out to me. As a freelance copywriter by trade the written word is a something I find beautiful and powerful. As a Mum and a stationery fan seeing these words on paper, written with a pen or a pencil I love as opposed to on a screen makes them all the more magical.

We (I saw “we” as trusted family members have already pilfered some of the contents!) were very lucky to be sent a bundle of stationery from the lovelies at Small Man Media who are the ones creating all the buzz about NSW. I’ll be reviewing these in more detail next week however right now I want to talk more about why “Writing Matters”.

Writing matters for a vast number of reasons. For me it is about creating something personal, something in my own hand. It is about our children creating something, be it a picture with a few words of explanation or a fantastic story they’ve written us. Writing matters because it is central to learning, for children and us grown ups too as the potential, and the passion for learning never really leaves us. There are so many reasons why writing matters (organisation being one, I’d be lost without my paper-led organisational tools) and to read more about this have a look at this National Stationery Week A-Z  of why writing matters.

Throughout the week, as well as celebrating stationery as a whole and in general you have seven dedicated days of stationery to look forward to….


In this fabulous digital age sometimes we forget the pure joy, as well as the usefulness of putting pen to paper and  a large part of NSW 2016 is about remembering why we love stationery so much.

That said… if you want to keep abreast (online) of all that is going on during National Stationery Week 2016 visit the NSW website and join the conversation via Twitter and on Facebook. To be fair, if you’re as mad about stationery as I am, the chances are you’ll be seeing posts about it popping up everywhere…. enjoy!


Keep up with what’s happening across social media with these hashtags.


Why does writing matter to you?


Orchard Toys Sticker Activity & ABC Books

OTActivityAnyone who knows us knows that we are HUGE Orchard Toys fans. We have a cupboard full of their jigsaws and games and as we enjoy a family game night every Saturday they are out at least once a week.

As part of the Orchard Toys blogging team we are lucking enough to have the opportunity to review new releases and this time around their new activity sticker books caught my eye.

These are especially pefect for Taylor who is 5yrs old and in Reception at school. He’s a keen learner and enjoys practicing his handwriting, numbers and more at home (especially when his big brother has homework to do as he likes to sit at the table with him and do some of his own).

The yellow fronted sticker ABC sticker colouring book speaks for itself. It offers the opportunity to practice letter formation, colour in and use stickers. What else could a five year old boy possibly want or need?

The red  Things to Do activity book especially has been a big hit. Taylor is very much into puzzles, games, spot the differences and more (he’s also a bit of a Where’s Wally champ too as it happens!) so this book has been, and continues to be enormous fun for him. We particularly like the fact that once you’ve finished a page that you could add a star to show you’d finished and done everything correctly. Taylor’s age group particulalry often enjoy stickers and “rewards” all the more.

Top Tip: Use pencil! We’ve now completed all of the writing pages in the ABC book and all of the puzzles in th activity book. Using a decent eraser means that the books are now as good as new and may be used again and again and again!

While there are stickers to uses throughout they add to the experience yet don’t overshadow the all-important pencil to paper activities which of course are aimed towards practicing literacy, numeracy, handwriting and more.

One of the reasons we keep coming back to Orchard Toys is that everything we’ve ever bought, been given or reviewed has been of the highest quality, has lasted ages, been great fun and has also been packed with educational benefits. These books are no different, are perfect for home, gifting and travel and at £3.99 each are incredible value. See these and the other recent new releases here.



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