Brontorina Front and Back Cover

Brontorina – Kids Book Review

Brontorina – Kids Book Review It’s that time of the month again – book club! This month’s book is Brontorina by James Howe,  chosen because it combines two of Ragamuffin’s current interests – dinosaurs and dancing. It’s a lovely little book about accepting those who are different to ourselves, I’m sure it will become a classic in the coming years. …

How to Teach Kids about Bodily Autonomy

How to Teach Kids about Bodily Autonomy You might be thinking, her kid isn’t even in pre-school yet what does she know about how to teach kids about bodily autonomy? It’s the kind of thing that a lot of people don’t start thinking about until their kids hit puberty. Even though the subject of consent and bodily autonomy apply to …

Sometimes I wish I wasn’t a Feminist

Sometimes I wish I wasn’t a Feminist There are some days where I wish I wasn’t a feminist. There, I said it. Wow – I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. It’s something I’ve wanted to say for a while now, but I just couldn’t find the words. I take a lot of pride in …

Little People, Big Dreams Ada Lovelace: Review

Little People, Big Dreams Ada Lovelace: Review I love Ada Lovelace. When I saw that Little People, Big Dreams Ada Lovelace was being released I pre-ordered it straight away. Who was Ada Lovelace? Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) is often referred to as the first ever computer programmer. As a child her mother pushed her to learn about maths, which was unusal for …

Melissa & Doug Wooden Latches Activity Board set against a warm coloured wood background.

Melissa & Doug Wooden Latches Activity Board Review

Melissa & Doug Wooden Latches Activity Board The Melissa & Doug Wooden Latches Activity Board is yet another great toy from Melissa and Doug. Melissa and Doug are quickly becoming my go-to brand for quality toys to teach Ragamuffin new skills. STEM Skills are Important Regular readers will know how passionate I am about encouraging girls to develop their STEM …

How to Deal with Gender Stereotyping Comments

How to Deal with Gender Stereotyping Comments If you’re anything like me, you’ll have had to deal with gender stereotyping comments from other people. Your own family, other parents or even strangers walking down the street. In this day and age it seems that everyone has an opinion on how children should look, play and behave. Gender stereotyping comments aimed …

How to get Girls Excited about Women’s History Month

How to get Girls Excited about Women’s History Month As well as being home to International Women’s Day, March is also Women’s History month in the USA. We thought we’d get into the spirit here at Raising a Ragamuffin HQ too. Today I’m looking at activities that you can do to get girls excited about women’s history.   Why do …

Image of two paperback books overlapping each other. On the left is a pink glossy book titled Princess Smartypants. Overlapping that one is a blue glossy book titled Princess Smartypants Breaks the Rules. The books are on a light wood-effect background.

An Unusual Princess – Princess Smartypants Review

An Unusual Princess – Princess Smartypants Review Princess Smartypants is an unusual princess. She does whatever she wants when she wants, with her mother’s approval or not.   I bought Princess Smartypants and Princess Smartypants Breaks the Rules! for Ragamuffin and her cousin for Christmas. I can’t say for her cousin but they’ve gone down a treat with Ragamuffin. These …

Large Grimm’s Rainbow: Review

Large Grimm’s Rainbow Come Christmas getting your hands on a large Grimm’s rainbow can be no mean feat. Wooden toys are making a comeback and toy makers Grimm’s are right in the thick of it. Quality, non-mass produced toys are hard to come by these days. I like colourful toys that need lots of input from kids. I’m not a …

27 Girl Power Songs that will Make you Feel Good

27 Girl Power Songs that will Make you Feel Good Every woman (anyone who identifies as a woman) needs a few girl power songs in her life. Sometimes you want to listen to something that doesn’t involve guns, broken hearts or objectification of women. You might just want to get your sass on. And everyone needs a break from Ed Sheeran …