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Marvin’s Magic broadcasts daily magic shows for kids via Facebook Live

Marvin’s Magic has moved its jaw-dropping showmanship into the world of online entertainment, providing kids and magic fans with a daily dose of magic broadcast via its Facebook Live page. Designed as a means to offer entertainment, and a bit of light relief from the gloom surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 …

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Dr Gummer’s Good Play Guide launches Play at Home Fest for May Bank Holiday

Dr Gummer’s Good Play Guide has launched an online family festival to put play back at the heart of the home, as families worldwide face school closures, lockdown, self isolation, and social distancing measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Play at Home Fest will offer themed virtual stages …

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VTech launches Learn Through This campaign to help parents and teachers educate kids from home

VTech Electronics North America has launched its own initiative to support families and children through this period of upheaval called Learn Through This; a campaign that uses its VTech and LeapFrog brands to support teachers and parents with tools for teaching kids at home. VTech and LeapFrog are offering resources …

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The Wizarding World launches Harry Potter At Home hub of activities, videos, puzzles and more

The team behind the Wizarding World of Harry Potter has detailed the launch of its Harry Potter At Home hub, a free online collection of child-friendly activities, videos, puzzles, illustrations, quizzes, creative ideas, and more. The new hub has been designed to bring the Wizarding World into the homes of …

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Fears surrounding pensions surface as Debenhams puts administrators on standby

With the accountancy firm KPMG on standby to handle an insolvency process, Debenhams has reportedly failed to make a top-up payment to its pensions scheme this month, meaning that around 10,000 members could be worse off if the company enters administration. On Friday, April 3rd, news emerged that the 242-year-old …

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Children’s Media Conference rebrands as Children’s Media Community for 2020 as it moves its content and conference online

The Children’s Media Conference, now in its 17th year, is temporarily becoming The Children’s Media Community for 2020, in response to the cancellation of its planned conference in Sheffield from July 7th to 9th due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With a revised theme of ‘Still Here Right Now’, CMC will …

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Games and puzzles sales grow 240 per cent in the UK, as families turn to classic games during COVID-19 lockdown

Monopoly Classic, Cluedo, and Scrabble are among the traditional board games that UK audiences have turned to for home entertainment throughout the ongoing COVID-19 period of isolation, helping sales of board games and jigsaw puzzles grow by a staggering 240 per cent in this first quarter. According to the NPD …

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Alpha Group UK makes award-winning Super Wings learning resources available for home schooling

Alpha Group UK has been awarded recommended status by iChild for its Super Wings national pre-school campaign which ran during autumn winter 2019. As a support for parents, key workers and families balancing home schooling, the brand is now making the learning resources available for free download, during these unprecedented …

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Mattel launches a free online resource for parents and children, Mattel Playroom

Mattel has detailed the launch of the Mattel Playroom, a new, free online resource that features activities and content from across the company’s portfolio of brands, designed to encourage kids to keep playing while handling school closures, social distancing and self isolation measures. American Girl, Barbie, Fisher-Price, Hot Wheels, and …

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Mental wellness game Book of Beasties launches free home learning kit in partnership with author and explorer Tom Hart Dyke

The team behind the award-winning mental wellness games and resources for children, Book of Beasties, has developed a new curriculum-based home learning kit for parents and teachers to use during the ongoing school closure and isolation period. The kit – the brainchild of the developers of Book of Beasties: The …

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