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Black History Month UK: Black Owned Kids Businesses

Since 1987, the UK has celebrated Black History Month every October. And whilst it’s so important for schools and other institutions to have this as a focus every autumn, learning about the subject of…

World Food Day: Banjo’s Five Favourite Recipes for kids

Today is World Food Day and we absolutely LOVE talking about food from around the world here at Banjo HQ! From New Zealand’s yummy crayfish to soda bread from Ireland, the dishes you can discover from…

Banjo Magic: Letter Storage

In this week’s Banjo Magic blog, we talk about how you can store all of Banjo’s letters and recipe cards. One of the things we know a lot of our little readers like to do, is refer back to their…

Halloween Fun: Spooky things to do with the kids

We can’t believe that Halloween is almost here and that the kids are breaking up for half term ALREADY! Check out our competition details at the bottom of this blog. Here at Banjo HQ, we’ve been think…

Black History Month UK: Moments in history to talk to your kids about

Since 1987, the UK has celebrated Black History Month every October. And whilst it’s so important for schools and other institutions to have this as a focus every autumn, learning about the subject of…

world mental health day activities for kids ages 5+
World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day encourages more awareness, education and advocacy against the social stigma and discrimination towards people suffering from mental health issues. Each year the day aims to get…

Black History Month UK: Top kids books

Since 1987, the UK has celebrated Black History Month every October. And whilst it’s so important for schools and other institutions to have this as a focus every autumn, learning about the subject of…

Banjo Magic: How Banjo can help in the holidays

With the kids now back at school, half term and (dare we say it..?) Christmas break around the corner parents are asking us; how can Banjo help us during the holidays? In this week’s series of B…

Dyslexia Awareness Week

With one in ten of us having some form of dyslexia, it’s a great idea to talk to your child about what it is and what it means for people who have it. Banjo’s Australian cousin Riley has dyslexia and …

Autumn Weekends At Home: Educational TV shows

As the days are getting chillier, the idea of spending all day running around outside is becoming less and less appealing! So why not grab the blankets, get some popcorn and snuggle up to watch a tele…

Let’s go to… KAZAKHSTAN!

Banjo is having a great time in KAZAKHSTAN this week. Check out these extra resources and you’ll soon see why! Start with a look at a map of Kazakhstan.  Then you can move on to some  history and geog…

National Badger Day: 5 Badger Lessons

Today is National Badger Day and we are celebrating all things AMAZING about this iconic native British wildlife species. Badgers are fascinating animals, members of the same family that includes weas…

London Marathon: What else is 26.2 miles?

Today is the London Marathon and we want to wish the best of luck to all the amazing runners taking part! When talking about the route to our little ones, we realised that 26.2 miles is an unimaginabl…

Banjo Magic: Talk To Your Child Through Banjo

One of the most positive pieces of feedback we receive from our customers is how, as parents, they’ve been able to talk to their children through the mouthpiece of Banjo. It’s an odd time for many lit…

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards – Vote Now!

Now, if you fancy a silly hour looking at funny wildlife photos with your little one, then this is going to be right up your street! While living in East Africa and working as a wildlife photographer,…

Celebrating the Joy of Poetry with your Child

From rhyming picture books to pop songs on the radio, poetry is everywhere in your child’s life and today – National Poetry Day – is a great time to celebrate reading it- and writing it too! There are…

World Tourism Day: International Comfort Foods

Today is World Tourism Day and we are salivating over at Banjo HQ as we think about international comfort foods. Yummy! So, here’s a look at our favourites from around the globe: Filipino Adobo This s…

Recycle Week: Our Favourite Recycled Products

As it’s coming to the end of Recycle Week, we’ve been thinking about whether the products we use every day are recycled. According to National Geographic, a MASSIVE 91% of the world’s plastic isn’t re…

Banjo Magic: Involve The Family!

When trying to keep the magic alive between your children’s letters from Banjo, a few simple changes can really help. Get your whole family involved in the magic – they’ll add to the authenticit…

International Day Of Peace: Help Kids resolve conflict

Today is International Day of Peace and here at Banjo HQ, we’ve been chatting about how we talk to our little ones about resolving conflicts. In this blog we’ve got some tips to help you support your …

Let’s go to… THAILAND!

Banjo’s in terrific THAILAND this week! Lose yourself in these extra resources and you’ll understand why he loves it so much! Start with some interesting facts.  Lean more though this fun song! From b…

Banjo Magic: Building Banjo’s Universe

We bet that you get asked a lot of questions about the world that surrounds Banjo, as young, exquisite minds will often want to know more about their furry friend! So we thought we would list a few fu…

Coding Week: 5 Benefits of Learning to Code Young

On his travels around the world, Banjo has learned loads of new and awesome languages. But the one he’s found most fun to learn (and thinks his pals should learn too) is coding –  the language o…

International Talk Like A Pirate Day

Argh me hearties! So yer ‘ere to learn the vast secrets of this sacred day that soon be upon us!? You guessed it, we’re referring to ‘International Talk Like a Pirate Day’! Today was started in June 1…

Inspirational Teenagers

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know all about Emma Raducanu and the AMAZING win she has just had at the US Open. Raducanu has not only made British history as the country’s first…

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: How can you help?

This month is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. In the UK and Ireland, around five children are diagnosed with cancer each week which is a staggering 1820 each year.  On average, 8 in 10 of all c…

Banjo Magic: Awkward Questions

Awkward questions from your little ones about Banjo may leave you stumped so here are some handy answers that will help to keep the Banjo Magic alive! Where is Banjo and why hasn’t he replied to me ye…

Kids After School Activities

Swimming! Cubs! Ballet! Rugby! There are so many activities that our little ones can do outside of school and it may seem a little overwhelming, especially if you have more than one child! Here at Ban…

Paralympic Games Spotlight: Round Up

Where do we begin? The Paralympics have been emotional! From the amazing words from Ellie Robinson in the swimming to Jonnie Peacock’s defence of his 100m T64 title, we were on the edge of our seats, …

Breaking News: Catmail Just Got Cheaper!

The Cats at Banjo HQ are delighted to announce a significant reduction in the price of the subscription bundles that we offer. As of the 1st September 2021, you will be able to receive letters from as…

Banjo Magic: Bridge the gap between letters!

One of the things we get asked most about at Banjo HQ is – how can we keep the magic going in between letters? It’s wonderful to see kids so engaged with their letters from Banjo, but we know that the…

Youth Mental Health Day: Self Care Tips

Youth Mental Health Day encourages understanding and discussion of mental health in young people, enabling them to live happy and healthy lives all year round! Each year, the day aims to get young peo…

National Read A Book Day: Our top books about mental health

Today is National Read A Book Day – a day that encourages all of us to take a break and get reading, either curled up on the sofa or with family and friends! Whether you’re rediscovering old fav…

Let’s go to… NORWAY!

Banjo is in amazing Norway! He loves the nature, the cities and the legends about trolls! Check out these additional resources and you can be right there with him. Start with some info and facts about…

Paralympic Games Spotlight: Para-Athletics

The Paralympic Games are officially underway in Tokyo and we wanted to highlight some of the amazing sports for you and your little ones! Today we are going to talk about the awesome world of para ath…

Paralympic Games Spotlight: Wheelchair Basketball

The Paralympic Games are in full swing in Tokyo and we wanted to highlight another one of these amazing sports for you and your little ones! Today we are going to talk about another sport that can be …

Summer Series: Ideas for Lazy Days at Home

And just like that, the summer is over! Do you feel like it’s flown by? Here at Banjo HQ, we feel like it has and as the summer draws to a close we thought we would share some ideas for lazy days at h…

Banjo Magic: Supercharge the fun with our PS message function!

One of the things we get asked most about at Banjo HQ is – how can we write a personalised PS message back to our little ones? It’s wonderful to see kids so engaged with their letters from Banjo…

Paralympic Games Spotlight: Para-Swimming

The Paralympic Games has officially kicked off this week in Tokyo so we wanted to highlight some of the great sports that we will see over the course of the games and how they differ!  Today we want t…

Paralympic Games Spotlight: Goalball

The Paralympic Games officially start this week in Toyko and we wanted to highlight some of these amazing sports for you and your little ones! Today we are going to talk about the fascinating sport of…

Paralympic Games Spotlight: Wheelchair Rugby

All eyes will be on the Yoyogi National Stadium in Japan this week when the first game of wheelchair rugby of this year’s summer Paralympics is being played. If you’re a sports fan who’s never watched…

Let’s go to… Easter Island!

Banjo can’t believe his luck – he’s visiting the magnificent Easter Island this week! Enjoy these extra bits and you can be right there with him… Easter Island has a complicated history and its i…

From Lemonade Stands to Miniature Empires: Top Tips for Your Budding Entrepreneur

By Banjo Robinson’s Founder & CEO, Kate Boyle  Did you ever set up a lemonade stand as a child (or how about a psychiatry booth like Lucy from the Peanuts cartoons)? I can report from the fro…

Summer Series: UK Bank Holiday Activities

Can you believe that the August bank holiday is coming up already? The end of the summer is almost here! Whether you just want a relaxing, low key extended weekend with your family or a final action p…

Travel Tips: Navigating long car journeys with kids

Aren’t holidays with kids fun? What about car journeys? Slightly challenging? Here at Banjo HQ, we’ve experienced a few long car journeys with our little ones and preparation is key! We’ve put togethe…

5 top tips for setting up an allotment patch from scratch

It’s National Allotment Week and so we’d like to give a shout out to all home grown vegetables; small, large, wonky and funny shaped. We salute you vegetables. Full of goodness, fun to wat…

Free First Day Back To School Printable!

Did you feel like you blinked and suddenly it’s back to school again? Us too! We’ve pulled together a FREE printable for your little one to tell everyone that it is their first day at school/nursery/k…

Summer Series: Family Feel Good Films

Can you believe that the kids will be back at school soon? It’s crazy how quickly the summer is going but, if you’re like us parents at Banjo HQ, we are trying to find moments where we can unwind with…

Free Comic Book Day – DIY Comic to do at home

Today is Free Comic Book Day and we have pulled together a guide with how you can make your own comic at home!  To make your own comic book, you need just some paper, something to draw with and y…

International Cat Day: Banjo’s Cat Family Poster

On this International Cat Day, we join Banjo in celebrating his wonderful global family With a cousin in every country he visits, he’s so proud of his fluffy family tree! You can print yours off…