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5 Christmas gift ideas for kids under 5

Forget that it is October. Christmas is a few weeks away, and some parents are already compiling their shopping list ahead of time. While toys serve as delightful presents for kids, stationery items are also excellent gifts for art-loving children who have so much time on their hands during the holiday.

Furthermore, stationeries are cheap gifts that can help children under five years be better at journaling, drawing, scribbling, doodling, and so on. Stores like TheWorks.co.uk make life more comfortable by offering online shopping for kids’ stationery.

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Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 10/16/2019 - 7:42am

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Authored by David Humphrey
Posted: Sat, 10/12/2019 - 6:06am

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Authored by Haldon Forest Park
Posted: Thu, 10/10/2019 - 12:34pm

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Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 10/10/2019 - 8:02am

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New deal for Devon’s children and families launched

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 10/04/2019 - 8:29am

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Authored by Haldon Forest Park
Posted: Wed, 09/25/2019 - 4:30pm

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Authored by Mary Youlden
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Time travel to medieval Dartmoor during Heritage Open Days 2019. Photo: Dartmoor National Park authority

Time travel to medieval Dartmoor during Heritage Open Days 2019

Authored by Paula_D
Posted: Sat, 09/07/2019 - 9:07am

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Authored by Paula_D
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Authored by Claire Small
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