Win a complete set of Collins School Dictionaries #SpringIntoLearning

We’re genuinely excited to be working with Collins in a brilliant campaign this Spring. As any parent knows, this time of year is marked by a Series of Unfortunate Events – some by the name of SATS, 11+, Mocks, GCSE’s and A Levels, others simply end of year exams.
But it’s not just about children cramming for exams – we ALL love to stretch our brain by learning new skills and trying new things. When learning is doing what you want to do, it simply doesn’t feel like learning – it’s interesting and fun. And so very satisfying!

So we worked with Collins to come up with a range of prizes for everyone – from activity books for the little ones through to some fabulous recipe books for the foodies.

We’re launching a new competition every day this week, so do keep stopping by to make sure you don’t miss any (you can subscribe for email updates here if that’s easier).


Possibly the Most Useful Prize Ever.
There are many many things that the power of the internets has made obsolete – and I know that a dictionary and thesaurus are available online.
But much as we’re pretty good digital parents, i just can’t let go of the joy in exploring a dictionary – if they don’t know a word they know better than to ask me. They go running to the bookshelf, pull out the dictionary and look it up.
Because if they look the word up in an  online dictionary, they find the meaning of that word. Great.
But use a ‘real’ book dictionary, and they find it buried in a hoard of word gems. They don’t just find out what they’re looking for – they can’t help but see all the other words; the ones they never even knew existed. Open a dictionary on any page, and your brain can’t help but oooh at the weird new word it just saw.


This is my own almost-30-yr-old dictionary that I got when I started at grammar school, along with it’s best mate the Thesaurus. It’s old, it’s battered, it’s falling apart. But it’s much-loved and still much-used.


My 12yr old was overjoyed when he looked up ‘grand mal’  – if he hadn’t used a real book dictionary, he’d never have discovered that the word ‘grandiloquent’ exists. And used it three time in the next two days when describing his oldest brother (‘inflated, pompous or bombastic in style or expression‘. He also took much joy in the fabulous bombastic, which he had never discovered either…)

So, for day three in #Spring Into Lrearning, we’ve got the whole range of Collins School Dictionaries: Dictionary, Thesaurus, French, German, Spanish.

How to get your hands on the range? Why just use the magickery below! First two options are compulsory, then there’s the usual extras for showing some love on the interwebs if you feel so inclined.

The closing date for this competition is 8th April 2015 and only entries received on or before that date can be included. The winner will be the first randomly chosen entry. Good luck!
Win a complete set of Collins School Dictionaries #SpringIntoLearning



Author: Laura

A 70's child, I’ve been married for a Very Long Time, and appear to have made four children, and collected one large and useless dog along the way. I work, I have four children, I have a dog… ergo, I do not do dusting or ironing. I began LittleStuff back in (gulp) 2004. I like huge mugs of tea. And Coffee. And Cake. And a steaming cone of crispy fresh fluffy chips, smothered in salt and vinegar. #healthyeater When I grow up I am going to be quietly graceful, organised and wear lipstick every day. In the meantime I *may* have a slight butterfly-brain issue.

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  1. I do like educational comps.

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  2. Perpendicular, my sister used to say it to sound clever & it always stuck in my mind & made me think of her whenever (not often) I hear it.

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  3. Discombobulate or superfluous – I can’t decide!! (Haha the irony of my second choice!)

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  4. Mahoosive

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  5. congratulations :-)

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  6. Antidisestablishmentarianism

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  7. Sausage. I find it funny.

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  8. Bumfuzzle……..yes it is a word!

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  9. Higgledy-Piggledy

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  10. SPLAT! oh what a great word

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  11. Ooze. Ghastly but fascinating.

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  12. Grandma – such an influence ob making me who I am today. I am Nan and NanaPat to my grandchildren. I could never take on her name :)

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  13. anthropomorphism

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