Is your child worth a text?

Is your child’s life worth a text?……This week is Child Passenger Safety Week and we have been considering the major issues that contributes to child passenger safety and how to keep your kids safe on the roads.

Being a parent is sometimes tough and many parents live in a constant state of anxiety, thinking at least 100 times a day about their children, myself included. We worry about our child’s well being for example if they are healthy, are getting their 5 a day? to their emotional well being and many wonder, is my child happy? There is an epic list of parental worry triggers and it is endless. But do you think about your child when you are driving, your child’s safety when they are being car pooled or on a school bus?

At the forefront of most parents minds is safety, this is the thing that causes the most amount of parental stress. No parent would directly put their child in harms way, you would never let your child jump down the stairs wearing roller skates or run with a sharp knife in their hand or cross a busy road unsupervised. So why do we put our kids in danger when they are in our cars and vehicles? We make sure we have the correct car seat, that it has been fitted correctly by a trained child passenger safety technician we even know the regulations but still we let distraction take hold.

Distracted Driving

Is your precious cargo worth a text?

 

When parents welcome their kids into this world they make a promise to protect and shield their kid for as long as they live and most parents would offer up their own lives for their children, but many of us are putting our precious children’s  lives in danger everyday!

Car pooling, soccer practise, a trip to the grocery store, a road trip to visit grandparents …..every time you put your child in the car their life is in your hands and in the hands of strangers who share the road with you and your precious cargo. So why would you use your mobile phone while driving? Distracted driving kills 500 children globally everyday, that is 500 families who have lose the most important person and thing in their lives all because we can not wait until the journey is over to reply to that text, answer that call or even change the radio. Is anyone’s life, is your child’s life worth a text, a snap chat to your friends or worth a song change? NEVER

Hands free is not risk free, many people believe because they are not holding their cell phone that they are not distracted, but this is not the case. When you are not concentrating fully on the road in front of you, you are taking a risk. Chatting to your Mom on hands free is a distraction and one that could be fatal.

In a society where child protection is at the forefront of everyone’s minds, society continues to put our young people at risk.  We would never drink and then drive our kids to soccer or ballet practise, but many people drive while distracted.

Parents are not the only people who should kick habit of touching their cell phones when driving, this issue relates to everyone in society who sits behind the wheel of a vehicle. Anyone person who drives on our roads has a social and legal obligation to drive safely at all times – Even if you are alone in the car, you are never alone on the road. We are all in this together.

Driving, Text Messaging, Cell Phones = Distraction

At times when I am in my own car with my little girl buckled up safely in the back seat and I am queuing in traffic, I can see fellow motorists on their cell phones. I get snap chats from my friends while they are driving and  witnessed people driving with one hand speaking on their handheld device. This is unsettling as a parent. That safety is disregarded and my childs life treated with such unimportant.

When did society never mind the authorities accept this? Many social practises are shamed upon in society including drink driving, disciplining a child that is not your own or speeding outside a park or school. Ask yourself, your partner your family members why are we allowing  fellow motorists to put us and our children in danger? It is not acceptable to use your cell  when driving and nothing less should be accepted. Distracted driving is driving blind using your cell, hands free, eating or even yelling at your kids can cause a distraction one that is unavoidable.

In many states there is a texting ban that enforces penalties for texting while driving and include fines, jail sentences and demerit points but many states do not have a ban. There is in fact several states who do not have a ban on using a hand held device when driving. 

Could you live with the death of someone on your conscious?

Ask yourself do you love your child enough to never touch your cell while driving? Do you love your child enough never to become distracted while driving?

Grainne Kelly, CEO of BubbleBum Car Booster Seat. A parent and a road safety campaigner, has made it her mission to help save lives on our roads, launching the #ILoveYouEnough Road Safety Campaign in the UK. Grainne decided to develop the campaign after attending a Safe Kids Conference and witnessing a crash on her journey to the airport. This experience has left an imprint on Grainne and it has propelled her to fight for children and to give them a voice.

My child is worth it! is yours?

Beat Back to School Blues with BubbleBums after school activity tips!

With the Labor holiday over and the summer now becoming a distant memory, it is difficult to settle back in to the school routine. With many of us getting the back to school blues it is easy for the kids to become overwhelmed with their new routines of after school activities, homework and chores. Here at BubbleBum Travel Car Booster Seat we love to express ourselves and we think it is important to take time out of our busy schedules to enjoy family time.

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We have some super top ideas for fun after school activities for all ages, to help relax after the hustle and bustle of the day, that will allow you to enjoy family time and beat the back to school and work blues!

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First create an activity board – you can allocate a different theme for different days of the week – this can be fairies, pirates, monsters, colors anything that your kids enjoy. On the board you can pin up the different activities for the family to enjoy and your kids can include the things that they enjoy doing like baking, painting to dress up!

Kids are hungry after school because they have been working so hard and they need a healthy snack……why not try Snack Art! make creative pictures on a dining plate with all the different foods and colors. A creative way for your kids to get their 5 a day and have fun in the process.

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After their snack and spending the day at school your kids may be a little tired. Make a blanket fort using your couch or dining table and chairs and all the blankets you can find! fill the fort with cushions and a lamp or torch and let your kids, relax with some fun story telling and shadow puppet games.

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Salt Art is also another favourite of ours……while you are busy preparing your evening supper, place colored paper or card on a serving tray, fill the tray with salt and let your little ones make doodles in the salt. This is also helpful, when trying to get your kids to practise counting or writing the alphabet!

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After your evening meal is over you can then entertain your kids before bath time, by decorating some plain cookies or cupcakes. Eat with a glass of milk before bed! all you need is some frosting, eatable decorations and sugar sprinkles.

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Make your kids bath time fun by adding food colouring to the bath and make it a different colour each night! you can also get kids bath bombs but these can be hard to locate.

Sharing is caring! Family sharing time not only relaxes the all family members it unites the family and is a fun way for your kids to express them selves and learn how to listen. Sitting down together, every family member shares the best point of their day and a time in their day which was not so great. You can even do this while enjoying a stroll before bed – this is especially great as the fresh air will make your little tykes sleepy ready for bed.

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Here at BubbleBum Travel Car Booster Seat we have other fun after school activities that you can try with your little’s! Keep checking out or blog for more to come!

 

 

 

 

BubbleBums Travel Tips for your Labour Day Holiday Weekend

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Holiday Weekend Travel

Holiday Weekend Travel

Most families celebrate the end of summer with the Labour Day holiday weekend, one final cheers to the summer before new routines begin to be enforced in many households and things can get a little crazy. Back to school is a busy time, weather you are a stay at home parent or a working parent, the laziness and freedom of the summer is dispelled and after school activities, homework, dinner, baths and a messy home, takes over our lives once again. But not this weekend!

Family travel can be one of the most delightful and terrifying experiences, the happiness of your children’s smiling faces beaming from the back of the car is clouded by tantrums and screaming, as children become tired and bored when driving long distances.

From the excessive amount of luggage and items you have squished into your car and your roof rack overflowing, travelling can become overwhelming. Travel this holiday weekend is imminent….. follow BubbleBum’s Top Travel Tips for those road tripping it this weekend.

#1The first tip for car travel is to ensure that your kids are on an approved child safety seat as required by the country that you are travelling, if you are travelling in the US the BubbleBum meets all safety requirements and has been crash tested. The regulations differ in different countries but the BubbleBum Inflatable Car Booster Seat is approved in the EU and USA. It is a reliable and safe option when travelling and even allows you to fit three booster seats in a row in the back of car which is a problem encountered by many parents. Its inflatable and deflatable, lightweight, portable and packable aged for children 4-11 years old.

#2 Always pack a first aid kit containing items such as pain relief for adults and children- sachets can be useful to avoid spillages, a thermometer- the Oblumi Tapp is our favourite as it connects to your smart phone and is small and reliable, antihistamines (for adults and children) bug/sting cream, antiseptic cream, instant ice pack, sunscreen, motion-sickness tablets, insect repellent, wet wipes, tissues and band aids.

#3 No matter how your method of transport by plane or car, it is always a good idea to bring extra toys and activities to keep your child entertained, let them pack their own bag so they can bring their favourite items with them but always have a small surprise item tucked away for emergencies. Crayons and a colouring book are small and can keep little ones occupied for hours don’t forget your child’s bedtime toy, teddy or special blanket to avoid any bedtime dramas or nap time nightmares. Don’t forget to be screen wise when travelling and limit electronic games and tablets. Keep older children entertained by playing fun travel games such as i-spy. Don’t forget those important snacks and drinks for all the family to avoid any hangry children, fruit and yogurts will always go down a treat, try to avoid sweets and sugar as this will give your kids an energy boost!

#4 When travelling by car, you should keep the following items in your trunk for emergencies jumper cables, flairs, blankets, water, preserved snacks, fire extinguisher, mini tire compressor, basic tools, rope and a flash light. This is your survival kit in the case of an emergency. Before your journey take your car for a quick inspection to ensure you will not encounter any difficulties on your journey. Make sure to bring a car phone charger to make sure that your phone does not die on your journey. If you are using a sat nav pre-programme it with your destination before you leave, this will save you time.

#5 When travelling check the weather forecast to see if you will need any other travel supplies, ponchos, water boots or to allow for extra time. Always allow enough time for traffic jams, accidents or road works and have your route planned and have an alternative route just incase.

#6 Rest stops are so important when travelling with kids as they become bored and restless, therefore frequent stops will allow them to stretch their legs and stop any arguments. Stop and let the kids run for 15 minutes or so, get a snack and return to your journey. This short stop will allow the kids to burn off all that energy they gathered from sitting still.

#7 Planning and organisation is the key, research your destination and locate fun family orientated places to visit or family friendly restaurants or stops on your journey, as this will make your life a lot easier. Knowing when you will have a break or stop and where will offer a schedule and routine for your kids.

#8 Organising your luggage in your car and roof box will also save you time and stop any stress of trying to locate specific items. Keep your snacks, first aid box, coats, entertainment and some toys in the car and pack everything else. Also have a change of clothes available for each child as accidents can happen quite easily when travelling.

Safe travels from BubbleBum this holiday weekend! BubbleBum Inflatable Car Booster Seat can be purchased on Amazon, BubbleBum

Moving Road Trip! Keeping the Kids Safe and Sound

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BubbleBum has teamed up with HireAHelper.com and they have written this lovely guest post for us to share!

Moving means a fresh start. You and your family are on your way to a new beginning–one that starts with a road trip as you make your way to your new home. So why does moving feel stressful? Experts claim that moving is one of the top most stressful life events. Moving is right up there with divorce or other major losses in terms of the worry and strain it causes. Moving to a new home means that your life is being rearranged. It’s a tough process to get through–especially if you’re relocating to new city or state. For parents, the pressure is even more intense.

Research shows that moving is tough on your kids. A relocation throws their routines into flux. Here’s the good news. Parents can help their kids feel safe and secure as the whole family makes the transition.

Talk to your kids about the move and offer reassurance. Let them know that moving doesn’t last forever and soon, they’ll be settled again. One of the most anxiety-ridden aspects of moving for parents and kids is the move itself.

How will your kids handle the move when it takes more than a single day? Anxiety levels can rise during a drive across the state or country. Your family’s moving adventure can also be a chance for good times and bonding. Which is why it’s so important to keep everyone safe and secure. You just need to keep everyone safe and secure. And with a little advance planning and preparation, your moving road trip can be anything but stressful. Go for successful, smooth, safe and fun!

Tips and Tricks for Parents on their Moving Road Trip

Safety First: Loading the Vehicle and Moving On

Your road trip starts when you’re still at home during the hustle and bustle of loading up your vehicle. You’ve probably rented or reserved a moving truck or you’re towing a trailer. Your family car needs to get loaded too. There’s a lot of moving parts!

  • Your kids are excited about the big moving truck or trailer, but don’t let them go inside of it. Especially while it’s being loaded.
  • Remind your children to stay out of hallways and thoroughfares as your movers take your boxes and furniture to the truck.
  • Keep your kids in your sight. Moving day is not a time for them to be alone. It helps with the transition for them to see the process of the move. That’s much easier than seeing an empty house at the end of the day.
  • There may be tears. That’s normal. Take a final tour together. Do a little goodbye ritual. Choose something that works for your kids and gives them a sense of closure. Help them get excited about the journey to come, the road trip.

On the Road: Plan Activities Galore

Whether you’re in the car for one or two days or a week, your kids need help keeping busy and engaged. Those long hours can fuel worry as they leave one home for the next.

  • Let your kids indulge in screen time. Movies and video games will help them pass the time. These activities can also relax and comfort them. Make sure you’re equipped with their favorites.
  • Pack plenty of snacks, but keep them healthy. Go for granola bars and fruit. Think healthy. Sugar can exacerbate stress. Tuck a small cooler between the seats so your kids can stay hydrated with cold liquids.
  • Get them a fun kid’s atlas so they can track your progress. You can provide books on the states you’re passing through and famous landmarks. And schedule in a few fun stops. This is the beginning of your family’s next adventure, so make it count!
  • Load up on games to pass the time. Your kids are yearning for togetherness during a move. Road trips mean bonding.

Pit Stops: Buddy System Safety

You’ll be making frequent stops, so make a family plan to keep the outings smooth and safe!

  • Your kids know the rules about talking to strangers, but road trips are a new thing. They’re not in the same routine. Give them reminders about all those basic rules and how they still apply.
  • Most rest stops feel safe and inviting, but the family should stay together. Make sure kids are partnered together or with one adult. Wait close by if they need to go into a restroom alone.
  • Your kids will want to stretch their legs and run to the restroom. Remind them to stay close in the parking lot and look both ways before crossing.
  • Make sure everyone gets out to stretch to avoid having unscheduled stops later!
  • Seat belts are one of the most important, and most easily forgotten safety features of any road trip – but especially amidst the excitement of a cross country move road trip. Invent a game or race to remind everyone to buckle as soon as they’re in the car. Even the parents will want in on a “Quick Draw Buckle Showdown” – wait till everyone’s seated, then count down from 5.

Arriving Safely: Unloading and Moving In

You’ve finally arrived at your destination! Your new home. This is going to be a huge deal for your kids. They’ll be excited but also nervous. You’ll need to guide them through the transition.

  • Try to let your kids do a walk-through of their new home before the movers start unloading. If that’s not possible, see if you can take them through during a break in activity. They need time to adjust and get used to the change.
  • Stay positive. Give your kids a strong sense of stability. Let them know about your favorite things about the new house and neighborhood.
  • Keep your kids close on moving in day! They aren’t used to the new environment, so they need extra-vigilant supervision.

A moving road trip can be a stressful time–or it can be one of your family’s greatest memories. Keep your kids safe and sound, and your own stress levels will follow suit. Now it’s your time to focus on housewarming and the new memories to come!

In car safety is a key element while travelling, when moving homes the car can be pretty cramped with belongings and luggage. The BubbleBum travel car booster seat is perfect because it is slimline, narrow and portable meaning that you can fit three in a row even the smallest of spaces. This does not compromise on the safety of the booster seat and means you can keep your kids safe even on the longest of journeys.

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Outnumbered 3 – 1 Review BubbleBum Travel Booster Seat

BubbleBum Travel Booster Seat

BubbleBum the best selling travel booster seat was recently reviewed by the lovely Katrina, at Outnumbered 3 – 1, family blog and we are so pleased we wanted to share this with you all!

Click here to view Katrinas amazing BubbleBum Blog

BubbleBum USA Travel Booster Seat

 

BubbleBum booster seat has been on the market for several years and the inflatable technology has made the travel booster a much loved travel item among parents and families. The BubbleBum is not only a best seller, it is the IIHS Best Bet Booster for six consecutive years making it the most trusted travel booster on the market.

The BubbleBum is super because it is portable, packable and lightweight for kids aged between 4-11 years old. It inflates by mouth in less than 20 seconds and deflates easily fitting into its own bag. You can even fit three in a row in the smallest of cars, because of the slimline booster design. The Bubblebum travel booster is perfect for car rentals, uber, cabs, coach trips, car pooling and vacations.

BubbleBum has welcomed the new patriot collection to its repertoire which is a popular choice among patriots and kids alike.  The USA Stars and Strips celebrates the American flag, the Union Jack Seat represents the British flag and the the Irish Shamrock Seat is a favourite with the luck of the Irish. We also have our trusted original black booster seat and the pretty pink booster seat All available on Amazon.

You can even pick up your BubbleBum at any Target store or here on Amazon. 

 

 

 

 

The Magic of Storytelling

Did you know that Story telling is older than Grandma and Grandad? Infact it’s older than most things in existence! but sadly it’s a tradition that’s fading. moon

People of all ages love story telling and for many of us big kids, some of our most treasured childhood memories are reminiscent of our beloved bed time stories.

These days, children are born into a heightened technological environment. They have numerous television channels and video games to utilise and entertain them during the day. However, this stimulating media can prove problematic before bed. Storytelling brings family life back to basics. It encourages routine and prepares children for a peaceful nights sleep. It’s also a special family opportunity to share and grow with diverse mental, social and educational benefits for children whether they’re simply listening or reading the story themselves.

But don’t take our word fstoryor it! The science behind storytelling says that children who are read to from an earlier age have better language development and tend to have better language skills later on in life. It introduces lots of new ideas and thought processes as well as increasing your child’s exposure to new vocabulary. A story is also a great way to explain the meanings of words as kids learn faster through pictures and contextual information.

Here at BubbleBum we believe the best stories are the ones that aren’t just words off a page. They’re the ones with interactive pit stops and Dad’s funny voices. These ‘extras’ encourage children to actively participate in the storytelling process. They might even change, adapt, expand and question plots and protagonists, enhancing their reasoning and listening skills…and the overall fun !

On a more serious note, Storytelling is also a great opportunity to explore important issues which might be relevant to your family. This mastorytellingy include stories about safety, ill-health or moral judgement – which all boost your child’s social and emotional development.

One of the most important aspects of storytelling is the provision of ‘quality’ family time away from the stresses and strains of daily life. Reading before bed can provide a wonderful opportunity to share and exchange attention and emotion regardless of the day’s highs and lows! This way everyone can benefit from ending the day on a positive note with a snuggle and a short story or two. It’s also a great way to maintain a close bond with your child, which is equally reassuring and affirmative before bed.

Making memories which last a life time is the goal of any positive parent and child interaction and storytelling can be an integral part of these special moments!

Regardless of the novelty of any new toy or gadget, a good story with someone we love will always be BubbleBum’s favourite!

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35 Fun and Affordable Ideas to Cure those Summer Boredom Blues

SUMMER HOLIDAYS. Kids love ‘em and Parents dread ‘em.Sand-Writing-in-photoshop-tutorial600

With so much spare time and restless energy to manage, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and under-prepared!

The Mums and Dad’s at Bubblebum have found that although there’s no shortage of summer activity recommendations online, they’re not always very easy or realistic for overstretched parents!

Luckily, we’ve thought of an abundance of fun and practical things to do because we’re truly passionate about understanding and taking the stress out of family life!

Some activities may require more creativity than others but they’re all designed to overcome the biggest summer conundrum…the problematic weather conditions! So no matter if it’s too hot, too wet or too windy, BubbleBum have got you covered.

1) Two walls, one very long yarn of wool. Cut up and tape (masking tape) at different angles and heights. Think spiderman’s web, think instant laser obstacle course!2004-07-14-pavement-chalk

2) Take to the dry pavement with multi-coloured chalk! A Great way to inspire a bit of creativity, and as soon as the (inevitable) rain comes, it all washes away.

3) Rainy day Movie marathon – Disney Days are always the best. Popcorn is mandatory! – try some frozen grapes too! Yummy

4)  A Sunday morning scavenger hunt in a park or nearby wood. It requires a little forward thinking in way of clues and novelty prizes but with a bit of team work it’ll all be worth it when you see all those little eyes light up. You could even get a few parents together and split into teams!

5) Water and kids is a match made in heaven! Water guns, water balloons or even a garden hose have the potential for endless amounts of laughter. Alternatively you could fill up the paddling pool and get the bath toys out…or even wash the dog!

6) Don’t underestimate the power of the park. Whether it’s a swing race with Dad or half an hour spent perfecting the monkey bars with mum, there won’t be one audiable complaint!

7) Write a letter to someone you know in a different country and include a drawing. Pen friends are a great summer past time.

8) Starting a scrapbook to keep all of all your summer memories together. It will also need to be regularPark Picnic - picnic items on grassly updated. Think weekly crafty Tuesday mornings. Bliss.

9) Go on a picnic! Alfresco summer dining can be cheap and cheerful and it’s always a well spent hour or two. Jam sandwiches have never tasted so good. (Plus you can get help with the prep and packing! Added bonus)

10) Beach combing – it’s amazing what little curiosities you can find on your local beach! Whether its sea glass or anemones, there’s plenty to see, discover and learn on our beautiful seas and shores.

11) Should the summer choose to behave as it should and bless us with a bit of sunshine camping is a great idea for all the family! You don’t even have to leave home! Set up a tent in your back garden for the added bonus of a flushing toilet!

12) A summer get-together is never complete without a giant skipping rope ‘skip off’. Kids and adults alike will love it. Fit and active fun! (Any DIY store will sell long pieces of rope)

13) Build a pillow fort – the more pillows the better, fairy lights and blankets are added bonuses for a magical movie experience, complete with oreos and milk maybe?

14) Baking a cake caMARSHMALLOW-POPS-540x360-customn be too messy and time consuming! Why not make some marshmallow pops ? Load a skewer with a couple of fluffy treats and dip into melted chocolate. Fill a few bowls with different toppings such as sprinkles and crushed m&m’s and dip the marshmallow pops in for an individualised no fuss feast.

15) Create a family time capsule together. Get the kids to each pick a photo (make copies) and choose a small momento to go with it. Burry them in a decorated shoe box somewhere easily accessible so you can go back to in 5 years and rediscover some forgotten treasured memories.

16) Have a mini spa afternoon. Little girls will love it! Try a a natural mud mask and cut some cucumber for over your eyes.  Maybe apply a bit of blue eyeshadow to Dad, style Mum’s hair and paint each others nails. You can incorporate it into bath time too!

17) Friendship bracelets are a summer tradition. Great for boys and girls alike. Matching bracelets are very important for best friends. The whole neighbourhood will soon be looking for some!

18) Twister – never underestimate a classic. Lots of laughs for everyone involved.

19) Sandcastle building – hours of fun with a bucket and spade. Even better when you come prepared with cocktail umbrellas, pipe cleaners and marbles – Remember to take it all with you again when you’re finished so you can save them for another day and keep the beach lovely and tidy.

20) Feed the local ducks – an oldie but a goldie. The more grandparents the sweeter the memory.

21) Make personalised t-shirts with a pack of waterproof sharpies. Oversized ones mean more room to draw. They also make great summer pyjamas and personalised gifts!

22) Find some old wallpaper and cut a few large life size strips. Masking tape them blank side up  against the wall as near to the floor as possible. Help each other draw around the outline of your bodies. Try and draw the person who owns the outline or someone else in the family. Don’t forget to take a picture!

23) Send a message in a bottle, throw it out to sea and wait to see if anyone responds.
24) Flying a kite. Simple and spectacular fun.

25) Dress up for the cinema! Home made costumes are always the best and they can be an ongoing project or an earlier Halloween outfit. Princesses, Pirates and little Minions love the cinema!

26) Barbie doll spa day – a shampoo and a good scrub. No woman wants crayon on her face for 3 months. Poor Barbie!…Requires sunshine.

27) Go star gazing – wrap up warm, take a few blankets and make some hot chocolate in a flask. Check the forecast for a starry night or a full moon. Cuddle up close and enjoy.

28) Stress heads made from flour and balloons, googly eyes and marker pens…You might want to make these earlier on in the summer.

29) Mars bar rice crispie cakes– a twist on a classic. Same process as normal rice crispie cakes using melted mars bars. Add little Mars chunks to the mix post melting for added deliciousness!

30) Decorate white canvas shoes with waterproof sharpies for some fancy footwear that will be the envy of friends and relatives.

31) Raid the dress up closet, gather up some props and have a Silly home photo shoot. Let everyone take a few photos, taking turns to be the model and the photographer. Family Photo gold!children-laughing

32) Keep an art box topped up to make crafty birthday cards, thankyou’s and get well wishes.

33) Check out your local Library and see what time their storytelling sessions are. A great opportunity for you and the kids to meet and make new friends.

34) Make banana ice cream – 1 ingredient for healthy and happy kids – Cover a tray with tin foil, slice 4 over ripe bananas and cover the tray. Leave in the freezer for 20 minutes and transfer them into a blender. Blitz. Stop and scrape the contents off the side. Repeat until a smooth ice cream consistency has been achieved. Put into a bowl and cover with a topping of your choice!

35) Invite family and friends around for a family quiz night. More people means more fun! Think of your own questions for added value and all round family inclusion (toddler’s and grand dad’s!). Winners could also get a hand made trophy made earlier on in the day.

ENJOY !

 

Food For Thought

While life ovegetable_cauliflowern the farm is a luxury we can’t all experience, a recent survey commissioned by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) found that children in the UK have some hilarious ideas about where their food comes from!

The study, which polled 1,000 UK boys and girls aged between five to 11 showed that many school children did not know what, where or how the food in their lunch boxes or dinner plates were raised or produced!

Some of the funniest statistics found that 1 in 20 children think cheese comes from pigs and 5% of kids believed strawberries grew in the fridge!

The study further found that 4% of our little ones thought potatoes came from our oink –tastic friends, and three in ten children (28%) also did not know carrots grew underground!

As for your salad sandwiches, six in ten children weren’t aware lettuce grew in the ground, while nearly eight in ten (78%) kids did not know broccoli was a plant!

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Fewer children are seeing farm animals first hand either, with more than one in three never having heard a sheep baa or a cow moo up close!

Furthermore, one in four children (24 %) surveyed did not know a baby cow was called a calf!

To test the theory, take the Foodie Farm Test with your little ones and tell us about the funniest answers you receive by commenting on our facebook post!

1) What is ketchup made from?
2) What do you call a baby pig?
3) How many legs does a donkey have?
4) What animal does milk come from?
5) What kind of baby animal is a kid?
7) What vegetable is orange?
8) What do sheep eat in the field?
9) What type of animal is a foal?
10) What type of vegetable are chips made from?

Magic Mums and Dreamy Dads – 10 tips for a cool nights sleep

It’s July and although we’re still experiencing the occasional rainy summer spell, the weather can be extremely hot and humid when it comes to bed time.

Here are 10 ideas to keep your little ones (and not so little ones!) cool and content during the night, whether you’re at home or abroad this summer.

1) BrrrrrEEZEY BEDROOMS
An hour before bed, open all bedroom windows and make sure that all doors are open between rooms to increase the circulation of cool air around the house.

2) FROSTY FANS
Position a fan in the middle of the bedroom, (you might need an extension lead for this!) and set the fan in a “non oscillating” fashion to ensure maximum flow of cool air directed towards the sleeping child.

3) ICY AIR-CON
If you have a pedestal fan (a fan with a long adjustable middle stand), simply wrap ice in a wet towel and secure with string on each end, suspend the ice pack in between two chairs in front of the fan and voila ! A home made air con! Strange but effective! (You will also need to position a bowl underneath to catch the water from the melted ice!)

4) SNOOZY BEDSHEETS
Use bedsheets minus the duvet as a lightweight comfort cover! It will keep kids cool and also prevent a midnight chill.

5) DREAMY DRINKS
Staying hydrated is key during long, hot, summer nights because we sweat lots! Keeping a frozen bottle of water next to the bed ensures that if anyone wakes up during the night they’ll have a refreshingly cool drink to take a sip of.

6) POWDER SNOW PILLOWS
30 mins before bedtime, place pillows and bed sheets in a few plastic bags and put them in the freezer, the plastic bags prevent ice from forming on the fabric so that beds can be made instantly before lights out. Effective, amazing and instantly cooling!

7) BATH-OMETRE BEDTIMES
A tepid bath slightly lower than your body temperature before bed is the best way to gradually cool down kids as part of a summer time bed time routine.

8) COTTON COOL
If pyjamas are being used (opposed to maybe just pants and nappy) – cotton is the best material to keep kids cool during those high humidity nights.

9) DOZEY DAMP CLOTHS
Have a damp cloth on hand to wipe down sweaty brows, necks and hairlines to instantly relieve hot and sticky sleepers.

10) SOOTHING SPITZ SPRAY
Use an empty and clean spray bottle containing icy cold water to spritz and keep kids cool and comfortable throughout the night.

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