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Its nearly the holidays! Yay! Although the summer can be fun for both you and your kids, we also know that as a parent it can be a little daunting. Keeping them entertained and happy on […]

Five Fun Snow Activities!

Posted on 18/01/2015 by Heather
Exercise

These past few weeks it’s either been snowing, snow has been melting, or we’ve been threatened with snow! But actually I love it. It makes the ground look so soft and fresh, and it also means […]

These days, children seem more keen on playing with tablets and hand held devices than playing on their bikes. Partly I think this is the perception by parents that it’s safer inside the house, which it […]

Family Autumn Activities

Posted on 08/10/2014 by Catherine
Child Health, Education, Exercise, Food, Fun

After such a long and glorious summer, it’s been a shock to the system this week, as the autumn is finally making an appearance. Now that everyone is back at school and the nights are drawing […]

We all know that kids love being outdoors, playing amongst nature and wildlife if possible.  Too many children in today’s world don’t get enough opportunities to spend time out of doors and close to nature.  Studies […]

Water Play – Why is it So Important?

Posted on 22/07/2013 by Catherine Godiva
Child Health, Exercise, Fun, Health

We all know it’s messy and fraught with potential disaster, but why do educators insist on how important it is for little ones to play with water. Just about every playgroup and childcare facility in the land has a water play station of some sort, usually portable and indoor – a shallow tank of water at toddler height with a couple of inches of water in. Having worked in a playgroup where all the equipment had to be packed away at the end of every session, I know how challenging it can be to provide regular water play for toddlers but I also know it’s worth the effort because it’s so important for learning and development.

While it may not seem extremely important, having a hobby will actually help your child to develop some very valuable life skills that they probably aren’t learning at school. Hobbies run the gamut from simply reading books to collecting things of all different types, building things like models and even buying and selling things like fishing lures or small pets. The actual hobby itself isn’t as important as the benefits that having a hobby will have while your child is still a child and as they grow into an adult.

If you’re keen on giving your child or children a head start in life there are few things better than getting them involved in some type of sports activity. Not only will this help them to create lifelong healthy habits but will also reduce the risk of them becoming overweight while also reducing the risk of many health problems that children who don’t exercise often suffer from.

Kids and their Hobbies

Posted on 28/06/2013 by Catherine Godiva
Exercise, Room to Grow

Hobbies are an important part of any child’s life and introducing them to a range of different hobbies can provide significant benefit as they grow and mature into adults. They can provide a wide range of interests that will keep children occupied for extended lengths of time. With a careful choice you can even introduce them to hobbies that will keep them amused when the weather just isn’t good enough to venture outdoors.

One of the best things that you can do for your children to set them up with healthy habits that they will use as they continue into adulthood is to exercise together with them as family. There are so many things that you can do that the sky’s the limit as far as choosing an activity to do together and, as long as it involves a little sweat and lots of movement, you’ll not only be building strong bonds with your kids you’ll be ensuring that they become healthy adults.

Gardens Games For Kids

Posted on 25/06/2013 by Catherine Godiva
Child Health, Exercise, Room to Grow

With summer right around the corner (again!) many parents are desperately searching for something to keep the kids occupied over the next 8 weeks. Depending on where you live and the size of your garden, there are many fantastic outdoor garden games available that your children will absolutely love. Let’s take a look at some of the best.

In one of our most recent blogs we explained how important it is for a child to have a hobby when they’re growing up. If you haven’t had the chance to read it yet, a hobby will teach a child many valuable life lessons that will help them become better, well-adjusted adults. It’s also a great way for parents and even grandparents to spend some ‘quality time’ with their children and help them to become masters of whatever hobby it is that they choose.

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