Don’t be fooled by people who claim to be Kid ATV dealers but do not have the proven record of their “sales”. With the ever increasing of the popularity of ATV, it is not surprising that everyone is eager to make a profit out of ATV sales. There are, of course, genuine Kid ATV dealers out there, but just like it is in any other industry that makes money, there will be a couple of individuals or organizations that are out to make victims out of naïve, ignorant first time buyers. So, if you are one of those people who are looking to buy a Kid ATV for your child for the first time, I suggest that you continue reading this article so that you will not fall into the traps of unscrupulous Kid ATV dealers.First of all, you must remember that Kid ATVs come in different sizes, shapes and models compared to adult ATVs. It is always better to go to a dealer that specializes in Kid ATVs as they are more focused on what they are selling and they have more choices of Kid ATVs for sale too. There are many Kid ATV dealers that you can find from the internet, and one of such is http://www.kidatv.com Check them out and see the range of Kid ATVs that they have – I am sure that you’ll be spoilt for choice!Another thing that you should know about Kid ATV dealers is that you should look for one with proven sales record. If you have never heard of their brand before (they could be off brand Chinese Kid ATVs around too, you know), ask around to see if others have heard of them. Better yet, put in your questions of such Kid ATV dealers at the forums of other ATV websites like http://www.atvoutdoors.net and see what the other ATV fans have to say. Ardent ATV fans are always more than happy to help first time buyers with their tips and suggestions. They may even be able to point you to the best Kid ATV dealer in town!Before you head out to the nearest Kid ATV dealer store you find, I’d suggest that you note down questions like the color, features and any other Kid ATV related questions that you may have so that you don’t forget to ask the Kid ATV dealer. Asking questions and getting satisfactory answers is also another great way to gauge the sincerity and trustworthiness of the Kid ATV dealer. A reliable Kid ATV dealer is one that is able to provide you with a proven sales record as well as testimonials from their customers. Remember to ask the Kid ATV dealer about their ATV parts too – some ATV dealers do not keep the parts of the ATVs that they sell, which could be a problem when you need the parts later on because you’ll never know when or if you will get them.Shopping for your child’s Kid ATV does not mean that you have to get the cheapest Kid ATV you find – cheap may not necessary means good. Getting a good quality Kid ATV should be your priority. Some dealers may tell you that you don’t have to get an expensive Kid ATV for your child because your kid may outgrow it soon, but it is also important that you get your child a Kid ATV that will work for as long as he is able to ride on it – without it breaking into pieces before the warranty ends! Happy ATV shopping and beware of fraud dealers!
Watching the smile on kids’ face when they receive a gift is one of the joy of gifting. There are so many occasions we send gifts to kids. We send them gifts for their birthday and the holidays. We send them gifts to cheer them up when they are sick, and to reward them for doing well in school. In selecting gifts for kids, several criteria have to be considered. The gift should fit the age of the kid and is safe. It should also be fun and educational. This article provides some ideas on kids gifts.1. Plush Animals:
For young kids a few months old and up, plush stuffed animals are most appropriate. These include our favorite teddy bear, duckling, lion, dog. You can find stuff animals that are not only soft and cuddly, but also can sing a tune. For example, you can find a plush duckling that sings “You are my Sunshine”. It is a great gift to let your kid know how much you love him/her.2. Special Occasions Plush Animals:
These special themed plush animals are appropriate for older kids. For example, you can send a singing birthday bear that sings “Happy Birthday to You” to just about anyone, including adults. Other special occasions plush animals include the Feel Better Bear and Feel Better Frog. The plush bear arrives in a crutch, with bandage on his forehead. It wobbles as it walks and sings “I’m felling good”. They are most appropriate for kids recovering from a broken arm or leg, perhaps from a ball game. The kids will most certainly have a speedier recovery with the singing bear or frog tell them to do so.3. Kids Gift Basket:
Kids love to have fun activities. For kids of nursery school age, you can send them a gift basket filled with a Crayola coloring and activity book, crayons, bubbles, an adorable teddy bear; and their favorite snacks. The basket should provide many hours of fun. For a more elaborate kids gift basket, you can send one that contains not only Crayola coloring book, Crayola crayons, and Crayola water colors paint set, but also contains game set, hand held travel game, jumbo porcupine ball, silly putty, and a plush white teddy bear. This fun filled gift basket is sure to brighten any kid’s day and keep him/her busy for a long time. In addition, the basket is filled with tasty snacks such as Cracker Jacks, chocolate chip cookies, jelly beans, and kids fortune cookies. The snacks will provide plenty of good munching.4. Kids Care Package:
For kids over 6 years old, you can send them a kids activity care package. This gift box is filled with puzzle book, kids riddle and puzzle activity book, glow sticks, kids card game (go fish, crazy 8), squishy putty, squishy smiley face stress ball. To fill their tummy during the games, the care package contains plenty of American’s favorite snacks, including Pringles chips, Ritz bits cheese filled crackers, Cracker Jacks, Nestle crunch chocolate bar, Reese’s peanut butter cups. The care package can be sent for birthdays, or to brighten their days when you are away.5. Kids Cake:
If you want To spend more quality time with your kids, you can send them a gift that allows you to bake a cake with them. Kids like to make their own snacks. You can send Froggy bake a cake gift. It enables you to spend quality time baking a cake together. “Froggy Bakes a Cake” is a classic children’s story about a curious little frog and his hilarious baking adventure. With this gift and your help, the kid in your life can experience the adventure with Froggy. The gift includes chocolate fudge cake mix, whipped vanilla icing, decorating icing, the “Froggy Bakes a Cake” book, and the cuddly Froggy himself. All these ingredients come in a high quality white ceramic mixing bowl with a wooden spoon. Children will learn about baking, creating something that they have never made before, and having fun at the same time.6. Candy Gift:
Kids love candy. A jelly bean machine will make a lovely gift for your favorite kid. Crafted from cast iron and glass, this jelly bean machine comes with an 8 oz. bag of assorted flavor jelly beans, and holds over 3 pounds of jelly beans. It is a nostalgic trip to a simpler place and time, when jelly beans were a kids favorite treat.7. Movie Gift Basket:
Kids love to watch movies. The Movie Night gift basket will treat the family to all the snacks they can eat during the movie. This gift pail is packed with Cracker Jacks, cookies, M & M’s, Twizzlers red licorice, rice crispies treat, microwave popcorn, and complemented by Old Time Classic Coke. It is available with or without $10 or $15 Blockbuster gift cards,8. Personalized Kids Gifts:
For special occasions, it may be better to send personalized gifts engraved with the recipient’s initial and a brief message. kids will love the opportunity to make their own kind of music on this standard 10-hole (diatonic) harmonica, fashioned from high-polished stainless steel. They will learn to play the blues or even a little rock-n-roll on this personalized genuine Hohner harmonics.9. Personalized Train Bank:
This imaginative, old fashioned keepsake train bank can be personalized with the child’s name. This gift can help young children start the habit of saving money and building money management skill early in life.In summary, an appropriate gift can brighen any kid’s day. it is quite easy to select a gift that is fun, safe, and educational for the kids in your life.
1. The Good LifeOf course you want the best for your kids so they can have a good life and be healthy, wealthy and happy. And the family is their core training ground. Unfortunately, kids fitness programs or fitness games don’t always figure in family activities. Naturally, this doesn’t helpEven well-meaning parents send mixed messages to kids on health issues. For example, I watched a family friend telling her two kids that smoking was a very, very bad thing. Nice message. The snag was she was puffing away herself at the same time.As an observer, it looked ridiculous. And the look on the faces of the kids was one of complete incomprehension. How could mummy do bad things? In other words, the message was confusing, contradictory and insincere even to the kids.2. Right AND WrongDespite being the ‘right’ thing to say from a health and fitness perspective, a number of unintentional ‘hidden’ messages were given off:1. you don’t have to practice what you preach2. you can say one thing and do another3. can say one thing and mean another4. you don’t have to be sincere.3. Can YOU Be Believed?Now, apart from sending disturbing messages to her kids, this mum was also undermining herself. To me, she didn’t seem to be a bad person. And I doubt that her kids would think so either. They just wouldn’t believe her. By not practicing what she preached, the real message was that she didn’t mean it. But what kind of a message was that for her kids? How can that be taken seriously?4. THREE Critical LessonsLesson One is fairly obvious: it’s best to practice what you preach if you want to be believable.Lesson Two is maybe less obvious. Yet it’s something that everyone in sales knows: “telling isn’t selling”. That’s why the holiday sales rep shows you pictures or a film. Why? Because when you ‘buy it’ yourself by believing it, you are more likely to move to the next step and buy it with your cash.In other words, showing is more powerful than telling.Lesson Three is also not so obvious. The car salesperson wants you to sit in the car and maybe take a drive. Why? Because to experience something yourself is even better than being shown it. And this is only achieved by active participation rather than as a spectator. Action speaks louder than words.In other words, a superior salesperson will get you to sell what ever it is to yourself!5. Teaching YOUR Children Bad BehaviourThe big lesson of all this is that if you want to be successful in making sure your kids are fit and healthy, you need to be that superior sales person. This means not telling kids not to smoke while at the same time smoking yourself. Because a daily demonstration of speaking with a forked tongue, by not practicing what you preach, is a daily tuition service to kids that inconsistency, insincerity and dishonesty are all OK.The same goes for unhealthy drinking or taking drugs. The same also goes for eating junk food. And the same goes for exercise and fitness. Not practicing what you preach in any of these risks passing on bad behaviour.But if passing on harmful behaviour is so easy, why not pass on good behaviour instead? And if this means taking seriously the daily demonstrations you give to your kids, then both you and your kids will be better off, don’t you think?6. THREE Top TipsBut what does this mean for the health and fitness? How do we draw these lessons together? Take these top three points:1. Practice what you preach.2. To show is more effective than to tell.3. Actions speak louder than words.What better way to demonstrate healthy behaviour than to practice it with your kids? This will go beyond supporting kids by just going along to see them in sporting activities at school or college. It means taking part in sporting and fitness activities with them.Even if you prefer a fitness program of working out as a ‘garage warrior’ to joining a gym, and you have neither the desire nor the intention of becoming a muscle-monster, you can still help yourself and your kids to fitness in your ‘gym’. Even though practically everyone seems dazzled by weights and fitness apparatus these days, it’s generally safer and more effective to avoid the usual dangers of using weights and other fitness equipment and to concentrate instead on bodyweight exercises.7. Family FirstBut in addition to that, outside the home or gym there is a wealth of fitness activities that can be done with kids. Many can be real family pursuits. For example:· Swimming· Cycling· Hiking and camping· Boot camps for specific activities· Adventure holidays.These are all relatively simple to arrange but they are all great for health and fitness. And an activity holiday will beat for price a ‘normal’ holiday that involves a continuous round of expense to be entertained and amused.Even better, such activities helps prevent kids from becoming mere spectators of the activities and sports of others. Yet this is all the sporting activity that most people get! Better still, each one can be arranged with other families in groups or clubs.How’s that for a terrific way to meet and make friends with other like-minded and positive people? How’s that for a great way to counter the bad examples all around that indoctrinate us with poor and unhealthy behaviour?PLUS, as an added bonus, YOU get to keep fitter too!
Kids’ birthday parties today are a lot different today than they were when most moms were kids. In many communities, throwing kids’ birthday parties has almost become a competitive sport.Your kid’s party should be about fun, not competition. And birthday parties should never put kids in the position of comparing levels of party extravagance.The key to having a great birthday party? First, remember that it’s about your kid-not anyone else’s. Plan your party around your own child’s interests, and what you’re family is comfortable doing.Start planning the party at least 4 to 6 weeks in advance so you have plenty of time to take care of everything-if that’s what you want to do and are able to do. If you decide to hire a party entertainer or book a birthday party venue, make your calls about three months in advance, to be sure the date and time you want is available.Here are some of the most common questions that moms ask about planning kids’ birthday parties, and some common-sense answers.How many kids should I invite?If the party is for a child under age 5, and parents are invited to stay, the number of kids won’t be a big factor. The parents will supervise their own children, so you’ll be able to concentrate more on yours.Some experts maintain that kids are old enough to be dropped off at parties once they’re about 5 or 6 years old. By that time, most have been in playgroups, pre-schools, and possibly, kindergarten. That means they should have the social skills they need to play nicely with other kids and have a good time.The general rule of thumb on how many kids to invite: your child’s age plus one.What time should I have the party?The best time for the party also will depend on the guests’ ages. For babies and toddlers, consider naptimes. Scheduling the party so that it ends by noon is probably a good idea. For slightly older children, parties can begin by 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. and end at 3 p.m. or 4 p.m.How long should the party last?An hour for kids under age five, and an hour-and-a-half to two hours for older kids should be perfect. State a pick-up time on the invitation, so parents know exactly when to get their young partygoers.Is there a guideline to choosing party decorations?Just make everything colorful-Use your child’s favorite color and carry a one-, two-, three-, or multi-color scheme through with balloons, plates, napkins, serving bowls, tablecloth, and goodie bags.Decorations will also reflect the theme your child chooses. Once you and your child have decided on a theme, the easiest choice is to buy a complete party ware kit. If your child is into, say, pirates, dolls, Disney princess, Hannah Montana, or any sport, there will be an all-in-one package to suit his or her birthday party fantasy. Check out this extensive assortment of party decorations and themed party packs.What should I serve?The tiniest tots are easy to please: Having their moms or dads help them to a bit of cake and ice cream will probably make them very happy.For young kids, small food portions work well. Think cut-up fruit, pieces of cheese, baby carrots, crackers, and miniature muffins.Another idea is to make popular sandwiches rolled up and sliced to form pinwheels, or cut into shapes using cookie cutters.For kids over age 7 or so, you can never go wrong with macaroni and cheese, baked ziti, or pizza. Add some salad or cherry or grape tomatoes and sliced cucumbers to give the party fare a bit more color.If you’re serving pizza, cut the pies into smaller-than-usual slices and let the kids keep coming back for more. Cutting small slices will dramatically reduce waste.A birthday cake or cupcakes are essential. Decorating cupcakes has become a dual-purpose parent-pleasing activity: It keeps the kids busy and takes care of providing a dessert the kids will love.What are the best games for young kids?Little kids will enjoy listening to and singing familiar songs, clapping their hands or following simple hand motions. The stories, songs, and games they know from pre-school will be popular at parties, as well. Ask your child or your child’s teacher for favorites. Have enough activities planned to start a new one every 10 or 15 minutes, if necessary.A treasure hunt can also work, and easily be customized to fit almost any theme-e.g., the kids search for the pirates’ “gold” or the princess’s “jewels.” Just be sure that moms and dads or other party helpers are there to help the kids as they follow clues and look for the hidden treasure.Should I hire a party entertainer?Hiring a party entertainment pro is an increasingly popular option. Party clowns, magicians, and other entertainers can, of course, take charge of all the birthday party activities.Party pros can lower your hassle and stress levels, because they’re prepared to handle almost any situation. They do this all the time. They’re tuned into the signs that a little girl isn’t engaged, or two boys aren’t getting along, or that all the kids are getting antsy and it’s time to move on to a new activity.Another option: Bring the party elsewhere. There are plenty of party venues that can keep your child and his or her friends occupied from the second the first guest arrives ’til the last happy child is picked up.Are there any special party “Do’s and Don’ts?”A definite “Do” is to let kids be creative. Coloring, painting, putting stickers on objects, making badges, bracelets, decorating inexpensive hats, or working on other craft projects will keep kids amused and happy. In fact, letting young kids create or decorate their own party favors is a great way to keep them occupied during the first 15 or so minutes of the party, when everyone is arriving.Another “Do” is to have refreshments for the parents, especially if you’ve asked them to stay at the party.And “Do” be gracious if unexpected siblings show up. Have enough food for a few more people, and one or two extra goodie bags, just in case.Here’s a big-time “Don’t:” Regardless of the activities you have planned for your child’s birthday party, never let any child feel left out or unhappy because he or she isn’t chosen for a team or is eliminated from a game. Encourage participation, cooperation, and team effort, not individual competition.Should we open gifts at the party?There are two schools of thought on opening birthday presents. The first is to wait until after the party is over. Key reasons:
1) you don’t want the party to focus on gifts;
2) it can get boring for everyone to sit there while the birthday boy or girl rips open boxes; and
3) you have a limited amount of time, especially if you’re having the party at a party venue.The second viewpoint is to open presents while everyone is there. Key reasons: 1) the birthday guest of honor can’t wait to open them; and 2) the kid giving the gift wants to see his or her friend open it-especially if that child helped pick out the present.Decide what makes you comfortable-just be flexible about it, should circumstances warrant a change of plans.Should I insist that my child write a “thank-you” note?Absolutely. Before kids learn to write, it’s appropriate for the parent to write the note and have the child scribble or color something on it. When the child is able to write his or her name, signing the bottom of a mom- or dad-written note is OK.When kids are older, though, they should understand that written “thank-you” notes are a very meaningful way to let people know that you appreciate their kindness and generosity. Think of thank-you notes not only as part of teaching kids to be well-mannered, but as helping them learn a social lesson that will serve them extremely well throughout their lives.
“With their hectic work schedule, it is easy for today’s parents to go the “easy route” when buying toys for their kids. Some buy kids toys online without bothering to really check and research the items because it’s more convenient. Others, to avoid discussions, simply choose to follow what their kids ask them to purchase, so they buy mp4 players, violent video games and all the other toys and gadgets their kids say are “cool” and “fun”.What some parents forget is that toys play a crucial role in the development of their child. They can help your kids improve their spatial reasoning skills, encourage their creativity, help them learn how to interact with other children, improve their memory and even encourage them to be more physically active. For these reasons, it is important for parents to take a more active role in choosing what toys their kids should play with.So what should you look for when buying toys for your kids? What are the attributes “good toys” possess?First, a toy should be appropriate for the age of your kids. Toys for infants should help them develop their abilities to recognize sound, shapes and color. For preschoolers, it’s better to choose toys that stimulate their imagination and develop their social-interaction skills, while toys for older kids should be able to relay more complicated concepts.When choosing toys for your kids, another thing that you should remember is that “high-tech” does not always equate to greater benefits. Don’t be easily awed by their intricate mechanisms and blinking lights. Simple toys can be as beneficial (some experts say they are actually more beneficial) as their more modern counterparts. Building blocks and modeling clay for example, can help your kids learn how to determine shapes and colors and enable them to develop their creativity. Marbles and jackstones on the other hand help them improve their spatial reasoning skills.Instead of the usual video games, pick toys that encourage physical activities. Buy them a basketball, a trampoline, a bicycle–anything that will make them want to get off the couch and go out to the yard (no gangsters). This will not only keep your kids occupied with fun, wholesome activities, it would also promote better health.In picking a toy, always try to find the right balance of “educational” and “fun”. Choose a toy that focuses too much on the “fun” aspect and you deprive your kids of the benefits of a very useful educational tool; pick a tool that is very “educational” and your kids would view them as additional homework.Safety too, is a consideration when you buy toys from your kids. When you’re buying for younger children do not purchase anything with small, removable parts and sharp edges as these puts your kid in danger of choking or obtaining injuries.Toys play an important role in the development of kids. Unlike when we purchase from online wristwatch sales where it’s okay to just pick the item that would look good most on us, buying toys for kids should involve serious thought. Use these tips and reminders to ensure that you only buy the best kinds of toys for your kids.
Shangri-La’s Fijian ResortShangri-La’s Little Chiefs Club is for children aged between 4 and 12 years old. The club is free for guests. Children aged under 4 need a babysitter or parent. There are different activities arranged each day based on two age groups 4-8 year olds and 9-12 year olds. Activities take place at the kids club or at the children’s pool, on the beach or at the children’s playground. The Little Chiefs Club is open every day from 9am to 12noon and 1pm to 5pm.Plantation IslandPlantation Island has the ‘Coconut Club’, a free kids club for guests. When you first visit the club you get a free t-shirt which the kids get to decorate. The club is for kids aged 4 to 11 with kids under 4 requiring a babysitter or parent to attend. The club is open daily from 9am to 1pm, 2pm to 5pm and 6.30pm till 9pm. The kids club room has a ball pit, jumping castle and TV and the activities features a mixture of traditional games combined with Fijian cultural activities.Castaway Island The Castaway Kids Club includes supervised daily adventures and educational games with a Fijian flavour. The club is for kids aged 3 years and over and is open from 9am to 4 pm and 5.30 to 9pm daily. The club is free for guests.Mana IslandMana’s Tu Vonu Kids Club is for kids aged 3-12 years. There is a one-off payment of F$25 per child per stay for registration and includes some souvenir gifts as a reminder of the stay. The club is open from 10 am till 12 noon, 2pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm daily.Malolo IslandMalolo’s Tai’s Treehouse kids club is for kids 4-12 year old. The club is free for guests and has plenty of equipment and games with a fully fenced playground. Kids under 4 require a babysitter. Malolo has introduced a new kids activities program which will immerse them in a fun, innovative and educational way into island life and will include a focus on the environment, the culture and the history of Malolo Island and Fiji in general.Out rigger ResortOut rigger has the Little Riggers program for 3 – 7 years and the Beach Riggers program for 8 – 12 years. The activities run daily from 10am to 12 noon, 2pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm. Kids club activities are free for guests. Out rigger also offers a nanny service for children 6 months to 12 years. A teenager activity program is also available and includes hiking activities, spear making and trips to local attractions (at a small cost).The Naviti ResortThe Naviti’s Ratu & Adi Vonu kids club is for 5-12 year olds. The club is open most of the day from 9am to 10pm and is free for resort guests. The kids club has a play area for the kids as well as a daily activities program and night time activities. Children under 5 are welcome if they are accompanied by a babysitter or parent.The Warwick ResortThe Warwick KARE club is open for children between the ages of 3 and 11 years. There are plenty of activities to keep the kids occupied however there is a charge of F$5 per child per day. The club is open daily from 9am to 12 noon and from 1.30pm until 4pm.Hideaway ResortThe Hermit Crab Kids Club is suitable for children 5 – 12 years and is free of charge. Babysitting is available for children aged 1 – 4 years. There are a number of activities including some traditional Fijian activities.Radisson Blu ResortThe Pirate’s Cove Kid’s Club is available for kids ages 4 to 12. There are three sessions daily from 9.00am – 1.00pm, 1.00pm – 5.00pm and 5.00pm – 8.30pm. The club is not free and expect to pay up to F$10 per child per session.Sheraton Fiji ResortSheratons Lai Lai kids club to offers a comprehensive daily program ranging from Fijian Language Lessons to Fish Feeding and Face Painting, to name just a few. The club is free for guests aged 4-12 years and under 4′s are welcome if accompanied by an adult. The club has day and night time sessions.Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji ResortThe Bula Club has two kids programs; the Lei Lei Bula Club for kids 0 to 5 years and the Marau Bula Club for kids 6 to 12 years. The Bula club is free for guests and features a daily program of activities that are fun, educational and cultural. The Bula club is available from 8am to 9pm daily. A feature of the club is a dedicated nanny (or buddy) who will look after your child for the day and the duration of your stay. The Bula club program also includes fresh, healthy meals and bottled soft drinks making it one of the most popular kids clubs in Fiji.Treasure Island The Treasure Island kids club has a large purpose-built bure featuring a host of fun activities and strategically located in the centre of the island. The Club’s innovative program of activities is run by dedicated fully qualified staff and features activities that cater for all ages. The club is open to children aged 3 and over. The club is free for guests and has daily registration from 9.30 am, an afternoon session as well as a night session from 7pm till 9pm.Sofitel Fiji ResortThe Turtle kids club is for kids aged 2-12 years old. The club is divided into three age groups, 0 to 3 years, 3 to 6 years and 6 to 12 years and features an indoor playground. The club is open daily from 9am to 9pm and a $30 charge per child per day applies.Fiji Beach Resort & Spa Managed by HiltonThe Kids Club features a spacious outdoor play area and two indoor activity rooms. The club is open between 9am to 5pm daily for kids aged 3 – 12 years. Kids under 3 welcome if they are accompanied by a parent or nanny. The club has activities specifically designed for different age groups. The kids club is free for guests.Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort and SpaThe Planet Trekkers kids club is open to kids aged between 4 – 12 years. Kids under 4 need to be accompanied by a resort nanny. The club is open from 9.00am – 1.30pm, 2pm – 6pm & 6.30pm – 10.30pm. There is a charge of F$30 per child per session (there are 3 daily) which includes 1 meal.
Sometimes during school holidays or on the weekends the kids will be looking for fun and interesting things to do.Together with other Australian Mums we have compiled a list great activities and things to do with the kids. Have a look today!1. Meet with friends at a park and play with the kids on the playground. Push them on the swings or catch them on the slides.2. Go to a local cycle way/bike track and go rollerblading. A great way to get out in the fresh air and enjoy the sunshine and exercise.3. Go ice-skating – rug up in your warm clothes and head to the closest ice-rink.4. Have a movie afternoon – great for a rainy day. Rent a couple of good kids movies, make some popcorn and snuggle up with blankets and enjoy the movies.5. Cook some special treats or family favourites like Gingerbread men.6. Go to an indoor play centre (if the weather’s not great outside). Let the kids try out the playground and you can have a coffee with a friend.7. Try Tenpin Bowling – make sure the bumper bars are up for the littlies.8. Explore your local wildlife park or the zoo to see all the animals, birds and reptiles.9. Grab your bike helmets and go for a bike ride.10. Organise a KidSwap with friends who work. Your kids get to have their friends over for the day to play, and their are lots more participants for games.11. Browse through your local museum, great to show the kids how things use to be.12. Try Horse-riding lots of riding centers provide lessons or short rides for younger children.13. Visit a farm and see all the farm animals, you maybe be able to feed and pat some of the tamer ones.14. Take a Day trips to a historic towns or a local attractions. Sometimes we never visit the attractions in our local area.15. Spend the Day at the beach go for a walk and play some games, take the frisbee.16. Camp Out in the back yard – kids of all ages will love this experience.17. Have a Picnic or BBQ lunch at the local park – let the kids help pack their favourite lunch and snacks.18. Do some Gardening with the kids – make a herb garden pot, they are fantastic and useful too!19. Smile! Get the camera out and let the kids take some photos – download them on the computer and create a slide show.20. Play dough – buy some or make your own – this will provide hours of fun for you and the kids.21. Have a Story writing competitions, of help younger children write and illustrate a story.22. Create a Treasure hunt in the backyard – write out a list of things to find, and let them start hunting.23. Bury a heap of old dinosaur toys and ‘artifacts’ in a sectioned off part of the garden and give all the kids little shovels.24. Blow bubbles, try different shape bubble blowers for lots of fun..25. Buy some cheap timber photo frames and get the kids to paint and decorate them for their rooms.26. Paper mache…messy but always fun – create a bowl or a piggy bank.27. Make masks from paper plates, with stick on ears and eyeholes.28. Create a masterpiece – let the children express their creativity with Painting.29. Play lets pretend – play shopkeeper or mum/baby or anything you like.30. Teach the kids to sew or thread with lacing cards.31. Have a theme days – make it blue day so everyone wears blue, you eat blue food, use blue paints/materials for craft work, sing blue songs, etc.32. Have a lazy day where everyone gets to stay in their PJ’s and relax.33. Write and create a play see who is great at drama and acting.34. Conduct some simple Science experiments.35. Try your hand at scrap booking, with some coloured paper, kids photos and embellishments.36. Grocery shopping – take the kids to the Supermarket and let them help you shop, cross of the items on your shopping list. Buy something easy to make for lunch.37. Board games – Monopoly, Scrabble, Hungry Hippos, and more if there are a few kids have a tournament.38. Card games – from the simple Snap to Go Fish to Canasta for the older ones. Have lollies or chocolates for prizes.39. Do a Jigsaw, set up a special area and let everyone help – the harder the better.40. Make a Kite then take it outside on a windy day to fly it.41. Go fishing or crabbing and try to catch dinner.42. Catch local transport – take a ferry, train or bus ride around the City.43. National Parks and Wildlife run some great holiday programs – have a look here – Australia National Parks Links for your closest park.44. Lots of Local Libraries hold story-telling workshops during school holidays, and then the kids can borrow some new stories to read.45. Go Swimming head to the local indoor pool or to the beach or river.46. See the latest Movie at the Cinema, lots of Cinema’s offer Special Adult prices during School Holidays.47. See what’s on at the Theatre or a live show – the kids will love you for this.48. Make some music, play some music instruments or sing along to their favourite tunes.49. Dress Ups – a family favourite find some outfits and play dress ups.50. Make Plaster Models and then paint them in your favourite colours.51. Make a collage – go to the park or beach and collect bark, seaweed etc and make a collage.52. Bush Walk – head of the beaten path and go for a bush or nature walk.53. Make a Movie – grab the video camera, write a plot, dress up and film your family as the stars of your very own movie.54. Feed the Birds or the Ducks – get some stale bread and feed these feathered friends.55. Make Paper Dolls – make a chain of paperdolls and color them all in different colours.56. Create a puppet show, use soft toys or make small puppets from socks or wooden spoons and put on your own show.57. Beading – make some jewellery by threading beads, macaroni or small pieces of cut up straws on to string.58. Build a giant sandcastle or sand sculpture – lots of fun for the beach or a challenge in the Sandpit.59. Throw hoops – for small children try and throw a ball into a bucket and move it further away, or for older kids use a netball or basket ball ring.60. Make juice – choose your favourite fruits and squeeze to make lovely fresh juice.61. Have a skip-a-thon get the skipping rope out and practise your skipping – who can skip the fastest, the longest, try running in together.62. Go bird watching at the local park or wetlands make a list of birds you see.63. Do some leaf rubbings, collect an assortment of leaves and place them under paper then use a crayon/pencil to rub over the top.64. Color experiments – add flowers or celery to jars of different coloured food dyes. Wait and see what colours they go. Works best with white flowers.65. Play detectives – get some magnifying glasses and a notebook and go exploring write down what you see.66. Face Painting is lots of fun and you can practice your skills on their trusting little faces.67. Have a special morning/afternoon tea in the garden. With milkshakes or hot chocolate for the kids and lots of yummy treats. You could even invite Grandma.68. Play rock, paper, scissors – have a prize for the best out of 10 games.69. Do some colouring in – there are some great print outs in our Fun & Games Section.70. Visit the children’s grandparents or another special friend, take a picture or something the children have made.71. Play computer games with the Kids, find out which ones are their favourites, and which ones you can beat them.72. Have a game of hide and seek – lots of fun for the little ones.73. Inside Treasure Hunt – make maps and have the kids follow the maps around the house to locate the prize.74. Kick the soccer ball, set up some goals and try your luck.75. Jump in Puddles, great wet weather fun, forget about getting wet and remember the fun of being a kid again.76. Practise hitting the tennis ball to each other or hit it up in the air and see who can catch it.77. Play Twister with the Kids – get the game out and start spinning.78. Put the music on grab the kids and dance around the lounge room.79. Have a game of t-ball in the backyard or the park.80. – Laugh, Live, Learn and most of all have Fun!
Why let your kids drain their brains on another game console when you get them something that’s fun and will help them learn at the same time? Science toys have grown up a lot since we were kids. Today’s telescopes automatically locate planets and stars, ant farms use NASA technology, and new science experiments kits let your kids become budding forensics experts. Here’s a guide to the most popular science toys for kids.Choosing the Best Telescope for KidsOne of the best science toys parents can share with their kids is a telescope. The first time your child beholds the wonders of the heavens is a magical moment, one they will never forget. And wouldn’t you rather have your kid camped out all night in the backyard stargazing instead of cracking his thumbs on some mindless video game?=Here are a few tips for buying a home telescope. Many parents focus on power, or magnification, when trying to figure out what type of telescope to buy for their child. In fact, the aperture, or diameter of the telescope is what determines how much you can see with a telescope. So to get the best telescope for kids, get the widest aperture you can instead of the strongest power.A stable telescope mount is also important. There’s nothing more frustrating than wrestling with a wobbly tripod when your trying to focus on the rings of Saturn. One of the best telescope for kids is the Celestron 21061 AstroMaster 70 AZ Refractor Telescope. Not only does it have a rigid, stable platform, it also comes with software with over 10,000 celestrial objects and images to help your child search the heavens night after night.New Natural Science ToysNatural science toys have changed a lot since the cloudy plastic bottles filled with Sea Monkeys we grew up with. Even the classic ant farm has been upgraded. Borrowing NASA technology, the Fascinations Antworks Illuminated is a self-contained ant farm where ants burrow through a special food-grade gel they can also eat. Pretty gross, but pretty cool too.Other natural science toys for kids include mini insect, frog and butterfly habitats and special collectors that let your little ones safely collect their creepy crawlies. Now your kids can observe the wonders of nature without you having to worry about finding toads in their pockets at laundry time.The Classic Childrens MicroscopeIf the immense magic of the heavens dazzles your child, so too will the minute wonders of the microscopic world. The modern children’s microscope is sturdy, safe and looks cool too. If you’re hell-bent on finding low priced kids microscopes, you may want to consider a good microscope kit. Otherwise you’ll be hunting down slides, specimen bottles, and all the other accessories your kid suddenly decides he needs.One of the best kid’s microscope kits is the Discovery Exclusive Macro Microscope. It comes with all the basic accessories such as slides, tweezers and specimen bottles along with a book of experiments and real specimens including cloth from a real 900-year old Peruvian mummy! Maybe that will stop your kid from asking you to save your hair and toenail clippings for them.Easy Science Kits for KidsChildren’s science kits used to be confined to nerdy adolescents trying to create explosions in their basement with a junior chemistry set. Today’s easy science kits for kids are safer and more fun. Most science kits include bottles of simple chemicals and all the lab equipment (test tubes, safety goggles, tweezers, etc.) your junior scientist needs to perform hours of non-explosive experiments. Even more fun is the electronic Snap Circuits SC-300 kit. The kit comes with a clear and easy to understand color-coded instruction manual and 60 snap-together parts that let kids build over 300 exciting projects including an AM radio, burglar alarm, radio announcer and more.
Writing on this subject is the most difficult. You will find that most “serious” communication between parent and kids start with sudden, strong or contradictory emotions and end with sudden, strong or contradictory emotions. Both parents and kids contribute to the situation by shouting, saying hurtful words, throwing objects across the room, crying, sulking and so forth. If there are major problems and the majority of your conversations begin and end with these behaviors and emotions, you may find that professional help needs to be employed. A woman told me that her husband and her son have the same personalities. They argue/fight most of the time seeing who is going to win. Usually one of the “boys” yells, slams a door and leaves the house….thus, the end of the conversation. She analyzed it that both dad & son are behaving like “kids” – throw a temper tamper – and runs away from home. The mom is now running around trying to get the dad and son together again. Sound familiar?Here is the important thing: adults need to be adults when communicating with their kids. As a parent, you can not get down to the level of the kids by yelling back at them; throwing things across the room; crying, sulking, spanking, sending them to their room out of anger. You are demonstrating all of those undeveloped actions that a kid have in their communication style is approved. As we know, this is what the majority of parents do. Kids are depending upon you to put some sense into their growing lives. You are the teacher and your kids are listening and watching you even if you do not think they are. So what do you do in this situation?First of all* Recognize everyone is rolling on emotions and going no where.Second of all* Call a halt to the emotional outburstThird of all* Call “quiet time” for everyone, including parents. Just announce we are taking a 1-2 minute break. Everyone stays in the room and sits quietly.Fourth of all* Kids love “timers”. Get a timer and explain the kid will have one minute to say whatever they want to say about the issue. When the timer rings, it is mommy or daddy’s time to say whatever they want to say about the issue within one minute. After everyone has a turn, then the parent repeat what the kid has said and ask if the kid wants to change anything. If necessary, let the kid repeat what the parents said. It is important not to give the kid as much power as the parent has in solving the problem. So, keep control of the communication.Fifth of all* Once you start this procedure, do not turn loose of it even if you have to stop and start all over again.By the way, parents always win in a conflict situation with kids because you are the parent. I have seen parents show “bully” behavior in disciplining their kids even in restaurants and other public places. There is nothing that disturbs me more than eating out in a restaurant, even if it is McDonald’s, and I do not notice when kids misbehave; however I do notice when parents start yelling at the kid in anger, jerks the kid around while still yelling and sometimes a spank on the “behind” or a slap across the back of the head.We parents have to teach our kids how to behave. Do the kids really learn when they have a out-of-control parent yelling at them and hurting them? We teach our kids “do not hit” other people; however, when they misbehave sometimes one of the first thing we do is “hit” the kid through spanking. Does that make sense? Kids throw temper tampers and when the parents are having temper tampers as well it is a lose-lose situation for everyone.As an illustration: I was visiting the home of a stay-at-home mom who had a 3 year old and a 6 month old. The mom was having a “bad-hair” day and the baby started crying. The 3 year old went to her mom who was in the kitchen trying to fix dinner and said, “Mommy, the baby is crying you’ve got to come.” The mom said loudly “I know, I can hear and I’m busy.” The 3 year old said, “Mom, be patient”. Don’t underestimate what your kids are learning from you. I heard throughout the day the mom saying to the 3 year old, “You have to be patient; I’m taking care of the baby.” It was natural for the 3 year old to repeat to the mom what had been said to her throughout the day. This “Subtle Listening Clue” is a little strange when adapting it to communicating with your kids. You don’t have to listen for this particular clue; it is there and it is loud. What is needed is for you to keep your cool and figure out what questions may be appropriate.* “When you finish yelling, screaming and crying you are to sit down quietly so we can talk, will you do this for mommy (or daddy)?” If they say “no”, tell them they have to do it anyway; but ask them first if they are willing to sit quietly and talk. This will give you a clue on your next action.* “Why were you screaming and yelling?” We would always ask my grandson when he was about 3-4 years old why he was screaming and yelling. His answer was always “I don’t know; my brain told me too; I didn’t want to!” That has to be my all-time favorite quote from a kid in a response to “why did you do that”. He used that quote for so many situations he got himself into and a lot of times, it worked. I asked him one time, “How can we teach your brain not to do that”? He said, “Good luck, grandma, my brain has a mind of its own”. True story. This is why I love communicating with kids because I think it is fun to carefully listen to what they are saying and he said it all, didn’t he?* “Do you think it helps when you scream and yell?” Watch it when you ask this question because kids may say something like “I see you scream and yell and it works”. Ugh, that’s not what you want to hear, is it?* “How can we learn when to yell and scream and when not to yell and scream?” Remember it is important that you want to teach the kids to yell and scream if a stranger bothers them or tries to takes them. Make the distinction with the kids of when it is appropriate to yell and scream and when it is not appropriate.
We all remember when we were kids and had our parties. However, it can be a difficult task to find kids’ birthday invitations that are perfect for your own kid. Here are a few things to think about when planning kid’s birthday invitations.First, ask your kid the theme they want their birthday to be. Always plan ahead and buy everything and anything for that theme. Maybe ask your kid to go shopping with you so they can help choosing the decorations for their birthday party. If you are shopping for kids birthday invitations and your kid is with you ask them to pick out the kids birthday invitations they want to send to their friends. If you decide to create the kids birthday invitations yourself, have your child sit with you while you are designing them. If they are old enough, maybe they want to create their own kids birthday invitations.You can even do a search on Google under “kids birthday invitations” so you can search various sites for ideas. The most important thing to think about is your kid. It is all about them, what they like and what they want.If you prefer to buy your kids birthday invitations, you may not have to look very far. Many local shops, grocery stores even pharmacies now sell them. You do not have to go to a party store for your kid’s birthday invitations. Do not stress over planning the party running around buying expensive decorations and invitations. Most of the supplies can be purchased at your local dollar store. It is easy to create the perfect kid’s birthday party complete with kid’s birthday invitations on a shoestring budget.Let your kid help in decorating for the party. Be sure to ask them what kind of food they want. You can even let your kid help with preparing the food. There are many fun ideas for creating food for kid’s birthday parties, just search through online for recipes that you and your kid can make together. There is nothing that will make a child happier than planning their own birthday party, especially when they get to help make the food.Do your research and you will find fun themes for kids’ birthday parties and kids’ birthday invitations online. Before sending out the invitations, you may want to include a few hints in a small note to the parents of your kid’s friends as to what your kid would like for their birthday.