Kozi Kidz Blog
Photo source: www.xplorer.org.uk
Xplorer is a fun-filled navigation challenge that offers primary and pre-school children and their families a real sense of adventure – and it’s educational. It’s an outdoor activity that combines exercise with decision making and collaborative play using a simple map to find markers in a safe and friendly environment. At each marker, children identify what is pictured and learn a fun fact to share with friends.
The Xplorer programme is an initiative, run in England, from the British Orienteering Federation and offers partners the opportunity to be involved by getting their community out and...
Photo: Luca on top of Ingleborough.
Luca Dodgson is not a typical seven year old but he’s our kind of adventurer. While most of his friends are happy to sit in from of their PlayStation or kick a ball around, he has his sights set on higher things. The Ingleton Primary School pupil has just completed the gruelling 24-mile Three Peaks Challenge – taking under 12 hours to climb up and down Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-ghent.
According to the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Three Peaks Manager Steve Hastie, Luca is a real star, “What a fantastic achievement. It’s hard enough for a fit adult and I’ve certainly...
Photo credits: Austria National Tourist Office
As Autumn weather sets in, it’s time to think about winter holidays.
According to a study conducted by the Universities of Salzburg and Innsbruck, skiing is perfect for your health. Exercise in the oxygen-rich mountain air plus warm light is an ideal combination – sign us up! It stimulates the senses, strengthens muscles, increases the number of red blood cells, promotes the oxygen content in the blood and reduces winter depression.
Austria’s Zillertal region is an ideal ski area for families with young children. The nursery slopes and magic carpets for the youngest...
Photo credit: Brecon Beacons NPA
Here at Kozi Kidz Towers, we were chatting about car journeys. Everybody agreed that sing-songs helped to make the journey more fun – and faster! It led us on to make up our own Top Ten songs on the theme of walking. They’re not in any particular order but the choice reflects our age range!
Funnily enough, the easiest to sing is also the oldest – we think. Helen Shapiro’s title ‘Walking back to happiness’ neatly sums up the benefit of family walks. It was a few days later that one of us remembered the iconic ‘The Happy Wanderer’ – knapsack on my back, etc.
What are your...
Photo: Snowy Windermere; credit – CTB/Ben Barden
The Ramblers’ Festival of Winter Walks is a great opportunity to discover the pleasures and benefits of walking for all the family while making the most of winter days and kick-starting those New Year's resolutions! It runs each year over the Christmas and New Year period; this year it runs from 19 December 2015 - 3 January 2016. It's
The festival typically includes:
- Walks across England, Scotland and Wales
- Hundreds of walks under five miles
- Festive-themed walks
Free, fun and open to everyone walks will take place around the country during the festival; many are short...
Bonfire Night is great fun but please do bear in mind the sound advice below and follow the Firework Code. Plus, of course, make sure youngsters are wrapped up warm against Autumn chills with our base layers, insulated tops, waterproofs, hats, gloves and socks.
The Chief Fire Officers’ Association has sound advice on making the most of this traditional event in the UK calendar. As the majority of accidents happen at private parties, organised displays will be safer than having a party of your own. If you do hold your own party, make sure you follow the firework code. And look out for hedgehogs!
Schools are open again and it’s time to look ahead to holidays – long, short and opportunist. Why not go green, enjoy and protect the great outdoors and offset your carbon footprint by choosing sustainable and environmentally conscious activities as you explore Britain's glorious countryside?
Love the land
There is a wide range of opportunities to enjoy and appreciate the lush and varied natural landscape. There are 46 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) across the UK, from the spectacular Gower Peninsula in south Wales to the pretty Cotswolds region of England, up to scenic Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland and...
Picture credit: Eleanor Bentall (rspb-images.com)
As the hype around Christmas is already beginning, we think it’s not too soon to mention the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch in January. The world’s largest garden wildlife survey, now in its 37th year, takes place on 30 and 31 January 2016. Since it began it has provided valuable information about the changes in numbers of birds using our gardens in winter.
As well as counting their feathered friends, the RSPB is also asking participants to log some of the other wildlife they see in their gardens and green spaces such as hedgehogs, foxes, stoats and squirrels, to help build an...