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Posted by in Advice, General News on Dec 11, 2017 .

Feed the birds!

 

At this time of year food is scarce for birds, especially when the ground is frozen. Taking the time to leave out bird-friendly supplies will help them survive these tougher months.

 

Helping children care for birds is a great way to get them involved in the nature on their doorstep. And making bird feeders themselves strengthens that connection even further.

 

So we’ve got a couple of ideas for easy, cheap birdfeeders you can make using supplies from the garden and kitchen. And if you’re struggling for what gifts to give over Christmas, Hanukkah or any other winter celebrations, these make...

Posted by in General News on Dec 07, 2017 .

The Wonders of Mountains

 

11th December is International Mountain Day! The United Nations launched the annual event in 2003 to highlight the importance of mountains to the environment, economy and cultural diversity across the world.

 

A mountain is defined as a landmass that’s about 600m high. While their height makes it a little treacherous to embark on mountain climbing with kids over winter, it’s worth remembering their value to us all. And get planning for when the weather is more clement!

 

So here are some mountain facts to get us yearning for the summit, and some tips for an enjoyable mountain hike with...

Posted by in Advice, General News on Dec 01, 2017 .

Be like a bird this winter

 

Have you seen birds sitting all puffed up in the colder months? This is their winter wardrobe. Those fluffed up feathers trap air. and these air pockets keep their bodies warm. They have another trick too. Their feathers are covered in a protective oil that provides further insulation and waterproofing, so they can withstand the wind and rain.

 

The birds have got it sussed for colder weather. Our poor, furless and featherless bodies have not. But we can copy the birds’ insulation and waterproofing techniques using layers.

 

At Kozi Kidz we’re big fans of layers. As the deep-freeze sets...

Posted by in on Nov 24, 2017 .

Natural Christmas Card Craft Ideas

We know it’s still only November, but Christmas cards have been in the news recently!

Blue Planet II has fascinated the UK over the past few weeks, with their cutting-edge technology giving us new insight into hidden ecosystems and rarely-seen species. And if there’s one big message to the series, it’s the devastating impact of plastic on the environment, particularly on oceans and marine life.

Prompted by the call to reduce our plastic consumption and the upcoming sparkly Christmas season, Tops Days nurseries in southern England have banned the use of glitter on their sites.  Like Kozi...

Posted by in on Nov 17, 2017 .

Staying safe in the dark

 

Darker nights can be great fun for little ones: bright lights and Christmas decorations are fun to spot, there’s a sense of it somehow being more grown up to be outside, the excitement of splashing in puddles reflecting the street lights, listening out for noises when you can’t see what’s around… it’s all part of the magic of being outdoors.

 

It can also be dangerous if other street and road users can’t see you well. According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), 40% of collisions occur in the dark, despite most road activity being during daylight...

15 great reasons to walk with your children!

 

It’s getting colder, but as we say: there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes!

 

We want to keep the walking mojo up all through the autumn and winter months, so this is our (long!) list of reasons why going for a walk with children is one of the best things you can do with your time, come rain or shine!

 

  1. It’s free

Once you’ve got some wellies and waterproofs, there’s nothing stopping you! No fancy kit, no classes to pay for – just the world outside your door.

  1. It improves moods

Wellbeing researchers from across the world agree...

Posted by in Advice, General News on Oct 31, 2017 .
Despite its rather bloody origins, setting off fireworks and gathering around a bonfire is a family favourite event in the UK calendar.
 
Toffee apples and jacket potatoes, getting together with friends, wrapping up against the chill – Bonfire Night can be a great way to celebrate the colder, darker season. And we’re always in favour of people being sociable outdoors! 
 
All those fires and fireworks do have an impact though. Pollutants such as lead and titanium are essential to create crackles and sparkles – and these are exactly the same pollutants that factories and waste incinerators try to filter from chimneys to...

Posted by in on Oct 23, 2017 .

Get Outside To Beat Obesity!

It was World Obesity Day earlier in October, and it’s got us thinking about the role the great outdoors can play in reducing the risk of obesity in children.

According to data from World Obesity Day, incidences of obesity are spiralling fast, with the condition now being in the top three causes of chronic ill health across the world.

And every country is affected to some degree. It’s down to a dangerous mix of two factors: the increasing availability of cheap, processed food and lifestyle changes which mean we’re far less physically active, even than ten years ago.

Obesity can trigger a...