Kozi Kidz Blog
Create future leaders: let children play
We were shocked to learn play was on the agenda of the World Economic Forum this year. Surely business and finance executives aren’t interested in how much time children get to play?
It turns out they are – they see it as leadership issue. The Chief Executives of Unilever, LEGO, Ikea and The National Geographic Society got together to argue for the right for kids to be kids and have time to just play, wherever they live in the world.
What’s the point of play, as far as they’re concerned, then?
Play develops emotional intelligence
Free play, where children negotiate with each...
Be a friend to the birds
It’s a tough time for birds in the UK at the moment, with the big freeze making food hard to come by in recent days. As Spring arrives, birds are thinking about finding a mate and nesting, so having enough food and energy is especially important.
This week we’re sharing some simple tips on caring for the birds at this critical time of year.
Feed the birds
The extreme weather has forced wild birds such as winter thrushes into gardens to search for food. Usually these birds feed on berries in hedgerows and woodlands and steer clear of gardens, but after the long winter, much of the...
5 tips for staying warm when it’s freezing outside
The crocuses, even the daffodils, are out, yet winter is coming (back).
As the UK steels itself for an end of winter cold snap, we thought we’d share some science-based tips for keeping warm outside.
Your clothing helps to trap heat (more on that in a second) – but it’s your body that keeps you warm. So keep your blood pumping by keeping moving. Young children might need to move slower or take more breaks, so keep the breaks short and build in games like I-Spy or hide and seek to keep the pace steady. If you’ve got young ones in buggies or...
Gender neutral clothing: because the outdoors is for everyone!
We’ve noticed a trend in kids’ clothing over the past few months, and it’s one we whole-heartedly support. Lots of high street retailers, including John Lewis and River Island, are launching gender-neutral kids’ clothing.
The campaign group ‘Let Clothes Be Clothes’ has long argued for this move, saying that gender stereotyping in clothes limits and restricts children’s views of the world.
Often, girls are the ones who seem to lose out in these gender wars – the girls get offered t-shirts with slogans like ‘babe’ or ‘sugar and...
The ‘Signs of Spring’ Half Term Hunt
It might still be grey and bitterly cold most days, but spring is in the air!
If you’re stuck for ideas of what to do with your younger children this half term, why not get them spring-spotting?
Here are the signs to watch out for, and some activities to help you celebrate spring’s impending arrival:
Snowdrops are one of the first signs of spring. A woodland bulb, you’ll find them by streams or in other moist soil conditions. They’re a firm favourite in gardens too, so even the most urban environment is likely to offer a snowdrop clump or two if you go...
Simple ways to create healthy eating habits
Childhood obesity made the UK news this week. A report from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health stated that 80% of obese children would remain obese into adulthood, risking ill health and early death.
Obesity, including childhood obesity, is a growing concern across the globe. The World Health Organisation estimates that the level of obesity across all ages has nearly tripled since 1975, with around 124 million children being classified as obese in 2016. Obesity is now the second most common cause of preventable death in Europe, with smoking coming top of the...
Four Fun Winter Beach Activities
Beaches aren’t just for summer! With over 7,000 miles of coastline, there are beaches aplenty in the UK. They can be at their most dramatic in winter, and chances are you’ll have them to yourselves. Dogs tend to be more welcome too: many popular beaches operate a dog-friendly policy from November to March.
So if you’re in the mood to blow away the cobwebs and banish the winter blues with a bracing coastal walk, here are four ideas for making the most of your wintry beach time with young children:
Make beach art
Stormy, winter seas are wonderful for leaving all sorts of treasures on the...
Enjoy nature and concentrate better
Can being in nature help children learn? A new study suggests it can.
Back in 2005, before the iphone had reached the market, Richard Louv wrote the book ‘Last Child in the Woods’. In it he argued that children were becoming increasingly distanced from nature, and that this was bad not only for their well-being, but also for the future of the planet. He reasoned children who don’t care about the environment are less likely to look after it as adults. Since the smartphone and social media boom that followed, there’s every possibility that our connection with nature is even weaker.