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Posted by in Advice, General News on Jan 31, 2019 .

How to keep up with your children’s energy! 

Most parents know how hard it is to tire young children out. They often seem to be battery-powered long after our own energy sources have run out! The idea of a gentle, winding-down bedtime often goes out the window as children are still zooming around full of beans.

And now there is research to back up these family experiences. Researchers at the Université Clermont Auvergne in France have found that children have greater energy levels than professional endurance athletes. In tests comparing children to triathletes or long-distance runners children were found to have fatigue resistant...

Posted by in Advice, General News on Jan 15, 2019 .
There’s no such thing as bad weather – here’s why
 
There’s a Swedish saying that goes like this:
 
‘There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.’
 
This is one of the reasons we started Kozi Kidz – to ensure children could play outside in all weathers, safe in the knowledge they would be warm and dry.
 
Going outside with your children through all the seasons provides all sorts of benefits, physically, emotionally and mentally. Here are just four:
 
You learn to create fun with what you have
 
We came across a wonderful quote recently:
"Encouraging a child to go outside...

Posted by in Advice, General News, In The Press on Jan 09, 2019 .

Nature inspiration a month for 2019

January’s often a time for new year’s resolutions and making plans, and we’re no exception! Of course, we’d love the outdoors to feature more in everyone’s lives, with all the health, wellbeing and community benefits that brings. 

If you’d like to spend more time outdoors over the next year, here are some seasonal prompts for enjoying the great outdoors, whether you’re in the city, countryside or somewhere in between! 

We hope each month’s theme will give you a focus to step outside together, whether it’s for ten minutes, an hour or a day’s adventure!

January: The moon

Posted by in Advice, General News on Dec 11, 2018 .
Lower Your Plastic Use This Christmas
 
Last year David Attenborough and Blue Planet 2 showed us the devastating effect of plastic on the environment, particularly on oceans and marine life. And organisations such as Wildlife and Countryside Link estimated that in 2017 alone we threw away around 114,000 tonnes of plastic packaging (the equivalent weight to 3.3 million emperor penguins). 
 
So here are some tips on enjoying a festive season that cuts your plastic waste, hopefully without increasing your stress-levels!
 
The Tree
There’s no clear-cut answer to the Christmas tree dilemma. If you have a plastic one, you...

Posted by in Advice, General News on Nov 26, 2018 .

Get outside to beat the winter malaise

It’s no secret that as winter arrives we’re more likely to hit the sofa than the hillsides. With the festive season nearly upon us, the combination of stodgy treats, gloomy days and cold weather means we’re likely to feel tired and unmotivated to get outside. 

But the key to keeping your energy lies in spending time outdoors all through the year. Read on to find out how you can stay feeling happy and healthy through the winter months with these practical tips. 

Make the most of natural daylight
As the days grow shorter, our bodies respond to the lower light levels. The lack of...

Posted by in General News on Nov 13, 2018 .
13 Ways to Be Kind Outside This World Kindness Day
 
 
13 November is World Kindness Day. The movement was started in 1988 by a collection of non-political organisations to promote acts of good deeds and wellbeing. 
 
The great outdoors is a perfect place to demonstrate kindness, in big ways and small, so we’ve gathered a few of our favourites here to get you inspired:
 
1. Walk a neighbour’s dog
Give your neighbour some time off and offer to walk the dog for them – a great way to fit outdoors into your day without the commitment of looking after a dog full time! 
 
2. Pick up litter
This is a really...

Posted by in Advice, General News on Oct 24, 2018 .

Five Crafty Autumn Leaf Ideas For Half Term

‘Listen, the wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves
We’ve had our summer evenings, now it’s time for October eves’

Humbert Wolfe

As autumn sets in and the leaves fall, it’s a treasure trove for walks with the children. If you’re short of (free) activities over half term, it’s time to head outside, gather up armfuls of leaves and get crafting. 

We’ve taken inspiration from the best crafty sites out there to give you some cheap and easy ideas for beautiful autumn crafts.

Make leafy hedgehogs
This simple idea just requires paper, glue and pens. Stick your...

Posted by in Advice, General News on Oct 10, 2018 .

Leave The Leaves! Five Ways to Help Garden Wildlife This Autumn

As autumn takes hold in the UK the winds are getting up and temperatures cooling down. Many gardeners use this time of year to clear up the garden, sort the shed and settle down for the more dormant period over winter.

But there are lots of ways you can support wildlife at this time of year, helping creatures prepare for the colder months and be fit for spring. 

Here are some tips for making your autumn gardening as wildlife-friendly as possible. 

Leave the leaves
It’s tempting to clear away fallen leaves, but they provide shelter for insects and mammals during...