Kozi Kidz Blog
5 Ways To Be Mindful in Nature with Children
Chances are you’ve heard about mindfulness – it’s become such a buzzword in recent years. Based on Buddhist practices, it’s a scientifically-backed approach that helps with regulating emotions, promoting kindness and reducing stress.
But what is it all about? It’s paying attention to the present moment, without judging. Rather than spending time in our heads planning what to do next, or mulling over what’s happened, it’s about noticing what’s going on in our bodies and minds right now.
Young children tend to be natural experts at it: we’ve probably all experienced the...
The Risks of Banning Risky Play
A safety organisation in the Netherlands is encouraging kids to play with penknives. Which at first glance sounds like the direct opposite of their misson.
But the researchers at VeiligheidNL argue that over-protecting children - preventing them from experimenting and taking risks - is damaging in itself.
It leads to children not developing a sense of independence and resilience, and it means they become risk-incompetent: they can’t judge for themselves whether something is too dangerous to attempt.
Of course, acceptable boundaries and safety around play is something every parent, guardian or...
Outdoors Easter Traditions From Around The World
If you’re in the northern hemisphere you’re rejoicing at the longer days. In the southern hemisphere you’ll be grabbing a last camping fix before the cold sets in. It seems all over the world people have Easter traditions incorporating the outdoors.
Here’s our pick of some lesser-known and more popular activities to celebrate this time of year.
In Germany, Austria and many other countries it’s traditional to hang eggs from trees with ribbon. The Saalfelder Ostereierbaum (Saalfeld Easter Egg Tree) is famous for being decorated with over 10,000...
An Easter Holiday Challenge (And Giveaway)!
At the start of the year we invited you to set yourselves a challenge for 2017. That challenge is still open, and it’s definitely not too late to take part! Have a think about whether there’s an outdoors habit or adventure you’d love to make happen with your young explorers this year. In December we’ll celebrate your stories and successes with a lovely giveaway!
But as December’s a way off yet, we wanted to keep things moving. We’re welcoming the return of warmer weather and lighter evenings by setting a Spring Challenge. 2 lucky winners will each receive a fully waterproof...
Nature deficit disorder: do you have it?
Nature deficit disorder is a condition first described by author Richard Louv in his book ‘Last Child in The Woods’.
It’s not a medical disorder – though medics are in agreement with many of its findings. In a nutshell, Louv argues that the reduced exposure to nature in our lives over the past 40 years, caused by more sedentary lifestyles, increased traffic, fear for children’s safety and the pull of technology, has had deeply negative effects on our wellbeing. And that applies to both children and adults.
Louv argues that the effects of nature deficit disorder are damaging to...
Easy Container Gardening Ideas
Spring is well and truly here and the world seems to be bursting with life again. Time to capture some of that spirit and get growing!
Most kids love gardening because it’s so hands-on. Gardening engages all the senses: the feel of the soil, the smell of herbs and flowers, the taste of the food you’ve grown, the sound of birdsong and the amazing array of colours, shapes and textures.
Whether you dedicate a plot to your mini-gardeners or rustle up a window box, gardening is a great activity for children. It connects them with the food they eat, teaches them to notice and value the...
Celebrate Mother’s Day The Outdoors Way!
Mother’s Day is the end of March this year - 26th March if you weren’t sure! There’s a good chance the weather will be mild (or have we just jinxed it?), so here are our (low or no-cost) ideas for honouring the mothers in your life, the outdoors way.
Go for a walk
If having a family walk is something you often intend to do at the weekend but it always drops off the list in favour of chores and errands, make this be the weekend it happens.
Plan it around mum’s favourite things to do, of course: does she like being around rivers, woods, botanical gardens? Can you...
5 Ways To Make The Walk To School or Nursery More Fun
Less than half of school children walk to school, compared with 70% a generation ago. And while our lives might be busier, if it’s something we can fit in, it’s a positive move.
It adds a daily dose of physical exercise, it offers you time to talk to your little ones about how they’re feeling, and it connects you to your local community.
The campaign organisation Living Streets also wants to get more people walking to affect town planning – so our spaces are designed around pedestrians and bikes rather than cars.
So, whether your mornings and...