Kozi Kidz Blog
Wild swimming with children
With midsummer sun thoughts turn to staying cool while having fun outdoors. And when temperatures rise, what could be more blissful than splashing around in the dappled sunlight of a wooded lakeshore or by a riverbank?
Wild swimming or paddling can be safe for all the family, and what’s more, it’s even recommended by the National Trust as a way to ward of nature deficit disorder.
With a bit of planning, enjoying a day by the water is the epitome of family fun in summer. But it helps to be prepared. Here are our tips for enjoying the water with little ones.
- Pick your spot
The Kozi Kidz essential guide to festivals with young children
Festivals and children can be a magical set-up: music, dancing, stepping out of everyday routines. It can also be a fraught, over-stimulating and, let’s face it, muddy and sticky combination! Here are our tips for getting prepared for festival camping with young children.
Which one to choose?
The UK has a feast of festivals available! The difficult part is deciding. Factors to consider include:
- The music – of course!
- Facilities for children – many festivals have dedicated activities and tents for children and teenagers
- The size – larger festivals...
Go Wild in June
We’re so excited about The Wildlife Trusts’ campaign for children (and adults) to go wild for 30 days!
One of our core beliefs at Kozi Kidz is that being outdoors helps nuture children’s love of nature, as well as nurturing their own personal development and wellbeing.
Helping children get to know and understand wildlife is a critical job. A 2013 report found that more than one in ten of over 6000 species surveyed were under threat of extinction in the UK.
The more we know something, the more we value it, and the more we protect it. Whether it’s in seas, forests or urban wild spaces, the interests of...
Five things to make and do outdoors this half term
Summer’s just around the corner, and that means lots of playing outside! Parks and woods offer plenty of entertainment for everyone: trees to climb, swings to swing, hide and seek to play, but if you want some more inspiration for getting your fix of nature this half term, here are our top five ideas.
Make a flower crown
Late May and June is ablaze in floral colour, and what better way to celebrate than unleashing your inner royalty?! With a bit of hunting around, the woods or garden offer all you need to make a beautiful crown – though if you use some string, tape and...
Essential tips for first time camping with kids
We’re heading towards summer – camping season’s here! If you’re considering your first time under canvas with kids, here are our tips to help it go merrily and avoid common pitfalls.
Before you go
It’s worth having a trial run in the back garden before your first camp of the season if you can. It’s a chance to check your kit’s ok (no broken poles!). And if you’re borrowing kit and sussing out camping for the first time, it’s a no-pressure opportunity to have a go at putting the tent up.
Plus the children can get used to their new holiday home, reading stories,...
An hour a day – do you get yours?
Current government recommendations are that children are physically active for at least 60 minutes a day. But a 2016 survey found that three quarters of children from the 2000 families polled played outside for less than this. This is less outdoor time than the average high security prisoner.
Curriculum pressures, along with after-school clubs and activities, mean that time for ‘just playing’ is often squeezed out of children’s days. Time to be outdoors with no specific goal in mind, just seeing where imaginations go is hugely beneficial to both development and wellbeing.
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...