Kozi Kidz Blog
Six ways to kickstart an autumn fitness habit
How fit was your summer? We were surprised this week to learn that research conducted by not-for-profit organisation UKactive found children were measurably less fit after the summer holidays. Primary school children lost 80% of the fitness levels compared with term time.
The NHS recommends children get at least 60 minutes of physical activity everyday. With many children spending their holiday time on sedentary activities in the home, these targets are often not met.
Anne Longfield. Chief Executive of children’s charity 4Children has called for more to be done to recognise the...
Get ready to go back to school
Children in Scotland, and many other places around the world, are already back, and it’s just a couple of weeks before the English and Welsh schools reopen for business.
The back-to-school season can feel frenzied, especially if your children are starting school for the first time or you have a new routine to get into. And it can be expensive – last year UK parents spent £1.48 billion on getting ready for school.
So here are our tips for a calmer start to the new school year.
- Check what you need
Get out last year’s uniform, school shoes, bags and other supplies...
How to encourage self-directed play
For many, it’s that stage in the school holidays when boredom strikes. Often the longer stretches at home, plus sweltering temperatures making everyone crabby, mean homes are echoing with refrains of “I’m bored!”
Boredom arises when we can’t create ways to occupy ourselves in a fulfilling way, or find a way to distract ourselves. So a key skill for overcoming boredom is the ability to direct your own work or play.
Self-directed play is simply play that occurs on children’s own terms, where they are active in its creation and purpose. Children play at their own pace,...
10 ways to have fun with the kids outside this summer holiday!
The summer holidays are already upon some of us, and fast approaching for others. It can feel daunting coming up with ideas to keep everyone entertained, especially without breaking the bank!
So here are 10 ideas to get you going…
1. Have a tree party
The Woodland Trust are encouraging everyone to show their love for trees this summer by hosting a party under a tree, with the tree as guest of honour! What a fantastic way to have a picnic, and maybe get some climbing in too. Grab your tree party pack here
2. Create your own beach
Over the past couple of weeks we’ve shared tips for keeping cool in the summer heat. Now it’s the animals’ turn!
Hot weather can make conditions difficult for wildlife. Here are our tips for playing your part in looking after our feathered, furry and other wild friends!
Leave out water
As the dry spell continues, natural water sources dry up. This affects many wild creatures, including birds, hedgehogs and bees.
Leave out shallow bowls of water that aren’t deep enough to be a drowning risk. For bees, adding pebbles to the bowls gives them a place to land.
Birds will also welcome birdbaths to cool...