Kozi Kidz Blog
Stay cool in the heat
Last week we discussed how to make the most of wild swimming with little ones. And as the UK heatwave looks set to continue, this week we’re sharing some more tips on enjoying the sun outdoors safely.
So, whether you’re a sunseeker or you’re counting down the days to September, here are some ways to get outdoors without getting frazzled this summer:
Ice, ice baby
Ice is our friend in hot weather. If you’re out for a day trip, freeze water bottles or add ice cubes so you have something cold to drink at lunchtime.
Homemade ice lollies, either using silicone moulds or...
With this heatwave, what better way to cool down than in a wonderfully cool lake or river?
Children love splashing about in paddling pools, and tend to be the first to head to the water rather than laze on the beach at the seaside. So they’re likely to love the allure of outdoor swimming. It’s a great way to be active, as well as deepen a love and respect of nature.
If you follow a few simple guidelines, sharing the joy of outdoor swimming and splashing with them can be safe and fun for all of you. Here are some top tips, following the guidance of the Outdoor Swimming Society and wildswimming.co.uk
- Stay accessible
Planning the perfect picnic
15 – 24 June is National Picnic Week in the UK. Founded ten years ago, the celebratory event aims to get more people socialising outside, away from their phones and the TV. That’s a mission we’re happy to get behind!
Picnicking originated in France, but is now enjoyed all over the world as a low-cost way to get together with friends and family. Many children delight in the novelty of eating outdoors and a ‘pick and mix’ approach to food is especially good for toddlers and pre-schoolers.
So if you’re planning a picnic this summer, here are our tips for getting the most out of...
Grow your own den!
Summer days are made for playing outside! But every so often you need a quiet space to catch your breath, read stories, have a cold drink or eat and ice cream. And that’s where dens come into their own.
You can make a den out of pretty much anything – chairs and a blanket, a clothes horse, a pile of sticks. But perhaps best of all is growing your own. It’s a wonderful opportunity for children to witness the magic of gardening, understand how plants grow and develop a love for their little patch of outdoors. Nature dens can spark all sorts of creativity as well as being a cooler retreat from the...
Tips for happy gardening with young children
As we head into summer, people head outdoors, particularly to the garden. It’s the season of lawn mowing, BBQs… and gardening.
Whether you have a garden space of your own or not, getting mucky with soil and seeds is a great way for children to develop a connection with nature.
Gardening together brings all sorts of other benefits too: developing a special bond between you as you nurture the seedlings, learning all sorts of botany lessons about what different plants look like, discovering what conditions plants need to grow, seeing where food comes from, and tasting...
4 ways being outside can help with stress
14-20 May is national Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK, and this year the focus is on stress. Stress can affect us at any age, including in childhood.
Stress is an emotional and physical response to feeling overwhelmed. Some stress is good for us – it’s a signal to act and get going. Stress was a lifesaver in the days of sabre-toothed tigers! The problems arise when we experience stress out of proportion to the threats we face – making our lives feel difficult and unpleasant.
It can occur when we have too many demands on our time, and it can also be triggered by...
Be a hedgehog helper this summer
May marks national Hedgehog Day in the UK and we thoughts we’d celebrate by finding out more about these wonderful creatures. Their numbers are in long term decline as their traditional habitats – hedgerows and meadows – disappear, both in the UK and across the rest of Europe and Asia.
Numbers have fallen by half in rural areas over the past twenty years, and researchers estimate there are now fewer than a million hedgehogs left in the UK.
But a 2018 report by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society offers a glimmer of hope – with hedgehog numbers rising in urban areas...