Kozi Kidz Blog
Get Flying With Children’s Activity Week!
30th April marks the start of Children’s Activities Week in the UK. This new event celebrates all the benefits of groups, clubs and activities for children’s social and physical development.
The week aims to showcase the thousands of opportunities for children to get involved in clubs and activities, whether for toddlers, after school or during holidays and weekends. It’s been organised by the Children’s Activities’ Association, a Community Interest Company which supports schools and community groups to provide the highest standards of safety, care and development...
Five ways to fit mindfulness into everyday life
In many ways children are naturals at mindfulness. It’s become a bit of a buzzword, but at its heart, mindfulness is about being fully aware of the present moment. And that’s exactly how children spend much of their time – so totally absorbed in ‘now’ that it can take all manner of nagging, cajoling and nudging simply to focus on getting out of the door in the morning.
Research tells us that mindfulness is hugely beneficial for our wellbeing, helping to call our minds back from worry about the past or future. Mindfulness reduces our tendency to compare ourselves to...
Love your ladybirds
As the weather gradually warms up the landscape is also coming to life. One of the most ubiquitous, easily-identifiable species to spot at this time of year is ladybirds.
Ladybirds are loved by many of us for their bright cheerful markings. But those of us growing plants have even stronger reasons to love them. Ladybirds like to eat aphids and other crop-eating bugs, so ladybirds are great friends to the gardeners and farmers among us.
This week we share some fascinating ladybird facts, along with some ways to you can celebrate and support these happy-looking helpful...
How can we play more?
Play was a hot topic in the UK Parliament this week. MPs called for research into the condition of play provision, with one MP arguing:
“It’s now time to drive forward a renaissance in children’s play across the country so that the physical and mental health benefits of outdoor play are opened up to children from all backgrounds… Play is fundamental to children’s wellbeing. If play is restricted there are likely to be profound effects upon their physical and mental health, both now and in the future.”
MPs and economic leaders of all political persuasions are calling for more importance to be...
The story of the Easter… lapwing?
Easter is often marked by the giving of eggs, whether you celebrate the Christian festival or not. As a symbol of new life and rebirth, associating eggs with spring and Easter makes sense.
But why are they delivered by a bunny in the UK and many other countries? Bunnies don’t lay eggs! There are many origin stories to this tradition – some talk about the goddess Eostre who was accompanied by a hare.
But this Easter time we wanted to explore another explanation of the Easter Bunny. One that takes us to nature – in particular the English countryside.
The lapwing is a...
Are you getting your three a week?
You’ve probably heard of the five a day campaign encouraging us all to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day (research suggests we should be aiming for seven!).
But what about your three a week? Three a week isn’t about what you put into your body, it’s about what you do with it.
Medics recommend we each do three types of activity during the course of our week:
- Aerobic (so we feel a little out of breath)
- Strengthening (for muscles and bones)
- Flexibility and balance (to keep us limber).
While many of us associate exercise with...
Create future leaders: let children play
We were shocked to learn play was on the agenda of the World Economic Forum this year. Surely business and finance executives aren’t interested in how much time children get to play?
It turns out they are – they see it as leadership issue. The Chief Executives of Unilever, LEGO, Ikea and The National Geographic Society got together to argue for the right for kids to be kids and have time to just play, wherever they live in the world.
What’s the point of play, as far as they’re concerned, then?
Play develops emotional intelligence
Free play, where children negotiate with each...