Archive for January, 2013

1320291719Bobble_Art_Kids_Drawstring_Bag_ButterflyDepending on where you live around Australia, your children may have returned to school this week.  You’ve probably stocked up on exercise books and pencils, but did you remember to buy a multipurpose bag?

Library & Swim Bags are a great accessory for school and we have a great selection available.  These bags are useful  for carrying around the heavy and awkward library books they borrow when at school or when they need to carry their swimming gear and towel when they go swimming.

These bags are made from nylon and are lined with polyester and have an internal mesh pocket.  They also have a draw string opening that means any item placed in the bag will be safely kept in place and not likely to fall out and get lost.  They are also very durable.

rocket_swim_library_bagWhile these bags are suited for carrying library books as well as swimming gear they are also perfect if your kids may be staying over at a friend’s place and they need to take along some spare clothes, toys or anything else they may need.  Plus they are also practical when you are travelling and you need to keep the kids entertained as they can also carry food, games, pens and pencils.

Woodland_library_bagThese bags are also easy to store as they have a hook for hanging and they have an internal name tag so they won’t lost.  Some of the designs we currently have in stock are the Butterfly, Woodland and Rocket bags as pictured here.

Follow this link to the Library & Swim Bags section and have a look at the other designs we have in stock.  These handy little bags definitely make life easier – and take our word for it, you may even need more than one!


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With the return of school only a few days away your kids probably have lots of their toys and play things all over the house.  To help get things back in order here are some craft ideas that are practical and easy to do.  In addition, these are also good to do after your kids have gone back to school as they can use some of the arts and crafts ideas they may have just learnt.  Also, combining some activities that your kids have been learning at school back at home may help them adjust to the new environment they are in.

Shoe boxes are ideal for storing all sorts of things like small toys, DVDs or video games.  You can easily decorate the outside of the shoe box with coloured paper, paints or even using textures to draw different shapes or patterns.  Old cardboard tubes are ideal for storing pens, pencils, textures or crayons.  You can cut them to different sizes and join them together with glue or rubber bands and if you have any left over Christmas wrapping paper then that would be a great way to decorate the tubes.

Ice cream containers are perfect for storing things that can be a bit messy such as paints and play dough.  Also, old drink bottles or jars can be used to hold marbles or any other small items although make sure to give them a good clean out first.  Of course, be careful if choosing glass containers.  They are breakable and are not suitable for young children.

If you have some large toys or books then archive boxes can be great for storing them.  You could combine a few together and make a mini storage shelf that not only keeps everything in order but makes it easy to get the toys or books out and importantly, back in.  Use some creativity and combine the archive boxes into interesting shapes and sizes.

These are just some simple ideas but with a bit of imagination I am sure you can come up with some other ideas.  If you can’t, I’m fairly certain your children can!

Let us know what your ideas are and what you may have done in the past. They might help others get organised too.

**Image from www.tigerstores.co.uk/tiger_office/storage/floral_pencil_holder_1501544.html

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Living in Kununurra where temperatures often exceed 40⁰C, we sure know the value of keeping cool and having cold drinks.  As such, our range of Thermos drink bottles can be recommended by first hand experience as they have won the confidence of our own sunny community.

By now you are probably getting ready for “Back to School” and that means buying bags, lunchboxes and drink bottles.  Before you buy an ordinary drink bottle, take a look at these.  They cost a little more but will last a long time which makes them great value.

duravac_with_lidThe Thermos Dura-Vac is made from stainless steel, holds up to 1 litre and is virtually unbreakable.  Hence the reason it comes with a 5 year warranty and totally replaceable parts in the event something goes wrong.  This thermos also comes with a slip resistant rubber grip and an interchangeable top that allows you to keep drinks either hot or cold depending on your requirements.

foogoThe Thermos Blue Foogo has a doubled walled stainless steel inner and outer that keeps the contents cold for up to 12 hours.  This thermos is also leak proof and has a hygienic push button lid with pop-up silicone straw that is easy to open.  This thermos has a kid proof design with unbreakable stainless steel that is built to withstand the daily wear and tear.  In addition to being dishwasher safe, it has a non slip scratch resistant base and is BPA free.  This thermos holds 355ml and is suitable for ages 18 months plus.

pink foogoFor children a bit younger who are aged 6 month plus then the Thermos Foogo Sippy Cup may be more suitable.  This thermos also has a double walled stainless steel inner and outer that helps to keep the contents cold and fresh for up to 6 hours.  This thermos has a spill proof valve that prevents messes and makes it easy to clean, is dishwasher safe and also has removable handles.  This thermos holds up to 200ml and has a soft drinking spout that is made from “Food Contact Safe” material and is FDA approved.

These are just a small sample so see the range of other Thermos drink bottles we currently have in stock.  I am sure you will find one that is suitable for your child’s needs.

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superheroThe summer school holidays are a great time for your children and whether you have gone on a holiday or stayed at home there are sure to be some great memories coming out of it.

My children love to hear tales of my childhood and many of my best stories and memories were made during school holidays.  I love reliving them as I tell my kids all about the fun I had.  It’s like being a child all over again.

What childhood holiday memories do you have?  Think of the fun you may have had swimming in the water, building sand castles or just walking along the beach collecting seashells or even along a riverbank where you may have collected some smooth pebbles.  You can almost feel the water tickling your toes again, can’t you?

Other memories may relate to a pet you grew up with.  You might remember times when you played with them around the house or when you took them for a walk.  You may have trained your dog to do tricks such as rolling over or actually returning the stick or ball when you threw it.

The great thing about these memories is that they have stayed with you for a long time and this highlights their importance in your life.  The innocent fun of childhood never leaves us, does it?

During these holidays make sure your children have the chance to create some magical moments of their own that they can look back on years later and remember.  Make sure that you are a part of the magical moments, too.  Join in with their fun and play.  Be a kid again.  These are the moments your children will never forget.

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With the start of school still a few weeks away, now is a good time to start to get your child ready to go back to school.  Importantly, as there is still plenty of time many of these ideas can easily be implemented without the impact of dramatic changes.  As you get closer to the start of school then the routine can increase.

Here is a list of suggestions you can do with your child.

  • Help your child clean up their desk or the area where they do their study or homework.
  • Take your child to your local office supply store and buy some fun things such as colour pencils, folders, pens and desk accessories to go on their clean desk.
  • If you have purchased books and other items from the school, spend an afternoon covering the books and labelling them.
  • If there are text books or novels then have a brief read and find some topics or areas that you can discuss with your child.
  • Try and arrange for school friends of your child to catch up at their place or yours.
  • Drive past the school on a regular basis and if your child is new to the school visit the school so they can become more familiar with the surroundings.
  • As the start of school gets closer, try to establish a routine around going to bed and waking up at the same time they will need to for school and even have lunch around the same time.
  • On a regular basis talk about how great school can be as well as some of your positive experiences you may have had when you went to school.
  • If there is some anxiety, discuss with your child why they may be feeling that way.  Also mention that the feeling is quite normal and that other children may be feeling the same way and often after a day or two they will feel much better.

These are just some tips that hopefully may help going back to school just that little bit easier.  Also encourage good communication with your child and in addition to asking about their day, always ask about how they are feeling.  As we all know going to school can create a lot of anxiety but it can also be a lot of fun.

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