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Keeping kids secure can be a challenge at times especially when they are in the car and they continually unlock the seat belts.  Often they may unfasten the seatbelt due to their inquisitive and curious nature.  In addition, adults may also unintentionally do the same thing as they may not correctly lock the buckle or potentially loose items such as shopping bags can cause the buckle to disengage.

Obviously once this occurs and the child restraint becomes unanchored your child is no longer safe and even a low speed accident or sudden braking may cause your child to be injured.

The Hurphy Durphy Seat Belt Buckle Guard is a child safety device that is designed to stop these situations occurring.  It prevents the accidental release of the seat belt buckle anchoring a capsule or infant seat.

This is an inexpensive product that all parents should have so they can ensure the safety of their infant when they are in the capsule or infant seat.

Follow the link for the Hurphy Durphy Seat Belt Buckle Guard for more information and as we have plenty in stock place your order now before they sell out.

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Do your children love messing about in the kitchen?  Mine do, especially if they are allowed to cook, which usually means the same thing as ‘make a big mess”.

I don’t mind the mess because I think that children should learn to be comfortable in the kitchen.  The ability to cook is a life skill, after all.  In many of the busy city areas, if you believe what you see on TV, it seems to be a skill that is being lost.  Take away food and pre-prepared products mean that the most you have to do is heat it and eat it.

I’d like my kids to be able to cook good healthy food from scratch.  Then they will know what is in it and that it is good for them.

When being in the kitchen feels like playtime, your children are more likely to want to be there.  That why I love our little kitchen products.  They are practical but they look like toys.

The Flower Measuring Spoons are bright and cheerful and they have flower shaped heads.  They come in in four different sizes; 1 tablespoon, 1 teaspoon, 1/2 teaspoon and 1/4 teaspoon.

The matching Flower Measuring Cups also have the flower shaped heads and come in four sizes; 1 cup, 1/2 cup, 1/3 cup and 1/4 cup.

Not only will your child have fun in the kitchen using these tools/toys, they will learn about measurements and develop a practical skill as well.

You know, the mess doesn’t matter.  As your children grow you can show them how to clean up after themselves.  To me, mess is unimportant if my kids are learning through their play.

One day, they might be able to cook dinner for me!

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Sometimes you just need to get out of the house, don’t you?  There is nothing like a change of scenery to help you get your energy back.  Kids love to go somewhere different, or even to do something different in their usual outdoor space.

A simple way to please everyone is to pack a picnic and go outdoors for a while.  Really, you don’t need to go far.  Try your local park, drive to the next town or suburb, or even create a tent out of a sheet and sit in the wilds of the backyard.

The explorer theme is a great one to play with.

Make binoculars out of the cardboard tube (cut in half) from your cling wrap or use empty toilet roll tubes.  Glue them together, punch holes at the end and tie a length of wool to each so that the binoculars can be worn around the neck.

Grab a magnifying glass and write up a list of things to hunt for, give them both to the kids and set them free.  They can look for bugs, examine rocks or leaves and discover new species.

Every intrepid explorer needs to maintain their energy levels so don’t forget to pack an insulated bag like the Built Gourmet Getaway with food and drinkMake sure the food can be managed in one hand.  Explorers need to keep moving, you know!  Roll ups, small bread rolls and pieces of fruit are all good choices and they will stay cool in the insulated bag.  Pack plenty of water, too.  Exploring is thirsty work.

Now relax and let your explorers make discoveries, all without having to go far from you.

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Did you know that Australians generate almost 70 kg of plastic waste per person every year?  It’s a huge amount, isn’t it?  But look around you, in your pantry and in your fridge and you will see that everything is being packaged up in containers these days, many of which are not recyclable.

What are we teaching our children?  What sort of world are we leaving them?

The first thing we can do is to change the way we shop.  By buying foods which have less packaging it’s quite likely we will be choosing products which are more nutritious, too.   That can only be a good thing, can’t it?

The next thing to do is change the way you pack those school lunches.  Ban plastics and packaging.  Stop using cling wrap and plastic water bottles.  Instead, choose materials that you can use over and over again.

Have a look at our range of reusable lunch and snack bags.  You will love them because they make lunches very easy to pack and there is no sticky cling film to fight with!

Built Big Apple Buddies have developed a funky range of bags especially for sandwiches.  They are free of PVC, BPA, latex and vinyl.  They are easy to clean with a wipe out or even by popping them into the dishwasher.  They close with a sturdy Velcro seal.

We also have bright and colourful patterned reusable bags in sizes suitable for lunches, pieces of fruit or snacks.  They have a zip closure and a 100% cotton designer fabric exterior with thick and lush PVC-Free waterproof lining interior.  Your kids will love them.

You might not think that changing to reusable lunch bags will make much difference but think of the example you are setting to the next generation.  They will learn to treat the world better than we have.  It is a simple change that will actually make a significant difference to our environment in the long-term.

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Following on from our last post about good hydration I want to tell you more about the Thermos Funtainer.  We love it and think you will, too.

Thermos Funtainers are 355ml capacity drink bottles which are designed for action.  They are leakproof and have a pop-up silicone straw to drink through.  Thermos is a very popular brand of drink container.  I remember my parents having the reliable old thermos ready to take with them whenever we went out for a picnic.  It kept drinks cold or it kept them hot (the essential coffee).  The Funtainers are just as reliable.

The bottles are vacuum insulated for food safety and have a double walled stainless steel inner and outer – which keeps contents cold for up to 12 hours!  They are fabulous in summer and for the warm climates such as we have here in Kunanurra.

More features include:

– Hygienic push button lid with pop-up silicone straw is easy to open.
– Kid Proof Design – Unbreakable Stainless Steel withstands daily wear and tear.
– Dishwasher safe
– Exterior stays condensation free.
– Non Slip, Scratch Resistant Base.
– Part will be ordered upon request
– BPA free

The Thermos Funtainer is suitable for any child who can drink from a straw.  It’s tough but it’s easy to use.  It’s excellent for special outings such as picnics or for regular use at school.  It comes with a range of decorations including Action Blue or Mod Floral pink.  They are just some of the cool drink containers from our Thermos range.

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Water is essential for life. Not just plants, but humans as well. In fact, humans can only survive a few days without water.

Given that our bodies are made up of 75% fluids which help to keep blood flowing easily around our body, our cells nice and rounded and our brain functioning adequately, it is important to remain hydrated.

Big people know when we’re thirsty and we can easily help ourselves to a drink, but children don’t always know the signs.  They can easily become tired and cranky when dehydrated. They need a drink, but may not know how to adequately communicate this.

Establishing good hydration habits can appear hard, especially if we’ve been told to “drink eight glasses of water each day”. It seems overwhelming when put like that, doesn’t it?

Really, it’s just a bottle or two, and the best way to ensure hydration throughout the day is not to drink two litres of water the moment you get up, but to keep water on hand all day. A sip here,land a mouthful there, and at the end of the day, you’re headache free and properly hydrated.

You can help children establish this easy habit by ensuring they have access to water all day, too. Depending on their age, a small bottle they can easily open, without damaging their teeth, or for mobile infants, a sippy cup is perfect.  We love the Thermos leakproof bottles which keep your water cool all day. There’s nothing worse than warm water!

Leave the bottle or sippy cup beside them as they play, without fear of spillage, and encourage them to utilise it. Soon, they’ll be doing it on their own.

A cup of water with meals is also helpful. Of course, setting an example yourself is the perfect encouragement.

You can find more water containers on our website.  They are designed to appeal to kids and if they like the bottle, it’s half the battle won.

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We all know kids learn through play and by making their own small mistakes. One of the best things we can do for kids is to let them play without an adult leaning over their shoulder telling them how to do things. Sometimes, they just need to be allowed to run free.

It is not only great for their physical development, but it can also be great for their self-esteem to know that you trust them and allow them to be responsible for their own actions and behaviours.

Of course, toddlers need an adult nearby as they tend to get up to mischief, but pre-schoolers can be allowed a bit of safe space. School aged children need a little more and by the time they’re in grade four or five,  can be trusted to safely explore their environment without you.

Obviously, places like the back yard offer a considerably amount of safety without the need for constant adult supervision.

Children can progress to playing outdoors with neighbours and friends, or even venture up to the local school or playground to participate in some much-loved climbing, clambering and running around.

Local parks are fabulous for running around and exploring, climbing trees and creating imaginary games and hidey holes.

Being allowed to explore the local neighbourhood can provide children with a sense of security and safety, and enable them to extend their imagination. They learn what’s going on in the community, where they can go if they feel unsafe, and have a much greater chance of making some new friends.

As they reach the later school years, heading off to the local pool on their own is great for their emotional development and offers them a greater sense of responsibility.

Mostly, it is all just about having fun, growing, developing, making new friends and becoming independent.

You will need to use your own judgement, of course.  Some neighbourhoods are safer than others.  Just remember that children need to learn to be independent and play is the best way to start.

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