Monday, May 28, 2007
Sunday, May 27, 2007
These beautiful online dress-up dolls - or rather doll, bunny and robot - are so gorgeous that mothers may spend more time enjoying them than children! We enjoyed designing Bunnyfur's room, too.
Saturday, May 19, 2007
This site is well worth a browse with your kids. The past issues page (link below) offers interesting articles on all sorts of subjects for (older) kids - examples include Ancient Egypt, baby animals, sports, Aztecs, space, nature, etc. A good read!
Moo Cow Fan Club past issues
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
'I will write "peace" on your wings, and you will fly all over the world'.
Sadako Sasaki was a Japanese girl who lived in Hiroshima, in Japan. In August 1945, When she was two year's old, the atomic bomb was dropped about one mile away from her home. She and her family managed to escape, although her grandmother ran back to fetch something from their house and was never seen again.Sadako had a normal childhood and was a very good runner. Her class, which won the school's relay race, was very proud of her running skills. But it was during a running race that she first fell ill, when she was 11 year's old.
Read Sadako's story, learn about the Children's Peace Monument, and fold your own origami crane.
Well, it's still not quite finished, but we have been having so much fun with our new "Japan for Kids" theme that we wanted to get it up on the blog anyway! Come and have a look at our new Japanese craft ideas, traditional Japanese origami for kids, Japanese printables, Japan-themed jigsaws, and lots more fun and educational activities to enjoy with your children.
Japan for Kids
Sunday, May 13, 2007
This is a super craft to make your very own pharaoh from a sock (very similar to the famous sock monkey, but simple enough for children to make). Lovely clear instructions make this very easy to follow.
Make a sock pharaoh
Look out for the new Ancient Egypt theme page coming to Activity Village soon.
There are four fun activity sheets here to print - to encourage your kids to eat well, take exercise etc. If you click around you can also find some posters, stories and other printables on the same "healthy" themes.
Eat Smart Play Hard
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Monday, May 07, 2007
The moods that kids experience aren’t simply related to whatever is happening to them during the day. They have a lot to do with the chemicals running around their brains and bodies.
Brain chemistry has as much power to shift emotions as does a happy or sad event. Adrenaline and cortisol are brain chemicals that parents want less of in their kids.
Adrenaline is partly responsible for the revved up, ‘cordial high’ and extreme activity that some kids experience. It is very powerful as it causes the flight/fight part of the brain to take over.
When a child gets an adrenaline rush it is a waste of time trying to change their behaviour until adrenaline decreases. That’s why you need to either give amped up kids some space or the time to calm down. Physical activity can help dissipate adrenaline. Having a family life where there is lots of repetition and rituals is one way to lessen adrenaline.
Cortisol is the other brain chemical worth watching out for. It is the stress hormone that gets released with adrenaline. It lowers verbal ability so stressed kids often can’t verbalise their thoughts.
Too much cortisol and you will have an inflexible, stressed out child. Ridicule, put downs and fear can increase cortisol so a psychologically safe environment helps reduce cortisol. Less sugar and more water also controls cortisol. Plenty of sleep reduces both adrenaline and cortisol.
What about ‘feel-good’ brain chemicals?
Read more of this excellent article by Michael Grose ...
Saturday, May 05, 2007
It's Children's Day in Japan - Happy Children's Day to all our Japanese visitors! Celebrate with our Children's Day crafts, printables and other activities.
We have just added lots of new craft projects for kids to the website - some using up odds and ends from around the house to fit in with our new Recycling for Kids theme, and some perfect for Mother's Day and Father's Day gifts.
Take a look and get crafty this weekend!
Gifts Kids Can Make