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Toilet Training Is Easy With Familoo

Toilet Training Is Easy With Familoo


I don't know about you but I have 3 boys and let's just say that toilet training has been messy business. Every time I've walked into the toilet I am met with a mess. We have tried a few things, reward charts, best aim games < haha you name it I'll give it a go if it means a clean toilet, but nothing has worked.

We have tried numerous toilet seats and gadgets with no luck, one toilet seat we tried even scared our 3 year old < go figure!

So you can imagine how excited I was when Familoo contacted us to trial one of their dual toilet seats, yep that's right Familoo is an adult and toddler seat combined in one unit.

Familoo is designed to make toilet training easy and drama free for both you and your toddler.

We were really surprised with how sturdy it was, yet lightweight.

And get this cleaning is a breeze with a one button quick release mechanism, just pop out and wipe over easy. This makes Familoo one of the most hygienic toilet training solutions on the market.

There is nothing worse than when you have to remove the toddler seat off the toilet when you need to go yourself. With Familoo there is no need to remove as the Familoo is held up by a magnetic catch when not in use. That means us mums can use the toilet comfortably without a toddler/training seat getting in the way.

Even dad is happy he can still lift the lid t go to the toilet easily, and put it  back down of course ;)

Would I recommend this product to a toilet training mum? Yes I would, hands down it's the best toilet training product we have tried to date. I also think these would make a great gift for a new mum.

You can find out more here: https://familoo.com.au/   Enter code MYFAMILOO10 to receive a 10% discount 

Now if only someone could invent a product that lets mums go to the toilet in peace ha!

 

 

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9 Activities To Develop Kids Scissor Skills!

9 Activities To Develop Kids Scissor Skills!

Learning how to use scissors correctly is such an important skill. The activities below are great ways for kids to practice their scissor skills, and they are so much fun that kids don’t even realise they are learning.

1. Snipping Sammy Scissors from Laly Mom

Use a cardboard roll, such as a paper towel roll or toilet paper roll, and use scissors to turn it into Sammy Scissors. Kids will love giving him a haircut. develop - scissor - skills - 1

2. Flower scissor skills craft from Sugar Aunts

These bright flowers are made by using scissors to snip the edges of cupcake liners. Kids can practice their scissor skills by trying to cut along the lines, and then stopping at the fold of the liner. develop - scissor - skills - 2

3. Slime ribbons scissors activity from Homegrown Friends

To set up this super fun activity, first make some homemade slime, then place a rack over the table. Put the slime on top of the rack, and watch as the slime starts to fall through the holes, creating slime ribbons. Kids can then practice their scissor skills by snipping the slime ribbons as they fall.

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4. Dot and cut scissor skills from Powerful Mothering

This fun activity involves kids first painting dots and drawing lines on blank pieces of paper, which can then be used as a guide for cutting. develop - scissor - skills - 4

5. Watermelon scissor skills and paper plate craft from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tail

Cut a plain paper plate in half, get the kids to colour it green, then they can cut up pink pieces of paper for the inside. This is a great way for kids to practice their cutting skills without any guides.

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6. What is hiding in the grass cutting activity from School Time Snippets

Print out a picture (it can be anything you like) and attach a sheet of green paper cut into vertical strips, glued at the bottom. Children can then cut the grass with a pair of scissors to find what is hiding in the grass. develop - scissor - skills - 6

7. Spring tulip name puzzle from How Wee Learn

To make this name puzzle, just draw a tulip, or any flower you prefer, onto a piece of paper, and divide it into as many sections as you need for your child’s name by drawing a mixture of zig zag and straight lines. Your child can then practice their scissor skills by cutting along the lines. If your child is old enough you could even get them to draw their own flower.

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8. Paper bag jellyfish craft fro No Time For Flash Cards

Turn brown paper bags into these cute jellyfish. Kids can paint the paper bags, then use scissors to cut the tentacles. develop - scissor - skills - 7

9. Improving scissor skills with play dough from Sugar Aunts

This activity is so simple, involving only scissors and play dough, but it’s a huge hit with kids. If your child needs guides to help them know where to cut, roll the play dough into a snake like shape and use the blades of the scissors to press lines into the play dough. Kids can then cut along the lines.

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Check out our kids craft posts here:

Kids Homemade Art Supplies

Ninja Turtle Crafts

Princess crafts

 

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10 Of The Best Free Educational Websites For kids!

10 Of The Best Free Educational Websites For kids!

Kids learn to use computers from such a young age these days. While we might have use a computer once per week at school, for kids in school now using a computer is an everyday thing. It’s not all bad though, there are some fantastic resources that can be found on the internet, and best of all they are free.

These websites make kids feel as though they are playing, yet they are actually learning at the same time. These are the best free educational websites for kids voted by us.

1. National Geographic Kids

The National Geographic Kids website is packed full with fun online games and activities that help kids explore from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of space. The best educational websites for kids 1

2. Wonderopolis

Wonderopolis is a great educational website that answers all of the interesting questions about the world. Every day a new Wonder of the Day answer is posted, including answers such as: Why are flamingos pink, what would you pack for a trip to outer space and why do people get headaches from certain scents. The best educational websites for kids 2

3. Scholastic

The Scholastic website contains enough games, stories, printables and videos to keep kids entertained, and learning something new, for ours. The best educational websites for kids 3

4. Funbrain

This free website contains so much fun, there is a good chance kids won’t even realise they are learning. There are math games, reading games and even games for parents and kids to play together. The best educational websites for kids 4

4. Random House Kids

This website includes activities, books, games and videos featuring your children’s favourite Random house characters, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Disney Frozen and Horton Hears a Who. The best educational websites for kids 5

5. ABCYa

The games on this website are categorized by grade, which makes it easy to find age appropriate activities. The games help kids practice counting, graphing, patterns and more. Kids love this free website. The best educational websites for kids 6

6. Highlights Kids

This fun kids’ website includes games, art activities, stories to read, crafts, recipes, science experiments and more. The best educational websites for kids 7

7. NASA Kids’ Club

This website is perfect for any little astronauts. It’s suitable for kids of all ages, and includes games, videos and printable puzzles and colouring sheets, all of which are space themed. The best educational websites for kids 8

8. Disney Junior

This well laid out website is perfect for younger, Disney character obsessed children, and it’s on of our favourites. It contains games, videos and printable activities, all of which are Disney character themed. This site will keep the kids busy, and learning, for hours at a time. The best educational websites for kids 9

9. Discovery Kids

Discovery Kids allows kids to choose an area off interest, such as dinosaurs, science, animals, earth, space, food or health, and explore it with educational games, videos and activities. There are also articles that answer some of life big questions in easy to follow formats.

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10. Knowledge Adventure

This website has a huge number of games, which can be chosen by grade, age or subject. The games will help kids grow their skills in math, science, reading and spelling. The best educational websites for kids 11

Do you know any other great educational sites? We would love you to share in comments!

 

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5 KIDS SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS YOU CAN DO AT HOME!

5 KIDS SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS YOU CAN DO AT HOME!

Science doesn’t have to be boring. Make learning fun with these 11 science experiments you can do at home with the kids. Some of these experiments are so interesting that even adults enjoy getting involved.

Rainbow jar kids’ science experiment from Play Dough to Plato Pouring different types of liquids into a jar teaches kids that certain liquids are heavier than others. The finished product looks pretty too! 1 Magic milk science experiment from Laughing Kids Learn This magic milk is a great introduction to chemical reactions. Start with a layer of milk on a plate and add some drops of food colouring. Then add a drop of dishwashing liquid and watch the colours spread and mix. 2 Make sugar crystals from Learning 4 Kids Chances are you did this experiment as a kid. A little patience is needed with this experiment, but kids love watching the sugar crystals grow up the stick each day. 3 Magnetic force science experiment from Laughing Kids Learn Kids will have so much fun watching these colourful cut up pipe cleaners stick to the magnet through the plastic container. You could also fill the container with other small metal items, and try using different magnets. 4 Lemon volcano from Babble Dabble Do Kids can make their very own volcano using a lemon and some baking soda. As the baking soda touches the lemon it causes a fizzy reaction, you can even add a few drops of food colouring for a colourful volcano. 5

Would you give any of these a go?

 

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7 Creative Uses For Bubble Wrap

7  Creative Uses For Bubble Wrap

Next time you receive a parcel in the mail, don’t throw away that bubble wrap. Not only is it fun to pop, and a little therapeutic, but there are also some fantastic ways kids can get creative with it. Even if you don’t have any bubble wrap laying around, it would be worth buying some just so the kids can get busy with the below arts, crafts and activities.

Bubble wrap stomp painting from Mess for Less Kids will have so much fun with this art activity. Grab a giant sheet of paper and sticky tape the bubble wrap to your child’s feet to make a bubble wrap boot. Then dip a paint brush in some paint, apply it to the bottom of the bubble wrap boots and start stomping. 1 Bubble wrap sheep from Crafty Morning This is such a cute idea to actually incorporate the bubble wrap into the art, rather than just using it as a painting tool. Cut out a piece of bubble wrap to look like the sheep’s body, then paint it white and the sheep’s head, legs and finish off with some googly eyes. 2 Cherry blossom tree bubble wrap print from Glued to my Crafts Blog Cherry blossoms would have to be one of the prettiest trees around. Kids can create their very own cherry blossoms by using this free printable, some pink paint and bubble wrap. 3 Bubble wrap rainy cloud from Red Ted Art These bubble wrap rain clouds would look lovely hung in a child’s bedroom. The cloud is printed using bubble wrap, and the rain drops are made from bubble wrap that has been painted blue. 4 Bubble wrap stamps from My Mommy Style These bubble wrap stamps are so easy; even young kids can make them. All you need is an empty toilet roll, s small piece of bubble wrap and a rubber band or hair tie. Then just dip into pain and stamp onto paper. 5 Bubble wrap roller printing from Art Bar Blog Wrap rolling pins in bubble wrap, fill some paint tray with paint and kids can get painting. This will keep kids busy for hours. 6 Bubble wrap corn sun catchers from Sow Sprout Play Kids will love to proudly display these bubble wrap corn sun catchers on a light filled window. Kids can paint the bubble wrap to look like the inside of corn, then attach it to contact along with the green cardboard husk. You could also let the kids get creative and make sun catchers using different colours and cut into different shapes. 7  

Would you give any of these a go?

 

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6 Educational You Tube Channels For kids

6 Educational You Tube Channels For kids

Kids seem to have a bit of an obsession with You Tube, but you don’t want them watching any old videos that pop up. There are some great educational You Tube channels offering videos that kids love and also happen to be educational at the same time. We have listed 11 educational You Tube videos that will keep your kids engaged while at the same time teach them a thing or two.

Minute Physics This You Tube channel answers many interesting questions in quick 2-3 minute videos, including; Why December has the longest days, Is it better to walk or run in the rain and Why isn’t it faster to fly west. 1 Brainzy Games by Education.com This channel has fun alphabet songs, shape songs and sight word songs. There are even videos sorted by grade, including preschool, kindergarten and first grade. It’s the perfect channel to help kids aged 3 – 7 years practice their math and reading skills. 2 Kids TV 123 This channel has some very popular songs that kids just love, like the Animal Sounds Song and the Phonics Songs. These educational videos suit children, toddlers and babies. 3 Full Time Kid Mya is a young girl who shares educational tricks, cute crafts and songs. Kids love watching videos created by other kids so it’s sure to be a hit. Even parents will enjoy watching these videos. 4 Adventures in Learning These simple yet fun videos will help grow your children’s math, literacy and social emotional skills. 5 The Spangler Effect This channel is great for slightly older kids. The videos are made by a science teacher who finds creative ways to make learning fun. 6

Do you have any educational You Tube channels to share?

 

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How To Implement A Reward Chart - 5 free reward chart printables

How To Implement A Reward Chart - 5 free reward chart printables

Reward charts are one of the best ways to encourage good behavior, discourage behavior you don’t want, and rewarding your child for practicing new skills. If you don’t know how to get started, read on.

Decide why you are using the reward chart Before you start using the reward chart, you need to be clear on why you are using the chart, so that you can talk to your child about the change you want to see. Be specific, rather than say your child needs to tidy their bedroom, tell them they need to pick up toys and put them away. Choose a chart Once you have decided why you are using the chart, it’s time to choose a chart. The type you choose might depend on it’s purpose, but to help you out we have listed 5 free reward charts at the end of this page. Decide on the rewards A reward chart wouldn’t be a reward chart without some type of rewards. Young kids love stickers like a star or smiley face, whereas older kids would prefer something more tangible. Create some short term rewards It can be hard to keep kids motivated for too long, so it’s a good idea to create some short term rewards that help kids keep their mind on the end goal. Rather than a sticker it might be something like a new book or day out doing something they enjoy. Reward good behavior immediately Giving the reward, such as a sticker, as soon as your child models the right behavior will reinforce that they are doing the right thing. Don’t punish your child if they don’t get a reward If your child doesn’t earn a reward, don’t punish them or threaten to take a reward already given off them. Instead, encourage your child to try again next time.

After sorting out a reward system, you might be wondering if it will work? Reward charts are great for helping reinforce expected behavior. They can help turn a task or experience into something with a positive focus, and that’s going to make the experience better for everybody. Working toward goals and receiving a goal at the end is a part of life, much like going to work and receiving an income at the end of the week, and reward charts work in much the same way.

Now that you are ready to try using a reward chart, it’s time to choose one. We have done the research for you and listed the 5 best free reward chart printables below. Free kids chore chart system from Simply Designing http://www.simplydesigning.net/free-kids-chore-chart-printable/ This printable is perfect for rewarding chores, with space to add in chores to suit your child’s abilities.   Superhero reward chart from The Chirping Moms http://www.thechirpingmoms.com/2015/03/free-printable-superhero-reward-chart.html#_a5y_p=3549132 These reward charts are the perfect multi use reward chart, no matter what behavior you are rewarding. There are two designs to choose from.   Free printable chore charts from Passion for Savings http://www.passionforsavings.com/free-printable-chore-charts-for-kids/ These rewards charts are perfect for any age group. There is a chore ideas printable grouped by age, a daily responsibilities printable and daily chores printable.   Toddler chore chart from Dandee-Designs http://www.dandee-designs.com/2011/08/modern-toddler-chore-chart.html This chore chart is perfect for toddlers who can’t yet read. It features little pictures of simple chores that young kids can do with minimal assistance.   Weekday printable chore chart from The Vintage Mother http://thevintagemother.com/free-printable-chore-chart/ This free printable chore chart works well for those tasks that only need to be completed on weekdays, such as making lunch for school and homework after school.  

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7 Simple Ways To Teach Your kids About Feelings

7 Simple Ways To Teach Your kids About Feelings

Learning how to recoginise and control feeling and emotions is such an important part of growing up. These 7 activities will help you teach your kids about feelings in a simple and fun way.

Emotion eggs from Laughing Kids Learn http://laughingkidslearn.com/tool-for-teaching-emotions-in-kids These eggs are a fantastic tool for teaching kid’s emotions, you can use them in so many different ways. You can use them to role play different feelings or to copy the faces drawn on each egg. It’s also great fun to copy the faces in front of a mirror, so kids can see how their faces look when they copy the expression of each egg. 1 Emotions scavenger hunt from Mosswood Connections http://mosswoodconnections.com/activities/new-socialemotional-page/emotions-scavenger-hunt-social-skills-activity/ This game is a great way to build awareness of emotions by people watching. Download the worksheet and find somewhere to sit and people watch, then children can identify people that match the emotions on the worksheet and mark them off. 2 Emotional animals kids game from Craftionary http://www.craftionary.net/guest-post-emotional-animals-kids-game/ All you need for this game is two square wooden blocks and a permanent texta. Next, choose some emotions and write those emotions on each side of one of your dice. Next, choose 6 animals that are easy for your child to mimic and write those on the other dice. To play the game, roll both dice and act it out. 3 DIY kids emotion matching game from B-Inspired Mama http://b-inspiredmama.com/kids-emotion-matching-game-with-free/ This game is so much fun, and is made personal by using pictures of your children. To put the game together, grab a camera and take pictures of your kids acting out each emotions, them print and laminate those pictures along with the emotion words from the free printable. Attach Velcro dots to each picture and emotion word, and children can match the words to the picture of themselves acting out that emotion. 4 Empathy Beads from Sugar Aunts http://www.sugaraunts.com/2015/05/quick-as-cricket-activity-teach-empathy.html These empathy bead bracelets are inspired by the book ‘Quick as a Cricket’. Pull out some pile cleaners and a range of different coloured bracelets. Ask your children to give each typs or colour of bead an emotion, and then create a bracelet made up of the different ‘emotion’ beads. 5 Printable Inside Out emotions board game from Strawberry Mommy Cakes http://strawberrymommycakes.com/2015/06/12/printable-inside-out-emotions-board-game/ If your kids loved the movie Inside Out the are going to have fun playing this board game. First of all, print out the game and cut out the pieces. To play the game, move the pieces as the cards tell you to. When you land on a ‘memory’ spot you have to tell of a time you felt that particular emotion. 6 Exploring emotions with slime from Little Bins for Little Hands http://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/inside-out-exploring-emotions-activity-with-sensory-play/ Start off by making some homemade slime, and dividing it into 5 balls of slime. Next, add a colour to each to represent one of 5 emotions; joy, anger, sadness, disgust and fear. You can then talk to your child about certain situations, and as them to decide how that situation makes them feel, and express it by choosing the appropriate slime colours. 7

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WHY SWIM ALL YEAR ROUND PLUS TEN TOP TIPS FOR HAPPY WINTER SWIMMING

WHY SWIM ALL YEAR ROUND PLUS TEN TOP TIPS FOR HAPPY WINTER SWIMMING

Common questions when talking about the importance of learning to swim is “Why should children swim all year round? Surely it is only important to swim in the warm summer months? Won’t my child get sick?” These assumptions are completely incorrect.

Learning to swim is a long term, ongoing process, and consistency is the key to the development and maintenance of swimming skills. Attending swimming lessons makes up an important part of a child’s weekly routine throughout their infant, preschool and early school years, and should not just be limited to the summer months, as the skills and behaviours taught in lessons need to be practised all year round to allow children to develop at their own pace. Unfortunately the risks posed by drowning do not go away in winter, so neither should the lessons.
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