CRU camps, a holiday to remember

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Jan 282016
 

CRU Camps

And that’s the Summer holidays done and dusted, didn’t those weeks just fly by? I have to say I love having the kids home but I can see how the older they get it does get trickier to keep them entertained. School holidays are all about relaxing, having fun with friends and making awesome memories so get in early for the next holiday break and gift your kids a holiday to remember with CRU Camps:

CRU Camps (part of a non-profit Christian youth organisation The Crusaders) is the largest provider of Christian holiday camps in NSW, running more than 60 camps per year and giving 3,300 campers an amazing experience to look back on. With 80+ years of experience under their belt you can safely call them the camp experts!

From horse riding to cooking, from snowboarding to fishing, from rock climbing to surfing, theme parks, campfires, craft and much, much more… there is no time to get bored on a CRU Activity Camp. There are so many cool activities lined up and no two camps are the same but one thing is sure, at the end of the camp you will have plenty to talk about. CRU Camps are a fabulous tool to help children build confidence, explore the outdoors, make new friends, learn about teamwork and communication, extend their horizon and discover new interests.

CRU Cooking

 

Don’t worry, aside from being super fun and exciting CRU Camps are of course safe too. With at least 1 camp leader to every 5 campers children are extremely well supervised and cared for 24 hours a day. CRU camp leaders are trained in child protection procedures, reference checked and screened in accordance with government child protection legislation and activity instructors are fully qualified.

CRU Water

CRU Camps are suitable for school years K to Year 12 (depending on the choice of camp) and all activities are carefully selected to suit the age and stage of the attendees. Some camps include overnight stays but there are day camps available too, ideal for children who prefer to sleep at home. Good to know: At all primary age camps a special camp ‘Mum’ and ‘Dad’ will be present to care for the emotional needs of young campers.

CRU Sports

As a child I spent many school holiday going on camp and I love looking back at the photos of all those special times, such fond memories! In fact I am still in touch with some of the many friends I made along the way, the time at camp may be short but the friendships and memories last a lifetime and have made a big impact on my life.

Don’t just take my word for it, in the end the real proof is in all the raving feedback from CRU campers who share their experiences on the website and the CRU Camps Facebook page. So many happy campers who can’t wait to come back, bring on the next school holidays!

To find out more about CRU Camps, to find a camp near you and to register online visit www.crucamps.com.au.

Sep 182014
 

Disney Junior

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Spending 20 hours (one way) on a plane with four young children under six is probably not anyone’s idea of having a relaxing time and I’ll admit I had been quite worried about how the kids would go on such long flights. Of course I had prepared them a backpack each filled with little distractions but I was also hoping the Singapore Air in-flight entertainment would offer some relief. It was a lovely surprise to see their favourite Disney Junior shows were just a few clicks away, just what we needed to keep them happy!

Doc McStuffins

While we don’t have the Disney Junior TV Channel at home we regularly visit the Disney Junior website on www.DisneyJunior.com.au (only accessible via PC or Mac) to watch some short episodes online. It is also a fantastic resource for FREE games, activities, colouring pages and even reward charts, just print and enjoy! School holidays are just around the corner so if your child is crazy about the lovely Sofia the First, the adventurous Jake and the Never Land Pirates and the always helpful Doc McStuffins (like our two big girls) this is definitely a website worth bookmarking.

Lambie Soft Toy

Ever since miss 4 first saw Doc McStuffins on TV she has been madly in love with this friendly girl and her toy entourage. She has gathered quite the collection of Doc toys already and Lambie no.2 (oh the tears when she lost Lambie no.1!) is her favourite bed time buddy. Doc McStuffins may be small in age but she has big dreams and wants to become a doctor just like her mum, not a bad goal to have if you ask me! You’re never too young to learn so she is starting with her own home practice where she checks out, diagnoses and fixes any toy that needs a bit of special care.

Doc McStuffins Ball

As I would expect from Disney Doc McStuffins is innocent and age appropriate for young children so I can safely let my little ones watch the show and play the games. They enjoy the stories and at the same time they’re learning about simple but important things like caring for each other, problem solving, health, hygiene, doctor visits and friendship.

By the way, if you’re looking for some fun things to do on Talk Like A Pirate Day tomorrow (September 19) make sure you check out the Disney Junior website. There are lots of great Jake and the Never Land Pirates activities to download like colouring-in pages, a certificate, build-your-own puppet theatre, pirate hat, treasure chest and much more. Ahoy me hearties!

To find out more about Disney Junior, to learn all about the characters, watch videos and play fun games visit www.disneyjunior.com.au.

Magic Talking Doc and FriendsThanks to Disney Junior Australia we have an awesome Doc McStuffins Prize Pack (RRP $74.98) to give away. Just answer one simple question to enter but be quick as this speedy giveaway ends next Friday. This is a game of skill and chance plays no part in determining the winners. By entering this giveaway you agree to these Terms and Conditions.

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Jan 282014
 

Books 4 Schools

And that was the school holidays done and dusted. It was mostly fun, games and lots of laughter and at times also rather challenging with four young children at home to entertain. As you know my little people absolutely love anything crafty but it can be tricky to keep coming up with new projects (without spending a fortune on supplies). Luckily there is help, check out the awesome blog by education expert Mrs Curwood on www.books4schools.com.au:

Olympic Aussie Animals ScrapbookBooks 4 Schools is a fabulous website by Australian Office, the team behind Australia’s much loved scholastic brands Olympic, Reflex, Tudor and Tudor Eco. Chock-a-block with interesting and inspiring articles, helpful tips and loads of fun activities and ideas for children, parents and teachers Books 4 Schools is a great website to bookmark; there is lots to read and learn and you never know when it will come in handy!

Olympic Megasaurus ScrapbookCraft activities are a fantastic boredom buster and an excellent way to keep little minds active, they are also an awesome preparation tool for children getting ready to start school (like our twins). Sometimes it’s the simplest ideas that are the most fun, all last week’s craft project took was a new Olympic scrapbook for each of them (from $1.54 each at leading retailers, news agencies and stationery resellers), glue sticks, scissors and a pile of (free!) junk mail.

Olympic Wings ScrapbookFor the twins I assigned a different letter of the alphabet to every scrapbook page (minus the ‘tricky’ letters), their job was to find, cut out and stick down objects starting with that letter (quite the challenge when you are 5!). For miss 3 I assigned a different colour to each page and her assignment was to spot pictures featuring that colour, cut them out with her toddler scissors and glue them down. So simple, so cheap, yet so much fun!

Because our children are usually generous with glue and ink we opted for the larger sized Megasaurus and Animals scrapbooks, the premium quality paper is thick and strong and up to the task. Olympic scrapbooks (64-72 pages) are available in a different styles and sizes so you can pick a scrapbook to suits your project and theme perfectly. Featuring famous Aussie animals, cool dinosaurs big and small and other colourful designs the Olympic scrapbook range is ideal of kids’ drawing, writing, sticking and scrapbooking activities for school or home.

To find out more about Books 4 Schools, to discover valuable tools for parents, students and teachers or to download the handy Booklist Reference Guide visit www.books4schools.com.au.

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May 132013
 

When a new baby enters the family it can be quite challenging to keep everyone happy. Even though my older three are quite used to sharing my attention it still took them a couple of weeks for them to get used to the new addition and sometimes having to wait a few minutes when I am feeding or changing her. Especially during the school holidays it was tricky to find a balance, luckily I had the Activities Box from Finlee and Me on hand to help keep them all entertained.

preschoolideassmThe concept of the Activities Box ($22.95) is simple: A small cardboard box filled with 40 sturdy wooden coins, each representing a child friendly activity. As soon as I opened this little box I knew it would be brilliant for our family, there are so many activities to choose from and they all require little to no preparation. Most of them I could even supervise from the couch while feeding the baby, double win.

From ‘Have a puppet show with different coloured socks’ to ‘Play thumb wrestle’ and from ‘Measure things with string/ruler/taper measure’ to ‘Play Simon says’, my kids always have an absolute ball pulling out a coin and discovering new activities. We still haven’t done them all and even if you draw the same coin the activity is never exactly the same as last time. Our 2 and 4 year olds really enjoy the Activities Box and we are definitely taking it with us when we’re off to Melbourne next month. If the weather is keeping us inside the holiday cabin at least we’ll still have lots of fun.

car11smAnother little gem that’s perfect for traveling is the Fold ‘n’ Go Car Mat ($21.95). This compact little pack (the size of a big postcard) folds out to make a nice wipe-clean play mat that measures ca. 37 x 37cm, quite a decent size for on-the-go. Of course these roads are no fun without cars to drive on them so the Fold ‘n’ Go Car Mat also features 5 handy pockets to store your child’s favourite matchbox cars in.

carmat11smKeep one in your handbag and pull it out when you need to keep your little one busy while waiting at the doctor, when visiting grandma or eating out or when you are on holidays. It weighs next to nothing, hardly takes up any space in your bag and makes a great ‘special occasion toy’. This is a handmade product so each mat is slightly different and it makes a gorgeous gift for a car crazy boy or girl.

As if one not sleeping, grumpy, crying baby is not enough we also had a sad little 2-year old on our hands after taking away the dummy. She has finally gone back to sleeping through the night but day sleeps are a thing of the past. The only way I can get her to have a rest on the couch is by putting on one of the award winning Dinosnores CDs ($19.95). I didn’t think she’d be into it but to my surprise she really likes it and lays down quietly listening to it. That’s a big thing for a busy bee like her!

dinosnoresfairysmEach CD has a different theme, for example fairies, kittens or dinosaurs (there are quite a few popular kids themes to choose from). The CD starts with a calm, relaxing story about the topic of your choice, this guided relaxation technique will help little one to settle down after a busy day. No loud voices, silly tunes or jokes, just one calming voice. After that it continues with peaceful soundscape, all together the CD plays for 60 minutes which should be enough for most children to drift of to sleep.

To find out more about Finlee and Me, to browse the range and to order online visit www.finleeandme.com.au.

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Shop For Tots – Holiday Activities (+15% off storewide)

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Dec 052011
 

If the thought of Christmas being just three weeks away scares you you probably don’t want to be reminded of school holidays. In two weeks time your little students will be home full time so there will be a lot less time for you to get things done. Luckily there are many great products around that will help you to keep big and little people entertained, either at home whilst you prepare a feast or when visiting family over Christmas time. Shop For Tots’ extensive range is sure to offer a helping hand, especially with the current 15% off storewide offer. Simply used the code ‘ELF’ at checkout for your discount to be applied, promotion ends December 10 2011.

The Colouring House of Fun Garden ($9.45-15%=$8.03) activity set is one of my favourites, it not only contains plenty of craft supplies for multiple kids but it is also fabulously priced. Designed by Tiger Tribe this gorgeous little house holds a 2.5m (!) scroll of  illustrations for colouring-in, 2 sheets of stickers and a packet of crayons. Girls will love this garden design where as the boys can be kept busy with the Colouring House of Fun Transport.

My kids love doing puzzles but the pieces often end up everywhere, something that won’t happen with the Melissa & Doug Puzzles in a Box ($17.05-15%=$14.49, vehicles or farm). There are 4 puzzles in each box and with 12 pieces per puzzles your little ones will be entertained for a while. Do just one puzzle at a time or mix up all the pieces for a little challenge! Once finished everything can be packed away in the box, no mess and perfect for at grandma’s house too.

If you’ve tried everything and the kids just won’t leave you alone you might as well get them to help you in the kitchen. Unfortunately Shop For Tots can’t guarantee a spill free floor but at least the clothes will stay clean with one of the gorgeous Oil Cloth Aprons. They are a steal at a bargain price of just $14.95 (plus an additional 15% off with the discount code) and available in three different styles to suit both genders.

To find out more about Shop For Tots, to browse the extensive range and to order online visit www.shopfortots.com.au. Keep an eye on the Shop For Tots Facebook page for the latest news and specials.