An eco-friendly lunch with LunchBots

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Jan 182013
 

LunchBots

Even though the kids have been on school holidays for the past weeks I have still been packing plenty of lunches and snacks, no break for me there. A day to the beach here, a long car trip there, a picnic at the park and plenty more outings all require a big supply of food. I usually pack my kids a mix-and-match lunch but all those separate containers do get a bit bulky so I love the look of these cool new compartment lunchboxes from Sustainababy.

The funky LunchBots stainless steel lunchboxes are available as a DUO design ($22.50) with two separate compartments or QUAD design ($25.95) with four separate compartments. No more cracker crumbs stuck to your fresh cucumber and no more yummy carrot sticks covered in dry bread, the LunchBots lunchbox proves that sometimes it is good to stick to boundaries. The sleek, modern look make this a great choice for both children and adults alike.

LunchBots QUADMade from high quality, food safe stainless steel you won’t have to worry about rust or stains on your new LunchBots lunchbox, you can even pop the base in the dishwasher to make your life really easy (handwash only for the coloured lids). By using a reusable lunchbox you are saving yourself big bucks on disposable sandwich bags and you are not adding to all the plastics in landfill, a double win!

To find out more about Sustainababy, to take a closer look at the LunchBots range and to order online visit www.sustainababy.com.au.

Nov 172012
 

Last week I wrote about kids using their imagination and one of the things my kids enjoy most is a cardboard box. Luckily we usually have plenty of them which is good because they are getting too big to fit in a box together. Depending on the day and their mood a box makes a perfect car, bus, train, taxi, plane or boat, who knew a plain brown box could be so much fun? Help your kids let their imagination go wild with Imaginabox by On The Gro.

The super hip Imaginabox kits are sure to get those curious little brains working, they don’t cost a fortune and you can use these great products again and again. A big empty box and an Imaginabox kit are all you need to create a cool car, fast plane, awesome train or ready-to-use oven in a matter of minutes. Stick on the wheels and a dashboard, hot plates and an oven door, attach the steering wheel or even safety straps like on a real plane and you are ready for an exciting adventure and lots of laughs.

The award winning Imaginabox concept encourages lots of important skills and values in little ones: gross and fine motor skills, creativity, colours, shapes, story building, the value of recycling and re-using and much more! Children can enjoy Imaginabox on their own (with some parental help to get started) but it is also great fun for siblings or little friends to share. The recommended age is 3 years and up.

Imaginabox stickers are reusable and made using child-friendly materials, the last thing parents need is to worry about scary chemicals like BPA and phthalates. The big car, aeroplane and train kits ($19.95) contain all your stickers and the steering wheel, straps are sold separately ($10.95). You can also buy individual sticker kits ($14.95), to keep as spare or to replace worn stickers on other toys. Keep Imaginabox in mind when you do your Christmas shopping this year, they’ll be a big hit under the tree!

To find out more about Imaginabox, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.onthegro.com.

For your chance to win an Imaginabox kit of your choice (Car, Aeroplane, Train or Oven) visit www.onthegro.com and answer the following question: Which Imaginabox design is your favourite and why?

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Inside fun with Makedo

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May 082012
 

There really is no escaping the cold weather now and it is going to be tricky to find something to entertain the kids inside with for the next few months. Like most other kids my twins enjoy drawing, playing with playdoh or doing a puzzle and they always love building things. I have learnt that everyday items can make the best building tools so I try to keep a stack of cardboard boxes and empty containers on hand for building activities. Don’t worry, you don’t need messy glue or sticky tape, just grab a Makedo kit from Little Obsessions and your kids can start creating too!

There are lots of different Makedo sets available to create anything from small one-child project like planes, flowers, robots and animals to super cool big projects like a shop, playhouse, car and more. The Makedo connector system lets you use ordinary items from around the home and connect them to eachother using reusable clips and hinges. You’ll be surprised at all the awesome things you can make, once you start you’ll find that there are lots of things you can recycle.

Makedo kits are very well priced, starting at $6.95 they make really affordable gifts especially when you consider the reusable aspect of it. There are so many options with a handful of Makedo basics, it is a great way for kids to learn to use their imagination and come up with creative solutions. And of course it is also a perfect opportunity to teach them about waste, recycling and looking after the environment, double win!

Designed for children aged 5 and up the Makedo range is great for older children, both girls and boys, because there is nothing girly about being an ‘inventor’ is there? Little ones can enjoy Makedo too but they would need some help and supervision from an adult, you don’t have to worry about cutting accidents when shaping the cardboard as a special ‘safe-saw’ is included. A Makedo project will keep kids busy for ages and once finished just store the pieces for your next Makedo creation.

To find out more about Little Obsessions, to take a closer look at the Makedo range and to order online visit www.littleobsessions.com.au.