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Want to get your kids started on some new crafts at home? Buy them a book – we’ve rounded up 10 of the best.

Crafting With Kids

Crafting With Kids

This bright, fun book has 35 colourful projects for both girls and boys, including fancy dress costumes and seasonal decorations. Get kids started on potatoe prints, papier mache, sewing, stencilling and puppet making.

By Catherine Woram, it costs £12.99, Ryland Peters & Small(opens in a new window).

Crochet for children book

Crochet For Children

If your kids are keen to crochet, this book will get them started. Basic techniques are covered (perfect for beginner adults, too!) and there are 35 achievable projects – from simple juggling balls to more ambitious ideas, such as a scarf, rag doll and teddy bear.

By Claire Montgomerie, it costs £14.99, Cico Books(opens in a new window).

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Christmas Crafting With Kids

Ideal as a pre-Christmas gift or just as a year-round sourcebook (who says Christmas crafts have to be limited to the festive period), this book has 35 seasonal projects, beautifully photographed.

By Catherine Woram, it costs £14.99, Ryland Peters & Small(opens in a new window).

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Christmas Crafting In No Time

Packed with 50 step by step Christmas projects, this book is ideal for older kids or young adults who want to have a go at sewing, stamping, decorating and even cooking. Projects include papier mache tree baubles, reindeer and mice and stockings to make.

By Clare Youngs, it costs £14.99, Cico Books(opens in a new window).

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Cute Clothes For Kids

Not so much for kids as for adults who want to make clothes for kids. This book has 25 projects for 0 to five year olds, and includes full-size, pull-out patterns and templates to make over 40 items.

By Rob Merrett, it costs £12.99, Ryland Peters & Small(opens in a new window).

Felt Button Bead book

Felt Button Bead

Get ready to devote your old socks, fabric remnants and clothes they’ve grown out of to their new obsession for fabric-based crafts. This book has 40 fun projects, including sock glove puppets, hand-print tea towels, decorated jeans, and belts and badges.

By Catherine Woram, it costs £14.99, Ryland Peters & Small(opens in a new window).

How To Knit book

How To Knit

This simple introduction to knitting has step by step instructions to get them started, followed by 25 easy to achieve projects, starting with simple ideas, such as scarves, working up to knitted toys and accessories for their rooms and clothes.

It costs £12.99, Usborne Publishing(opens in a new window).

Making Cards Book

Making Cards

If they love making cards for their friends and relatives, why not give them ideas to copy. This book has 26 ideas – from simple swirly flowers to cute fabric collage animals, fold-out and pop-up cards – and there’s also instructions for making envelopes and ideas for wrapping paper.
By Fiona Watt, it costs £9.99, Usborne Publishing(opens in a new window).

Starting Needlecraft Book

Starting Needlecraft

Ideal for beginners to needlecraft, this fun book has simple instructions and easy to achieve projects to get them started. There are also internet links to help them develop their skills once they become more adept.

It costs £4.99, Usborne Publishing(opens in a new window).

Super Cute Felt

Super Cute Felt

This book has 35 simple step by step projects – from hair accessories to toy animals to snuggle with. Fun for kids to do – and adult beginners seem to love lots of the projects, such as coasters, tea cosies and brooches, too!

By Laura Howard, it costs £12.99,

Why not send in your Crafty kids Ideas to poetreecreations@yahoo.com

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Everybody loves to eat ice cream in the hot weather, but have you ever wondered how you could make plain old ice cream more interesting? I am going to share with you 10 quick and easy ways to do just that. Providing you have the ingredients at hand, none of these ideas should take more than a few minutes to prepare.

01. Nuts About Ice Cream – One of the easiest ways to spice up your ice cream is to buy a bag of your favourite nuts or a bag of mixed nuts if you prefer. Put a little hole in the bag (but not big enough for the nuts to come out) and compress until all the air is removed, then take something hard and smash the nuts up in the bag. Simply sprinkle the broken nuts onto your ice cream and mix them in.

02. Strawberry, Coconut Ice Cream – Something I like to make which is really easy and the kids love, chop up some fresh strawberries and place in a mixer with some vanilla ice cream and then add a bag of coconut flakes. Mix for a few seconds but don’t overdo it. This ice cream is really good inside chocolate eclairs. 

03. Oooh, Saucy Ice Cream – Most people would use some sauces to liven up their ice cream, but the usual chocolate or strawberry sauce can become a bit tedious. I like to use some sauces which are a bit different: apple sauce, lemon sauce, honey or syrup, mocha chocolate sauce, caramel sauce or rhubarb sauce. 

04. Marshmallow, Chocolate and Honey Ice Cream – Take a bag of mini marshmallows and slowly mix them into some vanilla ice cream along with a crushed up bar of chocolate and a few drizzles of honey. Garnish with a sprig of mint. This idea is perfect if you are trying to impress party guests or even your partner.

05. Banana Splits – This is probably one of the easiest things to make but some people never do. Slice a peeled banana in half (lengthways) and place in a dish. Add a few scoops of your favourite ice cream (vanilla is probably my favourite). Squirt a little squirty cream around the banana and ice cream then sprinkle a few broken nuts and drizzle a little strawberry sauce or honey over the top to finish it off.

06. Peanut Butter Jelly Ice Cream – One of Kathy’s favourite things is peanut butter so I made this ice cream for her and she absolutely loved it. Take some vanilla ice cream and add a few spoonfulls of peanut butter and also a few spoonfulls of your favourite jelly, mix gently to combine, but not too much. Serve in a bowl with wafers and sprinkle a few chopped nuts over the top.

07. Apricot Ice Cream – If you are partial to apricots then this one is for you. Take a few dried apricots and chop into tiny pieces and mix into your favourite vanilla ice cream along with some apricot sauce. This is really good when your sat outside on hot, sunny days.

08. Cookies and Ice Cream – Cookies are a really good snack, but cookie dough ice cream is much better. Either make your own chocolate chip cookie dough or use Nestle’s Toll House ready made cookie dough and break it up into pieces and mix with some vanilla ice cream, delicious. You may also want to drizzle a little caramel sauce over the top too.

09. Fresh Mint Ice Cream – This is one of my personal favourites because I love the taste of fresh mint. Take about 6 or 7 sprigs of mint and chop very finely or use a blender (saves time) then mix into your vanilla ice cream. I like to place this back into the freezer for 30 minutes or so to allow the mint flavour to penetrate the ice cream.

10. Rum and Raisin Ice Cream – This is for adults only. Soak a couple of handfulls of raisins in some rum overnight then add the raisins and the remaining rum into your vanilla ice cream and mix until the ice cream turns a light brown colour (add a little more rum if needed). We recommend not driving after this one.

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062110-watermelon.jpgWhen the summer temperatures start climbing, we often don’t feel especially hungry. The temperature extremes of the hot blasting outdoors and freezing air conditioned indoors sometimes takes away our appetite. Here, though, are ten good snacks for for when you feel like it’s too hot ot even eat!

1. Chilled Hard Boiled Eggs: They’re small, easy to consume and pack a punch of protein. Add a sprinkle of salt and you’re all set.

2. Smoothies: The ultimate vessel to deliver whatever nutrients you require to last you throughout the day. Although smoothie shops sell you ridiculously large portions, a small 12 ounces is enough to get some serious nutrition without leaving you with a growly stomach.

3. Frozen Grapes: There is a severe cult following for this simple snack, just toss any bunch of grapes straight in the freezer. The end result is something that requires chewing and has a pleasant tang without being a milk-based dessert or snack.

4. Cold Noodle Dishes: It might be Soba or some Buckwheat noodles, but either way you can create sauces with big flavor and deliver them in a crisp, cool manner. Check out more cold noodle dishes here.

5. Ice Cream: Although it might not offer anything nutritionally, it is still the go to snack for many that are staring high temperatures in the face. A cool bowl of almost any flavor is usually more than welcome (even if it’s only breakfast!).

6. Water: Even though you don’t eat water (though we’ve lived in some cities we swore we did), it’s a great way to cool down your insides and put off hunger for a little while longer until you’re ready to consume a real meal instead of snacking.

7. Spicy Foods: Many will tell you that a good and spicy curry (Indian or Thai) is the way to go because it makes you sweat. We’re still not 100% sure of the science behind this method, so if it works for you, awesome, if not, see number 5!

8. Jerky: Although there’s tons of fresh fruit available during the sweltering heat, you might not always want the sugar (even if natural) that comes with it. A nibble ofhomemade jerky is a great alternative, plus gives you some substance unlike some of the other options above.

9. Watermelon: Growing up, Sunday dinner in the summer was 1/4 or 1/2 of a watermelon and a spoon. We’re not sure if it was the cool melon itself that made us feel better or the eating process where we got a fare amount of it on us during the process, but either way, watermelon is slushy and juicy without busting out a blender!

10. Spring Rolls: We have to say up front that any food shaped like a burrito is a winner in our book, but when the summer sun heats up, spring rolls are an easy dish to throw together, especially if you take a few minutes to do the prep work ahead of time. Add your choice of protein and you have a complete meal without adding any heat!

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The best remedy for scorching hot weather is a tall glass of something ice cold. You might not immediately think of coffee or tea in the summer, but you’ll find plenty of ways to serve them up nicely chilled.
1. Iced Cafe au Lait
A simple iced coffee recipe, heavy on the milk. A quick iced coffee recipe is very handy in the summer. No reason to go without your coffee just because the heat is up.
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2. Thai Iced Tea
A creamy iced tea, with some spicy hints. An iced tea recipe for all chai fans. Only a couple of spices, but enough to make a delicious impact.
3. Classic Lemonade
Lemons, sugar and water. The most simple lemonade recipe, and yet so refreshing. Your drinks don’t have to be complicated to be refreshing. Make up a jug today, and relax on the patio.
4. Cinnamon Caramel Iced Coffee
Add the cinnamon before brewing to give this recipe spicy touch. You’ll need to stir well to blend in the caramel syrup.
5. Sparkling Jasmine Iced Tea
A sparkling iced tea, flavoured with jasmine and brown sugar syrup. A change from the ordinary, with a sweet and floral flavour.
6. Thai Iced Coffee
A very smooth recipe for an iced chai coffee. The spiciness of chai isn’t only for tea, you know. It’s a simple blend that won’t take you forever to put together. Spice up your coffee today.
7. Ginger Lemonade
Fresh ginger gives traditional lemonade a new flavour. Be careful though, the ginger is a very potent ingredient. Ginger lemonade goes well with a summer lunch of Asian cuisine.
8. Italian Chocolate Soda
A sparkling drink with a hint of chocolate and cream. Even with the heavy cream, this is a very refreshing recipe for the heat of summer.
9. Suada Over Ice
You can’t go wrong sticking with the basics. Its just espresso over ice, with enough sweetened milk to mellow it out.
10. Boston Iced Tea
A wonderfully tart recipe for cranberry iced tea. The name comes from the cranberry bogs in the Boston area (so I’ve been told by a few readers). Regardless, it’s a very refreshing drink for a summer’s day.

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It’s not uncommon to give a teddy bear to a child or a loved one, but it is quite rare to give someone a teddy bear that you made yourself. If you’re willing to put your sewing skills to work, you can give this traditional toy a personal touch and offer it affectionately to a special person.

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    Pattern pieces before sewing the "paws" to the inner arm.

     
     
     
     
    Arms with "paws" sewn on

     
     
     
     

     Arms with “paws” sewn on

    Arms sewn together

     
     
     
     

     Arms sewn together

    Sew the arm pieces together, leaving a slit for stuffing (usually at the elbows).

     
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    Legs ready for foot.

     
     
     
     

     Legs ready for foot.

    Foot pinned for sewing.

     
     
     
     

     Foot pinned for sewing.

    Sew the leg pieces together (usually along the bottom).

     
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    First head seam.

     
     
     
     

     First head seam.

    Stitch the two head profiles together from the nose to the neck.

     
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    Gusset pinned for sewing

     
     
     
     

     Gusset pinned for sewing

    Sew the wedge shaped piece (this is known as a “gusset”) between the two head pieces – from the nose or forehead to the back of the neck (this depends on the length of the gussett). You will need to line it up at the neck and pin it in place before sewing.

     
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    All pieces sewn

     
     
     
     

     All pieces sewn

    All seam allowances clipped to the seam.

     
     
     
     

     All seam allowances clipped to the seam.

    Clip all of the seams.

     
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    All pieces turned right side out

     
     
     
     

    All pieces turned right side out

    Turn all of the pieces.

     
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    Stuff the head and sew it to the top of the body, around the neck line.

     
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    Assemble the bear by attaching the arms to the sides of the body and attaching the legs to the lower sides of the body.

     
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    Cut, sew, turn and attach ears (if you want them, as not all bear patterns have them).

     
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    Add facial details (like nose and mouth, etc.) with embroidery floss or permanent markers.

     
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    Sew on button eyes.

     
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    Enjoy your new stuffed animal!

     
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    Take good care of your teddy bear, or it may easily fall apart!

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 Teddy Bear’s Picnic

 And if you’re planning on going down to the woods today for a picnic, why not plan a big family surprise picnic that will have the kids super-excited or at the very list, have your teens in stitches at the silliness of it all!

 

 

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    Find your favorite teddy bears.

    Find your favorite teddy bears.

    Find your favorite teddy bears. Spruce them up in readiness for attending the picnic:

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    Prepare the food.

    Prepare the food.

    Prepare the food. No Teddy Bear’s picnic would be complete without the right food. Don’t forget that bears love honey and other things sweet! Some ideas of what to make or buy include:

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    Pack everything needed into an old-fashioned picnic basket.

     
     
     
     

     Pack everything needed into an old-fashioned picnic basket.

    Pack everything needed into an old-fashionedpicnic basket. Make sure to include plates, cups, utensils and picnic rugs to sit on.

     
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    Play teddy bear games and hold bear competitions.

    Play teddy bear games and hold bear competitions.

    Play teddy bear games and hold bear competitions. Even the adults can have some fun but it’s mainly for the kids, so have some little “bear prizes” ready for the winners:

    • Hold a competition for the best-dressed bear.
    • Hold a competition for the smallest and tallest bears.
    • Hold a competition for best-named bear.
    • Play hide and seek with the bears. The rules are up to you!
    • Have the kids play act being a bear.
    • Play Look Out for the Bear.
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    Hold some teddy bear activities.

    Hold some teddy bear activities.

    Hold some teddy bear activities.

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    Tell the children it's the teddy bear's bedtime when it's time to wrap the picnic.

     
     
     
     

                                                       Tell the children it’s the teddy bear’s bedtime when it’s time to wrap the picnic.

    tedIT’S BED TIME

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Most expensive teddy bear

Expensive and elegant have always fancied you. But have you ever thought that a teddy bear can also make it to the ‘most expensive items’ club. Since the birth of teddy bear trend from a cartoon titled ‘Drawing the line of Missisippi’, caricatured by Clifford Berryman, the cute-looking plaything has progressed from having fitted with button eyes to jewel-embedded eyes now. That illustrious cartoon was published in 1902 which depicted US President Roosevelt refusing to shoot a baby bear. The cartoon inspired a Russian emigrant Morris Michtom to come up with a toy bear. Today, teddy bears come in very innovative designs with, of course, expensive prices. Let’s check out few most expensive teddy bears ever sold. Read on.

 

 

1. Steiff’s Louis Vuitton Bear

Most expensive teddy bear

Price : $2.1 Million

This is the world’s most expensive teddy bear ever sold at any auction. This was manufactured by a well-known German toy company Steiff. The company claims to have made the world’s first teddy bear. The company has made this bear with the brand name of the famous fashion house Louis Vuitton. This teddy bear was sold at the Monaco auction in the year 2000 at the most hefty price ever bet for a toy, which was $21, 00,000. Jessie Kim of Korea bought this Steiff bear, and now this bear is housed at Teddy Bear Museum in Jeju, Korea.

2. Louis Vuitton Monogram Bear

Most expensive teddy bear

Price: $182,000

This is one bear that has been made completely by the brand Louis Vuitton in its 150 year fashion history. The bear is amongst the most favorite for the brand lovers and only 500 teddies were made. This one is named as DouDou. A foot-and-a-half tall, the bear comes with a logo of LV and was sold at an auction at Christie’s, Monaco for the price of $182,550.

3. Steiff’s diamond eyes teddy bear

Most expensive teddy bear

Price: $84,000

The next most expensive bear that we have in list is again from the German teddy bear making company Steiff. This bear has a mouth of pure gold and its fur is made of golden threads. This golden bear was made to commemorate the company’s 125th anniversary. The best feature of the bear is the eyes that have been crafted from sapphires and diamonds. These bears are limited in numbers as only 125 of the collectables have been produced and each retails at $84,000.

4.Harlequin teddy bear

Most expensive teddy bear

Price: $ 75,826

Harlequin teddy bear is also manufactured by Steiff manufactured. Created in 1925 with other 1,300 toys made by the German company that year, this is one of the most expensive bears available today. This bear was a part of the asset financier Paul Greenwood, who was held responsible for fraud last year. The bear has red and grey strips on its body with yellow paws and was expected to fetch around $80,000 to $130,000 but could fetch $75, 826 only.

5. Steiff teddy bear with hot water bottle

Most expensive teddy bear

Price: $ 30,000

Another asset from the Paul Greenwood collection is this Steiff teddy that was expected to fetch around $50,000 at Christie’s International in London but got around $30,000. The bear was produced in 1910 and wore a brown fur jacket with a lace to tie both the ends.

6. Daniel Swarovski’s Teddy bear

Most expensive teddy bear

Price: $ 10,566

Daniel Swarovski was an Austrian glass cutter and jeweler born in Bohemia and his father had a small glass factory that later started the production of crystal glass jewelry. This was how Swarovski, the famous brand, was born. The company made a teddy bear sponsored by the Daniel’s Swarovski. So, the shirt of the teddy was kept adorned with thousands of tawny crystals. The bear costs whopping $10,566 and is still available at selected Swarovski outlets.

7. Gund Snuffles teddy bear

Most expensive teddy bear

Price: $ 10,000

Gund, a manufacturer of plush stuffed toys, made this expensive teddy bear. This teddy bear was in the ‘most sought after’ list at the Gund booth at the American International Toy Fair in New York, on last Valentines. This cute bear wears a 10-carat diamond necklace with a white gold chain and its eyes are made of black Tahitian pearls that make it very expensive.

8. Karl Lagerfeld Steiff Teddy Bear

Most expensive teddy bear

Price: $2,080

Few years back, the iconic Karl Lagerfeld collaborated with the well-known toy making company Steiff to make a Karl Lagerfeld Steiff Teddy Bear for the latter’s 125th anniversary. The collaboration came up with a limited number of teddy bear i.e. only 2500 pieces. This teddy bear was wearing the famous black suit and sunglasses, quiet similar to what the star himself wears. The teddy also adorned the famous ear stud that is Karl’s patent style and also studded beld with the initials of the starts name “KL”. The toy was released at Colette with a price tag of $2,080.

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Most children love to cycle, and it’s a great way for them to keep fit and healthy. It takes a while to learn, but once they’ve got a bike many children will want to push the boundaries, cycling further and faster. With a few safety tips, you can help them learn to cycle responsibly.

Did you know?

  • Young children aren’t ready to go on the roads until they’re appropriately trained, for example through the Bikeability scheme.Children completing Bikeability Level 2, typically at around 10-11 years, should be able to demonstrate the skills and understanding to be able to make a trip safely to school, work or leisure on quiet roads.
  • Some children think they’re ‘uncool,’ but cycle helmets are likely to save their lives in a crash. The chance of a child dying in a cycle accident, or suffering serious head injury, is lower if they are wearing a helmet.

Safety reminders – keeping your children safe on their bikes

Babies, toddlers and very young children.

These little ones aren’t ready to cycle yet, although some parents like to take their children out on bikes with them. 

Baby cycle seats. There are a number of cycle seats you can buy for babies and young children. If you’re buying a seat for your baby, it should comply with the safety standard BS EN 14344:2004. If you get them a helmet too they’ll be protected even if you do have an accident.

Road safety. If you’re an experienced cyclist you’ll probably know the roads well. It goes without saying that if you cycle carefully and make sure you wear reflective clothing, your baby or toddler will be much safer in their cycle seat.

Practice. Having the extra weight on your bike can change the way you cycle. You might want to have a practice on quiet roads or off the road before heading out. It can also be a good way to get your child used to the helmet and child seat.

Young grinning boy putting on a cycle helmet

First bike

By the age of five many children will have started riding a tricycle or even a bicycle, usually with stabilisers. They are getting better balance, but can still fall off very easily! 

Helmets are a must for everyone, including toddlers in child cycle seats. A helmet can prevent serious head injuries if your child falls off a bike. It’s also a good idea for them to see adults setting a good example, so if you wear a helmet you can help them see how ‘cool’ helmets are!

Off-road. It can be fun to explore your local area and find some safe places for your child to practice cycling. Local parks, paths, and gardens can all give your child a safe place to ride until they’re old enough to cycle on the road.

Exploring by bike (children aged about 7-10)

Children of this age will probably try to push the boundaries a bit – they want to ride further and faster! They’re still a bit too young for road cycling, but with the right equipment and safety tips they can have great fun on their bikes while staying safe. 

Helmets! They’ll probably be tired of hearing this by now, but they need to put their helmet on every time they go out. Some children might still need help doing up the straps and making sure the helmet is secure. It’s not worth the headache if they have an accident without one!

Children have better coordination and control at this age, so they’ll be getting more confident on their bike. They’re still not ready to cycle in traffic, though, even if they’re with Mum and Dad.

Cycling confidence (Children aged 11 and up)

Many children at this age will want to cycle to and from school, or go out on their bike with friends. It’s OK for them to ride on the road – but they should be properly trained to cope with traffic – and there’s lots you can do to help prepare them for the risks.

Most schools now offer cycle training for children. If you can encourage them to do the training, they’ll build their confidence and be able to deal with the road risks more easily.

A working bike is a safe bike! Doing tire checks, brake checks, and looking for damage are all part of owning a bike. If you do these checks with your child you can teach them how to recognise problems and (if you know how!) help fix them.

It might not always be stylish, but high-visibility clothing saves lives – fluorescent for daytime and reflective for after dark. Even during the daytime, bright jackets are easier to spot than dull ones. Make sure drivers can always see your child by making them stand out.

It’s easy to forget that cyclists can be dangerous too. Help your child learn about the risks of the road by talking to them about their responsibility. Not riding on pavements and checking for pedestrians and other cyclists is a crucial part of their learning to ride.

Cycle training at school

If you’d like to get your child cycling, cycle training can give them the confidence and skills they need to ride safely.

Bikeability is one of Cycling England’s flagship schemes. Children can sign up to it at different levels, depending on their age and cycling ability.

Cycle Training Wales teaches children and adults in Wales how to ride, and also how to maintain their bikes.

Cycling Scotland offer courses for children in Primary 6 or 7. The courses teach them how to safely cycle to school on the roads.

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Grilling is the quintessential summertime family activity. Just mentioning a BBQ conjures up visions of grassy parks, coolers with sodas, and a fiery range covered with delicious cooked meats and veggies.

It’s important to be aware of the inherent risks that come with barbequing, especially when children are involved.

Children are inherently interested in cooking and food. The process is mysterious to them, so take the opportunity to educate them about safe barbequing. Energetic and growing youngsters are inclined to be eager to eat aromatic delicacies grilling on the BBQ.

Kids are the most vulnerable to being injured by a barbeque. Not all accidents can be avoided, but this guide will provide suggestions to keep your little ones safe so accidents are at least less likely. You’ll also get some fun grilling ideas that you can do with your children.

Give Them a Grill Tutorial

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Embrace children’s natural curiosity about cooking! While still turned off, show them the BBQ and explain how it works. A short tutorial will go a long way in curbing curiosity once the actual cooking has begun. Show them:

  • Stop Drop and Roll: Show kids the standard procedure if their clothing was to catch on fire. Stopping, dropping to the ground, and rolling is the tried and true technique, and could save their life one day should fire get out of control.
  • Heating: Demonstrate how to turn on a gas barbeque and how to adjust the flame. Let kids help arrange charcoal briquettes in a charcoal BBQ, like building with blocks.
  • Food Prep: Food must undergo a fair amount of prep before it can be grilled away on the barbeque. Show your children the steps, marinating meat, skewering kabobs, wrapping potatoes or corn in aluminum foil. Showing children these steps involves them in barbequing and enhances their knowledge about cooking.

 

Avoiding Sharp Edges

Surprisingly, a large portion of barbeque related injuries come from being cut or scratched by the BBQ itself. Tissue wounds are the second most common injury for children, after burns. Barbeques are bulky machines mostly made of metal. Also, spatulas, metal brushes, skewers, tongs, and other barbequing tools are sharp and can cause scrapes. Be aware of jagged edges, pointy protrusions, and anything that a child-size person could bump their head on. It might even be worth it to “baby-proof” any part of the BBQ grill that seems particularly sharp with a piece of masking tape. Place metal grilling tools out of reach, preferably on a solid surface.

Safety Zone with Chalk

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To be completely safe, kids shouldn’t be anywhere near the barbeque once it’s turned on. Beforehand, why not have your kids draw a border on the pavement with chalk around the BBQ area? They can draw in a safety zone, which no one should enter while the adults are grilling. Making it into a creative game will make the experience fun!

Fun Kid Friendly Foods

Think of barbequing as a way to expand your children’s culinary horizons and enhance their palette. Instilling kids with a sense that they can make tasty, healthy food at home will go a long way for their health. Those who prepare their own foods avoid the pitfalls of fast-food and takeout: excess fat and calories, low nutritional value, and expensive prices.

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Some BBQ grilling ideas ideal for kids:

  • Stoplight Shish-kabobs: After soaking wooden skewers in water, layer green, red, and yellow colored veggie pieces. Suggested vegetables: Tomatoes, bell peppers for red; Squash, pineapple, or bell peppers for yellow; Zucchini, broccoli, asparagus, or bell peppers for green.
  • Pineapple Rings: Grilling fruit enhances the flavor and caramelizes its natural sugars. Have your kids use a small round cookie cutter to make rings in the center of sliced pineapple. Brush with a little sugar water and they’re good to go on the grill.
  • Sliders: Smaller versions of classic hamburgers are perfect for pint-sized appetites. Small slider patties are easy for little hands to form and they cook through quickly.

 

 

Safety & Maintenance Tips for Grilling at Home

Placement is Key

BBQ on a grassy hillsideBBQ grills must be used on heatproof flooring, at least 10 feet away from buildings or anything flammable. Barbequing should never be done inside, not even in an opened garage or tent. It is dangerous to use grills on patios, awnings, or balconies because of their proximity to buildings. It’s also important to make sure that thebarbeque is set up in a stable location, so it won’t fall over.

Ventilation

Leaving enough room for a cross-breeze keeps smoke from building up into a hazardous carbon monoxide miasma. Leave the grill in an area that has plenty of open space for the smoke to dissipate.

Checklist

Thoroughly examine the grill before barbequing for any cracks, holes, or damage. Be sure all the pieces of the barbeque grill fit together properly.

Cleanliness

Be sure that your BBQ grill is fully clean before and after cooking. Any leftover ash, charcoal, or grill residue needs to be brushed away and discarded. If your barbeque model comes with a drip pan, it should be emptied. A grill pad or splatter mat placed under the grill can catch any mess that the drip pan misses. This is important because build-up on the grate can cause fires.

Follow Instructions

It’s important to read the manual and instructions provided by the manufacturer before beginning your grilling odyssey. Even though it’s a drag, bear in mind that thousands of people are injured every year as a result of BBQ accidents. Also, read the fine print because misusing your barbeque can void any owner’s warranty you might have purchased.

Children

Boy giving thumbs up because he's safe around barbeques!Be especially aware of children when barbequing since they are the most likely to be injured from a grill. Even if you don’t have kids yourself, there’s a good chance that you might use your BBQ grill when other’s little tykes are around. If you have kids, it’s a good idea to give them a tutorial of the grill so they understand what makes it dangerous. Establish a “safety zone” and caution all children to stay away from the barbeque.

 

 

 

 

Obey the Heat

A barbeque can remain hot up to an hour after being turned off. You should never attempt to move or lift your grill while it’s on or still cooling.

Protect Yourself

Barbeques get extremely hot! Guard yourself from the heat using heavy duty gloves, long cooking utensils, and snug clothing. Clothing that hangs can catch fire easily, so avoid billowy sleeves, hanging apron strings, and long shirttails.

Fire SafetyFlames!

It’s not a bad idea to keep a fire extinguisher, garden hose, or at least 16 quarts of water handy, in case of flare-ups or accidents. In the event of a fire:

  • Propane BBQ: Turn off the burners, and shut off the tank valve if you can reach it safely.
  • Electric BBQ: Unplug or turn off electricity. 
  • Charcoal BBQ: Close lid over the grill
  • Grease Fires: Use a fire extinguisher to damper flames. Never extinguish using water because this will cause fiery flare ups.

Alcohol Awareness

Don’t drink and grill! Seriously, alcohol and BBQs can be a deadly combination. Besides impairing the grillmaster’s motor skills and synapses, plus alcohol is extremely flammable!

For the Gas Barbeque…

  • Propane Tanks: Inspect the cylinder of the tank for visible dents, leaks, or rust. If you see any damage, you should replace it.
  • Gas Pressure: Be aware of the temperature wherever the propane tank is stored, transported, and used. Keeping the propane container in a warm area increases the pressure of the gas and could cause an explosion.
  • Recycle: Do not throw away your propane tank in the trash; municipal and private programs are available for recycling. For disposable propane tanks, use all of the gas before tossing.

For the Charcoal Barbeque…

  • Lighter Fluid: Only use lighter fluid on unlit charcoal briquettes, not on coals that have already been lit. Never pour fluid directly onto an open flame, the fluid path could ignite the entire container! 
  • Charcoal: Heated coal pieces get extremely hot, never try to handle coals or ashes. After BBQing, place the ashes in a metal container with a lid, and mix them with water. This mixture should sit for several days before being disposed of in accordance with state regulations.

For the Electric Barbeque…

  • Electric Requirements: All extension cords and wall sockets must be able to handle the amperage of the electric grill. Otherwise the circuit board can become overwhelmed and start an electric fire.
  • Combustible Materials: Anything flammable should be kept at least 10 feet away from the grill when it’s in use.

Keep safe

 

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With summer fast approacing, and seemingly endless days ahead, many parents fear the dreaded words from their children: “I’m bored!” Here are 20 activities to help keep boredom at bay:1) Fingerpaint with shaving cream on colored construction paper.2) Decorate a clay pot and plant a flower, herb, or tomato plant. Nurture it and watch it grow.

3) Draw a picture and mail it to Grandma and Grandpa. Or have them mail themselves a letter and see how long it takes to get back to them.

4) Decorate rocks with tempera paint. Add eyes to make them into insects or animals, or start a rock garden by filling a decorated shoe box with soil and placing the rocks in it.

5) Play with a magnet. Learn what it will and will not pick up. Attach it to string and tie it to a stick. Go fishing for paperclips.

6) Spray paint 2 liter bottles and use them as bowling pins.

7) Make a bird feeder by rolling a pinecone in peanut butter, then in bird seed. Hang it from a tree with string.

8) Have your kids design their own placemats. Help them cover their art work with clear contact paper.

9) Hide an object in a room and have your kids hunt for it. Tell them if they are “hot” when they get close to it or “cold” if they move away from it.

10) Have your kids help you wash the car. Spray them when they are not looking, and be prepared for a water fight. Have fun and plan to get really wet!

11) Make macaroni jewelry. You can color the macaroni by mixing one tablespoon food coloring with two tablespoons rubbing alcohol and stirring in the dry noodles. Make several colors.

12) Put a sheet over a table to create a tent and have a picnic lunch inside.

13) Read and act out one of your child’s favorite stories.

14) Go on a nature walk and study birds, leaves, and wild flowers. Try to identify them. Make a notebook of everything you learned about.

15) Use craft paints to decorate an old t-shirt.

16) Soak a cut celery stalk in a jar or glass of water tinted with food coloring. Watch what happens to it the next day.

17) Have a Hula Hoop contest.

18) Make a cake and let your children help you decorate it with colored frosting and candies.

19) Have a sock war. Designate an area free of breakables, set boundaries, and divide into two teams. Start firing!

20) Start a “summer journal”. Help your kids write about the things you did each day and let them illustrate it. Keep these to look back on as they get older.

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Both adults and children can develop anxiety about going to the dentist. To prevent and alleviate these fears, it is important to teach correct dental hygiene to your child from a young age. Encouraging daily brushing and flossing will most likely mean only cleanings and checkups without major surgery at dental appointments. Set an example for your child and let her brush and floss with you. Allow her to go with you for your dental appointments. If you have a fear of the dentist, avoid letting these emotions show.

Instructions

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      Sit with your child and discuss why he is scared of the dentist. Ask him what he is most uncomfortable with and try to explain the process as best you can. Remain understanding and patient. Your child might be afraid of something that might seem trivial to you, but show sympathy when discussing his fears.

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      Practice a trip to the dentist. Designate an area in your home and set it up with your child’s role-playing toys. Use a play dentist kit and a favourite stuffed animal or doll. Explain the process as you re-enact the dentist’s role. Once your child feels comfortable, allow him to take a turn and practice on a pretend patient.

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    Purchase books or games about children visiting the dentist. Read stories about visiting the dentist and what dentist do for their patients. Select stories that address common fears.

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    Schedule a visit to the dentist without a cleaning. Allow your child to look around the office and meet the receptionists and the dentist. If your child seems bothered or upset by the people there, consider switching dentists.

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    Allow your child to accompany you to your appointment. If you have dentist fears, do not let your child pick up on them. Suppress any anxiety to avoid scaring your child. Let your child see the process firsthand so she can become more familiar and comfortable with the procedure. Schedule your appointment immediately before his so he can jump into the chair himself with the process still fresh in his mind.

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    Schedule an appointment in the morning. Your child is more likely to be cooperative after a good night’s sleep. Take your child to a paediatric dentist, since these dentists typically have more training when treating young children. Paediatric dentists’ offices also have child-friendly decorations, brightly coloured walls and fun decor for your child to look at.

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    Bring a favourite toy or stuffed animal. A security item will help your child to feel safe and comforted if she becomes scared. Allow your child to sit in your lap for the first time. This will also help your child to feel calm and safe during the appointment.

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    Schedule routine checkups. Get your child used to going to the dentist frequently so that he knows it is a routine.

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