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Cable tidy examples

I created this tutorial for the Buzz Feed website. I loved creating it as it was a bit of a challenge to do something I wouldn’t usually do and be given a little brief for a craft make – it got the cogs whirring!

You can see the tutorial on the Buzz Feed website, but all the instructions are below too!

You will need: two wooden clothes pegs, all purpose glue, washi tape in colours or patterns of your choice, and your headphones.

Step 1

Get your pegs right: First you need to check the pegs are the right size for your headphones. Open one of the pegs and clamp around the wire just below the jack plug of your headphones. If the jack plug doesn’t fall through the end, you’re onto a winner. If it does, you’ll need to get some slightly smaller pegs.

Step 2

Get taping: Bare wooden pegs are OK but you’ll want to add a bit of colour and fun to your cable tidy. To do this add some washi tape down one side of each of the pegs. Pick your favourite colours or patterns, I went for some black and white dots, but you could try neons, or pastels which would look great against the light wood.

Step 3

Glue it together: Once you’re all washi taped up, use the all purpose glue to sandwich the non-decorated sides together. The pegs will need to top-and-tail each other as shown, so you can wind your headphones round it properly.

step 4

It’s a wrap: Woo hoo! You’re pretty much there, you just need to add your headphones – et voila! Start by putting the jack plug into the end of one of the pegs, then wrapping the cable round and round your new creation. Once you run out of cable, open the other peg and secure around the wire under the earbuds.

Step 5

Ready to go: So there you have your super-simple cute cable tidy.

Finished cable tidy

I made a few more and played with some colour combos, for one of them I also decided to offset my pegs slightly to add a little something extra to the design.

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Top 10 Old Fashioned Kids Party Games

Modern kids may never have played some of these old fashioned kids party games. If you don’t tell kids these are old school, they won’t know. These games encourage plenty of lively interaction and riots of laughter. Why not teach this gadget-loving generation how to have some good old fashioned fun? Twists are included for some of these old fashioned kids party games.1. Hot Potato
Believe it or not, this old fashioned kids party game was once played with an actual hot potato. The potato was passed quickly from player to player. Whoever dropped it was O-U-T out. Last player standing was the winner. For a modern twist on this burning hot game, how about using a ball and a timer? The person caught holding the ball when the buzzer goes off is out. Reset the timer until all but one player is eliminated.2. Balloon Race
For this old fashioned kids party game, kids do a relay race with balloons on spoons. It’s tons of fun just the way it is. How about adding a twist? Once each player reaches the finish, they must pop their balloon before the next player can continue. How do they pop the balloon? By sitting on it, of course. Kids will love this laugh riot of a game.

3. Telephone
Isn’t it funny how a message gets twisted when passed from one person to another? That’s the premise of the telephone game. In this old fashioned kids party game, children form a line. The first child whispers a phrase in the next child’s ear. This continues down the line until the last player recites the phrase out loud. The results can be hilarious. This game is twisted enough without any revisions.

4. Pin the Tail on the Donkey
Children are blind-folded for this game, but that’s not enough. Now they must try to pin a paper tail to a paper donkey hanging on the wall. The one closest to the goal wins. We’re all familiar with this old fashioned kids party game. How about replacing the donkey and tail with a monkey and banana? Monkeys and bananas are always good for a laugh.

5. Sack Race
Kids hop into a potato sack for this mad jumping race across the lawn. Do they even make potato sacks any more? I’m not sure. I guess you could use a garbage bag, but that might bust on the way across the yard. This calls for a modern twist. How about some old pillowcases? They’re just about the right size for kids to use as potato sack race substitutes.

6. Musical Chairs
In the old fashioned kids party game, chairs are placed in a circle, facing outward. Start with one chair less than the number of kids you have. Kids walk around the chairs. Music is played and stopped intermittently. When the music stops, kids scramble to sit. The player left without a chair is out. Another chair is removed and the fun begins again. For a fun twist, why not play some popular dance music? Kids can dance around the chairs in the silliest fashion possible. Prize given to the craziest dancer and the last kid sitting.

7. Three Legged Race
This old fashioned kids party game requires teamwork. Players race to the finish line together in teams of two. The old fashioned twist? Their left and right legs are tied together. The “middle” combined leg of each team must move together to finish the race. Ready for a challenging twist for older kids? Each player must balance a tennis ball on the palm of their outside hand, without closing their fist.

8. Penny Pitch
In the old fashioned party game, kids pitch pennies onto a grid with points marked. Each player gets three pennies to pitch. The one with the highest combined points wins. It’s a fun game, even without a twist. How about making things a little more challenging for older kids? Position empty cups, bottles and jars on different surface levels with points given for each goal.

9. Bean Bag Toss
Toss three bean bags into holes made in a standing piece of plywood. Make a goal and win a prize. Make two goals and win a bigger prize. Three goals, one for each beanbag tossed, gets you the largest prize. That’s the old fashioned kids party game. How about another twist for older kids? Suspend the plywood from a tree or clothesline outdoors. A spinning goal is much harder to toss bean bags through.

10. Animal Charades
This fun, old fashioned kids party game has kids imitating their favorite animals. Each player has a turn imitating an animal, while the other players try to guess the animal. The player that guesses, takes a turn at portraying animals. This game has no prizes but continues on as long as the kids want to play. For a twist, how about a small prize for each correct guess? Older kids can twist the game up a bit by changing the category from animals to movies or song titles, like the adult game of charades.


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My dad’s a secret agent.
He’s an undercover spy.
He’s the world’s best detective.
He’s the perfect private eye.

He’s a Pinkerton, a gumshoe,
He’s a snoop and he’s a sleuth.
He’s unrivaled at detecting
and uncovering the truth.

He’s got eyesight like an eagle.
He’s got hearing like a bat.
He can out-smell any bloodhound.
He’s as stealthy as a cat.

He can locate nearly anything
with elementary ease.
But no matter how he looks and looks
my dad can’t find his keys!

–Kenn Nesbitt

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School is a large part of your life when you are young, and it can be a really happy experience. Sometimes though you might find you have problems at school which are worrying or upsetting you. These could be about friends, homework, exams, bullying, or feeling pressure to do well. No matter what you are feeling, ChildLine is always here for you if you need support.


Going back to school

It can be really hard going back to school after the summer holidays. Not everyone looks forward to it. There might be lots of reasons why you might be worried about going back such as:

Whatever the reason, ChildLine is here for you and can help. You can contact us any time for support.

Moving schools

Moving from one school to another can be a scary time.  You might be moving from primary school to secondary school, or changing schools because you have moved house. Whatever the reason for the move, you can prepare yourself and get support if you need it, to make it all go smoothly. 

I’m worried about moving up to secondary school

The change from primary school to secondary school can be scary. You might be worried about:

It’s natural to feel like this, even if lots of your friends are moving to the same school as you. 

Hopefully you will get a chance to have a look round your new school and spend a day there. If you are able to do this, it will help you feel more confident about when you move.  The receptionists in your school’s office should be able to help you if you get lost and can’t find where you are supposed to go, or you lose something like your dinner money. They can help you find your way round and also be able to help with some of the other problems you might have too.

If you are worried about anything to do with moving to secondary school, it can really help to talk to someone about how you feel. You could talk to your teacher – either your primary school teacher, or your new secondary school teacher.  They will be able to help you feel happier about the move.  You could also talk to your parents or carers about how you feel.

If you don’t have anyone to talk to, or don’t feel that you can talk to them about how you feel, you can always talk to ChildLine. No matter what your worry about moving schools is, we can help you.  



Some people make it look easy making friends, but it isn’t always easy.  Not having friends or being in a group can make you feel sad and lonely. If you  are worried about making friends, or don’t have any friends at your school, talking about it to someone can help. Read more advice about friends 

Being bullied? 

Girl being bullied by mobile phoneIf you are being bullied you may feel alone and not know where to turn.  If you are being bullied at school, it can make each day at school difficult and worrying.

No one has the right to hurt you or make you feel bad, and if you are being bullied you don’t have to put up with it.

You can speak to ChildLine anytime if you are being bullied and want to talk about it. We can help you if you are being bullied at school,outside of school, if you are feeling down or lonely, or if you are havingproblems with friends.


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old fashioned toy shop


However, traditional toys such as Lego and even Subbuteo are giving this Christmas’s toy lists a retro feel this year.

With help from Leicester’s Dominoes toy shop, John Lewis, Amazon and Hamleys, here is our own top ten toy list for 2012. Pay attention Santa:

1) Lego – Forest Police Station. Recommended by Dominoes Toys of Leicester, Lego never fails to please and this is a must-have set new for 2012.  

2) Furby – A massive hit in the 90s, the Furby has been updated for today’s children and promises to keep them entertained for hours.

Its infra-red eyes have been replaced with two small LCD screens, its body has more motors and sensors than before and like so many toys these days, it comes with its own smartphone and tablet app, allowing for an even more interactive experience.

The app will even translate Furby’s weird language into English.

3) Tablets – Whether we agree with them or not, children as young as two are now playing with tablets and manufacturers have caught on to the fact.

Vtech and Leapfrog have launched children-friendly tablets with downloadable apps, educational games and even a built-in camera.

Tablets for kids are predicted to be a huge hit this Christmas by almost all major retailers.

4) Subbuteo – The retro finger football game is listed by Dominoes and Hamleys as being a big hit this Christmas.

5) Playmobile – Sets of any kind offer children hours of play to ignite their imaginations.

Of particular interest this year is the Playmobile Treasure Island.

With sets aimed at girls and boys, this is a toy youngsters under 10 will love.

6) Guess Who – This fabulous board game was popular when I was a child and still gives children of all ages hours of fun.

This year revamped versions include a Star Wars Guess Who. 

7) Web shooting Spiderman – Another toy that crops up on most lists this year, this well-known action figure looks like being a big hit.

8) FurReal – Cute animals that move and respond to touch.

These have been popular for a few years now and look like they will be again for 2012.

9) Trampoline – Garden trampolines are great for families, even those with limited space and are a gift-list staple that promise to delight children of all ages from toddlers to teenagers and even grown-ups.

10)   Barbie – The Princess and The Pop star interchangeable hair – another prediction from Dominoes and as the mother of a boy I’ll take their word for it.

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“Remember your manners. Be polite and say thank you when someone gives you something!”

This was my mother speaking all those years ago, but it could be any of a million mums reminding their kids to mind their P’s & Q’s.

It can be nerve-wracking as a parent, as children’s use of manners are usually a direct reflection our own manners. 

Christmas is exciting for most kids. The gift-getting, treats and parties is full-on. Many kids experience a different set of social circumstances at Christmas than they have throughout the year. They may meet relatives they rarely see; go to unfamiliar places; and often make multiple visits in a day. Kids from separated families often get a double dose of gifts, dinners and relatives.

But Christmas is a time when kids’ manners are sorely tested. Parents and guardians need to be mindful of Christmas etiquette as our kids enjoy the festive season.

Christmas etiquette revolves around four area:

1. Party manners: Parties require kids to share, to hold a conversation or play well with others and to fit in with what the host wants. Help kids understand what’s expected when they go out. Simple social graces such as refraining from gulping food down is a good place to start.

2. Receiving gifts: This is a biggie! What to say when you open a gift and you find it’s not to your liking! Hold your tongue, find out who gave it to you and say thank you…………..with eye contact. Lots of presents means lots of thank you…..and kisses and hugs.

3. Family gatherings: Having to put up with the kisses and hugs from that weird aunt can be enough to turn most kids off! But good mannered kids take their cues from others and will put up with well-intentioned relatives. Using names and making eye contact when kids speak are good social skills as well. Using a knife and fork when they eat their Christmas meal is also a basic social skill that some kids lack.

4. Celebrating with friends: Our multi-cultural society means that not everyone celebrates Christmas. Perhaps they can help these friends to feel included at this time of year by giving them a holiday card or gift so they don’t feel left out. 

Teaching etiquette and social graces to children and young people is done in four ways:

1. Modelling: Kids need to see you being polite & considerate of different social situations.
2. Reminding: Some need a reminder of how to behave before going out.
3. Practicing: You need to practise or role play good manner and social skills such as greeting others.
4. Cueing: Some kids need to be quietly cued about doing the right thing when they forget. No fuss or embarrassment. Just a reminder how they should behave.

Help your kids reflect well on you in social situations this Christmas.

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