Not long ago, I asked our Jump Up For Kids community to share their stories of their Covid19 experience. I had asked people to share the good, the bad and the ugly and we got it. Actually we got the bad and the ugly. Which has left me pondering for a week what to do about this. I’ve been left tossing up the following: Everyone is stressed with the amount of change and uncertainty related to Covid19 and I don’t […]

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This ‘school at home, online’ gig is tough, there is no doubt about it! Many of us have children in different grades studying so many different things. Some of us have children who need additional support when learning. All of us are in uncharted territory and on one of the steepest learning curves of our lives. As part of our work at Jump Up For Kids we talk to a lot of parents and as the weeks have passed by, […]

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FANTASTIC!! Before you do get around to the dump trip, let’s just have a look through the pile to see what amazing play and healthy development opportunities might be in there for your children (grandkids, neighbours etc). If you find these things in your dump pile, pull them out now: pallets cable reels (all sizes) cardboard tyres inner tubes scraps of metal material buckets witches hats barrels old furniture. “Hang on a minute, we just finished clearing this stuff out! […]

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Keep calm, keep informed, keep connected, keep working (from home), supervise your child/ren’s education (from home), exercise but stay away from everyone, support small business, eat healthy, buy take-away, spend time with your kids, make time for yourself, learn a new language or instrument, look out for your neighbours, play board games, grow veges, don’t watch the news, know all the restrictions to flatten the curve, watch the curve, spend time with your partner, practice mindfulness, keep cleaning, monitor screen […]

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First it was toilet paper….people started hoarding, the shelves were bare, supermarket staff were abused. To put it bluntly we all went a bit loopy. ScoMo had to get firm and tell us to “Stop It! Just stop it!”. An item that has always been available to us and its importance in our lives often overlooked, was suddenly front of mind and a sought after commodity. Gradually over time, with some guidance about how much toilet paper is an appropriate […]

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For those who do not know me, I run an Outdoor Occupational Therapy practice. Our core messages centre around increasing time outdoors and healthy development. So if you had said three months ago that I would be writing a blog entitled “Outdoors Online” I would have probably laughed out loud. Yet here we are amid Covid19 restrictions and we are all more reliant on technology and we are spending more time on screens than ever before. For the role technology […]

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Here are some great games to play while sitting around the campfire Truth or Dare Who hasn’t played this classic game at some point or another? When it is your turn, you ask someone “truth or dare” and they have to choose between the two. If they choose “truth”, you ask them any embarrassing question you want and they have to answer totally honestly. If they choose “dare”, they have to do something embarrassing. It is good to put guidelines […]

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Here some of our favourite campfire songs! Perfect for singing around the campfire or send them to your neighbours and have a neighbourhood choir with everyone singing in their backyards. I Like Bananas This is to the tune of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, sort of. (“My eyes have seen the glory …”) I like bananas, coconuts, and grapes! I like bananas, coconuts, and grapes! I like bananas, coconuts and grapes! That’s why they call me (yelling) Tarzan of […]

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This is a recipe I’ve had since I was a child and is still a favourite with kids today. It smells good enough to eat, so be sure to keep an eye on your little ones to make sure they are playing with the playdough not eating it. Ingredients 1 cup Flour 1/4 cup Salt 2 tsp Cream of Tartar 1 cup Water 1 1/2  or 2 TBSP Vegetable Oil ~ I have used both measurements successfully and love how […]

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