Get into 'Back To School' Mode with What's On 4!
Starting school - or getting back into the school routine - doesn't need to be a worry... Here at WO4Juniors, we have pulled together some great ideas to help! Read essential tips, ideas and advice ...PLUS! WIN brilliant 'Back To School' prizes...!
- WIN! A 'Back To School' Bundle from Smiggle!
- Lunch Box Ideas
- WIN! A Skip Hop Zoo Lunch Prize Package!
- Say Hello to Happy Healthy Lice Free Hair with Vosene Kids
- WIN! A Vosene Kids Back Pack!
- Educational Puzzles, Games & Activities
- WIN! Fantastic Peppa Pig & Disney Planes Puzzles
- WIN! Back To School Bundles with Helix!
- Books to help 'New Starters
- Beat the Back to School Bugs
- The Importance of Outdoor Play
Fresh from Australia, Smiggle is the funky new stationery brand on the block and we have four Back2School bundles to give away that are bursting with school essentials worth £60! Each backpack is filled with colourful and creative stationery – a must have for the new term.
Smiggle is a smile and a giggle rolled into an infectious children’s stationery brand and is dedicated to fuelling the creative spirit by creating original, fun and adorable stationery. Smiggle products are all about bold colour, quirky graphics, good value, innovation and most of all – giving youngsters the tools they need to have fun!. Click Here to Enter!
Fruit Bowl School Bars
Fruit bowl School Bars (RRP £1.98 for a box of 5 x 20g bars) are ideal for lunchboxes, made with apple puree and concentrated fruit juices. School Bars are available in 4 fruity flavours, raspberry, blackcurrant, strawberry and apple. One 20g School Bar:
- Counts as one of your 5 a day
- Contains more than 5 times its own weight in fruit!
- Contains no added sugar
- Is only 67 calories
- Contains no artificial colours or flavours
Tyrells Premium Popcorn Multipacks
Offering less than 70 calories per pack, the multipack not only offers greater portion control but is also an amazing replacment for crisps in your child's lunch box! Premium ready-to-eat popcorn is now a firm favourite within consumers snacking repertoires and with retail sales growing significantly year on year, a multipack was the natural next step for category innovators, Tyrrells.
Oliver Rudgard, Marketing Director of Tyrrells says; “Ready-to-eat popcorn in a multipack is perfect for consumers who are seeking a tasty yet light snack. Our popcorn is made here at Tyrrells Court Farm, so consumers know that they will get the highest levels of quality that are synonymous with all Tyrrells products". Tyrrells Popcorn is made from large Weaver Gold kernels to give a light and fluffy texture. Cooked in sunflower oil, Tyrrells popcorn delivers a rounded, buttery taste.
Banish ‘back to school’ blues with new Skip Hop Zoo Designs
Two new animal-themed pals are joining the Skip Hop Zoo line-up of fun backpacks and lunch bags, and are sure to put a smile on the face of little ones heading back to school. With the cute Butterfly and cheeky Hedgehog designs now available, children will be excited to get back to the classroom after the summer holidays to show off their new animal-faced friends!
Other recent additions to the Zoo Pack and Lunchies’ animal line-up include the Fox, Frog, Hippo, Lion and Shark. Children now have an amazing choice of 17 animal designs, with the Panda, Cat, Giraffe, Elephant, Dino, Ladybug, Zebra, Owl, Bee and Monkey completing the collection and ensuring these cute bags are at the top of the ‘back to school’ list!.
What better way for taking sandwiches to nursery or school than with these matching Skip Hop Zoo Lunchies! Making lunch times fun, these insulated lunch bags will keep food and drinks cool, and even have an inside mesh pocket for holding utensils, an ice pack or smaller snacks.
The new Skip Hop Zoo Sandwich & Snack Bag Sets are also great for transporting lunches and snacks to nursery and school. Consisting of a set of two reusable pouches in two different sizes, the sandwich pouch is ideal for lunches, without the waste of traditional plastic bags, while the snack pouch makes snacking easy, either during school hours or afterwards in the park or playground. Children can even take a matching Skip Hop Zoo Straw Bottle with them! The Straw Bottle helps toddlers move on from sippy cups, but also provides a handy spill proof drinks bottle for outdoor or indoor use. For further information, visit www.maguari.com or telephone 01293 774924.
We have a fantastic prize package to give away from the new Skip Hop Zoo range! Prize package includes a Skip Hop Zoo Lunchie, a Sandwich & Snack Bag Set PLUS a Straw Bottle in the popular OWL theme. Click Here to Enter!
Vosene Kids Conditioning Defence Spray (RRP £2.54, 150ml) is a fantastic leave-in spray which detangles and smooths your child’s hair, instantly taming the worst bed head and the most unruly knots. The clinically proven formula also helps protect against head lice - using natural ingredients such as Eucalyptus Oil, Citronella Oil and Rosemary Oil. Suitable for children aged 3 and over.
Vosene Kids 3in1 Conditioning Shampoo & Conditioning Defence Spray are found in the children's shampoo aisles in Tesco, Morrisons, Boots, Sainsbury’s and Asda. More info at www.vosene.co.uk.
• Vosene Kids 3in1 Conditioning Shampoo PLUS Vosene Conditioning Defence Spray
• Vosene Kids Back Pack & Pencil Case
• PLUS! A £10 Tesco Voucher
Click Here to Enter!
Preparing for your children to go back to school? Jumbo Games has a fun and educational range of puzzles and games that will help kids get back into the swing of things!
Playlab is a world full of cute characters and fun challenges with games and puzzles that benefit children aged 2-6 years. The iLearn range helps develop reading, writing and counting skills to encourage children to practice independently, preparing them for school. (RRP £8.99 and available from Amazon.co.uk)
Goula encompasses children’s play alongside each stage of early childhood development. The new and educational Goula Calendar Clock is a simple but clever wooden clock and calendar all in one that allows children to learn the different months and seasons in the year, weather conditions, days in a week and time of day. (RRP £24.99 and available from Amazon.co.uk)For more information visit www.jumbo.eu.
Click here to enter! One lucky winner will receive a prize package including a Doc McStuffins Bath Time Puzzle, a Disney Planes Giant Floor Puzzle, Peppa Pig Hide and Seek Game and a Peppa Pig 35-piece Giant Muddy Puddle Jigsaw Puzzle. A great prize bundle for your little one!
New ‘Puzzle Club’ magazine will help primary pupils with school work
The first ever puzzle magazine specifically created to support the National Curriculum has just been launched, following research proving that puzzles improve students’ engagement in learning. ‘Puzzle Club’ is a 64-page magazine that supports learning in the core subjects of the National Curriculum, specifically English, Mathematics and Science, for children aged 7 to 11 years old working towards or at Key Stage Two level (KS2). It has been developed by Puzzler Media, the UK’s foremost puzzle content provider, in conjunction with the world’s leading learning company, Pearson.
The launch comes as research report, “Puzzles in Education”, commissioned by Puzzler Media and compiled by the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge, shows that using puzzles in addition to standard teaching materials, can improve student learning.
The research found that:
- Puzzles are motivating for students and encourage engagement with subjects
- Crosswords improve verbal fluency, and are effective and motivating tools for learning and revising
- Word games (such as crosswords and wordsearches) combined with traditional teaching, are more effective than traditional teaching alone in learning vocabulary
- Sudoku puzzles exercise working memory, and can be adapted to wider educational uses
Mark Whiteway, Publishing Manager at Puzzler Media, said: “Puzzle Club, our latest magazine, builds on the findings of this research report, and on years of feedback from our readers, confirming that puzzles both encourage and help them to learn. “Puzzle Club offers children at KS2 level a wide variety of relevant, challenging, engaging and fun puzzles. Every puzzle has been designed to practise and improve key skills, such as problem-solving and writing fluency, or to impart and reinforce critical information and vocabulary from the National Curriculum. “This magazine is the first of its kind and we’re confident in its ability to help children to enjoy learning in a non-pressured environment.”
Puzzle Club is available in all WHSmiths, all good newsagents and supermarkets from 6 August 2014. For more information visit: www.puzzler.com/puzzleclub.
In readiness for the new term, we have teamed up with the historic brand that is synonymous with school stationery. We have two Maped Helix back to school bundles to giveaway, A boy version and a girl version – each worth £25! Click Here to Enter!
For families with young children, the first day of school is a major milestone – and one that provokes a mixture of emotions. Whilst it’s an exciting time for many, feeling unprepared can exacerbate the worry that many children will feel in the run up to the big day, potentially contributing to tantrums and separation anxiety. Fortunately, help is at hand in the form of the adorable ‘Monkey’; who tells the story of his first day at school in a realistically photographed storybook and activity pack (‘Monkey Goes to School’, £5.50 www.monkeywellbeing.com) designed to familiarise children with the new environment they will experience.
The ‘Monkey Wellbeing’ series of education resources are proving highly effective in preparing children for key life events, encouraging discussion between parent and child and helping them adjust when approaching new experiences through honest storytelling, effective reassurance and positive preparation. Monkey Wellbeing was developed by ex-teacher Helen Sadler, due to the lack of existing age appropriate health and wellbeing information available to young children. Monkey’s stories aim to see life through the eyes of a child and in addition to storybooks the range includes activity packs, stickers and puppet to teach children about being healthy and NHS services.
Back to school time heralds the onset of the cold and flu season, and packed warm classrooms are
the perfect breeding (and spreading) ground for the 200 varieties of cold and flu causing bugs.
Children – who are still developing their immune systems – get between seven to ten colds a year and these illnesses contribute to approximately four days of missed education annually.
Safe, effective cold and flu remedies can be difficult to find for children under 12s – making prevention better than cure. NasalGuard Cold & FluBLOCK® (£11.99, Boots, 150 applications) is a specially developed drug-fee gel, which when gently rubbed around the nostrils will protect your little one from common cold and flu germs. An innovative electrostatic charge snares and neutralises viruses to block them from entering the body, helping prevent illness. The invisible gel is
non-greasy, odourless and comes in a small lightweight tube, making it easily portable.
Ashok Wahi, inventor of NasalGuard Cold&FluBLOCK®, says ‘’Catching a cold or flu at school often seems inevitable, but parents should be aware that there is a drug-free method that is clinically proven to help stop children from becoming ill in the first instance. If parents prevent children from falling ill they also prevent them from bringing bugs home – protecting the whole family.’’ Visit http://coldandflublock.co.uk/ for more information.
Back-to-School with Sambucol
Sambucol For Kids is a safe, natural alternative for immunity boosting in children under 12. As back-to-school season approaches so comes every parents worry about keeping their children fit, healthy and bug free. For an alternative daily immunity boost for those aged 1-12 try Sambucol For Kids, a black elderberry extract with added vitamin C.
The Black Elderberry has long been associated with anti-viral properties and immunity-boosting, making it the ideal fruit for fighting the cold and flu virus. Black Elderberry has more than 50% the antioxidant power of blueberries and eight times more antioxidants than cranberries. Sambucol is a high quality Black Elderberry extract that has been show to shorten the duration of flu from 6 to 2 days. The randomised, double-blind, placebo controlled trial concluded that Black Elderberry extract significantly reduced the duration of influenza.
Sambucol for Kids is one of the best-selling products in the Sambucol immune support range. It is also a suitable alternative safe for children since the ban of Echinacea in children under 12s. Kids love it because it tastes delicious and parents love it because it’s backed by scientific studies. Brand Manager Gaby O’Leary comments: “Back-to-school is more than just class-room learning and play-ground fun; it means close proximity and sharing germs. Sambucol For Kids is a great product to help boost your kid’s immune system ensuring they stay healthy and don’t miss school”.
Sambucol® for Kids (RRP £8.67) is suitable from 1+. Available from Boots, Holland & Barrett, Waitrose, Ocado, Amazon, Chemist Direct and independent health stores and pharmacies. For further information visit www.sambucol.co.uk.
Playtime is often a much overlooked period, where the cognitive and academic skills developed during lessons can be consolidated with social and physical learning. Encouraging your child to spend time outdoors is not only an excellent way of ensuring that they grow up maintaining an active lifestyle, but also that they learn and develop new skills that aren’t unique to the classroom.
At Fen Park Primary School, part of the Active Learning Trust, they have recently invested in an OPAL (Outdoor Play and Learning) scheme. The aim of this programme is to improve the quality of learning and play outside, and develop skills such as problem solving, team work, negotiation and planning. By incorporating dedicated areas such as ‘mud kitchens’, alongside the use of tyres, rope swings and planks, they hope that children will become more in touch with their immediate environment by using objects around them in their play.
This is all about encouraging the children to take sensible risks, and to do so in a safe, supervised environment. Parents can easily replicate this activity in their back gardens or local parks. The cognitive, social, emotional and physical skills developed by this kind of hands-on, active play are intrinsic in any child’s development, and in turn will allow for a better, more considered access to the wider academic curriculum. Getting your child to create an obstacle course in your garden, and then navigate it successfully, for example, will teach them important problem solving techniques whilst allowing them to have fun and be aware of the outdoors.
This kind of scheme has allowed Fen Park to create an integrated learning approach across the entire school day, where no hour is wasted. Encouraging your child to focus their attentions on other aspects of outdoor play (for example, doing something else if a toy they are interested in is already in use) will also help to cut down on behavioural issues in general. The benefits of outdoor play are clear, and it is also something very fun and engaging that will help you to further bond with your child throughout their early school years. Visit http://www.outdoorplayandlearning.org.uk/ for more information.