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School Holiday Fun – Easter School Holidays 2017

Join us for some All Time Favourite Games

  • Tug-O-War
  • Sack Races
  • Poison Ball
  • Parachute Games
  • and our FAMOUS  1.8m Earth Ball

Where: Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel

When: Thursday the 20th of April 2017  from 11am-12pm.

Cost: $15 per child, tickets available online. Or just turn up on the day – meeting point Watson Bay Hotel.

 

$5 kids meals avail too!! and trust me their food is delicious!

Parents welcome to watch or just sit back and relax in the beach club and collect the kids at the end. Where else would you want to be!

Bring your friends for this not to be missed event!

Imagine Creative Play

Looking for an engaging class for your children aged 1-5 years?

We Highly Recommend Imagine Creative Play.

At Imagine Creative play Kimberley Byrne believes that “Children should be heard and seen and supported to express their ideas as creatively and as messily as possible! Children should have full confidence within themselves and to always feel they have a voice and a place in this world that is unique”. We particularly love that Kimberley’s classes combine craft, music, movement and dance.

Three distinct classes are on offer:

The Dandelions for children aged 12 months  to 2.5 years

This class has music, movement, three different types of craft and one sensory experience. With a strong focus on both gross and fine motor skill development.

The Dreamers for children aged 2.5-3.5 years

These classes start with a unique story. The story is then brought to life through song, dance and three different types of craft.

The Star Gazers for children aged 3.5-5 years

This class is full of school readiness activities such as cutting skills, name writing and number recognition. Parents/Carers are not required to sit in so children are empowered to learn independently. A perfect class to transition to daycare or school.

For more details on Kimberley and her classes check out the website

http://www.imaginecreativeplay.com/

School Holiday Fun – Spring School Holidays 2016

Join us for some all time favourite games like

  • Tug-O-War
  • Sack Races
  • Poison Ball
  • Parachute Games
  • and our FAMOUS  1.8m Earth Ball

Where: Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel

When: Friday the 30th of Sept & Friday 7th Oct 2016 from 10.30-12pm.

Cost: $15 per child, tickets available now on the link below. Or just turn up on the day – meeting point Watson Bay Hotel.

https://tickets.myguestlist.com.au/v257b3dbbb7a1e9/spring-school-holidays/

$5 kids meals avail too!! and trust me their food is delicious!

Parents welcome to watch or just sit back and relax in the beach club and collect the kids at the end. Where else would you want to be!

Bring your friends for this not to be missed event!

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Essentials for Healthier Kids

There are 4 simple key areas we can change to improve the health of our children.
GIVE THEM MORE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES!
• 2-3 year olds should have 1 serve of fruit and 2-3 serves of vegetables
• 4-8 year olds should have 1.5 serves of fruit and 4.5 serves of vegetables
To get them on board with this grow some fruit and vegetables in the garden and expose them to a range of varieties several times. What they might not like the first time they may grow to love.

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INCREASE WATER INTAKE!
To help increase water intake, buy your child a refillable water bottle and ensure it goes everywhere with them. Keeping it cold will help so pack an ice pack in lunch boxes. Drinking water as a family at meal times will also help role model good practice.

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PROVIDE ESSENTIAL AMOUNTS OF DAIRY!
It is recommended that children have at least 1.5 -2 serves of dairy a day. Milk is a great source of calcium and essential for strong bones and good dental hygiene.
• 0-12 month olds should be given breast milk or formula only
• 1-2 year olds should be given full cream cow’s milk
• For 2 year olds and up it is recommended to start them on reduced fat milk
Cheese and yoghurt are also good sources of calcium for your child and should be worked into their everyday diet.

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HELP THEM GET ACTIVE EVERY DAY!
Being active will help them build strong bones and muscles, burn energy and develop important gross motor skills. The key is to make it FUN! Play together, vary the activities and let them have a say in what they want to do.

A toddler and pre-schooler should be active for at least 3 hours a day. Break up the activity over the day and reduce sitting time and time on devices or watching TV.

Primary school children should be encouraged to be active each afternoon when they return from school. They don’t have to be enrolled in activities each day to keep them active. Take them outside to the beach or the park. A good idea is to also request for presents each year to be active ones, such as bats and balls as opposed to non-active ones like computer games.

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Finalists In the Waverley Councils 2015 Brightest and Best Business Awards

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We are very proud to announce that we are :

FINALISTS in this years BRIGHTEST & BEST BUSINESS AWARDS run by Waverley Council.

This is their 10th year running and we are lucky enough to be finalists for a 3rd year in a row.  

The gala dinner took place on October 26th 2015.

WE CAME 4TH FROM HUNDEDS ON ENTRIES!

 

Halloween Kids Games and Activities

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Some funs ideas for the kids this halloween!

1) Mummy Wrap – grab some newspaper, paper towel, or loo roll and get creative.
2) Broom Relay Races –place a broom between legs and take turns to “fly” up and down the house or garden. Then use the broom to sweep “push” a baby pumpkin back and forth.
3) Find the pumpkin – Leave several trails of pumpkin seeds around the house or garden, with one path leading to the magic pumpkin. You can hollow out the pumpkin and leave a fun surprise in there for the kids.
4) Balloon Games – Use orange balloons and get the kids to make upside down witches hats with cardboard. They can then practice throwing the balloons up and catching them with the Upside down witches’ hat.
5) Ghost Bowling – use loo roll or painted cans as the pins, you can create eyes to stick on each roll or can, and then use an orange ball to knock down a tower of rolls/cans (ghosts)
6) Spider Web Obstacle Course – use toilet paper to create a spiders web in the house or garden. The kids have to climb through the spider web without touching it.
7) Treasure Hunt – create clues that lead the kids on a hunt to a scary but fun surprise.
8) Spooky Dancing – Pop on some music and get the kids to create a spooky dance routine.
9) Guess what’s in the bag – blindfold the kids and get them to place their hands in bags full of things like – spaghetti, jelly, dirt etc. – you can hide pretend spiders, bugs etc. in them as well.
10) Spider Web Walking Board Game – Create a giant spider web maze on the ground with crate paper, cardboard or newspaper that the kids can walk along for balance. You can add paper pumpkins along the path with actions such as do a cart wheel or do 5 star jumps.

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Join us for FREE Fun and Games!

Get the kids out of the house these holidays  and come and Join Leap Frogs Action Sports And Games for FREE fun & Games!

When: Mon 22 Sept – Friday 26th September 2015

Where: Engadine Town Square, 1040 Old Princes Hwy, Engadine NSW 2233

Cost:  Free

Who: Suitable for ages 5 to 12 years

Click on the link for more event details:

http://www.sutherlandshire.nsw.gov.au/Business/Commercial_Centres/Engadine/Engadine_School_Holiday_Activities_Sep_2014

BRING ALL YOUR FRIENDS! We hope to see you there!

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Fighting off the Winter Blues

As the cold sets in we are all susceptible to feeling a little blue and physically run down, so here are some tips to help keep your mind and body upbeat and on track during the winter Months.

Eat foods that pack a punch

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  • Oranges are packed full of Vitamin C to help ward of colds and the flu, it’s also great to keep the metabolism kicking through the winter months and for keeping our skin clear and fresh.

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  • Kale is rich in Iron and high in Fibre, It has antioxidants and is a great anti inflammatory food, like oranges it is also high in Vitamin C and is a great detoxification food.

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  • Oily Fish such as Sardines, Mackerel and Salmon, Nuts, such as Flaxseed and Walnuts, Soybeans, and Olive Oil are all Foods rich in Omega 3 will help with positive brain function and smooth movement of your joints.

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  • Dark Chocolate, now who doesn’t like a healthy winter treat? This treat is packed with anti aging and cancer fighting antioxidants. It’s also good for the heart as it helps decrease blood pressure and it helps control blood sugar levels, which ultimately stop us craving the unhealthy comforts foods that we are easily tempted by in the winter months.

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  • Raw Garlic, Ginger and Onion and lemon all have antimicrobial and antifungal properties and they are great for keeping our immunity on the straight and narrow during the winter months. For further reading on Garlic check out this link.
  • https://www.healthambition.com/health-benefits-garlic/

For a few other ways to fight off the winter blues try to:

  • Boost your serotonin levels by exercising regularly. There’s nothing like a walk with a mate on sunny winter days. If that’s not your thing hit the indoor pool for some water calming laps followed by a sauna to help clear the pores.

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  • Set the mood by lighting some candles and/or essential oils to help calm the senses and to create a warm and calming atmosphere. Chamomile, Marjoram, Lavender and Jasmine are good ones to start with.

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  • Hit the shops and buy bright colours and new things. We’ve all heard the saying “look good, feel good”.

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  • Change your appearance. Switch it up a bit and get a fresh new cut or colour. Also try experimenting with your make-up. Coral colours are in right now and they suit most skin tones, try this for a fresh and bright new feel.

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  • Volunteer your time. Giving to others is always a great mood booster. You’ll be surprised by what you can learn about yourself too!

And remember to SMILE, research has proven that smiling will instantly boost our mood and make us feel happy!

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Happy Easter to all our Supporters!

From all the staff at Leap Frogs Action Sports And Games we hope you all have a safe and fun filled Easter long weekend.

We hope your  going to “Leap Into Life” this Easter and enjoy the 4 day long weekend.

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Our top 3 things to do at easter!

1) Plan an easter eagg hunt – what kid doesn’t love a good easter egg hunt

2) Get crafy and make some colourful and funny eggs, bunnies and baskets

3) Get into the kitchen and bake some easter treats – yum, we’re hungry just thinking about it!

The Importance of Core Strength and Stability

Firstly, our core muscles are located on our trunk; they link our upper and lower limbs.

A strong core has many benefits including:

  • Balance and stability
  • Improved posture
  • Better mobility
  • Stronger and more supportive back and spine
  • Improved functional movement
  • Improved muscular strength

It is important to train our abdominal area in conjunction with our back, spine, hips and pelvic floor. If you train just one area the others will be weaker, leaving you prone to injury.

Some simple exercises to try at home:

Plank Position: Hold yourself in a prone position (face down), resting on your elbows and feet, lift your tummy off the ground till you are in a neutral spine position (flat back, bottom not raised). Start with a 15 second or 30 second hold, and gradually progress the hold time to 1 minute.

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To increase the difficulty, try lifting one leg at a time (to a neutral position), or one arm at a time (straight out in front), or alternate arm and leg at the same time.

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The muscles being worked are predominately your abdominals and back, but also your shoulders, chest, quads, buttocks (glutes) and calves.

Another version is the High Plank Position, you can move from front plank to high plank.

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Side Plank Position: Lying on your side, lift up onto your elbow and side of the foot, do this by lifting the hips off the floor. Start with a 15 second or 30 second hold, and gradually progress the hold time to 1 minute. Repeat this exercise on the opposite side. To increase the difficulty, try rotating one arm under the body or lifting the top leg up and holding or use a light weight in the upper arm (your free arm).

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This exercise predominately works the transverse abdominals, the obliques and the muscles of the buttocks and hips; it also works the bottom leg’s quadriceps and hamstrings.

Bridge Position:

Lying on your back with knees bent (feet on the floor) and arms flat on the floor slowly raise the hips up to a neutral position, squeezing the buttocks and thighs. You can hold this position for 15-60 seconds or you may choose to lift and lower 20 -30 times.

The muscles being worked here are the glutes (buttocks), and hamstrings (upper leg) ans to a lesser extent the abdominals and lower back.

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Half or full push-up: Position yourself on your knees if a beginner or feet if more advanced. Place the arms out in front and spine in a neutral position (buttocks not sticking up in the air, straight back). Work your way to 3 sets of 10.

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This exercise predominately works your chest (pectorals), shoulders (deltoids) and arms (biceps and triceps), but it also works the back, abdominals, and legs.

Pregnacy and Exercise

Exercising whilst pregnant can have many benefits but many of us are unsure about the correct amount and types of activities we can and can’t do. Many women also feel too tired or too uncomfortable to exercise. The thing is pregnancy is physically demanding and we need to ensure we keep the body physically fit in preparation for birth.

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Exercising whilst pregnant will:

  • Increase blood circulation which helps to reduce swelling and the formation of varicose veins in the lower legs. It also helps us look better by giving us a healthy glow.
  • Help to keep the body’s muscles toned. This will significantly help you return to your pre baby figure faster.
  • Make us feel better through the release of endorphins and by reducing aches in pains in your back and wear and tear to the joints.
  • Help us sleep better, which helps reduce anxiety and stress and in turn blood pressure.

Research has shown that women who exercise regularly during pregnancy have shorter labours and fewer emergency caesareans. I’ll take a shorter labour any day thanks!

How much should I do?

The degree of physical activity you do will vary based on your original physical activity levels, your desire to be active and an approval to exercise from your doctor. Always remember to start slowly and build gradually. If you were not previously active prior to pregnancy it is a good idea to start a low intensity program to help maintain posture, strengthen your core and to improve your breathing and relaxation techniques. As a guide it is recommended that you do 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day or at least 3-4 times a week.

Recommend exercises

  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Stationary Cycling
  • Light resistance training – low weight, high reps
  • Supervised classes such as Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, Stretch and aqua aerobics

Safety Guidelines

  • The golden rule is – If it doesn’t feel right don’t do it, you must always listen to your body.
  • Avoid exercise if you feel ill or have a temperature.
  • Avoid raising your body temperature too high and avoid exercising to the point of exhaustion.
  • Stay around 60-70% in term of your heart rate
  • Always gain doctor approval

What exercise should I avoid?

  • Contact and competitive sports or any activity where there is a risk of falling.
  • Resistance exercise (after the 1st trimester) where you have to lie on your back as this can affect your blood pressure and the flow of blood to the foetus due to the baby’s weight slowing the return of blood from the heart.
  • Exercising where you need to lie on your tummy
  • Heavy weight lifting
  • Holding your breath during any exercise
  • In the third trimester avoid impact activities and heavy stretching.
  • Sit ups and crunches as they can aggravate the abdominal muscle and lead to further splitting at the midline.

 Remember exercise should make you feel good, so give it a go, you will most certainly feel the difference!

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Step up for SISTERHOOD day 2013

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Hi Everyone,

I wanted to share this post with you all to help raise awareness for a special cause. My dear friend Jessica Brown, Founder of Life Changing Experiences Foundation has established the The SISTER2sister program which provides vulnerable Australian teenage girls with an intensive life skills program and positive female role models to guide them through life’s obstacles. To help raise funds for the SISTER2sister program the step up for sisterhood day was created.

Step up for SISTERHOOD day is not just about making a statement and slipping into your most glamorous stilettos and wearing them to work; it’s a national initiative raising much needed funds for the SISTER2sister program. In exchange for wearing your most fabulous heels in place of your normal workday shoes on Friday 6th December, you simply make a donation. The goal is to raise $100,000 so please give generously.

Every dollar you raise or donate towards Step up for SISTERHOOD day, will give vulnerable teenage girls a step up in life and hope for a brighter future. The SISTER2sister program has changed hundreds of girls’ lives so far, help us change hundreds more. All donations $2.00 and over are tax-deductible.

So please dig deep and support this worthy cause, spread the word and get involved. You can get involved or find out more by using the link below:

http://www.stepupforsisterhood.org.au/index.php

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Red Rocket Toy Store

Have a blast at Red Rocket Toy Store! Our pick of toys stores in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney.

At Red Rocket Toy Store they bring out the kid in everyone.

They offer a huge range of toys, games, arts and crafts, sporting equipment, dress-ups and books, all hand-picked to ensure the highest in quality, safety, education and FUN!

We love them! and wanted to share them them with you.

You can find them at 674 New South Head Road, Rose Bay NSW 2029

(P): (02) 9388 3144   

(E): http://www.redrockettoys.com.au/

 

  

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Best & Brighest Finalists for 2013!

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I’m excited to announce we made it to the top 3 for the Waverley Councils Best & Brightest Business Awards for Presentation in the category E-Tail. We were invited to and attended the Gala Dinner on Wednesday the 14th of October at East Leagues Club Bondi Junction. The event was filled with like minded entrepreneurs offering an array of products and services. In attendance was Mayor Sally Betts who presented the many awards on offer that night.

I would like to thank Waverley Council and the event sponsors for providing such a great opportunity to acknowledge small business and for putting on such a great event. It is such an honour to be recognised within the community. I have worked long and hard and with great passion for the last 2 years and I am proud of what I have achieved so far!

These achievements would not have been possible without the support of my family and loving partner, John Flack. A special mention to my friend Jessica Brown, Founder of Life Changing Experiences Foundation, Jess you have inspired me to go for my dreams. You have been my role model. You are a wealth of knowledge and support and I feel very blessed to have you as friend and mentor.

I started this business in hope that I would make a difference to the lives of children. I believe I have done so and I hope to continue to do so in the future.

Adele Martin

Owner and Director

 

 

Rose Bay Fair 2013

We are excited to be attending the 2013 Rose Bay Fair next Sunday the 27th of October! Come along and join us at Rose Bay Village on New South Head Road. Visit our table for your chance to win “The Ultimate Party Package”.

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We will also be giving away delicious cupcakes made by Temptation Bites check them out at http://www.kidzcakes.com.au/

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Bring the kids and spread the word, it’s going to be a great day out!

 

Party Checklist

So it’s time to organise the kids party! Here’s a checklist to make things a little easier.

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  • The Entertainment – Look no further – our Sports parties are all the rage!! What’s that you wanted a theme? Great we do themes – anything from Dora the explorer to survivor games, pool parties, pirates, fairies or mini Olympics, the list goes on. There are heaps of party shops with themed party accessories too.  
  • The Date – this needs to be locked in first. Weekends are great but have you ever considered a party after school/preschool instead?
  • Venue – A hall, your backyard or a park are perfect spots for a Leap Frogs party. A handy hint: pick somewhere with toilets, especially if you have littlies. Organise a wet weather option as well…just in case.
  • Party Time – this can be tricky to work this around sleep times or for the older child, sports commitments. Most young children function well early in the day or after their nap, the older kids usually like the afternoon sessions.
  • Guest list – deciding on whom to invite can be tricky. Some like to keep it small with just a few friends, others invite the whole class, family and extended friends, be sure the venue can hold the number you choose – this is why parks and/or a hall are a great idea. Lots of room to run and play.
  • Invitations – these need to be sent out with plenty of notice. It’s a good idea to start the party half an hour before the entertainment arrives to ensure all the kids are there at the start of the games. Here at Leap Frogs, we provide custom made invites for you. You can print them off and hand them out or email them.
  • Cake and party food– decide whether you will DIY or outsource. Making the food and cake can be half the fun. Pick a theme for some inspiration. If ordering something special, this needs to done early– need a hand? Check out the great range at Temptation Bites http://www.temptationbites.com.au

2 weeks from the big day

  • Decorations – Pop into your party local party store and stock up on balloons and decorations. Need inspiration check out Balloon Saloon http://www.balloonsaloon.com.au/
  • Confirm any bookings with entertainer, venues, catering etc.

 

1 Week out

  • Do any last minute shopping for food (if self catering)
  • Make the party bags – it’s always a good idea to make a few extras for siblings who may turn up at the end. Be creative here – you don’t have to fill them with sugar – why not keep with the theme and put in some novelty toys instead.
  • Ensure the camera is working and the battery charged.
  • Select a present for the birthday boy or girl.


Night before / day of the party

  • Put up all the party decorations.
  • Decorate or pick up the cake.
  • Set up a gift area for presents to be placed.
  • If children are being dropped off, make sure you get a contact phone number for each parent just in case.

After the party

  • Relax you’ve almost made it to the end
  • If opening the presents at home it’s a nice gesture to send out Thank You cards.
  • Don’t forget to print the photos or make an album

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Some Interesting Early Childhood Facts!

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Gross Motor Ability

The age of 3 is a very active time for children. Simple movement skills such as hopping, jumping and running back and forwards provide a wealth of fun and a sense of achievement for the child. When they turn 4 they become curious and adventurous. By the time they turn 5 they love to climb and perform stunts – Jungle gyms, trees; you name it, they test it out. Their sense of spatial awareness becomes more defined at this time, which allows them to successfully navigate through their daily adventures.

Cognitive Development

By the time a child reaches 3 the brain is ¾ the size of an adult, by 5 it reaches nine tenths. The age of 4 however, has an important significance on physical and cognitive development, this significance is linked to myelination. Myelination is a process in which the nerve cells are insulated with fat cells which help increases the speed of information travelling through our nervous system. This myelination is essentially for information processing and in particular the development of hand-eye coordination. Once a child develops hand-eye coordination many physical skills become easier and are often performed automatically. This makes learning new skills more fun as the child has mastered the basics.

Eating Habits and Nutrition

Good nutrition is important for physical growth and cognitive functioning. It can have a major impact on skeletal growth, health and physical ability. The average preschooler should consume approximately 1700 calories a day. As a parent we need to role model good eating habits, as our habits learnt early in life often roll over into adulthood. A variety of foods including fats, protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals are essential. There a common misconception that fat is bad for us. This is untrue – we need fat in our diets – children in particular. We just need to eat the right type of fats and limit the intake to 15-30% of our daily intake. A balanced meal will help ensure the child receives adequate nutrition essential for health growth and development.

Natural Therapies and Alternative Medicine

In the world of natural therapies, how does one decide what’s really good for you and your family?

Firstly it helps to know exactly what each therapy actually is.

Acupuncture: is an ancient system of healing that involves inserting very fine needles into the surface of the skin. The needles are left in place for around 20-30 minutes with the aim of stimulating the mind and body’s own healing process. Acupuncture has been known to help with a wide variety of conditions including muscle stiffness and aches and pains in adults and children alike.

Chiropractic: This type of therapy works specifically on the spine and associated systems. The spine is manipulated and adjusted so that it is correctly aligned and functioning correctly.

Mediation: works buy focusing the mind through breathing, stillness and mantra. It works on our inner peace and is great for lowering blood pressure, improving immunity, concentration and sleep.

Aromatherapy: involves the use of essential oils to settle the mind, body and spirit. The holistic approach works on strengthening our energy and improving our immunity through self healing. Research suggests in helps with conditions such as anxiety, depression and sleep disorders.

Homeopathy: uses natural medicines that are chosen based on the symptoms a person is showing. It works to stimulate a persons’ immunity to naturally rid an illness or condition. If the correct medicine is prescribed it will alleviate symptoms gently but quickly.

Herbalism: is the oldest form of medicine that utilises whole plants and herbs.

The Bowen Therapeutic Technique: involves manipulated the muscles and connective tissue via gentle hand movements aimed at balancing energy throughout the body.

Iridology: is the analysis of the human eye to detect signs of emotional, spiritual and physical wellbeing.

Massage: a simple and enjoyable process aimed at relaxation or reduction of muscular pressure, stress and anxiety.

Naturopathy: Aims to find out what is actually causing the symptoms and then works on treating them accordingly. Treatment includes a use of a nutritional diet plan, behaviour change, herbal medicine, homeopathy and acupuncture.  

These therapies all have one thing in common; they work on naturally storing one’s inner peace, and immunity. Why not give it a go, it’s safe and may just be exactly what you need!

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Keeping the Kids Active in Winter

Just because winter is here doesn’t mean we have to become couch potatoes and eat comfort foods. There are plenty of options to keep you and the kids active and healthy throughout the colder months.

Research shows that kids need 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Combining both aerobic and strengthening activities is the ideal way to reach that target. This physical activity will not only build cardiovascular endurance and muscular strength but also great foundations for the social, physiological and mental skills that are linked with an overall healthy lifestyle.

  1. Sign your child up for local recreational or sports programs. Be sure to let your child choose the sport or active recreational activity that appeals to them. This will ensure they are happy and continue to want to attend the sessions.
  2. Take advantage of the great outdoors – go for a walk or hike that involves exploring a new territory. Give the control to the child by letting them choose the destination, this makes for a great adventure. They can help pack a bag with water, healthy snacks, a hat and sunscreen.
  3. Kids love competition – why not set an achievable fitness goal such as completing a fun run for which you can train. They are more likely to stay motivated and active if they have a sense of achievement to work towards. A little reward once that goal is achieved can always help as well.
  4. Invite the kids friends over and build an indoors obstacle course or circuit. Get the kids to spend the time creating the course and challenges along the way. Create a tunnel to commando crawl through, place markers with actions around the room e.g. star jumps, place markers for jumping on or over, create a balance beam, use couch cushions as mats for crunches.
  5. Make it a family affair – According the Journal of sports medicine – Children with active dads are 3 ½ times more likely to exercise than those with inactive dads. When both mom and dad are active, kids are a whopping 6 times more likely to exercise.  Time to role model – get the bikes out of hiding or hit the beach or indoor heated pool for some water fun.

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Temptation Bites!

Look no further if you need a cake for your kids next birthday party. We’ve found Temptation Bites! and we LOVE them!

Temptation Bites create scrumptious birthday cakes, including eye catching kids birthday cakes and cupcakes as well as party food to tempt the taste buds and excite the imagination of children and adults alike. They can take care of all your party catering needs!

(W): http://www.kidzcakes.com.au/        (M): 0414 067 671

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New Business Partnership

We are excited to announce our new business partnership with Balloon Saloon!

Balloon Saloon creates the WOW factor for all your events from a child’s party through to corporate events.

Balloon Saloon prides themselves on caring as much about your function as you do. Let their experienced and professional decorators inspire you with delightful designs to suit all budgets and dreams.

Let them help create the best first impression at your next event anywhere in the Sydney CBD or Eastern Suburbs.

(w) www.balloonsaloon.com.au   (p) (02) 9344 9955

FREE Games at the Waverley Public School Market Day!

We’re running FREE games and activites for kids of all ages! at the Waverley Public School Market Day

WHEN: Saturday the 15th of June 2013
WHERE: Waverley Public School: 155 Bronte Rd Waverley
TIME: Games from 10am-12pm

Save the Date!

The markets are open from 9am-1pm so come along and support the school, find some awesome things amongst the sales and get the kids involved in all the fun activites!

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Preventing Sports Injuries

Weekend sport is becoming an everyday pastime for many families. You only have to drive by the local fields to see an array of action taking place. It’s usually all smiles and cheering until it’s your child with the sports injury. Some say “oh well, they’re kids they’re bound to get injured at some point. Instead we should be saying “how can I help prevent these injuries”.

Many sports injuries can be prevented by ensuring children are adequately prepared for their sport. This can be done by:

  • Informing coaches of medical conditions affect your child
  • Ensuring that they attend training sessions to learn the rules of the game and the correct use of equipment
  • Purchasing protective equipment such as mouth gaurds, correct footwear, helmets and padded clothing
  • Providing a water bottle to ensure adequate hydration (before, during and after an event)
  • Ensuring they arrive on time to adequately warm-up with the team
  • Ensuring your child is correctly dressed for the elements to minimise the possible negative effects should the temperature be to hot or cold
  • Teaching the importance of following the rules

What sports injuries are common in children? The most common sports injuries in children are sprains and strains. A strain occurs when a muscle or tendon is pulled past its normal range of motion where as a sprain occurs when a ligament has been stretched or in more severe cases torn. These can be easily treated with RICER (rest, ice, compression, elevation and referral). The second most common sport injury in children is heat-related illnesses. Most children have a high surface area to weight ratio thus leaving them susceptible to heat and cold. less common injuries include fractures, dislocations; overuse injuries and growth plate injuries, all of which should be treated by a medical professional. If a sports injury does occur it is important to allow adequate time for healing. If a child returns to sport to early they risk re-injuring themself or causing more damage.

To help your child to stay injury free, educate them on safety and guide them in their choices!

 



The New Wave of Super Foods

What are Super Foods? The term Super food is used to describe foods that are natural, low calorie and nutrient-rich. They have a superior amount of antioxidants, flavonoids, micro and macro nutrients. Current research suggests that a diet of super foods will boost your immunity, reduce illness and help fight ageing.

10 Super foods to add to your healthy eating plan with some links to a recipe or two!

Kiwi Fruit is nutritionally dense, full of antioxidants, high in fibre, potassium, vitamin C, A and E.

http://zesprikiwi.com/archives/category/kids-recipes

Berries are loaded with antioxidants and phytonutrients, low in calories, high in water and fibre, which helps to keep you full for longer. Blueberries are the regarded as the king of the berries in terms of super foods, followed by cranberries and strawberries.

http://www.driscolls.com/recipes

Nuts are high in fibre, protein and heart-healthy fats and antioxidants. They help lower cholesterol and can aid in weight loss. Only a small does is needed to gain the health effects.

Eggs are a great source or protein, vitamins and minerals. They’re excellent for brain development, memory and concentration.

http://www.incredibleegg.org/recipes/collection/kid-friendly

Low fat or fat-free plain yogurt is high in probiotics which are great for supporting the immune system, moving food through the gut and reducing lactose intolerance. It is also high in calcium, protein and potassium.

Broccoli is a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and bone-building vitamin K, and has plenty of fibre to keep you full for longer and help control your weight.

http://www.myrecipes.com/kids/kid-approved-broccoli-recipes-00420000000603/

Spinach is high in vitamins A and K, folate and manganese and flavonoids, all associated with reducing the risk of cancer; breast cancer in particular. Spinach is also linked with increased brain functioning, eye sight and healthy gastrointestinal function.

http://www.recipe4living.com/articles/top_10_kid_friendly_spinach_recipes.htm

Salmon is low calorie and high in omega-3 fatty acid which great for the heart, joints, skin and hair. It is also high in protein, a great source of iron, and is very low in saturated fat.

http://www.food.com/recipe/karens-kid-friendly-salmon-166059

Quinoa is a wholegrain food that is high in protein and iron and packed full of zinc, vitamin E and selenium which is linked with reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

http://healthykidschallenge.wordpress.com/2012/01/26/11-healthy-quinoa-recipes-for-kids/

Beans are a great source of fibre; they help lower cholesterol, keep you full for longer, and help to remove waste regularly from the body. Beans have high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids and are a low-fat source of protein, carbohydrates, magnesium, and potassium.

http://parentables.howstuffworks.com/chow/7-bean-recipes-your-kids-will-love.html

Congratulations to Corleen Kupina of Dover Heights

You have won the “Ultimate Party Package”
Prize includes: 1 hour of games, sports and activities, 1x Games Coordinator, set up and pack time and equipment hire for up to 12 children.

We look forward to making your child’s birthday a memorable one!

Win your Child a Leap Frogs Action Sports and Games Party!

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For your chance to Win the Ultimate Party Package, simply send us an email to: adele@leapfrogs.com.au with your name, address, phone number, email address and your childs age.

Prize includes: 1 hour of games, sports and activities, 1x Games Coordinator, set up and pack time and equipment hire for up to 12 children.

Valued at $180

Terms and Conditions…

  • Location limited to 20km from city CBD
  • If you wish to have a party with more than 12 children an extra staff cost will be added.
  • Booking subject to availability
  • Normal booking conditions and cancellation fees apply

 Competition closes Midnight, April 30th, 2013

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Back to School

Is it that time of the year already? We hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and wish you and the kids a great start to the school year!

It’s time to get the school uniforms out again, pack the kids backpacks, stock the fridge with healthy lunch foods and convince the kids that school is fun and good for them.

Term 1 is an excellent time to get the kids involved in school sports. With the summer still upon us the kids will have a range of sports on offer to get them active, socialising and outside in the great outdoors. Why not convince them to try something new? Most schools offer a range of recreational sports such as swimming; learn to surf or rock climbing.

For a less expensive option, schools offer a variety of team sports. Team sports are not only fun, they help a child grow by learning responsibility, pride, sportsmanship, team work and a range of essential gross motor skills. Children will also learn to accept loss and defeat alongside important communication and socialisation skills.

Team sports

AN ACTIVE CHRISTMAS

Fun games to play on Christmas day

1. Christmas Dash: A fun dress up relay

What you need: you can use any Christmas dress up items such as a Santa suit with pants and top, a Santa hat, or reindeer antlers, gumboots, and a red nose. If you don’t have a Santa suit you can use any red coloured items for Santa’s outfit, or brown colours for a reindeer outfit.

How to play: Divide the group into two equal teams. The first member of the team runs up the items (placed at the end of the room or backyard), fully dresses in all props then runs back to the starting position where they take off the items; the next person in line must then put on the items and run to the end of the room or yard and back again. Repeat until all members have fully dressed and run the length of the race.

2. Wreath Toss: Test your accuracy in this fun throwing challenge

What you need:    A thick stick about 15-20 cm long or a solid metal peg, 5-6 plastic Christmas wreaths.

How to Play: hammer the stick or peg in to ground so it doesn’t fall over during the game. Stand each member at least 2 metres away and take turns to throw all wreaths (rings) onto the stick. Each player gets a point if a wreath lands on the stick. Play several rounds and add up the points to determine the winner.

3. Three Legged Stocking Race: for team work, fun and laughter

What you need: 2 X large stockings that can fit two legs in it, or you can use rope and string

How to Play: Split the group into two equal teams. Partner up the players, the first players place their middle legs into the stocking. On go each pair must run to the end of the designated area and back again, they then pass the stocking to the next pair in their team. Continue until all pairs in the team have completed the activity. The winning team is the team who has all players successfully complete the relay first.

4. Snow Ball Soccer: A fun team kicking game

What you need: A packet of white balloons, white paper (optional to paper Mache the balloons) and goals (can be card bard boxes, sports cones or similar). Make approx 3-4 balls for each player.

How to Play: Split the group into two equal teams and set up the goals and playing area. Scatter the snow balls around the playing area. Team members spread themselves out in the playing area. On ‘Go’ the players must try to kick as many snow balls into the goals s they can. Play until all balls are in the goals or to a set time limit. Determine in advance if you’ll enforce a penalty for players who touch the ball with their hands. This could be a brief timeout, sitting out the rest of the match, or performing a physical activity like jumping jacks or knee raises.

 

Free Games at the Rose Bay Street Fair

We can’t believe it’s been a year already!

We are excited to once again be supporting the local community by providing the kids with FREE Games and Activities.

Come along and join in the fun!

Where: Rose Bay Street Fair this Sunday the 28rd of October 2012

Leap Frogs Action Sports And Games will be running an interactive games session for kids of all ages from 3-4pm in Panerong Reserve

Check out the link below for more event deatils:

http://www.woollahra.nsw.gov.au/events/events_list/family/rose_bay_street_fair

We hope to see you there!

Come Celebrate Halloween at the Bondi Public School Halloween Fete 2012

Join Leap Frogs Action Sports And Games along with lots of other kids entertainment for a fabulous day of fun!

Why not get the kids out of the house this weekend and come along to this spectacular event, support the community and help raise funds for the school!!

Leap Frogs Action Sports & Games will be running 4 hours of interactive sports, games and activites for kids of all ages from 10.15am-2.15pm

When: Sunday the 28th of October – Fete starts at 10am – Games from 10.15am

Where: Bondi Public School – 5 Wellington St Bondi

Click on the link below for more details on the event:

http://www.bondipandc.org.au/

We hope to see you there!

First Aid For Kids

As the days get longer and the weather gets hotter, we love to venture outside! Here are a few tips to help the kids survive any accidents that may occur whilst out and about enjoying the great outdoors.

Bumps and Bruises
1. To reduce the severity of bruising grab an ice pack or make your own by placing some ice cubes in a plastic bag and covering it with a wet tea towel.
2. Firmly place the ice pack on the bruised area for approximately 20 minutes. The rule is 20 minutes on, then 20 minutes off. Repeat this for the first 2 hours and then every 2-4 hours as required.

Cuts and Scrapes
1. Take a clean cloth or bandage and hold it to the wound. This will help reduce blood flow to the area and therefore bleeding.
2. When ready remove the cloth and wash the area with clean cold water. Remove any dirt by wiping away from the wound, and any rocks or gravel with the use of tweezers.
3. To stop any bacteria getting into the wound, cover the area with a non-stick gauze or plaster.
4. Seek medical attention if blood flow doesn’t stop after 10 minutes, or if the wound is deep.
5. How to tell if the area is becoming infected? The skin will become red and swollen with green or yellow discharge, the wound also becomes hot and tender to touch, your child might also experience fever and/or body aches.

Nose Bleed
1. Sit your child down and tilt their head slightly forwards.
2. Try to encourage your child breathe through their mouth and refrain from blowing their nose.
3. With thumb and forefinger pinch the nose at the soft tissue area just under the bone. Do this for approximately 10 minutes. If bleeding persists seek medical advice.

Bee Stings
1. Remove the stinger carefully by brushing it sideways with your fingernail or tweezers. DO NOT squeeze the poison sac.
2. Wipe the area and apply an ice pack.
3. If an allergic reaction takes place, use an epipen immediately and seek medical assistance straight away.

Blue Bottle Stings
1. Remove the tentacles as soon as possible and wash the area with lots sea water.
2. Immerse the affected area in tolerably hot water. If hot water is not available apply an ice pack.
3. Do not apply vinegar and do not rub the area with sand.

Why Fundamental Movement Skills are so important

As children grow up they need help to nurture their natural physical ability. This can be done by developing a child’s gross motor ability, which is their use of large musculature to achieve the goal of a specific skill. The age of 3-5 is the perfect time to start developing your child’s motor ability.

Basic gross motor skills are often defined as fundamental movement skills as they are the basic building blocks for more complex and specialised movement skills and patterns. A child should be given the opportunity to master the 12 fundamental movement skills essential to competently and confidently participate in a wide variety of physical activities, sports, and recreational pursuits. Research has shown that children who develop FMS are more likely to engage in sport and physical activity throughout adolescence and adulthood, leading to a healthier lifestyle.

What are the fundamental movement skills your child should be developing?
• catch
• kick
• hop
• skip
• leap
• side gallop
• static balance
• sprint run
• vertical jump
• overarm throw
• two-hand strike
• dodge

These skills can further be divided into the following categories:
Locomotor Skills: running, hopping, galloping, skipping, leaping
Balance skills: Movements where the body remains in place, but moves around its horizontal and vertical axes.
Ball Skills: catching, throwing, kicking, striking, underarm roll

When developing these skills, be patient it takes time! It is estimated that a child may take between 4-10 hours of instruction time to become proficient in one fundamental movement skill. To start, pick 3-4 skills to work on and as your child becomes confident, slowly introduce the rest. FMS development should be a part of a child’s daily routine! Ideally for 3-5 year olds they should be spending 3-4 hours a day in structured activities and free play. This can be reduced to 1-2 hours as they get older and skill mastery takes place.

FREE Games and Entertainment at the Holy Cross Fair

Get the kids out of the house this weekend and come along to this spectacular event for a festive, fun filled afternoon!! Support the community and help raise funds for the school!!

Leap Frogs Action Sports & Games will be running 2 hours of free interactive sports, games and activites for kids of all ages from 11am-1pm

Come along and join in the fun!!

When: Sunday the 20th of May 2012- Fete starts at 10am – Games from 11am

Where: Holy Cross Primary School – 81 Edgecliff RD Bondi Junction

Click on the link below for more details on the event:

http://www.hcpswoollahra.catholic.edu.au/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=Rif4xwvbrq4%3D&tabid=38

We hope to see you there!

Be A Role Model

TIPS TO TEACH YOUR CHILDREN HOW TO LIVE A HEALTHY LIFESTLE!

Parents play a vital role in modelling behaviour to set their children up for healthy lifelong habits. Children will start to mirror their parents’ habits from a young age, which is why it’s vital to model positive health habits right from the start. This means eating right, finding a balance between work and leisure, school and play time and incorporating regular exercise into daily living.

To help your children lead a healthy lifestyle:
• Get active – it’s important to be active for an hour or more a day for children and least 30 minutes for adults. Support your children by exercising with them or helping them join a team or club sport.
• Limit time spent watching TV or on the computer, instead suggest more educational activities that involve socialisation, learning, creativity and fun!

Nutritional Tips
• Fill the house with nutritious foods, including a variety of the 5 food groups and always have a fruit bowl handy or yoghurt tubs in the fridge for healthy snacking.
• Get the children to help pick the weekly menu, go shopping and cook the food. Children are more likely to eat the food they have helped choose or make.
• Introduce “new” foods that are unfamiliar to your children to add variety to the meals, this may take some experimentation. Don’t be disheartened if they don’t like it, it might take a few tries!
• Don’t exclude certain foods like Ice-cream and chocolate, but do allow them only in moderation.
• Try not to label foods as healthy and unhealthy, just serve the food that is enjoyable and has a high nutritional value as the norm.
• Try to leave dessert for the weekends and/or special occasion rather than as a given after dinner.
• Make meal times sociable and welcoming, Set the table and make it a family event.

At Home Fun When It’s Raining

Who says rainy days have to be boring and in active. Here are some ideas for keeping the kids happy and healthy.

Bring an outdoor game inside. It’s a simple as getting creative with what’s in the house. Use a medium sized soft ball and some baskets for the kids to shoot some hoops. Try passing and catching games or dribbling on the spot. Use the balls to create figure 8’s around the knees or roll the ball to knock down some pins (try empty water bottles for pins).

Make up a dance, gymnastics or aerobics routine and put on a show. Encourage the kids to get creative by making up some moves and putting them together to creative a routine. Why not join them, or once they have finished get them to teach you the routine. Another option is to pop on some music and have a dance party.

Participate in fitness and sports activities via videos or Nintendo Wii. Get the kids of the couch and out of their rooms to participate in some “Active TV”. There is a huge selection of fitness videos and games on offer which make a great investment for an active rainy day. It’s as easy as putting on the TV and following the steps.

Go on a treasure hunt. Create clues that lead the kids all over the house. At each clue make the kids do something active before they can move on. Be sure the treasure hunt leads to a fun surprise at the end. If the children are older they can help create the clues and tasks at each clue point.
Set up an obstacle course. Use bean bags, hoops, couch cushions, blankets, tape and card board boxes. The kids can jump through the hoops; jump on the bean bags, crawl through a tunnel made from the cushions, blankets and card board boxes. Also place a line of tape on the floor for the kids walk along.

Finish off your active indoor day by cooking a healthy meal or snack for all to share. Check out this fabulous website filled with yummy, easy to make recipes.

http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/collections/kid+friendly

 

ACTIVE KIDS MAKE HAPPY & HEALTHY KIDS

Why do Kids NEED to be Active?

Getting kids active from a young age sets the foundations for good habits throughout their lives. The following benefits can result from an active lifestyle:

  • Healthy growth and development
  • Strong bones and muscles
  • Improved balance and development of a variety of skills
  • Development and maintenance of flexibility
  • Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight
  • Improved cardiovascular fitness
  • Improved relaxation
  • Development and improvement in posture
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Development of social skills, including making friends and learning sportsmanship

Being active can be fun as well as healthy, and whatever activity your kids are doing they are sure to enjoy it. Kids love being active (especially with you).

What can parents do to ENCOURAGE their child to be active?

  • Introduce active play at a young age – this will make being active a normal part of their everyday lives and increases the likely hood of continuing to be active through adulthood.
  • Mix it up – a variety of physical activity will keep kids interested and develop a range of gross motor skills.
  • Make it fun – Ask the kids what interests them and what they enjoy.
  • Be a role model – your kids will be active if you are active yourself.
  • Join them – play in the backyard or at the local park. The kids will love kicking a footy with you or learning a game like cricket.
  • Buy the kids sports gear and equipment that will promote physical activity.
  • Try recreational activities that the whole family can do for example kayaking or bike riding.
  • Get the kids to walk or ride a bike to school, take the stairs instead of the lift, walk the family dog and help around the house.
  • Be sure to promote everyday action – Aim for 30-60 minutes of moderate activity every day, plus 20-30 minutes of stronger activity up to three times a week.

Free Games and Kids Entertainment at the Kambala Karnivale

Come along to this spectacular event for a festive, fun filled afternoon!! Support the community and help raise funds for the school!!

Leap Frogs Action Sports & Games will be running 2 hours of free interactive sports, games and activites for kids of all ages from 2-4pm

Come along and join in the fun!!

When: Decemeber 6th 2011 from 2pm onwards

Where: Kambala School, 794 New South head Rd Rose Bay 2029

Click on the link below for more details on the event
https://news.kambala.nsw.edu.au/index.php/kambala-karnivale

We hope to see you there!

Support the Starlight Children’s Foundation 2011

Support the starlight children’s foundations by attending the Double Bay European Festival. November the 6th from 10am-6pm.

Leap Frogs Action Sports and Games will be running interactive sports and games programs for children and adults of all ages from 10am till 12pm. For a gold coin donation (all proceeds go directly to the Starlight Children’s Foundation) you can join in the fun!

Click on the link below for event details.

http://www.woollahra.nsw.gov.au/events/events_list/free/double_bay_european_festival

So come along, join in the fun, get active and raise some much needed funds.

I hope to see there!!

Nutrition for Kids

Not sure what to put in your child’s lunch box? Read on for some handy tips!

Packing a healthy lunch for your child can be fun, quick and easy. Try to get your child involved in the choices and food making as they will increase their likely of eating the food provided. The key is to provide a variety of small portions each day that taste good, look appealing and provide the nutritional requirements essential for healthy growth and living.
The types of food to include are:

Breads, Cereals, Rice & Pasta
These provide us with essential carbohydrates needed for energy. Choose the wholegrain or wholemeal varieties this will help your child to feel fuller for longer as the energy is released slowly, making it an ideal choice for active kids. You will also find that wholegrain and wholemeal varieties are a great source of fibre, vitamins and minerals. Try making mini wraps or sandwiches, or provide a small portion of brown rice and pasta mixed with a variety of vegetables. Try grating or finally chopping the vegetables before adding them in.

Protein
Protein should be included in every meal for optimal growth and development. Try lean red meat which is also a great source of iron. Fillings in sandwiches, wraps or salads are a good way to include protein in lunches. Try a lean beef patty, tuna, chicken or turkey. Eggs, nuts and legume based fillings are also good options.

Good Fats
Children still need fats in their diet, but be sure to include the good fats such as omega 3, mono-unsaturated and poly-unsaturated fats. These good fats can be found in foods such as nuts, avocado and fish. Add tuna and/or avocado to salad or put them on wholegrain crackers. Why not provide a small container of mixed raw and unsalted nuts which you can also mix with dried fruit (be sure to check there are no added sugars with the dried fruit).

Vegetables
Vegetables will provide your child with vast amounts of vitamins, minerals and fibre which are all essential for healthy living. Celery, capsicum, carrot and cucumber sticks are a great way to add colour to your child’s lunch. You can also add a small pot of hummus as a dip. Why not add a few cherries tomatoes as well. Vegetable fritters are another great alternative, try corn zucchini and carrot. During winter vegetable soup with a wholegrain dipping roll is a nutritious option which adds variety.

Fruit
Fruit contains essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Choose fruit that is high in vitamin C to increase iron absorption. Good sources of vitamin C are citrus fruits and kiwi fruit. A fruit salad or fruit kebab is fun way to add colour and variety – melon, grapes, berries, kiwi, banana, pear and apple, pineapple and orange are good picks. Try different combinations of 3-4 each day.

Dairy
Dairy products are an excellent source of calcium, protein and B12. Fruit yogurt or low fat custard bottles are perfect for a lunchbox; try them frozen for a cool summer snack.

Hydration
Water is essential to keep your child hydrated, try using fresh mint or a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime to add flavour to water. Non-flavoured milk can also be an additional option. On the odd occasion fruit juice can be given but try to avoid making this the norm. At all costs avoid fizzy drinks as these are very high in sugar and often dehydrate your child. Sports drinks and energy drinks are not suitable for children so try to avoid these.

Snacks
Morning tea time should include healthy snack foods. Any of the foods mentioned above can be served in smaller portions as a snack for example a fruit skewer or vegetable sticks. Nuts, dried fruit, low fat cheese, rice or wholegrain crackers are also great for snacks.

Free Games at the Rose Bay Street Fair

Come along and join in the fun at the Rose Bay Street Fair this Sunday the 23rd of October 2011.

LeapFrogs Action Sports And Games will be running an interactive games session for kids of all ages from 9.30am-10.30am in Panerong Reserve

Check out the event link below for more information

http://www.woollahra.nsw.gov.au/events/events_list/free/rose_bay_street_fair

We hope to see you there!

one of our many parachute games

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To help celebrate the opening of the business and the launch of our website, here at Leap Frogs Action Sports And Games we are offering 25% off all 2011 Spring bookings.

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