It’s no secret I can’t bear to organise a birthday party. A combo meal-deal of working full-time meeting a distinct lack of creative ideas means we usually end up a bowling alley or the park. Boring, I know, but one can’t fake a good party.
Jo Power from Melbourne greeting card company and party blog Things by Bean provides fab tips to ensure your next birthday isn’t a dump and run babysitting session – and the parents actually stick around for some fun too. And she has a few cracker ideas up her sleeve when it comes to inspiring your next party. No matter where it is.
Photo shoot fun – Everyone can let their hair down with a silly photo shoot. Pick a spot with good lighting (indoors or outdoors) and put together a backdrop of balloons or streamers. Near the backdrop, set up a small stable of props – feather boas, crazy sunglasses, masks, big fake flowers and hats are perfect. If you have an instant camera (Instax or Polaroid), encourage guests to take snaps with their phone and post them on Instagram with a hashtag just for your party (ie. #jamieturns8).
The mummy – It doesn’t matter how old you are – wrapping someone in toilet paper is fun! This is perfect for birthday parties because the bigger the group, the better it is. Break into groups of 4-6 people and give each group a roll of toilet paper. Each group nominates one person to be The Mummy and starting at the same time, each group has three minutes to wrap the toilet paper around The Mummy – and I mean the entire roll! Whichever team makes the most creative mummy wins. Make sure you document this one, you won’t stop laughing at photos of the finished Mummies!
Eat the donut – This deliciously fun game can be played by anyone who loves donuts! Which is just about everyone. For each person playing, thread a thick piece of string through the hole of a donut. Tie the ends of each string to a clothesline or tree so that the doughnut dangles in the air (keep the height of each player in mind). You can play this game with teams or individual players. For each round, a player from each team must eat the donut off the string without using their arms or hands and without the donut falling on the ground. Whoever finishes their donut first is the winner! But, really, everybody wins because everybody gets to eat donuts!
Pin the something on the something – With a little tweaking, this old-school game can be great fun for party guests of all ages. For the kids, do a classic Pin the Tail on the Donkey, positioning it lower on the wall so the little ones can reach it. For the adults, think of a pop culture icon of your generation that your guests will love and find a photo of it. Upload the photo to Rasterbator (a free online tool that enlarges and divides photos so you can print out big wall art at home) and tape it up on the wall at adult height. Next, create something funny to pin onto it! You could get guests to Pin the Scar on Harry Potter or Pin the Halo on Beyoncé.
Party bags are not just for the kids – Don’t send your guests home empty-handed! Goodie bags are a great way to send a bit of the party home. When you’re putting together goodie bags for your next kid’s birthday party, do a batch of goodie bags for kids and a batch for adults. The kid’s bags can be filled with the usual lollies and trinkets – they’re always a hit. For the adult goodie bags, turn it up with beautiful dark chocolates, rum balls or soy candles set in elegant glass jars.
Head to www.thingsbybean.com to stock up on Things by Bean’s bright and cheeky birthday cards and fuel party inspiration with creative DIY ideas and cake recipes. I can genuinely say they are better than mine. Which isn’t that hard in reality.
Choosing the perfect pair of glasses for your child can be a stressful ordeal. Having options is great, but when there are so many different frames and lens materials to choose from, it can be overwhelming, to say the least. Not to mention, you can’t forget the importance of eye protection, long-term durability, and warranties – these are a must!
To help you on your quest of finding the right kids glasses, here are a few easy tips that will come in handy along the way:
1) Fashion is #1
If you are going through the hassle of finding glasses that your child will take care of and love to wear, paying attention to style is key. If your child doesn’t feel good or doesn’t enjoy wearing a pair of glasses, then it will be very difficult to get them into this routine.
By all means, take safety and UV-protection into consideration, but don’t forget to listen to your child’s opinions. After all – they will be the ones wearing the glasses every day and the last thing you want is for them to get teased or picked on because their parents gave them “uncool” glasses.
2) Lens Thickness
The thickness of the glasses’ lenses will depend on your child’s eye prescription. Stronger prescriptions need thicker lenses and weaker prescriptions can be corrected easily with thinner lenses. However, thicker lenses tend to be heavier and need to be fitted with frames that can protect them properly.
3) Plastic or Metal?
When it comes to frames, both plastic and metal (wire) frames are durable. In recent years, many eyewear manufacturers have begun to duplicate adult eyewear designs into children’s glasses. That means you may even be able to find a mini-version of your own pair of glasses for your little one.
4) Lens Material
After you’ve found the perfect frames, the next step is choosing lenses. When it comes to children’s eyewear, polycarbonate lenses are highly recommended. They are extremely durable, scratch-resistant and offer excellent optics. Not to mention, they have built in protection against harmful UV radiation and can be made for any eye prescription.
It’s wise to stay away from glass lenses as these can easily break and cause serious eye damage.
5) Sports Eyewear
If your child has an interest in contact sports, it may be a good time to invest in a pair of sports goggles.
Although regular polycarbonate lenses are durable enough, normal eyeglasses frames do not hold up so well when subjected to trauma. Sports goggles offer that little bit of extra protection and strength while providing the same great vision as normal prescription glasses. A pair of backup glasses probably wouldn’t hurt either.
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We’ve all heard the heart-wrenching OOO calls made by children who have had the incredible presence of mind to phone for help when an emergency arises. These stories never cease to amazing and serve to remind us that kids are like little sponges; they really do have a great understanding of what is going on around them and are capable of many things, not the least saving a life.
And noone knows this better than Toby the Teddy does Buddy First Aid, who is launching Australia’s First Early Years 1st Aid program, teaching children from as young as 3 what to do in an emergency and how to save a life.
Launching on WORLD FIRST AID DAY, 10th September, the program will set out on a mission to create awareness and teach all Australian children about 000 services and how to deliver first aid. The program also will also create awareness about common childhood emergencies such as Asthma and Anaphylaxis. The clever new program aims to be implemented into pre- school programs and run as an optional incursion for early learning centres with the vision of it being a compulsory addition the childhood learning.
“With the dramatic increase of Anaphylaxis and the existence of Asthma it is vital that all children have an understanding of each condition and how to alert a caregiver to help,” states Nataly, the founder of WONDERWOMAN Children.
“With the changes in society and family structures, meaning increase of single parent families and grandparents taking on the role as caretakers it is not uncommon for young children to need to call for help,” Nataly said.
Toby the Teddy does Buddy First Aid uses a recently published Australian storybook as a resource to its program, ‘Is This An Emergency? Ambulance’ and features the star of the book Toby the Teddy throughout the program.
This course will be offered Nationally.
For more information see www.wonderwomanchildren.com/tobytheteddy