Help! My Child Has Trouble Following Instructions

Why does my child have so much trouble following instructions? It’s something many of us parents have asked ourselves, our children’s teachers and the checkout operator at the local supermarket. Or maybe not there, since that would be kind of awkward. So we thought it was time to look into the reasons why this might be happening and what we as parents can do about it. Why Do Some Kids Struggle With Following Instructions? Kids receive instructions in a few … Read More

Shampoo Bars Vs Liquid Shampoo: Which is Best for Your Family?

Shampoo bars are growing in popularity, but are they all they are made out to be? As a family of five, our Squoodles family volunteered to discover if shampoo bars are truly better than liquid soap. Or rather, Mrs Squoodles volunteered her entire family without their knowledge. But it’s the same thing really, isn’t it?! Choosing Between Shampoo Bars and Liquid Shampoo In the name of science, I volunteered my family’s hair to discover whether shampoo bars work better than … Read More

Planning Overseas Holidays with Kids

Where is the best place to start when planning overseas holidays with kids? Do you visit the travel agent for suggestions? Should you ask for suggestions from friends? Or is it best to ask the kids where they want to go? According to some travel experts, it’s actually a mixture of all three of these. We take a look at the ins and outs of planning overseas holidays with kids that the entire family can enjoy. Top Tips on Planning … Read More

5 Easy Sewing Projects for Kids

We’re into gender equality for all here at Squoodles, which is why we’ve put together some fabulous ideas on 5 easy sewing projects for kids. Yes, that’s right, kids. Both boys and girls can learn to sew, just like both can learn to drive a digger and read a book! It would be fair to say that traditionally girls and boys have been pigeon-holed into groups and activities based upon their gender. Remember the old dolls are for girls and … Read More

Tips on Writing an ECE Fundraising Application

Writing an ECE fundraising application isn’t what most teachers or committee members enjoy doing. We’d go as far as saying they’d rather weed the garden, go grocery shopping or watch 100 re-runs of Paw Patrol instead. Okay, maybe not Paw Patrol. Regardless, spending time completing fundraising applications is a highly effective way of getting cash for new resources for your centre. We share some tips to help you in the writing of your applications for fundraising grants for your Centre. … Read More

Discovering Your Child’s Currency and How to Use It

Your child’s currency isn’t how much pocket money they get, or what’s in their KiwiSaver account. Rather, it is the thing or things which they prize most of all. It’s a bargaining chip that you can use to ‘direct’ the way things happen, particularly what your child does or doesn’t do. You child’s currency is the thing they are willing to exchange or not exchange things or actions for. For example, access to the iPad, watching TV, eating dessert after … Read More

How To Make An Egg Carton Anzac Poppy Wreath

Next week on Saturday 25th April it is ANZAC day. We would like to spend time to prepare for this by making a Anzac Poppy Wreath. As we are unable to be together and remember due to the COVID-19 lockdown in New Zealand, it is even more so important to show our respect from our own bubbles. What do you need: – egg carton. I used 15 ‘cups’ but you could make it bigger or smaller. – red paint and … Read More

10 Innovative Ways to Reuse Bubble Wrap

Received a parcel and are looking for ways to reuse the bubble wrap the contents were wrapped in?  You’ve come to the right place, because we’ve got a list of 10 creative things you can use bubble wrap for! Before we do though, we just want to explain why we still wrap some of our products in bubble wrap. Even though we have switched to using brown cartons, compostable bags, and brown paper for most of our packaging, we do … Read More

What’s So Good About Play-Based Learning at School?

You may have heard the term play-based learning at school recently. It’s not a new thing though, as play has been what children have used to help them learn for centuries! What is new though, is that play-based learning is now being encouraged by schools as a part of their everyday curriculum. We take a look at the reasons why schools are deliberately changing the way they teach and including play-based learning within the curriculum. Why Are Schools So Keen … Read More

Best Ways of Managing Constipation in Children

Constipation in children is literally a pain in the behind. Unlike when us adults get constipated, kids often don’t realise what’s happening. They react to the pain and discomfort by holding onto their poos even more. This creates a really nasty cycle where kids hold onto the poo because it causes them pain, which creates more hard poo which causes pain and around it goes. Prevention is far better than cure, but constipation in children can be managed successfully. Today … Read More

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