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[Pinned] Acornkids #1 in Fun! Recommended by Experts

This article about Acornkids is written by,  Shireen Thomas-Stark, who is a Counselling Psychologist in Private Practice and specialises in Play Therapy and working with children in all aspects of emotional coping.

Children learn through play. Many skills are developed through play. Logical thinking, problem-solving and creativity can be developed and exercised through play. Play is a powerful medium to access their thoughts and communicate in way that they understand. As adults, if we learn to play with our children we learn to grow with them and develop strong relationships based on sound interpersonal connection.


Bathing is a common everyday routine. Acorn products enable parents to turn their bath tubs into a playground of learning and connecting in very unique ways. Each Acorn product is designed as an experience through which parents can access their children’s hearts and minds.

It often happens that as adults we forget how to play effectively with our children, or we run out of ideas. It’s great to have products pre-designed to allow the learning and connections to happen without much planning needed. Here are a few skill-based developments that are natural products of the play you experience with your Acorn bath products:

Creativity
Creativity is the building block of problem-solving. Problem-solving allows children to initiate responses to emotional situations in order to obtain control and mastery over their own feelings and responses to situations.

Soap Putty: What a great way to create objects from a ball of soap. Being able to create instills a sense of confidence in children. When those creations are useful and perform a function they become innovative inventors.

Kaleidofoam: Being able to manipulate the foam into pictures and patterns where there was previously just foam enables children to become the masters of their own fantasy.

Bath Crayons: Allows children the opportunity to create and master their own art. It is a non-threatening way to explore artistic possibility. The end result is easily washed off with no pressure of creating a lasting impression that may be open to judgement of any kind.

Emotional Expression
One of the chief coping skills in dealing with emotion involves the expression of our thoughts and feelings. The ability to initiate and maintain conversation is also a powerful tool for social confidence.

Surfs Up Fun Foam: This bath foam allows for conversation and language development regarding the animals discovered in your bath when searching under the bubbles. The same is true of people often there is a lot of emotion that exists under the surface- when we look for it or ask about it is amazing which gems may appear. This foam provides an opportunity to have fun together and have competitions of “search and rescue”.

Funky Faces: These stickers allow us to explore different expressions. The different situations in which we react differently can be discussed to facilitate emotional awareness. Initiating emotional discussion with children on a regular basis will create confidence in social situations and in accessing resources in difficult situations.

Flexibility
Flexibility involves the skill being able to generate alternative solutions to problems or situations. Being flexible allows children the freedom of adapting to the situations around them. Managing and embracing change is an asset in terms of emotional adjustment.

Angel Powder: A great product highlighting the possibility of positive change. Being able to initiate the change in the colour of their bath introduces the possibility of them being in control of certain changes within their experience.

Gloop: The possibility that things are not always as we expect them to be is perfectly illustrated by Gloop. Soap that is gooey and pliable allows flexibility in thinking and challenges our general expectations.

Super Slush: Super Slush allows children to experience the bath in a different textural environment. The process of action results in reaction is illustrated perfectly through its use.

Problem solving
Problem solving and decision making ability allows children the benefit of directing their lives and reactions to the world. Being able to work through a particular situation requires creativity and perseverance. When these qualities are present within a child their ability to regulate their emotional world increases as does their ability to adjust and be resilient in the face of adversity.

Angel Beads: Provide the opportunity for children to work to develop a solution or outcome. Manipulating the beads determines how quickly change occurs. A great analogy for the work we need to employ to solve issues

Bath Pops: Playing with bath pops reinforces the logical thinking process in order to reach my goal. Taking time to follow the steps and employing delayed gratification in waiting for the sponge to emerge allows a unique set of skills to develop.

This blog article was written by Shireen Thomas-Stark, who is a Counselling Psychologist in Private Practice and specialises in Play Therapy and working with children in all aspects of emotional coping.
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[Pinned] How to make a volcano with Angel Powder

A fun experiment to do at home with your kids. If you don't have Acornkids Angel Powder use bicarbonate soda and food colouring instead!

 

  You will need:

two small plastic drinks bottles
large piece of card
vinegar
angel powder (or bicarbonate of soda and food colouring)
washing-up liquid
large plate or tray
funnel
pen or pencil
scissors
tape
    
  Step 1

Copy this shape onto the card. It needs to be big enough to fit around the bottle.
   
  Step 2:

Cut out the shape and bend it into a cone as shown. Secure it with tape.
   
  Step 3

Using a funnel, fill one of the bottles until it is about one-third full of vinegar.
   
  Step 4 

Add one tablespoon of washing up liquid and put the bottle to one side. 
               
   
  Step 5

Put the second bottle on a tray/plate and pour in three teaspoons of angel powder.
   
  Step 6

Place the card cone over the bottle.
   
  Step 7

Make sure the hole is level with the bottle opening.



   
  Step 8

Using a funnel, pour in the vinegar and washing up liquid mixture. Remove the funnel and wait!


   
  Step 9 

When the vinegar and angel powder mix together, they produce carbon dioxide gas. Thi sgas creates bubbles in the vinegar and the washing up liquid. The foaming messy mixture expands and forces itself out of the top of the bottle.
   


     

[Pinned] How to blow up a balloon with Angel Powder!

A fun experiment to do at home with your kids. If you don't have Acornkids Angel Powder use bicarbonate soda instead!

 

  You will need:

small drinks bottle
balloon
angel powder (or bicarbonate of soda)
vinegar
funnel
teaspoon
    
  Step 1

Using a funnel, pour about a third of a cup of vinegar into the bottle
.
   
  Step 2:

Slide the balloon onto the funnel as shown here
   
  Step 4

Put two teaspoons of Angel Powder onto a teaspoon into the balloon. 
Remove the funnel from the balloon.
   
  Step 5 

Twist the neck of the balloon to stop the Angel Powder from falling out. Then stretch the mouth of the balloon over the bottle,taking care not to let any of the Angel Powder drop into it.
               
   
  Step 6

Hold the bottle, lift up the balloon, untwist the balloon neck and empty the Angel Powder into the vinegar.
   
  Step 7 

The Angel Powder and vinegar mix together, they create a gas called carbon dioxide. All gases expand to fill any available space, so the carbon dioxide inflates the balloon 
   


     

[Pinned] Magic Milk and Angel Powder

A fun experiment to do at home with your kids. If you don't have Acornkids Angel Powder use food colouring instead!

 


You will need:

plate
milk
food colouring
washing up liquid
funnel
teaspoon

Step 1

Pour some milk into a plate or glass dish.

Step 2:

Add some Angel Powder (or food colouring) to the milk.

Step 3

Add a few different colours.

Step 4

Drop a small amount of washing-up liquid onto the centre of the mixture.

Step 5

The washing -up liquid breaks the surface tension and the milk molecules move apart.

Step 6

As the milk moves, the colours run into one another.

[Pinned] Don’t be afraid of a little mess… read this to find out why!

In my home, we believe in fun. We believe in creativity. And we definitely believe in fun and creative mess-making. I know that the last part of our ‘belief system’ might send most moms into a flat panic, but hear me out for a second.

Did you know that research has shown that a creative child with an average IQ performs better at school than a child with a high IQ but with no creativity. I actually only found this out recently but it makes complete sense – creativity teaches our kids to use their imaginations and to think out of the box.

Did you also know that allowing our kids to be completely and uninhabitably expressive while having FUN, is one of the best ways to encourage them to build and flex their creativity muscles. And what better fun, creative and expressive mess-making activity than dipping your fingers into a gooey pot of finger paint and creating a masterpiece of your own?

This is why my kids and I just love the Funky Finger Paints in our Acornkids range. These blue, green, yellow and red pots have given us hours of fun that I know is encouraging my kids to be as creative as possible. They love the texture of squelching it between their fingers and have come up with the most beautiful pictures over the years.

It’s been great to see how their pictures have become more detailed and defined as their confidence in their own creativity and their fine motor skills have grown over the years.

To encourage your kids build their own creativity skills through Funky Finger Paints, just follow this link right now to get all four colours in a set: https://goo.gl/msq9Uc

Now here’s the real trick… to avoid mess as much as possible, lay out an old sheet and have you kids put an apron on. Then once the messy fun is over, just hang up the painting, fold up the sheet and aprons and plonk your kids straight into a bath and let the clean fun start with our Bath Fun range of products….Happy Painting!

Mommy Blog by Yvonne
Mom of two awesome kids
Owner of Acornkids

 

[Pinned] Allover fun and top-to-toe washing with Gloop…

In my family, bath time has never been a hassle. Thanks to my healthy stock of Acornkids Bath Time products, the only slight concern is which one to use on which day!



Gloop has always been the squishiest, funkiest bath time treat for my kids. They have always loved the bright colours, the fresh fruity flavours and the fun gloopy texture. I love it because it’s an all-over cleansing gel that is not only paraben free, but also soap free and a perfect replacement for soap and shampoo for my whole family! It’s very economical, you only need to use a little, and its versatile, I have often used it as a foam bath, as it makes a perfect bath full of bubbles. Soap, Shampoo, Conditioner and bubbles…all in one……makes it a great travel product!

Available in red, blue, yellow, pink and green, each bottle of Gloop is crammed with hydrolysed wheat protein complex that really nourishes my kids’ hair, jojoba seed oil that moisturises their skin beautifully, and aloe ferox leaf extract that rejuvenates their skin after a long day of activities.

Try our Green Gloop, as a detangling shampoo to wash your little one’s hair. Enriched with  Sea Minerals and  Seaweed Extracts to stimulate the scalp and enhance hair condition. Click on this link,  Green Gloop, to have it delivered to your door and get a special 30% discount (valued until 26 April)

Mommy Blog by Yvonne

Mom of two awesome kids

Owner of Acornkids

 

[Pinned] The Miracles of Massage Oil

When I first starting looking into massage oils to add to our ranges, most of my friends and colleagues assumed it was for the hard working mommies to have a little relaxation and pampering time. And, don’t get me wrong, this is definitely still part of the plan and you absolutely deserve it! But really, your babies can benefit massively from regular massage with the right oils, which is why we just had to add the Lavender and the Eucalyptus Massage Oil to our ranges.

Massage is not only a wonderful opportunity for you to bond with your baby, but it also really helps them to develop and grow as they enjoy your loving and gentle touch while you softly massage the oils into their skin.  

The lavender and chamomile in the Lavender Massage Oil have beautifully calming and relaxing properties. This mild blend of essential oils soothes your baby into a gentle sleep and can be used from the day that they are born. It’s a great way to end off your night time routine.

To add Lavendar Massage Oil to your next order, just click here: Lavender Massage Oil

I recommend that you start using the Massage Oil once your baby is at least two months old. Not only do these gentle ingredients and the added touch of mothering love relax your baby for a good night’s sleep (and for you in that case), but the Eucalyptus also gently provides comfort for colds and tight chests.To add Eucalyptus Massage Oil to your next order, just click here: Eucalyptus Oil

 

 

Mommy Blog by Yvonne
Mom of two Awesome kids
Owner of Acornkids

 

[Pinned] Gentle Face Cream for every day and everyone.

As a working and loving mum, I do my level best to make sure that my whole family has a healthy diet packed with lots of vitamins that are not only great for them health-wise, but also ensure that they have glowing, healthy skin. The thing is, you can eat everything that you should eat for a healthy skin, but the daily contact with sunlight and air pollution means that we actually need a little help with an extra dose of antioxidant-boosting Vitamins C & E at the very least. 


This is exactly why I love the Acornkids Gentle Day Cream: not only is it packed with Vitamins C & E, but the Shea and Cocoa Butters give it a luxuriously soft, velvety feel that really rehydrate and nourish your skin (which is awesome for the dry winter months coming up!) The cucumber extracts mean that it soothes my kids’ skin if they’re a little sunburnt and is great for kids with excema. What’s even better is that my whole family can use it every day. So if we’re going on a family holiday where space is an issue, I just pop one cream into my handbag for the whole family to use!

I really do recommend this cream as an everyday moisturiser for your whole family, I know that my kids love it! So to have it delivered right to your door, just click this link http://goo.gl/KDo1na to order it right now and receive your 15% discount (valid 23/3 – 29/3)

PS, I’ve found that the Gentle Day Cream works a lot better if your face if clean after using something like the Acornkids Gentle Face Wash. So if you’d like to pop that into your cart with your Cream, just click here http://goo.gl/x0uylQ

Mommy Blog by Yvonne

Mom of two awesome kids
Owner of Acornkids

[Pinned] Push it – Pull it – Shape it!

Considering that every parent with small kids is a huge lover of play dough, the decision to add our own Push ‘n Pull Putty to our special Acornkids range was easy. (Especially considering that I was one of those parents at the time!)



This non-toxic malleable dough has given my kids hours of entertainment over the years. My best was that I could just pop a tub or two into my handbag and then bring them out at a restaurant or a friend’s house to let my kids entertain themselves. Only a mom can understand the true pleasure of something like this!

I really love (and I think that most mom’s will agree) that Push ‘n Pull Putty gives my kids so much more than just something to entertain themselves while I run my errands. It taught them about colour awareness and mixing as they mushed the 8-coloured squishy dough together through their fingers. I also saw a huge improvement in their fine motor and creativity skills as each masterpiece became more and more defined with practice. If something didn’t work out as planned, they would just mush it together again and start from scratch. This was a really great confidence booster that allowed my kids to really push their creativity and skill as they knew that it didn’t have to be permanent. Having said that, the ones that they are really proud of were photographed so that we can keep them forever.

Push ‘n Pull Putty is available in product sets of our Primary and Funky Colour sets, or all 8 colours in one pack! They are great gifts for friends or, like I did, just to have on hand if the boredom kicks in! Even better, you can use the left over cookie cutters from your Soap Putty and cut out shapes with your kids. To order yours today and get your special 10% discount (valid 16/03 -21/3), please follow this link to buy online http://goo.gl/wn3lZ4 

NB: The shape cutters you collect when buying our Soap Putty are also perfect to use with the Push n Pully Putty.

Mommy Blog by Yvonne

Mom to two awesome Kids

Owner of Acornkids 

  

[Pinned] Angel Powder for our little Angels...

Angel Powder is one of the original products in our range and, after all these years, it’s definitely still a firm favourite in our Acornkids family!

Angel Powder was my first choice when it came to introducing my kids to the wonders of colours and colour mixing. Their amazement as their bath water changed from clear to blue, red or yellow never got old, and letting them experiment and learn how to make a Barney or a Shrek bath (by mixing red and blue or yellow and blue) was just such a great way to teach them about primary and secondary colours. My daughter also has sensitive skin and the Angel Powder is perfect for sensitive skin and children with eczema.

Side note – for really young kids, try and pour the powder into their hands or into smaller containers before letting them add it to the water; giving them the whole tub often leads to its entire contents being dumped into the water!

Since then, we’ve become a little more creative. By mixing Angel Powder with a drop water, we make really great finger paints, we fill vases with the coloured water at parties for fun-coloured flower arrangements, and on hot days we make coloured ice cubes which look amazing as they melt in the bath or splash pool! Speaking of hot days, the Sodium Bicarbonate in Angel Powder makes the water silky smooth which is great soothing agent for your kids’ sunburnt skin.

Angel Powder really is an amazing and affordable gift (it’s definitely my go-to for birthday parties). It’s fun and versatile, won’t stain your surfaces and its non-toxic ingredients mean that it’s safe for kids and pregnant mums to enjoy every day!

If you haven't got any in your bathroom cupboard at at the moment, just click this link now http://goo.gl/jY6G0g , and buy our Acornkids set of Blue, Red and Yellow Angel Powder at a special 15% discount. Offer valid from the 09/03 - 15/03.

   

Mommy Blog by Yvonne



Mom of two Awesome Kids



Owner of Acornkids



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