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WIN a hamper of FUN Acornkids bath products! We are #1 in Fun Early Learning!

UP FOR GRABS COMPETITION: Win a hamper of Acornkids FUN Bathtime products!
Share with us what you would love to do this coming Mothers Day (13 May 2018) and tag a friend, who would also love to win our  #awesome #amazing #Acornkids# hamper! You AND your friend, could each be the winner of our Pops Special!
This includes a Purple Kaleidofoam for foam art and teaching co-ordination, together with a wonderful selection of fun, funky sponge-popping bathpops, which include Dinosaurs, Sea n Sand, Wild Animal, Bugs and Birds Bathpops and a Mixed Angel Beads for some swirling water colours! Don't forget recycle the sponge bathpops and use them for wonderful arts and crafts. Valued at R195.00.
A live lucky draw will be done on Facebook on Tuesday 24 April at 11 o clock, so make sure to tune into our Acornkids Facebook Page!

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 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 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.
Centre for Therapeutic Excellence
134 Cambridge Street Tel: 011 425-0688
Farrarmere, Benoni Cell: 084 86 999 86

Acornkids Up for Grabs Lucky Draw Competition (25/01 - 01/02)

Up for Grabs:
Why would you like to win this amazing Acornkids giveaway? Tag a friend who should know about the #awesome #amazing #Acornkids and you could be the winner of our Counting Colours Special. This includes a Red Super Slush, Green Surfs Up, Letters and Numbers Bathtime Foam Stickers and a Green Angel Beads, valued at R214.50
Lucky Draw to be done on Monday 1 February!!

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
angel powder (or bicarbonate of soda and food colouring)
washing-up liquid
large plate or tray
pen or pencil
  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.


Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles!

I think that bubble baths are just a natural part of any kid’s childhood… at least, in my home it DEFINITELY is! This is why adding a bubble bath to our Bath Fun range was just a no-brainer. But we wanted something a little more special, which is why we chose Surf’s Up.

My kids loved the Surf’s Up bubble bath more than others because of the thousands of little sequins of all colours, shapes, and sizes that floated around their baths! What child doesn’t want to bath with a whole lot of shiny whales and seahorses?

I loved it because you only need two caps per bath, but (more importantly) because it was the perfect time for my kids to polish up on those tricky fine motor skills as they chased around the bath trying to collect as many sequins as possible. If both of my little ones were in the bath at the same time, we’d have a competition for who can collect the most.

Just a useful tip; those sequins can be REALLY hard to catch… especially in a full bath. So, to make it easier and less frustrating, I’d scoop up some water and let my kids fish them out of my hands.  

But the fun didn’t stop there! After every bath, we’d collect the sequins and put them in a jar. Then, during card making time, we bring out the jar and use them to make fun and beautiful cards for our friends’ birthdays.

I really think that you’ll love this product. So, to buy a set of Blue, Red, Yellow and Pink Surfs Up at a special 10% discount, click here  to buy it online now! Just as a side note, bubbles last longer if you’re using soap-free options like our Gloop or Kaleidofoam. Also, to add an extra bit of fun, why not have colourful bubbles by sprinkling some Angle Powder over them? My kids LOVED that! 

Grab all three of these products with your next Surf’s Up order to make the ultimate fun bath experience! Just go to our Bath Fun section and add them to your order by clicking for Angel Powder, for Gloop and for our wonderful Kaleidofoam!

Happy Shopping!

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

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
angel powder (or bicarbonate of soda)
  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 


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:

food colouring
washing up liquid

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.

Quick announcement and a favour

Hi everyone!

I have been working on an exciting venture over the last few months and I'm nearly finished, but here is where you come in!
I need to ask you a favour, could you please answer these 5 questions in my survey. Thanks so much!

1.) Do you have difficulty getting your kids in the bath?

2.) How long is your kid's average bath?

3.) Do they have any favourite bath toys or products to make their bath fun?

4.) How much do you spend on your kiddies bathing in a month?  

5.) Do you use bath time to interact with you child, or does it give you a few minutes to have a break or do something else?

Simply leave a reply at the end of the blog and click send comment. I look forward to your feedback. 

Thanks so much for your time. Don't forget to watch your e-mails to get some news soon! If we don't have your e-mail please just send an e-mail to and add the comment SEND ME THE INFO!

Yours in bath bubbles

Acornkids Up for Grabs Lucky Draw (07/9 - 14/9)

Acornkids Up for Grabs Lucky Draw - its easy to enter! (07/09 - 14/9)
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You could be the winner of our our Purple Pops Power Special which includes a Red Super Slush, Red Angel Powder, Blue Angel Beads, Purple Soap Putty, Bugs Bathpops and Dinosaur Bathpops. Valued at R218.50 

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Acornkids Up for Grabs Lucky Draw Competition (28/7 - 4/8)

Up for Grabs:
How did you hear about Acornkids? Tag a friend who should know about the #awesome #amazing #Acornkids and you could be the winner of our Hot Favourites Special. This includes a Red Kaleidofoam, Blue Squish n Squeeze Jelly Bubbles, Purple Soap Putty, Sea n Sand Bathpops, Farm Animal Bathpops, Dinosaur Bathpops and Bugs Bathpops as well a 1 kinetic sand 100g, valued at R229.67

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