Imagine if, for 16 days, there was no rape, no child abuse. The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign challenges South Africans to declare a truce on violence against women and children - and, ultimately, to make...
Archive for January 2013
Not many individuals know about the relationship that is shared between a mother elephant and her calf.Mother elephants have a very strong bond with their calves. A mother may nurse its baby for up to four years. The baby learns all its social and...
When we browse the internet, often we come across photos of missing children. In this week alone I have seen more than 30 missing children posters broadcasted on Facebook. Most of those missing children were reported to have been chatting to unknown individuals on their computers or phones, arranging a friendly meet. Children need to be educated on the risks that come with sharing information and photos with strangers.
With child abuse on the rise, we as parents and caregivers need to equip our children with the skills that they can use to keep themselves safe. So many children are exposed to predators that have the intention to harm them. They use the child’s vulnerability and trusting nature as a way of entering their innocent world, and leaving a trail of hurt, confusion and betrayal.
Child protection week began in 1997, and is aimed at motivating members of every community to rise up and speak out against the abuse of children. It also focuses on sensitizing communities and families about children's rights, including children...
HAPPY WORLD PLAY DAY EVERYONE.
Writing these blogs for the past two weeks has been the most fun I have had for a long time – because, naturally, I have had to test and try many of the activities. My kids have enjoyed it even more than me, I think.
Our very last blog for World Play Day – very sad! But never mind, before we get to the official end, here are our last few activities to make and try…
So, it’s Monday and also the second last blog post of this series for World Play Day. To cure some of the sadness, I have decided to go out with a bang and dedicate the next two days to the Mad Scientist in us all.
Get your old white shirts out...
Friday is finally here and I, for one, am very grateful. As it is Friday, our blog is again dedicated to the dad’s out there, with two activities for dads and their kids to make together over the weekend.
Our night light is not only an energy...
Continuing with the theme of mess and paint and getting to really experience all the feels of art products, this post is all about sensory fun. Children love to experience the world with all of their senses and this is an important part of growing and learning. The activities here incorporate not only touch and feel, but also smell, taste, hearing and seeing. And again we have included a no mess option, but I would encourage you to really try and let your child experience all of these activities – especially gloop – you haven’t lived until you have played with gloop – that’s a promise.
Today's blog is all about getting creative and bringing colour into our lives. And how better to do that than, wait for it, ...PAINT. And now I can hear all the parents out there groan collectively in horror, "Not paint, it's soooooo messy!" But don't worry, I have a number of activities for today, and they vary in degrees of messiness, so there will definitely be something to suit everyone, I promise.
This blog has also been inspired, in part, by a conversation that I was part of the other day at my son's pre-school, where a mom was saying how wonderful the new apps on her i-pad are. She was explaining how her son builds puzzles, colours in pictures and draws, all using the i-pad. Now don't get me wrong, I love technology and think that all these gadgets are awesome; but a part of me wonders how much fun our kids will have one day, when they no longer get their hands dirty and feel the cold squishiness of finger paints; or how pastel crayons feel completely different to wax crayons and pencil crayons; when they no longer feel the flakiness of dried paint on a canvass, or the puffiness of puff-paint, and when they can no longer feel that satisfying click of one puzzle piece locking into place with another. It is a sad thought, and while we should encourage our children to get used to gadgets and technology, I feel strongly that we should also create as many opportunities as possible for them to explore the pure sensory joy of art and play.
- 16 Days of Activism - How will you get involved?
- Education is key to protection
- CHILD PROTECTION WEEK - CYBER SAFETY
- CHILD PROTECTION TIPS FOR CHILDREN
- CHILD PROTECTION WEEK
- HAPPY WORLD PLAY DAY - 28 MAY 2013
- World Play Day - 28 May - Activity 11
- World Play Day - 28 May - Weekend Activity 2
- World Play Day - 28 May - Activity 9
- World Play Day - 28 May - Activity 8