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How to gift more mindfully

“Oh we are living in a Material world and I am a material girl …” sang Madonna in the early 80’s

An era where computers were just being introduced in homes around South Africa, the ozone lazer was a hot topic and plastic items graced the shelves of every store.

More than 30 years after we understand the damage we have done to the Earth and now have very conscious steps we can each take to do our part in trying to restore the delicate state of our one and only Earth.

Becoming eco conscious

Whilst becoming entirely eco conscious over night may not be possible for many of us, there are certainly small steps we can each do to make a more positive impact on our environment and change our lifestyle.

And one of these steps is to look at what and how we gift to others.

Gifts of love

Without a doubt gifting plays a huge role in our lives.

In 365 days of a year I personally have 20 family birthdays, 2 anniversaries to remember and all the regular holidays like Valentine’s day, mothers day, father’s day, Easter and Christmas.

Not to mention wedding gifts, birthday gifts to parties my children or I are invited to, thank you gifts, bridal showers, baby showers, gender reveals, retirements, etc

So

With all these gifts we are buying and gifting throughout the year, how much have we added to the pile of unsustainable junk suffocating the Earth?

Are we mechanically just buying a gift to fit a budget ?

And have we diminished the value and love of a true heartfelt gift behind the latest trending items on a gift catalogue?

A change in gifting

Looking at the amount of gifts you give each year and asking yourself how many of them are sustainable, or truthfully given because the recipient honestly needed/wanted or would enjoy the gift, can help you to gift more smartly and with a more mindful sustainable mindset.

How to gift more mindfully

Some ways you can change your gifting habits to be more mindful are:-

  • Don’t gift at all ( I’m personally not sure that I am brave enough to ever not gift but the most eco conscious way to not add to clutter is not to gift)
  • Gift through a charity– many charities offer a service whereby you can make a donation in the name of the gift recipient. Some of these organisation’s offer a certificate or card to hand to the person on their special day.
  • Gift an experience –Instead of gifting yet another item to fill a shelf, why not gift an experience that the other person has always wanted. You get wonderful online vouchers for cooking classes, art classes, helicopter rides, etc
  • DIY – use your skills to make homemade gifts. Bake or make something. Homemade gifts often save you money and are genuinely heartfelt.
  • Second hand – If you are going to shop why not look at vintage stores, thrift shops or second hand stores for good quality gifts to give. Often the charities and organisation’s have their own shops and you get to give back to a worthy cause by supporting them.
  • Upcycle– while you are shopping in the second hand stores look for items you could add a coat of paint to or fix up with a little creativity to gift.
  • Regift – Yes! I said it. Regift that ugly necklace your husband bought or that pair of jeans you’ve never gotten into. If the item is in your cupboards and not being used there is a good possibility it can be used by someone else.
  • New– finally if all else fails and you must shop new try to shop local, sustainably and as mindfully as possible.

Final note

And as a final note, if you are still looking at options to gift less physical items why not gather your friends or relatives and each contribute to one big ticket item gift instead of each gifting several smaller, often unused items.

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Teach counting with laundry pegs and ice cream sticks

Educational toys do not need to be costly.

You can make many of the items you see at home with just one ot two household items and a bit of time.

Counting

Hamish has been counting for a while and can now identify his numbers up to 20.

But is rote counting and random identification enough?

I wanted to also teach him what number comes before and after each other, how to sequence the numbers and how to identify the numbers that may be missing from a number line.

An easy maths game

To do this I made a set of 10 number lines with numbers missing.

I then wrote a number on 10 pegs and left Hamish to peg the missing number onto the icecream stick in the correct place.

Learning outcomes

Using this I was able to:

  • show him which numbers came before or after each other
  • Use the pegs to have him sequence numbers
  • Teach him to place the missing number in the correct place on the number line
  • Test his knowledge of number recognition and counting

To make your own

To make your own you will need:

  • 10 ice cream sticks ( you could use thick pieces of cereal box card if you do not have ice cream pegs)
  • 10 pegs
  • A permanent marker

Method:

First write the numbers 1 -10 on each ice cream stick leaving out one number each time and replacing the number with a square or line where the missing number would be.

Next write the numbers 1-10 on each peg, one number per peg

Present the game to your child and show them how to play.

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Lockdown legalities and gender based violence : how a criminal defense lawyer can assist you

With lockdown being reinstated many of the normal every day activities that we once found ourselves doing are now criminal offenses.

We have also seen a huge increase in gender based violence as women are now spending much longer hours inside their homes with abusive and frustrated or unemployed partners.

New laws

The adjusted Level 3 laws for South Africa are now ( as of January 2021)as follows:

  • Most outdoor and indoor gatherings are now prohibited and these include religious gatherings, political events, traditional council meetings and gatherings at sports grounds.
  • Funerals may not be attended by more than 50 people.
  • Restaurants, museums and gyms may not have more than 50 people indoors or 100 people outdoors and this number may not exceed more than 50% of the venues capacity.
  • The South African population are all on curfew from 9pm to 5am. No one is permitted outside of their home during those times, except for medical emergencies and those who have permits to do so for work.
  • Non essential establishments like bars and restaurants must be closed by 8pm tp allow their staff to get home before curfew.
  • Wearing a cloth mask in public is mandatory.
  • Our boarder posts will have limited access in and out.
  • Alcohol sales are prohibited.
  • On site consumption of alcohol is prohibited.
  • Beaches are closed as are any parks.

(For a full breakdown of the laws you can visit http://www.gov.za )

Breaking the law

For the most part, the average citizen has adjusted to living in lockdown and embraced a new normal but with stricter laws there are also the consequences of jail sentences and fines, should you break these laws.

A need to break the law

What if the law was broken accidentally or for pure survival ?

We all know the staggering statistics of domestic abuse in South Africa and are aware that not every home is a safe space.

Whilst we saw a significant decrease in alcohol injuries and trauma over the December festive season domestic abuse is still increadibly rife among our society.

According to a Times alive article the government GBV and genocide command centre recorded more than 120 000 cases of domestic violence in the first 3 weeks of South African lockdown. ( 2020)

What if home is not a safe space?

With these statistics it is increadibly likely that a woman or child may run out of a home after curfew without a mask.

What would she do?

Technically she may not leave her home for fear of breaking the law but she also can’t stay for fear of her life.

In a situation of distress her thought would be survival not pandemic hygiene.

Technically she would be breaking 2 major laws :- not wearing a mask and not adhering to curfew.

Help in the law

Whilst it seems unlikely that breaking the laws she could actually turn to the law to protect her, however this would be the case.

Should she find herself arrested or fined for needing to flee her home, she should immediately report her case to the police and gain the help of a criminal defense attorney

Luckily there are free lawyers assigned to you if you are unemployed.

With the assistance of a criminal defense attorney she will be able to accurately prove that she was infact in danger and not intentionally trying to break the law.

Getting help

Should you find yourself at home and in any danger please make contact with one of the following organizations to assist you: Helpline for women

POWA

Tears foundation

For domestic abuse or gender based violence You can also dial *134*7355#

This is a free call and avaliable to everyone 24/7 in all 9 provinces

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How to sell on AWS marketplace

With lockdowns inforced in many countries, businesses have started to look for alternative ways to sell their products and run their businesses online.

One of those ways is to sell on AWS market place.

What is AWS marketplace?

AWS stands for Amazon Web Services and AWS marketplace is an online software store that assists customers to locate, buy and use the software that is on AWS marketplace.

Currently AWS offer 175 fully featured services from global data centres.

There are 7 primary categories with subcategories under each allowing you to filter your search according to both category and subcategories.

Who uses AWS and why ?

Several businesses, one of them being Netflix, use this secure cloud service platform to

  • Run and host their websites
  • Secure their files in cloud to be able to access from anywhere
  • Use management databases to store information
  • Deliver static and dynamic files using a Content Delivery Network ( CDN)
  • Send bulk emails to customers

How much does it cost to use ?

Amazon have reported that there are several free tiers that you can join to give you access to try many of the AWS features.

Should you not want to use the free tiers or if you are not eligible to use them, it could cost 1 -3 US dollars ( around R15 – R 45) a month with a personal website being hosted for only 50 US cents ( around R7.50)

What are the benefits of selling on AWS marketplace?

With many government and educational institutions using AWS marketplace, it has already gained a trusted reputation for :

  • Being easy to use
  • Having a diverse array of tools available
  • Unlimited server capacity
  • Reliable encryption
  • High levels of security
  • The managed IT services are available
  • Flexibility
  • And affordability

How do you sell on AWS marketplace ?

In order to sell your software on AWS marketplace you will need to first read the different policies that are in place for sellers globally.

Find your region and the rules that apply to you and they type of products you are selling.

Use the AWS marketplace management portal, where you will register and manage your products to :

  • Register as an AWS marketplace seller
  • Submit new products or update badly existing products on the product page
  • Upload the files you need to create and manage your software

The AWS marketplace management portal will also allow you to :

  • Measure the results of your marketing , including the usage and revenue.
  • Allow you to retrieve customer data in real time.
  • Detect any vulnerability with an AMI scan.

Final note

As a registered seller on AWS marketplace you will need to sell publicly found software that fits the stores categories.

The business selling will need to demonstrate a strong customer satisfaction record. (Some of the current businesses selling are Microsoft, IBM and Checkpoint. With open sourceware offered by WordPress , Drupal and Mediawiki.)

You will also be required to offer tax documentation, strong business operations and legal practices.

Top priority of AWS marketplace is to ensure their vendors keep their products both updated and virus free. Two vital components in business.

There are several “try before you buy” options with many of the registered vendors offering free trials of their products, ensuring you the peace of mind that what you are buying is ideal for your business.

AWS marketplace not only offers a high standard of good quality products, but work hard at keeping the trust already built in their brand.

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Dear Mom ..it’s OK to have your shit together!

I’m a veteran mom.

Whilst I may be in my mid 40’s now and raising a preschooler, I started my parent journey many moons ago as a naive 16 year old teenager and have often quoted that I grew into motherhood.

It grabbed me in my prime and moulded me. It made me the woman I am today!

Mom life

I had 6 children before I turned 30.

Four of my older six children were adventurous, boisterous and incredibly busy boys. Two of them are on the Autism spectrum.

My boys are really close in age and there is an 11 year gap between my eldest and my youngest of my older six children.

Of course there were days when the washing was piled up, the dishes were stacked and the load, which I carried mostly alone, was overwhelming but there were always picnics, nature walks, games and hours of reading together.

Our home was always clean. I’ve never had a full time domestic. The kids would all do chores and we worked together to get the days to do list done.

Many hands work together, my gran would quote and we used these times to teach responsibility, hard work and the difference between work time and relaxing time.

A strict schedule

We started our mornings early and dived into a full morning of school. Lunch was at 12 and then the kids were free to play.

After a busy day we neatened up the house at 4pm to bath by 4.30pm. The kids then watched tv or played quietly while I cooked and we ate by 6.

At 8pm they slept. Bedtime could be a struggle but I always had my own time after 8pm to enjoy my hobbies.

This routine worked for us and kept order to what could have been a chaotic and loud home.

Mom friends

My mom friends lived similar lives.

Yes, we moaned about the load, the kids rolling their eyes and how little our husbands did but we had no “wine culture” and we weren’t proud to be a “hot mess”

Raising a child as an older mom

So, raising Hamish in my 40’s with adult and teen children ahead of me I often struggle to relate to the many moms who call for a glass of wine when the kids throw a tantrum or who post photos online stating just how much more of a “hot mess” they are than Jenny because she hasn’t bathed her child in 2 days.

Hot mess mom

Lets talk about this apparent hot mess mom …I personally hate this saying but mostly I hate that all over the internet you see women in competition to see who could be a bigger “hot mess” than the other.

Now, before you crucify me at the stake or deem me old fashioned, I’m not saying that it isn’t ok to fail, have a bad day or admit you are overwealmed.

Hell, parenting is a rough journey!

What I’m saying is that it really isn’t a competition to see who is the bigger ” hot mess”

Not bathing a child for 2 days, failing to brush their hair or leaving their pajamas on to drop them at school because you “just can’t” does not make you a “fashionable hot mess” … what it does is make you neglectful or in need of serious medical intervention to perhaps adress an underlying issue with depression.

Why do I say this?

Our children can’t make decisions for themselves and as a mom and educator my heart breaks at a child who is left with unwashed hair for a week , school work still in a bag or to eat oreos for 6 nights in a row because mom has Instagrammed herself a “hot mess” and “just can’t! ”

If your home, relationships and children are overwhelming to the point that your mental or physical health are effected you need medical intervention not a place on an insta square.

And I say this with complete compassion, we have all been there.

Parenting, especially solo or with little assistance from your partner, can take it’s toll.

There is no shame in not coping and finding the correct help to assist you to become the best mom to your children.

If you find yourself identifying with this and need to reach out you can contact:

The South African Depression and Anxiety group

Wine culture

This is another one that gets me worried.

Now I like a good glass of red as much as the next mom.

Especially at a nice wine farm but what are we teaching our children when everytime they misbehave, throw a tantrum or mess up the lounge with the gazillion toys we bought them, if we rush to the fridge shouting ” I need a glass of wine!”

What example do we set when we tell our children we just can’t deal with their noise and reach for a glass of Sauvignon blanc?

As South Africans we have terrible statistics when it comes to our youth and drinking. Many of our teens actually see it as normal to include alcohol in their daily activities.

According Aware the following statistics have been proven:

  • 1 in every 2 teenagers is an active consumer of alcohol
  • 49% of high school students have consumed alcohol
  • 15% of teen boys and 8% of teen girls have had their first drink before the age of 13 years old.
  • Teenagers who drink are more likely to try drugs
  • Teenagers using alcohol are three times more likely to be involved in violent crimes.

So,where do we differentiate between alcoholism ( a dependance on alcohol to cope with lifestyle pressures) and it being an “instaworthy” mom joke?

Who is looking up to you?

I recently shared a quote saying Someone is learning how to be a person by watching you. ….who is looking up to you?

By announcing with a loud exaggerated sigh how much you need a glass of wine in front of your preschooler or child are you equipping them with the tools they need to face adulthood one day or are you setting them up for a life of excuses behind a bottle of pinotage ?

We are the parents

Surely, we as parents should not be glamorizing a potentially harmful culture with seemingly innocent words that could one day see our own children look at us and say I just can’t deal today I need a drink!

Again, I reiterate ….whilst there is nothing wrong with enjoying a drink or two responsibly, we need to be aware of the example we set for our children and of the words we use.

Our words are powerful and often leave a lasting impression, sometimes one much deeper than a joke to fit in with the mom’s around us.

It’s ok to have your shit together

And if you are a mom, who is perfectly imperfect and managing to exhaustedly keep it all together without joining the “wine culture” or needing to wear a “hot mess mom” badge ….it is perfectly ok to celebrate your parenting success.

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The magic fairy tree at Noordhoek common

Level 3 lockdown has had us not venturing out much and mostly avoiding anywhere crowded.

Brent has been doing the shopping in the malls and for the most part Hamish and I have just spent the last 2 weeks within our home or taking the occasional stroll around the block.

But

Yesterday was just too much for Hamish and he woke in tears, missing his family, his friends and the animals we usually see over the weekends.

I was heart broken.

Lockdown laws

Throughout the lockdowns we have been relatively unaffected and for that I am eternally greatful but the announcement of no playdates and outings for Hamish has finally been too much.

Our usual beach visits or park trips have been halted and we are avoiding the more popular attractions in Cape Town due to fear of the virus.

Break free

So, yesterday when I saw the fairy tree on a fellow blogger, Hearts and Hickups, Instagram post I knew we were going to grab our masks, shower in sanitiser and break free from these four walls to find it.

Noordhoek common

I messaged for directions last night and this morning Brent and I made our way into Noordhoek.

New in the Southern Suburbs we are still discovering the local gems and this is certainly my favourite.

The Noordhoek commons is almost opposite the Noordhoek farm villiage and is a wide open grounds perfect to kick a ball around and picnic.

As we entered the first thing we noticed were the horses in the centre of the field and the people walking dogs.

Unlike so many beaches and parks in Cape Town I was glad to see those people we came across today who were walking dogs here had them on leashes.

Several other people were walking in the common and there were many young families with children running about.

Although there were other people, the space was large enough for us not to have to come into contact with others at all.

Walking trails

After watching the horses for a while, Hamish found a small foot trail that we followed as it wound around past some more horse paddocks and little streams.

With no one anywhere around we let Hamish take off his mask and enjoy the beautiful view and fresh air around us.

Fairy tree

The highlight of our visit has to be the magical fairy tree that someone has taken the time to create.

The little fairy who lives here seems to be named Rubik according to the name on the handle of his little red door.

He has a hammock to lie in, the cutest postbox and a swing to keep him busy.

We were also glad to see he got his clean washing up on the line before going out fishing.

Hamish was mesmerized and kept knocking on the door until I showed him the “gone fishing” sign.

He then wanted to search the streams for the little fairy…..

To the person who created this little piece of wonder, Thank you for helping to keep the magic of childhood imagination alive.

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Guns -what you need to know

Guns are most likely one of the most controversial subjects in any home.

Whilst they serve their purpose to protect you should you be faced with a life or death situation there are also numerous accounts of toddlers and young children accidentally getting hold of parents gun and shooting themselves or a friend.

Personal experience

As a young girl I remember living on a big wide open farm and being taught to shoot a pellet gun rifle. The hard butt of the gun against my shoulder, I pulled the trigger and instantly reeled back with the effect. The noise ringing in my ears.

It scared me. I don’t remember trying again although I do remember my father teaching us the safety around both handling the gun and storing it.

I also recall watching him as he pulled each piece of the gun out and explained how to clean it and how it worked.

Many years later I also stood in a lounge where my father wielded a hand gun in a vicious attack against my mother.

That day I vowed I would never own a gun.

What changed

As a young mom, because of my own trauma with guns, I hardly allowed my four sons to play with guns. The images of the hurt they can inflict far too vivid in my mind.

But, boys have a natural way of gravitating to all things action and it wasn’t long before they were using sticks as guns and building their own Lego rifles.

I finally gave in and took them shopping, careful to only choose bright coloured toy guns that did not resemble a real gun at all, other than shape.

By the time they were teens they were buying their own B.B guns and my many hours of gun safety talks began.

Am I against guns?

I’m not against guns, they are needed by many for protection but I do believe :

  • They need to be stored in a safe away from children
  • A child should never handle a gun
  • You need a licence and this licence should take your mental state into account and be evaluated every year.
  • If you have children in a home where there is a gun, regular conversations about gun safety should be taken into consideration.
  • If your teenager wants to learn to shoot, it should be at a shooting range amidst professionals.
  • You should be a member of the Gun owners Association.

What are the reasons people own guns?

In South Africa, self protection is one of the largest reasons for people to own a gun.

From hijackings, muggings, home invasions and farm murders … there is need for personal safety.

According to the Small Arms survey there are approximately *5 350 000 guns in personal possession in South Africa. (* 2020)

Of this number, only *3 000 000 were legally registered.

What are the laws when owning a gun?

We, in South Africa need to follow strict rules before applying for a gun licence, unlike in some countries.

Here you will need to :

  • Be trained at an accredited training provider
  • Obtain a competency certificate
  • Apply for fire arm licence from the South African Police Force ( SAPS)

You also need to meet the following requirements :

  • Be a South African citizen or permanent resident of South Arfrica
  • Be 21 years or older
  • Be mentally stable and fit
  • Pass a background check
  • Not have a criminal record
  • Not be an addict to either alcohol or drugs

A fire arm licence is valid for 5 years and needs to be renewed 90 days before the previous one expires.

A hunting fire arm licence is valid for 10 years.

How many guns can I own ?

The law is incredibly strict on how many guns you may own.

For personal safety – 1

For hunting/ shooting sports – a maximum of 4 but limits on only 1 handgun, rifle or shot gun. If however you are a member of a reputable hunting or sporting organisation and can prove your membership and can prove your need for more guns you may have more.

Business- For security companies and those who use guns in their business like a shooting range, there is no limit.

What do I need if I own a gun for personal safety?

The number one requirement for owning a gun would be a safe space to keep them. A wall safe with combination lock away from children.

A gun case for transporting your gun. This too needs to be secure and would be wisest with a combination lock.

A gun cleaning kit to keep the gun free of dust and from rusting.

A gun holster, should you wear the gun on your body, like the quality gun holsters from We The People Holsters

Spare ammunition.

Final notes

A gun can be a tool for survival but South Africa has many laws that even should a person break into your home you may not just shoot them.

It is wise to familiarize yourself fully with the law before deciding to buy a gun.

It is also wise to have open conversations with your children about gun safety.

These resources can help:

Molly’s mischief– a gun safety message from McGruff the Crime dog ( age 3 -9)

Not cool kyle– a gun saftey message from McGruff the crime safety dog. ( age 3-12)

Eddie Eagle gun safe activity book ( preschool to grade 4)

Posted in Blog posts, Health & Wellness

Inspired by Amanda Jo of Organic Bunny to share my 5 top organic bloggers

With our move to the beautiful coastal town of Kommetjie, I’ve been inspired by the abundance of nature and natural spaces around us to use more organic and eco friendly products in my home.

But, like many other women I also found myself lost in an abundance of choices and not sure which products to start using.My natural instinct led me to bloggers who wrote about these products and who had often tried many of them personally. As a blogger myself, I trust a fellow bloggers opinion.This journey led me to discover a treasure grove of information and some wonderful new blogs to follow along my organic journey.

Here is my list of my top 5 organic blogs to follow

1. Amanda Jo from Organic Bunny

Amanda-Jo-Organic-Bunny has been an invaluable resource and trusted source of information for all things green.It is her mission is to give her readers natural alternatives to their favourite products and you can find reviews on home products, beauty products, make up, skincare and hair care products.Her site also has amazing make up tutorials, which my teen loves and she has an organic shop linked directly to her blog.

2.Life Lived Simply

This site is geared directly at those who are on a zero waste journey ( my life goals)Colleen features simple and practical advice with some great interviews to educate you as you move to a zero waste life style.Her blog also covers topics of Christian faith, adoption,travel and some delicious recipes.

3. Eco 27

Jackie from Eco 27 is down to earth and honest.Describing herself as ” a person living in a real world” she is passionate about learning how to look after the planet, making her blog easy to read and relatable. ( for me at least)Although the articles are more informative on eco world news, she is building a comprehensive eco directory on her site.

4. Faithful to Nature

Faithful to nature is my go to store to see what eco and natural products are avaliable and the price at which they are sold.Their inspirational lifestyle blog is full of recipes and wellness articles and they have built a trusted name for their brand.

5.The green vegan chick

Although I am not vegan and most likely won’t become vegan I love The green vegan chick blog.Her blog shares many reviews from eco friendly and organic brands giving me insight into the product before using them.She covers a wide variety of topics from gardening to eating out and where to shop.You can also find a delicious selection of recipes and helpful resources to guide you along a more natural, sustainable and eco concious lifestyle.Although I’ve listed my 5 favourite organic and eco friendly blogs, there are so many more fabulous bloggers using their platforms to share more natural lifestyle choices and organic shopping options.Are you on a more natural or eco concious journey?If so I’d love to hear from you. Pop me a comment below and share your favourite products, resources and blogs with me.

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Play-doh christmas gift ideas 2020

No christmas would be complete for us if we didn’t add a Play-doh gift into Hamish’s stocking,and Hasbro has some fabulous gift ideas for Play-Doh fans this season.

Play-doh slime

This colourful premade slime compound is as much fun to look at as it is to touch!

Stretch it, pull it, let it ooze – Play-Doh Slime for kids 3 years and up gives them a squishable, sensory, creative experience.

Watch how squishy and fun this Play-Doh slime is here

Play-doh colour burst

This is one of our personal favourites. Hamish loves to watch the colours mix into each other.


Have a blast with Play-Doh Color Burst!

With speckles of one color mixed into another, watch the colours swirl and change before your eyes as you mix them together offering an innovative way to mix and play!

Play-doh Elastix


Stretch your imagination with Play-Doh Elastix compound.

With a fun pull-apart texture for new ways to play its perfect to stretch and mould pretend melted cheese, stretchy snakes, and all the other silly things kids like to create.

Hasbro also have some innovative and fun gifting options for your Play-Doh fans.

Play-doh Kitchen Creations Drizzy Ice Cream Playset

Play-Doh fans will love the Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Drizzy Ice Cream Playset, with new Play-Doh Drizzle compound.

Get drizzling and create a pretend candy shell for your Play-Doh Ice cream creations!

Create colourful Play-Doh sundaes and cones and don’t forget to add fun Play-Doh sprinkles and candies to decorate.

Play-doh Kitchen Creations Candy Delight Playset

It’s crazy candy galore at the Play-Doh candy store!

This Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Candy Delight Playset is a treat for the imagination as kids create their own silly gummy bears, pretend candy bars, and play candy cups.

Fill the top with Play-Doh compound, then turn the crank on the candy machine to see the crazy colourful Play-Doh candies pour out.

Scoop the creations into the pretend candy buckets to show them off to friends.

Gift your child the gift of fun and imagination this Christmas with one of these Play-Doh sets.

Available at Takealot, Toyzone or ToysRus

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Share your child’s drawings with BIC SA to win a BIC Stationery hamper.

There have been multiple studies conducted to show that creativity and well-being are positively linked, and for children in particular, that art and creativity help their development in various ways .

The team at BIC Stationery recently chatted to Psychologist Bernice Castle to gain some insights on this. She shared the following thoughts:

– Art can be a powerful tool among children and adults alike. If children engage in hands-on art activities, they learn much better in all disciplines.

– Art helps children apply their gross and fine motor skills to something meaningful and tap into their problem-solving skills through visual cognitive responses.

– Art has been proven to stimulate imagination, improve observation skills, boost self-esteem, provide a sense of accomplishment and reduce stress.

– Art creates opportunities for them to communicate how they see and experience the world and allows them to give expression to their feelings about the situations they encounter in their daily lives.

BIC provides numerous FREE RESOURCES for parents and educators to spark creativity and inspiration, the most recent of which is a series of weekly tutorials available at www.facebook.com/BICSA.

Parents are encouraged to share their child’s drawings on the BIC SA facebook page between now and 22 November for a chance to win a BIC Stationery hamper.

Many more resources are available at https://bickids.com/en