Monthly Archives: February 2019

Playing Safe with Micro Scooters

For many of us parents, the idea our children playing out on the streets on a Micro Scooter leaves us with conflicting feelings. On the one hand, it’s incredibly heart-warming to see our kids grow up and be able to achieve new and fun physical activities (and anything involving the outdoors and exercise is always a plus!) but on the other hand, it can be intimidating when thinking about introducing our kids to the potential dangers of playing near roads. So to help, here’s a list of some important things for us to discuss with our children to help them stay safe before they hop onto their shiny new scooters.

1. Never Scoot on the road

Scooters are not allowed to be on the roads. Cars and traffic will not be expecting them, and due to the size of the scooter wheels they can easily catch on drains and potholes, causing the rider to fall into the road. Make sure your child is sticking to the pavement where it is much safer.

2. Stop, Look, Listen, Live

Before crossing the street, always come to a complete stop and dismount the scooter. Look both ways, listen for any potential dangers, and cross when it’s safe. Never ride a scooter when crossing the street for the same reasons as above.

3. Be Aware of your Surroundings 

Observe potential dangers such as doorways, walls, fences and corners that prevent you from seeing what is on the other side. Travel at a sensible speed, and don’t ride too close to people. Give yourself the time and space you need to come to an unexpected stop.

4. Skateparks

It may be tempting to perform stunts and tricks on curbs of pavements, but they are not the safest place to do so. Accidents and falls can lead to a rider landing in the road where they are at risk. Save this style of riding your scooter for the Skatepark, where it is much safer.

5. Safety Equipment

Helmets and pads will help cushion any trips or falls. If your little one is a little reluctant at first to wearing a helmet, you may want to try one featuring one of their favourite characters printed on it. My son loves his Buzz Lightyear helmet!

6. Take Part in the Micro Scooter Safety Program

The Micro Scooter Safety Program is a fun filled session teaching primary school children how to use their scooters safely. Through a successful, tried and tested curriculum of fun practical workshops and games, children learn safety rules they can rely on to ensure their security amongst road users.

7. Repeat These Messages

When was the last time you needed to tell your child something just once? The steps above will be best followed when repeated, and recited together, with your child.

 

The Benefits of Bamboo Toys

Bamboo children’s toys are beautiful. They have a unique look and shine about them that set them apart from any other types of wooden toy. If you’ve ever wondered why it is, you’ll have a hard time guessing, as the answer is bamboo is not a wood but a grass!

Bamboo is relatively new to the Western world but has been utilised in Asia for loads of different purposes, including medicine, textiles transport and construction for over 7,000 years. Since emerging in the Western market, bamboo has made its way into loads of different industries including ours – children toys.

Here are some reasons why we love bamboo toys.

Safe
Unlike plastic toys, bamboo will not easily break meaning no dangerous or sharp edges.

Durable
Bamboo is stronger than wood, brick, concrete and steel. Therefore, bamboo toys are super durable and can be passed from child-to-child and generation-to-generation without looking like a relic.

Sustainable
Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on the planet with some species capable of growing 4cm an hour! When harvested the root system remains undisturbed, and a plant can replenish itself within a year.

Eco-Friendly
Bamboo is naturally pest-resistant and requires no chemicals and very little water to grow. The plant improves air quality by absorbing more carbon and releasing more oxygen than cotton or timber.

Biodegradable
Bamboo is 100% biodegradable. While it’s not nice to think of the end of a toys life, it’s good to know that Mother Nature can do her thing with minimal impact on the environment when this time comes.

Plus, as mentioned before, it looks fantastic when polished!

One toy manufacturer that has been making the most of bamboo is Kinderfeets. Kinderfeets is an award-winning brand based in San Francisco that produces beautiful bamboo (and wooden) balance bikes, trikes, and balance boards.

The Kinderfeets Bamboo Kinderboard, Tiny Tot and Balance Bike are fantastic examples of what can be done with bamboo. They are mega attractive, stimulate children’s physical and cognitive development and have all the benefits of bamboo!

For obvious reasons, more bamboo products will be hitting our shelves in the coming year so keep an eye out!