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From August 2018, customers will notice our rebranded food packaging start to appear on shelf in all major stockists.

  • CURRENT Packaging
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We are excited to announce our new packaging will start to appear on shelf from August 2018. This transition to new packaging will occur over a number of months. During this time there will be a mix of current and new packaging on shelf.

There are no major changes to these products, in some instances there is a small name change or slight recipe improvement, see below for the full details.

Products purchased via the website will be delivered to customers in our old packaging until the end of October. From November, products ordered from the website will be delivered in the new packaging.

Please note, our Infant Formula packaging will not be rebranded until later in 2019.

For any questions, connect with our team of accredited practising Dietitians on +61 3 6332 9200

Product name changes

  • Cereal Name Changes
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Baby Rice
  • NEW Packaging Organic Rice with Prebiotic (GOS) Note: Our Baby Rice recipe has been upgraded to now include GOS Prebiotic
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Vanilla Rice Custard
  • NEW Packaging Organic Milk & Vanilla Baby Rice
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Apple & Cinnamon Porridge
  • NEW Packaging Organic Apple & Cinnamon Baby Porridge
  • Ready To Serve Name Changes
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Banana, Pear & Mango
  • New Packaging Organic Banana, Pear, Apple & Mango
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Mango, Blueberry & Apple
  • New Packaging Organic Blueberry, Mango & Apple
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Peach & Apple
  • New Packaging Organic Grape, Apple & Peach
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Pumpkin & Tomato Risotto
  • New Packaging Organic Pumpkin, Sweet Potato & Tomato
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Broccoli, Beef & Brown Rice
  • New Packaging Organic Beef & Vegetables
  • Note: We have also upgraded some of our RTS recipes to remove added sugars and to remove some of the more complex ingredients that are not required for young children such as Tamari.
  • RUSKS NAME CHANGES
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Milk Rusks Toothiepegs
  • New Packaging Organic Milk Rusks
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10 Activities to Help Your Child Develop Essential Life Skills

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Toddlers are often a bundle of fun and joy, and along with all of that fun comes a huge amount of energy that toddlers never seem to be short on. Sometimes it’s hard to keep thinking up new ideas, games and activities to keep them occupied. However, there are a lot of activities they can take part in that will not only be fun for them, but also allow them to learn and build important skills during this key development time.

We’ve compiled a list with 10 of the best activities to introduce to your toddler that will be both fun and educational.

Balloon bop

What you need:

  • Balloons

Instructions:

  • Blow up several balloons for your child
  • Help them to throw the balloons into the air as high as they can to try and reach the furthest point possible
  • If your child is a little older, tie string up high and see if they can aim the balloon to go over the string
  • Encourage them to try to catch the balloon on their return back towards the ground

This simple game can be so much fun for toddlers. It’s easy for them to succeed at, and they will love how easily they can maneuver these lightweight objects. Not only is it a rainy day boredom buster, it’s also great for hand eye coordination and motor development.

Indoor cubby house

What you need:

  • Blankets
  • Pegs
  • Cushions

Instructions:

  • Use the blankets and bedspread to make a cubby house. You can cover dining chairs set out into a square or rectangular area, a dining table with the blankets laid on top, or the backs of lounge room sofas
  • Use the pegs to secure the blankets in place
  • Bring cushions or blankets into the cubby house to make it comfortable

This is yet another great activity for indoor play (especially if it is raining). It’s simple to create a play space for the kids and allows your child to dream up many different possibilities. The cubby house could be a house, a rocket ship, a teddy bear hospital, or even a shop. This game will encourage play, social skills, and imagination development.

Bubbles

What you need:

  • Bubble mixture (but dishwashing liquid and water also works perfectly if you run out)
  • A device to create the bubbles. You can find these at any good toy stores, but you may have an item in the home that will work just as well. Think of any kitchen utensils you may have such as cookie cutters. Or if you’re chasing bigger bubbles, use an old wire coat hanger shaped into a circle.

Instructions:

  • Dip the bubble maker into the solution
  • Blow the bubbles through and watch as your child enjoys the sight of bubbles

No matter what your age, bubbles will always make you happy and smile. But they are not just for fun! Bubbles can give kids a lot of help in developing essential skills such as visual tracking skills (to track and see where the bubbles go), sensory processing skills (bubbles are wet, sticky, large and small, and learning to blow the bubbles can help the child to learn to focus on the act itself) and social skills (asking an adult to blow more bubbles and sharing equipment with other children).

Walk the plank

What you need:

  • Flat piece of wood at least 5cm thick and 2 metres long. If you don’t have one this long, a shorter piece will do.
  • Optional: a piece of blue material and black cardboard to make fin shapes for extra effect

Instructions:

  • Lay the wood on the grass/material
  • Show your toddler or child how to walk on the plank with your arms out to each side
  • To extend the activity, feel free to add towels under the plank to raise it off of the ground or walk sideways along the plank. Walking barefoot (so long as there are no splinters in the wood) is also an option

This activity is great for developing balance and gross motor development skills. If walking barefoot, it’s also a great way to improve sensory processing as the texture of the wood will be different to the grass.

Ball rolling exercise

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What you need:

  • A ball

Instructions:

  • Sit a metre or two away from your child on the ground, facing each other.
  • Roll the ball towards each other
  • If the ball touches the other person’s legs, the person who rolled the ball scores a point

Having these simple rules will teach a child language skills as they understand what is taught to them. The physical motion of rolling the ball also works on their gross motor skills and, depending on the ball, the texture will also improve their sensory processing skills. This activity is great for those who cannot kick a ball yet or are weak on their feet, as this can all be done while sitting.

Animal friends

What you need:

  • Nothing!

Instructions:

  • Whether it is indoors or outdoors, select different animals to imitate
  • Choose animals that have obvious features, such as an elephant and it’s long trunk or a bird and flap your arms like wings
  • Ask your child to pick an animal for you both to re-enact
  • Alternatively, you can act as an animal and ask the child to guess which animal you are and vice-versa

Developing coordination and balance as children imitate their favourite animals is one of the key outcomes to this activity. Play and social skills are also developed, as well as phonological (sound) awareness and articulation skills.

Do you hear what I hear?

What you need:

  • Markers
  • Whiteboard

Instructions:

  • Draw a picture of an open eye on the left and a closed eye on the right of the board
  • Ask your child to list the sounds they can hear with their eyes open. List these things under the picture of the open eye
  • Then ask them to close their eyes. Ask them to sit and listen for a minute or two
  • Ask them to list the things they can hear with their eyes closed
  • Ask them why they think they can hear different sounds when their eyes are closed

This exercise is great for improving sound awareness and articulation. Language skills are worked on by asking the child how they think their ears and eyes work, and to get them to start thinking about the way their bodies work. The sounds they listen to and learning to differentiate different sounds helps them to understand their world even more.

Polka Dot Flowers

What you need:

  • Plastic eyedroppers
  • Coloured food dye
  • Small containers of water
  • Cupcake paper cases or coffee filters

Instructions:

  • Have the child use the eyedropper to add coloured dye to the water
  • Encourage them to practice squeezing the dye into and out of the eyedropper
  • Once they understand how to use the eyedropper, ask them to use the dropper to add drops of coloured water to the cupcake paper cases or coffee filters to make patterns or flowers

Fine motor skills are encouraged to develop in this activity as your toddler learns to use primarily one hand. Their sensory processing skills are also worked on by establishing different coloured dyes and how the dye reacts on the water and on the paper. It’s both fun and helps them to be more creative.

Clap a name

What you need:

  • Nothing!

Instructions:

  • Explain how syllables work in words. So, as an example explain that “cat” has one syllable whereas the world “elephant” has three.
  • Clap to each words’ syllables. So for “cat”, you clap your hands with the word. With “elephant”, you clap at each syllable like “el-e-phant”
  • Ask your child to think of new words to use for the activity
  • Clap along with them to the syllables of the words
  • Even ask them to show you how many syllables are in their name and their friends’ names

This activity is perfect for working on your child’s’ phonological awareness and social skills. Their articulation and language skills will also gain experience, and this activity will help them to understand English a lot better. The clapping in this exercise also helps to develop fine motor skills.

Touchy feely box

What you need:

  • Shoebox with holes cut out of each end
  • 2 shells
  • 2 pinecones
  • 2 rocks

Instructions:

  • Place the items into the box and place the lid on
  • Have the child sit on one side of the box and a friend (or yourself) sit on the other side of the box
  • Have one child grab an item and try to describe to the other child what they are holding
  • The other child needs to use their descriptions to find the same item
  • When they think they’ve found it, remove the lid to see if the items are the same
  • Ask them to use words like “bumpy”, “smooth”, “rough”, etc
  • Have the children take it in turns to describe the items

Exploring the world around them is a great part of growing up and developing. This activity encourages children to discover items and learn how to describe them accurately. Sensory processing, social skills, fine motor skills and speech skills are all encouraged within this activity, making it both educational and really fun for kids.

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  • The World Health Organisation recommends that breastfeeding is best for your baby.
  • Having a balanced diet when breastfeeding is also important. Infant Formulas should only be used after you’ve sought advice from a doctor or health practitioner.
  • A decision not to breastfeed can be difficult to reverse and introducing partial bottle feeding may reduce the supply of breast milk. It is also wise to consider the cost of infant formula.
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