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

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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.

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Product name changes

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  • 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.
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Milk Rusks Toothiepegs
  • New Packaging Organic Milk Rusks
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How to Improve Your Child’s Hand-Eye Coordination


The term “hand-eye coordination” describes the ability of your body’s visual system to process information received through the eyes and use it to direct the movements of the hands. This skill is clearly demonstrated in sports such as tennis, baseball and basketball, but even simple daily tasks require the brain, eyes and limbs to work together.

Hand-eye coordination is a complex neurological process that should be encouraged from an early age. It works in conjunction with our fine-motor skills (needed for tasks such as doing up buttons) and also our gross-motor skills (needed for catching a ball). Without good hand-eye coordination, we would not be able to carry out everyday tasks such as writing, pouring a drink, or putting on our socks.

The development of hand-eye coordination

From the basics such as picking up a toy to more major movements that involve a mature complexity of motions, hand-eye coordination builds as your child grows. As newborns, your baby’s hand movements are mainly reflexive in nature, but as they grow, their movements will be more purposeful.

By the time your baby is five-months-old, they should be reaching and grasping for objects and moving toys from one hand to the other. As the end of the first year approaches, this skill develops to include a pincer grip, capable of picking up smaller items such as dry pieces of cereal.

From two-years-old, your toddler should be able to pick up and stack five building blocks, hold a writing utensil, and hold a spoon to eat. By three-years-old, he or she should be capable of turning pages in a book, and drawing circles.

Once at preschool, your child should now have a good grasp on their hand-eye coordination. By now they have developed spacial awareness that coordinates with their hand-eye abilities to position small objects and better control eating utensils. Hand-eye coordination will continue to develop with practice, and by school age their fine motor skills have matured enough to let him or her master most basic hand-eye coordination tasks. Your school age child should be able to print letters, colour between the lines, feed themselves, do up zippers and buttons, and manipulate objects easily. As years go on, hand-eye coordination skills become more sophisticated, allowing them to play sports such as basketball, tennis and baseball.

Encouraging hand-eye coordination

There are many ways to encourage development of hand-eye coordination in children. Just like any other skill, the more time spent doing activities that involve hand-eye coordination, the easier the skill will become.

For infants, play is an essential part of developing hand-eye coordination. Play allows your baby to learn how to reach and grab for objects, as well as understand cause and effect.


For infants, try:

  • placing objects of interest within reach
  • shaking a rattle or plastic keys
  • playing with toys that make noise
  • attaching wrist rattles
  • building a tower for baby to knock down


Once they reach toddler age, try:

  • throwing and catching a ball
  • colouring in activities
  • connect-the-dot activities
  • stringing beads
  • bouncing balls
  • tossing a small bean bag into a hula hoop
  • rolling a ball to hit down bottles
  • playing “Simon Says”
  • finger painting


For children five years and over, try:

  • balloon batting
  • balancing on a beam
  • suspended ball activities
  • walking on low walls
  • kicking a ball into a goal
  • juggling
  • tennis
  • playing basket catch
  • playing handball
  • over and under throwing
  • puzzles
  • Lego
  • Jenga
  • sewing
  • relay races

Exercises to improve hand-eye coordination


If you have concerns about your child’s hand-eye coordination, consider speaking with your paediatrician. Before this, however, you may like to try some exercises that help to strengthen weak hand-eye coordination skills.

The key to improving hand-eye coordination appears to be in exercises that focus not on an object or destination, but on the space in between. A study published in The Journal of Neuroscience supports a theory that gaze control is a major contributing factor in developing good hand-eye coordination. In the study, researchers found that gaze defines key grasping or fingertip positions between the hand and the object and then directs the hand to these positions when moving the object.

With this in mind, great activities to improve hand-eye coordination include:

Bouncing a ball on a racket

Have your child hold a tennis racket or badminton racket out in front of them, palm facing up, or for the more advanced option a ping pong paddle.  You may need to hold the racket along with them until they can get the hang of it themselves. Take a tennis ball, shuttlecock or ping pong ball and have them bounce it as many times as they can without dropping or missing it. Repeat the drill, adapting the height of the bounce each time.

Wall ball

Just like bouncing a ball on a racket, playing wall ball is a great way to practice hand-eye coordination, and something your child can do on their own. Have them take a ball of any size, stand in front of a wall and start throwing and catching the ball. Repeat, and even have them change the distance between them and the wall each time.

Jigsaw puzzles

Jigsaw puzzles can sharpen visual perception and fine motor skills, and can be an effective tool in the development of your child. In addition to adding to their fine motor skills, jigsaw puzzles can help children develop their memory, shape recognition and goal setting. Choose age-appropriate puzzles to avoid your child from becoming too frustrated with the difficulty.

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