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ByNicole Burton

Happy World Earth Day!

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we wanted to celebrate the impact we can all have in creating a meaningful and lasting change to the planet. Earth Day is a significant day on our calendar so we want to help to increase awareness about our planet and environment.

All over the world, we have an effect on the environment through all our actions or even by simply living as we do. We use electricity and water, use of transport such as cars, busses and airplanes to go to school or work. Even in the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean, the deepest point on earth, scientists found plastic bags and beer cans!  So remember  Reduce – Recycle – Reuse!

Pollution causes damage to our Planet

The damage pollution does to our planet visible can be best seen with coral reefs. Colourful corals will die if the oceans they live in are too warm or polluted. They are dying as the oceans warm up due to pollution in the sky, and therefore the atmosphere traps more sunlight on earth and heats also the ocean water.

 

 

Global Warming affects us all

Climate change with tropical storms such as hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons all get their power from the warm ocean. So, the warmer the ocean, the stronger the storms are and the more often they happen!

Icebergs are melting

More pollution causes higher temperatures. When temperatures get higher than normal, they cause more drought in already dry regions such as Africa and also cause the ice to melt in the Arctic and Antarctic. This causes increases in the ocean/sea level. Over 525 square feet (almost 50 square meters) of ice to melt every year!

 

6 ways to Reduce – Recycle – Reuse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are so many things you can do to help us all make a difference and help the environment and the whole of the World!

  1. One way to reduce is to reuse. Instead of using plastic bags, bring reusable bags and Tupperware when going shopping or packing food or leftovers.
  2. Shop responsibly. When going out, purchase items that are easy to recycle. Avoid items that are individually wrapped or in single servings. Buying in bulk helps to reduce waste.
  3. Composting is your friend. Create a compost bin and throw food scraps and various yard waste into your compost bin. You can use leaves and yard trimmings to supplement the compost.
  4. Start recycling. Did you know that you can save 9 cubic yards of landfill space by recycling only one ton of cardboard? Over 87% of citizens are able to have their recycling picked up curbside. Utilising bin removal and recycling services can help you to manage waste effectively.
  5. Go paperless. Most stores now offer digital versions of receipts, and you can also receive bills online or on your smart device rather than in the mail. The average person receives around 30 pounds of junk mail every year; reducing this junk mail can make a significant impact.
  6. Buy second-hand. Purchasw your clothing from second-hand stores will provide you high quality, low-cost clothing items that benefit both you and the environment.

🌎Happy World Earth Day x

ByNicole Burton

Costa Coffee is with you all the way

Missing Costa Coffee? We sure do! We’ve handpicked just a few of our highlights to help brighten up your week and keep us together when we can’t all be together. From feel-good fixes, like how to master great homemade coffee, to how the community is making use of their garden shed, everything you need it right here.

Make iced latte you’ll love

First on the list is the complete guide to make the perfect iced latte you’ll love. With days getting brighter and days getting longer, Costa Coffee has shared their expert tips on how to make delicious iced latte – the easy way! Watch their simple steps YouTube video to find the hint and tricks to always make it extra special. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL VIDEO 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take a trip to Costa Coffee, in your garden!

With the kids still off school, it can be hard to keep them entertained and you sain! We LOVE how families across the UK have created their own costa coffee shops to take a visit to. Get creative this week and turn your house into its very own Costa Coffee shop! Decorate your own sign, write your own menu and even bake your own chocolate chip muffins! BBCGoodfood has a delicious recipe, CLICK HERE  TO VIEW THE RECIPE

 

 

 

 

But how do they make it taste so good?

Ever wondered how Costa create their coffee? We’d like to reveal a few secrets. From coffee’s discovery to the ways we harvest their beans today and make the perfect selection for slow roasting, the history of coffee might surprise you.

The coffee you know and enjoy has travelled A LONG way to reach your cup. Coffee is most often grown in the tropics, in places like Brazil, Ethiopia and Colombia. Young coffee plants are raised in nurseries and, when they are about a year old, are transplanted into the main plantation on the coffee growing estate where they are nurtured for five years.

After this, the plants begin to grow fruit called ‘coffee cherries’. It is the seed (or bean) of these ripe, red cherries that’s used for roasting and producing the coffee beans we recognise.

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Stay Home, Stay Safe, Protect the NHS.

ByNicole Burton

🐰5 steps to the perfect Easter egg hunt!

With Easter coming up, we’ve got loads of eggscellent activities for your kids to get involved in, including, yep you’ve guessed it, an Easter egg hunt!

1. Choose the length of the hunt – 

First of all, decide how many clues you’re going to need. It all depends how many little ones you have and how much chocolate is in the house, but we chose ten as a nice even number. We don’t want them eating too much!

2. Get crafty with ideas

Your 10 clues can be as easy or as complicated as you like, depending on the age of your hunters. Where you hide your chocolate will link into each clue you give your little ones. For example, if you’re hiding a clue in the bathroom, the clue to finding it might be: ‘This chocolate just loves a nice hot bath’.

 

3. Perfect your preparation –

It’ll be great to have some Easter-themed pictures to make the hunt more exciting, think images of chicks, chocolate eggs and bunnies to put up around your home and garden. Kids will love creating these. Arrows with ‘over there!’ written on them are great to place near the chocolate eggs to help your little ones find the treasure.

4. Get hiding the chocolate –

For a really good challenge, use as much of the house as you can – why not hide upstairs and downstairs, and don’t forget to use the garden too – the opportunities are endless!

5. The big finish-

Once each little hunter has their clues and the arrows are all set up in your home and garden, let them get hunting! They could also create their own fun Easter basket to help them carry the eggs they collect. Happy hunting!

 

ByNicole Burton

3 easy Easter paper craft activities

What better way to celebrate the spring sunshine than creating bright and colourful suncatcher eggs, your own easy carrot baskets AND cute bunny handprint cards!

1. Sun Catcher Easter Eggs –

a. Start by tearing your tissue paper into strips – they can be as thick or thin as you like. Put these to one side.

b. Cut two rectangles of sticky back plastic to the same size. You’ll cut them into egg shapes later…

c. Peel the cover off one rectangle, and start laying the tissue strips across it. There’s no right or wrong way to do this – you might want to be neat, make them overlap, or leave gaps for the light to come through!

d. Remove the cover from the second rectangle, and place this over the tissue paper design. Press to secure, then draw an egg shape and cut it out.

e. Snip off some ribbon, shape it into a loop, and attach to the top of the egg using sticky tape. Now you have the perfect loop for hanging your sun catcher!

Top tip: Don’t just stick to stripes – you can make fun zig-zag patterns and polka dots on your eggs, too. See if you can make each one completely different to the next!

Image via Kids’ Craft Room

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2. Easy Carrot Baskets –

a. Take a piece of orange paper, and cut it into a large semi-circle shape. Cut the semi-circle in half down the middle, so that you have two quarters.

b. Roll each quarter into a cone shape, and tape into place. You can use glue, if you prefer.

c. Turn it over so the seam is at the back.

d. Cut some green paper into a rectangle strip, then cut this into thinner strips, leaving them secured at the bottom. These are your leaf fronds! Attach this to the inside of the cone, again using tape or glue.

e. Using the orange felt-tip pen, decorate your cone with little squiggles for a life-like carrot effect!

f. Glue the side of the hat together using a glue gun, so that it forms the cone shape. Leave it to dry.

Top tip: Why not add a little carry handle so that it really looks like a basket? Just cut a strip of orange card and attach both ends to the top of the carrot, securing on the inside.

Image via Kids’ Craft Room

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3. Bunny Handprint Cards –

a. Start by selecting your sheet of coloured card and folding it vertically into a card shape.

b. Paint your child’s hand with the washable paint, apart from their thumb.

c. Get them to squeeze their ring finger and little finger together, and their middle and pointer fingers together, to make two ‘bunny ears’.

d. Press down onto the card, and lift away gently.

e. Using a brush, add pink paint for the nose and inside of the ears. Leave to dry.

f. Once dry, draw on eye, mouth whisker details using the Sharpie.

Top tip: You might want to have some kind of snack-based distraction on hand to keep fidgety little ones occupied while they’re waiting for the paint to dry!

Image via Crafty Morning

 

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See more Easter activities at WHSmith online.

ByNicole Burton

8 Activities that will keep your kids busy and connected

1. WRITE A STORY

Get those creative juices flowing with a story challenge. Kick things off by giving them the first sentence and encourage them to write the rest of the story. Pick a theme they love like Space or Princesses and watch the story come alive! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. GET THE BOARD GAMES OUT!

Now is the time to bring out the old school, non-screen way of having fun. Whether it’s a traditional game of scrabble or something more active like charades, it doesn’t matter as long as it gets the family laughing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. GROW YOUR OWN SUNFLOWER

A simple way to help spread a little happiness is with a sunflower. Plant seeds in cups and set in a sunny spot. Encourage your children to water it every morning and watch as it grows into a beautiful sunflower.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. DOWNLOAD OUR FREE DIGITAL COLOURING SHEETS

Get your colouring pencils and crayons out and download our digital colouring sheets. Share your creations on our social media and we will share them with the world! Download these HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. KEEP IN TOUCH – VIRTUALLY 

Just because they can’t visit Grandma or their best friend from class doesn’t mean they can’t stay in contact! Help your kids keep in touch with their loved ones by using video chat options like Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp, and more. You could even organise a regular “virtual playdate” with your child’s friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. GET COOKING

This extra time at home is a chance for kids to learn a few kitchen skills that will serve them well their whole lives! Get kids cooking or baking with the supplies you already have on hand. Younger kids will need supervision but can still help with prep, measuring, and mixing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. BE A CREATOR

What better way to get your science on than a DIY Lava Lamp? Start with a clear bottle filled a quarter of the way with water, then fill the rest with vegetable oil. Once they’ve separated, add about a dozen drops of food coloring and plop in an Alka-Seltzer. Prepare to be amazed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. GET ACTIVE INDOORS

Help your kids compete to the beat with a fun and friendly dance off. It’s a great way to get in some exercise without stepping out in the cold.