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‘The Big Bash for Little People’
An exciting new product set to revolutionise family cooking is coming to the Lollibop Festival this weekend!
LolliBop is back and it’s bigger and better than ever this year! If you are able to get down to Regent’s Park in London on Friday 5th or Sunday 7th August, a family ticket could be yours! There’s hundreds of activities throughout the day and appearances from Peppa Pig, DJ Dick and Dom and lots more!
Summer 2011 – Tommy’s is calling for babies, toddlers and young children across the country to make a big splash for cash this summer, by getting involved in Tommy’s Splashathon2011.
Young ‘splashers’ are encouraged to ask friends and family to sponsor them to have a splash in aid of Tommy’s, which funds research into pregnancy complications. With approximately 300 pools across the country taking part from June to August, little ones can be sponsored to ‘splash’ the length or width of their local pool during the free event, or can incorporate their own ‘splashathon’ into a normal lesson or swimming fun day.
Splashathon is sponsored by Splash About – the children’s safety swimwear specialists – and is a great chance for young children to have fun while raising money to help save babies’ lives. The funds raised will go towards Tommy’s vital research into the causes of miscarriage, premature birth and stillbirth.
Tommy’s hopes to raise over £170,000 during this year’s Splashathon, and is offering a range of fantastic prizes for those taking part. The tot who raises the most money will be in with a chance of winning prizes from Splash About worth £200, whilst runners-up can win a hamper of products from Miamoo (miamoo.co.uk) – the natural baby skincare company – or goodies from Tomy, worth over £40.
Celebrity mum and Tommy’s supporter Stacey Solomon is supporting this year’s Splashathon.
She says“Tommy’s ‘Splashathon’ is such a great event. Swimming is one of my favourite things to do with Zachary, and even better, each little splash helps to raise money for Tommy’s so they can go on to help mums have happy and healthy pregnancies, and happy and healthy babies.”
Jane Brewin, Chief Executive of Tommy’s, says: “We’re really grateful that so many people get involved in Splashathon, and this year is shaping up to be another great event. Currently, one in four women lose a baby during pregnancy or birth, but Tommy’s exists to change that and every splash goes on to help us save babies lives.
Desri Goodwin, founder of Splash About, says: “We’re delighted to be supporting such a fantastic initiative. Splashathon is not only a fun way to introduce children to the pool, but it will also help raise money for a really important cause.”
Getting involved couldn’t be simpler: call the sponsorship hotline on020 7398 3466or visithttp://www.tommys.org/splashto find out if your local pool is participating. Or simply get your little one splashing in your own pool / bath – every splash counts!
Do you know the benefits of teaching your baby to swim?
Leading swimming expert Laura Molloy explains why
every baby should learn this vital skill
Swimbabes is one of the leading providers of baby swim classes in the UK. Founder and qualified Swim Instructor Laura Molloy has been teaching babies and toddlers to swim for the last eight years and believes every baby should learn so they are equipped with vital survival skills that will stay with them for life. Here, Laura explains the benefits of getting your child in to the water at an early age.
Introducingbabies to water helps avoid the traumatic experience that older children sometimes suffer around water. Little ones who learn key life saving skills have a greater regard for water and are safer around it – with many able to swim by as young as two years old.
It’s natural for parents to feel anxious the first time they let their baby go in the water, but don’t worry; babies have a natural affinity with water as it is a free environment for them. Our inborn ‘gag reflex’ is generally strongest up to six months old and it’s this gag reflex that enables babies to hold their breath underwater naturally, providing a gentle introduction to submersion. Young babies also have primitive swimming stroke actions and can propel themselves through the water easily. Baby swim classes will build upon these natural reflexes and enable your baby to be completely happy moving in and through the water.
The ability to swim from a young age is certainly a gift for life which opens the door for your little one to enjoy other water-based activities, from waterskiing to sailing to diving. Introducing babies to swimming improves their physical, emotional and social development plus enhances their intellect and language skills.
Physical strength is built through muscle development; early swimming allows use of muscles that baby cannot yet use on dry land, which can aid early walking. Co-ordination and associated motor skills are also improved through regular exercise, not to mention it being a good workout that will strengthen the heart and lungs.
Emotional contact is pivotal to water confidence. When children are introduced to water from a young age they feel safe and secure within it. It familiarises babies with deep water and gives them the confidence to swim below the water level. Weekly swimming is also special one-to-one time for a baby and parent where they can have fun with no interruptions.
Social skills abound at baby swim sessions. Little swimmers are constantly interacting with adults, other babies and children and it allows parents to socialise with each other too. These unique swimming sessions can develop special relationships, which are looked forward to each week.
Interacting with other babies and children will also help little ones develop their language skills. Baby swim classes are structured and use building blocks based around your baby’s own development – this constant stimulation helps to improve your baby’s intelligence too.
The journey to good swimming takes a lot of practice and patience. Every child will achieve the goals in their own time and should not be rushed or forced into activities they are not ready for. Children should be encouraged to find swimming fun, with creative activities that help to develop early motor skills and promote water confidence.
Swimbabes teach more than 1600 babies to swim each week, across the north of England. They take babies from as young as four weeks old and each course lasts for 10 weeks, with a structured programme consisting of a wide range of skills including swim to hold on, safe jumps, underwater turns and being able to paddle across the pool independently while taking regular breaths. For more information, to visit the Swimbabes shop or to book on to a course visit http://www.swimbabes.co.uk.
To celebrate the success of the Leapster Explorer and its click-in camera accessory, LeapFrog saw young wannabe film directors from all over the country create their very own movies. Throughout March, children aged from four to nine years old submitted their 90 second short films based on a family fun day out and uploaded them to the Netmums.com website.
Of all the entries, Leapfrog and its panel of guest judges selected the 10 young finalists with the most outstanding film to attend the Short Film Festival premiere on May 31st. There, along with their families, they received the full celebrity treatment at their very own premiere, hosted at the London Transport Museum.
Of the 10 shortlisted finalists, Elliot Payne from Cambridge was crowned the overall winner at the glamorous premiere event, hosted by TV personality Dave Benson Phillips. Finalists enjoyed experiencing a slice of celebrity life as they attended their film premiere and watched their creations on the big screen.
But the film star experience doesn’t end there for Elliot, who is off on a family trip of a lifetime to Florida. The trip includes an exclusive visit to Universal Studios, the world’s premier movie and TV based theme park – a must see for all budding directors!
The 10 talented finalists joined LeapFrog and guest judges, Dave Benson Phillips (TV presenter, Get Your Own Back), Siobhan Freegard (Co-founder, Netmums) and Pippa Wright (Mummy blogger, A Mother’s Ramblings), as they made their entrance at the premiere. Entrants took to the stage as they introduced their masterpiece creations and each movie was showcased in front of friends and family.
Samantha Harris, marketing manager at LeapFrog said: “It was a star studded event, enabling budding directors to showcase their talents and impress their family with their movie making skills. The competition was fierce and all entrants were equally strong but there can only be one winner. Congratulations to Elliot and his family, we hope they enjoy their trip to Florida!”.
Developed alongside Nintendo, the uDraw GameTablet is a handheld electronic easel that works with the Wii and lets players draw, splash, paint, and stamp to their heart’s content and then share or print their creation with family and friends.
Coming from THQ, one of the world’s leading games publishers/developers this is their first hardware and launched in the UK this past Friday. The uDraw is for all ages but was developed with 7-11 year-olds in mind.
The wireless tablet holds the Wiimote and allows to to ‘draw’ on your TV screen – It’s as natural to use as a pen and paper. This is just like what the pro’s use to create their digital artwork and retouch photos.
uDraw Studio comes with the tablet and is designed to unleash your inner artist! Also available at launch are two other games – Pictionary(TM) which is great for family game night and Dood’s Big Adventure, which allows players to use the tablet as a steering device.
The uDraw was released pre-Christmas in America and sold out of 1 million units there, so is posed to be very successful here as well – Great for family get-togethers and an excellent way for the kiddies to draw without creating a huge mess in the front room!
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Today, Microsoft announced it will release a non-commercial Kinect for Windows software development kit from Microsoft Research later this spring. The intent of releasing a “starter kit” for application developers is to make it easier for academic research and enthusiast communities to create even richer experiences using Kinect technology.
The Kinect for Windows SDK from Microsoft Research is being developed and released by Microsoft Research (MSR) in collaboration with the Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB) to support a growing community of academic researchers and enthusiasts who are exploring potential applications built using Kinect.
The starter kit will give academic researchers and enthusiasts access to deep Kinect system capabilities such as audio, system APIs, and direct control of the sensor. Microsoft will deliver a commercial version of the SDK later. There are no further details to share at this time.
Microsoft has deep investments in R&D in natural user interfaces (NUI). NUI is part of the company’s long term vision of creating computers that are intuitive to use and able to do far more for us. The fruits of those investments manifesting across many of Microsoft’s products, including Kinect for Xbox 360, Windows Phone 7, Microsoft Surface 2.0, Bing for Mobile and Office 2010 Mini Translator.
This announcement of the Microsoft Kinect for Windows SDK reflects Microsoft’s desire to unleash the magic of the NUI technology to a broader set of academic researchers and the enthusiasts by empowering them with the tools to create exciting applications with the use of Kinect technology.