One of the most fun and educational experiences you can enjoy with your children is cooking. Not only are you teaching them how to feed themselves (which is one of the most important life skills); you are also spending quality time with them and allowing them to learn important skills such as measurement, timing, patience, and self-control. The best way to make your kids enjoy cooking with you is to make it a fun activity; they might lose interest if they feel like they are performing a chore. Here are some tips on how to cook with your kids.
Teach them kitchen safety
Even for adults, the kitchen is one of the most dangerous rooms in the households. When introducing your children to cooking, the first step that you should take is to teach them kitchen safety. Ensure that they understand that they are working with sharp objects and fire. If a child is too young to understand kitchen safety, then they are probably too young to participate in cooking. If you are using gas to cook then your children need to know how to safely turn your cooker on and off. Ensure that they understand the smell of a gas leak and drill them on how to react to it. As an additional precaution, you should teach them how to put out grease fires, and possibly, how to perform first aid on small burns and cuts. You should only proceed once everybody is aware of how to keep themselves, and others, safe in the kitchen.
Cook what they like
Every child has a favorite meal, and one of the best ways to get children interested in cooking (at least in the early stages) is to teach them how to cook their favorite meal. If your children love cookies, then you should introduce them to cooking by teaching them how to bake cookies. By learning how to make their favorite meals, they will be more interested in improving their cooking skills.
Introduce them to healthy meal options
Once they grow up, your children are more likely to cook the food items that you taught them to cook. Therefore, take this opportunity to introduce them to healthier meal options. Incorporate vegetables, white meats, and other healthy food items into your cooking lessons. Teach them how to make simple salads or healthy pasta dishes, and educate them on the benefits of healthy eating. Not only will they save money by cooking for themselves, they will lead much healthier lives too.
Don’t be too serious
Ensure that your children have fun in the kitchen. If you take your joint cooking sessions too seriously, you might negatively affect their enthusiasm to learn how to cook. When your child makes a mistake they should not be scolded, show them what went wrong and encourage them to try again. Children are very sensitive to negative feedback, especially if they were not initially enthusiastic about the activity. Make it a fun experience and your kids will learn an important life skill.
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The fall season presents an awesome opportunity for you and your kids to enjoy some fun art and crafts together. The changing colors of the foliage and the excitement of the upcoming holiday season create the perfect backdrop to inspire the inner artist in all of us. Art and craft projects create the perfect opportunity for you to spend some quality bonding time with your children and help them gain a finer appreciation for the arts. While most of these activities are supposed to appeal to young children, you and some of the older kids will have lots of fun taking part.
The defining feature of the fall season is the changing foliage cover and the trees shedding off their leaves. Leaf painting involves using leaves to trace out drawings on a piece of paper. With the abundance of fallen leaves during fall, gathering the required materials will not be difficult. You can enjoy simple leaf painting with colored pencils or introduce paintbrush-applied paints to make it more interesting. Encourage your kids to collect different types of leaves and use this as an opportunity to educate them about the trees and plants that are around them. Allowing your kids to express themselves in their paintings will also increase the hand-eye coordination, thereby improving their environmental awareness. It will also make them more artistically inclined.
The biggest fall holiday for children is Halloween. Engage your children’s creativity and imagination by introducing them to pumpkin carving. As with any art project involving your children, their participation in the activity is more important than the quality levels they achieve. Get different pumpkin sizes for the different age groups you are dealing with to make it easier for them to carve their pumpkins. Before they start doing the actual carving, ensure that they are aware of the fact that they will be handling sharp objects to avoid an unscheduled visit to the emergency room. As a bonus, you can display their carved pumpkins for Halloween to increase their sense of accomplishment.
While everyone has their favorite season, the fall, with its vibrant colors, creates one of the most aesthetically-pleasing environments. Introduce your children to the field of nature photography by encouraging them to go out and take photographs of the stunning scenery. You don’t need to give them expensive professional cameras. Just get a few budget disposable cameras and let them enjoy the scenery. Being out in the fresh air will also give them valuable exercise and they will be more aware (and appreciative) of the natural environment around them.
Hand Turkey drawing
As Thanksgiving approaches, and the weather becomes colder, keep your children engaged indoors by teaching them hand turkey drawing. If you have older kids that have surpassed the hand turkey drawing age, you can encourage them to create thanksgiving inspired paintings at home. This will keep them occupied and increase their motor skills and art awareness.
Apart from the skills that your children will learn by doing art and craft projects, the whole family can enjoy quality bonding time together and create fond memories.
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One of the most important, and often overlooked component of raising a child is encouraging them to have a hobby. A hobby can serve many purposes. It can mentally and/or physically engage a growing child, it can be a fun way to pass time, and it might even end up being a profitable career in future. Having a hands-on hobby is important for a growing child, especially if they end up enjoying it as a fun activity. Here are five relatively affordable hands-on hobbies that you can introduce your child to.
If you have some gardening space in your home, then this is one of the best hobbies to introduce your children to. As an outdoors activity, gardening can provide your children with valuable exercise time. Having them interact with soil, plants, and insects during gardening also helps improve their immune system as they come into contact with microbes. It also instills in them an appreciation for nature, which is a great trait. And if your garden includes vegetables, fruits, and other food items, then you can teach your children the valuable skill of being able to grow one’s own food while saving money. Gardening is also a very affordable hobby to involve your children with. It’s almost free.
Everyone loves baked goodies, that is one of the fundamental human truths. It is not difficult to motivate your children to take up baking as a hobby since the rewards of baking can be enjoyed after every baking session. Baking is a fun hobby that will give you valuable bonding time with your children. It is also relatively inexpensive and can save you some money as you won’t have to purchase your baked goods from commercial establishments. As an additional benefit, baking can teach your children a marketable skill that they can benefit from financially once they become adults. The baking experience can also be educational as they learn about portions, ingredients, discipline, and even patience.
Drawing is another hand-on hobby that you can introduce your children to. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to start them off with expensive art supplies. All you need is a plain drawing book and a few pencils to introduce drawing to your children. As a hobby, drawing will encourage your child’s creativity and will teach them to express themselves through art. This will help to intellectually stimulate your children as they grow. Encouraging your children to engage in art will also improve their observational capacity as they will be more aware of the environment that they interact with.
Depending on the martial arts trainers within your location, there are numerous martial arts disciplines to choose from. Martial arts are an attractive hobby for your children since they are already inherently ‘cool’, especially if your child enjoys action movies. Martial arts will engage your child physically, improving their overall physical health and stamina. With a good trainer, martial arts will also instill the element of discipline in your child. And this will serve them well as they grow up. An additional benefit is that they will learn useful self-defense skills.
It is important to engage your child in at list one hands-on hobby. It gives you an opportunity to bond with them and most of them will give them important life skills that they can enjoy throughout their lives.
The most effective way of teaching children ‘boring’ concepts is through play. While engineering concepts would not engage your child’s fickle attention spans, there are numerous engineering toys that would teach these skills ‘covertly’ as your young ones have fun. Simple skills such as problem-solving, cooperating with their playmates, increased motor skills, and persistence will create a valuable foundation for your child if they choose to enter the competitive engineering field. Even if your children do not choose to become professional engineers as adults, these skills can still be applied in many professional fields. Here are some of the best engineering toys currently available.
As of 2016, LEGO became the largest and most profitable toy company in the world. These educational toys have been very effective in teaching young children (and adults) the basic concepts of engineering skills. The beauty of giving your child a Lego set is that it stimulates their imagination. There is no limit to the creations that one can form using Lego bricks. Lego has also partnered with popular children entertainment franchises such as star wars, Marvel, DC comics, and Disney to create Lego sets that appeal to children. You will also find that, unlike other toys, children rarely outgrow their Lego sets. They can still be enjoyed as they grow up and become teens and beyond.
K’Nex 100 Model building set
The K’nex model building set is specifically made to increase your child’s engineering literacy. The standard set has more than 850 pieces and contains a manual that shows them how to build more than 100 different models ranging from towers, cars, and helicopters. It differs from LEGO in that you can create models with moving parts. Your children will enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes from being able to replicate the models in their manuals on their own.
One of the largest toymakers in the world, Mattel, has embraced technology with the development of their new educational toy, Bloxels. Bloxels come with a board where you children can manually create video game levels by hand, before scanning them with their smartphones where they are converted into a video game format which they can play. Bloxels allow your children to exercise their imagination while teaching them the basic concepts of video game design. In a technology driven economy, it is never too early to familiarize your children with game development. They might even end up making a very lucrative career out of it.
While most building block toys use square and rectangular building blocks, wedgit includes different shaped building blocks to further engage your child’s imagination. Wedgits will not only teach your children the basics of construction, they will also learn about angles and balance, which are all useful concepts that will help them in their future engineering endeavors. Wedgit provides a manual that has some models that your children could attempt to re-create, or you can leave them to exercise their creativity by coming up with their own creations. There are numerous wedgit sets to choose from with different difficulty levels for different age groups.
Most of these toys are reasonably priced and will work towards instilling valuable engineering concepts that they can apply in their future careers.
Thanks to its all-year-round sunshine and its friendly people, Florida has long been considered (deservedly so) as a fun place. Tourism is one of Florida’s largest industries and regardless of where you are in the state; you will always find something fun to do. If you are looking for something fun to do in Florida, as an individual, a couple or even a family, there are numerous activities you can enjoy. Here is a small sample of some fun things to do on your Florida weekend getaway.
Whole family fun at Disneyworld in Orlando
Walt Disney World is the most visited place in Florida and is the perfect weekend getaway for a vacationing family or even for individuals who want to enjoy the Disney experience. The resort gets more than 52 million visitors per year, which is a testament to the quality of the experience. Apart from interacting with beloved Disney characters, Walt Disney world has theme parks, water parks, golf courses, camping sites, and more than 30 hotels. You are guaranteed to have enough fun activities throughout your weekend.
Enjoy the Florida Keys
The Florida keys are tropical islands located off the Florida coast with the largest (and most popular) being Key West. The keys are all linked together (and to the Florida mainland) through bridges; so they are accessible by car. The Florida Keys have a rich history and numerous activities for your weekend getaway. You can enjoy snorkeling, boat rides, surfing and parasailing in the Florida Keys if you want more adventure. Or you can simply have a quiet weekend in a beautiful location for a more relaxed weekend getaway.
Party on the Miami Strip
The Miami strip on Ocean drive is one of the best party locations in the United States. Its famed art deco buildings have numerous nightclubs, and restaurants. If you want a fun-filled weekend getaway, then the Miami Strip’s nightlife will offer you the perfect weekend getaway.
Interact with nature at the Everglades national park.
If you enjoy nature, then the Everglades offers the perfect weekend getaway. The Everglades national park boasts an impressive diversity of animals. Expect to see crocodiles, snakes, and alligators – among others. The Everglades is also full of birdlife which makes it an awesome location for the avid birdwatcher. You can enjoy a boat ride on the wetlands or a hike through the only tropical wilderness in mainland America. There are also numerous educational exhibits and guest lectures on conservation to ensure that your weekend getaway is fun and educational.
Have fun on the beach
Whether you are in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Orlando or Jacksonville, you are always a few minutes away from the famed Florida beaches. With the warm tropical climate, almost every day can be a beach day when you are in Florida. Apart from swimming, there are a lot of fun beach activities for you to choose from. You can take a dolphin tour and swim with dolphins, you can go for boat rides, enjoy surfing or scuba diving; the options are almost limitless. If you choose to stay at one of the beach hotels, you can enjoy a perfect beach weekend getaway.
With an impressive diversity of fun activities to enjoy, you would be hard-pressed to find a better spot for your dream weekend getaway.
Bowling has a rich history. Most people don’t know that bowling traces its origins way back to the ancient civilizations of Egyptians and Romans. The sport, as we now know it, was popularized in Britain during the Middle Ages. It subsequently gained popularity within the upper classes and the royalty. It was at the turn of the 20th century that the game became widely available to the masses. As with other sports, the technology boom of the 20th century has had a significant effect on the sport of Bowling. The modern bowling experience differs greatly to what our ancestors at the turn of the 20th century enjoyed. Here are some of the major changes that have shaped modern bowling.
The introduction of automated pinsetters
During the earlier years of the 20th century, bowling alleys employed young boys as manual pinsetters. These pinsetters had to reset the bowling pins, clear out the fallen pins from the lanes and return the bowling ball to a player. In 1936, the first mechanized pinsetter was invented. And over the years it has been improved to automate the entire pin setting process. This has increased the average speed of a bowling match, making it a more enjoyable hobby to participate in.
The improvement of bowling balls
During most of its existence, wooden bowling balls made from hardwood trees were used for bowling. This finally changed in the 1930s when rubber balls were introduced to the sport. In the 1970s, plastics such as polyester became the most popular material in the manufacture of bowling balls as they led to higher scoring matches. The modern bowling ball, which is made from urethane resin, was introduced in the 1990s. Urethane resin balls can be customized for different bowling lane surfaces and players. Professional bowlers regularly have their bowling balls custom made to fit their bowling style.
One of the simple, yet profound, development in bowling has been the introduction of automatic scoring. Prior to this, bowlers had to individually keep their scores through notebooks and pencils. Professional bowling tournaments had to hire dedicated scoring staff. With the invention of the mechanical pinsetter, and technological advances in the computing industry, modern bowling now has automatic scoring. While this does not seem to be a major development, it has actually increased the widespread appeal of the game as bowlers do not need to understand how the scoring works before taking up the sport.
The bowling lane evolution
Bowling lanes have traditionally been made from wood. This made them expensive to set up and maintain as wooden lanes were not durable. In the 1970s, synthetic lanes were introduced which were cheaper to install and more durable than their wooden predecessors. Modern day bowling lanes can be made from a wide variety of customizable synthetic materials. With the different oiling techniques employed, each bowling alley has its own unique character which makes modern bowling very interesting. The reduced cost of setting up and maintaining a bowling alley has been attributed as the main driving force behind the popularity of bowling. Most major cities have at least one bowling alley in every neighborhood.
By embracing changing technologies, bowling has become a more enjoyable and accessible sport. The Wow Alley best demonstrates this with its elegant space design, craft beer and wine bar, food menu, comfy seating, music, and much more!
Football season is already here. While many people love to watch the game, it’s also a time where you might be in a league. Just think, you won’t have to miss the game while you’re on the lanes as we’ve got the technology allowing you to do both! Plan your schedule and do tackle two things at once. Here are a few other points to consider before the wife decides to do a blitz!
Let your significant other have the night off of cooking and order some delicious snacks from our café. Just think of how happy you’ll make him or her when you tell them you’re taking them out for a change. You ensure them they won’t miss one minute of their favorite NFL team even while they are getting a strike!
Next, bring your non-football family to the alley and let them get a kick out of knocking down some pins while you watch your favorite quarterbacks on the big screens. What better way to spend a Sunday? Or Monday? Or Thursday! The Wow Alley is opened every day with minimum exceptions.
Now, that you have a good game plan strategy to kick off football season bringing the whole family, let’s huddle. The Wow Alley provides a reasonable way to entertain your family even if you’re on a budget. Be sure to look for our coupons and deals throughout till Superbowl.
Ladies, don’t be alarmed with the big game on. Grab a few of your friends and pick up your shoes from the counter and celebrate. Although offense and defense are still broadcast, you can have a ladies night out and never miss one cute player.
Other than the all-star players, teens can feel comfortable being dropped off if they over 13. The Wow Alley provides a family atmosphere and is excellent for travelers and tourist groups too.
Don’t assume bowling is the way it was twenty years ago. It’s even BETTER! You wouldn’t have been able to watch the game on multiple big screen televisions while wearing your favorite bowling shirt. Today’s lanes are highly equipped with state of the art advancements that provide additional entertainment pleasure.
We hope this helps inspire you to catch a game while watching your teams hustle on the field. We also hope this article contributes to solve some household problems and keep the peace during football season. Until then Go TEAM GO!
Next time you’re wandering around the office or home thinking about a unique way to entertain your friends, think WOW ALLEY. If you want to put an extra spin on and pin down an old-fashioned way to have fun, why not host a 50’s party? In this week’s blog, we’ll give you a few tips on how to organize this retro-event, which will surely be your lucky strike!
It’s All About the Costumes at the Bowling Alley
If you’ve ever been to a sock hop or some other 50’s party, you know the clothing is always a hoot. From bobby socks to bowling shirts, the lads and lassies will have a riot when your guests start to show up at the alley. You can get excellent attire ideas by referencing movies such as “Grease” and “Laverne and Shirley.” After you’ve picked up on some killer costumes, you’ll want to talk with the Wow Alley DJ to have them spin some of your old-school records.
Don’t Forget the Vibes from Music on the Lanes
While sounds of songs blasting from the jukebox are filling the lanes, think about the snacks. It wouldn’t be the same having a party without some type of vintage food, right? Stock up on some candy cigarettes and of course, some sparkling soda. Don’t feel like bringing along the grub, no worries. We have an incredible snack bar that will provide you with everything you need to get this shin-dig rolling.
Parties are Simple with Wow Alley Café Food
Now that we’ve covered the attire and food, there’s one more tip. Don’t forget to take a lot of pictures. The Wow Alley makes a great backdrop for any event. But, to stick with your 50’s theme, the lanes in the background is a perfect way to make this event memorable.
Book Your Team Building Events at the Bowling Alley
Also, a 50’s theme party hosted at the bowling alley is one way to keep you out of the gutter especially if it’s a corporate event. You can arrange this gathering after work or on holiday. Whatever the case may be, whether you’re throwing a 50’s party for a team-building event, these tips will inspire you and will keep the memories going for years.
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While bowling may seem like a sport with less physical contact, it’s still an activity that requires proper stretching. You can avoid injuries providing you take a few minutes to prepare before every game you bowl. In this blog, we’ll point out five great stretches that will enable you to play your best without having complications.
Neck and Shoulders
Arms and Wrists
Calves and Ankles
A great stretch before bowling that will loosen your neck and shoulders is a yoga pose that helps to relieve any tension in these areas. Stand with feet shoulder length apart and bring hands behind your back. Lock your hands together by weaving the fingers into one another. Then bend forward at the waist bringing your bonded hands up toward your shoulder blades and pushing your clapped hands toward the back wall. This is an excellent stretch when you hold it for up to 5-seconds. Do this 5-times to maximize the movement.
Next, work on your arms and wrists by holding your arms out to the sides and at shoulder length. With fists closed, and arms out, make little circles with your wrists only do this for up to 30-seconds then switch to bigger circles for 30-seconds. Change these two repeatedly for up to two minutes to strengthen the arms and loosen the muscles in your wrists. These are two methods of stretching necessary for you to bowl a good game.
After you work the arms, neck, etc., it’s time to move to the inner thighs. Stand with feet slightly apart, holding your bowling ball in front of you, then alternating legs, raise one leg behind you and lowering your arms with the ball toward the floor. Without touching the floor with the ball raise yourself back up and switch legs. Do ten reps on each leg. This movement helps with balance while keeping your inner thighs super healthy.
Besides your thighs, the calf and ankles need to have some particular attention if you’re going to bowl a good game. Find a stair to step on and use your toes and the front part of your feet to adhere to the level while allowing you heels to drop down below the step just a bit. Raise yourself back up till you’re standing on the top part of the foot and feeling the stretch in the arch of your feet. Not only will this stretch keep you ‘on your toes’ it’s also great to relieve shin splints and plantar fasciitis.
After you’ve warmed up the calves and ankles, it’s time to spend a few extra minutes on the toes and feet alone. Sit on the floor with legs in front of you. Grab the top part of your feet and pull up on your legs. Lift your legs off the ground while hanging onto your feet. Do this stretch a total of 10 times.
These are some perfect stretches that will help improve your game while preventing any injuries from occurring. Be sure to check with your doctor, anytime you start a regular physical activity.
Kids just looooove ice cream. And this is highly understandable considering that even adults love ice cream too. If you’re planning to give your kids an ice cream treat, it helps if you know about the best ice cream flavors out there. Now you may not know this but there are some wild ice cream flavors around the world. Do you know what they are? Had you tasted any? Check some of them out below.
Jellyfish Ice cream
Now this is one wild ice cream flavor. And what makes it so wild is that it’s dangerous. Or at least, Jellyfish are. Jellyfish are one of the most dangerous marine animals. Their stings can cause death within seconds. This particular ice cream flavor contains Jellyfish protein. And don’t worry, it won’t kill ya! It is quite expensive though. A serving goes for $150 or more. And guess what, it glows when you lick it! If you want to take a ride on the wild side of ice cream then this is the holy grail.
Hot Pepper Ice Cream
Hot and ice may not always go together but this ice cream flavor makes it happen. The hot pepper ice cream is sweet but hot at the same time. These contrasting flavors will keep your taste buds on the edge as you savor your cold treat. This particular flavor, however, may not be ideal for small kids. They just might not be able to handle the hot pepper flavor. But can you?
Octopus Ice Cream
Yes, you read that right. There is something like octopus ice cream. And yes, it is manufactured using real octopus. Trust the Japanese to create ice cream flavors from virtually any plant or animal. For example, they have other wild flavors such as eel, tuna, and even horse meat. And now you must be wondering, what does an octopus ice cream taste like? Well, we’re not brave enough to try. How about you?
Garlic Ice Cream
When you think about ice cream, your mind drifts to sweet flavors that you might find in candy or cakes. But you’d be wrong in this case. There is actually a garlic flavored ice cream and you can find it in California. Now we don’t know how it tastes but sounds like this will require all your strength to slurp it up. But it could be spicy in a tasty kind of way. What do you think? You can also enjoy standard ice cream flavors with just a dash of garlic.
Vegetable Ice cream salad
Vegetables have for a long time been used in ice cream flavors. For example, beans, lettuce, and even avocado have been used in various flavors. However, you can also get a vegetable ice cream salad – a combo of various vegetable flavors ranging from goat cheese to cucumbers, grape fruit, walnuts, and more. Now that sounds like a salad that your kids would love to eat. The only question you need to ask yourself is – is this ice cream a desert or a main course?
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