4 Ways To Develop Your Childs Creativity

Children have great imaginations, which nurtured in the right way can see them grow to be fantastically creative. Here are 4 top tips to help you develop your child’s creativity.

1. Get them to YogaBugs. Through adapted yoga poses children go on wild adventures. At YogaBugs the children are encouraged to imagine themselves as lions or pirates and are always the hero of the story. By attending YogaBugs classes children will develop their own creativity by being given a mental work out alongside the obvious physical one. Their imagination and creativity grows through play. And best off all… They love it!

2. Make a special creative space. A designated area for your child to be creative can be a great way to help them develop. This will help the child to concentrate and focus. Television can be great for relaxing but it can hamper creativity by becoming a distraction. The designated creative space should put the emphasis on the child to create their own entertainment.

3. Encourage your child to be different. Make it acceptable for your child to be out of step with norms of their peer group. Get them to listen to different genres of music, take them on days out and encourage their interests. This is what shall make your child an individual and really develop their creativity.

4. Boredom can be good. Do not be afraid of your child being bored. This period of downtime is when they get the opportunity to flex and work their creative muscle. If they are bored, the power to change that is in their own hands. Unstructured time challenges children to actively engage with themselves and the outside world. They will use their own creativity to overcome the boredom.

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Top Five Tips To Improve Your Childs Concentration

Yoga is just one way you can help your child to improve their concentration

Yoga is just one way you can help your child to improve their concentration

1. Get your child to YogaBugs. Unlike any other children’s acclivities YogaBugs is specially designed to not only give your child an enjoyable physical work out but also to improve their concentration. They will learn loads, have fun and develop their concentration skills. By using the yoga postures to tell stories, YogaBugs are able to engage children on a variety of levels and develop many skills.

2. Play ‘Beat The Clock’. Deadlines get things done. If a task has to be completed in a set time this will help your child focus. They way to make it fun is to turn into a game. As a general rule assume your child can concentrate without a break for one minute per year of age. So if your child is 5, set the clock to 5 minutes and ask them to complete the task before the alarm rings.

3. Avoid overwhelming your child. If your child is whisked from activity to activity they will never settle. Choose a couple of activities and allow for downtime in between. This will help them focus and will produce better results. Remember quality over quantity.

4. Eat the right foods. Eating healthy food will give your child the energy they need to focus for longer. Avoid foods that are high in sugar as these will lead your child to crash.

5. Remove all distractions. If you want your child to focus make sure all diversions are out of the way. If the television is off it ceases to become an option. There is no such thing as multi-tasking only multi-failing.

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Top 3 Healthy Family Meals

Finding family friendly healthy food is not always easy

Finding family friendly healthy food is not always easy

In today’s world finding time to spend together as a family can be difficult. Meal time is perhaps the most ideal time to all sit down together and spend some quality time. Yet this can be difficult and maybe even stressful. Often at least one member of the family may be on a diet and that has to be balanced with catering to the palate and tastes of the children. This can be a real challenge. Eating healthy is obviously really important but this can potentially make meal times very stressful.

YogaBugs want to help so we have scoured our recipe books and found 3 top recipes to help you make the most of your family meal times.

1. Meatless Manicotti

Ingredients -

2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
1 (16-ounce) carton fat-free cottage cheese
1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and squeezed dry
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 (8-ounce) package manicotti (14 shells)
1 (26-ounce) jar fat-free tomato-basil pasta sauce
Cooking spray
1 cup water

How to prepare -

Preheat oven to 375°.

Combine 1 1/2 cups mozzarella, cottage cheese, and the next 5 ingredients (through black pepper) in a medium bowl. Spoon about 3 tablespoons cheese mixture into each uncooked manicotti. Pour half of tomato-basil pasta sauce into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange stuffed shells in a single layer over sauce, and top with the remaining sauce. Pour 1 cup water into dish. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella evenly over sauce. Cover tightly with foil. Bake at 375° for 1 hour or until shells are tender. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

2. Plum Chicken Salad

Ingredients -

bout 8 ounces fresh plums, pitted and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3/4 cup chopped almonds
Salt and black pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano, or 1 teaspoon dried
1/4 cup olive oil
2 celery stalks, thinly sliced
1/2 red onion, chopped
8 ounces roasted or grilled boneless, skinless chicken, chopped or shredded
(about 2 cups)
6 cups mixed greens (like mesclun), torn into bite-size pieces

How to prepare -

Toss the plums with the vinegar in a large salad bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes and up to 2 hours.  Meanwhile, put the almonds in a dry skillet over medium heat and toast, shaking the pan frequently, until they are aromatic and beginning to darken, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. . Sprinkle the plums with salt and pepper and add the oregano, oil, celery, onion and chicken; toss to combine. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. (The salad can be made ahead to this point and refrigerated for up to an hour.) To serve, divide the greens evenly among 4 plates and top each with some of the plum-chicken mixture, or add the greens to the salad bowl and toss everything together. Garnish with the toasted almonds.

3. Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients -

 

4 carrot(s), medium, peeled and finely diced 1/4 pepper, black ground
2 stalk(s) celery, finely diced 1/3 cup Chinese plum sauce
1 pepper(s), red, bell, large, seeded and finely diced 2 Tbsp. soy sauce, less sodium
1 water chestnuts, canned, (8 ounce), drained and finely diced 2 Tbsp. rice vinegar
3 scallion(s) (green onions), (white and green parts), thinly sliced 1 tsp. chili paste, Oriental, such as sriracha (or to taste)
2 Tbsp. ginger, fresh, grated or finely minced 1/4 cup cashews, dry-roasted, unsalted, chopped
4 clove(s) garlic, minced 1/4 cup cilantro, fresh, minced, plus extra for garnish (optional)
1 lb. chicken, ground, (at least 90% lean) 1 head(s) lettuce, Boston, (may substitute iceberg lettuce or romaine hearts)

How To Prepare -

Liberally coat a large skillet with oil spray, and preheat it over medium-high heat. Add the carrots, celery, bell pepper, water chestnuts, scallions, ginger, and garlic. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables soften slightly, about 5 minutes, adding a tablespoon of water at a time as necessary to prevent scorching. Reapply oil spray if necessary, and add the ground chicken to the skillet. Cook until the chicken is no longer pink, breaking the meat into a fine crumble with a wooden spoon as it cooks. Season with the black pepper. Add the plum sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, and chili paste and stir to coat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until heated through. Remove the skillet from the heat, and stir in the cashews and cilantro. Allow the mixture to cool slightly, about 5 minutes. Clean the lettuce and break off 12 individual leaves (trim away the stem end of the leaves if they are tough). Fill each lettuce cup with roughly ½ cup of the chicken mixture. Garnish with additional cilantro if desired.

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