- April 22, 2022
Earth Day 2022
Since we began in 2017, caring for the planet has been been top prioity
You'll see all sorts of companies talk about Earth Day today, but does the conversation stop when the day ends?
Protecting the Earth is what we're all about, 365 days a year. Our environmental commitment at Capikooa, is caring about how our products are made and the way we do business. Our love for the planet was very clear from the beginning of our journey. In 2021 we became members of 1% For The Planet with the commitment to donate 1% of our turnover. The money goes straight to causes doing good for our planet. To protect the business ethics we are creating at Capikooa we have embedded our social and environmental mission in our companies articles.
Circular by design
Our aim is simple, we want to design and make sustainable, fun toys for children to grow and learn through play. Toy waste is a big problem and we wanted to break the unsustainable linear consumption pattern (take-make-dispose). We invest in how we can create a Circular Economy in what we do. This means instead of disposing a used product (often called ‘end-of-life’) we make sure it can be reused, restored or composed. In Capikooa’s business model, our products will always be regenerative by intention but also by design. We also take pride in reducing waste and even have our own Perfectly Imperfect section on the website. This is for those products that don't meet our highest standards but are still new and safe to use.
You can see our Perfectly Imperfect balance baords.
We like Earth Day as it's the perfect excuse for thinking about ways to make the world a little bit better. It doesn't have to be big changes; some small shifts can have big impacts for you and your family.
Earth day is about being honest about sustainability. One person can’t make a big difference on their own but together we can make a big impact. Small changes together is a big step in reducing our environmental footprint!
How are you celebrating Earth Day?
Kids can birdwatch or observe wildlife in natural habitats found in parks and nature reserves. Spring things start coming to life from daffodils shooting up and forming buds on trees. Birds chirp more often as the weather warms up. There are also great places to visit to see blossom from the National Trust too.
As kids observe nature, they might develop a love for nature and our planet. To help celebrate Earth Day why not download our free nature hunt activity?.
What other activities can kids do for Earth Day?
Below are some of our top 5 easy things we can all do for the planet:
1. Switch off electrics at night
One easy change you can make is to start conserving energy. You can do this by turning off lights when you leave a room and unplugging electronics when they’re not in use. Conserving energy will help you save money on your electric bill and it’s good for the environment.
If your kids are like ours and love playing in different rooms but forget to turn things off behind them. A good option could be investing in timers. Also do the lights need to be that bright in a room? Changing from high wattage light to efficient LED lighting could save electricity.
2. Get creative
Don’t bin that cardboard box! Reuse it for play or in the garden as a weed barrier. For example put on your creative hats on and try using waste material for crafts and gardening or for composting! See our sustainable play post for ideas.
3. Save water
Another way to be more Earth-friendly is to use less water. This might mean fixing that dripping tap to taking shorter showers. Why not brave a cold shower, saving water while it warms up. How about encouraging your kids to change bath night for a shower?
You can also save water by collecting grey-water from washing up or rainwater in a barrel. This water can then used to water your plants or wash your car.
4. Choose to live with less
One of the best things you can do to lower your waste is buying less. A lot of new things comes in non-recyclable packaging. Most low quality items end up filling the landfills faster than the Earth can bear. It has become too easy to buy and replace things. Less stuff means less waste.
5. Make your commute a bit greener
Finally, one of the best ways to live an Earth-friendly life is to walk or bike more often. This helps to reduce air pollution and carbon emissions. Plus, it’s a great way to get some exercise! You can also carpool when traveling with others.
Doing the school drop off and pick up by bike, walking or scooting. Not only do they get some fresh air also means children’s brains are more ready for the day ahead at school.
There are many small changes that families can make to help the environment. Steps in recycling, reducing energy and water usage or reducing carbon footprint we can make a big difference on Earth Day and every day. Also, make sure to follow our Instagram for more play ideas. Thanks for reading!
- November 22, 2021
12 Family Christmas Traditions to Make This Year Special
Are you looking for some family Christmas traditions to make your kids feel special this year?
We all know the Christmas period is the most exciting time of the year for kids, we all experienced the festive joy ourselves all those years ago! So of course you may be looking for ideas to bring the Christmas magic to your own home. Starting a family means you get to make your own Christmas traditions to make it a special time for your little ones. Well if you happen to be struggling for inspiration, we have 12 festive traditions to make Christmas special for your family!
- September 24, 2021
5 Nature Play Ideas To Keep Your Kids Creative
Find out about nature inspired play
Do you want your child to form a connection with nature? Do you want to teach your child how to love nature through play? If you answered yes to any of these questions then this blog post is for you! Here at Capikooa we have a passion for all things natural, so we’ve come up with 5 nature inspired play ideas that use natural materials! These activities will get their imagination at play as they promote creativity, fine motor skills, and a connection to the environment.
- September 10, 2021
What Is A Curvy Balance Board?
A curvy balance board is an open ended Waldorf inspired toy. It is for all ages and can be used in endless ways.
We love the question: what is a curvy balance board? Because a curvy balance board can be whatever you want it to be! That’s right, instead of being powered by batteries, this toy is powered by your children’s imagination! Our Capikooa curvy wooden balance board is a toy that is designed with no rules or instructions, children are free to use their imagination when playing with a Capikooa balance board. Open-ended play allows children to be curious, explore, and create, all whilst learning. Our balance boards are inspired by Waldorf and Montessori principles.
- September 03, 2021
Why is Imagination At Play Important For Child Development?
Here’s ways that imagination at play can help with your child’s development!
Do your kids have the kind of crazy imagination that ends up transporting them to a whole new world in their head? Suddenly their wardrobe becomes a portal to another dimension and their blankets become a superhero cape! If this sounds like your child then their active imagination is benefiting them in ways you may not know. If you’d like to know why getting your kid’s imagination at play is a vital step in their development, then keep reading as we list these key important benefits.
- August 20, 2021
Sustainable Play Ideas For This Summer
Here are the 9 Easy Sustainable play ideas to do with the kids!
Are you tired of your kids playing with flimsy plastic toys? Do you want to encourage your little ones to be more resourceful and creative this summer? Well we’ve lined up some sustainable play ideas that will get your child's imagination at play and that use only eco-friendly materials that you can find around your home! The following ideas are the perfect way to teach your children about the importance of recycling and sustainability, whilst also enhancing their development through improving their creativity and fine motor skills. These ideas shouldn’t take too long to set up making them a quick and easy fix for when they tell you they’re bored! Keep reading to see our suitable ideas for 2-5 year olds.
- July 16, 2021
Summer Outdoor Play Ideas
Here are the 5 Kinds Of Summer Outdoor Play That Your Kids Need!
Are you looking for some fun outdoor play activities to get the kids outside this summer? If yes then this post is for you! Outdoor play provides kids with many benefits, but we know it can be hard to get them away from their screens. So that’s why we’ve listed 5 types of outdoor play that will get them feeling creative, energised, and ready for some fun in the sun!
- June 11, 2021
What exactly is Creative Play?
Here are our 5 long term benefits of creative play with play ideas!
We're all about how creative play can benefit your child in the long run. But what exactly is creative play? Creative play is all about children learning to express themselves whilst developing skills to prepare them for the real world.
Sometimes all you want to do is give your child a toy to keep them entertained whilst you have some much needed relaxation time, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t still helping them! Independence is a benefit that comes with creative play alongside many more. We put together a list of the five most important benefits that creative play offers!
- May 13, 2021
5 Creative Ideas To Improve Gross Motor Skills For Kid’s Of All Ages
It can be hard to find ways to keep your children active and moving, especially during current times. We understand how important it is to build your child’s gross motor skills as it helps improve their confidence when playing. If you’re stuck on how to get them moving then keep reading as I’m about to share five easy and creative ideas that will help improve your child’s gross motor skills, all from home!