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Baby to Toddler : Baby to Toddler 2009
Baby to Toddler 2009 The Border Mail 20 It’s all Yummy Fruities rehearse. L -R: Oliver Smith-Wellnitz, Nathan Mills, Stella Mitterer, Grace Lescun, Amy Robinson, Amie Patching, Zachariah Johnson and Felicia Lannan. The Flying Fruit Fly Circus A u niqu e opportu nity WHEN the Kahla-Dunn family moved to the Border in 2002, they were excited to discover they had the opportunity to become part of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus. Son Matthew was the first to sign up to the Circus arts program, starting a family tradition. Now 12, he has been joined by Yousef, 8 and Amira 6, with Hannan, aged 10, attending the Flying Fruit Fly Circus in Wodonga. Mother May Kahla- Dunn said since join- ing the program, the children’s hand and eye co-ordination skills had improved incredibly. “Circus Arts has a double benefit including the physical advantages as well as the social aspect, where your child gets the oppor- tunity to interact with other children of their own age, and learning things like taking turns,’’ she said. “Circus Arts provides our children with the unique opportunity to learn circus skills and it’s also an enjoyable and healthy activity that isn’t necessarily a sport or a typical ball game. “We feel very privileged to live on the Border and participate with the Flying Fruit Fly Circus.’’ The Circus Arts program is the Flying Fruit Fly Circus’ recreational program for children aged between 4 and 15. The program teaches children a range of circus skills in a fun, non competitive and safe environment. It is led by experienced and nationally respected trainers as well as senior members of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus troupe. The program helps children develop hand- eye co-ordination, physical confidence while also learning to work with others. It is a real self esteem booster for children of all ages. “My children enjoy Circus Arts immensely and I take great satisfaction in seeing my children grow and develop and become confident within themselves and their abilities,’’ she said. “This can be attributed to the lovely trainers who work with the children and encour- age the kids to do their best in a non-competitive environment.’’ Circus Arts coordinator Natalie Dyball said the program helped provide children and young people with excellent co-ordination and social skills. “For some children, it is the first time in a group environment where they can interact with other children and take instructions from a teacher figure,’’ she said. “This is why it is absolutely crucial that Circus Arts is a positive experience for all. “We break up the children into small groups with different activities such as skipping, trampolines, ball skills and basic tumbling. “For this age group, activities are repetitive to encourage correct body positioning.’’ Lunch Box Idea s compiled by Louise Lieschke • Pasta, sauce and grated cheese • Sultanas, dates or dried apricot • Scone and muffins • Fruit loaf or raisin bread • Pikelets with added mashed banana • Bread rolls • Celery sticks, carrot sticks, cucumber, capsicum, snow peas, cherry tomatoes and grapes • Pretzels • Cheese sticks, cubes or cottage cheese • Rice • Nuts • Portions of fresh fruit like apples, bananas, apricots, pineapple, peaches • Yoghurt • Boiled egg • Soups • Corn or potato fritters • Pizzas using halved English muffins • Baked beans or tinned spaghetti • Toasted sandwiches • Rice crackers or cakes • Popcorn • Diced chicken/beef/pork • Frozen berries • Avocado • Corn kernels or creamed corn • Fruit set in jelly • Frankfurts • Flat breads or pita breads • Salmon • Sausage rolls • Sausages • Lasagne • Roast meats • Frittata • Risotto • Chicken drumsticks • Macaroni cheese • Tuna Mornay • Pizza • Meatloaf or meatballs • Fish • Rissoles • Kebabs Parents should vary the way they are presented so kids don’t get bored. Sandwiches can be cut into triangles, squares or fingers or sandwiches containing ham, lettuce and cheese can be rolled to change their appearance. Extra meals that may be left over from dinner can be served for lunch the next day.