Sports 101: Get to Know the Types of Running Sports

Today, we are going to talk about running, one of the most competitive sports played in any sporting event. For kids looking for after school activities, running is one of the best options that kids can try. Running requires fitness particularly on the lower parts of the body, discipline, coordination, balance, and flexibility. In which kids can benefit of as they join the running sports.

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Let’s meet the five types of running – sprint, middle and long distance, relay, and hurdling.

Sprint – A type of race over short distance or sprints is one of the most famous types of competition in running. Sprint is a race that starts from a certain spot to the other end (finish line). Sprinting events on Olympics has three events, 100 meters, 200 meters and 400 meters. Continue reading

8 Social Media Rules Kids Should Follow (Infographic)

Children nowadays are more adept on using technology – desktop, laptop, mobile, tablet, and phablet. Access on information is now so easier and convenient, it has helped us have better knowledge on things and communicate with ease. With these tech devices, the rise of social media followed. People don’t need to text or call anymore in order to connect with family and friends, an individual just need to sign up on these social media sites and keep everybody updated on their daily lives.

Social media is indeed an open space, children are signing up on these websites and handing information without realizing the dangers that is packaged with it.

Today, afterschool.ae – the most complete source of kids activities in Dubai present a new infographic that tackle social media rules kids need to follow:

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Growth Hack #7: How Parents Can Teach Kids Save Mother Nature

Let’s face it, there’s a challenge for everybody to help save mother earth. Conservation is a must for us in order to have a better place to live. Saving our resources for a better tomorrow, this is the main goal of many mother earth saving advocacies. We as parents can also teach our kids to live green and help on saving mother earth.

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Here are ways parents can teach their kids conservation

1. Be the best example you can be – Kids need a better example and it should start from their home. Parents should set an example to their kids by following simple house rules set by them. If you want teach kids, it should start from you being a good model.

2. Recycle, recycle, recycle – Ask anyone how they can help on conservation, they will tell you “Recycle”. It’s a very simple way wherein we can teach our kids to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Help you kids understand waste segregation (Biodegradable and Non-Biodegradable).

Create DIY projects using recycled materials. See example below:

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3. Energy Conservation – Parents should set house rules on appliances and gadgets. Here are some energy preservation rules that you can give your kids.

  • Limit TV viewing and computer use.
  • Unplug chargers of mobile devices when you finished charging.
  • Turn off and unplug appliances when leaving home.
  • Reduce the times that you open your refrigerator.

4. Green living is healthy living – To teach your kids the importance of green living is to live healthy. We should teach them the harmful effects of pesticides and bad household cleaner agents, how to battle pollutants and have a greener living.

5. Save whenever it’s possible – Teach your kids how to save things, kids can save by writing on their notebooks on a back-to-back sheet, use pencils until its very last lead, save boxes and recycle, save things that can help the mother earth.

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7 Must Read Literature for Kids (Plus UAE Books)

Keeping kids busy might require a lot more effort for us parents. Aside from their homework, school related tasks and getting them after school activities, kids can get occupied also by giving them books to read. So here’s a list of literature books that you might consider grabbing for your kids read.

#1 Charlotte’s Webcharlotte-web

Written by E.B. White, Illustrated by Garth Williams / Released: 1952 / Available on Mobile? YES

A children’s classic about a pig named Wilbur and his friend Charlotte, a spider on the barn. A timeless fable for kids and considered as one of the bestselling books that kids must read. Charlotte’s web tackles true friendship, justice, nature realities and the colors of life and death.

 

#2 The Adventures of Tom Sawyertom-sawyer

Written by Mark Twain / Released: 1876 / Available on Mobile? YES

An adventure of a young boy and his friend  Huck Finn in Saint Petersburg, Missouri, a village near the Mississippi river. Considered as one of the most celebrated literature in America’s history. Tom Sawyer tackles friendship, superstitious beliefs and more of social convention.

 

#3 Peter Pan and Wendytom-sawyer

Written by J.M. Barrie / Released: 1904 as Play and 1911 as Novel / Available on Mobile? YES

Known as “The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up”, Peter Pan and Wendy is a story for all the ages. The most famous title amongst the works of Barrie. A story that is adapted into many stage plays and musicals.

 
 

#4 Harry Potter – Seriestom-sawyer

Written by J.K. Rowling / Released: 1997 – 2007 / Available on Mobile? YES

A powerful seven series fantasy novel of young wizards characters, Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger, all of whom are wizardry studs of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The story rounds on how to overcome the antagonist Lord Voldemort who aims immortality and conquering all the wizards.

 
#5 The Hobbittom-sawyer

Written by J.R.R. Tolkien / Released: 1937 / Available on Mobile? YES

A very well written epic story of dragons, dwarves and non stop adventure. The Hobbit follows the quest of Hobbit Bilbo Baggins and his adventure to claim golds that is guarded by the dragon. The hobbit tackles growth, emotions, friendship, heroism, trust and loyalty.

 

Literature for kids, made in UAE

#6 My New Mothermy new mother

Written by Mariam Al Rashedi / Illustrations by: Reem Al Mazrouei / Released 2012

A story of a girl who remembers her father’s first wife, “Umm Jadeedah”. In poetic, subtle words Mariam Al Rashedi describes the relationship of the girl to the older woman and of the loss she feels after she is gone. The short, beautifully written snapshots of the girl’s relationship to the older woman are complemented with strong, expressive illustrations by Reem Al Mazrouei.

 
#7 The Eid Cakemy new mother

Written by Reem Al Gurg / Illustrations of Dana Al Mazrouei

It is the night before Eid and mother has baked seven delicious cakes. Who are they for? With this charming picture book for children from 0 to five years, the little readers can find out more about Eid al Fidr, the spirit of giving and sharing and the importance of family ties in a playful way.

 
 

Resource for UAE books

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Kids Guide to Making Friends at School

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Hey kids, how’s your first day (month) of school?

The most common problem at school for first time students is making new friends. For first time studs and even back-to-school kids, to find a new friend is to have a companion that will last for years. To find a circle of friends is to have a sense of belongingness, brothers and sisters that you will grow up with as years go by.

Afterschool.ae, the leading resource of after school activities in UAE created this simple guide on how to make friends at school-

Always Smile – No one can resist friendship when a smile is offered upfront. Smiling is the first weapon that your kids can utilize whenever they are new at school.

Be Confident – Parents should practice on building their kids confidence even before school. When they are confident, they are ready to take on the next stage of their life – school. Kids should always feel that school is fun, not something that is scary or boring perhaps.
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How Goodnight Sleep Can Help Your Kid (Infographic)

Sleep is one of the most important elements of good health and well-being. When people don’t get the right amount of sleep, it can lead to many problems. It can affect your health, your life and even your safety. For kids, a quality sleep is a must, it help them perform their daily activities at their very best.

Afterschool.ae created an infographic to showcase how goodnight sleep can help your kids –

sleep benefits for kids

15 Awesome Parenting Apps That Every Family Member Can Use

1. PBS Play & Learn App (Free)

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An app the provide tons of fun games that parents can play with their kids, each themed with situational locations like kitchen, grocery and many more. A very good way to develop your kids curiosity about everyday living.

2. Canvsly (Free)

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A home for your child’s artwork. Doodling is one of the best art activities that many kids love. Get this app and have your kid explore the art world. Share the art that your kid created with your friends and family, convert it to store to Canvsly archive or as a gift.
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