5 ways to get your child to help tidy up at home

ways to get your child to help tidy up

Children love to make a mess but they are not so keen on tidying up afterwards. At Amanda’s Action Club we make tidying up a part of the class, by making it fun they want to join in and help.

If you want your child to help tidy up at home then we have some ideas that might help you.

Get Involved and Make it Fun

Help them to tidy up; don’t leave it to them. A room full of toys can seem daunting to a small child. Make it fun for them and they will be more inclined to help you.  Ask them to find all the blue toys or all the cars or dolls etc. first and put them away. Make it a challenge.

Time Them

Children love to be timed to see how fast they can do something. Keep a chart of how quickly they tidy up their toys each day. They will want to beat their time each day.

Make It a Race

If you have more than one child have them to race each other or have them race you. Spilt the room in two and whoever tidies up their side first wins.

Sticker Chart

What child doesn’t love a sticker? Set up a sticker chart and every time they tidy up they get a sticker.  When they reach a certain amount of stickers they get a treat.

Get Musical

Pop on our Lets Tidy Up song and get moving and tidying up. The children love it in class and they will love it at home.  Either buy the whole album which is packed full of great tracks or just download the Lets Tidy Up Song. Soon they will be begging you to help tidy up!

 

 

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How do you get your children to help tidy up?

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New Amanda Action Classes for September

We are really excited to announce that we have classes at two new venues starting this September.

After a successful trial at Mothercare Kew, classes will be starting on Wednesday 10th September.

Gambado

New Action Classes will also be held at Gambado, Chelsea starting on Tuesday 16th September at 10am – 10.45am and 10.45am -11.30am.

Classes at Gambado will cost:

  • £10 pay as you go.
  • Siblings receive a £1 reduction each per class.
  • £51 for a block of 6 weeks
  • £45 for a block of 6 weeks for Gambado annual members only

You can pay as you go on the day or book a 6 week block online.

Prices include a play at Gambado after the class.

We are running trial sessions on the 2nd and 9th September.

Final Mothercare

Don’t forget that we run classes all over London; if you cannot attend any of those above you can find a class closer to you on our website.

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Bring the Action Club into Your Home with Action Club Vol 1

Bring the Action Club into Your Home (1)

We are passionate about getting children active and healthy to fight obesity. Taking part in an Action Class is a great way to stay active but we know sometimes you can’t make a class or want to do more at home.

Amanda enlisted a team of talented musicians, producers and vocalists and created Action Club Vol 1.

Ex Beautiful South singer Alison Wheeler lends her vocals, writing and producing talents.  Alison worked alongside Amanda and Jack Reynolds from Jack in the Box Studios they produced a brilliant mix of contemporary nursery rhymes and original songs.

This album has been designed so that YOU and your child can get active and have fun. Amanda’s Action Club firmly believes young children learn best through interactions with other children and adults.

Listen to all the tracks or pop on your favourite when you need an energy boost.

  • Track : 01 Action Club Warm Up
  •  Track : 02 Shake Your Egg
  •  Track : 03 Sleeping Creatures
  •  Track : 04 Cardio Party
  •  Track : 05 Baa Baa Black Sheep
  •  Track : 06 Grand Old Duke Of York
  •  Track : 07 Incy Wincy
  •  Track : 08 Many Ways To Go
  •  Track : 09 Let’s Clap – £0.79
  •  Track : 10 Twinkle Twinkle
  •  Track : 11 Maracas Moves
  •  Track : 12 Parachute Playtime
  •  Track : 13 Streamer Song
  •  Track : 14 Growing Up
  •  Track : 15 Action Club Goodbye
  •  Track : 16 From Me To You  Track : 17 Can You Eat A Rainbow (Bonus Track)
  •  Track : 18 I’m Still Dry Potty Training Song (Bonus Track)

The warm up song is perfect to get you started and ready for some fun. The cardio party track is very popular as well as the Tidy Up Song. Every parent and teacher needs a copy of the Tidy Up Song!

You can purchase the whole album or buy the tracks singly and make up your own play list.

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Action Club Vol 1 is perfect for a rainy day, parties or when you just feel the need to dance around and have fun!

What is your favourite track from the Album?

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We will fight obesity! Our top tips on how to keep your family healthy

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It’s hard not to notice the worrying news that obesity is on the rise, especially in children.  Here at Amanda’s Action Club we are passionate about fighting obesity. We believe that if we give children and parents the right tools, children can grow up and lead a happy and healthy life.

A few small changes to your lifestyle can make a huge difference to both you and your family’s health.

Not sure where to start? Here are our top tips to help fight obesity.

Cut down on the processed foods.

By making small switches in your food choices you can not only eat much healthier but save money as well.

For example instead of buying readymade pasta sauces make your own. Use passata, some mixed herbs and as much veg as you can. Try grating in a carrot, celery and popping in a few blocks of frozen spinach.

Make your own chicken nuggets, burgers and meatballs. They really don’t take very long to make and taste much nicer. Get your children involved and get them to help make them.

Cut down on the sugar

We are not saying cut it out completely but try not to have cakes, biscuits and sweets every day.  Check labels for hidden sugar you’ll be surprised how much is in yogurts especially diet yogurts.

Switch to natural yogurts and add your own fruit to it. If you need a little sweetness add a drizzle of honey.

Instead of ice-cream this summer chop up banana and freeze it. Then blitz in a food processor for yummy banana ice cream.

Make your own ice lollies using fresh juices. Dilute the juice with water, add some fresh fruits like blueberries and freeze.

If you can’t live without your cakes and biscuits make your own and reduce the sugar content. Try using half wholemeal flour to make them healthier.

Eat a rainbow

We should be aiming for at least 5 pieces of fruit and veg a day if not 7-10. This can seem daunting but it’s easier than you think. Don’t forget a portion for a child is generally equivalent to the size of the palm of your hand.

Breakfast: Bowl of cereal and a banana (1)

Snack: Grapes (1)

Lunch: Chicken and lettuce wrap, cherry tomatoes, cucumber sticks (2)

Snack: Crackers and raisins (1)

Dinner: Homemade chicken nuggets, homemade wedges, reduced salt baked beans. Natural Greek Yogurt and Strawberries (2)

That’s 7!

Drink water

New research shows that only drinking water at meal times can help fight obesity. Sugary drinks contain empty calories and we need to get out of the habit of drinking them.

Lead by example and only drink water at meal times. Get a jug and have it on the table so it’s easier to get to. Make it fun with ice cubes, frozen fruit, straws. Invest in a water filter jug to make the water taste nicer.

Only offer water to weaning babies with meals. If they don’t get a taste for sugary drinks they will drink only water.

Get active

Children under the age of 5 should have 3 hours of activity every day.

Get into the habit of going for walks. Walk to preschool or school if you can. Get off the bus or park the car earlier and walk the rest of the way. Make it fun by going to the park, having a treasure hunt or a nature trail. If it’s wet get your wellies on and jump in puddles.

Play in the garden, kick a ball around, skip or do some gardening.

Come along to an Action Club Class and dance around with us. We use funky music, nursery rhymes, unique props and musical instruments to inspire little ones to move, explore and have fun.

Can’t make a class? Or want to do some more at home then try our albums. Fun, Fitness and Music has the very popular Tidy up Song on it.  We also have Action Club Vol 1 with the brilliant Can You Eat a Rainbow and Cardio Party songs.

Start the obesity fighting journey today and join in with Amanda and the Cardio Party song!

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Make a Difference in Children’s Lives Become an Action Club Franchisee

Are you passionate about children’s health and development?

Always wanted to run your own business?

An Amanda’s Action Club franchisee could be for you!

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Since 1992, business founder Amanda Frolich has pioneered a fun new approach to pre-school classes and children’s birthday parties.

Action Club uses unique props and funky music to educate children, and motivate them to be active with their parents and carers.

The class begins with a warm up song, then lots of fun activities to music and a goodbye song to end the session. Our motto is “we dance, we sing, we learn through the music, but most importantly, we have fun!”

 

Running an Action Club franchisee you will not only be your own boss but you will be having a positive impact on young children’s lives. Helping them fight obesity and learning how to lead a healthy life.

What sort of franchises do you offer?

We are offering you an Action Club® franchise in your own territory as we establish and develop our national network.

As a franchisee you will receive a “turnkey” start-up package which will supply everything that you need to set up your new business.

What do I have to do?

We are looking for franchisees who share our philosophy and passion for what we do. The most important asset you need is a determination in building a successful business by generating customers in your own area.

But don’t worry this is not something we expect you to do on your own.

From day one, we will give you all the training that you need to operate your business effectively, and our Support Team will be there to help you through every aspect of the first weeks of trading.

In all our franchises, you are the business owner and you are in charge- just as you would be if you had set up completely by yourself. The difference is you will have a strong support team and excellent systems behind you, a route map to success.

Still not sure? Have a read of what some of our franchisees have to say about Action Club.

 “After many years working as a financial controller, juggling family life and a demanding job, I was made redundant at the perfect time to start a new career path. I first met Amanda in 2009 and I fell in love with the music and the concept. Since then I have built up a successful business in the Hampshire area. My new career not only allows me to be a mum,

I also get more job satisfaction than I ever thought possible!”

Jolene Webb – Action Club® Host, Hampshire

“Action club® has changed my life! I’m not only doing something I love but I can fit it around my hectic life. I have two children myself and I want to be there for them, taking and picking them up from school etc. Action Club® allows me to do this. It’s hard work but it pays off… I love my job!“

Emma Boundy – Action Club® Host, London

For more details visit our website or email info@amandasactionclub.co.uk

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Free Action Amanda Club Taster Sessions In July

free tasters sessions

We have some brilliant free taster sessions for you to attend this month. If you haven’t been to a class before this is your chance to come along and see what we do.

We will running a new class at Kew Mothercare in September. To give you a taste of what’s to come we are running four free taster sessions!

Wednesday 23rd July
2pm – 2.45pm
3pm – 3.45pm

Wednesday 30th July
2.45pm – 3.30pm
3.45pm – 4.30pm

To book your place please email info@amandasactionclub.co.uk

Come along and join Amanda and have fun this summer!

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What Action Amanda Did In June

What a month June has been for me. Busy, busy, busy! Between classes and parties I have been out working with amazing people and attending the most brilliant events.

I started the month at the Summer Sparks Family Day with Kensington Mums.  The event was to raise money for local youth clubs.  I strutted my stuff and got the children up having a great time. It was a full filled day.

Kensington Mums Charity Family Day

The very next day I got 6000 runners warmed up at The Race for Kids event at Battersea Park to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. My break dancing crew then entertained the crowd with their stunning break dance routines!

Race for Kids GOSH

The month got even more exciting for me when I met Phyliss Logan from Downton Abbey! I was at Fullers London Pride 10k performing my Warm Up song. It is very popular!

To top things off I joined personal trainer James Farmer on This Morning (Yes I was on TV!!) and showed everyone how to get toned for summer. I got the chance to meet Rylan and Jenni Falconer.

Amanda on This Morning

What have you been up to this month?

If you would like me to attend your event contact info@amandasactionclub.co.uk

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Are your kids getting their Five A Day?

3 Simple Ways to Get Them to eat More Fruit & Veg

 

We’ve all heard the NHS guidelines about how five portions of fruit and vegetables are essential for kids (and grownups!) to have a healthy diet, right?  Well actually, new research is suggesting that we should in fact be aiming for SEVEN portions, if not TEN!

Here at Amanda’s Action club, we’re passionate about ealthy eating, but we’re well aware that children don’t always feel the same!  If the thought of trying to squeeze twice as much fruit and veg into your little one fills you with dread, don’t panic.  We’ve a few great ideas to help convince even the most reluctant fussy eater that the stuff that’s good for you tastes great too!

Get creative:

One of the most important things to understand about the guidelines is the importance of variety in a child’s diet.  Most kids have at least one or two ‘go to’ fruits that they’re happy to munch as a snack, but ideally, you should be encouraging them to try as many different fruits and vegetables as possible and mixing them up on a daily basis.

With that in mind, why not try creating a chart of all the differently coloured fruits and veggies you can think of?  (red tomatoes, orange peppers, yellow sweet corn, green beans, blue blueberries, purple beetroot, etc.)  Set your child a challenge to eat each colour of the rainbow everyday – perhaps with coloured stickers to add to their chart as they do?

Get your kids involved:

Children are far more likely to eat something they’ve had a hand in preparing, so let them get involved in the kitchen!

Rainbow pizzas are a great idea to introduce new and different vegetables – make your own dough, sprinkle Italian herbs into chopped tomatoes for sauce, then let your little ones go wild making their own pizza as colourful as possible.

Get Smart:

7 portions a day may sound like a lot, but if you plan ahead, it’s actually quite easy to fit them all into a day.  Add some blueberries to cereal in the morning for breakfast and you’re off to a great start.  A crunchy red apple with fresh orange juice for a morning snack gets you to three.  A sandwich stuffed with tuna and sweet corn, plus some cucumber sticks and hummus takes you up to five.  A handful of grapes with some crackers when they get home from school, suddenly that’s six.  Serve up tasty fish fingers with peas for tea, and you’re done!  Not only that, but they will have eaten a great variety of colours too – delicious!

What are your own top tips for helping your kids to ‘eat a rainbow’?

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Healthy Eating for Children – Healthy Eating Ideas They’ll LOVE!

healthy eating for children

Here at Amanda’s Action Club, you know we’re all about getting children active, and encouraging a healthy lifestyle from an early age.

That said, we also know that children will be children – and that most, if not all go through ‘fussy eating’ stages where good stuff like fruits and vegetables are just not as appealing as their favourite crisps or chocolate bar.  With that in mind, we’ve put together some great ideas for snacks that you’ll love because they’re healthy and nutritious, and children will love too because they’re delicious!

Smoothies:  I’m yet to meet a child that doesn’t love a smoothie.  And the great thing is, they are quick and easy to make!  Just pop any fruits you like in a blender, top up with milk, yoghurt or fruit juice, blitz and enjoy!  Children will love making up their own recipes – and you’ll love watching them get half of their daily requirements in one big glass!

Muffins: Yes, let them eat cake!  Healthy cake though!  A simple muffin mix can be adapted to include all manner of fruit and vegetables.  Try carrot and courgette, apple and raisin, summer fruits – experiment and be sure to get your little ones involved in the baking process!

Fajitas: For some reason, most children I know love the appeal of a bit of DIY at the dinner table – and fajitas make a perfect healthy family meal.  As well as lean chicken strips, chop up colourful peppers, slices of aubergine, mushrooms – whatever you have in the fridge really!  Top with plenty of fresh tomato salsa and avocado and let the whole family get stuck in.

Pizza: All children love pizza don’t they?  And if you make your own, there’s no reason they can’t be nutritious as well as delicious.  Chop up plenty of different coloured vegetables and let them go to town deciding on their own topping – they’ll love making patterns and pictures with all the different colours and shapes!

Fruit Lollies: When the sun comes out, children LOVE ice lollies.  So make your own and pack plenty of fresh fruit into their favourite treat!  Fill a lolly mould with chopped fruits, top up with fruit juice and freeze for a delicious treat on a hot day.

Don’t forget as well as eating healthy children need to be active. Download a copy of our Action Club Vol 1 album and dance along to our healthy eating song!

 

What’s your little one’s favourite healthy snack?

 

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Nursery and School Training with Amanda

Here at Amanda’s Action Club we don’t just run our brilliant Action Classes, we can train and educate nurseries and schools.

Amanda’s Action Club runs weekly sessions in many nurseries in London and the South East. Our unique mix of fun, fitness and music helps teach children the skills they need to explore and interact with the world around them. We base our sessions around the principles from the Early Years Foundation Stage.

As well as running these weekly sessions we can come in and train nursery staff on how to encourage children to get active and help with children that have additional needs.

We can also come to schools and work with teachers and staff and train them. Amanda is especially knowledgeable about children with additional needs and can advise in that area.

Amanda recently ran a Jump and Pump session at the Nursery & Primary Show.  Amanda uses Jump and Pump in the Nursery and School settings.

Jump and Pump is a routine of movement, music, dancing and singing which staff can do with children.

Watch Amanda demonstrate the Jump and Pump routine and the work she does with nursery children.

Our Nursery sessions are very popular and the feedback we have been given is amazing:

Amanda very kindly offered to carry out a session at my school in central London. The school is a special school for children with severe / profound multiple learning difficulties, complex medical needs, autism or challenging behaviour.……

Amanda was able to ensure that all of the students were engaged at all times and the students remained so for the whole hour which is a huge achievement for the students! The students were motivated by Amanda’s loud, outgoing and inspiring teaching strategies and some of the students were keen to join in independently by using the microphone / copying dance moves etc

Katie Medwell-Bates, Jack Tizard School, Shepherds Bush, London

Amanda’s Action Club has been coming to the nursery every week since we opened. The children (and staff) love the visits and we eagerly wait for Amanda to arrive, she injects her sessions with her own personal enthusiasm which is very infectious, making a really fun session for the children. I can’t recommend Amanda’s Action Club highly enough for their very unique classes.”

Laura Digby-Bell, Manager of Northcote Gardens Nursery, Wandsworth.

For further details regarding a session at your children’s centre, nursery setting or school please call us on 01895 623999 or email info@amandasactionclub.co.uk

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