Child Care Industry News
October 18, 2016
It's National Nutrition Week and this year's theme Try for 5 is encouraging early childhood providers to explore imaginative new ways to include more vegetables on the menu, also some spooky and fun Halloween craft ideas.
National Nutrition Week:
Try for 5
It's National Nutrition Week (16-22 October) and with increasing concerns about the rise of obesity in early childhood, there is also increasing appreciation of the potential role of early childhood education and care providers in teaching children about healthy eating and why it is important.

Each year National Nutrition Week raises awareness of the role of food in our health and wellbeing, and supports the community to enjoy healthy eating.
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Halloween craft ideas
Halloween, Monday 31 October, is an excellent opportunity to get dressed up and embrace all that is spooky. Every year in Australia this truly kid-focused occasion gains momentum and while you don't need to go all out on lollies and treats, a little bit of decorating can certainly create a great atmosphere. The craft ideas below are inspired by Halloween and are suitable for children of all ages.

Paper plate pumpkins Make a pumpkin patch with this fun activity which uses collage to great effect.

Pumpkin pictures Pumpkins are out of season in October, but that doesn't mean you have to go without. The children in your service, especially the young ones, will enjoy this project.

Skeleton mobile If you are looking for a fun way to decorate you service then consider this activity, which is fun and educational.

Spooky woolly skeletons All you need for this activity is wool, black paper and glue… too easy.

Paper plate spiders It wouldn't be Halloween without a spider infestation, this activity is quick, easy and great for smaller children.

Ghost tea light holders These little tea light holders look wonderful at night and can be made super safe with the addition of a battery operated candle.

Glow in the dark spider web This quick and easy, mess free activity is a super fun way to use up all the left over loom bands everyone seems to have lying around the place.

Handprint bats They don't look very scary, but these bats would look great swooping across the walls of your service.

Slime To really get you in the mood for Halloween, whip up a batch of this gruesome green goop and keep the children in your service happy for ages.

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