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New Flag Icons

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Here at My Nametags, we’ve been busy working on new designs to offer you even greater choice for the back to school period. There might already be 1000s of options for customisation on our website, but now you can show off your patriotism in style with our collection of flag designs!

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We have launched a selection of international flag designs from across the globe, Belgium to Brazil. We’ve taken great care to include each of the home nations as well as Malta and Iceland – where we have a loyal following. If you’re based stateside, or just fancy adding some Hollywood glamour to your lunchbox, why not take a look at the Star-Spangled Banner?

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Followers of football, rugby or netball can show their love for the national teams with a circular flag icon. Our colour nametags are perfect for use on sports equipment so are a great investment for the start of the season to ensure that nothing goes missing. Sometimes leaving everything on the pitch isn’t a great idea…

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Leaving sports aside, if you or your little ones simply love where you’re from then there’s nothing better than our heart shaped flags to show off how proud you are of your roots. All of our new designs are available as both hearts and circles.

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View the full range and design your own set here!

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Win a Fun-filled UK Family Break with Parkdean Resorts

PLEASE NOTE THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED 

We’ve teamed up with Parkdean Resorts to offer a lucky winner a short break fit for the whole family at one of its 73* holiday parks in 2018.

The winning family could enjoy visiting Newquay in Cornwall and build sandcastles at the nearby golden beaches, White Cross Bay in Windermere to discover wildlife and go nature spotting by the surrounding picturesque lakes, or Grannie’s Heilan Hame in Dornoch to wake up to stunning views of the Scottish coast.

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Surfing fans will love Ruda Holiday Park on the stunning North Devon coast. Just steps from Croyde Bay and with its very own on-park surf school, it’s the perfect location for little adrenaline junkies and budding surfers alike.

Excite the children as February half-term dates are included in the prize package, meaning a getaway during the first school holiday of the year or a quieter trip as the warmer months approach can be chosen.

Back at base the winning holidaymakers won’t be short of activities to keep the whole family entertained, as a wide range of indoor facilities are available which can include swimming pools, soft play and amusement arcades, as well as cafes, restaurants, and Showbars which host nightly live family entertainment. Younger guests can join in with kids’ clubs too.

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There’s also adventure play areas, multi-sports courts, and nature trails to help make the most of the great outdoors if the sun is shining.

The prize is a three night weekend break (Fri-Mon), or a four night midweek break (Mon-Fri), to be taken during the 2018 holiday season, staying in a caravan holiday home at one of Parkdean Resorts’ 73* holiday parks, up to the value of £399. Five runners up will each receive two free sets of My Nametags labels.

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How to enter:

To be in with a chance of claiming this prize, just email marketing@mynametags.com with an email titled ‘Parkdean Resorts Holiday Competition’. Please note, this competition will close on 13th September 2017. Entries received after this will not be considered.

 

Terms and Conditions:

⦁ The winner is entitled to a three night weekend break (Fri-Mon) or a four night midweek break (Mon-Fri) staying in a caravan holiday home at one of Parkdean Resorts’ 73 holiday parks*, up the value of £399.

⦁ The holiday is to be taken during the 2018 holiday season subject to availability and holiday park opening dates. Exclusions include all school holiday dates, Bank Holidays and festive breaks except February half-term.

⦁ The winner must pay any additional cost of the holiday if the price exceeds £399.

⦁ The prize must be booked before 31st May 2018.

⦁ Any extras including pets, dining options, cots, bed guards and highchairs will be chargeable.

⦁ The winner(s) is (are) responsible for any expenses and arrangements not specifically included in the prize.

⦁ The holiday cannot be transferred to another person and the winner of the break must be the lead booker.

⦁ The lead booker must be at least 18 years of age.

⦁ The prize is non-changeable and non-refundable and no cash alternative will be offered.

⦁ Standard Parkdean Resorts’ booking terms and conditions apply – see website for details.

⦁ Only one entry per person per household is permitted.

⦁ *Gatebeck, Hawthorne Sands and Glasson Marina Holiday Parks are owner only parks meaning the winner’s holiday prize cannot be booked at any of these parks.

⦁ Ferry charge to and from the Isle of Wight is not included in the prize.

⦁ The winner shall receive up to three sets of My Nametags colour sticker labels and will be contacted by My Nametags to receive the designs for these no later than 11th October 2017.

⦁ Five runners up will receive two sets of My Nametags colour sticker labels each and will be contacted by My Nametags to receive the designs for these no later than 11th October 2017.

⦁ Please note that this competition opens on 06/09/2017 and will close on 13/09/2017.

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Our Eco-friendly credentials

Here at My Nametags we are constantly striving to be as eco-friendly as possible from encouraging our employees to cycle to work to heating the office with recycled water.

We know you love our labels but thought you might like to know a few of our eco-friendly credentials

 

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All of our labels are free from BPA and Phtalates which is better for children and also for the environment. As you know, the print on our My Nametag labels and stickers is extremely resistant. Our iron-on and stick-on labels will stay on and therefore won’t pollute the environment.

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Check out our new eco-friendly packaging! We thought you should be the first to know that we are going to upgrade our packaging. The pack that you receive your My Nametag labels in will be made of easily recyclable card instead of plastic.

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By labelling all your things from clothes and shoes to bags, pencil cases and mobile phones you are as a family much less likely to lose stuff. This means you can save the environment by not having to buy new items. This is especially true of easily lost items like water bottles. Our mantra is reduce your waste, buy less, reuse more because you have labelled your things!

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If you need labels we can get them to you super quick whether you choose stickers or iron-ons. My Nametags labels are bright, hard-wearing and waterproof. To buy and customise our labels go to www.mynametags.com to see our full range of designs and products.

 

 

Making Maths Fun & Practical for Kids

Without doubt the best way for children to truly ‘understand’ maths concepts is by using a very practical approach. This way you will bring maths to life so children can make sense of why the subject is important. Playing simple, fun games at home can reap benefits for your children in the classroom, teachers say.

Number Pairs/Bonds

Knowing your number bonds or pairs off by heart such as 8 + 2 = 10 or 16 + 4 = 20 is one of the key learning steps for your child, says Sarah Sinclair, primary school teacher. An easy way of reinforcing these are to make up a set of cards 0 to 20 and you can play all sorts of games. Memory games, snap, addition and subtraction, find the pair etc. Alternatively Sarah recommends Orchard Toys Magic Cauldron game.

magic cauldron game

Times Tables 

Learning your times tables can be a real chore but this book is a classic and will teach your child while they colour. All the pictures hide a shape that can be revealed by colouring in the multiples of a certain number. Age 6+ The Multiplication Tables Colouring Book by Hilary McElderry.
Colouring book

Division, division…

Division really means learning about sharing. One of the best ways to do this is to gather items you can use to count with such as grapes, conkers, cutlery, buttons etc. Then ask your child to share them equally between 2, 3 or 4 or more people. Make it fun by dividing up an apple or pizza and ask your child to share it. If there are any are left over this will prompt a discussion about ‘remainders’ and that not every number can be shared equally. Alternatively, there’s a great Pizza Fraction Fun Game you can play that helps with division and understanding the concept of fractions.

Pizza Fraction fun game

Weights & Measures

Quite possibly the best way to illustrate weights and measures is to cook with your children. My children from an early age have loved making cakes, getting out the scales and measuring the flour, sugar and butter. Even better once it is baked you can practice your division skills by sharing it out!

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Telling the Time

Simply reading a bus or train timetable can really help children understand the concept of time and the 12 and 24 hour clock. Or if you are in the car using a sat nav ask your child to work out how long the journey will take and how much longer it will take if you stop for 30 minutes etc. At home using a play clock can also help reinforce the concept of time. We love this one from Melissa & Doug Turn & Tell Wooden Clock.

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Shopping & Money

One of the best ways to introduce the idea of money is to talk about it when you go shopping. Get them to work out how much two items in your trolley will cost together. Ask your child to use their pocket money to buy something in a shop and work out the change as it all involves adding and subtracting and working out which coins/notes to use. All children love playing shops. Invest in a Pretend & Play Calculator Cash Register with Euro Money and you will have hours of fun.

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Parents can help by breaking up word problems, perhaps by drawing a timeline or splitting it into bullet points, says Tash Rosin founder of Teatime Tutors. Even if your child is confident with their number pairs, presenting the sum in a word problem will add a whole different dimension. By illustrating the word problem you will be able to help your child spot which calculations they need to perform to solve the problem.

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Get Outside This Autumn

It’s so easy once the nights draw in to forget about the great outdoors but research has shown that spending time outside is very beneficial. Not only will you and the kids get some sunshine and stock up on vitamin D before the winter months, being with nature is known to help with everyday stress and anxiety.

Autumn Leaves

Here’s our round up of the best things to do outside this autumn.

 

Get Creative

Go for a walk and find lots of different autumn leaves on the forest floor. Try to find as many different leaves as you can and have fun identifying them all. Then take them home and use them to create your own art work from pictures with real leaves to forest creatures with faces or turn them into a forest crown.

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Build a Den

Kids love nothing better than creating their own woodland hideaway. Use branches, leaves and twigs to build a sturdy den. “Remember, never cut anything down or damage the wood to construct your den, says The Woodland Trust. Here their top tips for building the best den! 

  1. Find a good foundation – look out for a strong tree with suitable knobbly bits.
  2. Build your framework – find a couple of large branches and wedge them against the tree or use the trees branches instead.
  3. Build the walls – collect more branches and rest them against your framework. Pack them closely so they are strong and secure
  4. Protect from the elements – use smaller branches and twigs to cover your den. Push them into any gaps so that your den shelters you from the wind and rain.

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Clean a beach

Children love going to the beach and are often fantastic at picking up litter. Combine the two and find things to recycle on the beach. Or join forces with an organised beach and river clean. The Marine Society UK is organising the Great British Beach Clean over the weekend of the 15th-18th September.

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Make a Bug Hotel

You can attract beneficial insects and other creatures into your garden and add to garden biodiversity by building a bug mansion or even a more humble abode! To cater for a variety of bugs put your hotel where it will get some sun and shade, perhaps partially under a tree or hedge. Build a firm base. Try to use recycled or reclaimed materials. You can fill the gaps with dead wood, old bamboo canes or hotels drilled into blocks of wood make good nests for solitary bees. Straw, hay, dry leaves and loose bark also make great places for beetles, centipedes, spiders and woodlice to stay. The RSPB has a great step-by-step guide.

Bug hotel

Go Camping

If the weather is good head off for the weekend to spend days and nights outdoors camping! Catch the last of the autumn rays and toast marshmallows around the campfire. Children love being outdoors. Find your perfect campsite on Pitch Up.

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Top Fun Maths Books for Kids

Some children just don’t find maths particularly easy to understand, especially after the summer away from school. Keeping young minds ticking over is a great idea and if you can find something that is fun and adds to learning, all the better.

Here’s our top seven maths books which will help your children love the subject.

MENTAL MATHS

This book is a great way of helping your child with mental maths at home. Doing one column of questions each day (1-2 minutes) will help improve speed and ability. This is one of a series of Mental Maths books. Age 7-8 Mental Maths Every Day by Andrew Brodie.

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CREATIVE CALCULATIONS

This is a fantastic book that manages to combine creativity with a series of maths calculations. It’s sure to convince kids that maths can be as fun as art. Age 7+. This is Not a Maths Book by Anna Weltman.

This is not a maths book

TIMES TABLES
Learning your times tables can be a real chore but this book is a classic and will teach your child while they colour. All the pictures hide a shape that can be revealed by colouring in the multiples of a certain number. Age 6+ The Multiplication Tables Colouring Book by Hilary McElderry.
Colouring book
MATHEMATICAL ADVENTURES
A world of adventures and maths questions come together in this fabulous book. Children have to answer mathematical mysteries to save the Golden Hoard of treasure. Age: 8+ Maths Quest: The Museum of Mysteries by David Glover. See also The Cavern of Clues and The Planet of Puzzles.
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MATHS GAMES & TIPS
This book is full of games and tips that will prove to your children that maths can be really good fun and is part of everyday life. Age 4-14 Maths on the Go! 101 Fun Ways to Play with Maths by Rob Eastaway & Mike Askew.
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MATHS PUZZLES
Your child will love solving word, number, memory while strengthening their maths skills. Lots of number puzzles like Sudoku and Kakuro. Age: 8+ Brain Games for Clever Kids by Gareth Moore and Chris Dickason.
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HELP FOR PARENTS!
This book will help all those parents who want to understand the different methods to do arithmetic their children are learning. It will also help you understand why they are being taught that way. It’s easy to read and humorous too. Maths for Mums and Dads by Mike Askew and Rob Eastaway.
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Introducing our New Travel Labels

We’ve lost countless flip flops and swimming goggles on holiday not to mention the odd iPod and mobile phone. But this year we will be well-armed with some of My Nametag’s new travel-themed labels to get us in the holiday mood.

Luggage

Don’t forget to label your luggage. There’s nothing worse than looking for that elusive black bag on the luggage carousel. We think our labels will make your bags, from suitcases to backpacks, stand out from the crowd (and hopefully harder to lose…). Why not add an address or phone number?

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Prams & Cots

Whether you’re going on a day trip or a week away be sure to label your child’s pram to avoid any confusion when you’re out and about. Our labels will stick onto travel cots, car and booster seats as well as baby bottles and water bottles.

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The Beach

If you’re anything like us, everything is spread across the beach by the end of the day. Use our stickers to label everything super quickly. They’ll stay in place on wet clothes and in the sun too. For beach towels and swimsuits stick them onto the care label. Never lose another pair of sunglasses, goggles, flip flops or your snorkel again.

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Electronics

Phone chargers are always going missing in our house and it only gets worse awhen we’re travelling. You should label up your phone, MP3 player, tablet and camera whether you’re travelling or not.

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Whether you choose stickers or iron-ons. My Nametags labels are bright, hard-wearing and waterproof. To buy and customise our travel labels go to www.mynametags.com/travel or see our full range of designs and products at www.mynametags.com

 

Ten of the Best One-Piece Swimsuits

We’ve searched high and low and found the best swimsuits on the market this summer. Go retro with florals or pastels. Bring the off-the-shoulder or the one-shoulder trend to the beach. Or opt for nautical stripes. or a block colour instead. Shop our edit of the best summer one-pieces.

Embrace Florals

Ditch the black. Florals are big news this summer. Zara has a gorgeous printed one-piece – £25.99 Floral Print Swimwear.Image of a floral swimsuit by Zara

 

Stripes & Nautical

If florals simply aren’t your thing then embrace the nautical trend instead. A classic one-piece is just perfect for lounging around the pool. Seafolly Castaway Bandeau Swimsuit in Indigo £120 John Lewis.Image of a seafolly indigo swimsuit

Off-the-Shoulder

Bring the off-the-shoulder trend to the beach with this gorgeous floral swimsuit from H&M…it’s almost too pretty to go in the pool. Off-the-shoulder swimsuit £19.99

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The One Shoulder

This swimsuit is bang on trend with the one-shoulder look…navy looks great with a tan but it comes in black as well as four other colours. Violet Lake, Caruso £150violet lake off the shoulder

Lace-it-up

Swimsuits with a lace-up feature are on trend this summer. M&S has a gorgeous print swimsuit plus hidden control fabric too. Secret Slimming™ Printed Lace-up Swimsuit in Mint Mix £39.50Image of M&S lace up swimsuit

Pretty in Pink!

Pink is this season’s must-have colour. We just love just hot pink swimsuit which will add some colour to wardrobe. Seaspray Just Colour Plunge Halter Swimsuit in lipstick pink £75 from Simply Beach.

Seaspray swimsuit in pink

Jungle Safari

Look for wild fabrics – tropical florals and animal prints – from earthy neutrals to lush greens. Figleaves has a great selection including this Maryan Mehlhorn Rainforest One Piece – Caribbean £189

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The White Swimsuit

If you dare, a white swimsuit will show off your tan to perfection. Elegantly classic this Melissa Odabash number is designed to flatter. Phuket Halterneck Swimsuit White £200.00. Comes in indigo, dusty rose and black too.

Melissa Odabash swimsuit in white

Body Perfect

Many swimsuits have ‘secret support’ to flatter your figure. Heidi Klein has just launched ‘Body’ a range of swimwear to give you the sleekest of silhouettes this summer. Body Cornflower Blue D-G Wrap One Piece £240.00

Heidi Klein swimsuit2-for-1 Reversible

Reversible swimsuits are very versatile (less packing too!). Seafolly has a fantastic reversible swimsuit in vintage floral print one side and a soft candy stripe on the reverse. Seafolly Vintage Wildflower Reversible V Maillot Swimsuit – Iceberg £98 from Cocobay.

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The Best Travel Toys for Kids

Travelling with children can stressful with children especially if it involves long waits at airports or lengthy car journeys. As a mum of four I have found that with a bit of planning you can have a stress-free journey…well almost! All my children from a very early age had their own backpacks into which I would pop a variety of things to keep them entertained and they too would bring a few of their favourite toys.

Most of these items do not involve any kind of technology or power as some of the best ways of keeping children entertained are often the most simple.

Travel Mobile

This lightweight, portable mobile is a must for babies who travel. The VTech Pack n Go Travel Mobile easily attaches to most cots, playpens, prams and baby carriers. The light-up button plays lullabies and melodies and has a multi-colour night-light to soothe your little one when away from home. Set the timer and it will automatically switch off. Suitable from birth £24.99.

 

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Aquadoodle

Keep toddlers entertained with the added bonus of no mess with this portable Tomy Aquadraw Travel Drawing Bag. Simply fill the Aquadoodle pen with water and see your designs magically appear. Once the water dries the drawings fade away so you’re ready to start again. Suitable from 18 months. £13.05.Image of Aquadoodle travel set

Books with added extras

Small children love being read to. Thomas is a favourite and this new book also has 10 magnetic characters to create adventures of your own with Thomas, James, Percy, Harold and all their friends. Thomas & Friends Magnetic Children’s Book £6.99. Babies and toddlers love pressing buttons and The Tiddler Sound Children’s Book £14.99 will bring the story to life.

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Travel Train Set

My kids love a train set and this new travel version from Brio comes with a special carry-along case. Chunky plastic connector pieces help kids guide the train onto the tracks, and the train car polarity swivels so that the cars can be easily attached in any direction. My First Take Along Set £29.99. Brio Travel set

Creations on-the-move!

Playdoh is always a winner in my book. This Play-Doh Activity Backpack is perfect for having fun on the move. Includes coloured doughs, tools, pens and a colouring book £6.99. Or try Playfoam – a lightweight modelling foam that never dries out. The Playfoam Go! set in a plastic carrying case includes 8 colours of PlayFoam, each kept neat and tidy in its own unique compartment £12.

 

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Activity Cards

These brilliant cards from Usborne are a must for kids on any journey. 50 wipe-clean cards with 100 simple activities to keep young children occupied including games, puzzles and quizzes using everyday objects found inside the vehicle or seen out the window. Plus a special pen to write on the cards. 100 things for little children to do on a journey £6.99.

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Playmobil Travel Sets

My kids love Playmobil and we’ve found these travel sets to be particularly good for entertaining them on journeys but will also provide hours of fun at your holiday destination. Playmobil City Action Take Along Hospital Playset £24.99.

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Educational Packs

Add an educational twist to your travel toys with this portable pack which teaches children all about letters. There are ones on numbers and shapes too. Age 5+ Fundels Play & Learn Writing Letters £9.99.

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Cards

Playing a game of cards whiles away hours while travelling and is fantastic fun when you get there too. As a family we love UNO. It’s easy to play, fast paced and quite addictive too. For 2-10 players £6.99.

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Top Trumps

Top Trumps is a must on any journey. There are hundreds of sets to choose from to suit all tastes from Paw Patrol to Star Wars, Harry Potter and Football. Top Trumps £4.99.

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Bananagrams

Banangrams is the perfect travel game as it requires no pencil, paper or board. All you need is a flat surface. Great for family fun and helps with vocab and spelling too. Age 7+ Bananagrams £14.98.

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Sticker Books

Sticker books are just perfect for entertaining kids almost anywhere. Peppa’s Dress-up sticker book  £5.99 is perfect younger children. While older ones would love this fantastic Big Dinosaur Sticker book £6.99

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Meet Our New Baby Animals – win a free set!

We’ve been busy this summer at My Nametags HQ designing some super cute baby animal designs. To celebrate we are giving away a free set to one lucky My Nametags newsletter reader. See below for more information.

There are 38 new designs, all as cute as each other, from tigers and elephants to owls and puppy dogs. Which one will you choose? To give you a taster, we introduce some of our favourite baby animals with some amazing animal facts.

Will you choose a baby elephant? Did you know that when baby elephants are born they are covered in black fur? They can walk and follow the herd after just half an hour of being born!

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Lion cubs start walking at 10-15 days old. The female lionesses teach their young to hunt as they do the majority of the hunting for the entire pride.

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Did you know that there are three species of zebra: Grevy’s, mountain and plains. Plains are the most common. Baby zebras are called foals and they can run with the herd within a few hours of birth.3

Baby dolphins are called a calf. As soon as the calf is born, the mother must quickly take it to the surface so it can take its first breath. The calf will stay with its mother until it is between 3 and 8 years old.

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Cats and humans have been associated for nearly 10000 years and there are over 500 million domestic cats in the world. Cats conserve energy by sleeping for an average of 13 to 14 hours a day!

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The tiger is the biggest species of the cat family. Unlike most members of the cat family, tigers like water. They are good swimmers and often cool off in pools or streams.
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COMPETITION TIME – win a free set! 

 

Please note that this competition has now closed.