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Turn Your Trampoline Into A Storytelling Space

We all know how much fun jumping on a trampoline can be but the excitement doesn’t need to end there. With just a little bit of imagination your trampoline can turn into a story telling super space!

The first step before any story night can take place is turning the trampoline from bouncing mat to a comfortable retreat for the whole family. The younger kids will love bringing their doonas and pillows onto the trampoline and it’s a great way to stay comfortable and warm. This is also a great and unique option for sleep over nights and birthday parties. Throw in a few snacks and maybe some popcorn and you have turned the trampoline by day into a comfortable fun family space by night.

 

Don’t resign yourself to just reading your children’s favourite books though. Why not use the trampoline as a prop to boost the story telling experience? We have many readers who use their trampoline as a rumbling racing car, bouncy space ship or even an ocean going ship depending on the story of the night. The younger kids have amazing imaginations and will get into the whole experience.

 

Why not use the trampoline to also get the kids acting out what is happening in the story? With a little bit of imagination you will have your children acting out Tiddalick – The Frog Who Caused a Flood or The Tale Of Peter Rabbit. It’s important to remember that what might seem silly to you can create some of the best memories for kids and some all-too-rare family time.

For the older kids we suggest movie nights on the trampoline or even a space for telling scary ghost stories! With a laptop, DVD and popcorn you can turn your trampoline into a comfortable private cinema on those warm summer nights. Again, sleepovers on the trampoline are an exciting experience for kids of all ages that will have them raving to their friends back at school.

Don’t limit your trampoline to just daytime fun. With just a bit of imagination you can turn your trampoline into a whole new world for your youngsters. For more tips on unique trampoline uses, visit Springfree today. 

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Making it happen for International Woman’s Day

Springfree™ Trampoline is #makingithappen this International Woman’s Day by recognising a lady who has made her mark on society through the designer millinery she makes for the rich and famous all over the world.  She is also a single mum of four, who enjoys just “hanging out with her kids”.

When you first meet the genuinely delightful and unassuming Cindy Vogels you would never guess that this quietly spoken woman created a headpiece that was worn by Lada Gaga when she sang alongside Tony Bennett in the Cheek to Cheek special that was aired in the US last year.

Already a well-known and respected milliner Cindy was well and truly catapulted onto the global stage when she randomly posted a photo of one of her designs on Instagram in June last year. Her creation caught the eye of one of stylists in New York who represent the iconic Lady GaGa and the rest, as they say, is history.

“I'll not ever forget the stylists in New York making first contact with me in the lead up to the promotional work for this album,” said Cindy.  “This image will forever rock my world.”

Since then Cindy has shipped two collections, including the black-feathered piece Lady GaGa wears in her duet “I Won’t Dance” with Tony Bennett, placing Cindy’s name alongside that of legendary designer Valentino in the styling credits.

In September Cindy will show at London Fashion week for the first time with a millinery collection inspired by the great champagne houses of the world.

Cindy is passionate about setting up young people for success and, despite her busy schedule, squeezes in time to support the Empowering Young Women initiative.

However, at the end of the day Cindy’s children come first and they are as supportive and proud of their mum as she is of them.

On International Women’s Day Cindy is certainly a woman to watch as she continues to #makeithappen in 2015!

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Top 5 Tips For Making Cleaning The Trampoline Fun For The Family

It’s no secret - cleaning and kids don’t usually go well together. But what happens when the chores are stacking up and there are only so many hours in the day? All hands on deck we say! Here are five tips to get everyone involved in cleaning the trampoline and even some ideas for making it fun!

Water Fight

Your trampoline sits outside for years on end, copping all that Mother Nature has to offer. It’s a good idea to clean and hose the unit every so often to remove any build up of dirt and grime. At Springfree we recommend the trampoline care kit. The mat wash is specially formulated to ensure that the mat on your trampoline stays in great condition and remains soft and supple year after year. Easy to use, just apply a small amount of wash mixed with water and brush over the mat with a soft broom. Be a little bit careful whilst the mat is soapy as it can get slippery. then the fun part starts, get the hose out and hose it down!  This is a great chance to have some fun with the kids and wage war in the form of a water fight. Get the family involved, including the older ones, and have a bit of fun while performing what could’ve been a mundane job.

The zip lubricant in the care pack  is a non-toxic lubricant that will keep your zipper moving smoothly, even when used by little hands. Apply a drop to the top section of the zip and rub down the length of the zip. Run the zip pull up and down the length of the zipper a few times to help the product penetrate… it’s also great on your tent zippers and other outdoor gear.

Be sure to clean underneath the mat and frame, cleaning off any build up that may have occurred. Steer away from any harsh chemicals or chemical based soaps that could corrode the material. 

Competition

Everyone loves a little bit of healthy competition, especially kids! Use this to your advantage by taking what would have been a big job one your own and making it fun for the whole family. Depending on the task at hand your competition or mission (if you choose to accept it) can change but we suggest something like – Most leaves picked up in 5 minutes wins or what about first person to clean down their assigned section of the mat chooses the movie to watch that night! Be creative and think outside the box with this one.

Ownership

It’s amazing how far a bit of responsibility can go, especially with the younger ones. This is a great chance to teach time management and work ethic along with keeping on top of some important chores. Assign certain cleaning jobs to the kids like maybe checking the rods are in working order, making sure nothing is stuck up underneath the mat and clearing any toys away.  

Music

You know that song that makes the kids go nuts whenever it comes on the radio? Well how about turning it from something that makes your skin crawl to something that can start working for you!

Step 1 - Get the kids in the backyard

Step 2 - Crank the music

Step 3 - Go nuts with the cleaning and tidying.

Create some energy and an atmosphere where cleaning can be fun and not just hard work!

Rewards

When in doubt, reach for the rewards. If you think about it, would you go to work if you knew you were never getting paid? Probably not. So why would your kids be enthusiastic about doing jobs and not seeing any benefit? Don’t be afraid to present rewards, it’s not accepting defeat, it’s a creative way to offer value in your kids’ hard work.  It also doesn’t have to cost you any money; it can be as simple as choosing what’s for dinner or getting to stay up a bit later than normal.

As important it is to keep your trampoline clean and in good working order it’s also important to have fun and enjoy some family time. These ideas can really help turn something that you dread in to a task that you might just find yourself looking forward to.

If you want more information about caring for your trampoline, visit the Springfree website today! 

 

 

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Recipes with Rosie: Breakfast

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​Our new video series, Recipes with Rosie, helps teach you how to cook Kid friendly meals developed by Springfree Ambassador, World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist in Trampoline, Rosie MacLennan. In this episode, Rosie and her kid helpers are making two healthy breakfast ideas.

Healthy Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt

 

Directions:

  1. In a blender combine all ingredients
  2. Blend until the mixture is smooth
  3. Grease pan and heat it up pan pour batter onto a greased hot pan, when the pancakes bubble flip them.
  4. Serve with nut butters, honey, maple syrup or fresh fruit

 

Eggs & Advocato Toast

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tomato
  • ¼ lemon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 slices of bread

 

Directions:

  1. Cook eggs in any style to your liking- my fav is either poached (in a poacher) or over easy
  2. Toast break- multigrain fresh is the best- can also use English muffins or whatever you may like
  3. Mash up an avocado adding a bit of lemon and salt (and hot sauce if you like)
  4. Slice tomatoes thinly
  5. Once bread is toasted, spread mashed avocado on toast, put sliced tomatoes on top and then cooked eggs on top of that 

 

 

There's a storm coming.... follow these tips to keep your Springfree Trampoline safe!

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February is bringing some interesting weather around Australia.

 

we've put toether some tips for ensuring your trampoline stays safe and intact.

  • Drop the net to the mat level. Watch t video below for more instructions.Click here to see the disassemblel process
  • A tarp covering strapped down can help. 
  • If possible, move your Springfree Trampoline to an undercover/secure area.
  • If you have anchors/sandbags, place in position to hold down the frame. 

Call us on 1800 586 772 for more assistance. 

 

Amanda Parker: Fun Activities for Kids, Part 4

It is important that children lead healthier lifestyles and incorporate physical activity into their daily schedules. Recent research has shown that there has been an increase in childhood obesity amongst children. It is therefore paramount, that with the right help, children are encouraged to take part in physical activity through fun games that stimulate both body and mind. Fun games can be accessed easily and can help keep children healthy and active now, in addition to contributing to a more positive attitude towards being physically active later in life. Children also have the opportunity to develop social and motor skills through sport and physical education. This can help to increase levels of self-confidence and self-esteem, which are associated with improving in sport. Below are a range of games that children can take part in with minimal equipment that are easy to set up. 

 

Balloon Relay

Time: 5 min

Recommended age: all ages

Size of group: it doesn’t matter

Equipment: balloons

 

How to play balloon relay

  • Set up teams
  • This is a simple relay race where the players must have a balloon clenched between their legs.
  • The balloon is not allowed to touch the ground during the race. If this happens the player must return to their starting position and continue the race.
  • Fastest team wins

 

Option

  • Two players from one team join up to perform a relay race through an obstacle course.
  • They must hold a balloon between their stomachs or heads whilst doing this. Anyone who holds the balloon with their hands or lets it fall must start again.

 

 

Hand Towel Balloon Relay

 

Time: 8 min

Recommended age: 5 and above

Size of group: it doesn’t matter

Equipment: balloons / hand towels or small blanket

 

How to play hand towel balloon relay

  • Set up two or more teams
  • Two players in one team must pair up and each hold the two ends of a hand towel with a balloon placed in the middle.
  • The teams must relay race with their balloons staying against their hand towels.
  • If the balloon falls off then they must return to the beginning and start again.

 

Towel and Ball Throw Relay

 

Time: 8 min

Recommended age: 7 and above

Size of group: it doesn’t matter

Equipment: soft ball (i.e. tennis, sponge ball) / hand towels or small blanket

 

How to play towel and ball throw relay

  • Set up two or more teams
  • Two players in one team must pair up and hold the two ends of a hand towel with a ball placed on top.
  • The teams must relay race whilst throwing the ball up and catching back on the towel.
  • If the pair drop the ball then they must pick up from where they left off and continue.

 

Meet Amanda Parker 

Amanda Parker started competing in trampoline at the age of 6 and was representing Great Britain by the time she was 16. By 17 she had competed in her first major international event and finished 2nd in the World Age Group Games in 2003. From there, Amanda made vast improvements and became a member of the senior British team representing Great Britain in numerous World Cups and World Championships in individual and synchronized trampoline. Her biggest achievements to date are being the 2013 World Games Champion and World Champion in synchronised Trampoline with her partner Kat Driscoll. She was the reserve for the London 2012 Games and holds the record for the highest scoring British female internationally. Amanda was ranked 4th individually in Europe in 2012. Amanda is thankful for all the support she has received to help her to become a World Class trampolinist. Her parents help and support of her dreams continues as they follow her around the world to see her compete. She has a fantastic coaching team at Edgbarrow Trampoline Club and within the Great Britain National Programme to help her reach her full potential. Additionally Amanda is grateful to her sponsor Springfree Trampoline and the funding received through UK Sport that supports her journey on reaching her dream to be an Olympic athlete.

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Choosing A Trampoline For Australian Conditions

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As with most outdoor products, many trampolines will spend all year outside experiencing the full force of our harsh climate. This blog will highlight some of the key aspects to be aware of when choosing the right trampoline for your local conditions.

Rust

Whether it’s your shiny new car or children’s bicycle, rust spares nothing. It is a slow killer and will quietly eat away at most metals until there is literally nothing left. Clearly with a trampoline that remains outside 365 days a year it is critical you take into account the rust proofing of the unit before you make a purchase.

Most trampolines will come standard with some claim of being “rustproof”. However, unless they can outline exactly what they do and how, there is no industry standard that something will hold up to the salty-killer. The Springfree trampoline frame is constructed using heavy-duty, triple-coated galvanised steel. This keeps a multi-layer barrier between the salt and any raw metal that may be at risk.  The metal springs used in traditional trampolines are usually the first to show signs of rust as the metal grinds on each other and wares off any protective coatings that may have been applied. At Springfree we don’t use springs (hence the name) instead we use fibreglass rods Which not only are a safer option, but they last longer and have protective rod sleeves which can be replaced if they start to wear and tear. These rods cannot rust and will stay weatherproof even through the harshest of climates. 

Sun Damage

The other relentless factor that will affect the life of your trampoline is UV damage. This is potentially very dangerous as a weakened surface mat or safety net could result in significant injury to a jumper. Failing that, at very least, you will be up for the cost of repairing or replacing the damaged part.

At Springfree, safety is our number one priority. That is why we only use UV protected mat rods and net rods. We also ensure we only use UV-resistant polypropylene mats and safety enclosures (FlexiNet) which have a UV coating tested to 5000 hours .

Storm damage

The nature of owning a trampoline means you have a responsibility to ensure it is safely secured or stored during inclement weather. Most trampolines will have some method available for anchoring them to the ground in high-wind conditions. As these anchors vary depending on the brand, you need to ensure each one is sufficient and secure. At Springfree we offer a Ground Anchor system that is simple to install and you can add as many anchors as you need to ensure it is safe for your conditions. 

While not always necessary, sometimes you may need to collapse your trampoline in order to ensure safety for your family and neighbours. In this case, you want a trampoline that you can disassemble quickly and efficiently. Once again most trampolines are different and you want to make sure you are aware of the process before it’s too late. At Springfree we have designed the FlexiNet to be easily collapsible and if need be the frame can be dismantled and stored away securely.

Storing Away

Depending on where you live, you may find your trampoline goes into hibernation over the colder months. The Springfree™ Trampoline design was specifically built for all climates and after 10 years in the market in the colder climates such as Canada and parts of the USA. People have found that the trampoline withstands heavy layers of snow and cold weather. If you live in areas that experience snow and excessively cold temperatures and would like to cover the trampoline a simple layer of Tarp  over the trampoline once you take the mat down ads a protective layer from the elements.

If you would like more tips on caring for your trampoline, visit the Springfree website today! 

 

Top 5 Valentine's Day DIY Craft Ideas

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With Valentine's Day around the corner, try these five DIY craft ideas with your family! They'll keep little ones busy and are lots of fun for the entire family. 

1. Candy Heart Box | Difficulty: Beginner

Recycle a large heart box (that was previously filled with chocolates) and fill a bunch of paper cupcake liners with an assortment of candy and choclates. It's an easy DIY that lets you control the kind of candy/chocolate that's going in and looks amazing as a Valentine's Day gift. 

 

2. Hand Print Valentines | Difficulty: Easy

Grab some red finger paint and use two handprints to create a heart on card stock - Make sure there's an adult present! You can cut this card out or just fold it, but it makes a great Valentine's Day keepsake for parents or grandparents. 

 

3. Button Heart | Difficulty: Easy

Adults or older children can help cut out a heart from construction paper, while younger ones glue an assortment of buttons to decorate the heart. This button heart looks great as a Valentine or hung up in a frame. (Source)

 

4. Sprinkle Dipped Waffle Cookies | Difficulty: Easy

Who doesn't love sweets on Valentine's Day? These waffle cookies are lots of fun to make and look great. All you need are waffle cookies, melting chocolate, sprinkles, and parchment paper. Dip one end of each waffle cookie in the melted chocolate then decorate with sprinkles. Let cool on parchment paper. (Source)

 

5. Heart Garland | Difficulty: Easy

Using construction paper or felt, cut out hearts and glue in pairs with twine or string in between. Hang the garland over the mantle or even decorate a child's room with it! (Source)

Amanda Parker: Fun Activities for Kids, Part 3

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It is important that children lead healthier lifestyles and incorporate physical activity into their daily schedules. Recent research has shown that there has been an increase in childhood obesity amongst children. It is therefore paramount, that with the right help, children are encouraged to take part in physical activity through fun games that stimulate both body and mind. Fun games can be accessed easily and can help keep children healthy and active now, in addition to contributing to a more positive attitude towards being physically active later in life. Children also have the opportunity to develop social and motor skills through sport and physical education. This can help to increase levels of self-confidence and self-esteem, which are associated with improving in sport. Below are a range of games that children can take part in with minimal equipment that are easy to set up. 

Cat and Mouse Relay

A fun and energetic, quick-paced relay race game using teamwork and coordination. Don’t get caught out!

  • Time: 15 min
  • Recommended age: all ages
  • Size of group: minimum of 4 players
  • Equipment: x2 relay batons or an object similar to a stick

 

How to Play Cat and Mouse Relay

  • Set up a square (roughly 5x5m up to 10x10m)
  • Place the players in lines in opposite corners of the square.
  • The players at the front should be holding the baton
  • Each player with the baton runs in a clockwise direction around the square trying to catch the other player before they return to their original team and pass the baton onto the next player in their team.
  • The circuit is continuous and each of the team’s players keep running until they catch the other team out.

 

Meet Amanda Parker

Amanda Parker started competing in trampoline at the age of 6 and was representing Great Britain by the time she was 16. By 17 she had competed in her first major international event and finished 2nd in the World Age Group Games in 2003. From there, Amanda made vast improvements and became a member of the senior British team representing Great Britain in numerous World Cups and World Championships in individual and synchronized trampoline. Her biggest achievements to date are being the 2013 World Games Champion and World Champion in synchronised Trampoline with her partner Kat Driscoll. She was the reserve for the London 2012 Games and holds the record for the highest scoring British female internationally. Amanda was ranked 4th individually in Europe in 2012. Amanda is thankful for all the support she has received to help her to become a World Class trampolinist. Her parents help and support of her dreams continues as they follow her around the world to see her compete. She has a fantastic coaching team at Edgbarrow Trampoline Club and within the Great Britain National Programme to help her reach her full potential. Additionally Amanda is grateful to her sponsor Springfree Trampoline and the funding received through UK Sport that supports her journey on reaching her dream to be an Olympic athlete.

5 Fun Things To Do With Your Trampoline – Without the Bouncing!

If there’s one thing you can count on kids to do it’s using their imagination. This blog will help you take a leaf out of their book with some ‘out-of-the-box’ ideas for getting the most out of your trampoline.

Cubby House

Whether it’s a cave to hide from monsters, a spaceship to take you to Mars or a venue for hosting tea parties, a cubby house holds a world of possibilities. Why not throw a sheet over your trampoline and create an adventure for the whole family. Remember that while your nosey neighbours might expect you to spend thousands of dollars on toys, your kids don’t know the difference. It’s the simple things that can create hours of fun and quality time everyone can enjoy.

Camping on the trampoline

This is another favourite option for birthday parties and a great way to get the screaming kids out of the house for the night. Try setting the trampoline up with sleeping bags, some snacks and a few torches. *Our top tip – Use a lightweight tarp over the top if it’s for overnight use. Condensation will make it feel like it has rained even if it hasn’t! Or if you have an igloo tent, you could put that up on the trampoline for a real life campaign experience.

Movie Nights

A great option for those warm summer nights – Try setting up the TV outside for a movie night. Build a comfortable pillow-filled area with a few sleeping bags on the trampoline and the whole family can settle in with some popcorn, plus no popcorn mess on the couch. *Our top tip - this is a great activity to get the older kids involved with.

Picnic

Ants and other annoying creepy crawlies have ruined many a picnic, this is where the trampoline can be your saviour. Set up a rug on the trampoline, lay out a spread of delicious food and enjoy some family time in the great outdoors. *Our top tip – Keep the cutlery away from the trampoline and of course no jumping around the food!

Performance Stage

Do you have a budding performer in the family desperate for a stage to showcase their skills? We suggest setting up some audience seating around the trampoline and let your kids put on an open-air performance. *Our top tip - Don’t let the little ones get to big for their boots and start acting all diva-like around the family. All jokes aside, this is a great way to foster young one’s talent and get them used to crowds and performing.

Drawing Board

Every parent knows the joy of walking in to a room and finding your little Picasso has done some interior designing of their own. Even worse is when you’re renting and your bond is in stake! Swap the crayons for some chalk and let the artists express themselves on the trampoline. The best part of this one is you can hose it off when they’re done or let the rain do the work for you. *Our top tip – Try drawing some hopscotch squares out for hours of fun.  

If you would like to know more about finding the right trampoline to suit your family, visit the Springfree website today!

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