Last week Monday, I woke up feeling guilty. It was beautiful summer’s day and my child wanted me to come play with her outside but I couldn’t. Not because I didn’t want to… but because I had to work. I could see the disappointment on her face.

So on Tuesday and Wednesday, I decided to stop working during the day (because I can, thanks to my flexi hours) and spend time with my daughter. We did fun things that toddlers love doing (I had to pretend to be Ken too). We even went for a swim together.

Barni Bear

It was amazing to watch my daughter play and it reminded me how important bonding time is – especially if you have a newborn at home. I’ve been sacrificing sleep because I’m working at night now, but it’s worth it.

“Child development experts suggest that these little bits of ‘Special Time’ will add up to an increased trust and emotional/relational bond that will enable them to feel secure and less likely to act out negatively for attention, says Kat Lee.” Source:


This holiday, take a few hours out of your busy day to do something fun with your child! Forget about the million things that need to be done around the home. Take a minute relax and build memories. A house will always be there, a home needs to be maintained.

Children are only children but for a moment. In a flash, they grow up and leave home. Create memories to remember, to make them smile, to make them want to come home…

15 Fun things to do with your kids:

1. Play treasure hunt.

2. Plan a Picnic.


Barni Bear

3. Make a giant hopscotch on the lawn or driveway (with chalk).

4. Play Dress-up.

5. Attend an event together.

Did you meet Barni yet? This is the perfect event to take your little one along with you on a new adventure, and you get to bond while indulging in a yummy healthy treat.


Barni the Bear’s Great Big Learning Adventure will be held at The Zone in Rosebank from Saturday 12th until Friday 18th December 2015 and will be open daily from 10 am – 4 pm. Entrance is free, all you need to do is arrive with your family and enjoy the journey of fun and adventure.

Step into a “giant pop-up book” themed play area, and explore a world of adventure and learning with Barni the Bear. Let your children, aged 3 – 7 years, explore Barni’s art, music and play areas, assisted by a team of friendly helpers.

Catch the Barni show on the hour every hour – a fun musical adventure with a life-sized Barni Bear. Finally, treat yourself and your little ones to a delicious Barni bear-shaped sponge cake with a yummy hidden chocolate centre.

The spongy bear cake is a mouth-watering treat that invites kids’ imaginations to explore while it feeds their body with the familiar ingredients moms use in their kitchens – flour, eggs, milk and chocolate. Barni contains no colourants, preservatives or trans fats, making it the perfect treat for little explorers.


6. Build a Fort.

7. Have a water balloon fight.

8. Play hide and seek.

9. Make paper boats (remember this?) and race them in a small pool using straws to propel them. Don’t have the pool, then use the bath or a huge dish – No excuses. 😉

10. Play “lemon” and spoon race.

11. Bake cookies together.

Christmas baking

12. Try Star gazing.

13. Host a family talent show.

14. Fly a kite

15. Camp in your backyard or lounge.

Sleepover party for girls and dolls

So now that I’ve mentioned all the fun things you can do with your kids this December, I’ve got a competition for you!

If you can’t attend Barni’s Learning Adventure activation, visit selected retail outlets to try Barni out for yourself or why not purchase a few for a picnic?

Barni is available as single units or in a box of five, with a recommended retail price (RRP) of R5.99 and R27.99, respectively.


Win a R1000 hamper from Barni the bear to make your picnic more enjoyable. 😉

Barni Picnic


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