This Week's Distractions

  • Times Table Wristbands and Tips for Mathematics Teachers

    times table wristbandsIf you’re like most mathematics teachers, you may have a challenge on your hands when you teach the times tables. Rote learning—or writing endless facts over and over—just won’t cut it for most of your students. Here are some tips that can help you reach students of varied learning styles and abilities:

    Set Measurable Goals

    First of all, set measurable goals. When you offer a big prize to students who learn all of their times tables from 1 to 12 in a given amount of time, it may motivate a few gifted students. But how do you reach those for whom learning the entire set of multiplication facts seems like an insurmountable task? Teach the times tables by breaking them up into easily learned chunks. The most logical way: teach one family of multiplication facts at a time.

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  • A Fluorescent Halloween: 5 Reasons Why Glow in the Dark Silicone Wristbands are Perfect for Halloween

    custom silicone wristbandsHalloween is almost upon us, which means it is party time. Few times of year lend themselves so perfectly to a good old fashioned knees-up as Halloween, with its tricks and treats, its scary costumes, and the general feeling that literally anything could happen.If you are planning on throwing a Halloween party this year, be sure to remember one thing;  glow in the dark custom silicone wristbands! No party can be without these neat accessories this Halloween party season. Still not convinced? Here are five reasons that cannot fail to change your mind.

    1. They Turn the Fun Factor up a Notch

    Everyone loves a bit of neon, and a party isn’t a party unless people are having fun. Glow in the dark silicone wristbands are a surefire way to raise the fun factor at a Halloween party, particularly if you’re planning to hold an event outdoors.

    Your guests will have great fun with these customisable, versatile and brightly coloured silicone wristbands which can be used to adorn any costume.

    2. They are Safe for Kids

    You don’t want to exclude anyone at your Halloween party, so you need to make sure that the kids can join in the fun too. Fortunately, the design and structure of our glow in the dark hand bands make them robust enough to stand up to the worst your kids can throw at them.

    What’s more, the non-toxic fluorescent fluid ensures that these cool party accessories are safe for your kids to use, giving you one less thing to worry about.

    3. They Can Even Help to Keep Kids Safe

    In fact, glow in the dark hand bands can actively help to keep your kids safe at a party. With lots of people of all ages, shapes and sizes buzzing around your party, it can be difficult to keep track of your little ones. This holds particularly true if the party is held after dark (like all the best Halloween gatherings).

    Custom fluorescent silicone wristbands are a solution to this problem, providing a handy portable light source that helps you keep your eye on your kids as they enjoy themselves at the party. Obviously, a glow in the dark wristband is no substitute for supervising your kids closely during a party, but they certainly make doing so a great deal easier!

    4. They are a Great Way to Unify Your Party

    Halloween parties tend to be slapdash affairs when it comes to themed costumes. Sure, there is a general, loose theme (everyone is supposed to be scary). But beyond that, nothing. So how can you bring those zombie pirates, Jack Skellingtons, feline witches and Harry Potters a little closer together?

    Adorn them with some glow in the dark hand bands of course! Fluorescent bands help your party guests to retain the individuality and the creativity of their costumes while also enjoying the communal and unifying party spirit. A rule of thumb; the more hand bands you opt to use, the better!

    5. Silicone Wristbands are Affordable

    Throwing a Halloween party can be an expensive affair, so any method by which you can keep costs down is going to be a welcome one.  Customised glow in the dark silicone wristbands are a great way to achieve this. Cheap, durable and great fun, this is one aspect of your party that certainly does not need to cost the earth.

    Have you turned your Halloween bash into a neon rave using fluorescent hand bands? Maybe you opted to throw in some fluorescent paint or some flashing glow sticks? Get in touch and let us know how it all went down with your custom wristbands.  For something completely different and still kid focused, head on over to Handband's blog about maths wristbands.

  • Wristbands Support National Day of Action Against Bullying

    Action Against Bullying

    Handband is using their popular Say No to Bullying wristbands to lend support to the fifth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence, slated for Friday March 20, 2015.

    This annual day provides a focus for all schools to say "Bullying. No Way!" and to strengthen their existing everyday messages that bullying and violence at school are not okay at any time. While some folks may attempt to paint it as ‘part of growing up’, it has become clear that bullying is both a dangerous and emotionally damaging practice. Including actions such as threatening behavior, physical or verbal attacks, spreading rumors, or deliberately excluding someone from a group or activity, it’s been shown to cause long lasting damage in addition to the distress experienced as it happens. Continue reading

  • ‘I’m bored Mum’ … (Hint: Handbands help)

    handband custom silicone wristbands…and other variations on the theme are all you’re hearing these school holidays already no doubt!  We are the money tree, the entertainment officer and the chef all rolled into one (glorious) package. Continue reading

  • Holiday season ideas

    Holiday season ideasThe most fun about Christmas and the holiday season is the memories you give your kids.  Dressing the tree, the big deal meal on the day itself and maybe the other traditions and events you create yourself which become your holiday season ideas repertoire.

    Cheap & Easy Holiday Season Ideas

    How about making a gingerbread house for Christmas with the kids? They'll love the drama of it all, it's not actually that hard and hey presto, you've created a brand new tradition in your house and built something really tasty to treat the relatives with into the bargain. Here's how the folk at epicurious do it (easy to follow recipe - don't worry!)  Are you still quivering with horror at what to buy various people for Christmas and the new year period? How about a foodie centred spree? Guessing what decorative items people want or need is next to impossible; letting them discover some brand new taste is wonderful!   Here are some ideas on how to do it and what to get. Of course, the holiday season is all about parties Continue reading

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