children: August 2010 Archives

275x250.jpg A pushchair which can be converted into a child-carrying bicycle in just 20 seconds has become a hit with eco-friendly mothers.

The £1,500 Taga Bike looks like a 'normal' pushchair but after a bit of twisting, folding and flipping becomes a fully functioning bike with a child-seat on the front.

Makers say this means parents can pedal from home to the local park or the shops and simply convert back to a stroller when there, leaving the car at home.

While we love the engineering feat which is the pushchair-bicycle, we can see one glaring problem… what if you want one, but haven't got a young child.

275x250.jpgMore than 20,000 children in America are injured each year when they go sledding, it has been found.

Research into sledging-related injuries from 1997-2007 found a shocking 229,023 under-19-year-olds had required hospital treatment.

Analysis of accidents found that the most common injuries were fractures (26%), followed by cuts and bruises (25%).

The study also revealed the majority of injuries occurred during a collision (51%), with the head was the most commonly injured body part (34%).

Use of motorised vehicles to pull sledges was also said to be one of the reasons for an increase in accidents… which is a shame given how much fun it is.

275x250.jpgThe average family will endure 84 arguments over the summer holidays, it has been found.

Parental bust-ups over money, how to occupy bored youngsters and fall-outs between the kids themselves means the average family bickers twice every day.

That's 14 rows each week and 84 over the six-week week holiday. And more than half of parents admit they argue more with the family over the summer holidays than at any other time of the year.

Oddly the study also revealed there is a most common time for the fights, with 2.38pm said to be when most rows break out, with each argument lasting an average of 7.19 minutes.

But while the majority of arguments are between the children in the family, more than one in five involve mum and dad… though those can last for days.

275x250.jpgLEGO has beaten off stiff competition from Barbie, Action Man and the Nintendo Game Boy to be named the most popular toy ever made.

The Danish building bricks - first launched in 1949 - have topped a poll to find the world's most cherished toy.

More than half of the 3,000 people aged between 20 and 40-years-old opted for the colourful bricks, which are still in demand today.

Men's top four toys were Lego, Game Boy, Transformers and Action Man, while women opted for the Barbie doll first, with Lego, My Little Pony, Game Boy and Sindy also scoring highly.

A spokesperson for LEGO said the win was something they hoped to build on… we bet it's not the first time they've used that line.

275x250.jpg An image on Google Street View of a girl's body lying face down on the pavement sparked panic among local residents that crime had gone undetected.

Families in Middle Road, St John’s, Worcester, feared something terrible had happened to a young girl on their doorstep, when they saw the shocking image online.

But they needn't have worried and contacted police -- because it was just a youngster playing a prank on her friend by pretending to be dead and not realising the Google car was passing.

Nine-year-old Azura - who says she didn't know the Google car was passing - had fallen over and was 'playing dead' as a prank on her friend… and inadvertently the internet.

275x250.jpgModern children have ditched traditional outdoor games in favour of high-tech gadgets a new study has revealed.

Youngsters no longer participate in time-honoured pastimes like conkers, hopscotch and marbles with over half of kids saying their favourite game is the Nintendo Wii.

Nearly three quarters of kids aged four to 11 have never played the playground favourite hopscotch, with ten percent of kids thinking it was a soft drink.

A whopping 93 percent of children surveyed said they would never play marbles and half had never even heard of the small glass balls.

Other well known games modern kids are unaware of include, Rock, Paper, Scissors (80%) and Tiddlywinks (50%) -- which makes us feel depressingly old.

275x250.jpgChildren who enjoy Popeye cartoons generally eat more vegetables than those who don't watch the classic show, it has been found.

Researchers at Mahidol University in Bangkok claim the type and amount of vegetables children eat can be directly linked to TV shows they watch.

Tests on four to five-years-olds found watching Popeye scoff spinach before beating up Bluto made kids want to eat more greens.

In fact the researchers claim the twenty six children in their study - which also saw them plant seeds and cook - doubled their vegetable intake as a result.

Next up the boffins will study the impact of watching Tom and Jerry on the level of infant frying pan attacks.

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