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From August 2018, customers will notice our rebranded food packaging start to appear on shelf in all major stockists.

  • CURRENT Packaging
  • new Packaging

We are excited to announce our new packaging will start to appear on shelf from August 2018. This transition to new packaging will occur over a number of months. During this time there will be a mix of current and new packaging on shelf.

There are no major changes to these products, in some instances there is a small name change or slight recipe improvement, see below for the full details.

Products purchased via the website will be delivered to customers in our old packaging until the end of October. From November, products ordered from the website will be delivered in the new packaging.

Please note, our Infant Formula packaging will not be rebranded until later in 2019.

For any questions, connect with our team of accredited practising Dietitians on +61 3 6332 9200

Product name changes

  • Cereal Name Changes
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Baby Rice
  • NEW Packaging Organic Rice with Prebiotic (GOS) Note: Our Baby Rice recipe has been upgraded to now include GOS Prebiotic
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Vanilla Rice Custard
  • NEW Packaging Organic Milk & Vanilla Baby Rice
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Apple & Cinnamon Porridge
  • NEW Packaging Organic Apple & Cinnamon Baby Porridge
  • Ready To Serve Name Changes
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Banana, Pear & Mango
  • New Packaging Organic Banana, Pear, Apple & Mango
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Mango, Blueberry & Apple
  • New Packaging Organic Blueberry, Mango & Apple
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Peach & Apple
  • New Packaging Organic Grape, Apple & Peach
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Pumpkin & Tomato Risotto
  • New Packaging Organic Pumpkin, Sweet Potato & Tomato
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Broccoli, Beef & Brown Rice
  • New Packaging Organic Beef & Vegetables
  • Note: We have also upgraded some of our RTS recipes to remove added sugars and to remove some of the more complex ingredients that are not required for young children such as Tamari.
  • RUSKS NAME CHANGES
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Milk Rusks Toothiepegs
  • New Packaging Organic Milk Rusks
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How to Improve Your Child’s Hand-Eye Coordination

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Hand-eye coordination is the body’s ability to process information received through the eyes and use it to direct movements of the hands to complete a task or skill. It works in relation to both fine-motor skills (e.g. picking something up) and gross-motor skills (e.g. learning to walk).

Hand-eye coordination develops naturally as your child grows. As a newborn, hand movements are mainly reflexive, but as they grow and develop their curiosity, movements become more purposeful — like reaching for things they want to touch. However there are things you can do with your baby to help strengthen their coordination from an early age.

Children develop at different rates due to many factors such as exposure to other children like siblings and kindergarten, play time with carers, and their natural curiosity levels. The following table from Raising Children Australia provides coordination by age. Don’t worry if your child doesn’t fall into these categories! Children will grow and develop at their own rates, all we can do is encourage them and provide opportunities for learning.

Typical Hand-Eye Coordination Development by Age

Age Coordination Development
5 months old –  Grasping for objects

–  Moving things from one hand to the other

1 year old –  Displaying pincer grasp

–  Picking up smaller objects

2 years old –   Picking up and stacking 5 building blocks

–   Hold a writing utensil

–    Hold a spoon to eat

3 years old –    Turning pages in a book

–    Drawing circles

4 – 5 years old –   Demonstrating spacial awareness through   intentioned placement of small objects

–   Better control of eating utensils

5-7 years old –    Writing individual letters

–    Colouring within lines

–    Doing up zippers and buttons

–    Move and manipulate objects easily

–     Eventual skill development into sport playing such   as tennis or football

 

There are many ways to encourage development of hand-eye coordination, and for babies, play is an essential part. Play allows your baby to learn how to reach and grab for objects, as well as understand cause and effect. In early childhood repetition forms the basis of learning, and the more time spent practising something the easier it will become. So play lots and encourage them to do things over and over (if they’re enjoying the game they’ll probably be the ones encouraging you!).

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Developing hand-eye coordination

For babies, try:

  • placing objects of interest within reach
  • sing Incy Wincey Spider or Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and do the finger actions for them to mimic
  • shaking a rattle or plastic keys
  • playing with toys that make noise
  • attaching wrist rattles
  • building a tower for baby to knock down

For toddlers, try:

  • throwing and catching a ball
  • colouring in activities
  • connect-the-dot activities
  • stringing beads
  • jigsaw puzzles (not too many pieces, check the age recommendation)
  • bouncing balls
  • tossing a small bean bag into a hula hoop
  • rolling a ball to hit down bottles
  • finger painting

For children five years+, try:

  • bouncing a ball on a racquet
  • kicking a ball into a goal
  • baking (e.g. measuring a cup of flour)
  • wall ball
  • juggling
  • hopscotch (you can use chalk to draw the game on the street)
  • tennis
  • over and under throwing
  • jigsaw puzzles
  • Lego
  • Jenga
  • relay races

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Give some of these exercises and games a try, just make sure to pick activities from the right age group! Your children will love simply spending time with you; learning and developing hand-eye coordination is a bonus. And the best part is they won’t realise they’re learning, to them it’s just fun.

If you have concerns about your child’s hand-eye coordination, consider speaking with their paediatrician to assess their progress.

References

  1. Hand-eye coordination and readiness to learn(2021). State Library of Queensland. Available at: https://www.slq.qld.gov.au/blog/hand-eye-coordination-and-readiness-learn (Accessed: 23 August 2021).
  2. Montessori, M., 2017. Repetition and child development in Montessori Education. Montessori Academy.
  3. 3-4 months: baby development(2021). Raising Children. Available at: https://raisingchildren.net.au/babies/development/development-tracker-3-12-months/3-4-months (Accessed: 23 August 2021).
  4. Toddlers: play & learning(2021). Raising Children. Available at: https://raisingchildren.net.au/toddlers/play-learning (Accessed: 25 August 2021).
  5. Johansson, R. et al. (2001) “Eye–Hand Coordination in Object Manipulation”, The Journal of Neuroscience, 21(17), pp. 6917-6932. doi: 10.1523/jneurosci.21-17-06917.2001.
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