There are around 1.1 billion girls in the world! Yeah! Rock on girls!

As you know we’re all for girl power and celebrating badass girls at KA-BOOM, being sort of gender equality warriors and all that.., but HANG ON A MINUTE, here is the thing; not every girl in the world is allowed, or able to express her views, not every girl is able to LIVE FREE from violence, ignorance and discrimination. Not every girl in the world has a fair chance to reach her full potential. Now that is (excuse my language) f***kd up(!), and that is basically what this post is about.

If that is too heavy for you then look away now, go and pour yourself a glass of Prosecco and watch Towie or whatevs, 'cause it’s gonna get heavier.


Listen, the if-I-shut-my-eyes-will-it-go-away-NO-it-won't-TRUTH is :

Some 41,000 girls are forced into illegal child marriage EVERY DAY! That is a violation of human rights that ROBS GIRLS OF THEIR CHILDHOOD.
Child brides are forced to drop out of school, have children before they’re ready and are often subjected to a life of violence and abuse.
An estimated 70,000 girls DIE IN LABOUR every year because their bodies aren't ready for childbirth.
In some countries daughters are considered a BURDEN, so they might even be given away or MURDERED when they are just infants.
Sorry, I told you this was heavy sh**t.


“Every girl, no matter where he is born, should be able to express her views, live free of violence and discrimination, and have a fair chance to reach her full potential”
Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director U.N. Women

In 2011 the United Nations (U.N.) declared the 11 October The International Day of The Girl Child, “A day to recognise girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world”.
The selected theme for 2016 is Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: What Counts for Girls and this year’s focus as such is (in addition to help girls have a safe, educated and healthy life) filling existing data gaps, to get a truer picture of how disadvantaged half of humanity really is.
Because basically it is easier to ignore a problem when there isn’t much evidence of how omnipresent it is or how deeply it affects people, and of course because in modern society we can’t improve or raise funds for what we can’t prove or measure…

“When we invest in girls’ health, safety, education and rights – in times of peace and crisis – we empower them to reach for their dreams and build better lives for themselves and their communities. “
United Nations

International Day of the Girl is an opportunity to reflect on how much, or little, progress girls have made and how far there still is to go before equality is achieved globally. I am afraid there is still some way to go, but we should not let that stop us.
Education and activism are denied many girls throughout the world, so let’s shout it from the rooftops for those who can’t and pledge your support to create a world that is better for the girls of tomorrow! GRL PWR! Girls rock! etc... Because, as Unicef puts it "When girls do better, we all do better". So, get it out there! Share! Donate! Roar! Educate! #kidswhomakenoise #kaboomkidsmakenoise


Thanks for reading,


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We're intent on making the most of the current balmy days and as always we are keeping it cool, plus this time there's an added bonus of eco-awareness thrown in! We're well happy to be sharing this DIY tutorial, originally written for Eclectic Eccentricity, by the multi-talented Becky Hoh-HaleCheck it out: a Recycled Bottle Water Wall!

Our take on it is obviously kid orientated, but who doesn’t like mixing good, honest recycling and messing around with water when it’s pretty much desert weather out there? 

You will need:

  • Plastic bottles (milk and large drinks packaging are all good options)
  • Scissors 
  • Hammer
  • Nails 

Plus you might need a wooden/MDF board to use as a mount, unless you want create it on a fence or big tree, depending on what you've got in your garden (and whether you own or rent..)


STEP 1 | Layout and prep

Think about how you want to lay them out and cut off the side (which will actually be the 'top') enough to let the water in and to maneuvoure hammering the nails in, but try and keep as much of the bottles structure as you can.


STEP 2 | Hammer time! 

You'll need two or three nails in to keep each bottle in place. You can drill them if easier, but in our case a hammer and a four year old trying to help was plenty enough for increased anxiety levels! 


STEP 3 | Improvise

You can for example use one of the bottle cut offs to make a flat end surface to distribute the water more evenly as it comes out. 


STEP 4 | Test it out! 

Pour water in using a jug or another bottle! Does it work ok? Does it need some minor adjustments to make the water flow from bottle to bottle?


STEP 5 | Evaluate

Impressed? You can leave it at that for the kids, watching the water do it's thing can keep 'em amused for hours (minutes), but we decided to take it up a gear... which leads us to...


STEP 6 | Hose action! 

Stick the hose in the top bottle. We also decided to raise the panel higher. What do we do now?


STEP 7 | Get your swimgear on! 

Or maybe your birthday suit will suffice..? But don't forget the sunscreen!


STEP 5 | Get splashing!

Use it as a shower to cool off and collect the water in a bowl -  then you can use it as a foot bath or a mini paddling pool too!


STEP 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.. | Enjoy it! 

It doesn't end there though, there are plenty more possibilities... You could experiment using coloured water and channel it into different tracks? You could place the bottles higher up, or one bottle high up and use it as an outdoor shower or cooling station for adults too? What other uses could it have? How would you improve it? 

Thanks for sharing this awesome idea with us Becky! 

It's a definite winner, try it out guys!


What do you reckon? Will you try it? We would love to hear what you think. Comment below or you can email, post on Twitter or Facebook.


Yay! It looks like summer is finally here! Finally time for some outdoor fun! And what's more fun than B-U-B-B-L-E-S ? Kids just love watching, blowing, chasing and popping bubbles! 

There are plenty of plastic fantastic bubble gadgets on the market, but why not try some tried and tested home made versions for equally cool results!? Here's a rundown of some of the bubbletastic ideas we've been collecting over on Pinterest...


Rainbow Bubbles | Fill up a paddling pool with water, add soap and watercolour paint. Let the kids mix it up and you will have a pool full of colourful bubbles. You can also get kids to 'paint the bubbles' by putting watercolour paint into spray bottles| Pinned from giftofcuriosity.com |


Homemade Bubble Blowers | Choose a selection of straws, cut them so that they are all the same length. Use sticky tape to hold them together at the top and the bottom and dip one end into the bubble mix. Blow from the undipped end. Loads of bubbles of different sizes will be blown out at the same time. | Pinned from theboyandme.co.uk | 


Bouncing Bubbles | Mix together drinking water, washing up liquid & glycerine and let sit for 24 hours. Then you will have wonderful bubbles that will last for ages, no matter how much they are poked or prodded! | Pinned from playathomemomllc.com | 


Bubbles on your legs | Cheerful and super soft; these leggings are perfect for every day wear and who wouldn't want to wear big, bubble-like dots on your legs! These colourful Ae-hem by Bien a Bien leggings are 100% cotton & unisex. | Pinned from ka-boomshop.co.uk/ | 



Giant Bubbles | Make up a bubble solution the night before then pour into a paddling pool. When you are ready to begin the fun get a child to stand in the middle of the pool, with a hula hoop already in the solution. Quickly lift the hoop over the child and they will be encased in a giant bubble.  | Pinned from onecharmingparty.com | 


For more inspiration check out our 'WE LOVE BUBBLES' Pinterest board 

Please share your favourite bubble activities with us too!