Archive for October, 2009

Halloween Events for Kids

Looking for a Halloween Event to keep the kids entertained over the weekend?  Then check out these links. If you know of any other fun events then please add a comment. Happy Halloween!

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MyKidsTime Halloween Events in Galway, Dublin North, Dublin South

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Halloween Events on Heritage Ireland

Halloween Events at GoIreland

Dublin Antics at Dublin Tourism

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Halloween Events at Meath Tourism

HallowFest in Dublin South County

List of Halloween Thrillers from the Indo

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PuddleDuckers Out and About 11

This edition of PuddleDuckers Out and About features our customer Tania Lawlor’s daughter Elsa. We’re delighted to show this lovely photo of Elsa in her Everyday Dungarees having fun in the sand pit. Tania says “Elsa loves to get up at 7.30 in the morning and play outside when the grass is still wet. The dungarees are a saviour for us.”


Many thanks Tania and Elsa. If you’d like to feature the story and photo of your own PuddleDucker in action then please contact us at

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Making Video without a Video Camera

Creating your own video content online is a great way to increase brand awareness, drive traffic to your website and increase findability for your site or service. Shooting and editing video is getting easier all the time but there are other ways to get video content online without picking up the video camera.  

Here are two sites we have used to create video content for the PuddleDucks YouTube channel.

1. Animoto

Animoto creates video from photos. It couldn’t be easier. Just upload your selection of photos, select the display sequence, select a few of the photos that you would like to be specially highlighted and select your music soundtrack. Hey presto! You have your video.

Here’s an example of one of our own Animoto videos.

2. Xtra Normal

The tag-line of Xtra Normal is “if you can type then you can make movies”. It allows you to create video with animated characters speaking the lines that you have typed. You can also change the camera angles, add sounds and add character gestures. It is so easy to use and fun to make.

Here’s one we made earlier …

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PuddleDuckers Out and About 10

The latest in our series of PuddleDuckers Out and About comes from Colette Kavanagh from Co. Limerick. Colette was good enough to send us some photos of her 18 month old son, Ryan having fun in the garden wearing his Extra Tough Dungarees & Jacket Set.

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Over to Colette … ” He is wearing the all in one outfit every day at his child-minders and she is raving about it to everyone, she says it’s the best money ever spent as he’s out all day long in the garden and he’s spotless when I pick him up.”

Thanks a lot Colette and Ryan. 

If you would be interested in featuring your children’s experiences in their PuddleDucks please drop us a line at info [at] puddleducks [dot] ie.

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10 Fun Things to do Outdoors on a Rainy Day

We hope you’ve enjoyed the gorgeous early Autumn weather.  In preparation for the return the more wintery late Autumn, we’ve got together with our friends at and compiled a list of 10 fun things to do outdoors on a rainy day. We hope you like it.


  1. Go on a nature hunt.  Make it interesting by setting a challenge, for example – how many snails can you find in 10 minutes?  Count the number of earth worms you come across.  Look out for any interesting stones or leaves.  And when you get back inside you can use the leaves and twigs to make a lovely nature collage.
  2. Splash in as many puddles as you can find. This is great fun for pre-schoolers to let off a bit of steam as well as encouraging them to count by checking how many puddles they found to jump in.  Tip – just make sure their waterproof trousers or dungarees are outside their wellies to help keep feet dry!
  3. Head to a nearby beach and build stone castles by piling up flat stones and see who can build the highest castle.  Maybe try creating a sea monster in the sand – draw a huge outline of a face and body and decorate with stones and shells to make eyes and shirt buttons with seaweed for hair. 
  4. Visit the woods for a walk and use the trees as giant umbrellas.  See if you can spot any birds or squirrels in the trees, or look under the trees for animal burrows and mushrooms (remember to avoid picking mushrooms though unless you are an expert).
  5. Go out and measure how high a tree is (method here) and if there are any fallen down trees guess their age and then count the numbers of rings to see if you are right.
  6. See how many songs about the rain that you can think of.  Take it in turn to yodel or sing them out loud (e.g. “Singing in the Rain”, “Raindrops keep falling”) as you splash through the puddles.
  7. Take a ball out into the garden or the nearest park and have a game of “Soggy Soccer” or “Drizzly Donkey”
  8. Find as many sticks as you can and take it in turns to make an arrow trail with the stick for everyone else to follow.  Put in some loop de loops to make the trail more interesting.
  9. Make a ground level ‘tree house’ in the woods.  Find a big tree with a strong low branch then collect lots of broken branches and ferns. Lean the broken branches and ferns in layers across the branch to make a mini-house under the tree.
  10. Make mud pies! Find a suitable spot in the garden where the kids can dig to their hearts content and using buckets and spades make some delicious mud pies. Tip – get the hot water on for a warm bubble bath afterwards!

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