New Product Available – Scarves!

The way you measure a society’s soul is by the way that it treats its children.
Nelson Mandela

Issue No. 90 –  10th June 2010

Welcome to Kidz Newz especially to all new subscribers. Kidz Newz is a regular newsletter with information and teaching tips for anyone involved with young children. You are receiving this because you have attended one of my workshops, purchased a book, or you have requested to be on the mailing list. Thank you. Please forward this to anyone you feel it may be of interest to. Feedback is welcome.

Employment Opportunity

Looking for a part-time teaching opportunity? Love working with children? Love teaching music and movement? I am looking for people to train as Kidz-Fiz-Biz operators. Good returns and lots of fun. If this is something of interest to you now or in the future, please contact me at or phone 0410 642 781.

New Product Available – Scarves!

So many people have asked me for scarves over the years that I decided to source my own to sell.  This task has been easier said than done and has taken me literally years, because anything of good quality has been prohibitively expensive.  Finally, I am happy to say, I have found a source that provides not only excellent quality, durable scarves in fantastic, appealing colours, patterns and prints that will appeal to children, they are also affordable for any school or nursery centre.  Made of 100% polyester with the feel of Chinese silk, they are easily laundered and feel a million dollars.  Your children will love working with them.

Most scarves available commercially for use with children are made of a chiffon-like fabric which is flimsy and usually too small to allow for much versatility.  They are OK if all you want to do is move around gently with them or throw and catch, but in my more vigorous and stimulating Kidz-Fiz-Biz sessions, I am advocating loads of different ideas incorporating learning across the curriculum including mathematical concepts and language, a host of physical skills as well as musical outcomes and most especially, social and emotional outcomes utilising the children’s imaginations.

Scarves are an indispensable item in the early childhood classroom.  I cannot recommend them highly enough.  There are lots of scarf activities in the Kidz-Fiz-Biz (yellow) book as well as appropriate accompanying music.  If you don’t have the book and would like some ideas in the meantime, go to the newsletter section of the website and check out Issue No. 4 or take a look at our recent blog post.  While on the website, do yourself a favour and purchase the Kidz-Fiz-Biz book.

If you go onto the products section of the website you will see that I am offering a pack of 20 scarves (size 60x60cm) including a 1 metre scarf for the teacher all packaged neatly in a brightly coloured and embroidered draw-string bag for only $195.00.  As valued subscribers to my newsletter, you get to purchase them at a substantial discount – only $175.00 and free postage and packaging, saving you $30.00 within Australia and more if outside Australia.  But there’s a catch!  This offer is only available to the first five applicants, so get your order number ready, persuade your parent committee or principal or do whatever you have to do because this is an introductory special only.  The special is not available via the website, so you need to email me at or phone or SMS me on my mobile 0410 642 781 (outside Australia +61 410 642 781).  I can send an invoice with the scarves.  Terms are 30 days.

I promise you they are irresistible! (Packs of 30 also available at a discount – please email me for prices.)

Quote of the Week

A child reminds us that playtime is an essential part of our daily routine. ~ Jo from Forever Mum (

Imagination is more important than knowledge. ~ Albert Einstein 


When Insults Had Class

These glorious insults are from an era when cleverness with words was still valued…..

“Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I’ll wast no time reading it.” ~ Moses Hadas

“He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

“I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.” ~ Mark Twain

“He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.” ~ Oscar Wilde

“I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend….if you have one.” ~ George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill

“Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second…..if there is one.” ~ Winston Churchill, in response

“I feel so miserable without you; it’s almost like having you here.” ~ Stephen Bishop

“He is a self-made man and worships his creator.” ~ John Bright

“I’ve just learned about his illness.  Let’s hope it’s nothing trivial.” ~ Irvin S. Cobb


“Wonderfully inspiring and refreshing.  I learnt to look at things like scarves as learning tools and that all areas of learning can be integrated to the Arts.” ~ Yvette Haeren, EC Educ. Student, Curtin University

“I loved everything, especially the scarves and multicultural dances.  It was all great – especially for Kindy.  It was good to keep moving along all the time.” ~ Megan McClorey, Child Study Centre, Nedlands Primary School Kindergarten, Perth

About The Author

Marlene Rattigan B.A., Dip. Ed. (ECS), CELTA

Marlene Rattigan is an Early Childhood teacher, a teacher of English as a Second Language, and from 1987-2000 was a nationally accredited fitness leader. Her background is in music education. A keen interest in motor development in children led to the creation of Kidz-Fiz-Biz which she taught successfully for 13 years. Marlene also conducts workshops for children, teachers and parents at schools, in the community and at festivals. She has produced teaching manuals complete with audio CDs which are an extension of her ‘Kidz-Fiz-Biz’ program.

PO Box 6894, East Perth WA 6892, Australia
T: +61 8 9325 1204 M: +61 (0) 410 64 2781 E:

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Marlene Rattigan, Editor
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