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Win Earth Day with Rechargeable Batteries

by rayovac20, April 2017

Small changes make a world of difference.

 

So if your family has a slight addiction to disposable batteries for powering your devices, switching to rechargeable batteries is an easy step that can help your wallet and the planet.

Earth Day is April 22nd, so now is the perfect time to give rechargeables a try. Making the switch is a great way to show your kids the importance of conservation. They’ll see the difference it makes when they recharge and reuse batteries rather than throwing them out all the time.

Rayovac® makes rechargeable batteries in all common sizes that can be used and recharged hundreds of times. They keep batteries out of landfills and give you reliable power for everyone’s devices. No more frantically searching for fresh batteries—just recharge and go!

Check out the resources below to see why Rayovac® rechargeables are a smart investment for you, your family, and the Earth:

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Indoor Flashlight Fun

by rayovac28, March 2017

 

Cold weather and an early sunset can make the kids (and you) a little stir crazy. So bring a little light into your lives with these kid-approved flashlight games!

Flashlight Constellations

Cloudy skies can’t keep you from stargazing! This easy activity educates and excites. Just make small holes in a sheet of paper, tape it to the end of a flashlight, and shine it at a dark wall to create entire galaxies. Click to download our large or small constellation printout. Plus, kids can show off their creativity by designing their own star patterns!

Shadow Puppets

This old standby is simple fun for everyone. Hand shadows are perfect for the first round, then you can expand the possibilities by cutting out shapes and attaching them to the end of the flashlight. (Bat-Signal, anyone?) To put on a show, hang a sheet from the ceiling and backlight it with a flashlight so kids can act out scenes using their stuffed animals and toys. Have kids pick their favorite color flashlight from the Brite Essentials Collection, and let playtime begin!  

Hot Potato Flashlight

Sit in a circle, turn out the lights, and start up the music! This is a fun take on the classic “Hot Potato” game. Just pass around the shining flashlight until the music stops, and whoever is holding the light is out of that round until one winner remains! The Brite Essentials Mini Flashlight is great for this. It’s the perfect size for kids to safely hang onto as they pass it around and try to win this simple, fun-filled game!

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3 Fun and Creative Engineering Projects for Kids

by rayovac10, February 2017

Getting your kiddos excited about science and exploration shouldn’t stop at the classroom.  Finding new ways to show your family the world around them is fun, and you all get to learn a lot about how things work in the process. It’s a win-win, really. As for discovering how the world works, what’s better than engineering projects that stretch your kids’ minds creativity and problem-solving skills? That’s right, not a whole lot. Here are three of our favorite easy engineering projects for kids.

Egg Drop Challenge

The egg drop challenge is a grade school classic. If you haven’t heard of it, the premise is simple. Participants (kids and adults) have to create a container that will protect an egg from a fall. That’s it! By switching up the materials, adding time limits, and changing the fall distance, you can customize the activity for different age groups.

Suggested Materials

  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Newspaper
  • Cardboard
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Tape
  • Rubberbands
  • Drinking straws
  • String
  • Balloons

Instructions

  1. Distribute the materials to the participants. The materials and quantities can differ depending on what you have available. Just make sure that all participants have equal access to materials.
  2. Set a time limit. This step is optional, but it makes the project more competitive.
  3. When the time limit is up, have the participants take turns dropping their eggs from a predetermined height.
  4. After you drop the egg, check and see if it’s still intact. If the egg is cracked, the participant is eliminated. If participants are all successful, you can also challenge them to make numerous functional containers within a particular time period.

Foil Boat Float

The foil boat float is the easiest challenge to prepare. You only need two household items, and the goal is simple: participants have to create a boat out of aluminum foil. In order to win, the boat cannot tip over or take on water.

Materials

  • Aluminum foil (1 sheet per child)
  • Plastic drinking straws (4 per child)

Instructions

  1. Distribute the materials to the participants.
  2. Let the participants know that the boat must be no larger than 6 x 6 x 6. If your kids are young, consider providing them with rulers.
  3. When the boats are ready, set them on the water. The boats should be able to float without tipping over or taking on water.
  4. If there are multiple boats that meet these criteria, begin adding one penny to each boat. The boat that can hold the most pennies without sinking is the winner.

Solar Oven

This project is less competitive than the first two, but it can be completed with common household items. It also takes a long time. In a nutshell, participants have to create a working oven out of common household items. This project is easy and works best during the summer months.

Materials

  • Aluminum foil
  • Black construction paper
  • Used pizza box
  • Newspaper
  • Tape
  • Plastic wrap
  • Food for baking
  • Thermometers (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place a few a sheets of newspaper in the bottom of a pizza box. This will help to insulate your solar oven and protect your food from old pizza grease.
  2. Cover the newspaper with black construction paper. The color black absorbs all forms of visible light, so it’s great for keeping in heat.
  3. Cut a flap out of the top of the pizza box. The incisions should be two inches from the sides and front. After making three cuts, fold this flap backward and cover the inside with aluminum foil. The foil should reflect sunlight into the solar oven.
  4. After folding back the flap, tape plastic wrap across the opening. This step prevents airborne particles from falling into your food.
  5. Place your food into the solar oven. If you’re working with children, smores are the perfect confection.
  6. Tape the flap open in a way that reflects sunlight onto your food.
  7. Put your food into the pizza box and close it. Check on your food every 15 minutes. You’ll also want to make sure that your oven stays out of the shade.
  8. If you want to make this activity more competitive, you can measure the temperature and cooking times of various solar ovens.

 

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Tips for Winter Hearing Aid Care

by rayovac2, February 2017

Winter hearing aid care

Since the groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter, we’re here to help you get through it. If you’re a new hearing aid user, then there are a few things you should know before you head outside. Winter weather brings significant fluctuations in temperature. When moving from warm to cold temperatures, airborne moisture condenses into water droplets. When these droplets accumulate, they can damage hearing aids and batteries. If you want to build a snowman this winter, just follow these two rules.

 Avoid Moisture Like the Plague

During the winter, moisture poses the biggest threat to your hearing aid. The first and most obvious form of moisture comes from the sky. If exposed to sleet, hail, and snow, your hearing aid can malfunction from water damage. The best thing you can do is cover your hearing aid with a hat or pair of earmuffs.

The second form of moisture is less obvious and harder to avoid. Extra layers combined with temperature fluctuations tend to result in extra sweat. If you’re wearing a hat or earmuffs, this perspiration can accumulate in your ear and damage your hearing aid. If heavily sweating is a chronic issue for you, then here are a couple of ideas:

 

  • Consider purchasing a hearing aid sweatband. These bands absorb moisture rather than trapping it. They are also perfect for behind-the-ear hearing aids.
  • Dry out your hearing aid regularly. When you get inside, remove your hearing aid and open the battery compartment. If you can see any moisture, wipe it out with a cotton swab.
  • You can also purchase a hearing aid dehumidifier. Place your hearing aid into the dehumidifier before you go to sleep, and let it do its work.

Protect Batteries from the Cold

When it comes to cold and batteries, there is a lot of conflicting information on the internet. Some sources claim that you should store batteries in the refrigerator, while others say that cold drains your batteries. The truth is your batteries should never be in the fridge.

 Cold slows the motion of electrons and prevents batteries from working. That chemistry can prevent batteries from working properly during the winter months. If you’ve run into trouble in the cold, here are a few tips that will your batteries working.

 

  • Take extra batteries with you in case of malfunction
  • Avoid storing batteries in your car. The rapid and frequent changes in temperature can cause moisture buildup and damage the battery.
  • Remove your hearing aid when participating in outdoor activities like skiing, sledding, or shoveling snow. This will protect it from unnecessary moisture and cold.

 Now you’re ready to go walking in a winter wonderland. Just remember these rules, and winter weather will feel like a walk in the park.

 

 

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Snowed In? Try These 5 Kid-Friendly Activities

by rayovac23, January 2017

Snowed in activities for kids

Snow days might seem fun at first – especially for kids – but after a bowl of cereal and about an hour of cartoons, the excitement quickly halts to a stop. One day is okay, but when the snowstorm rolls into day two the kids are crying that they’re bored and looking to you for solace. This situation can be pretty stressful when the snow day bombards you unexpectedly. But don’t fret. Luckily, we have a handful of activities to keep your kiddos occupied.

Build a Fort

  It may not be the most fun activity to clean up, but everyone loves a good fort. It keeps the kids engaged, and it confines them to one part of the house for the day, which in turn means they’re out of your hair. For extra fun, use darker blankets or sheets for the outer layer to make the inside pitch black. Bring flashlights inside and share spooky ghost stories. The kids can have their own campground in the comfort of the living room. Take that, snow day!

Hot Cocoa and Cookies

  Of course, there’s the option of simply mixing up some hot cocoa and sipping it while watching the snow fall outdoors. But if you and the kids are feeling creative – try creating hot cocoa sticks, or mason jars of homemade hot cocoa mixture! To make hot cocoa sticks, simply whip up this easy batter recipe, pour it into ice cube trays, and then place the stick or spoon into the mixture and let it freeze. Remember not to use a plastic spoon or stick, as it may melt after sitting in the hot cocoa. The mason jar activity is best if you have a homemade hot cocoa recipe that you want to whip up and save for a later date. If you don’t have a personal recipe, try this popular one. Mason jar hot cocoas are a sweet treat, too! Consider crafting a few batches, and then having the children gift them to teachers, friends or family the next day.

Shadow Puppet Show

  Not everyone has puppets at their disposal, but most of us have a flashlight lying around somewhere. Check out this awesome hand shadow puppet tutorial and choose a few characters to master. The kids will have a ball coming up with their own play and performing it for you. Don’t forget the popcorn!   

Clay Hands

  Have you ever seen those movies where the cement is wet, and the kids place their hands in it to leave a permanent print? Well, you can do that inside the home, too. All you really need is baking soda, cornstarch and water. Create a clay mixture, and then have the kids stamp their handprint or footprint. Finally, bake it in the oven so it will last forever. Check out the easy tutorial here.

Mug Cakes

You would think everyone loves cake, because cake is cake, right? It’s delicious! Well, those with kids know it’s not always so simple. Sometimes one kid has allergies, or one kid hates sprinkles while the other demands sprinkles. Mug cakes are a godsend when this occurs. Kids can choose their own flavor cake, and parents don’t have to worry about having a bunch of leftovers that will inevitably end up in the trash. Mug cakes are a great way for everyone to enjoy a personalized, tasty treat. Check out these delicious recipes.  

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Hearing Loss Facts and Tips for the Holidays

by rayovac23, December 2016

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Holiday gatherings can be loud and large, but you can make sure you're part of the conversation by wearing your hearing aids and avoiding background noise when possible. What are your favorite hearing loss tips? Below are a few of ours.
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As @Living With Hearing Loss says, It can be tempting to just nod along and pretend that you hear what others are saying or laugh just because others are laughing. But it can be dangerous, particularly if someone is asking you a question. Be brave and be honest with others if you are having trouble hearing. It will make your interactions more memorable on both sides.
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Don't hesitate to ask someone to join you in a quieter spot or give visual clues to indicate if you are having trouble hearing.
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This holiday season, we hope you can enjoy quality time with family by coming together to make your gathering hearing loss-friendly. Let us know your favorite advice in the comments!

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