Thoughts from category: kids

the smoothie's new clothes

Recently, we realised we hadn't updated our kids smoothie packaging in a long time. so, we decided to give it a bit of a makeover. Basically, we made it all colourful and put some really big fruit on it. Fancy.


While the new look has been a hit with most little ones, a lady called Jo got in touch to say that her autistic son, Zac, was struggling to adjust to the change. This was a big problem as our drinks had been the main source of fruit & veg in his diet. 

We wanted to help Jo and Zac, so we put our heads together and created a little pop-up book to explain things to him in an interactive way (which you can see in the photo above) . Jo got back to us to say that Zac loved the book, and was happily drinking our smoothies again. Absolute music to our ears.

We've since heard from a few parents of autistic children that their little ones are also finding it hard to adjust to the drinks' new look. If you think the book is something that could help them understand things a bit better, you can print out a copy from this pdf which also includes a few instruction on how to put it together.

We hope that helps but if you do have any more problems please drop us a message at or call our bananaphone on 020 7993 3311

the innocent sow & grow - week three growing update

Right now, in schools across the country, over 100,000 kids are taking part in the innocent sow & grow. Recently we checked in on a few of the schools as they got their growing going. Now that we’re a few weeks in, let’s see how they’re doing.

Some very impressive efforts from LFA Moorhead here. We can only assume they have two other pots growing, waiting to be added to the structure, to create some sort of plant pot pyramid. Maybe they’ll put it on waterskis and charge people to come and see it. Maybe not. Probably not.


Goodleigh Church of England have got some excellent looking beans on the way. Just look at those leaves. You can almost sense how soft they are. Like a velvet cloud after a long soak in the bath.

And again from Goodleigh Church of England. This is the sort of cress which would make tall people jealous. “Why aren’t I as tall, proportionally speaking, as this cress?” they would probably ask. Nobody knows the answer, tall people. You’ll just have to live with it.

Great stuff all round, we think. There are still ways to get involved with the innocent sow & grow. Head to our website for growing guides, activities and more updates from all the schools taking part.

How to make a piggy bank from an innocent juice bottle

Last week, our socks were well and truly knocked off by the brilliant piggy bank Emilie, 10, made out of one of our juice bottles.


So simple yet so effective. To be honest, we wish we’d thought of it first. Anyway, just in case you fancy having a go at making one yourself we’ve put together a little how-to below:

How to make a piggy bank from an innocent juice bottle

You will need:

A 900ml bottle of innocent juice

An A3 piece of pink foam

A bit of white foam

A waterproof black marker

Some tape (preferably double-sided)

A pair of scissors or a knife

Step one: drink your juice. Not a bad start, if we do say so ourselves.

Step two: rinse out the empty bottle.

Step three: cut a large strip of pink foam which will fit all the way around the empty bottle. Fix the foam with a bit of tape.

Step four: to make the pig’s curly tail, cut a strip of pink foam 15 cm long and 0.5 cm wide. Wind it around a pen or pencil to curl it and fix it in place with tape. Don’t remove it from the pen just yet.

Step five: draw round the cap of the bottle onto a piece of pink foam and cut it out to form the pig's nose. Draw on the nostrils with the marker and tape it on to the front of the bottle cap (make sure you screw the cap on the carafe tightly beforehand otherwise your pig will have slanted nostrils).

Step six: for the legs, cut four rectangles of pink foam, roll them up and tape them on to the bottom of the bottle.

Step seven: for the ears, cut two triangles out of pink foam and stick them on to the neck of your bottle.

Step eight: for the eyes, cut two ovals of white foam rubber. Draw the pupils on with the marker and stick them on to the neck of the bottle, just under the ears.

Step nine: Take the pig’s tail that you made on your pen earlier and glue it to the back of the pig.

Step ten: This is the last and, if we’re honest, most difficult step – making the coin slot of your piggy bank. Take your scissors or a knife (grown ups – make sure you give the little one’s a hand with this). Hold the bottle and the knife firmly so there’s no chance of your pig slipping. Then, carefully cut a straight slot along the pig’s back making sure it goes through both the foam and the plastic of the bottle.


Finished. Now all you need is a bit of pocket money to fill his belly and you'll be sorted.

spiders in veg pots

We’re not going to lie – opening an email with the subject line ‘spider in a veg pot’ gave us a slight heart-stopping moment of dread, but we soon recovered when we realised that it was all in the name of science. 

You see, nature enthusiasts Dylan and Kieran have been using our empty veg pots to make ‘insect observation pods’ so they can observe and draw creepy crawlies before setting them free. 


We thought their idea was so brilliant we decided to award them with very special and exclusive 'Certificates of Recycling':


You’re recycling heroes, boys (and we'll look at a spider a little more closely next time we spot one, thanks to you).

If we're honest we still don't see it.

This week we received this picture from a youngster called Monty. 


We admired what was clearly a brilliant depiction of the blending of strawberries in an innocent smoothie: such creative use of different reds, such movement, such a prodigious talent to bring squashed fruit to life in such an original... Oh. Hang about. On turning it over, we noticed a note on the back, saying that this was actually Monty's painting of a red combine harvester. Yes, we can see it now. Monty, we love it. Thank you.