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1. Activities

  • Check out our fun ideas on Things To Make and Things To Do with young children. Read our latest Hot Topics on kids Sports, plus some great suggestions for your kids next Birthday Parties. Read more ...

 

2. Babies & Kids Gear

  • Young children seem to need a lot of stuff! Our Babies & Kids Gear Hot Topics section covers everything from car seat safety to the benefits of cloth nappies, baby wearing, buying highchairs and everything in between! Read more ...

 

3. Child Development

  • Take a look at our wide range of articles relating to child development from learning and play, to social and emotional development and communication skills. Read more ...

 

4. Fashion

  • Our Fashion Hot Topics articles look at everything from kids clothes size charts to finding the right kids shoes, measuring kids feet, the benefits of merino wool, pyjama safety and lots more. Read more ...

 

5. Food & Feeding Time

  • We’ve got fussy eaters covered in our Food & Feeding Time section, plus tips on starting solids, basic cooking skills for pre-schoolers, family meal times, easy recipes and kid-some friendly cafes. Read more ...

 

6. General

  • We have all sorts of things covered in our General Hot Topics section. From flying with young children to lists of the top baby names, starting school and driveway dangers, the list goes on. Read more ...

 

 7. Health & Wellbeing

  • The health and wellbeing of our children is paramount. Our Hot Topics articles in this section explore a wide range of topics from sleep and toilet training to ADHD, colic, teething and the general health and wellbeing of babies and young children. Read more ...

 

8. Parents

  • It's not all about the kids! We have useful articles that can help parents too. Read more ...

 

9. Services For Kids

  • This section includes Hot Topics articles on services relevant to babies, toddlers and pre-school children under 5 years old. From nannies to daycares, tips from family photographers and other helpful hints. Read more ...

 

10. Toys Books Play

  • We have lots of play activities to share in this section, along with ideas on how to make your own toys, learning to read and other useful articles on children's toys, books and play ideas. Read more ...
    
Pre-school bucket list

Pre-school bucket list

Check out these 25 things to do before your kids are 5 years old. As adults we often think about what would be on our ‘bucket list’ or list of things to do before we grow too old, but what about a bucket list for your pre-schoolers? In our modern world children often miss out on learning opportunities that their parents or grandparents benefitted from. Check out some of these ideas for your little one’s bucket list.
Make your own foam paints

Make your own foam paints

Try this recipe for puffy foam paint. It’s the perfect messy play activity. Great for baths and shower times and playing with on highchair trays. Kids will love it!
Fun indoor activities for under two’s

Fun indoor activities for under two’s

Here are some fun indoor activities that you can do with your under two’s to encourage learning through play. As a parent or in home childcare provider, let your inhibitions go, be silly, forget the mess and join in with play wholeheartedly!
Make your own snow dough

Make your own snow dough

Playing with snow dough is great fun for kids all year round, not just in winter. All you need are just two basic ingredients! Check out this super easy snow recipe.
Rainy day fun

Rainy day fun

Being stuck inside with young children on cold wet days is hard on both children and parents. There are many fun educational things that you can do that use everyday materials you have around the house at very little cost.
Make your own foam dough

Make your own foam dough

Foam dough is easy to make and lots of fun for the kids. All you need are just 3 ingredients! Check out this easy recipe.
Make your own play dough

Make your own play dough

Play dough is so easy to make and hours of fun for kids of all ages. It's the perfect sensory play activity they can do indoors and outside. Just follow this easy recipe.
Boredom Busters!

Boredom Busters!

Your kids have all the toys in the world, but still they cry, “But I’m bored ....”. Be fully armed for next time they think they have nothing else to do!
How to make your own snow paint

How to make your own snow paint

Such a fun thing to do during winter and so easy to make. No need to go outside! Stay warm indoors and help your little ones make their own snow creations.
Benefits of trampolining for kids

Benefits of trampolining for kids

Kids love trampolines! Not only are they fun, but when used regularly, studies have shown that jumping on trampolines offers many physical and educational benefits for kids too. Jumping on a trampoline is a fantastic activity for kids. Check out some of the benefits trampolines can offer.
5 fun birthday ideas for toddlers & pre-schoolers

5 fun birthday ideas for toddlers & pre-schoolers

Check out these fun and inexpensive birthday party ideas to help make your toddler's or pre-schooler’s birthday a very special and memorable one.
Flying with small children

Flying with small children

Flying is such an exciting adventure when you’re little, but for parents travelling with small children it isn’t always easy. We take a look at ways to survive your journey and things you need to do before you leave, at the airport and on the plane.
15 fun activities for kids to do in winter

15 fun activities for kids to do in winter

Just because it’s cold and wet outside, doesn’t mean kids can’t have fun during winter. Here are 15 activities that will keep them entertained during the colder months.
Make your own sparkly finger paints

Make your own sparkly finger paints

Kids love painting with their fingers, but don't let the mess scare you! Sparkly finger paints are a great sensory play activity which will capture their attention longer than any other painting project! Check out this super easy recipe and make some sparkly finger paints at home.
Party planning checklist

Party planning checklist

Need some help when it comes to planning kids birthday parties? Make your child’s next birthday party as stress-free as possible with our easy step-by-step Party Planning Checklist.
Hunting and foraging

Hunting and foraging

Hunting and foraging is a great fun autumn activity. The kids will love being outside and collecting all sorts of treasures for their autumn tree. It also helps teach them about the seasonal changes and to enjoy the different types of nature that surrounds them.
Keeping kids entertained inside during winter

Keeping kids entertained inside during winter

Check out these ideas to help keep you and your little ones busy, stimulated and entertained inside over the winter months. Fun things you can do together when the weather turns cold and wet. The activities have been separated into approximate age groups, but some activities are great for all ages to try.
Make your own glitter glue

Make your own glitter glue

Check out this recipe for glitter glue! Easy to make and perfect for adding sparkle to kids crafts and pieces of art. Makes approx 6 cups of glitter glue.
Why it's good for pre-schoolers to set goals

Why it's good for pre-schoolers to set goals

Goal setting for pre-schoolers is not something we hear about often, but it’s never too early to start. It’s a great way to build their self-confidence and a valuable life-long skill. Goal-setting helps them to identify what is wanted, and that if they set their minds to something, they can achieve it. Setting goals with your children will direct their efforts and encourage them to achieve success.
Mermaid Party Ideas for toddlers & pre-schoolers

Mermaid Party Ideas for toddlers & pre-schoolers

Why not celebrate your little one's next birthday with a mermaid party! Check out these ideas on mermaid party food and decorations, costumes and games you can play. You can also use some of these ideas for an under the sea party, pirate party and beach party.
Make your own bread paints

Make your own bread paints

Check out this fun snack idea and make breakfast or lunchtime more fun for toddlers and pre-schoolers by painting their bread! It’s cheap and easy for even young kids to do.
Make your own autumn trees

Make your own autumn trees

As autumn arrives and leaves start to change colour and fall, it’s the perfect time to make your own autumn trees at home. This activity is really easy to set up and a fun seasonal way to play and decorate.
Make your own ball bath

Make your own ball bath

It may be cold and wet outside, but the kids can still have fun inside with this fun ball bath idea. No water required!
Celebrating kids half birthdays

Celebrating kids half birthdays

When you’re little, waiting a whole year til your next birthday seems like FOREVER! But now it seems half birthday celebrations are starting to pop up. Sometimes for practical reasons and sometimes just because. Find out more.

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