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Activities

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

Babies & Kids Gear

Young children seem to need a lot of stuff! Our Babies & Kids Gear Hot Topics cover everything from car seats to nappies, baby wearing, highchairs and everything in between! Read more ...

Child Development

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

 

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Fashion

Our Fashion Hot Topics 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 ...

Food & Feeding Time

We’ve got fussy eaters covered, plus tips on starting solids, basic cooking skills for pre-schoolers, family meal times and lots more. We've  also included a few easy recipes and kid-some friendly cafes. Read more ...

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. Read more ...

 

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Health & Wellbeing

The health and wellbeing of our children is paramount. Our Hot Topics in this section explore a wide range of topics from sleep and toilet training to ADHD, colic, teething and a whole lot more! Read more ...

Services

This section includes Hot Topics on services relevant to babies and kids under 5 years old and their parents. From nannies to daycares, tips from photographers and other helpful hints. Read more ...

Toys Books Play

Find out more about the importance of play activities, how to make your own toys, learning the alphabet, the importance of books and reading and lots more useful Hot Topics. Read more ...

Make your own foam paint

Make your own foam paint

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!
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.
Sparkly finger paints

Sparkly finger paints

Kids love painting with their fingers, but don't let the mess scare you! It’s 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.
Make your own snow dough

Make your own snow dough

Playing with snow dough is a great fun all year round, not just winter. All you need are just two ingredients! Check out this super easy recipe.
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.
Setting goals for pre-schoolers

Setting goals for pre-schoolers

Goal setting is something we often do as adults, but it’s never too early to start setting goals with your little ones too. 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.
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 fairy play dough

Make your own fairy play dough

This fairy play dough recipe is great for fine motor development, imaginative play and hours of fun. It’s easy to make and uses just 3 ingredients. Plus if your little one is not in to fairies or pink, why not make it Frozen blue, Incredible Hulk green, Spiderman Red or even Minions yellow!
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: cornflour, shaving foam and food colouring. Check out the simple recipe.
Make your own bread paint

Make your own bread paint

Make breakfast and lunchtime more fun for the kids by painting their bread! It’s cheap and easy to do too.
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!
Treasure Hunts

Treasure Hunts

Treasure hunts are fun for kids of all ages and the perfect birthday party game or when they have friends over. Looking for hidden treasure will get them thinking and it’s something that can be played indoors or outside. Check out our different treasure hunt ideas and keep the kids entertained.
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 play dough

Make your own play dough

Hours of fun for all ages! Play dough is so easy to make. Just follow this easy recipe. It will keep them amused for hours!
Fun indoor activities for under two’s

Fun indoor activities for under two’s

Having fun can bring joy to your child’s day, and to yours too. As a parent or in home childcare provider, let your inhibitions go, be silly, forget the mess and join in with play wholeheartedly! Here are some fun indoor activities that you can do with your under two’s to encourage learning through play.
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.
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!
Making story time fun!

Making story time fun!

Check out these easy ideas to make story time fun with your kids! The first thing you need to remember is that preschool children have an attention span of around 10 - 12 minutes! Once it is exhausted, learning is no longer fun! So mix it up. Use some of our ideas for each book you read. Don’t use more than a handful of ideas at any one time as it’s likely to destroy the joy of the book by dissecting it too much.
Party Bag Ideas

Party Bag Ideas

Deciding what to include in your child’s birthday party bags can sometimes be a challenge. So Build A Birthday has come up with some ideas to help you out. Party bags are a great way for your little one to say thank you for coming to their party and the guests will love receiving little treats too.
Ideas for playing with young babies

Ideas for playing with young babies

When babies are young it’s often hard to know what will keep them entertained. However, just simple games, where you spend time together and interact will keep them amused for hours!
Make your own coloured ice cubes

Make your own coloured ice cubes

Kids will have lots of fun in the bath with these coloured ice cubes or playing with them outside on a sunny day. Have a go at this super easy recipe.
Grow your own Egg Cress Heads

Grow your own Egg Cress Heads

Encourage the kids to grow their own vegetables. These simple Egg Cress Heads are a great place to start as they’re easy to make and take nearly no time at all to grow.
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.
Make your own glue sponge

Make your own glue sponge

Make your own glue sponge for the kids to use. So easy to make and no more sticky glue everywhere! Just cut a sponge to fit into a container, pour glue on to the sponge and then the kids just press their little cut up pieces of paper onto it.

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