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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 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 autumn leaf monsters

Make your own autumn leaf monsters

Autumn is a great time to wrap up warm and get outside with your little ones. Collect up some fallen autumn leaves, take them home and create your own autumn leaf monsters.
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 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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Easter Baskets

Easter Baskets

Why not make some fun Easter baskets for the kids this year. Two easy designs made from paper cups and craft supplies – an Easter rabbit and an Easter chick! Perfect for little Easter eggs.
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!
8 ways to make story time fun

8 ways to make story time fun

Toddlers and pre-schoolers have an attention span of around 10 - 12 minutes, and once it’s exhausted, learning and listening are no longer fun for them. So mix it up. Use one or two of our ideas for each book you read and make story time as fun and as interactive as possible for your little ones.

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