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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 ...
    
8 Benefits of trampolining for kids

8 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, health and educational benefits for kids too. Check out some of the benefits trampolines can offer.
5 Great tips for road tripping with toddlers

5 Great tips for road tripping with toddlers

Taking your toddlers on a New Zealand road trip is a great opportunity to enjoy new sights and explore new places with your family. Travelling with toddlers provides a perfect opportunity to strengthen family bonds and do all the crazy things you want to do! Follow these travel tips for a fantastic family adventure.
Coloured pasta for kids arts & crafts

Coloured pasta for kids arts & crafts

There are lots of fun activities you can do with coloured pasta and it’s easy to make at home. You can sort it, thread it, mix it, use it for simple maths, add it to a sensory box and so much more. Non-brand dried pasta is also very cheap to buy and comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes.
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.
Tips on getting the infant bassinet when you fly

Tips on getting the infant bassinet when you fly

Flying overseas with a baby or toddler under 2 years old? Infant bassinets offer the perfect solution! Although infant bassinets are not necessarily guaranteed on each flight, it's something worth investigating before you leave to help make your flight a little more bearable.
Party planning checklist

Party planning checklist

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

Preschool bucket list

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 preschoolers? Here are some fun ideas for your little one’s bucket list; things for them to do before they reach 5 years old.
Make your own colourful clay

Make your own colourful clay

Kids love playing with clay and making their own creations. Follow these easy instructions and make your own clay at home. From pots and animals, to Christmas tree decorations, letters, numbers, fossils, ornaments and more.
Make your own glitter glue

Make your own glitter glue

Have a go at 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.
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.
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.
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.
Create your own Ice Age

Create your own Ice Age

Water play with a difference! Perfect for kids on a hot summer’s day. Create your own ice world and watch as it starts to melt and change as the ice warms up. All you need is some ice, a tray or dish and some fun Antarctic creatures.
Swimming in winter

Swimming in winter

Parents often withdraw their children from classes as a ‘precautionary measure’ each year as the temperature drops. When they return to swimming later in the year, not only have they missed out on the many benefits of swimming, they find that their child still caught all the colds that went around. Check out these tips and keep your kids swimming throughout winter.
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.
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.
Flying with young children

Flying with young 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 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 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.
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 ....”. Here are some great ideas which will have you fully armed for next time they think they have nothing else to do!
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.

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