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Hot Topics articles for parents with babies, toddlers & preschoolers

 

1. Hot Topics articles on Kids Activities, Kids Sports & Family Activities


Check out our fun ideas on Things To Make and Things To Do with babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Plus we have some great articles on Kids Sports and Family Activities. 

Read our articles on Kids Activities, Kids Sports and Kids Travel section.

 


2. Hot Topics articles on Kids Birthday Parties


Read our useful tips on how to plan your kids next party, how to save money, party entertainment and more for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Read our articles on kids Birthday Parties.
 

3. Hot Topics articles on Babies & Kids Gear


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

Read our articles on Babies & Kids Gear.
 

4. Hot Topics articles on 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 our articles on Child Development.
 

5. Hot Topics articles on Kids Clothes & Shoes


Our Clothing 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 our articles on Kids Clothes & Shoes.
 

6. Hot Topics articles on Kids Food & Feeding Time


We’ve got fussy eaters covered in our Food & Feeding Time section, plus tips on starting solids, basic cooking skills for preschool kids, family meal times, easy recipes and some kid-friendly cafes and restaurants for you to visit.

Read our articles on Kids Food & Feeding Time.
 

7. General Hot Topics articles for Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers


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, family holidays, kids rooms, driveway dangers and lots more.

Read our articles on a wide range of General Issues.
 

 8. Hot Topics articles on Kids Health & Wellbeing


The health and wellbeing of our children is paramount. Our Hot Topics articles in this section explore sleep and toilet training, common illnesses, ADHD, colic, teething and the general health and wellbeing of babies and young children. 

Read our articles on Kids Health & Wellbeing.
 

9. Hot Topics articles for Parents


It's not all about the kids! We have useful articles that will help parents during these early years too.

Read our articles for Parents.
 

10. Hot Topics articles on Services For Kids


This section includes Hot Topics articles on services relevant to babies, toddlers and preschool kids under 5 years old. From nannies to daycares, tips from family photographers and other helpful hints.

Read our articles on Services For Kids.
 

11. Hot Topics articles on Kids 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 our articles on Kids Toys Books & Play.
 
   
15 Fun winter activities

15 Fun winter activities

Just because it’s cold and wet outside, doesn’t mean kids can’t have fun during winter. Here are 15 fun winter activities that will keep your toddler and preschooler entertained during the colder months.
Make your own shaving cream rain clouds

Make your own shaving cream rain clouds

This shaving cream rain clouds experiment is fun to watch and a great way to explain to preschoolers how clouds work and teach them about the weather. It’s a really easy science experiment you can try at home.
Make your own snow play dough

Make your own snow play dough

Playing with snow play dough is great fun for toddlers and preschoolers all year round, not just in winter. All you need for this recipe is just 2 basic ingredients! Have a go at this super easy snow play dough recipe.
Make your own colourful clay

Make your own colourful clay

Have fun making your own colourful clay with this easy recipe. 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 recycled robots

Make your own recycled robots

With perhaps a little help from you, kids will have lots of fun making their own recycled robots with items you're recycling or already have around the house. Making recycled robots teaches kids about recycling every day items and giving them another purpose, instead of just throwing them away. It is also a great activity for using their imagination, concentration and problem solving skills.
Indoor activities for toddlers

Indoor activities for toddlers

Here are some fun indoor activities for toddlers that you can do to encourage learning through play. As a parent or caregiver, let your inhibitions go, be silly, forget the mess and play with your toddler.
How to make snow paint

How to make snow paint

Make your own snow paint at home with the kids. Such a fun winter activity for toddlers and preschoolers that you can do inside when it's wet and cold. An easy paint recipe you can adapt for all sorts of snow and winter creations.
Make your own foam paints

Make your own foam paints

Try this recipe for fluffy foam paints. It’s the perfect messy play activity. Great for outside, in the bath and playing with on highchair trays. Your kids will love it!
Keeping kids entertained inside during winter

Keeping kids entertained inside during winter

Check out these kids winter activity ideas and keep your baby, toddler or preschooler entertained and busy inside when the weather turns cold and wet. Fun things you can do together during those dreary winter months. The activities have been separated into approximate age groups, but some activities are great for all ages to try.
Make your own zip sensory board

Make your own zip sensory board

Interactive zip sensory boards or busy boards are really easy to make and great for developing your toddler’s fine motor skills. Zip sensory boards are hands-on and engaging, and a great learning through play and sensory activity. All you need are some old zips of different colours and sizes, stiff card or an old cardboard box and glue.
Tapioca pearls sensory play activity

Tapioca pearls sensory play activity

This tapioca pearls sensory play activity is lots of fun and cheap and easy to do at home. The tapioca pearls are soft, squishy and sticky and kids will have a blast mixing them altogether then scooping them out into bowls, ice cube trays and containers.
25 Fun activities to keep your toddler busy

25 Fun activities to keep your toddler busy

Finding fun activities to keep your toddler busy isn’t always easy! Toddlers have a short attention span and are always on the go, so we have put together some tried and tested ideas. Things they will love to do and don’t need a lot of preparation or cleaning up afterwards.
Make your own sand foam

Make your own sand foam

Have a go at making your own sand foam! It’s very easy to do and uses just 2 ingredients! The sand foam has a smooth, slimy, grainy texture and is great for sensory play.
How to grow Cress Egg Heads

How to grow Cress Egg Heads

These simple Cress Egg Heads are fun for kids to grow! Cress Egg Heads are a great way to encourage kids to grow their own vegetables and start sprouting in no time which is perfect for impatient little ones.
Make your own bath paints

Make your own bath paints

This homemade kids bath paints recipe will turn their bath time into a colourful painting session. These kids paints are lots of fun to use and cheap and easy to make with everyday ingredients.
Magnetic puzzles for toddlers & preschoolers

Magnetic puzzles for toddlers & preschoolers

Have a go at making your own magnetic puzzles. Magnetic puzzles add a fun dimension to puzzling that toddlers and preschoolers can’t resist. Pieces stay in place and no more stepping over puzzles on the floor or searching for lost pieces.
Make your own painted rocks

Make your own painted rocks

Painted rocks are easy to make at home with kids of all ages. A fun way to transform plain rocks using bright colourful patterns, drawings and messages. Use your rocks as decoration or join the painted rocks craze, hiding your decorated rocks at random for others to find.
Make your own tin can drums

Make your own tin can drums

Your kids will love these homemade tin can drums! They can be made from recycled materials and things you already have at home. Why not make a few drums using various sized containers and listen to the different sounds they make. Or put some music on and get your kids to drum along to the rhythm and sing along to the songs.
How to make watercolour paints for kids

How to make watercolour paints for kids

Find out how to make your own non-toxic watercolour paints for your kids with this simple recipe using just 5 ingredients from your pantry. Quick and easy to do and safe for young kids to use.
Play ideas for young babies

Play ideas for young babies

It's often hard to know how to play with young babies and how to keep them entertained. However, spending time together and interact with them will keep them amused for hours. Have a go at these play ideas with your newborn or young baby this week.
Make your own fizzing paints

Make your own fizzing paints

Have a go at making your own fizzing paints using baking soda and vinegar. The exploding fizzy eruptions are great fun and bring your kids' paintings to life. It’s a messy play activity and science experiment all in one.
Kids homemade paint brushes

Kids homemade paint brushes

Who said kids homemade paint brushes had to be boring! There are so many things you can use to make your own kids paint brushes with things you already have at home, or from your local $2 shop or craft store. Homemade paint brushes using clothes pegs and other materials allow kids to experiment and the opportunity to discover different textures and fun designs.
8 Ways to make story time fun

8 Ways to make story time fun

Toddlers and preschoolers have an attention span of around 10 - 12 minutes, and once it’s exhausted, learning and listening are no longer fun for them. So when it comes to story time mix it up a bit. Use one or two of these ideas for each book you read and make story time as fun and as interactive as possible.
Sand and water sensory play activity

Sand and water sensory play activity

No time to go to the beach? This sand and water sensory play activity is easy to set up at home and provides hours of imaginative play for young kids. Whether it’s shaping the sand into castles or splashing in the water, it offers endless opportunities for fun and learning as your kids explore these different natural textures

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