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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.
 
   
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.
Make your own kids paint brushes

Make your own kids paint brushes

Who said kids 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.
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.
Rainbow spaghetti sensory play activity

Rainbow spaghetti sensory play activity

This rainbow spaghetti sensory play activity is lots of fun and very cheap and easy to make at home. Playing with rainbow spaghetti is a great sensory experience for toddlers and preschoolers. They’ll enjoy exploring the colour and slimy texture of the coloured spaghetti as it slips through their fingers.
Edible mud sensory play activity

Edible mud sensory play activity

Your kids will love this edible mud sensory play activity. Edible mud is easy to make at home using items from your pantry and safe for your kids to put into their mouth. It’s a really fun messy play activity which comes with lots of sensory benefits too.
Make your own bubble mixture

Make your own bubble mixture

Homemade bubbles are lots of fun! They are also very easy and cheap to make with this bubble mixture recipe. Blowing bubbles will get your toddler or preschooler outside, popping and chasing the bubbles as they run around.
Painting with water

Painting with water

Toddlers and preschoolers love painting with water! A fun and simple outdoor water play activity that’s quick, easy and cheap to set up at home. It provides hours of imaginative play and helps your toddler or preschooler to build their creativity.
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.
Tulip fork painting

Tulip fork painting

Have a go at this fun spring art activity. Toddlers and preschoolers will love creating their own colourful garden of tulips using forks and some shop-bought or homemade paints.
Make your own bath paints

Make your own bath paints

This homemade bath paints recipe will turn your kids 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.
Outdoor learning fun for under 2s

Outdoor learning fun for under 2s

Have a go at some of these fun outdoor activities with your baby or toddler to help encourage learning through play.
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.
Make an arty lamp shade for your kids room

Make an arty lamp shade for your kids room

Does your kids room need a new lamp shade for the main light or their bedside table? Why not have a go at making your own! It's easy to turn your kids artwork into a unique, personalised lamp shade they’ll love having in their bedroom. Or if your little one is too young for drawing, why not create the artwork yourself instead.
Exploding paint bags

Exploding paint bags

Your toddler or preschooler will love making their own exploding paint bags! A fun science and outdoor messy play activity that’s easy to do at home. All you need to do is make your own chalk paints and then watch as the paint bags explode with a ‘pop’!
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.
Benefits of swimming in winter for young kids

Benefits of swimming in winter for young kids

Parents often withdraw their kids from swimming classes in winter 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 kids still caught all the colds that went around. Check out these tips and keep your kids swimming throughout winter.
6 Autumn foraging activities for toddlers & preschoolers

6 Autumn foraging activities for toddlers & preschoolers

Autumn foraging activities are lots of fun for toddlers and preschoolers. They provide a great opportunity for them to get outside in the garden or local park, foraging for autumn leaves and twigs that have fallen to the ground. Autumn foraging activities also help to teach young children about the wonders of the seasons and to incorporate natural foliage into their arts and crafts and play.
Make your own gloop

Make your own gloop

Have a go at making your own gloop at home with this easy recipe and ingredients from your pantry. Gloop is an interesting mixture with a unique texture that toddlers and preschoolers will love to explore and play with. It’s great for moulding and developing their fine motor skills too.
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 bread paints

Make your own bread paints

Make your own bread paints and brighten up breakfast, lunch or snack time for your toddler or preschooler, by painting their bread in different colours and designs. Making bread paints is cheap and easy for even young kids to do too. Even fussy eaters won't be able to resist!
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.
Make your own sensory board

Make your own sensory board

A sensory board or busy board is a fun, hands-on activity for babies and toddlers to help them touch, explore and learn about different objects all in one place. They have lots of developmental benefits too and are really easy to make at home with things you have to hand.
Coloured pasta for kids arts & crafts

Coloured pasta for kids arts & crafts

There are lots of fun kids arts and crafts 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.

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