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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 ...
    
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.
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.
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!
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.
9 Benefits of playing with clay

9 Benefits of playing with clay

Clay is very versatile and there are so many ways children can play and experiment with it. Clay gives them the opportunity to be creative and learn about texture, shape and form whilst having lots of fun. Check out some of the other benefits.
Homemade bath paints

Homemade bath paints

For kids who love to have a bath! These bath paints will turn bath time into a colourful painting session. They’re lots of fun to use and cheap and easy to make with everyday ingredients.
How to make magic rainbow milk

How to make magic rainbow milk

Have a go at making your own Magic Rainbow Milk. Kids of all ages will love it! It’s cheap, quick and easy to set up and if you do it outside (highly recommended!), there’s not that much mess to clean up afterwards.
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.
Tapioca pearls sensory play activity

Tapioca pearls sensory play activity

This tapioca pearls sensory play activity from our friends at Mud Mates 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.
Make your own spice paints

Make your own spice paints

Find out how to make your own spice paints and arouse your kids senses as they take their paintings to a whole new level. Spice paints are easy to make using shop bought or homemade paints as the base. A fun sensory play activity and a good way to use up old herbs and spices from your pantry.
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.
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 doing a road trip with toddlers

5 Great tips for doing a road trip with toddlers

Taking your toddler and doing a road trip around New Zealand road is a great opportunity to enjoy new sights and explore new places as a family. Travelling with toddlers provides a perfect opportunity to strengthen family bonds as you are isolated in your own little world and can do all the crazy things you want to do!
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.
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.
Kids party planning checklist

Kids 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.
Make your own glitter glue

Make your own glitter glue

Have a go at this very easy recipe for glitter glue! Perfect for adding sparkle to all sorts of kids crafts, paintings and creations.
Make your own snow play dough

Make your own snow play dough

Playing with snow dough is great fun for kids all year round, not just in winter. All you need are just 2 basic ingredients! Check out this super easy snow recipe.
Make your own snow paint

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 kids 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 world

Create your own ice world

Create your own ice world and watch as it starts to melt and change as the ice warms up. A great water play activity for kids to enjoy over summer.
Swimming in winter

Swimming in winter

Parents often withdraw their children 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 child still caught all the colds that went around. Check out these tips and keep your kids swimming throughout winter.
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 activities that will keep them entertained during the colder months.

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