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Looking for fun things to do with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers?

Have a read of our Hot Topics articles on kids activities and our wide range of things to make and do to help keep them entertained.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 outside, baths and shower times and playing with on highchair trays. Kids will love it!
12 Fun indoor activities for under 2's

12 Fun indoor activities for under 2'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

Have a go at this super easy summer activity. Kids will have lots of fun playing outside with these coloured ice cubes on a sunny day. They're great for playing with at bath time and on highchair trays too!
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 party ideas for toddlers & pre-schoolers

5 fun birthday party 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 autumn tree decorations

Make your own autumn tree decorations

Hunting and foraging is a great fun autumn activity. The kids will love being outside and collecting all sorts of treasures. It also helps teach them about seasonal changes and to enjoy the different types of nature that surrounds them.
Why it's good for pre-schoolers to set goals

Why it's good for pre-schoolers to set goals

Goal setting for pre-schoolers is not something we hear about often, but it’s never too early to start. 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.
Mermaid party ideas for toddlers & preschool kids

Mermaid party ideas for toddlers & preschool kids

Why not celebrate your little one's special day with a mermaid birthday party! Check out these ideas on mermaid party food and decorations, costumes and games you can play. You can also use some of these ideas for an under the sea party, pirate party and beach party.
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.
Grow your own Egg Cress Heads

Grow your own Egg Cress Heads

Encourage the kids to grow their own vegetables. These simple Egg Cress Heads are a great place to start as they’re easy to make and take nearly no time at all to grow. They also make a great alternative to chocolate Easter eggs.
Make your own autumn trees

Make your own autumn trees

Have a go at making your own autumn trees with the kids. In autumn, leaves on the trees are at their most vibrant. They start to change colour and fall and are perfect for using in this easy activity.
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!
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.
5 Kids Party bag ideas

5 Kids Party bag ideas

Build a Birthday has come up with some great kids party bag ideas and what to put inside. Party bags are a great way for your little one to say thank you for coming to their party and the guests will love receiving little treats too.
Kids birthday party treasure hunts

Kids birthday party treasure hunts

Treasure hunts (or scavenger hunts) are lots of fun for kids of all ages! Perfect to play at birthday parties or when they have friends over for a play date. 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.
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.
5 Ideas for playing with young babies

5 Ideas for playing with young babies

When babies are young it’s often hard to know what will keep them entertained. However, just simple games, where you spend time together and interact will keep them amused for hours!
Festive strawberry Santas

Festive strawberry Santas

Kids will love these strawberry Santas. They look almost too good to eat! Follow this easy recipe and make your own festive strawberry Santas for Christmas this year.
Fingerprint Christmas Cards

Fingerprint Christmas Cards

Make your own fingerprint cards for Christmas this year with the kids. They're fun and simple to do at home, plus friends and family will love the personal touch of your little one’s fingerprints. Find out how to make both fingerprint Christmas lights cards and fingerprint Christmas tree cards with these easy instructions.
Paper plate Christmas trees

Paper plate Christmas trees

Christmas craft activities are lots of fun for kids of all ages. Have fun this year and make your own Christmas trees with paper plates, paint, ribbons and decorations.
Make your own glue sponge

Make your own glue sponge

Have a go at making your own glue sponge for the kids to use. So easy to make and no more sticky glue everywhere! Just cut a sponge to fit into a container, pour glue on to the sponge and then the kids just press their little cut up pieces of paper onto it.
Make your own autumn leaf monsters

Make your own autumn leaf monsters

Collect up some fallen autumn leaves, take them home and make your own autumn leaf monsters with the kids. Autumn is a great time to wrap up warm and get outside with your little ones.
Rubber glove finger puppets

Rubber glove finger puppets

So easy to make and the characters you can create are endless! All you need is a rubber glove, glue, decorations and lots of imagination!
Kids traditional party games

Kids traditional party games

Kids traditional birthday party games are still so much fun! Everything from Pass the Parcel to Musical Chairs, Pin the Tail on the Donkey, Stuck in the Mud and everything in between. Check out our list of fun party games and how to play them. They’ll keep the kids amused for hours!
Santa's beard advent calendar

Santa's beard advent calendar

Make your own cheap and fun Santa's beard advent calendar for the kids and pin it to the fridge! A quick and easy way for them to count down the days til Christmas Day.
Make your own bubble mixture

Make your own bubble mixture

We’ll show you how to make your own homemade bubble solution! The kids will have hours of fun blowing bubbles. So easy to do!
8 Tips on hiring a kids party entertainer

8 Tips on hiring a kids party entertainer

All performers and kids shows are different, but here are a few tips on hiring a birthday party entertainer to help ensure your little guests have fun.
15 ideas for celebrating Children’s Day

15 ideas for celebrating Children’s Day

Children's Day – Te Râ O Te Tamariki – provides New Zealanders with an opportunity to give time to children. It's a fun day for activities, starting new traditions as well as continuing with old ones. Here are some ideas on how to celebrate Children's Day this year.
Sun melted crayons

Sun melted crayons

Make the most of the hot summer sun and make your own recycled crayons without using the oven! It’s a great way to use up your kids old pieces of crayon and upcycle them into new ones.
Make your own magical reindeer dust

Make your own magical reindeer dust

The kids will have lots of fun making this magical reindeer dust to help guide Santa to your house on Christmas Eve. It's a tradition you can share with the whole family each year. Reindeer dust is made from a combination of glitter and oats. The glitter is to help guide the reindeers to your house, whilst the oats will help feed the reindeers when Santa is busy filling up all the stockings.
Kids birthday cake size guide

Kids birthday cake size guide

Not sure what size birthday cake you should order or buy for your kids birthday party? Check out our simple cake size guide to help determine what size cake you will need. The cake chart will show you at a glance how many portions/slices/pieces you will get out of a round and square cake to ensure there’s no wastage.
Create a Christmas tree decoration tradition

Create a Christmas tree decoration tradition

This is an easy and fun tradition to start for your kids whilst they're still young. So by the time they leave home, they’ll have a box of well-loved treasured Christmas tree decorations of their own to take with them.
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.
Sail boats

Sail boats

These sail boats are easy to make and perfect for summer time. Kids can play with them in a paddling pool or bucket of water, or even in the bath before bed. They are great as an educational tool too.
Make your own bubble wrap runway

Make your own bubble wrap runway

So easy to do at home and guaranteed hours of fun. The kids will love running, crawling, sliding and skidding up and down their own bubble wrap runway.
How to make recycled robots

How to make recycled robots

Making recycled robots teaches kids about recycling and is also a great test of their imagination, concentration and problem solving skills. It’s easy to make the robots out of recycled household items and things you have to hand.
Christmas fruit shapes

Christmas fruit shapes

Kids won’t be able to resist eating these healthy fruit snacks in lots of Christmas shapes. Easy to make and great for summer and other times of the year too.
Mini Halloween Pumpkins

Mini Halloween Pumpkins

So simple, but very effective! These mini Halloween ‘pumpkins’ are made from mandarins, or you can use oranges. Much quicker and easier to do than the real thing. No cutting required and healthy for your kids too.
Ballet for toddlers & pre-schoolers

Ballet for toddlers & pre-schoolers

Do your kids love to dance? Have a little ballerina who’s begging for lessons? Music and movement or pre-ballet classes provide a great early introduction to ballet for toddlers and pre-schoolers and offer many physical benefits too.
Managing kids party RSVP's

Managing kids party RSVP's

It’s common etiquette to put a RSVP date on your child’s birthday party invitations, and most parents will come back to you confirming if their little one is able to make it (or not) before the deadline date. But how do you cope with parents who do not respond in time, or don’t even respond at all? Check out these tips on dealing with latecomers and non-responders.
8 Valentine's Day activities for kids

8 Valentine's Day activities for kids

Valentine’s Day is known to be the most romantic day of the year. A day to share your feelings with others and tell them how much you love them. Have a go at some of these fun Valentine’s Day activities with the kids to help celebrate 14 February.
6 Tips on travelling with young kids

6 Tips on travelling with young kids

It’s always nice to get away for a few days, but the thought of travelling with small children can sometimes be quite daunting! It needn’t be. With some pre-planning, it’ll be an enjoyable break for everyone. Here are some tips to help make your journey a little easier.
Make you own popsicle Christmas tree

Make you own popsicle Christmas tree

Be creative and have a go at your own Christmas decorations with the kids. This Popsicle Christmas Tree is easy to make and will look good on your family tree. All you need are ice block sticks, glue and collage materials.
Christmas pizzas

Christmas pizzas

These pizzas are perfect for kids (and adults!) over the Christmas holidays. Design your own pizzas using homemade or shop bought pizza bases, cut out some Christmas shapes, add your kids’ favourite toppings and cook. There are no set rules, so be as creative as you like!
Rudolph the red nosed orange

Rudolph the red nosed orange

Make your kids Christmas lunchboxes and snacks fun with Rudolph the red nose orange! Healthy to eat and easy to make! Fun to put in their Christmas stockings too.
Make your own Christmas slime

Make your own Christmas slime

Follow this easy recipe and turn ordinary slime into festive Christmas slime for kids to play with in the lead up to the big day.
Planning a birthday party for toddlers & pre-schoolers

Planning a birthday party for toddlers & pre-schoolers

Need inspiration for your kids next birthday party? There are so many things to think about, but here's a quick guide to get you started.
Kids Christmas birthdays

Kids Christmas birthdays

If your child was born around Christmas time they might feel overlooked when it comes to birthday attention. So how do you ensure your child’s birthday in December or early January isn’t overshadowed by the Christmas holidays? Check out these useful tips.
Easy beezies

Easy beezies

Follow these easy steps on how to make an awesome bee to pop up in a flower pot or hang from the ceiling using an old mustard bottle, some electrical tape and a few other bits and bobs lying around the house!
Make your own tin can drums

Make your own tin can drums

The kids will love these homemade tin can drums! They can be made from recycled materials and things you already have at home. You can also make several different sized drums using other types of containers to show how the sound changes depending on the size.
Yoyo Shakers

Yoyo Shakers

These yoyo shakers are easy to make and a great way to teach your little one about music and different rhythms. Why not get a group of children together and play to the same beat or show them how to move with the rhythm and dance together.
Marshmallow slime

Marshmallow slime

Kids’ most favourite things all in one. Marshmallows AND slime! Have a go at making this super easy recipe. It's edible too.
Getting creative with your under fives

Getting creative with your under fives

As the weather gets cooler, now is a great time to get into arts and crafts with your little ones. It’s not just fun, they’re learning too. Whether you enjoy getting messy and trying new things with your children or have never explored art activities at home before, there will be something here for you.
Putting fun back into family life

Putting fun back into family life

Sometimes it seems we’re just so busy! Busy shopping, busy working, busy cleaning the house, busy taking pre-schoolers to daycare and lessons. Have we gotten too busy to have a little fun? An early childhood teacher shares ways to help you put some fun into family life.
How to make garden fairies

How to make garden fairies

Kids will have fun making their own garden fairies, especially over summer when plants are in full bloom. Teach them the names of the flowers that you use, discuss the different shades of colour and how plants grow.
How to make fairy flowers

How to make fairy flowers

Kids will love being creative and making their own Fairy Flowers with different materials. Teach them about the seasons and how plants grow, and help them to understand and appreciate nature.
Painted feet art

Painted feet art

Painted feet art makes a great personal gift for kids to give to family and friends, especially on Valentine's Day. You could try framing their artwork too to make it extra special. Have a go at making your own with these easy instructions.
Kids birthday party themes

Kids birthday party themes

Looking for theme ideas for your little one’s next birthday party? Not sure where to start? Have a look at our list of themes and complete your ideas with matching party supplies, invitations, birthday cake and perhaps even decorate your party venue in the same theme too.
Glove bagpipes

Glove bagpipes

Such fun! Kids will love these glove bagpipes. Teach them to play different notes and make up a band with their friends. They’ll learn about music and rhythm, perseverance, concentration and hand-eye co-ordination skills.
How to make recycled trucks

How to make recycled trucks

Recycling can be so much fun! Kids will love playing with these trucks made from recycled household bottles and containers. They get to use their imagination and concentration skills whilst they’re building them, and the trucks are great for teaching kids about road safety.
8 Must-have kids party photos

8 Must-have kids party photos

Don't miss out on those special birthday party photos. As you’re busy rushing around it’s easy to get to the end of the party and realise that you haven’t taken any photos of the special event. Why not enlist the help of family and friends to be your ‘party paparazzi’ and ensure you have photos that will preserve the memories for years to come.
10 ways to celebrate Children’s Day

10 ways to celebrate Children’s Day

Children’s Day in New Zealand falls on the first Sunday in March. Celebrations on Children's Day are focused around spending time with our children. Why not try out some of these ideas and celebrate this special day with your little ones.
9 Tips on kids party day preparations

9 Tips on kids party day preparations

Throwing a party for your toddler or pre-schooler? Planning and preparation are key. Once you’ve organised the date of the party, the venue, theme and invitations, it’s time to start thinking about the party day itself. Build a Birthday has put together 9 tips on party day planning to help ensure your little one’s party is as stress-free as possible and goes off without a hitch.
Physical education in the early childhood years

Physical education in the early childhood years

Research has shown that early childhood physical education improves more than just physical wellness; it also assists and improves mental and emotional development in children. The earlier the age physical education is taught, the earlier children begin to develop the ability to think critically.
The cognitive benefits of swimming for babies

The cognitive benefits of swimming for babies

There are many benefits of introducing your child to swimming whilst they're still a baby, including improved physical development as well as social development – not to mention fun! However, the benefit that is overlooked most often is that of cognition or mental benefits which are incredibly important for the development of children as a whole.
Kids birthday cake tips

Kids birthday cake tips

A birthday party is just not a birthday party without a cake, candles and the singing of Happy Birthday. However birthday cakes can sometimes cause parents a lot stress and unnecessary worry. Check out these ideas to help ease the pressure when it comes to kids birthday cakes.
Benefits of starting swimming young

Benefits of starting swimming young

Early swim lessons set a positive foundation towards a lifetime of participation and enjoyment in a variety of water sports and time spent on, in and under the water. The benefits of introducing your child to swimming lessons whilst still a baby are many, and include improved physical, emotional, social and cognitive development.
The importance of drawing

The importance of drawing

Find out why drawing is an important part of children's development, the stages of art development, colouring books, talking about art and more.
Make your own paper stickers

Make your own paper stickers

Want to make your own stickers with the kids? So cheap and easy for the whole family to do. Hours of fun and the only limit is to your imagination!
Kids birthday present ideas

Kids birthday present ideas

Not sure what to buy your kids for their birthday or for a friend's birthday party they're going along to? Our age-specific gift guide will give you lots of birthday present ideas on toys and activities suitable for babies, toddlers and pre-school kids.
Importance of exercise for kids under 5

Importance of exercise for kids under 5

We all know that physical activity is important for young children for their whole development, building their confidence, strength and improving balance. Being active is what kids are born to do! Find out more about the importance of exercise for preschool kids.
Make your own edible finger paints

Make your own edible finger paints

OK a bit messy, but lots of fun! Make your own edible finger paint for the kids. It’s cheap to make and safe to use and if there’s any left over, store it in the fridge or freezer to use for another day.
Painting with potato stamps

Painting with potato stamps

A tried and tested classic! Potato stamps are lots of fun and cheap and easy to make at home. Toddlers and pre-schoolers will love getting their hands messy and creating some great pieces of art.
14 ideas for recognising Children’s Day

14 ideas for recognising Children’s Day

Celebrating Children’s Day is something we can all do with our children at home, but why not celebrate this year’s Children’s Day with friends, family and other members of your community too. Here are 14 fun ideas for you to try.
Mini wool Christmas stockings

Mini wool Christmas stockings

Why not make your own Christmas decorations for your Christmas tree this year using this easy to follow knitting pattern for mini wool Christmas stockings.
The swim safe benefits for your baby

The swim safe benefits for your baby

We are a culture that thrives on being able to spend time at play on our beaches and waterways, but we still need help when it comes to staying safe. Entering the water safely at an early age is a great way to begin, and the benefits of "baby-friendly" swimming classes are unique, uplifting and contribute to the positive development of the whole child.
Kids party planning tips

Kids party planning tips

There are lots of things to think about when it comes to planning your kids birthday parties. So Build a Birthday has come up with these tips to help relieve some of the stress and make it a special day. Just be sure to start planning 4-5 weeks out and you'll have no last minute panics.
Make an artsy lampshade for your kids' room

Make an artsy lampshade for your kids' room

Create your own bedroom decor & turn your kids’ works of art into a unique & fun lampshade.
Guide to opening kids birthday presents

Guide to opening kids birthday presents

So what is the guide when it comes to kids opening their birthday presents? Opening them straight away or opening them later? While most children like to rip into their presents as soon as they can, some people like to collect the presents in a central location to be opened later in the party or after everyone has gone home. Is there a right or wrong way?
Kids party food ideas

Kids party food ideas

Looking for kids party food ideas? Check out these simple recipes that are cheap, quick and easy to make. From pizza shapes and sandwiches to fruit skewers, fairy bread, chocolate crackles, racing cars, jelly faces, lucky dips and strawberry mice. They’re sure to go down a treat!
7 Kids party food tips

7 Kids party food tips

Need some quick pointers when it comes to kids party food? Here are a few tips you can use for their next birthday party.
5 Kids party decorating tips

5 Kids party decorating tips

Decorations add the WOW factor to any birthday party and set the scene for a special day. So Build a Birthday has come up with these 5 tips on putting together the party decor for your kids next birthday party.
Kids indoor & outdoor party games

Kids indoor & outdoor party games

All kids love playing party games! So Build a Birthday has put together some tips and suggestions on fun-packed indoor and outdoor games which are sure to be a big hit.
The emotional benefits of swimming for babies

The emotional benefits of swimming for babies

Swimming lessons can help babies develop an emotional bond through interaction with other children in their class and positive encouragement from their parents. Early swimming also fosters a growing sense of self-esteem, confidence, independence and as a child’s ability to freely move through the water increases - so does their sense of wellbeing.
Physical benefits of teaching babies to swim

Physical benefits of teaching babies to swim

There are many physical benefits of teaching babies to swim, as well as helping them to overcome their initial fear of water.
The social benefits of swimming for babies

The social benefits of swimming for babies

A weekly swimming lesson is often a child’s first social experience out of the home that involves their peers. They learn to relate and interact with each other and look forward to seeing their classmates each week, and even watch them for cues when it comes to taking risks and learning something new. The best way for babies to learn is by example, and as they are with children their own age, a lot of fun goes along with it.
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.
Rainbow salt tray

Rainbow salt tray

Have a go at making your own rainbow salt tray. Toddlers and pre-schoolers will have lots of fun watching the colours come through when they draw pictures, create patterns and write their name in the salt. It is cheap to set up, educational and you will already have the items at home.
Make your own erupting snow

Make your own erupting snow

Erupting snow is a simple sensory and messy play activity you can make at home. It's easy to set up using basic household ingredients and will keep your kids entertained for ages! The snow is soft and powdery and even feels cool to the touch. It’s just like playing with real snow, but without the frostbite!
Christmas gingerbread reindeers

Christmas gingerbread reindeers

The kids will love these Christmas gingerbread reindeers! Use this basic gingerbread men recipe or buy plain shop-bought gingerbread men to create your own festive biscuits.
ANZAC Biscuits Recipe

ANZAC Biscuits Recipe

This ANZAC biscuits recipe is easy to make and a traditional way to commemorate ANZAC Day or to enjoy on any other day. The first ANZAC biscuits were made by women on the home front and sent overseas to the New Zealand and Australian soldiers fighting in World War 1.
Christmas present ideas for 0-5 year olds

Christmas present ideas for 0-5 year olds

Have you ever bought a gift for a child and realised that it was not suited to their age? Are you not sure what to buy? Do you want to buy something that is not only fun, but also encourages early childhood education too? Here are some gift ideas that will suit a child’s age, hold their interest and encourage learning through play.
Christmas pudding sandwich

Christmas pudding sandwich

Kids will love this fun Christmas pudding sandwich for their lunch or morning tea. It's easy to make and a healthy snack too.
Christmas watermelon lollipops

Christmas watermelon lollipops

Follow this easy recipe and make your own Christmas watermelon ice blocks for the kids. They make a fun healthy snack idea in the lead up to Christmas and over summer.
Easter Cupcakes

Easter Cupcakes

Make your own Easter Cupcakes! Easy to do and they make a nice change from hot cross buns. Decorate with little speckled eggs or create your own designs.
Easter Rabbit Pancakes

Easter Rabbit Pancakes

Turn your favourite pancakes into Easter Rabbit Pancakes for the kids this Easter! Easy to make using homemade or shop-bought pancakes.
Easy mini Christmas mince pies

Easy mini Christmas mince pies

Love fruit mince pies for Christmas? Have a go at this recipe for mini Christmas mince pies. They’re super easy to make (even for non-bakers!) and their mini size is just right for young kids too.
Gingerbread Christmas trees

Gingerbread Christmas trees

Use this gingerbread recipe to create your own festive gingerbread Christmas trees. These Christmas treats are easy to make and decorate and will be loved by the whole family.
Halloween gingerbread skeletons

Halloween gingerbread skeletons

Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without a few skeletons rattling around. These Halloween gingerbread skeletons are easy to make, taste delicious and won’t scare the kids too much!
Halloween Pumpkin Balloons

Halloween Pumpkin Balloons

No need to go to too much expense for Halloween, make your own Pumpkin Balloon decorations! These Pumpkin Balloons are quick, easy and cheap to make and the kids will love them.
8 Ways to save money on kids birthday parties

8 Ways to save money on kids birthday parties

Whether you’re on a tight budget or just want to cut costs in some areas, these quick tips will help you save money when it comes to your kids’ next birthday party.
Kids Christmas food allergies

Kids Christmas food allergies

Is your little one prone to food allergies or food intolerances or do they have a friend who is? At Christmas time with the never-ending series of lunches, dinners and distractions, it can be hard to keep an eye on what toddlers and pre-schoolers are eating. Check out these helpful tips on foods you might like to avoid.
Kids Learning Plateau

Kids Learning Plateau

Often students learning a new motor skill, like swimming, experience a sudden lack of progress after a very strong start. This can be because of something called the 'learning plateau'. This term describes the way in which a period of rapid skill acquisition can be followed by a prolonged 'dry spell' during which no discernible progress is visible.
Make your own musical instruments

Make your own musical instruments

Kids love creating their own music from an early age! Make your own musical instruments from things you have at home.
Make your own non-toxic watercolour paints

Make your own non-toxic watercolour paints

Find out how to make your own non-toxic watercolour paints with this simple recipe using just 5 ingredients from your pantry. Quick and easy to do and safe for young kids to use.
Outdoor learning fun for under 2’s

Outdoor learning fun for under 2’s

Have a go at some of these fun outdoor activities with your baby or toddler to help encourage learning through play.
Pancake Day lemon pancakes recipe

Pancake Day lemon pancakes recipe

Make these yummy lemon pancakes for the kids on Shrove Tuesday (or any day of the year!), with a little help from Delia Smith.
6 Ways to survive family holidays with young kids

6 Ways to survive family holidays with young kids

Planning a family holiday? Check out these tips on how to survive the trip with young kids in tow and ensure you all have a great time whilst you're away.
8 Tips on filling kids Christmas stockings

8 Tips on filling kids Christmas stockings

Kids Christmas stockings or Santa sacks are a simple tradition that date back centuries and are still very popular today, but where do you start when it comes to filling them? Check out these 8 useful tips.
Toddler party tips

Toddler party tips

Follow our toddler party tips and keep things as simple and as stress-free as possible for your child's next party. Toddlers are at an age where they are easily impressed, so don’t feel pressured to throw the biggest birthday party of all time.
Twas The Night Before Christmas Poem

Twas The Night Before Christmas Poem

Enjoy reading the Twas the night before Christmas poem to your kids on Christmas Eve. It's one of the oldest and most popular Christmas traditions worldwide. It was written by Clement Clarke Moore in 1822.
Gifts for your baby’s first Christmas

Gifts for your baby’s first Christmas

It may be re-assuring for those with new babies to hear that when it comes to your baby’s first Christmas, expensive gifts are not necessary! Many parents feel the pressure to buy the latest and most costly toys, but with everyone managing tighter budgets these days, parents are looking for cheaper alternatives.
How to make slime

How to make slime

Kids LOVE slime and this is such an easy messy play and sensory play activity to make using simple household ingredients. Your kids will have lots of fun stretching it, moulding it, rolling into balls, throwing it into the air and letting it splat on the table!
Tie dye art

Tie dye art

Kids love messy play and this easy tie dye art activity using baby wipes needs minimal prep and leaves very little mess to clean up afterwards.
How to make Magic Mud

How to make Magic Mud

Dirty, mucky, grubby fun! Check out this messy play idea from our friends at Mud Mates and learn how to make your own Magic Mud with erupting bubbles.
Using natural resources for learning

Using natural resources for learning

Over the years as our living space has decreased and our use of smart phones, tablets and television has increased, children are now often missing out on connections to nature. In our hectic world, children need experiences that were such a big part of their parents’ childhood. Check out these natural resource activities to try with your little ones.
How to make colourful soap slime

How to make colourful soap slime

You don’t get much messier than this when it comes to messy play! But it’s made with soap flakes, so at least it’s a ‘clean’ mess! It's the perfect outdoor sensory play activity. Make your own colourful soap slime at home using this super easy recipe.
Make your own puffy paints

Make your own puffy paints

It’s easy to make your own puffy paints at home using just 4 basic ingredients and a microwave. A fun messy play activity that’s suitable for toddlers and pre-schoolers.
Bubble wrap roller painting

Bubble wrap roller painting

Take your toddler's artwork to the next level with bubble wrap roller painting! The bubble wrap helps to create interesting and colourful pieces of art to hang on your wall or homemade wrapping paper for family birthdays and Christmas presents. This activity is great way for your little one to practice colour recognition too.
Marbled Easter Eggs

Marbled Easter Eggs

Have fun this Easter making your own marbled Easter eggs for the kids. This edible Easter activity is a take on dying hard boiled eggs, but you colour the white of the egg instead of the shell! Enjoy watching your children’s faces when they discover what’s beneath the egg shell.
6 tips for organising an Easter egg hunt

6 tips for organising an Easter egg hunt

Easter just isn’t Easter without an Easter egg hunt! Whilst Easter egg hunts are lots of fun for kids of all ages, you may need to scale it down a bit when it comes to toddlers and pre-schoolers so that they enjoy it just as much as the older kids. Check out these 6 tips for organising a fun Easter egg hunt.
Easter egg stamps

Easter egg stamps

Create your own Easter artwork using these homemade potato stamps! Potato stamps are lots of fun and cheap and easy to make. Toddlers and pre-schoolers will love getting their hands messy.
9 Ways to avoid kids party disasters

9 Ways to avoid kids party disasters

Kids parties can be stressful enough without any mishaps to spoil the special day. So Build a Birthday has put together some tips on how to avoid the most common kids party disasters so you don’t end up hosting the worst party ever!
Kids party food on a budget

Kids party food on a budget

Kids party food needn’t cost the earth or take too long to make. So Build a Birthday has put together some tips on what you can do and what you can make with a little creativity and a limited budget. From the number of birthday party guests you invite to ensuring you have just enough food, plus ideas on budget conscious party food you can buy or make at home.
9 Tips on hosting sustainable kids parties

9 Tips on hosting sustainable kids parties

Hosting sustainable kids parties may seem a little daunting and too much like hard work! However there are things you can do (even small things!) to help reduce the impact your kids birthday parties have on the environment.
Going batty – Organising a kids bat party

Going batty – Organising a kids bat party

Hosting a kids bat party is lots of fun! From preschoolers’ parties to Halloween gatherings, this monochrome number is sure to delight and is a breeze to whip together. Check out these tips on how to set the scene, fun party food ideas you can use and games you can play to keep your little bats busy.
Make your own ice chalk paints

Make your own ice chalk paints

Painting with ice chalks is lots of fun! Make the most of the summer weather and have a go at this easy ice chalk paints recipe. It’s a great outdoors messy play activity, science experiment and painting material all in one!
Tulip fork painting

Tulip fork painting

Have a go at this fun spring art activity. Toddlers and pre-schoolers will love creating their own colourful garden of tulips using forks and some paints.
Top 10 Toys for Christmas 2016

Top 10 Toys for Christmas 2016

Need some inspiration for your kids Christmas presents? We take a look at what’s popular and on the must have list for Christmas 2016.
Fun games to play at the beach

Fun games to play at the beach

Have a go at these fun beach games for young kids! Games you can enjoy on the sand this summer once they’ve had enough time swimming in the sea.
6 Ways to celebrate your baby’s first Christmas

6 Ways to celebrate your baby’s first Christmas

Your baby’s first Christmas is such a special time, so here are some ideas on ways you can celebrate and make it memorable for years to come.
Kids handprint Christmas wreath

Kids handprint Christmas wreath

Have a go at making your own handprint Christmas wreath with the kids this year. It’s a really fun Christmas craft activity from Mud Mates and easy for toddlers and pre-schoolers to do with a little help from you. Why not make a new one every year and keep a record of the size of their hands and fingerprints as they grow!
Just right for Christmas - Birdie Black

Just right for Christmas - Birdie Black

A super cute tale with beautiful illustrations and a simple Christmas message based on the idea that giving can be as fun as receiving. Perfect for group story time or bedtime sharing.
Halloween Ghosts Colouring Sheet

Halloween Ghosts Colouring Sheet

Kids will love this Halloween Ghosts colouring sheet! Print out a copy of the activity sheet to make it easier to use.
Halloween Pumpkins Colouring Sheet

Halloween Pumpkins Colouring Sheet

Kids will love this Halloween Pumpkins colouring sheet! Print out a copy of the activity sheet to make it easier to use.
Halloween Haunted House Colouring Sheet

Halloween Haunted House Colouring Sheet

Kids will love this Halloween Haunted House colouring sheet! Print out a copy of the activity sheet to make it easier to use.
Halloween Witch Colouring Sheet

Halloween Witch Colouring Sheet

Kids will love this Halloween Witch colouring sheet! Print out a copy of the activity sheet to make it easier to use.
Teaching kids to be sun smart

Teaching kids to be sun smart

As we head into summer here's a quick reminder of what we need to do and what we need to teach our kids to do. We’ve all heard the phrase Slip Slop Slap and Wrap a thousand times, but it’s so important as parents and caregivers to keep kids safe in the harsh New Zealand sun whilst they're playing outside, swimming in the pool or visiting one of our many beaches.
5 ways to help kids sleep on hot summer’s nights

5 ways to help kids sleep on hot summer’s nights

We all love summer, but it can wreak havoc with kids sleep patterns with balmy nights and daylight streaming through their curtains. A good night’s sleep is important for all of us, so help make things more comfortable with these 5 easy tips to help them get to sleep during the warmer months.
7 lifesaving tips for parents at the beach this summer

7 lifesaving tips for parents at the beach this summer

Going to the beach this summer? A YMCA Auckland Lifeguard shares 7 lifesaving tips that could make the difference to your family’s lives this season.
Summer’s on the horizon – is your family water-safe?

Summer’s on the horizon – is your family water-safe?

Water is an essential part of Kiwis identity and many under 5's grow up spending their holidays at the beach, fishing off the rocks, swimming in a pool or learning how to drive a boat. Yet according to Safekids Aotearoa, drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among children between 1 and 4 years old.
Importance of sunglasses for kids

Importance of sunglasses for kids

Sunglasses are not only for adults. We should teach kids from an early age about the importance of wearing sunglasses so that they develop good habits that last for life. Sunglasses maybe a fun fashion accessory, but they can also save your kids skin and help prevent eye problems as they get older by blocking out the sun's powerful ultraviolet rays (UVR).
Swimming nappies

Swimming nappies

So what’s all the fuss about swimming nappies? Are they really necessary? We take a look at what swimming nappies are used for, what features to look for and other options.
10 Tips on surviving hay fever season

10 Tips on surviving hay fever season

Is your little one prone to seasonal hay fever? Runny nose, itchy eyes and lots of sneezing? We look at the symptoms and ways to help keep the sniffles at bay when the pollen counts start to rise.
Love Always Everywhere – Sarah Massini

Love Always Everywhere – Sarah Massini

All you need is love! A beautifully illustrated picture book about different kinds of love and ways you can show someone you care. Whether quiet, loud, shy or proud, the lyrical text champions love for a faithful pet, a best friend or simply your child's most favourite person in the whole world.
Recreational gymnastics for toddlers & pre-schoolers

Recreational gymnastics for toddlers & pre-schoolers

Taking part in recreational gymnastics from a young age comes with many benefits for toddlers and pre-schoolers. As well as helping them to develop their co-ordination and build their self-esteem, it’s all about having fun and focusing on interactive play and their social well-being. Pre-school classes encourage them to be active in a safe, monitored environment.
Making the most of pre-school swimming lessons

Making the most of pre-school swimming lessons

Learning to swim is such an important life skill for children to learn from a young age and having swimming lessons even before they start school is a great place to start. Here are some expert tips to help you navigate the process, from choosing a swim school and booking lessons to what you can expect from lessons, moving through progressions and everything in between.
Prepare, practice, preach water safety this summer

Prepare, practice, preach water safety this summer

It’s officially summer! Maybe you’ve already dipped your toes in the water and picked out your little one’s togs and jandals for this season too. Whatever tradition you have in your family this summer make sure to add practicing Water Safety to that list, because at the end of the day, it could save someone’s life.
Keeping children safe around water

Keeping children safe around water

Water play can be a great source of fun and exercise for the whole family, but it can also be dangerous for children if the proper water safety precautions are not taken. The good news is though there are many ways to keep children safe in and around water. Check out these helpful tips.
Make your own good old fashioned mud pies

Make your own good old fashioned mud pies

Who remembers making mud pies? Making mud pies is sadly not as common as it used to be, but here’s a very easy recipe you can try at home with the kids to help bring back their revival. Making mud pies is a great learning activity too and perfect for messy playtime in the garden.
Make your own jam jar aquarium

Make your own jam jar aquarium

Have a go at creating your own mini aquarium in an old jam jar. It’s easy to do and the kids will love how the glitter and sea creatures swirl around inside the jar. The aquariums also make great party decorations and party favours for kids to take home instead of a party bag.
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.
Exploring Science & Nature

Exploring Science & Nature

Exploring science and nature can be so much fun for little ones. When children are engaged in learning about science and nature, they are also learning strategies for active exploration, thinking and reasoning and develop working theories for making sense of the natural, social, physical and material worlds.
Mess free painting

Mess free painting

It’s a win win - kids get to paint and there’s no mess for parents to clear up! This kids mess free painting idea is easy to set up and perfect for toddlers and pre-schoolers to do at home. A fun sensory play activity to try on a rainy day.
4 ways to make play dates fun

4 ways to make play dates fun

Play dates needn't be stressful! Next time you arrange a play date for your toddler or pre-schooler, remember to keep things fun and simple with these 4 quick tips.
Getting through airport security with young kids

Getting through airport security with young kids

Going through airport security is usually a fairly mundane procedure, but when you have young children in tow you may need to do a little more planning. Check out these useful tips to help make getting through airport security a little easier next time you fly with kids.
Packing for a trip with kids made easy

Packing for a trip with kids made easy

Going away with young kids on holiday or for the weekend? This quick and easy packing idea using zip lock bags will make your life less stressful whilst you’re away.
Tips on travelling with kids who have asthma

Tips on travelling with kids who have asthma

Travelling with kids who have asthma can still be enjoyable if you take a few precautions. Whether you are heading off to the beach, the countryside or even overseas, good preparation can help keep your child’s asthma at bay while you’re away. Check out these helpful tips.
Do your kids car seats have more germs than a toilet?

Do your kids car seats have more germs than a toilet?

Who would have thought that your child’s car seat could harbour more germs than your toilet, but a survey carried out by scientists at the University of Birmingham discovered just that. Are you aware of the risks?
Has you child's car seat expired?

Has you child's car seat expired?

Did you know that kids’ car seats expire after 5 – 12 years from the date of manufacture? Once a seat expires, or has been in an accident of any scale, the life span becomes zero. The car seat then needs to be disposed of safely, to prevent other people from using the seat again.
Choosing a babysitter or nanny while on holiday

Choosing a babysitter or nanny while on holiday

Choosing a babysitter or nanny while you're on holiday is one of the most important decisions you will make. We look at taking a nanny on your trip and hiring babysitters at your destination to help you choose the most suitable option for you and your family.
Car seat safety for kids in NZ

Car seat safety for kids in NZ

Are you sure you’re using the appropriate car seat for your little one? Do you know when to change from a rear-facing seat to a front-facing seat or when it’s ok to use a booster seat? Find out more about kids car seat safety laws in New Zealand.

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