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Check out our articles and fun things to do with kids in summer and make the most of the warmer weather.
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.
Make your own coloured ice cubes

Make your own coloured ice cubes

Have a go at this super easy summer sensory play 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!
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.
Teaching young kids to be sun smart

Teaching young 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.
Make your own ice chalk paints

Make your own ice chalk paints

Painting with ice chalk paints 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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
Why do babies & toddlers need swimming nappies

Why do babies & toddlers need swimming nappies

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

10 Tips on surviving hay fever season

Are your kids 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.
Make your own toy sail boats

Make your own toy sail boats

These toy 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.

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