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[5 Jul 2014 | No Comment | Posted in Kids]
We’re having a ‘staycation’. It’s our first school holiday with a school aged kid in the family and I’m looking forward to spending blocks of time with Miss 5. I work weekends and we haven’t managed many mother-daughter or family outings since she started school. Having said that, I’m used to working uninterrupted in the home office while my toddler naps and having an energetic five year old to entertain is bound to jar my routine. It’s all about balance, I guess. That, and multiple play dates! Anyway, whether you’re a parent who can’t wait ...
[30 Jun 2014 | No Comment | Posted in Kids]
A collection of action songs and nursery rhymes to help you accept, if not embrace the wet weather! Most of these are traditional rhymes, handed down through the generations. Credit has been given when the author is known. For more craft and activity ideas see: Rain and weather themed activities Imaginative play for a rainy day Rainy day play huts Rain and puddle stories at Kapiti Libraries Rain On The Green Grass Rain on the green grass, And rain on the sea, Rain on the house-tops, But not on me! Easily adapted to suit your location eg Rain on the cars, Rain on the ...
[30 Nov 2013 | No Comment | Posted in Kids]
Do you have an Advent Calendar? They don’t have to be store bought and chocolate filled, though that’s always going to be a hit with my kids! I love the current trend towards homemade activity based calendars. These have a seasonal tasks that your family can do together for each day counting down to Christmas instead of treats or toys. For example you could: Sing a carol together Learn how to say Merry Christmas in another language Donate to the local foodbank Write a letter to Santa Make some reindeer food I’ve found some quick and easy ideas and ...
[25 Oct 2013 | No Comment | Posted in Kids]
Rainy day activities for kids It’s a long weekend and it looks like it’ll be a wet one! Is it just my imagination or is it more likely to rain on a holiday weekend? I have a friend who is a dedicated runner and pounds the pavement every morning, and I mean every morning. She insists, “There is no such thing as bad weather – just bad clothing”. So, rather than moaning about the weather, I try and embrace it. There are a lot of fun activities you can do with your kids on a ...
[12 Oct 2013 | 2 Comments | Posted in Kids, Blog]
At about 3 1/2 – 4 years old the children in your life will discover jokes. It will take a while longer for them to understand what makes a joke funny so until then be prepared for lots of nonsense and even more repetition! The following jokes have been popular in our house. Feel free to add your own in the Comments. Riddles What is a crocodiles favourite game? Snap! What do sea monsters eat? Fish and ships What does a T-rex cut up his tea with? A dino saw Why did the chicken cross the playground? To get to the ...
[19 Mar 2013 | No Comment | Posted in Kids]
We all knew what an angry bird was as we had seen them everywhere. But I'd have to say I actually had no idea what angry birds was other than what they looked like! Well, for those of you who are still in the dark like I used to be, we found out that it's a game. We started playing the game and the kids took to it immediately, and they love it. I thought why not put a bit of the Angry Birds factor into Easter and make an Angry Bird Easter basket.
[25 Oct 2012 | 2 Comments | Posted in Kids]
With the start of term our family is going through quite a few changes. My eldest son is turning 5 and is off to school, my youngest has just started kindy. I've thrown my son a 5th birthday party with a Hero Factory/Lego theme.
[21 Mar 2011 | No Comment | Posted in Kids]
Do you know a young person in your community who would benefit from an outdoor adventure and an Apple iPhone 4?
[1 Mar 2011 | No Comment | Posted in Kids]
The theme this year is ‘love and affection'. As parents, caregivers and communities, it is important to collectively demonstrate love and affection to children, with the expectation that they will emulate these essential human qualities.
[1 Dec 2010 | No Comment | Posted in Kids]
Send or submit the letter by the Wednesday 15 December and Santa will send them a letter through the mail in return!
[1 Dec 2010 | No Comment | Posted in Kids]
Rediscover Christmas with this immersive and unique experience that brings the holiday magic back to life.
[5 Oct 2010 | No Comment | Posted in Kids]
Why not make the trip to Owlcatraz these school holidays. There are a heap of things to get up to  – and so much more than just owls! Just some of the attractions you can catch at Owlcatraz.. native owls including Owie Macpherson & Owlivia Newton John Farm Walk including Jerusalem the donkey & Jonah Low Moo Wairuru caves (restricted to ages 8 & over) ye old Shannon Jail – currently housing a private collection of over 1000 owl’s Lake Owlsmere Lamb Chops the pet sheep plus rabbits, guinea pigs, lorikeets and more! The Thomas train which does ...
[27 Sep 2010 | No Comment | Posted in Kids]
Nga Manu Nature Reserve is a fantastic place for school holiday fun
[18 Sep 2010 | No Comment | Posted in Kids]
Has your child got what it takes? Do they simply love the limelight? Then why not have a bit of fun these school holidays and get them to show it off and be in to win some great prizes!
[26 Aug 2010 | No Comment | Posted in Kids]
Resene Paints & Lions Clubs across the country are collecting 'old money' for the youth orientated campaign Heads Up for Kids.
[10 Jul 2010 | One Comment | Posted in Kids]
Jack, Bella and Joseph busking in Paraparaumu Beach.
[7 Jul 2010 | 2 Comments | Posted in Kids]
What do birthday parties look like these days?
[23 May 2010 | No Comment | Posted in Kids]
Kea Clubs (ages 6-68yrs) provide safe and nurturing environments for children to develop their creativity...
[19 May 2010 | One Comment | Posted in Kids]
Here's a great find for all of you out there looking for creative invite ideas for your child's birthday party.
[23 Apr 2010 | No Comment | Posted in Kids]
Today I have found just that something that will steal your attention for far too long, is the perfect procrastinating tool should you be looking for one and something that your kids will enjoy too!