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DIY travel chalkboard clipboard and free printables

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Traveling in the car can sometimes be a nightmare with children. The all too famous line of ‘are we there yet?’ playing over and over like a broken record… So for the next school holidays road trip, I’m getting prepared early by making this DIY travel chalkboard clipboard. Continue reading »

10 clever little travel hacks to save you time and money

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We all know planning a holiday for the family can be stressful and often pricey. Thankfully there are several ways to save some cash, from scoring cheap flights to finding free activities for the family. Continue reading »

Finding whio with the family

Finding whio with the family

We love nothing better than a good old family road trip. Getting out on the road with a purpose makes the experience even better. Especially if we can make it educational and fun for the kids. As it’s Whio Awareness Month, we decided to get out on the road in search of whio!

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Matariki events and activities around New Zealand – 2017

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Every year towns and cities throughout New Zealand host a range of events and activities based around Matariki. These range from art exhibitions, to festivals, to themed planetarium events. Every year Matariki grows a little stronger and its now become a recognised celebration in many parts of the country.  Continue reading »

Minions cake

Minions cake

So surely I can’t be the only mum out there who has wondered “Can I make a themed cake myself or do I really have to pay $150 – $200 for something amazing!?”. With that in mind and the fact that my Mr 4 is having a Minions themed party over the half term holidays I have set myself the challenge: make a Minion cake! Continue reading »

Fun Māori phrases to use at home with your family

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27 July to 2 August marks Māori Language Week 2015.  This year we commemorate 40 years of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) – what an amazing achievement! Continue reading »

Holidays – Let’s explore!

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The holidays are on and so is the mess in our lounge. I have got a great way to keep the kids busy and inspired and the mess, hopefully, limited. These holidays, our lounge is turning into a Science Hub. Let’s explore together, we’ll create a science corner with daily challenges from our little kiwi scientists homepage.   Continue reading »

The scientist in all of us

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All human beings are born as natural scientists with the desire to make sense of their immediate environment. Research shows that young children learn and think in a similar way to professional scientists. Preschoolers continuously test their hypotheses and learn from their very own experimentation. Kids are naturally born with the skill to adjust their learning continuously as they strive to turn around, crawl, sit or figure out how to walk. Continue reading »

The benefits of trampolines

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As parents, our job is to protect our children and support their development; so one day they can stand on their own two feet, and support themselves. Part of this enormous job is screening what’s ‘harmful, and what’s beneficial for our munchkins. Continue reading »

Get rid of the rules and get creative with your kids!

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A friend reminded me the other day that: “A happy mum means a happy family”. I can hear you say “What has that got to do with creativity?” My response: “A lot”. So often parents forget themselves in the flurry of changing nappies, feeds, lack of sleep, caring for the household, remembering the significant other, remembering to eat and being on time for appointments. Parents forget who they are and who they were before children (BC). Continue reading »

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