Categorised: School Age

Kids painted wall hanging

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Here is a really cool project you can do with your kids. The inspiration for this project comes from all the beautiful woven wall hangings you see around these days. But rather than creating a woven piece, I thought it would be cool to use paint to create the woven pattern look. Here’s how to make a kids painted wall hanging. Continue reading »

Viking shield and axe – DIY chalkboard

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Most people who know me will know that I’m crazy-addicted to the TV show Vikings. It’s not for the faint-hearted, and definitely¬†worthy of it’s R18 rating. But it’s a fantastic show, and has inspired this quirky blackboard paint craft project. Here’s how to make a Viking shield and axe – DIY chalkboard.¬† Continue reading »

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 »

Join the painted rocks craze

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We love heading away on summer holidays, and this year we’ve been blessed with my Husbands’ parents buying a classic 1950’s batch in Opunaki. If you haven’t heard of it before,¬†it’s a small coastal town in the Taranaki region. Continue reading »

Don’t waste away summer days, spend summer with YMCA

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With school holidays just around the corner (again?!) kids are now looking to take off their shoes and socks, shake off the school year and go wild with time dedicated to just being a kid. Continue reading »

5 tips to model a love of reading in your child

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Have you ever seen a child who is able to read a passage of text aloud only to be stumped when it comes to¬†explaining what they have just read? A child‚Äôs reading development is a gradual process and as parents, being¬†there to support them every step of the way can ensure your child becomes a confident reader with a love of¬†books. Continue reading »

Children learning to live bravely

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Children with learning differences are some of the bravest children I know. They show grit, resilience and a level of persistence that some of us would only dream of. Overlapping the category of children with learning differences are¬†children with high sensitivities and high anxiety. They too blow me away with their inner strength and courage.¬† Continue reading »

Star craft project

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I love wall hangings so decided since Matariki is just around the corner I would create a star wall hanging with little miss 3. ¬†I love creating with little miss 3. Sometimes it’s art she can do completely independently and others times like today it’s a team effort. I do all the fiddly work and she gets to do all the fun and messy craft. Continue reading »

Matariki water paint and glitter art

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Matariki is a great time of year to celebrate and learn more about Maori culture. One way we’re doing this in our family is through story books. My Daughter and I read The Seven Kites of Matariki by Calico McClintock and this inspired us to create a night sky art project with the 7 kites of Matariki in it. Continue reading »

Interview with Mister Maker

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The Kiwi Families team got the opportunity to interview Mister Maker for his upcoming tour. Read on to find out what he’s looking forward to when he gets to New Zealand and some great advice he has for kids that love making things.

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