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Potting glitz

This painting project will bring colour and sparkle to your outdoors, and the kids will love getting involved.  You’ll need:  Terracotta pots – ours were supplied by Potteryworld Resene testpots Paintbrushes Cotton buds FOR BASECOATS, THE KIDS CHOSE:  Resene Timeout Resene Riptide Resene Wham Resene …

Destination Aotearoa

Punting on the Avon See the Avon River and Botanic Gardens from a different perspective with Punting on the Avon! Departing from the historic Antigua Boat Sheds, this guided 30-minute tour glides along the river into the heart of the Botanic Gardens.  See the river’s …

Magical metamorphosis

Caterpillars start as small wiggly creatures, go into a chrysalis, and then emerge as beautiful butterflies. But what happens in the chrysalis? Here is an experiment from the Otago Museum that illustrates this amazing science. What you need a plate or a tray playdough  vinegar …

Roasted spiced apples with oats – two ways (v)

With summery and wintry versions, ideal for the vagaries of autumn, these bowls of brekky inspiration are energy-boosting family favourites.  Ingredients Serves 4 2 eating apples zest and juice of 1 orange 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 tbsp light brown …

Nanogirl: Meet STEM superhero, Dr Michelle Dickinson

Our editor Kate Barber chatted with Dr Michelle Dickinson, creator of Nanogirl, about the importance of STEM in our lives, why girls need role models in these fields, and why it’s great working with kids. Nanotechnologist and Engineer Dr Michelle Dickinson brings Science, Technology, Engineering …

Covid-19 vaccinations for kids: the basics

On 17 January 2022,  New Zealand’s 5 to 11-year-olds became eligible for vaccination against Covid-19, with the aim of having kids’ protection underway before they head back to school. We set out the basics of this new vaccination programme for kids. Independent experts have welcomed …

Help prepare your child to head back to school

Your child may be starting school for the first time, moving on to middle school/intermediate or high school, changing schools, or just heading back to the same old school but a different class. How do you get them ready? School is such a big part …