Education & play

Education & play



TV over books for Kiwi toddlers

Kiwi kids raised with a bedtime story are increasingly of a bygone generation, as research shows a third of 2-year-olds are not read to daily.

Time to read

Looking around Milin and Jasmin's rooms, it's hard not to notice the piles of books, but my kids have had quite different reading journeys.

Dragons, monsters and dinosaurs

A friendly dragon keeps waking Milin up from his daytime naps. He's always gone by the time I get there.

World Cup fever

Milin doesn't understand much about what's going on but he knows it's going to involve lots of football.

Becoming a soccer mum

Milin has started football. I want to nurture his love for sport, and I think a team environment will be really good for him.


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A good childcare worker

When my daughter's favourite daycare teacher left I spent the car ride home sobbing.


The new toy

Milin has a new love in his life. It's 10 feet wide and taller than all the trees in our garden.


Imaginative play

It started with Milin bringing me cups of make-believe tea. Then it was cutting the imaginary grass in our living room.

ipad with kids

Fussy kids plonked in front of TV

You've got a squalling baby, a long to-do list and a DVD on hand. Presto. A child crying at the top of his lungs is suddenly calm.

Easter egg

Easter fun with little ones

Milin is allergic to eggs, so Kiran has found some inventive and fun ways to celebrate easter with the kids.

mum and toddler

Preserving memories

Do you remember much from your early childhood? Do you want your kids to be able to remember more when they are older?

BMX twins

BMX twins video goes viral

Identical twins Jake and Theo Riddle have become pint-sized international sensations after their parents posted a video of their BMX skills on YouTube.

child playing with puzzle

Building blocks of success

Blocks, puzzles and other hands-on toys teach kids skills that set them up for success later in life, according to research.

Kids mobility

Toys turned into freedom

US researchers have turned ride-on toys into mobility scooters, for a couple of hundred dollars and some DIY tricks.


The boy can scoot

Sometimes lots of little things make you realise how fast your children are growing up and sometimes it's one big thing.

Milin Chug

Messy play

Recently I've come to love making a mess with my son. Choosing an age appropriate activity, however, is key.

Milin and Jasmin

Teaching children to play

There are many things my kids are good at, but where they really outdo themselves is at playtime.


CD books for Kiwi kids

If you're tired of reading the same book over and over again, think about investing in some CD books. Here are our favourite Kiwi ones.


The boy can sing

The sweet little voice of my two year old singing an increasing repertoire of songs has become the soundtrack to my life.

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