Activities & Worksheets

Preschoolers

Fashion-loving four-year-old creates daily paper dress with mum

KATIE CARLIN When Angie discovered her four-year-old daughter started to shun her store-bought dresses in favour of creating her own out of scarves and her mother’s clothes, she suggested they try creating paper dresses instead and they have been making them every day since.

Tropical Sand Dough

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PAGING FUN MUMS My kids love my Tropical Sand Dough - it's such a great sensory activity for little hands, as well as being inexpensive for parents.

No cook playdough recipe

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Paging Fun Mums This is so simple to make and the best part is there is no cooking required. Just mix all the ingredients together and in five minutes you have perfect playdough. You will never need to buy it from the store again.

Learning how plants absorb water

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Paging Fun Mums Try this fun science experiment with the kids to teach them how plants absorb water.

Printable routine reward chart for preschoolers

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Download and print this free printable chart to record routines and rewards. and have your little one help chose their tasks and rewards.

Tracing shapes - preschoolers free printable activity

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Your preschooler can practice tracing and drawing shapes with this free printable activity. Download it now and let the fun begin!

Printable Emergency Contact Info Sheet

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A template for families to list important contact information in case of an emergency - your kids need to be able to make a call to 000 and have clear & correct address information.

Fun with patterns

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Practice identifying and extending basic patterns.

Adventures in Zambezia colouring pages

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To coincide with the release of Adventures in Zambezia download and print these fun colouring activities to entertain the kids.

Match the animal to their shadow

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Livia Gamble A great activity for kids to practice sorting shapes and looking for patterns.

Maze and shape activity

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The Mad Hatter has lost his tea cups! Get your preschooler to help him find them by colouring in the squares.

Egg Carton Caterpillar

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Create creepy-crawly caterpillars that are egg-ceptionally fun and easy.

Alphabet Flashcards

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These alphabet flashcards are a great teaching tool for helping your kids learn their ABC's.

Eckersley's colouring competition

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Colour-in for your chance to win one of six Texta back to school prizes calued at $50 each.

Chinese Zodiac Memory Game

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Celebrate the Chinese New Year with this cute memory game.

Cinderella colouring activity

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Keep the kids entertained with this free Cinderella colouring activity.

Cinderella colouring page

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Keep the kids entertained with this free Cinderella colouring activity.

Cinderella spot the difference

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See if your kids can find five differences in this Cinderella spot the difference activity.

Prince Charming's maze activity

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Help prince charming find his princess with this fun maze activity.

Cinderella's telling time activity

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Your kids can make their own clock and learn how to tell the time with this free activity.

Pirate Number Maze Activity

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A simple counting activity to help your kids count from 1 - 20.

Pirate Treasure Trace Activity

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Grab a dice and dowload this Number trace activity and help your kids practice drawing numbers.

Patch's London Adventure colouring

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Simply download and print this 101 Dalmations activity for some colouring fun.

101 Dalmatians colouring page

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Keep the kids entertained with this cute 101 Dalmatians free printable colouring page.

Mickey Mouse Space Adventure colouring

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Download and print this free Mickey Mouse Space Adventure colouring page for your kids.

Father's Day Colouring Activity

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Celebrate Father's Day with this fun colouring activity for younger kids.

Make your own Olympic medals

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Celebrate the Olympics by making your own Olympic medals and holding your own ceremony with your kids.

Make your own Olympic flag

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No Olympic celebration is complete without your very own flag.

Peppa Pig colouring activity

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Does your child love Peppa Pig? Print-off this fun colouring activity of Peppa with her family.

Colour the fish

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Celebrate World Ocean Day with this colouring page for kids.

Underwater colour by numbers

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Get your kids familiar with numbers and colours with this fun underwater colouring activity.

Sealife word match challenge

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Have fun with the kids as they learn the different animals that live under the sea with this word match challenge.

Ocean memory game

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Celebrate World Ocean Day with this cute memory game for your kids.

Colouring fun - Skateboarding

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Entertain the kids with some creative fun by downloading this free printable skateboarding colouring page.

Princess castle colouring page

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Do you have a little princess in your house? Download this free printable Princess castle colouring page for some creative fun with your little one.

Wendy the winter doll cutout

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Your little girl will have hours of fun dressing Wendy the fashionable paper doll.

Mother's Day craft and card

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This is a great activity to help the kids with for Mother's Day.

Make Your Own Mother's Day Card

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Make mum's day with this Mother's Day Card template!

ANZAC Soldier

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Teach your children the importance of ANZAC day as they colour the ANZAC soldier in this activity.

Fruit & vegetable categoriser

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A fun colouring activity that teaches your kids the difference between fruit and vegetables.

St Patrick's Day Memory Game

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Print off this fun St Patrick's Day activity and have hours of fun with the kids.

Easter bunny colouring

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Print off this free Easter bunny colouring page for some creative fun for your child.

Easter bonnet

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A great craft activity to do with your child this Easter.

Easter bunny ears

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Help the kids get ready for Easter with this cute Easter bunny ear activity.

Letter Trace - K L M N O

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Get the little ones to practice writing the alphabet with our letter trace activities.

Letter Trace - P Q R S T

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Get the little ones to practice writing the alphabet with our letter trace activities.

Letter Trace - U V W X Y Z

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Get the little ones to practice writing the alphabet with our letter trace activities.

Letter Trace - F G H I J

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Get the little ones to practice writing the alphabet capital and lower case letters - with F G H I J

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Little mouse with big dreams takes the Opera House stage

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Eleanor James Surely the ultimate Christmastime outing if you’re a little girl caught up in a pink ballerina fantasy is a performance of Angelina Ballerina at the Sydney Opera House.

Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas colouring page

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Download and print this cute Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas colouring page.

Halloween Memory Game - Preschool

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How good is your memory? Simply cut up and play this spooky Halloween memory game with your child!

My family tree - Activity

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Have some fun with the kids by helping them make their own family tree with our free download. Simply print and add photos of your family members to the worksheet.

My family tree - Activity

Have some fun with the kids by helping them make their own family tree with our free download. Simply print and add photos of your family members to the worksheet.

Colour by numbers - Kids cooking

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Colour by numbers - using numbers 1-8 to cololur this picture.

Tea parties satisfy craving for cakes

Crave Sydney. pic shows 6 yr old Isabella Monro enjoying a cupcake at Sparkle Cupcakes, Surry Hills.

Rachel Browne WHAT could be better than tea for two on Sydney Harbour? Try a series of free tea parties for 6000 children and their families on Goat Island.

Farm animals memory game

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How good is your memory? Simply cut up and play this cute farm animal memory game with your child!

Colour and Decorate Cupcakes

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Decorate these yummy cupcakes - get the glitter and glue out for this one!

Colour by Numbers Duck & Frog

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Colour by numbers - using numbers 1-5 to cololur this picture

Kids in the Kitchen: Cheese Straws

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Try these tasty treats with the kids in the kitchen. A great recipe to make for a playdate or a party.

Letter Trace - A B C D E

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Get the little ones to practice writing the alphabet capital letters - starting with A B C D E

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Activities & Worksheets for Younger Kids

Easter Jokes for kids

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Download and print this page of silly Easter jokes for kids. They'll "crack you up!"

Loom bands and bracelets: how to make the latest trend in the schoolyard

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AMBER ROBINSON If your child is not yet pestering you to buy tiny and colourful rubber bands, it’s only a matter of time. The Rainbow Loom trend is sweeping the world. Here are seven bracelet tutorials to get you started.

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Crafty Easter fun for kids

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Celebrate the Easter holidays with these fun Easter-themed craft activities.

Chocolate alternative Easter gifts for kids

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Trying to limit the amount of chocolate your kids are going tto eat over the Easter break? Here are some ideas for non-chocolate easter gifts.

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St Patrick's Day Jokes for kids

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What's the craic? Download and print this page of St Patrick's Day jokes for kids. They'll be telling these ones for years to come.

Mini Easter Basket Craft

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PAGING FUN MUMS These adorable Easter Baskets are so easy to make and don't require a lot of preparation - making them a perfect craft for an Easter Party, Playgroup or Classroom activity.

Valentines day crafts activities

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Josefa Pete Valentine’s Day can be a great way for kids to show the ones they love just how much they care and an even better way to get into some crafty and fun ways of showing that love.

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Why did the chicken cross the road jokes for kids

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Download and print this page of cross the road jokes for kids. These are classic corny dad jokes - the kind you see in christmas crackers - but are good clean jokes for kids.

What do you get when you cross a ... Jokes for kids

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Download and print this page of what do you get when you cross a ....jokes for kids. Good clean fun jokes for kids to learn and try out on their friends.

Knock Knock Jokes for kids

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Download and print this page of knock knock jokes for kids. They'll be telling these ones for years to come.

Printable Australia Day activities for the kids

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Still planning your Australia Day? Essential Kids have some free printable Australia Day activities to keep the kids entertained on the day.

Bottle Cap Bug Craft

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Paging Fun Mums Reuse what would normally go in the bin to make these cute little bugs. Don't forget to give them each a name.

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How to grow your own Crystals

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Paging Fun Mums A good friend of mine shared this experiment/craft with me a while back. It’s so easy and fun!

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DIY paint made from household ingredients

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Paging Fun Mums A DIY homemade paint recipe, this is simple and FUN to make (like a mini science experiment), very low cost and it is really wonderful to paint with!

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Woolies to release new series of collector cards

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AMBER ROBINSON In good news for children addicted to the Aussie Animals collector cards earlier this year, Woolworths plans to release a special edition of ‘Baby Wildlife’ trading cards just in time for Christmas.

DIY – Dinosaur Fossils!

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Paging Fun Mums Great learning craft for your future Paleontologist.

DIY night light

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Paging Fun Mums These are so inexpensive and easy to make. Such an adorable addition to any child's bedroom (especially those who need a little comfort).

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Paging Fun Mums joins Essential Kids

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Staff writers We’ve partnered with Louise and Jenni from Paging Fun Mums, to bring you awesome craft activities that you can make in your own home – with every day items and ingredients.

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Homemade Modeling Clay

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Paging Fun Mums This Clay Recipe is so simple to make and it is perfect for making just about anything.

DIY Water Blob

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Paging Fun Mums As soon as the weather started to heat up I knew we needed to try one of these ‘Water Blobs’!

DIY – Wooden Popsicle Stick bangles

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Paging Fun Mums A fun bejeweled activity for kids to create their own bangles.

Halloween bingo game

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Download and print this free bingo game to play while out and about trick or treating around the neighbourhood.

Halloween paper chain cut-outs

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Download and print this free halloween decoration paper chain cut-out activitiy. With spooky pumpkins, witches hats and bats, simply fold and cut.

Halloween in Hollywood

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It's that time of year again, as celebrities pick a pumpkin for a date with the paparazzi.

Vampire mask activity

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Download and print this free Vampire mask to create a fun Halloween costume.

Werewolf mask activity

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Download and print this free werewolf mask to create a fun Halloween costume.

Frankenstein Halloween mask

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Download and print this free Frankenstein mask to create a fun Halloween costume.

Zombie Halloween mask

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Download and print this free zombie mask to create a fun Halloween costume.

Halloween creative writing story starters

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Download and print this free creative writing story starter set. Great for the classroom or at home for a budding story teller.

Free printable science party game

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Classic party game - for the science party theme - Pin the goggles on the scientist. Download our free printable game.

Start your Aussie animals collection

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Marion Turner I used to collect. I collected stamps, I collected coins, I collected shells, erasers, sharpeners and other assorted stationery. Then there were the cards - footy cards with my favourite players. What is all this stuff worth now? Should I put the 80's eraser collection on eBay?

Father's Day activities and recipes

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Spoil dad this Father's Day with these free printable activities for kids and scrumptious lunch recipes.

Brainstorm about dad

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Download and print this free Father's Day activity.

Printable routine reward chart

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Download and print this free printable chart to record routines and rewards. and have your little one help chose their tasks and rewards.

Tracing shapes - younger kids free printable activity

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Young primary school children can practice tracing and drawing shapes with this free printable activity. Download it now and let the fun begin!

Shopping List

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Download and print this free printable activity and have your little one help out on shopping trips with this template.

Indoor school holiday fun

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Wendy Preston From photography to bowling, there are plenty of ways to stay warm indoors, says Wendy Preston.

Interview with Aladdin from Disney on Ice

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Livia Gamble We talk to everyone's favourite street urchin turned Prince about what it's like to be a part of Disney on Ice and what he would ask for if given three wishes.

The Aboriginal flag

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Download and print this free activity and teach your kids about the Aboriginal flag.

The Torres Strait Islander flag

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Download and print this free activity and teach your kids about the Torres Strait Islander flag.

Mother's Day cards, craft and breakfast cuisine

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Spoil mum this Mother's Day with cards, craft and scrumptious breakfast cuisine.

Circle the letter P

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Using a popular nursery rhyme, help your kids recognise the letter 'P'.

Easter Holiday Extravaganza

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The Easter school holidays are almost here and we have everything you need to keep the kids entertained.

Fun things for kids to do in the dark

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KATIE CARLIN Night doesn't have to be scary for kids. Show them how fun it can be with Essential Kids' top fun things for kids to do in the dark.

Valentine's Day activities and recipes

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For kids who think kissing is gross.

Valentine's Day Writing Exercise

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Download and print this Valentine's Day writing activity.

Year of the Snake Writing Exercise

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A fun and educational writing exercise.

Hotel Transylvania Naughts & Crosses Game

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Print out this free activity for an old-fashioned game of naughts and crosses.

Hotel Transylvania Colouring Activity

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Print and colour in the monsters from Hotel Transylvania.

Hotel Transylvania Maze Activity

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Download and print for some monster maze fun.

Dracula Mask

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Download and print this free Dracula mask activity.

Crafty Halloween fun for kids

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Celebrate the spookier things in life with these fun Halloween craft activities.

Pirate mask activity

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Download and print this free pirate mask to create a fun Halloween costume.

Cat mask activity

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Download and print this free cat mask to create a fun Halloween costume.

Frankenstein mask activity

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Download and print this free Frankenstein mask to create a fun Halloween costume.

Spooky Halloween fun

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Celebrate the darkest and most devilish holiday of all with some ghostly art and scrumptiously creepy treats.

Simple addition worksheet 1

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Help your kids with their simple addition with this free activity sheet.

Simple addition worksheet 2

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Help your kids with their simple addition with this free activity sheet.

Simple addition worksheet 3

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Help your kids with their simple addition with this free activity sheet.

Simple addition worksheet 4

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Help your kids with their simple addition with this free activity sheet.

Activities & Worksheets for Older Kids

Freaks and pigs pull visitors in at the Easter Show

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Melanie Kembrey The wet weather certainly didn't deter the crowds from heading to the show on the first day of school holidays. While the self-confessed "freaks" are a hit, it's the "humble pig" that is the real star of the show.

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Easter school holiday guide

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Wondering how you will keep the kids entertained these school holidays? Here is what's on around Australia in your state. From the Easter show to creative dance classes there is something to suit every child and every budget.

DIY leprechaun traps for St Pat's Day

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Although St. Patrick's Day is an Irish tradition, many Australian's come together to celebrate Irish culture and rememeber St Patrick's life. A great way for kids and parents to celebrate St. Patrick's Day together is to create these fun leprechaun traps.

Make your own glitter

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PAGING FUN MUMS We use glitter in so many crafts at our house so I thought it was high time we tried a DIY version. As it turns out, you only need 2 ingredients.

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Tongue Twisters for kids

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Try to wrap your tongue around these tricky tongue twisters. Do you know how much wood a woodchuck would chuck?

School holiday water activities

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Getting soaked has never been so much fun for children, writes Wendy Preston.

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School holiday theatre guide

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From puppets to full-on musicals, the options for a little holiday magic are bountiful, writes Harriet Cunningham.

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Summer school holiday guide

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Summer school holiday guide

Glowing Santa wreath

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PAGING FUN MUMS Here's an easy inexpensive and fun wreath for Christmas!

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Create a veggie garden with Jason Hodges

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Livia Gamble For parents on the lookout for new ways to encourage their kids to be more active, celebrity gardener, Jason Hodges, recommends charging your kids with the responsibility of a vegetable garden.

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Scary skeleton paper puppet

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Download and print this free Scary skeleton paper puppet to create a fun Halloween decoration.

Bat bon bon craft

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Riot Art & Carft Create your own bat bon bons this Halloween.

Spider piñata craft

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Riot Art & Craft Kids will love making this spider piñata and equally enjoy consuming its lollies.

Halloween Decorations Banner

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Kids can have fun making this spooky looking banner to decorate the house.

Halloween activities and recipes

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Halloween is creeping up on us and not in the spooky sense, we've gathered everything you need to celebrate all Hallows' eve with your kids.

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Halloween craft for kids

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Create some fun for your kids this Halloween with these easy craft activities and printables.

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Yarn monster cupcake picks

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Two Shades of Pink Jessica from Two Shades of Pink shows us how she made these yarn monsters for Halloween.

Wonder in the nature of things

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Melinda Ham Holidays provide the perfect chance to get closer to the natural world.

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Star attractions help illuminate the night

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Melinda Ham Staying up late can sometimes provide a whole new perspective, writes Melinda Ham.

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Sleeping over and out: the answer to a 'boring' holiday

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Melinda Ham From a kid’s perspective, going for a “sleep out” – anywhere but their own boring bed in their own boring room – can be a highlight of a school holiday, or indeed their whole year. Thankfully, Sydney boasts a wealth of possible venues.

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Spring school holiday planner

School is out and spring is here ... let the fun begin.

Livia Gamble Wondering how you will keep the kids entertained these school holidays? Here is what's on around Australia in your state. From water parks and building robots to yoga for kids - there is something to suit every child and every budget.

2013 Federal Election Finger Puppets

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Ozzilla Have fun introducing your kids to their first Federal Election experience with these printable finger puppets. Great idea for Election night!

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Printable routine reward chart for older kids

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Download and print this free printable chart to record routines and rewards, and have your child help chose their tasks and rewards.

Wealth found in looking back

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Wendy Preston Sydney's rich past is explored in activities from 'living museums' to NAIDOC Week, writes Wendy Preston.

Winter school holiday planner

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Livia Gamble Wondering how you will keep the kids entertained these school holidays? Here is what's on around Australia in your state. From Dr. Suess Science workshops to hilarious musicals - there is something to suit every child and every budget.

Fun facts about giraffes

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A tonne of fun can be had with this free giraffe worksheet.

Fun facts about rhinoceroses

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Print this free activity and teach your kids all about the rhinoceros.

Make your own family memory box

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Riot Art & Craft Create this family portrait memory box for a personalised gift for mum.

Make your own botanical bouquet

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Riot Art & Craft Follow these easy steps to make this cute craft.

Learn when to use its and it's

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Help your kids understand the difference between its and it's.

Three little pigs comprehension

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Practice reading and writing skills with the three little pigs.

Similes for beginners

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Livia Gamble Grasp the concept of similes with this older kids activity.

Let's go hunting

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AMBER ROBINSON How do you celebrate Easter morning? If an egg-hunt is your usual tradition or you're looking to make it one, here are some ideas to help get you started.

How to make an Easter chick piñata

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Riot Art & Craft Mix up your annual Easter egg hunt with this fun and festive Easter chick pinata.

I love moo Valentine's Day card

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Spread the love this Valentine's Day, simply download and print this cute card.

Snappy Valentines Day Card

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Valentine's Day is approaching, simply download and print this card for your child to give out.

Money Counting Activity

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Help your kids with their addition and download this free activity.

DIY Craft Solar System

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Teach your kids about the solar system with the easy DIY project.

Learn to tell the time

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Help your kids learn how to tell time with this free activity.

Summer school holiday guide

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Wondering how you will keep the kids entertained these school holidays? Here is what's on around Australia in your state. Frominflatable water parks and surf camps to close encounters with animals - there is something to suit every child and every budget.

Spell the secret word multiplication activity

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Combine mystery and maths with this fun secret word activity.

Two digit multiplication worksheet

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Help your kids practice multiply two digit numbers together with this free activity.

Maths Colour-by-numbers activity

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Make maths fun with this colour-by-numbers maths activity.

Pirate word search activity

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Have some fun with this pirate themed word search activity just in time for Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Multiplication Activities

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Download these activity sheets for your children to practice their times tables. Print multiple copies so they can time themselves.

Disney vanilla cupcakes

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Help older kids bake these delicious 101 Dalmatians Vanilla Cupcakes with this recipe from Disney.

50 Fun Family Activities

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It's time to get active and with this fun activity list there are no excuses.

Father's Day find-a-word

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Celebrate Father's Day with this fun find-a-word activity.

Sparkly explosion activity

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Try this science experiment that explodes and sparkles. Discover what happens when you mix an acid with a base.

The family that chalks together ...

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Staff writers It seems that chalk is just as much fun for adults as it is for kids, with some imaginative parents creating quirky and entertaining artworks on their own driveway.

Olympic maths activity

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Make maths fun with this free printable two player game designed for older kids.

Olympic find-a-word

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Have fun learning about the Olympics with this free printable find-a-word activity.

Starring roles behind the scene

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Melinda Ham Being creative in film and television doesn't have to mean taking centre stage, writes Melinda Ham.

Dinosaur facts

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Are your kids fascinated by dinosaurs? Get them to test their knowledge with this free printable fact finder.

Mother's Day coupons

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Need some fun ideas on ways your kids can spoil their mum this Mother's Day? Try this book of cute coupons.

Mother's Day bookmarks

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Looking for something older kids can make for their mum this Mother's Day? Get out the scissors, contact and ribbon and let them make a bookmark.

ANZAC Poem Worksheet

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Develop your child's comprehension skills by getting them to read the poem ANZAC Day by war veteran D. Hunter and then answer the questions below the poem.

Easter school holiday planner

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Staff writers Wondering how you will keep the kids entertained these school holidays? Here is what's on around Australia in your state. From Easter egg hunts and camps to performing arts classes and sporting days - there is something to suit every child and every budget.

Design a shamrock

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Join in on the St Patrick's Day celebrations with this design a shamrock activity.

Valentines Day Card

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Have some fun with this cute owl Valentines Day card.

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