Play used as therapy for troubled kids

LAKSHMI SINGH Play is being used by experts as therapy to help children with a range of issues, ranging from anxiety, stress, bullying, domestic violence and disruption, loss of a loved one as well as developmental delays.


Which Easter showbags are going to be a hit with the kids this year?

Ryan Mackandev aged 7 trying out the showbags during the sSydney Royal Easter Show showbag preview.
12th March 2014.
Photo: Steven Siewert

Kim Arlington Children deliver their verdict on their pick of the best showbags at this year's upcoming Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Why I used to struggle to play with my boys

Playing with her sons used to be challenging but not anymore.

Rachel Cedar Why playing with your boys isn't another thing to tick of the to-do list but an opportunity with rewarding results.

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Preschooler's Knock-Knock joke Vine will make you melt

Adorable Vine star Breanna Youn.

KATIE CARLIN This might just be the most adorable thing you will see all day.

Cork Rocket Experiment

An experiment that will blow their mind!

PAGING FUN MUMS This Cork Rocket Experiment was so much FUN for the whole family!! It's a great way for kids to learn about Science through FUN!! It would also make a great science fair project.

DIY Pool Noodle Sprinkler


PAGING FUN MUMS This DIY sprinkler is easy to make using easily sourced materials, it's also lightweight and soft - making it perfect for kids to play with or to attach to a Trampoline safety net.


ByK E-450x3i review


Marion Turner Kids will love to ride the ByK and who knows, you may even have a future yellow jersey or gold medal winner in your family.

Crocodiles found in Mount Isa public pool

Baby freshwater crocodiles were thrown into a Mount Isa pool as a prank.

A family of baby crocodiles has made a splash at a public pool in Queensland, surprising swimmers trying to escape the heat.

Family-friendly firework locations in Sydney

PLANNER December 31, 2013. Coogee Sparkles firework display.

Lucy Hughes Jones The best family-friendly fireworks-viewing spots to nab this New Year's Eve.

Kittens reenact 'The Lion King' in adorable video

Kittens perform The Lion King and it is too cute.

What happens when children enlist the help of their pet kittens to recreate their favourite movie?


Top picnic spots in Australia

Jervis Bay.

Michael Gebicki Shake out the picnic rug and raid the fridge - because when the sun is shining, nothing beats a picnic.

How to encourage siblings to be friends


Nicole Thomson-Pride Strong sibling relationships can make life so much sweeter. But how can parents encourage their children to be good friends?


Five schoolyard games for girls


Livia Gamble Take a step back in time and try one these schoolyard games for girls – rhymes included.


Why kids should grow a garden

All smiles: Heidi Hodges is happy in the garden, much like her father.

Jason Hodges I've been very lucky from an early age - my mum and dad were keen gardeners.


Babies Prom doesn't disappoint youngest fans

Babies Prom at the Sydney Opera House

Staff writers Sydney Opera House plays host to a regular series aimed at two to five-year-olds called Babies Prom. The show has been running at the House for over 30 years and is the perfect way to introduce your kids to the joys of a live performance.

Homemade cleaning remedies

Inexpensive ways to clean your home

VICTORIA BIRCH With kids comes a whole new set of cleaning challenges. Here are eight homemade solutions to tackling the mess.

Five quick cleaning tips

Battling the mess ...

VICTORIA BIRCH Five cleaning tips to keep your house appearing tidy - even when you're time poor.

Fun shortcuts in the kitchen with kids

Take the fuss out of baking ...

KRISTY KOMADINA Top ten meals and treats that you can whip up in the kitchen even faster with our tried and tested cheats

Why parents need to put down their smartphones

Do your kids struggle to get your attention?

Joanne Orlando As parents, are we now spending more time with technology than with our loved ones?


Top five things to make with kids

Craft for kids

Staff writers We have searched the best of the blogs and put together a list of fun, simple and cheap playtime solutions to get your kids creating games from materials easily found around the home or second-hand.

Future sporting stars disappear with backyards

Backyard cricket

Laura House Future generations of Australian sport stars may be fewer on the ground, with a steady decline in backyard sporting activities among children, research shows.


The answer to school break boredom

Imagination station ... Snorkeling in a hot sea bath.

KAREN HARDY Let the kids be bored says Karen Hardy and just wait and see what happens.

New toy inspires girls to build

GoldieBlox encourages girls to build ...

KATIE CARLIN There is a new girl power champion on the block and she is determined to get little girls interested in building a better future by opening their minds to the possibilities of engineering.


What's wrong with Willow's song?

Willow Smith Essential Kids

KATIE CARLIN There is something slightly unsettling about 12-year-old Willow Smith’s latest music video release, Summer Fling.

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Storage ideas for kids' toys

Storage for toys Essential Kids

Livia Gamble Control the chaos that comes with having so many toys by using these simple storage ideas.


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Money-saving makeover tips for kids rooms


When it comes to designing kids rooms, there are many furniture and décor options to choose from. Luckily there are ways to help you do it on a budget.


Sydney stages school holiday fun


Elissa Blake From Horrible Histories to Sesame Street, the stage is set for holiday enjoyment, writes Elissa Blake.

Top 15 things to do in Brisbane with kids


Jodi Panayotov Looking for things to do in Brisbane these school holidays that don't involve peering at a screen? We've hunted down 15 of the very best shows, performances, events and activities to make this one stop guide to the best of what's on for kids in Brisbane.

Should there be a national system for working with children checks?

Child abuse.

BARNEY ZWARTZ Should there be a national system for working with children checks? The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse asks in its first public discussion paper.


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Taking family photos

Livia Gamble After taking some great family pictures it’s only natural to want to show them to your friends and family. Here are the basics on how to share your photos using social media.

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