Activities for Older Kids

7 DIY advent calendars for the home

Get your craft on this weekend with these cool DIY advent calendars for the home.

Single people refused entry into theme park, potential risk to children

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Livia Gamble A theme park in London has come under fire after refusing entry to single people in case they are paedophiles.

Kids have no idea how to load a camera with film

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BRIAN KOERBER The Fine Bros. questioned 11 kids, ages 13 and under, about a 35mm Canon Sure Shot 85 Zoom from 1998. It's safe to say that they weren't too familiar with the concept of film photography.

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How to make a terrarium

Make your own arid terrarium by following the steps below.

Paging Fun Mums If your child loves everything about gardens we have a fun project for them to get their green thumbs stuck into.

Seven Dwarfs ride at Disney's Magic Kingdom catches fire

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Brittany Levine Firefighters have extinguished a fire at the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride at the Magic Kingdom park, Saturday night.

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30 spooky snacks for a frightfully delicious halloween party

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Andrea Romano If you want your big monster mash to be hit, it's not the music or the decorations that are really going to wow your guests — it's the food.

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Teach kids how to make butter

Kids will learn how to make butter with fun and useful experiment.

Rachel Clun Science experiments are always great fun, but they can often be complicated and messy to do at home. Not this one.

Dad films son take electric wheelchair and sister for a spin in adorable video

11-year-old Reece Delashmit and his baby sister Sophie take his new electirc wheelchair for a spin.

Brian Koerber Reece Delashmit, 11, decided to test out his new powered wheelchair by giving his little sister a test ride down the hall, on the way to deliver some clothes to the laundry room.

Your guide to the total lunar eclipse

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Caroline Zielinski Everything you want to know about tonight's lunar eclipse. A great resource to share with your kids beforehand.

Mermaid school is making kids' dreams come true

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Livia Gamble Sirenas Mediterranean Academy in Tarragona, Spain teaches humans how to be mermaids.

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Pirate word search

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Find all the words or you'll walk the plank with these pirate realted words in our fun printable pirate word search activity.

Spring school holiday guide 2014

Plan your school holiday fun here.

Livia Gamble According to a poll, grumpy children say they are bored over 200 times over the summer holidays. To help you minimise the complaints here is state by state guide of what's on around Australia during the Spring holidays.

How to make baby Groot cupcakes

Baby Groot in cupcake form.

If your family loved Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy as much as ours did you will be racing the kids to the kitchen to create these adorable baby Groot cupcakes.

Roald Dahl's 'The Witches', a one-man show

Bewitched: Roald Dahl's wicked tale is brought to the stage.

Linda Morris From Grand High Witch to wind-up mouse, Roald Dahl's beloved children's book The Witches gets a timely work-out.

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11 ways to make science fun for your kids

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Sylvan Lane The vinegar and baking soda volcano is a science fair classic, but making science fun for your kids can mean a lot more than making a mess of your kitchen.

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Best board games by decade

Quality family time around a classic board game.

We have collected a list of our favourite releases by decade for you to add to your growing pile of games.

Teach children how to plant a tree

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Kids can learn how to plant a tree in time for National Tree Day on Sunday 27th July with this step-by-step guide.

Vision-impaired children fly high with circus activities

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Michael Power Nine-year-old Zara Perry has severe vision-impairment and albinism but that hasn't stopped her from flying on the high trapeze.

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Know your bike parts?

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Test your or your kids bike knowledge with this "Name the bike parts" worksheet.

Learn to draw - Bicycle

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Le Tour keeping you and the up at night? Here is a quick and easy way to learn to draw a bicycle.

Winter school holiday guide 2014

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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 ice skating to music theatre classes there is something to suit every child and every budget.

Printable School Holiday Planner

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Download and print this free printable chart to organise the school holidays

Know your flags - FIFA World Cup 2014 Quiz

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Do you know all the FIFA World Cup 2014 teams and their flags? Test your knowledge of the world flags.

Football World Cup 2014 activities for kids

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Activities for your little football fan. Design a kit, word search, flag quiz.

Design a World Cup Football kit

Your chance to design your team's kit to celebrate the FIFA World Cup 2014.

Make your own butterfly feeder

How to make a butterfly feeder.

Paging Fun Mums Who wouldn't want to attract butterflies to their home? This is so simple to make and the kids love it.

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

NAIDOC Week

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.

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