Category Archives: Kids

Bored? Try board games.

We recently came across a chest full of well-used board games. We had a great time with the grandkids playing Battleship and other classics. Many of the great board games can be found in garage sales at really good prices. Games can be both educational and entertaining, and encourage participation and active communication (like shouting!). […]

Find the missing shoe

A reader writes, “We wanted to play Happy Families but not having the cards we gathered shoes, divided them up between us, and then had to find the matching one. We hid behind sofas/chairs in four corners of the room with our little collection and peeped out to ask for the missing shoe we were […]

The kids’ garden

The garden is not only a wonderful place for kids to be kids, but at the same time they learn about growing healthy and fresh food. They also get the message about the benefits that come from putting in a little bit of effort. While some children may be disappointed to learn that toffee apples […]

A OS, Wellington.

I have recently been trawling galas, garage sales and op shops for Christmas pressies for the kids. You can buy fantastic gifts at very reasonable prices. I have bought all my nieces and nephews puzzles and games of their favourite cartoon characters for 20c each and they are still in almost new condition. My nieces […]

A OS, Wellington.

My three year old has been very busy all year making Christmas gifts. We bake and freeze throughout the year and save our large tin cans for him to paint and pop plants into them for the gardeners in the family. We also make him decorate all our labels (for homebrew and chutneys) and because […]

SMP, Whangarei.

The local refuse center has been a great place to buy books for our daughter. I have purchased Margaret Mahy, Lyn Dodley, Maori language books for 10-20 cents each. Some books I’ve seen in book stores for $20-$40.

Manawahe School, Whakatane.

Place seeds such as peas, beans, luffa, etc in warm water for two days then plant. We are having a gardening competition so we are looking for ideas like this. We will be judging in December and taking a bus around to see all the gardens.


Let kids save for their own college fund by encouraging them from a very early age to earn money by getting paid for what they enjoy doing! Our little boy who is now three loves dogs, so we offered to walk the neighbours’ dog for $5 a week. It makes us get out for exercise […]

Canny Scot, Christchurch.

Kids versus crusts! Some kids wont eat the hard ends of the bread so I pop them in my blender and make breadcrumbs with them then mix in a tablespoon of mixed herbs and a handful of grated cheese. Pop them in a strip seal bag and store in freezer then when you make shepherds […]

Plingie, Christchurch.

Car seats can be expensive! Instead of buying a capsule, then toddler seat then booster, the best seat I have found is the Cosco Scenera. It goes from birth to 18kgs and can rear face till 16kgs, meaning baby/toddler can travel rear facing (and safer) for longer! Plus…it’s only about $150!