Why Memory Games Should Be Number One in Your Home

Memory games such as Kim’s Game have been around forever it seems, and with good reason – they help us to develop our working memory. In the Squoodles household, we find that playing memory games is a nice way of slowing down the pace of our day and gives us a chance to relax. So we thought we’d share a few of our favourite games and a bit about the importance of the working memory. Memory Games and Our Working … Read More

How to Introduce a New Partner to Your Kids

Are you ready to introduce a new partner to your kids? With this introduction being the beginning of your new blended family, you want to make sure that everything goes as well as possible. We’ll look at some of the ‘rules’ regarding the introduction of a new partner, plus suggestions on managing your new family dynamics. Needing Advice on the Best Ways to Introduce Your New Partner? Change is a part of life and there’s no greater change to a … Read More

It’s Time for Some Bathtime Fun and Games

As a mum, I adore me some bathtime fun.  Warm water, a glass of bubbles, no kids… But alas, today I’m here to talk about bathtime activities for the kids your life. You may have a toddler reluctant to bath, a baby who screams the moment they get wet or a super splasher in your family. We can help calm all those things down by sharing a few of our favourite bath products and games. NZ’s Favourite Activities for Bathtime … Read More

Looking for Some Christmas Crafts for Kids? We’ve Got ‘Em!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and that means parents are frantically searching for ideas on Christmas crafts for kids. Big or small, kids love completing crafts, and Christmas is the ideal time to spend some quality family time completing them. Or simply to keep the kids busy once the school holidays start. Is it just me or are schools and kindergartens finishing earlier and earlier each year? Anyway, here at Squoodles, we know that hands on craft, … Read More

Amazingly Easy Science Activities Your Kids Will Love

Forget complicated instructions and scientific terminology, because we’ve found some of the easiest science activities for kids – and today we’re sharing them with you. 4 Incredibly Simple Science Activities for Kids Science for kids is all about learning how things work, as well as cause and effect. When I jump off the playground, I fall to the ground and that’s due to gravity. Leaves turn brown in the winter, birds live in nests, babies come from Mummy’s tummy… While … Read More

Why Intergenerational Bonding is So Important for Our Kids

If your child is lucky enough to have grandparents or older aunts and uncles in their lives, you’ll already be appreciative of the knowledge and support they can provide. Intergenerational bonding is not a term we hear often, but is one parents should be aware of. Referring to the building of relationships between different age groups, this key tool (yup, we’re calling it a tool) can have a significant impact upon your child and family. Exploring Intergenerational Bonding Intergenerational bonding … Read More

Camping Activities for Kids: Keeping Them Entertained While You Stay Sane

No longer will all day be ‘wine o’clock’ while on holiday, thanks to these brilliant camping activities for kids. Ha, who are we kidding – surviving a family camping holiday with your sanity involves a lot of wine. But these camping activities for kids that we’ve found for you here will certainly give you a few moments of peace to enjoy your wine. 6 Brilliant Camping Activities for Kids A camping holiday, be it out in the bush, the backyard … Read More

Fun Spring Gardening Ideas for Kids

Ready for some spring gardening ideas for your kids to enjoy? As the weather gets warmer, we all naturally want to head outdoors and play. But it’s also the perfect time to introduce some fun and easy spring gardening ideas to kids. As well as there being the benefit that they’ll maybe eat some of what they grow. Or a possibility some of the weeds will get pulled out. Okay, so that one went too far, but spring is the … Read More

7 Crafty Upcycling Ideas for Kids at Home

Roll up, roll up because we’ve got the upcycling ideas and activities for your kids sorted for the next 10 years! Okay, so ten years might be a slight exaggeration, but our crafty upcycling ideas will certainly keep them going for hours and hours. What is Upcycling? Upcycling, or the process of transforming an object into something different by readapting or repurposing it, is a common concept to most kids. Early on cardboard boxes and egg cartons are turned into … Read More

Help! My Child Has Trouble Following Instructions

Why does my child have so much trouble following instructions? It’s something many of us parents have asked ourselves, our children’s teachers and the checkout operator at the local supermarket. Or maybe not there, since that would be kind of awkward. So we thought it was time to look into the reasons why this might be happening and what we as parents can do about it. Why Do Some Kids Struggle With Following Instructions? Kids receive instructions in a few … Read More

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