Fun

Sparkly planters

Bring some bling and greenery to any occasion. Made by KINETA BOOKER. MATERIALS Terracotta pots Resene Terracotta Sealer Resene Quick Dry – undercoat (small pot) Testpots – undercoat: Resene Dusty Road; Resene Coriander Testpots – Resene FX Metallics: Resene Goldmine; Resene Stun Resene paintbrushes (I …

Growing fun

Spending time growing things together in the garden is a great way to connect with your child, writes KINETA BOOKER. The day I gave my son his first pair of gardening gloves will stay with me always. His little pair of blue ones were sitting …

Creating a butterfly garden

It’s the year of the butterfly, and MARIA ROMERO is on a mission to raise awareness of the beautiful monarch through school talks, and teaching people how to create welcoming spaces for butterflies. So much can be learnt from the transformation of the caterpillar into …

A whole lot of floating fun

As an island nation, we love the water, and there’s so much fun to be had on our oceans and lakes. Adding a boat to the family can make for some  long-lasting memories writes KINETA BOOKER. It’s a memory etched in my mind from the …

Surfing with confidence

As one of New Zealand’s most experienced surfing instructors and owner of Learn to Surf, Aaron Lock’s passion is to encourage others to love and embrace the ocean without fear. “It’s easy to get started with surfing, a series of lessons will give your child …

Life skills through movement

Learning a martial art offers more than getting a great work out, as children learn valuable life skills at the same time. Proactive Martial Arts hosts a range of kids’ classes designed to encourage strong values, confidence, coordination and fitness. “All our classes have been …

Active adventures

Springtime in Christchurch is green, sunny and warm, so TOM AND JAMIE HART look at ways to head outside and add incidental exercise into any child’s day. Statistically, over 30 per cent of Kiwi kids are now overweight or obese. As we know, exercise through …

Increasing your daily joy

Stay-at-home mum of three and occupational therapist RACHEL McFEDRIES has been on a ‘Joy Spotting’ mission lately – intentionally seeking out and taking notice of small pockets of joy. A few months ago I watched a TED talk that was doing the rounds. In a brightly coloured …