Life with a school aged child

Life with school age children

Thoughts on life with a school aged child from some familiar faces. What a typical day’s like, what’s to love, the challenging stuff, and musings in hindsight, from those who’ve been there.

Breeding bacteria

Close up of breeding bacteria.

Does your child need an incentive to wash their hands? Growing greeblies might be the motivation you’ve been looking for!

Fake snot

Close up of fake snot held by child.

Disgusting as it may sound, making fake snot is an educational experience – and fun!

Vinegar volcanoes

Girls excited as their vinegar volcano erupts.

Just like the real thing, the Rosies’ volcano puts on an explosive show. (Friendly suggestion: you might like to try this one outside!)

Bouncing eggs

Hardboiled egg under running water.

Bouncing eggs? Is that possible?! Your child will marvel at this scientific transformation.


Lego and other figurines.

This is a fun experiment to do with your child. Let them choose their favourite Lego minifigure (or similar) and marvel as it floats to the ground.

Kids in the kitchen

Jude pictured with chef Ben teaching young child to cook pasta in the kitchen.

It’s got to be a good thing getting kids in the kitchen – it sets them up with good eating habits and a love of food, and they’re much more likely to eat something they’ve helped make than if we plonk a plate in front of them!

Most kids love pasta, so our chef Ben Bayly thought what better place to start than that all-time classic, spaghetti and meatballs, a favourite with his own children. Get the kids involved with fetching herbs from the garden, grating cheese, grinding the pepper, stirring the sauce … and before you know it, they’ll be cooking you dinner!

Why preparation is key

Homemade baked beans and sausages.

Doing a bit of preparation the night before or earlier in the day can mean meals are more nutritious, less expensive and less stressful! Chef Ben Bayly has freshened a Kiwi classic – his dad’s cauliflower cheese recipe – and teamed it with some healthy, homemade baked beans and sausages. Yum!

Afternoon snacks

Mexican favourite filled tortillas.

Who doesn’t need inspiration for what to feed hungry kids in the door from kindy or school? In this Food for Thought recipe, Ben Bayly puts a Kiwi spin on a Mexican favourite – filled tortillas. It’s a dish his girls love – tasty of course, but quick, easy and nutritious too. And don’t forget that go-to after school snack – smoothies. All you need is a blender/food processor, milk, banana and berries. (Yoghurt makes a great addition too.)

Special occasion food

Chocolate and berry icecreams.

Gorgeous to look at and delicious to eat, these special occasion iced treats will woo any partygoer! Strawberry or chocolate … such a difficult choice!