Blowing up balloons with air pressure

Stretching balloon over bottle.

No need to huff and puff to blow balloons up; let an empty bottle do it for you!

Bending water with static electricity

Two girls placing blown up balloon under tap of running water.

Did you know you can bend water without touching it? Strange, but true!

Making a lava lamp

Two girls making a lava lamp.

You have to agree … lava lamps are pretty groovy!


Young girls making slime.

Looking for something gloopy and slimy? Look no further!

Moving on from primary

Children all seated in classroom listening to teacher.

Depending on the particular setup of their school, most Kiwi kids leave primary school at the end of Year 6, although some leave at Year 8, if the school includes Year 7 & 8. It’s a transition that parents, children and teachers are mindful of as the end of the year draws nearer.

It can be an emotional time for a child, moving onto something new and leaving the familiar. The process needs to be supported by parents, teachers, schools and the wider educational community to ensure it is a positive experience.

The NZ Ministry of Education has set up Communities of Learning, to help ease this transition.  When schools children move on from and move into, collaborate and share expertise, children and young peoples’ learning pathways are supported and their transition through the education system improved.

The home/school partnership

Two women sit at table discussing home school education.

Two really important aspects to your child doing well at school are the school itself and, crucially, the support your child receives at home. When home and school work together in partnership, amazing things happen!


Numeracy and literacy in early primary

Child doing maths on calkboard.

We go inside the classroom to discover how numeracy and literacy are taught in the early primary years.

Family mealtimes

Tray of dough ready to be baked.

It can be hard to find the time to eat together as a family but there are plenty of reasons why it’s great to gather around the table as often as possible. Your kids will tend to eat a wider variety of foods and have better table manners for starters!

Here Ben and Jude whip up a family favourite – pulled pork on homemade sliders, with kid-friendly coleslaw.

Garden to plate

Bunch of fresh beans and tomatoes from the garden.

Ben makes yummy tomato soup using fresh tomatoes from his garden, which he tops with (freshly-picked) green bean salad and a cottage cheese toasty. Fresh and tasty!

Meals without meat

Home cooked meals in casserole dishes.

Want to cook more meat-free meals but lack inspiration? Ben puts a vegetarian spin on a couple of family favourites – bolognese and lasagna.