Posts from the category: Children and Technology

6 Fabulous Short Films from Children’s Books

6 Fabulous Short Films from Favourite Children's Books. A great selection for preschoolers and early elementary aged children.

When earlier this year AJ discovered the short film of Room on the Broom (based on the book by Julia Donaldson) it was love at first sight. And her love of the movie led to a love for the book and then a whole lot more love for all things Julia Donaldson. For us, as a family, it also opened up the … [Read more...]

Brain Breaks: 7 YouTube Channels to Get Kids Moving & Grooving

Brain Break Ideas: 7 YouTube Channels to Get Kids Moving and Grooving

Whether you're stuck inside because of the weather, you just need to change up the tone on one of THOSE days at home, or you're looking for brain break ideas for your class or group, this collection of YouTube channels includes plenty of inspiration to get kids moving, grooving and having fun. … [Read more...]

Keeping Kids Safe & Responsible Online

Practical Tips for Keeping Our Kids Safe & Responsible Online

Today I am excited to welcome Martine of The Modern Parent - a mum, speaker, writer, educator and family counsellor, to share practical strategies for keeping our kids safe and responsible online. Kids today are really no different to how we were as children. They want to play and create and … [Read more...]

#JustKeepDancing With the Video Star App

Create fun music videos with awesome effects with the Video Star app

In February 2015 fellow Australian play blogger, Katey of Play to Talk, received the shattering news that her beautiful 18 month old, Finlay, has High Risk Stage 4 Hepatoblastoma - liver cancer that has spread to his lungs. Since his diagnosis Finlay has been courageously fighting this terrible … [Read more...]

9 Digital Word Games for School Aged Kids

9 Digital Word Games for School Aged Kids

This post is part of Microsoft’s #WorkWonders program. In our family, screen time is a bit like sugar. You see, we are certainly not sugar free but I am conscious of how many sugary treats our children eat and I make every effort to make good dietary choices for their health. The same applies to … [Read more...]

Children & Technology: Would You Let Your Child Start a Blog?

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This post is by regular contributor Catherine Oehlman aka Squigglemum. “Mum, can I have my own blog now I’m six?” I stared blankly at my daughter while internally processing my response... “Not yet... maybe when you’re older... hang on yes... yes, of course... no, don’t be ridiculous... NO WAY... … [Read more...]

Kids & Advertising: How to help children process what they see

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This post is by regular contributor Kate Fairlie of Picklebums. Our kids don’t watch much commercial television.  We keep away from it, not because of the programs, but because of the advertising.  While I’ve made peace with how televisions is used in our family, I have not made peace with the … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Use Video As A Literacy Tool

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I have no less than 20 two or three minute videos of Immy on my iPhone from this past week. She is fascinated by the idea of performing for the camera and seeing herself played back on the screen. "Did you take the video?" and "Can I see now?" have become common requests. Initially she was all … [Read more...]