The best activities for kids of every age these school holidays

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The best activities for kids of every age these school holidays

It's a fun, recurring challenge for parents everywhere: how to keep kids of different ages entertained and out of trouble when the school holidays descend? Welcome to our roundup of the best kid-approved activities and games for every age group.

To the list!

Babies/toddlers

This Foam Animal Playmat makes tummy time fun while also promoting learning as your baby develops. Its foam core surface increases comfort and supports growing knees and wrists while laying down with fun shapes. It's a winner.

Available at Kmart


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Bring the amusement park vibe indoors this winter with this Inflatable Slide & Ball Pit. Bringing the fun with its bright colours, this inflatable toy set helps develop co-ordination and encourages co-operative play.

Available at Kmart


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Busy, bouncy fun in a portable, space-saving, fold-flat Jumperoo. What more could you want? Bounce to the moon and back with the cutest characters on the block on the Fisher Price Colourful Carnival Space Saver Jumperoo.

Available at Big W


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3 to 5-year-olds

Two words: Play Doh. Whatever the weather, now your kids can have their own pretend beach day any time of year! Get creative and make Play-Doh sandcastles with the bucket mold, then make ocean animals by using the cutters to create a lobster and starfish, and shape a fish with the head and tail.

Available at Target


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It's time to DANCE - with your own two feet (or hands). Fun for the whole family abounds with this jumbo sized Musical Piano Mat - it's big enough to fit both your toddler and their friends! Great for developing coordination and motor skills.

Available at Big W


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Let your young ones bounce their way to ultimate fun with this Inflatable Bouncy Castle, all while encouraging physical development, balance, coordination and healthy exercise. Featuring high walls and a soft inflatable floor, this bouncer is as safe as it is fun.

Available at Kmart


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Keep your little ones protected from rain if they decide to venture outside with this cute, ultra-light poncho that has a hoodie.
Kids Poncho available at Kmart


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6 to 11-year-olds

Piece together the Harry Potter 500 Piece 3D Jigsaw Puzzle from the famous themes of the wonderful wizarding world of Harry Potter! This clever puzzle has a magical 3D effect that gives a stunning depth to the images.
Available at QBD Books


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The Lego Creator sets includes collectable Modular Houses and Vehicles. Guarantee hours of building enjoyment with every LEGO Creator set.
Available at Myer


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Creating a time capsule for kids is a fun activity that the entire family can participate in. Riot Art and Crafts will have everything you need to create a top-secret time capsule that their future selves will treasure for a lifetime.
Available at Riot Arts and Crafts

Weave bigger, more extravagant with the Kids Loom Multi Craft Watch as your children learn how to make beautiful scarves and so much more!
Available at Myer


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Kids can bring out their individuality and creativity with this amazing Gro N Glow Terrarium kit. A complete kit for helping kids to create their very own miniature eco-system. It's so easy!
Available at Big W


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The National Geographic Gemstone Dig Kit will have you digging up 3 genuine gemstones! This is definitely one to tell the class about.
Available at Myer


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Teens

Get your teenager into wearing smart tech on their wrist to up their fitness game - these can be used with a range of different apps keeping the novelty coming for quite some time. From the Nike fitness app through to following friends on Strava to compare running times, this is a watch that will keep on giving. Kids Smart Watches Garmin
Available at Myer


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Let them "tune out" with The JBL TUNE500BT headphones. These wireless numbers will allow your teen stream powerful sound with no strings attached, for up to 16 hours of pure distraction.
Available at Myer


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Home cooking and baking for all ages

You can’t go wrong with baking, and we're yet to find a kid that doesn’t enjoy getting involved - even if it's just licking the spoon!

If you're after something simple and no fuss, you could go with any of these recipes.

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