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Learn and laugh together

In an age where we are more connected than ever through and with technology, it’s important that families leverage it to learn, laugh and have fun together.

If you’ve resolved to try new ways to engage with your children in 2018, a good start is finding something you can both enjoy.

ABC Short & Curly | A podcast designed to get children and families thinking and brainstorming together.

According to the ABC, Short & Curly is a “fast-paced fun-filled ethics podcast for kids and their parents, with questions and ideas to really get you thinking. It asks curly questions about animals, technology, school, pop culture and the future”.

One of the latest episodes proposes the following scenario: “An out-of-control train is heading straight for a group of people who don’t know they are about to be hit. You, as the driver, have some life and death decisions to make. What will you do?”

Learning Potential Resources | A one-stop shop with a wealth of practical resources and activities to hep parents of children from kindergarten age to Year 6, connect school learning with life at home. There’s also a Learning Potential app for parents on the go.

ABC Education | An extensive range of free educational resources for primary and secondary students, including videos, games, apps and articles.

Curious Kids | A series for children by The Conversation, an independent source of news and views from Australia’s academic and research community. Children can send in any question they’d like an expert to answer. Questions experts have answered for children have included: ‘where do flies sleep?’ and ‘is x-ray vision possible?’.

Nature Play | Dedicated to getting children outdoors, Nature Play provides parents with current events, activities and ideas on how to engage their children in fun, inspiring and engaging outdoor play.

Kids News | A news service, by News Corp, that publishes news stories of interest to Australian children at a level they can understand and relate to. At the end of each story is a range of learning activities parents can do with their children.