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Day 27: Aotearoa

After all this travel, there really is no place like home.New Zealanders are the luckiest people in the world... we have it all in one little country. That's why we call it Godzone. Did you know the name Aotearoa is the Māori name for New Zealand? It was originally used by the Māori people in reference to the North Island but it is now used to refer to the country as a whole.Young tourists perspective of New Zealand... Cool Facts on New Zealand How to Dad...  Nature Sounds - Incredib...

April 21, 2020

Day 26: Nigella

Hello Chocolate Lovers...It has become apparent to me, due to the absence of flour at the supermarket, New Zealanders have become a nation of master bakers!Are you are newly awakened 'Domestic Goddess' or 'God'?I'm known to have a sweet tooth and love to use Whittaker's premium chocolate to create my very own treats. I thought I would share with you one of my favourite recipes. What is your favourite Whittaker's Chocolate?CHOCOLATE AVOCADO TART - now, who doesn't like a bit of tart?INGREDIENTSBa...

April 20, 2020

Day 25: Beauty Sleep

Ever had one of those days where you just want to kick around in your PJ's all day and realise you don't like wearing them? You know that feeling it's liberating once you go oh natural... and at the moment you can't get caught out by the neighbours! Ever jumped into bed, snuggled down and realised you haven't cleaned your teeth? Mmmm nothing worse than that furrrry feeling! At least I keep smiling!Do you find that the bed can get overcrowded?Struggling to get to sleep and the kids are as well?He...

April 19, 2020

Day 24: Vogels & Jeremy

I don't know about you, but as a fair dinkum Kiwi...I live for my Vogels! It's my GO TO brekkie...and of course we all know the number 1 reason Australians want to come to New Zealand is for the fibrous glory of our Vogel's bread! It's World Famous in NZ. Nothing compares to Vogel's! Not even me! I'm off to my tent I'm having boiled eggs and Vogels soldiers. Not even Hilary will find me here! Check out these fab recipes with Vogels bread: ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++...

April 18, 2020

Day 23: Hilary Barry

Today is #formalfriday - only a bit of 'news cleave' in this post. I'm thinking of Barbara's best interests, as my boobs are currently under lockdown. I can say boobs in front of children can't I, after all I said it on National TV!As you can see I enjoy dressing up, whether it is for baking my famous cheese scones, glamping with my boys or doing a spot of gardening. It's fun to dress up - today I'm a Princess and I'm particularly fond of my Tiara. Do you like to dress up ? What is your favourit...

April 17, 2020

Day 22: Australia

G'day mate as our neighbours across the ditch would say in Australia! COOL FACTS ABOUT AUSTRALIA Australia is the world's 6th largest country by area!The Australian Alps get more snow than the Swiss AlpsThe Great Barrier Reef is the largest eco reef system in the world80% of the animals are unique to AustraliaA desert area known as the ‘outback’ covers much of Australia's land.Humans have lived in Australia for around 45000 years.The indigenous people of Australia are Australian AboriginesAu...

April 16, 2020

Day 21: China

Nǐ hǎo 你好 - I'm in China today...did you know more than 1 billion people live in China! That's a lot of Chinese takeaways! FACTS ABOUT CHINA Chinese New Year lasts for 15 days – that’s one long party!They have two official languages Chinese and Mandarin. Mandarin is a language as well as a fruit!In China, every year is represented by one of 12 animals - this year 2020 is the year of the Rat!About 35 million people live in caves! Caves are cheaper to build, easier to warm in winte...

April 15, 2020

Day 20: Scotland

Hou's aw wi ye? I'm in Scotland, the home of my ancestors! Scotland is part of the United Kingdom along with England, Wales and Northern Ireland. FUN FACTSWhat do you know about Scotland?   Scotland for Kids Have you heard of the Bagpipe? The bagpipe is a musical instrument that somehow uses reeds, pipes, and a bag full of air to create a sound that everyone knows comes from Scotland!KILTS: The Kilt is a mysterious and exciting piece of clothing. It has been around since the...

April 14, 2020

Day 19: England

Good Afternoon - I’m feeling very regal having just had cucumber sandwiches and a cuppa with Queen Elizabeth II OR as I call her Liz! FUN FACTS Liz turned 93 on 21st April! Amazing huh… and she still works. She works more than her children, especially that Prince Andrew…he’s a scallywag!Liz actually celebrates her birthday twice! On her actual Birthday then again when the weather is better! I quite like that idea! When is your Birthday?Liz was crowned the Queen on 2 June 1953&...

April 13, 2020

Day 18: Easter Sunday

Happy Easter everyone from my Bubble to yours. Stay Safe - Stay Home & Stay Good! WHO IS THE POPE The Pope is the head of the Catholic Church for the Whole World. There are many other faiths like Islam, Judaism, Rastafarianism, Christianity, Buddhism, Atheism and many more.   Find out what kids around the world believe in… CARTOON OF POPE FRANCISThe life of Pope Francis - who he is and how he got his job MAKE AN ORIGAMI 'POPE CAP'!~ ONE VOICE CHILDREN SINGINGCheck out the v...

April 12, 2020

Day 17: Easter Saturday

I’m quite busy today getting prepared for Easter? What are you doing for Easter? The Big New Zealand Easter Hunt - colour in the Easter Egg from Jacinda Ardern then email your ‘masterpiece’ to Jacinda at primeminister@parliament.govt.nzOR share your Easter Egg picture on social media using the hashtag #NZEggHunt Easter Facts for Kids Easter Game for Kids Hop Hop Little Bunny - Kids Song I’ve got to hop along now… see you later ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++...

April 11, 2020

Day 16: Boxing Day

Ok so today I thought I would get my heart rate up and master my Boxing.What exercise do you like to do when you're at home? 9 Min Exercise for Kids Dancing is a FUN way to exercise! Give it a go... Zumba for Kids LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLE!  10 year old boxer - check out her exercise program! How many of those exercises can you do? FUN FACTS ABOUT JOSEPH PARKER Joseph Parker is a professional New Zealand Boxer.He has fought 29 times - WON 27 & 21 of those was from a KNOCKOUTHe was awar...

April 10, 2020

Day 15: Mexico with Frida

Buenos días - today I'm back in Mexico with Frida Kahlo who was an amazing artist known for her portraits, self-portraits, and works inspired by nature and Mexico. NEW WORD: Portrait - is a painting, picture, photograph of a person where the face and expression are the main focus. Learn how to braid your hair like Frida! How to draw Frida FRIDA QUOTE Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you. It's go...

April 9, 2020

Day 14: Fiji

Greetings from Fiji OR as they say Bula. Did you know that there are 330 islands in Fiji and 500 small islands called islets! How cool is that.  FUN FACTS Fiji is tropical, with white sandy beaches, beautiful islands, coral reefs and tropical weather. It is a fabulous place to chill out and have a holiday.The main language is Fijian but English and Fijian Hindi is spokenFiji has 1500+ species or types of sea life! That's a lot of sea life! NEW WORD: Coral Reef - is a large underw...

April 8, 2020

Day 13: Bolivia

Buenas Tardes which is Spanish for Good Afternoon! Today I’m in Bolivia. Bolivia is a country in South America. It shares its borders with Argentina, Chile, Peru, Brazil and Paraguay. That's a lot of CLOSE neighbours!  FUN FACTS Bolivia has the highest capital in the world called La Paz which is 3,500m above sea level! That's pretty HIGH up there! When you arrive at the airport they have an oxygen room!Bolivia has the highest lake called Lake Titicaca - it shares a border with Peru On La...

April 7, 2020

Day 12: Turkey

Selam greetings from Turkey! Turkey Is an ancient country that has been settled for more than 8,000 years!...That's a long time! Turkey has Roman ruins, huge cathedrals, and castles from the days of the knights and Crusaders. It is like stepping back in time - it's a really cool country! The largest city, Istanbul, used to be known as Constantinople! This beautiful, old city lies in both Europe and Asia. 16 Facts on Turkey SONG: Fun song about Istanbul  COOL FACTS Ther...

April 6, 2020

Day 11: Palm Sunday

Today is Palm Sunday!  With all the sick people around the world I thought I would say a Little Prayer - you could make up your own prayer or story to look after the sick people and their families. PALM SUNDAYPalm Sunday marks the day Jesus arrived in Jerusalem on a donkey, just a few days before he was betrayed by his friend Judas. Some friend huh! The day is called ‘Palm Sunday’ because the people of Jerusalem threw palm leaves on the floor as a greeting and sign of respect when...

April 5, 2020

Day 10: Domestics

I love to help around the house. How do you help keep things tidy?Think of all the ways you can help at home! Dry the dishes or stack the dishwasherMake your bedPut your plate in the kitchen after you have used itPick your clothes upPut your toys awayReplace the toilet roll if you have used the last piece! Help make dinnerPut away the laundryMake your own snacks...BUT don't forget to tidy up after you! How about making the BIG PEOPLE in your house some breakfast OR a cup of tea! They...

April 4, 2020

Day 9: Kia Ora Dairy

Just got to race out to the local dairy - I forgot to get some flour for baking and for some reason the toilet paper is in short supply at the supermarket! BACKGROUND ON THE LOCAL DAIRY Did you know it was in the early 1900s (that's a very long time ago), that small shops known as ‘dairy produce sellers’ started popping up.The local Dairy were the only stores in New Zealand allowed to sell milk, cream, cheese, butter and eggs, as well as being the only places allowed to operate on a Sunday. ...

April 3, 2020

Day 8: Russia

Привет - Hello from Russia! I'm an Eskimo and I live in an Igloo or 'Snow House'. It gets very cold here and sometimes the temperature drops to below -50 degrees!!! That's freeezzzzing!  ESKIMOSCheck out the cool facts on Eskimos! Did you know that there are 80,000 Eskimos that live around the world.Eskimos clothes are made from skins of animals!!! FACTS ON RUSSIA Russia shares borders with many countries, including China, Ukraine, North Korea and Norway.In terms of land, Russia is ...

April 2, 2020

Day 7: Mexico

Buenos Dias from Mexico! Did you know Mexico has over 129 million people! That’s a lot of Mexican Waves!  Show me how you do the Mexican Wave.   Mexico City ACTIVITIES Try dancing to the Mexican Hat Dance  Kids traditional Mexican Dance in colourful costumes MEXICAN FOOD Mexican food is really yummy and sometimes spicy. Popular dishes include tacos, burritos and enchiladas. Have you tried Mexican food? What's your favourite? RECIPESMexican Food for Kids fr...

April 1, 2020

Day 6: Ireland

Cén scéal: What’s the news? Here I am in Ireland, known as the Emerald Isle because of its beautiful green hills. NEW WORD - Emerald: A beautiful green colour and it is also a beautiful gem. Do you know what a gem is? The Irish are a country of storytellers. My grandmother Maree is a great storyteller, when she is not being a chatterbox (or spinning a yarn) she plays the Irish Jig on the piano!NEW WORD - Irish Jig: a dance that comes from Ireland Can you dance the Irish Jig? Have a...

March 31, 2020

Day 5: Africa

Today I’m in Africa, In the Jungle, the mighty jungle… you know how the song goes… sing along with me... Wow Africa is a pretty cool place, there are 54 countries with more than 1.1 billion people… that’s a lot of people! What do you know about Africa? Can you find Africa on a Map? Africa also has the longest river in the world called the Nile - the mouth of the river is in Egypt....[BIG PEOPLE]… just a heads up the end of the river is called a mouth!)....

March 30, 2020

Day 4: Say a Little Prayer

Kia Ora, Gizmo here  In these interesting times I thought it would be nice to say a little Thank You OR Prayer.You may like to make up your own little prayer, story or rhyme. Here are a few ideas for you... THANK YOUThank you for Family - watch over my loved onesThank you for Play - help me to be happy and freeThank you to Doctors & Nurses - for looking after sick peopleThank you to the Police - for protecting us at homeThank you to People in Supermarkets, stocking shelves and making sure...

March 29, 2020

Day 3: Home Spa

Wow what a week - I'm tired and my bones ache so I thought I would relax with a spa treatment at home. I LOVE quiet time; it gives me more energy to play. Have you been having plenty of rest and quiet time? I've been looking a bit pale and tired, especially this week!How are you feeling? I'm going to give myself a little Home Spa Treatment. Did you know that there are all sorts of things around the house that you can use to create a spa treatment so you can Sparkle? How do you like to S...

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