Making the holidays awesome

Great podcasts for parents and carers

Fri 11 September 2015

6 mins

Screen time might be something you want to avoid these coming school holidays, but here are some great ideas on how you and your kids can have fun making stuff with technology together. 

Our resident children's technology expert, Dr Kate Highfield from the Institute of Early Childhood, says 'Using technology can document, extend and enrich your child's 'making' in many ways.' Here are her suggestions...



  • Adobe Voice (iOS) Records your voice and adds photos to your projects 
  • Book Creator (iOS/Google Play) Make your own picture books, journals and children's books
  • WePublish (iOS) Write, illustrate, publish and print your own 8-page mini book


  • Lego Movie Maker (iOS) Brings Lego characters to life by creating a custom Lego stop-motion movie
  • PicPac (Google Play) Allows you to create stop motion movies, animation and time lapse in one app
  • iMovie (iOS) Create and edit movies from your devices video library
  • Video Editor (Google Play) To edit and create movies from your photo and video library

GUEST: Dr Kate Highfield, Institute of Early Childhood at Macquarie University

Listen to more Lifestyle & Travel segments

Makeup tips and tricks that'll have you looking and feeling great

Bern Fisers has travelled the world doing the makeup of famous actors and musicians What she’s learnt is that looking and feeling great doesn’t have to cost the earth. It…
13 mins

Presents vs Presence: How to get to Christmas without falling apart

The lead up to Christmas can be filled with frantic shopping trips and weekends crammed with events Mindfulness coach and author of Happy Mama  Amy Taylor-Kabbaz gives us her tips…
16 mins

Why the family holiday doesn't have to be a nightmare when you're a single parent

Travelling with kids can be like transplanting the chaos in your home, to chaos in a foreign location But single mum, author and journalist Jacinta Tynan says it’s all worth…
12 mins

How to keep your kids safe when you're on holidays

Sometimes traveling with small children can feel just too hard Carolyn Ziegler is a child safety expert and Product Development Director of Dreambaby. She gives us some tips on how…
14 mins

Embrace Yourself: Taryn Brumfitt wants you to love your body

Unfortunately many women (particularly after having children) have something they’d like to “fix” about their bodies Taryn Brumfitt says that you’re perfect just the way you are. Following on from…
17 mins

Fancy a year away in Italy? This mum made it happen

Shannon Stoddart runs a very busy, successful photographic agency But deep down she always knew she wanted to spend a year in Italy, living a slower and more connected life.…
17 mins