KID'S DAY: Lara Mackey at the Carinbundi Kids Crush Day Workshops, held at CQUniversity on Saturday 3 October 2015. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
KID'S DAY: Lara Mackey at the Carinbundi Kids Crush Day Workshops, held at CQUniversity on Saturday 3 October 2015. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

Fun and games at Carinbundi Kids Crush Day

CHILDREN of all ages had a day out with a fun-filled selection of free workshops served up at the Carinbundi Kids Crush Day.

Saturday's event at CQUniversity, part of Bundy's month-long Crush Festival, saw a host of activities from clown face painting to circus skills, badge making and reading and writing workshop on offer.

Children's education charity the Smith Family spread the message of the importance of reading to children from birth with its Let's Read Week event.

Let's Read Bundaberg project officer Tami Boas welcomed families to Tent Stories, with three tents themed around the Australian picture-book Hattie and the Fox by Mem Fox.

"Research shows that the years from birth to 5 are critical for developing the emergent literacy skills that will lead to learning to read and write," she said.

"Early literacy skills are a predictor of later literacy and academic achievement and we know that those who don't arrive at school ready to take full advantage of learning opportunities sometimes never catch up.

"Parents sometimes don't realise just how easily they can instil early literacy skills in their children - and they don't need to be great readers themselves to make a big difference."

Bundaberg mum Paula Mackey said her seven-year-old daughter took part in the clown face painting workshop.

"The day had lots of activities, there were lots of kids and they were all enjoying it," she said

"The circus theme was really good because all kids love the circus."

Also taking her three daughters, Sarah, 10, Emma-Louise, 8 and Sophia, 4, along to the day was Amanda Dalla Rizza, who said it was a great school holiday event. "

The kids had a god time and I think it was really well put together," she said.

"For me it was really good because there was something to entertain all ages."



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