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Happy holidays from the Kids News team

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Kids News is taking a break to enjoy the school holidays. We’ll be back ready for 2022 from January 31. We hope you have a relaxing time either at home or away

Zoe Neal's Covid-19 cartoon won the Kids New Cartoon Contest in the Year 7-8 age group.

Cartoon Contest winners unveiled

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The absurd side of pandemic life and a rugby obsessed penguin have inspired the winning entries in the inaugural Kids News Cartoon Contest. Check out the winning cartoons here

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 13, 2020, Gary Stokes, founder of the environmental group Oceans Asia, poses with discarded face masks he found on a beach in the residential area of Discovery Bay on the outlying Lantau island in Hong Kong. - The surge in mask wearing during the coronavirus pandemic has thrown up a potent new threat to wildlife due to people thoughtlessly discarding the protective gear in massive quantities, environmentalists warn. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)

Face mask litter a major problem

environment

Nearly two years since the pandemic began, the world is awash in discarded single-use face masks and this chief Covid protection poses a threat to wildlife and the environment

The golden bowerbird  in the Wet Tropics may be under threat as the climate changes. Peter Valentine photo

Bird sounds set for ARIA success

animals

Endangered Australian birds could knock pop songbirds from their perch, with an album of birdsong in the running to debut in the ARIA Top 10


Special Features

Do you know your landmarks, are you a sports nut and have you been reading this week's Kids News stories? Try to beat the Quiz Word clock.

The Short Story Competition will be back in 2022. Congratulations to this year's winners.

Join our book club to receive discounts on new books and fantastic prizes.

Healthy Harold has been visiting schools for 40 years and now he's here on Kids News. Check out his health and safety advice - and ask him a question.


Latest Stories

KINGSTON UPON THAMES, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 08: A pitch invader collides with Sam Kerr of Chelsea during the UEFA Women's Champions League group A match between Chelsea FC and Juventus at Kingsmeadow on December 08, 2021 in Kingston upon Thames, England. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Sam Kerr takes out pitch invader

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Australian soccer superstar Sam Kerr has been applauded for giving a pitch invader an AFL-style bump in England but not everyone was happy with her actions

Gangsta Granny Strikes Again! by David Walliams

Time to have some fun with Gangsta Granny

just for fun

Download four great activity sheets to celebrate the end of the school year and the release of international best-selling author David Walliams’ new book, Gangsta Granny Strikes Again!

Peppa the seagull patrol dog at the Sydney Opera House from Mad Dogs and Englishmen patrolling the Opera Bar with Handler Lauren Swan. Picture Rohan Kelly

Pooch patrol solution to seagull woes

animals

Man’s best friend has a new role: banisher of seagulls and protector of chips. Meet the dogs recruited to shoo marauding seagulls away from diners at the Sydney Opera House

### IMPORTANT NOTE - PLEASE INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING IN YOUR CAPTION EXACTLY AS WRITTEN ###  SnapSydney 2017... New born babies front... Louis Murray Tehliwec and Imhaz Muqtadir Husain at Campbeltown Hospital in Campbelltown, NSW, Australia. 22 November, 2017. Campbelltown Hospital is having a baby boom this year due to factors including the Macarthur region's exploding population. (AAP IMAGE / Carmela Roche).

Australians having fewer babies than ever

humanities

Australia’s birthrate hit a record low amid the Covid-19 pandemic last year, but one billionaire reckons we need to boost the world’s population

Mark Knight cartoon for Kids News.

Djoker’s toughest opponent in record bid

sport

One man stands between tennis superstar Novak Djokovic and his bid to win a record number of Grand Slams with victory at the Australian Open, according to cartoonist Mark Knight

A mystery object on the moon is puzzling scientists. Picture: China
 National Space Administration.

Mystery object spied on the moon

space

Wild theories – and more logical explanations – abound as images from China’s lunar rover reveal an unidentified object on the dark side of the moon

Professor Peter Harrison inspecting coral IVF colonies at Heron Island lagoon, December 2020

Great Barrier Reef’s coral baby boom

environment

Corals born during an innovative IVF project have reached maturity in time for a reproductive rush at the Great Barrier Reef’s annual mass spawning event

BeeHex - 3D printer for pizza. People sample the 3D printed pizza.

3D printer pumps out a pizza

technology

Microwave ovens were huge when they hit the market, but this revolutionary food appliance prints food using edible paste as ink

A cow at grazing wearing a methane measuring equipment

Seaweed for cows lowers climate cost

animals

Seaweed shows promise as an additive to cut the methane produced by dairy cows, a major source of greenhouse gas

The Odds: Run, Odds, Run by Matt Stanton is Kids News book club book of the month for December.

Get a sneak peek of Matt Stanton’s new book

book club

One of Kids News’ favourite authors, Matt Stanton, is back to round out our year with his latest graphic novel, The Odds: Run, Odds, Run. Start reading it here

A child, 11, receives the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for children in Montreal, Quebec on November 24, 2021. - Today is the first day that children are allowed to receive the version of the vaccine designed for children aged 5 to 11 years old in Canada. (Photo by Andrej Ivanov / AFP)

Covid jabs for kids by January

health

Primary school kids are on track to receive their first jabs before school returns next year, with the Pfizer vaccine cleared for use

KIDS NEWS Taronga Zoo welcomes a pygmy hippo. Picture: supplied

Pygmy hippo birth, hip hip hooray!

animals

With fewer than 3000 pygmy hippos estimated to be left in the wild, the birth of a waddling little calf at Taronga Zoo is certainly cause for big whoops of welcome

illostration of Stegouros dinosaur discovered in the Patagonia region of South America.

Dino’s slashing tail weapon sets it apart

animals

Palaeontologists have unearthed fossils from a dinosaur with a unique tail they have likened to a weapon used by ancient Aztec warriors

This undated handout image courtesy of William Roderick/Stanford University shows the grasping robot that Stanford engineers developed based on studies of birds. - Inspired by how birds land and perch on branches, a team of engineers at Stanford University has built robotic graspers that can fit on quadcopter drones, enabling them to catch objects and hold on to a variety of surfaces. (Photo by William RODERICK / Stanford University / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / William RODERICK /Stanford University " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Robotic bird feet designed for drones

technology

Engineers have built robotic graspers that can be fitted to drones to help them catch objects and perch on tree branches just like birds

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 30 2021: 
Sadie Quinn winner of the Years 5-6 category of the short story competition in Sydney. Picture: Newscorp - Daily Telegraph / Gaye Gerard

Short Story Comp 2021 winners revealed

short story competition

Our Short Story Competition has unearthed some amazing new writing talent and given a past champ another chance to shine. Find out who the winners are and read their stories here

Multi-ethnic group of upper elementary students in the classroom together.

Tense time for Australian teens

health

Aussie teens spend too much time on screens, not enough time exercising or sleeping, and they’re worried about Covid and the environment, a new survey reveals

Mark Knight cartoon for Kids News.

Acting legend at one with the land

indigenous news

Cartoonist Mark Knight has paid tribute to Indigenous acting legend David Gulpilil Dalaithngu whose death was announced this week

Kids News Cartoon Contest artwork by Mark Knight.

Kids News Cartoon Contest is now closed

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Well done to all the budding cartoonists who sent in cartoons. The judges are checking them out now

BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS - NOVEMBER 30: President of Barbados, Dame Sandra Mason, stands after being sworn in at the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony at Heroes Square on November 30, 2021 in Bridgetown, Barbados. The Prince of Wales arrived in the country ahead of its transition to a republic within the Commonwealth. This week, it formally removes Queen Elizabeth as its head of state and the current governor-general, Dame Sandra Mason, will be sworn in as president. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell - Pool/Getty Images)

Barbados breaks from Britain and becomes republic

history

Prince Charles won’t be head of state in Barbados when he succeeds Queen Elizabeth II – but he was on hand at the historic inauguration of the first president to wish the nation well

James Harvey 15 who has the Guinness World Record for the most consecutive cat twists on a trampoline at the Eastside Activity Centre at Rokeby.  Picture: Chris Kidd

Aussie teen’s world record twist

just for fun

A Tassie teen has set a new trampoline world record for the most ‘cat twists’ in a row. Can you guess how many he landed?

Healthy Harold gives his tips on how to manage screen time.

How to swap screen time for green time

ask healthy harold

It’s easy to lose track of time when you’re on a screen. It even happens to Healthy Harold! See Harold’s tips for swapping screen time for green time – and send him your questions

Prime Minister Scott Morrison hosts the winners of the Prime Minister's Spelling Bee competition Arielle Wong, 10 (year 3,4 winner), Theekshitha Karthik, 12 (year 5,6 winner), Evan Luc-Tran, 13 (year 7,8 winner) and presents them with their trophies at Parliament House on November 29, 2021. Picture: Adam Taylor

Spelling Bee champs blitz PM

spelling bee

Third time proved a charm for winners of the inaugural Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee, who finally met the man himself after several Covid cancellations – and Kids News was there

A penguin walks past Mawson's Hut at Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. Mawson's Hut hadn't been entered for more than 12 months and was opened for the 100th anniversary celebrations of Douglas Mawson's landing. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins) NO ARCHIVING .    THE most significant monument from Australia’s Heroic age (that is what it is called...) of Antarctic exploration will be brought to Australia and be sent around NSW under a new program funded by the Turnbull government. Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg will today announce the first funding for the contents of Mawson’s Hut to be preserved and brought to Australia. Mawson’s Huts at Cape Denison was the base for the Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-14 led by Australia’s greatest polar explorer Sir Douglas Mawson.

Saving Mawson’s remote Antarctic huts

history

Extreme isolation on ice awaits a team tasked with preserving Sir Douglas Mawson’s 110 year old Antarctic timber huts

Brumbies in the Kosciuszko National Park in Kiandra, NSW. Picture by Sean Davey.

Wild horses to be reined in

animals

Brumby numbers will be slashed in Kosciuszko National Park in NSW under a plan to reduce environmental harms caused by wild horses

Australian cricketer Marnus Labuschagne as a young cricket player. Picture: Cricket Australia

Who is this cricket star?

sport

Do you recognise this young cricketer? He’s all grown up now and a key member of the Australian cricket team. Find out who he is and how he turned his love of the game as a little kid into an impressive career

Research from Deakin Uni about the things kids, young people and oldies want from Victorian and Melbourne parks.
Kids - flying foxes and trees to climb
Teens - basketball courts and places to hang out
Oldies - places to walk and birdwatching places.
Yumi and Coco playing up a tree. Picture: Tim Carrafa

Risk plus adventure equals fun at the park

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Flying foxes, trees for climbing, swings and obstacle courses are on the park wishlist for Aussie kids, new research reveals

Cheetah lure at Werribee Open Range Zoo.

Cheetah Kulinda is just wild for zoo life

animals

Life is never boring for cheetah Kulinda thanks to special enrichment programs designed to keep animals healthy and happy at our zoos

Flynn Reef, Point Break. Acropora releasing. Great Barrier Reef. Pic Gareth Phillips, Reef Teach.

Hybrid coral could withstand heat

environment

Coral that survived multiple mass bleaching events added to Great Barrier Reef’s mass spawning mix so heat-resilient hybrid could be born

ONE TIME WEB USE ONLY - FEES APPLY - CONTACT info@seadragonfilms.com.au FOR ANY OTHER USE***, Underwater cinematographer Dean Spraakman captured footage of a battered looking shark off the coast of the Neptune Islands in South Australia. Picture: Sea Dragon Films

Great white an underwater warhorse

animals

Stunning images of a heavily scarred great white shark suggest a battlefield lies beneath the surface of the ocean

Mark Knight cartoon for tuesday 23rd of November 2021 Herald Sun Newspaper

Should have called in an expert

arts

Cartoonist Mark Knight reckons a teenage fangirl would have been the perfect option to pull off Channel 7’s botched interview with singing megastar Adele

Herald Sun cartoonist Mark Knight at his home studio following a the viral and negative reaction to his cartoon which depicted Serena Williams' loss to Naomi Osaka during the U.S. Open. Picture: Jake Nowakowski

Enter the Kids News Cartoon Contest

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Sharpen your pencils, we want budding cartoonists to create a cartoon about a news event that matters to them. Get tips from some of Australia’s best cartoonists and find the Kids News Cartoon Contest entry form here

DAILY TELEGRAPH NOVEMBER 17, 2021. From left Cheyse Hoy, 6, brother Jaxon Hoy, 4, and friend Mack Acheson, 4, playing in the flood waters of the Lachlan River at the Forbes Iron Bridge Picture: Jonathan Ng

Cold, wet summer Down Under

weather

Dreams of the perfect Aussie summer have been dashed as La Niña starts to lash eastern states with rain, wind and cold