Explore Pippins


Read the Explore Pippins FAQs to find out what girls aged 5-6 can gain from this world-first, digital programme by GirlGuiding New Zealand.

We’re making Pippins available to more tamariki around New Zealand! We’ve created a safe, fun, engaging digital Pippins option for tamariki who are unable to attend normal Unit meetings, but would still like to do the exciting activities that GirlGuiding members do.

Explore Pippins is a programme specifically designed for 5 and 6 year olds. In Explore Pippins, tamariki work independently with parental supervision to lead their own learning at their own pace. Tamariki receive 1-1 feedback from a Leader so it is an ideal programme for stimulating inquisitive young minds and growing independent learners. Explore Pippins can also be accessed at any time so makes for great school holiday learning and entertainment.

Explore Pippins is an extremely flexible programme designed to fit in with the busy lives of modern families. Explore Pippins can be enjoyed at anytime from anywhere with an internet connection. This makes it an ideal option for tamariki who may live far away from a Pippin Unit or who have other commitments on the local Unit night. Explore Pippins is great for tamariki who may not be able to commit to the same time every week or who move between houses. Explore Pippins are also invited to events within the wider Guiding community.

Tamariki will take part in age-appropriate activities developed in accordance with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) Educational Method. Activities include:

  • Taking on experiments in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths).
  • Learning to care for the environment.
  • Learning how to be safe outdoors.
  • Exploring the community and looking after it.
  • Growing and caring for plants.
  • Trying new outdoor activities and challenging themselves.
  • Learning how to lead a healthy lifestyle.
  • Learning about all aspects of diversity.
  • Trying orienteering or geocaching.
  • Experiencing new activities on wheels.

Tamariki who are involved with GirlGuiding develop confidence and learn many new skills. The tamariki are outdoors as much as possible, and they are encouraged to help in their community, learn about other cultures, and work on their motor skills. We believe that we are the only organisation in New Zealand offering such positive and confidence-building activities to tamariki, and we’d love to be able to make a positive impact for your tamariki. You can find out more about GirlGuiding New Zealand here.

Explore Pippins runs on a subscription model. The subscription period and price is stated on the registration form. With over 150 Pippin activities available, tamariki can choose their own adventure.

Your credit card is charged each time the subscription renews. You are able to cancel your re-subscription at any time by logging into your Explore account profile. Please note that cancelling a subscription will prevent subscription renewal but you will continue to have access to your Explore account for the rest of your subscription period. Any badges earnt during a subscription period are sent out after re-subscription date, even if the subscription has been cancelled.

Explore Pippins is designed to get tamariki more active and interested in their wider worlds. The online activities are typically a prompt for tamariki to do something in the ‘real world’. We aim for tamariki to spend only a small portion of their time using the online component, and the vast majority of their time doing activities off-screen.

The internet has become an everyday part of life for children in New Zealand and Explore Pippins provides a safe, educational space for this. Because the online safety of your Pippin is of vital importance to us, our site is:

  • Secure; with SSL encryption
  • Specifically designed for Pippins
  • Monitored by GirlGuiding NZ
  • Free from external links and advertising pop-ups.

The internet has become an everyday part of life, and children are growing up with it, using it to learn and play more than any generation before them has done. It’s a wonderful resource but we need to make sure that we are safe online; the online safety of your Pippin is of vital importance to us.

Our site is:

  • Secure, with SSL encryption
  • Specifically designed for Pippins
  • Monitored by GirlGuiding NZ.

We have made sure that your tamariki will be safe on our site – within the activities there are no external links for her to click on and no advertising pop-ups.

All of our Leaders have been interviewed, police vetted and offered training for dealing with children. These helpful tips will help ensure a safe environment for your tamariki;

  1. Stay on the Explore Pippins website; do not go to any other website

We recommend that your tamariki use the Explore Pippins programme in a family space rather than by themselves in their room. This will allow you to monitor what they are doing.

It’s important to emphasise that your tamariki should stay on the Explore Pippins website rather than clicking on anything else, such as apps that may be on the device.

  1. Get help if you get stuck or are unsure about anything

It’s always better for tamariki to get help rather than trying to fix something themselves. If they don’t know what to do, they need to be able to get an adult to help them.

Netsafe, New Zealand’s online safety organisation, has developed good resources around content risks. They have a Safety Button available for free download that can be clicked on if a child sees something distressing online. Clicking on the button causes the screen to be covered with an underwater scene and a message encouraging the child to get an adult.

These links contain useful information for parents about helping children with the internet:

The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) Educational Method is a unique model of non-formal education to support the development of tamariki in diverse groups. It creates a learning environment where tamariki can take the lead and make choices about what they do. Read more here.

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths. It is an important educational focus area needed to fill global skill shortages and ready tamariki for success in the 21st century. This is especially important for tamariki who are underrepresented in STEAM related careers. STEAM learning develops creativity, innovation, problem solving and curiosity.

While many activities require no special resources, some activities do require resources. These activities have suggestions on what you can use, but you can swap/change the resources with what you already have at home for any activity. For example; if you don’t have any googly eyes you can make your own using cardboard, paper and a marker pen.

As you can choose which activities to do, you can choose to do ones that don’t require you to buy resources, especially if you live remotely.

We hope you have fun with the activities in Explore Pippins and we can’t wait to see what you do!

The resources are a guideline for what you can expect to see in some of the Explore Pippins activities – PDF.

Explore Pippins, aimed at tamariki aged 5 – 6 years olds, launched in January 2020.

Explore Brownies, aimed at tamariki aged 7 – 9 1/2 year olds, launched in April 2020.

Explore Guides, aimed at rangatahi aged 9 – 12 1/2 year olds, launched in October 2021.

Explore Rangers, for 12 1/2 – 16 year old tamariki, will be launching in the future. In the mean time, older rangatahi may join a local Unit or our Aotearoa distance option.

If your question hasn’t been answered here, please contact us.

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